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Black Friday shopping will have a new look this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Gone, for now, are the days of large crowds stampeding through big box stores like Walmart and others as customers rush to grab door-buster sale items.

Local shop owners have prepared for Black Friday shopping during the coronavirus pandemic.

Laura Thomas Baudoin, co-owner of M. (855 Pierremont Rd #128) –a store that sells a modern mix of clothing, shoes, and accessories from well-known brands as well as up and coming designers — said the store will operate under regular hours from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for Black Friday and holiday shopping.

“Being a local business, we don’t have the whole mark-down sale draw that major businesses do,” Thomas Baudoin said. “For us, it’s more just about the community and the weekend of shopping, Small Business Saturday and keeping it local. I save Black Friday for the big box stores because there’s no way I can compete with that.”

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She is, however, set up for online shopping, which is where experts say a lot of the Black Friday shopping will take place.

“We have (online) a well-curated collection of what you can see in our stores today,” Thomas Baudoin said. “We update almost daily on our website at mshreveport.com. You can do in-store pickup or curbside pickup where we’ll bring your items out to your car or we’ll ship it, whatever you need to do. We’ve had our online store for about a year, but it’s really helped during the pandemic.”

You can also shop for M. items on Instagram at M. Shreveport. M.’s price points are on the higher end.

“We’ve been doing fine,” Thomas Baudoin said. “When we were forced to shut down, our customers and the community came together and backed us up. I think a lot of people have realized how important it is to shop locally and these are your friends and neighbors. I always say, shop where your heart is and that’s where ours is. Ever since we opened back up, we’ve been busier than ever. We have better numbers than we’ve had ever.”

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Kyle Baudoin helps a customer in his shop L.E. & Chalk in Shreveport.  (Photo: Henrietta Wildsmith/The Times )

A family owned store run by Thomas Baudoin and her mother Martha Marrs Thomas, M. opened in August 2012 and expanded a couple of years later to add a shoe studio.

It’s now 3,500 square feet of hand-selected fashion and accessories.

L.E. Chalk, a men’s clothing store located at 724 Azalea Dr., run by Thomas Baudoin’s husband Kyle, is the other addition of their family owned stores.

“It’s casual men’s wear such as jeans, button-downs,” Thomas Baudoin said. “It’s a lower price point. It’s got a lot of