'It makes us feel special': New Orleans-based shops welcome Small Business Saturday

By WBOK Staff

Monday, November 29, 2021

Ask Lee Rea what his favorite album is, and he'll struggle to pick just one.

"It's kind of like asking a parent to pick their favorite child," he said.


It's a fitting simile for this family business owner. Lee spent much of his life helping mother Shirani and sister Lillie run Peaches Records, which opened in 1975 and moved to its current location — a former Woolworths department store — in 2016.

The three Reas still shuffle between the aisles and register, honoring a family history Lee says Small Business Saturday is all about.

"When we talk about family business in America, we talk about the heartbeat and lifeblood of the economy," he said. "It makes us feel special that the country is spotlighting the mom-and-pops that employ the neighborhood kids and know what's going on in the area."

Small Business Saturday began as a campaign from American Express about a decade ago. Its goal is to get small businesses exposure during the holiday shopping season.

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