Minden sees 14% drop in sales tax revenue


The city of Minden is encouraging people to shop local in the month of May to boost revenue.

“Hi, how are you?” When you walk through the door you’re greeted with a warm smile and hello. Immediately you feel right at home.

“We treat every person that comes in like their family. We tell them our house is your house. If we’re busy making your own drink because we want them to feel that comfortable here,” said Jodie Martin, Geaux Fresh.

Jodie Martin is the owner of Geaux Fresh, a Minden Favorite that serves fresh casual food.

“Saw a need in the community for a family takes away with a healthy aspect. A lot of people had started a single meal prep. And so we went with family-style meal prep and it just grew from there,” said Martin.

And business is booming serving nearly 100 customers a day.

“We have incredible community support here. That’s what’s so great about Minden especially with local businesses. They really rally around them.”

Minden’s downtown is thriving. Just walking down the street you can see several stores open for business, which is why the mayor is encouraging people to shop locally.

“I do believe it’s important for every business around here to have a chance at getting some spotlight. And that’s how they grow. It’s how Minden grows,” said Will Gerding, Social Media Technician.

The city is launching a ‘Shop Minden First campaign after sales tax revenue dropped 14% in the last year.

“We’re really going all in to try to encourage people to shop local,” said Gerding. Each day in May the city will post a promotional video of a business on their facebook page to drive people to local businesses.

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