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What's New Downtown

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Withthe economy in the shape it’s in now, I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how they don’t go out of town to shop or to eat as much as they used to. In the process, they’ve discovered that Sulphur Springs has more to offer than they realized (or perhaps they had just forgotten). Isn’t it great to know money that was going out of County is now being spent right here?

Have you ever thought about how much money we lose every year due to our very own citizens feeling they need to go to Rockwall or Tyler to shop or eat out? When you shop or dine locally, you are not only keeping local businesses open, but you are also saving jobs. Yes, we are better off than some other counties economic-wise, but there are still plenty of folks hurting. I heard today recently that a local industry laid off 22 employees, some of whom have been with that company for over 40 years. We are not immune to the situation by any means, but we are, by far, doing better than others.

When I mentioned saving jobs, have you ever thought about it in this context: The job you are helping save may belong to your neighbor, fellow church member, friend or family? Then there’s always the fact that when you frequent a business you invariably make a new friend, which always equates to better customer service. I would be neglect if I didn’t mention the fact that by shopping locally you are even impacting the environment by aving on fuel costs, along with wear and tear on your vehicle. It also means not putting as many miles on your vehicle, thus keeping the value up on “Old Betsy.”

By shopping locally you are also making an investment in Sulphur Springs via tax dollars that help fund community projects and provide services such as police, fire, parks, etc. Out of the 8.25  percent state sales tax, 6.25 percent goes to the state (mercy!) then 1 percent goes into the city’s general fund, 1/2 percent goes to EDC and the other 1/2 percent goes to the county, so 2 cents out of every dollar goes back into our community. Now, I know you’re saying, “Whoopee, 2 cents,” but as a very rich man once told me, “Take care of those pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.” So let’s be more conscious about shopping right here in good ole Sulphur Springs and make the most of that 2 cents, how about it? We have some really special and unique businesses here, so if you are looking for something in particular and don’t know where to start, go by or call the Chamber of Commerce office at 300 Connally St., 903-885-6515, or go to our website, www.ssdba.org, and call one of our members. We might know just where to get what you need.

The Downtown Business Alliance is steadily working to bring more businesses downtown. One of our members helped a businessman, who had made three visits here looking for a building to no avail, locate a building this week. He crossed paths with Joy Wilson of The Millennium Shopper, and she got busy networking with the rest of the members and voila, gave him four different options, one of which was just what he was looking for. She put him in contact with the owner, and they are working out the details. So if you or someone you know is looking for a building to purchase, lease or rent in the downtown area, just check with us, 'cause we have the scoop!!

Until next time, keep asking, “What’s new downtown?”




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