CAMILLA, GA (WALB) - Camilla businesses are gearing up for a night of fun, food, shopping, and pets.
Camilla's first Valentine Pet Showcase is Tuesday, February 9, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in Downtown Camilla.
Those who attend will get the chance to meet local business owners and visit their shops. They'll also get the chance to meet the owners' pets dressed in their best Valentine's Day attire.
Although the pet showcase is a first for the city, local businesses have held a number of showcases in the past. Local Camilla business owner Anna Lee says her favorite part is socializing with others.
"It's just like one big party that moves, you know, all around town. And you can just see it on the peoples' faces...it's fun," Lee says.
More than ten local shops will be open for business during the showcase with special sales and giveaways. Stores will also have a variety of delicious treats for shoppers to snack on.
Business owners say these events help generate new customers and show them what the local business community has to offer.
Angie Shirah works at 85 Broad. She says, "We gift wrap, we'll deliver, we'll do just about anything that you like."
Small business experts say when shoppers choose to do business with their local companies, they're making a bigger impact in the city.
Danny Singleton owner of Blooms on Broad says, "When you buy local, shop local, everything stays local. The tax dollars stay local and that just goes back into the community and makes it a better place to live."
The showcase is organized by the City of Camilla's Main Street Program. For more information click here.