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Kerry talks with radio host about Confederate Flags, Rainbow Flags, censorship, the emotions of flags and about being in business for 40 years and how it has changed over the years.

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Flags shown behind President Obama are FlagandBanner.com products. We were glad to work with the Choctaw Nation on this project.

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Confederate-flag demand boosts sales, LR store says

This article was published today at 11:40 a.m.

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Kerry McCoy stands in Arkansas Flag and Banner in Little Rock.

 A Little Rock-based flag business said sales have increased 50 percent in part because of increased demand for the Confederate flag after other retailers stopped selling it.

Arkansas Flag and Banner, which is located on West 9th Street in downtown Little Rock and also operates an online store, said in a statement Tuesday that overall sales — including the Confederate flag and other products — were up 50 percent in June and July. New customers were up 63 percent.

“The day [Wal-Mart] and Amazon discontinued the sale of confederate flags, my internet business exploded with orders from all across the country,” owner Kerry McCoy wrote in the statement.

McCoy estimated the business sold some 2,000 Confederate flags during the stretch, up from maybe 50 it typically sells in a year’s time. She said that flag was the best-seller for the period, though higher sales on non-Confederate affiliated, more expensive products actually generated more revenue.

The business also added two new employees during the stretch, bringing its total staff to 22.

McCoy defended her decision to sell the flag even as other retailers stripped it from shelves, saying it’s a freedom-of-speech issue for a business that specializes in flags.

“When your core business is selling flags, you can’t stop selling flags to any group of Americans,” McCoy said. “Because it’s your core business … I don’t fly the Confederate flag; I don’t have any intention of flying the Confederate flag. But that doesn’t mean I’m into censorship. I’m in the business of selling flags.”

McCoy likened it to the gay pride flag, which she said some religious groups have asked her to stop selling. She said she has declined to do so.

“That’s just the business of the flag business,” McCoy said.

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The recent ballyhoo of the Confederate battle flag has sparked increased sales at Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com from not just the south, but all across the country and even Canada.

“The day WalMart and Amazon discontinued the sale of confederate flags, my internet business exploded with orders from all across the country,” AFB owner Kerry McCoy said.

WalMart discontinued the sale of Confederate flag merchandise on June 23, 2015 and was soon followed by Amazon, Sears, eBay and other online retailers. This action prompted major flag manufacturing companies such as Annin Flags to discontinued the distribution of Confederate products. This left smaller retailers scrambling to fill consumer demands.

To date, Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com has seen a 50% increase in sales in June and July and a 63% increase in new customers. This increase in business has resulted in the creation of two new job positions within the company, which is a 10% job creation growth to a 22 person small business.

AFB sees the interest in confederate flags waning, but believes patriotism from its customers will remain high in the consumption of other patriotic and historical products.

To date, AFB has filled most Confederate merchandise backorders and expects to have all completed by month’s end.

When asked about the selling of the confederate battle flag, McCoy said, “I am not in the business of censorship for any segment of Americans. You can buy any historical flag, a gay pride flag, a Native American flag, a religious flag, a democrat and/or a republican flag from me. I represent ALL Americans. The innate right to freedom of speech is one of the things that makes our country great.”

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Kerry McCoy is founder and president of FlagandBanner.comand publisher of Brave Magazine. Kerry has been in the flag business for more than 40 years. If you would like Kerry for an interview or to speak at your event, please contact tammie@flagandbanner.com with details. 
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Little Rock, Ark., (PRWEB) August 11, 2015

On November 6th, the Dreamland Ballroom will host its 6th Annual Dancing into Dreamland dance competition and fundraiser. The annual fundraiser is to generate funds for improvements and renovations to the historic 99-year-old building located at 800 West Ninth Street.

The current fundraising campaign (carried over from last year) is to raise funds to make Taborian Hall accessible to all by installing an elevator which would be ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant. The non-profit group, The Friends of Dreamland needs more than $700,000 to achieve their goal to have an addition and elevator added to the almost century old historic site.

This year’s fundraiser will begin at 7 pm and last until 10 pm. Celebrity judges will choose the overall winner of the dance competition while guests will vote for their favorite dancers to receive the People’s Choice Award by text voting.

A silent auction with more than $20,000 in auction items will be up for grabs during the event. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres along with drinks and an hour long free dance will be open for any and all guests to cut a rug.

Dreamland Ballroom is housed on the third floor of Taborian Hall built in 1916. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and hosted such musical legends as Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong. Louis Jordan, Redd Foxx and a host of other legendary artists throughout the years.

In the 1970s through the 1980s the building fell into disrepair and was rescued in 1991 by Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com’s owner Kerry McCoy. The Friends of Dreamland non-profit was formed in 2009 and has been working to save and restore this piece of Little Rock’s cultural history ever since.

The Friends of Dreamland invite the public to attend; general admission tickets are available for $69 each or guests can purchase the private balcony or one of two box seating areas or entire tables right on the dance floor. Guests can order tickets online at http://www.dreamlandballroom.com/did2015.html. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well. Contact the Friends of Dreamland at 501.255.5700 to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. Dress in party attire the night of the event.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 6 at 800 West 9th Street, Little Rock, Ark. Entrances are on the State Street side of the building.

The Friends of Dreamland is a 501(c)(3) corporation. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Visit http://www.dreamlandballroom.org or call 501.255.5700 for details.

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Nelson unintentionally stirred controversy last year when she replaced the U.S. flag on the eight-story downtown landmark with an Irish flag for the annual festival.

This year, 24 Irish flags are evenly spaced around the roof’s edge. The larger American flag still waves high above them.

“We decided to use (Irish) flags all the way around,” said Nelson, of Nelson Properties, which owns the Black’s Building. The Irish flags went up Monday. Nelson said she wasn’t sure of the results — until she received a phone call from City Hall.

“The mayor called the first thing and said they look fantastic,” Nelson said. Mayor Buck Clark said he could see them from his office window.

Last year, some downtown business owners, veterans and others objected when Nelson replaced the U.S. flag atop the building with a large Irish Republic tricolor.

They took exception to replacing the American flag with that of another country. Some threatened to boycott the festival.

Nelson said it was not her intention to be unpatriotic. She only meant to celebrate Irish Fest and honor Irish immigrant James Black, who built the building 100 years ago for his namesake department store.

She kept the Irish flag atop the building for the balance of last year’s Irish Fest but promised to restore Old Glory there permanently and find an alternative solution. Staff installed smaller flag poles on secure bases that will hold up on the roof in the wind.

Nelson still has the large Irish flag that flew over the building last year, but hasn’t yet determined a use for it. Flag etiquette required a separate pole for the Irish flag, but she said an identical pole would have been too expensive.

Meanwhile, other downtown venues are getting ready for Iowa Irish Fest, which runs Friday through Sunday. For those wishing to see a larger version of the Irish tricolor up close and personal, one is flying atop the lower Lincoln Park building at East Fourth and Mulberry streets, adjacent to most of the Irish Fest events, which begin with a 4 p.m. Friday parade downtown.

A full schedule of events is available online at iowairishfest.com.

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KTLA Los Angeles Morning Show asked us to be a part of their Bastille Day segment on July 14, 2015. We were glad to donate flag pennants and a pole hem French flag for a re-enactor to wave during the segment. Viva la France!

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