Gonzales market arrives, helps businesses rebound from pandemic

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GONZALES, La. (BRPROUD)– Businesses are still on the rebound from this pandemic, but one market has made its way to Ascension Parish, giving businesses a pick-me-up, while making shopping easier for customers.

From Christmas decorations to Louisiana BBQ, buyers and vendors came together at the Helen Brett Holiday Market to make this Christmas season a little brighter for businesses.

Nearly 500 vendors set up at Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales during one of the busiest times of the year.

“It really pumps revenue into small businesses because you’re getting in front of a lot of your local communities. They come here to buy Christmas presents and they’re here to spend money and not look around. So it really helps all of us,” said Cajun Blast Sales Representative Kevin Johnston

Shopper Margot Grosz was one of many people trying to check off their Christmas list for the season.

“I went to get basic bows and they were out. So, I’m hoping to find some of those things, maybe some flags, jewelry,” she said.

Although the holiday season does help businesses regain some lost ground, Joe and Jess Custom Creations owner Joseph Gray said the challenges still continue.

“The cost of lumber has increased tremendously and as of lately we’ve been running into a huge shortage as well. So we’re trying to understand those and maintain product availability as well,” he explained.

Kevin Johnston said the major inflation surge has started to show up in customer prices.

“It’s really affecting our supply chains of getting the materials to make these products, the bottles, plastic has gone up, vegetable oil went up, so you’re going to directly see that,” said Johnston.

The struggle is real, but business owners hope events the these will help them get through this year and onto the next.

“We get to talk with customers, we previously dealt with, capture new audiences and learn from vendors as well,” said Gray.

“I think we’re going to have a good show. There’s a lot of people here. People want to get out and come socialize,” added Johnston.

If you want to come and shop this market will be open to the public from December 11th to the 12th.

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