April 27, 2016 Edition

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WR takes 'Shop Local' to next level

Walnut Ridge Mayor Charles Snapp is taking the city's "Shop Local" effort to the next level with a new online promotion with local manufacturer Douglas Quikut.

"Small-town America relies on the people who shop local and the jobs and tax dollars that are generated by shopping local," Snapp said. "Walnut Ridge is no different than any other small town; we need the tax dollars and we need to support those jobs."

This new promotion will not only encourage Lawrence County residents to purchase products manufactured by the Walnut Ridge industry, but anyone from anywhere can do so from the comfort of their home.

"Starting Sunday, the city is shining a spotlight on Douglas Quikut, which manufactures a wide range of products including the Ginsu knives you've seen advertised on TV, American Angler filet knives and ReadiVac vacuum cleaners," Snapp said.

As a part of Walnut Ridge's new Shop Local project, Douglas Quikut is offering online shoppers a 20 percent discount on all orders over $25 and free shipping on orders with a combined total of $65 or more. The offer is good for the entire month of May.

"For the most part people are amazed when I tell them Ginsu knives are manufactured and shipped from Walnut Ridge," Snapp said. "Their eyes have a look of disbelief when I tell them the old Orrick vacuum cleaner commercial, where the guy lifts a bowling ball up with his vacuum cleaner, was filmed in the Douglas Quikut plant in Walnut Ridge."

Those interested in taking part in the Shop Local promotion being offered by the city and Douglas Quikut can simply use the promo code ShopWR in the discount code box when ordering from www.ginsu.com, www.americananglersusa.com, www.readivac.com and www.douglasquikut.com.

"It's simple ... visit the website of your choice, pick out the items you like and add them your cart," Snapp said. "You can switch from site to site and when you check out, enter ShopWR in the discount code box and you will receive the discount."

Snapp said he is proud of the manufacturing base Walnut Ridge has and wants the world to know about it.

"This new Shop Local promotion is a win-win for Walnut Ridge," he said. "The city wins on sales generated, since the products are manufactured and shipped from Walnut Ridge. The sales help keep our job base strong and, last but not least, we're promoting Walnut Ridge, which is a win for Northeast Arkansas."

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