RANKIN COUNTY, Miss. – It’s an annual excuse to shop, starting Friday the 7% sales tax in the state is off, and for three local businesses this means offering more to get shoppers in the door.
“You definitely want to have the foot traffic especially somewhere like Dogwood promenade–we have best buy when people are buying back to school supplies accessories for back to college,” Bows and Arrows Owner, Jessica Donovan said. “We’ve got target with all the back to school supplies and the clothing.”
Bows and Arrows is a Flowood kids boutique in business for just three weeks now, and the owner says this tax free weekend is a first and she’s kicking it off with sales.
“We’re putting all of our spring, summer stuff on sale and we’re bringing all of our fall merchandise out to the floor,” Donovan said. “We’ve got so many cute designer things.”
Just next door in the same shopping center is Paperdoll, a vintage style boutique.
The owner, Rhonie White tells News Channel 12 for nearly five years, her business has benefited from being near the bigger stores.
“We try and keep a moderate price point, as far as the lines we carry and things like that so being next to somewhere like Target…where there are less expensive brands, and labels, and lines–it actually brings a similar clientele,” White explained.
In addition to big savings like 20% off the entire store at Ridgeland’s ‘Material Girls,’ shoppers may also notice a difference in customer service.
“We like to always be there for our customers and help them look for…if they come in looking for a red dress we always help them find that red dress,” Laura Brown, Manager at Material Girls said.
“Any time that there’s a specific draw to this shopping center we’re going to benefit from it,” White said.