Bryant, Ark.(KTHV) - It's no secret that shopping locally has been on the rise over the last few years. The shop local movement has great benefits to a small town economy. At Jordan's Barbecue and Catfish in Bryant every item on the menu is homemade.
"We have homemade coleslaw, we make our beans, our fish batter, our tartar sauce, our barbecue sauce. Made fresh daily," said Paula Jordan, a restaurant owner in Bryant for more than 20 years.
She sees the value in being actively involved in the community.
"We get on first name basis. We love the schools, the teachers, just our local customers," she said.
Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs wanted to create a movement.
"They're the heart and soul of any community," said Dabbs. "They provide jobs. A lot of them do it because they love the business that they own and love serving the community. We just want to show them support."
Mayor Dabbs is encouraging residents to support the businesses that keep the city of Bryant going.
"Our city is based off of sales tax. So, we just want to do everything we can to shop local businesses, both big and small," he said.
This fall, the city of Bryant will be featuring locally owned businesses on their Facebook page using the hashtag #ShopBryant.
Dabbs said, "Social media seems to be the number one outlet for communication in the city of Bryant."
Mayor Dabbs said every time residents shop or dine in Bryant it's reinvesting back in their community.
"We support them and in return we want to ask the community to support them as well," he said.