Pascagoula Businesses Prepare For Holiday Express

"We're doing all of this for our local businesses to make them stand out," Bleu Bayou Rentals owner Lynn McIlwayn says.

McIlwayn has been putting up the holiday decorations at her tuxedo shop, making sure she's ready for Friday night.

"The kids just love it when they pass by and see Santa sitting here out. They definitely want to get out and see what it's all about. It's a lot of fun."

It's not just fun. McIlwayn says the Holiday Express event is a way to highlight small businesses and show residents the variety of purchases that can be made just five minutes from home.

"People come in and say, 'Well I didn't even know we had a tuxedo place in Pascagoula.'"

And if you make purchases locally, Toy Chest owner Elisabeth Kinsey says you keep money in the community and leave the store with a better gift.

"We provide the service for our customers that the big guys just can't do. They may have a little cheaper of a price, but when you leave here, you've got a gift that's ready to deliver," Kinsey says.

Stores like the Toy Chest are also going to be marking down their prices Friday night in hopes of getting you to come in and spend.