NEDERLAND- by Ashley Gaston
It's a trend business owners in Nederland welcome with the all-important holiday shopping season approaching.
Stores that share a building on Boston Avenue in Nederland. Also share a vision of how to attract customers.
KFDM Anchor Ashley Gaston reports one business owner credits southern hospitality with luring people into her shop and influencing them to come back again.
Bobbie Buss believes her southern charm brings customers back to her boutique.
"Always have to communicate with everyone treat everyone the same," said Buss.
She owns here's to the holidays and more on Boston Avenue in Nederland.
Buss says that hospitality makes everyone feel comfortable shopping for gifts while picking up a snack at a bakery in the same building.
"I really like it I wish it was my idea so they can come and shop and eat, cause i'm a shopper and an eater," said Bobbie Buss.
Buss's shop and "Something Sweet Bakery" feed off each other.
"Lots of foot traffic especially since the ladies serve breakfast and lunch.," said Buss.
"Downtown merchants have seen the light, they go out of their way to advertise. Real quality of life we try to produce in Nederland and it starts paying off," said Mayor Dick Nugent.
Nugent says businesses in town have come up with new ways to market themselves and it's paying off.
Sales tax revenue in Nederland has increased by more than $700,000 this year.
"The merchants have realized if you want to go after the American dollar you have to give them something quality and let them know it's here," said Nugent.
Buss says it's a formula for success she follows every day. It's a way of life that benefits her business and in turn the community.
AUSTIN - From Texas Comptroller - Texas Comptroller Susan Combs announced today that state sales tax revenue in September was $1.96 billion, up 11.6 percent compared to September 2011.
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"Continued strength in the manufacturing and oil and natural gas sectors led to the sales tax revenue increase," Combs said. "Collections were also boosted by improvement in consumer spending at restaurants and retail stores. State sales tax revenue has now increased for 30 straight months."
Combs will send October local sales tax allocations totaling $551 million to cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts. October local sales tax allocations are up 9.1 percent compared to October 2011.