With Christmas just a week away, shopping is revving up in Jacksonville.
Some of the merchants contacted for this article had long lines of people in their shops waiting to be checked out.
If you have not finished your shopping yet, consider these local merchants and save yourself the time and expense of traveling out of the county to get those special gifts for your friends and family:
• Marie’s Christian Book and Gift Center – 597 S. Ragsdale Street, Jacksonville. This one-of-a-kind store in Jacksonville features Bibles, books, Christian teaching materials, gifts, music, plaques, soundtracks, stationary, DVD’s, videos, and many other Christian materials. Special orders are welcome. In an online review of the store in 2008 Krissi Perryman of Whitehouse wrote: “Awesome store. I give Marie’s a 5!! If you are a singer this is the place to go! If it’s not on the shelf she can get it! There are many songs that Marie’s is the only place I have been able to find it! I Love it! I hope you do too!”
• Knox Ray Men’s – 132 E. 5th Street, Rusk. Located on the south side of the square, this business has been in existence for more than 50 years and is starting its seventh year in business under the ownership of Mike Crysup. The motto for this fine apparel men’s wear store is “new clothing for a new generation.” It features quality, name-brand clothing at reasonable prices with personal customer service. “Anyone who comes in here is going to get quality service no matter who they are or how much they intend to spend,” Crysup recently told Bolo Magazine. “Where else can you go and say that?”
• Atlas Credit Company – 224 S. Main Street, Jacksonville. Manager – Wendy Sharp. Owner - Thomas A. Young. General Manager – Nancy Sharpe. Atlas Credit Company has been in business since 1968 and has 46 offices nationwide. This is NOT a payday lender. The company offers title loans and is known as a credit starter because it also offers starter loans to its customers, which helps to build a credit history. Loan amounts range from $100 to $1200. “We’d like to say thank you to our loyal customers who have kept us going since 1968,” Sharp said. For more information on Atlas Credit Company, go to atlascredit.com.
• Blake Furniture – 1626 S. Jackson Street, Jacksonville. Manager – Lawrence Davis. Blake Furniture is a family owned furniture retailing chain that has served East Texas for more than 25 years. Its eight locations are: Longview, Jacksonville, Gilmer, Henderson, Kilgore, Mt. Pleasant, Tyler, and Palestine. This company’s motto is “Everywhere you are with everything you need.” Its products include accent items, area rugs, bedroom furnishings, dining room furniture, fireplace items, game room furnishings, gifts, hardware, lighting, living room furniture, mattresses, office furniture, outdoor furniture, bedding for adults and children and appliances and electronics. The company also offers no hassle in store financing and even online financing applications.
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