Monday, August 22, 2011

Laurie Everett wins historic preservation award

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KRCU) - Local Cape Girardeau business owner Laurie Everett won a Historic Preservation Award from the non-profit organization Main Street Connection. They recognized her store Annie Laurie’s Antiques at their annual conference on August 11.

Everett was recognized for was her support of Cape Girardeau’s downtown area through connecting her business with historic preservation efforts.

Everett feels that businesses in the downtown area should take pride in creating a welcoming environment for local patrons. She describes Annie Laurie’s antiques as a morph between a business and a community destination.

"I just try to make it a fun environment," Everett says. "I try to ignite all the senses when people come in. You know with the music, the sounds,and the colors. I just want people to feel like its more of an experience than just a retail shop."

Main Street Connection hopes to create enthusiasm among businesses owners and local people for the revitalization of downtown districts all across Missouri.

Hannah Parent, KRCU


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