Mayor Craig A. Moe has announced his plans to recognize Laurel’s individually and/or family owned and operated businesses that have called the City of Laurel their home for at least 20 years or longer. He said the recent American Express Campaign to “Shop Small Business” made him curious about Laurel’s businesses that are in this category. He learned Laurel has eight businesses that have been in business for 40 years and longer and many others have enjoyed more than 20 years in Laurel.
Mayor Moe stated his belief that it is the locally owned and operated businesses that are integral to the creation and maintenance of Laurel’s sense of community. He noted City records show Poist Gas Company and Slye’s Barber Shop have been in business 75 years; Laurel Realty, Bart’s Barber Shop, The Gallery, Fred Frederick Chrysler, and Laurel Fuel Oil have been in business over 50 years. There are several others who have been in business in Laurel over 20 years.
Mayor Moe stated it is important to recognize local success stories and to thank local businesses for being in Laurel. It is his hope that this recognition will give encouragement to others who have chosen Laurel to do business. To this end, all businesses as described who have achieved 20 years of operation have been invited to be recognized in a brief ceremony at the Mayor and City Council meeting on Monday, January 23, 2012. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m., and will be held in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Center, 8103 Sandy Spring Road.
Mayor Moe stated this will be a continuing recognition program as other businesses achieve the 20 year milestone. He encourages business employees and patrons to attend this meeting, and to continue their support and patronage of Laurel’s locally owned and operated businesses.