Tuesday afternoon the Minden Main Street Board, as well as other community leaders, gathered at Minden’s newest local business, The Fringe, located at 716 Main Street. Owned by Amber Washburn, The Fringe offers a variety of clothing and decor with a Boho aesthetic, a fashion style drawing on various bohemian and hippie influences.
“Let me say congratulations to Amber and Steve on their new Endeavour. I know Minden needs something else, and we’re here to say welcome, welcome, welcome. We look forward to having you as new members for the Downtown district, so if you need anything, we are here for you,” said Larry Gipson, Chairman of the Minden Mainstreet Board.
Other businesses and organizations in Minden came and offered their support. Serena Gray with Webster Parish Tourism said, “In our office, it’s our job to promote restaurants, shopping, and events in Webster Parish, and we have connections throughout the state and across the I-20 corridor that help us promote shops like yours.”
“We’d love to get you connected with people like that who are just trying to make sure people know to shop local, and finding unique places like yours to spend dollars away from the big box companies. Anything we can do to help you promote your business, we want to do, so welcome, and thank you for opening up. We love having variety for places to shop in town and we’re glad that you’re here.”
Sarah Haynes, representing Citizens National Bank and the banking community, complemented Washburn on being quick to participate in local events so soon after opening up shop in Minden.
“She is participating in our Bricktown event, where 30 businesses getting together are trying to bring outsiders into Minden to shop. She wasn’t even open a week when I asked her to be a part of this, and she jumped on and started running with the rest of us,” said Haynes.
“I thank you for doing that. You’re new, and you’re still jumping in there, so thank you so much.”
After receiving kind words and support from the community, Washburn shared why she has enjoyed choosing Minden as the place for her business.
“Ever since I’ve moved up here, all I’ve said is how happy I am and how excited I am not just with all of yall’s help, but also my neighbors are happy to have me here,” said Washburn. “It’s been awesome, and I love Minden and I’m glad to be back here.”