January 8, 2013

Tuttle store plans to close after 3-year run

The Express-Star

TUTTLE — The Leopard Lily, a florist and home decor shop located on Main Street in Tuttle is closing its doors soon.

The local store announced the closing news on its Facebook page. According to store employees, they have until the end of January. A large blow out sale will be announced soon, but the business is no longer filling floral orders.

"(We) want to thank everyone for their support over the last three years, but at this time we are closing our store front," The Leopard Lily announced. "We will continue to keep our page up and if you need a custom arrangement or wreath."

Local customers expressed their disappointment with the store's announcement.

"I'm heart broken," Tuttle customer Jaree Spurlock said.

With nearby cities like Blanchard and Chickasha promoting local shopping, Tuttle seems to be falling behind, according to one resident.

"I hate to see another place in Tuttle closing," Stacie Roberts said. "Our city people need to get it together and bring in some stores and places to eat. I hate this."

The Blanchard Chamber of Commerce has taken big steps in promoting local businesses. Recently the chamber held its annual "Shop Blanchard" contest on the Saturday prior to the annual Christmas parade.

Laura Callaham, the executive director of the Blanchard Chamber explained this holiday-time incentive will hopefully inspire residents to remain shopping locally through out the entire year.

The Chickasha Chamber of Commerce is also big on promoting local shopping in town. Signs can be seen through out town encouraging to shop local. According to the Chamber, when customers shop locally and spend $50, $34 of that money goes into the local economy. When customers shop at locally owned box chain stores, $21.50 of that money  helps the local economy. But when customers shop outside of Chickasha, zero dollars are put into Chickasha's economy.

With small businesses like The Leopard Lily closing, there has never been a more crucial time for small cities to support their local businesses.