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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cotton Exchange was dressed up in green and purple this weekend for Mardi Gras. Businesses were hoping to attract customers downtown with special sales and their very on king cake. They say it worked.

“We had double or triple the amount people we would normally have on a Saturday,” said Richard Davis, a comic store owner in The Cotton Exchange. “Lots of folks coming through, having a great time shopping and browsing all the nerdy stuff we have in here. We did a lot more business so it was really great to having something like that to bring people downtown.”

The businesses are hoping to make this Mardi Gras celebration a yearly event. They say whatever helps bring people to local businesses is worth it.

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