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East Texas 'mom and pop' businesses find success despite changing economy

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March 29 might not be a date that stands out on your calendar. But for Mom and Pop Businesses, its day set aside to honor shopping small.

Take Judy Lynn's in Pollok for example. 

“We opened January 18 and things have been really good for us, way more than we had expected,” said Judy Williford, owner of Judy Lynn’s.

The mom and pop place, among a dying breed, is hoping East Texans come with “a little bit of everything” when it comes to their wallets.

“I’ve had to hire a lot of staff and considering it being this small of a place, hiring new people and finding people to work this kind of work has been a little hard, but other than that it’s been great,” Williford said.

This all as ‘National Mom and Pop Business Day’ got underway. The day’s purpose all to shed a light on the positive impact small businesses bring to local communities.

“The jobs are good for the college kids and in high school who are just needing that extra money,” Williford said.

A slightly different take though at Shirlene’s Salon down the road on US-69.  

“I think our economy is affecting every business,” said Aric Kelsey.

Kelsey says the salon, started by his mother, is feeling the pinch after the closing of larger businesses like GE in Lufkin.

“The more price your supplies go up; your income seems less and it just makes it harder all the way around,” Kelsey said.

And with over 28 million small businesses across the United States, more for less isn’t quite a profitable business motto.

“You usually work longer hours; you work harder to try to maintain what you used to make working less,” Kelsey said.

But although times are changing…

“We plan to stay for a long time. Hopefully I’ll die behind the chair,” Kelsey said.

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