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‘$20 on 20th’ sees success

Local merchants reported varying degrees of business during Wednesday’s “Spend $20 on the 20th” campaign, but all expressed thanks to the organizers behind the effort to boost the local economy.

The campaign, which was co-sponsored by the Andalusia Star-News, the city of Andalusia and the Andalusia Chamber of Commerce, asked citizens to spend $20 at a locally owned business.

“We’ve had a good day today,” Louisa Mann, owner of Ansley Place, said near the store’s closing time. “We appreciate every one who shopped at home today, just as we appreciate it when they shop at home every day.”

Customers who spent at least $20 in participating stores were given a sticker to advertise the campaign. Mann estimated that her store gave out about 32 stickers — for a total of at least $640 in sales.

Don Elmore, manager of Andalusia Music Company, said his store had seen a few customers who spent at least $20 for the campaign. He felt the idea was a great one, especially in a down economy.

“We recently moved and we’re just kind of hanging on right now,” Elmore said. “Twenty dollars will go a long way for us. I like the idea, it’s a catchy thing — it’s easy to remember $20 on the 20th.”

Mann also expressed her support for the campaign. Ansley Place did its part to advertise the day by putting a “Spend $20 on the 20th” message on the marquee outside the store.

“We’re very pleased that the paper, the city and the chamber decided to do this,” she said.

Jennifer Langley, owner of Lulu’s, said the day went “really well.”