HOMETOWN BUSINESSES RECOGNIZED AT ‘CELEBRATE LOCAL’ NETWORKING EVENT

Celebrate Local

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By WVUA 23 Reporter Allison Underwood

The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama hosted a one-of-a-kind event for the residents and local businesses of Tuscaloosa for the third year in a row.

Celebrate Local 2020, held at the Tuscaloosa River Market, is an event whose goal is to recognize the importance of local businesses. Lauren Belcher, clinical coordinator for The Laser Skin Center, said many businesses came to network and market together.

“We are all here for a reason and it is to offer the best service or the best products for everybody. So it is just a fun event,” Belcher said. “There are a lot of people that have come through. It is a high traffic event. We just always have a lot of fun.”

Melinda Mason, owner of the local Nothing Bundt Cakes dessert shop, said even with the rain she was surprised with how great the turnout was.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for all of the people of Tuscaloosa to see what is available and for those of us who have small businesses here to have a chance to reach out and get to know some of the people locally,” Mason said. “The Chamber of Commerce does a wonderful job in getting these things together and we are just so happy to be a part of it today.”

From clothing and food to services and even automobiles, Tuscaloosa residents acknowledged the local businesses that are right at their fingertips. Kim Smith, a Tuscaloosa local, said she thinks the town is beginning to lose mom-and-pop enterprises.

“So many people are ordering online,” Smith said. “I think you need to get out and support the local folks.”

For more information on what businesses participated, tuscaloosarivermarket.com/calendar.

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