On Good Friday, a lot of Texomans are thinking ahead to this Easter weekend.
That includes some shopping for Easter meals and gifts. Some of those shoppers said they’ve chosen to buy local not only because they said it benefits the area economy but it also because it teaches a valuable lesson.
One of Lesa Peysen’s grandchildren was taking enjoying a chocolate covered pretzel Friday a B Cocoa Artisan Chocolate in Wichita Falls.
“They love chocolate and they love treats,” Peysen said.
The National Retail Federation expects Americans to spend more than $18 billion on Easter-related items like chocolate. Peysen visited B Cocoa for the first time with her grandchildren and said she chose it for some Easter treats.
“We’re trying to teach the grandkids at this age how very important it is to buy local by showing them that this place is made here in Wichita Falls,” Peysen said. “In order for us to be able to buy from the local stores, it helps for the owners to stimulate the economy as well.”
Though their products may be a bit more expensive then some of the major retailers, store owner Brooke Willis said customers can tell a difference in the quality.
“We only use chocolate that passes the European standards for chocolate. And it’s unique. You can’t find the things we do anywhere else,” Willis said.
Another area of sales blooming for Easter is flowers.
Taylor McCreary, a Bebb’s Flowers employee, said buying local does go a long way for consumers and businesses, given how long Bebb’s flowers has been around.
“It’s been almost a hundred years. So, we really like are proud of that,” McCreary said. “I would just say the quality of our products and then also like I’d say our reasonable prices for what you’re receiving.”
Whether that be receiving something colorful or flavorful, buying local this Easter will help keep the community hopping.
A lot of those flowers and chocolate will be given as gifts, as the NRF statistic states 62 of those celebrating Easter will visit family and friends.