The Greater Beauregard Chamber of Commerce recognized Nice Necessities for it's 31 years in business on Thursday. The store is located in the Country Square shopping center near Curious Cargo in DeRidder, and had a special sale to commemorate the major milestone.

In honor of 31 years in business they had a 31 percent off sale, which drew many new and longtime customers to the store for the celebration.

“We’ve had the store for 31 years and we are happy to have been a part of the community for so long,” said owner Norma Gass. “The years have just flown by”

Gass noted that she has thoroughly enjoyed her time as a business owner in DeRidder, and appreciated the support and business that her customers give her to this day. She reflected on the early days of the business and how much things have changed with technology.

“There have been so many changes over the years. I can remember writing tickets out by hand, and now just about everything is done on computers. Things are different, but change is a good thing.”

Nice Necessities carries the complete line of Merle Norman cosmetic products. In addition to that they carry a wide variety of unique gifts appropriate for any occasion. Gass encouraged those that may have never visited her store to come by and see what they have to offer.

“I would tell someone if they've never been before come by and see us we have lots to offer. A lot of time people don’t realize all the different gifts we have in addition to our cosmetics.” Gass said.