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About FlagandBanner.com

Kerrin Krouse (McCoy) and Candice Broussard present flag flown over the Capitol.Arkansas’ Flag and Banner started in 1975 as a one woman door-to-door business selling the most patriotic of America’s symbols – the red, white and blue U.S. flag. During the past 39 years Arkansas’ Flag and Banner grew from that one woman show to a multi-million dollar distributor, retailer, manufacturer and in 1995 internet retailer. In 2000 they officially began marketing as simply FlagandBanner.com.

Pictured at left are Kerry Krouse (McCoy) and Candice Broussard in Sept. 1976 presenting a flag flown at the nations Capitol to the Sertomans group.

Along with business growth came product line growth. Custom flags and banners, commercial flagpoles, and soft signage make up much our B-to-B sales. The showroom opened to the public after 9-11 to fill the niche for local customers who want to browse our gift store for new and different ways to express their patriotism. As for the web, FlagandBanner.com boasts the largest selection online. Thus the company slogan has become “More than just a flag store” – currently shoppers can find a range of products for home and garden, patriotic decorations, jewelry, clothing, toys, dishes and more. When possible FlagandBanner.com attempts to buy Made in America products and prominently note them both online and in store.

Kerry McCoy and FlagandBanner.com was featured in Entreprenuer Magazine in 2008. Since 1991 FlagandBanner.com’s headquarters have been on the Historic National Register. Taborian Hall, a 3 story, red brick building at 800 West Ninth Street in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas was built in 1916. Production and large format printing and cutting take place across the parking lot in our warehouse facility.Learn more about FlagandBanner.com in our Press Center.

 Pictured at left is a segment from Enreprenuer Magazine in 2008 about FlagandBanner.com and owner/president Kerry McCoy.

FlagandBanner.com have been community leaders in preservation for years. Currently a historic preservation project is under way to restore the Dreamland Ballroom, on the third floor of the Taborian Hall. AETN recognizing the signigance of Dreamland is making a documentary and our local college, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, has helped publish a book which is now available on line. In the 1900’s Dreamland Ballroom played a huge part in the history and development of the African American community in Little Rock. One of its claims to fame are the legendary musicians that played there, such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, BB King, Cab Callaway, Louis Jordan, Redd Fox and many more.

About the founder and president of AFB Kerry McCoy:

Kerry McCoy personifies the American dream as she sells the most patriotic of America’s symbols – the red, white and blue U.S. flag. This savvy, super-saleswoman runs a thriving business in a red-brick threestory landmark at 800 West Ninth Street in Little Rock, Ark., which dates back to 1916. If you have ever driven down I-630 in Little Rock you have probably seen the building.

McCoy has brought her 39 year old company firmly into the 21st century with nationwide advertising, distribution and technology. McCoy lives the American dream in more ways than one. Her story shows demonstrates how hard work, intelligence, intuition and a little luck can pay off big in America.

McCoy began her business in the midst of the recession in 1974-1975. As a recent mechandizing school graduate, McCoy was unable to find work so she simply decided to start a business with her $400 savings and self designed business cards. What began as door-to-door distribution in 1975, quickly changed because of rising gas prices, to a telemarkeitng sales strategy, then after becoming a new mother, McCoy reinvented her company again to a mail order and catalog business and in 1995 when she first learned of the Internet, soon after a .com business emerged. She is now known worldwide as simply FlagandBanner.com with roughly 30% of her current sales coming from e-commerce. The most recent business addition was a gift shop/boutique on the first floor of FlagandBanner.com’s headquarters. The boutique sells not just flags but patriotic decorations, home and garden decor, clothing, jewelry, toys and more.

Grady McCoyMcCoy’s husband of 25 years, Grady McCoy, has been with the company since 1990. The McCoy’s have raised four children together, although Kerry calls Arkansas’ Flag and Banner her first born.

Kerry McCoy is not only a wife, mother and owner of a full-time business but also is active in the community and spends countless hours working with the non-profit Friends of Dreamland that is restoring the third floor of Taborian Hall where FlagandBanner.com resides.Learn more about Kerry McCoy on her Blog.

Pictured at left is Grady McCoy, husband of AFB owner Kerry McCoy. He has been head of sales with the company since 1990.

The Taborian Hall was built in 1916 and houses the Dreamland Ballroom, one of the few original Ballroom Dancehalls left in America. During the first half of the 20th century the Dreamland hosted such legendary entertainers as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Redd Fox, BB King, Louis Jordan and more. As part of her work with Dreamland, PBS network AETN has been following McCoy and filming the Dreamland Ballroom’s progress.

 

 


Our Staff

FlagandBanner.com's staff front row left to right: Bonna, Margarita, Arwen, Sarah. Second row l-r: Tim, Sandra, Diana, Tammie, Charles. Third row l-r: Taylor, Paul, Marquis, Nathan, Roger. 4th row l-r: Sam, Jeremy, Kirk, Stephen and last row are Kerry and Grady.

Just a few of our well known customers:

These may be "big" customers but we treat all our customers the same. Big or small, for personal use or for business, we treat everyone with the best possible customer service that we can. That is why you will get a real person when you call us toll free at 1.800.445.0653 SIX DAYS A WEEK. Yes, we are available on Saturday from 10am to 4pm central time. No other flag and banner company can say that!

Flag spotting: flags fly on and off screen

By Sarah DeClerk
            Most people know that films use music to convey a scene’s mood, but flags, banners and bunting also convey subtle and subliminal messages to an audience. Old Glory is one flag that makes a cameo in most major American films. This may be expected when soldiers bravely charge into battle with American flag patches on their sleeves or when a superhero, in a suit of red, white and blue, pledges to defend the country against the forces of evil.
            The American flag is not just a fixture in overtly political films, however. It also appears in unassuming movies, like Adam McKay’s “Step Brothers,” which shows the flag at least twice in the first hour of the film. If you try spotting the American flag next time you watch a movie, it is likely you will not be disappointed.
            Of course, the American flag is just one example. Films also use a variety of historical, international, state and custom flags. They are a handy way to identify a character or setting without saying a world. A rebel flag places a character in the South, but James Bond might prefer the Union Jack. Flags can also create a mood. What would the fascist regime in James McTeigue’s “V for Vendetta” be without its oppressive black and red banners?
            Arkansas Flag and Banner is no stranger to the silver screen. Its flags were featured in Gore Verbinski’s “The Lone Ranger,” saleswoman Bonna Schulte said. Marketing specialist Tammie McClure recalled the company providing flags and hardware for TV shows like “Top Shot,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Nikita,” and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”
            You may recognize other Flag and Banner customers as well, like the Walt Disney Company, Major League Baseball’s Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the Canadian Olympic hockey team (see photo). Flag and Banner has also provided materials for events like the Chanel Fashion Show and the World Martial Arts Championship.
            Flags are often in the news, as well. Both the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party movements employed the Gadsden flag, a yellow flag marked by a rattlesnake and the words “Don’t tread on me.” Rainbow flags also infiltrated the news during the marriage equality debate.
            Other organizations that buy and display flags include schools, scouting groups, museums, embassies, banks, car dealerships and government organizations. From Anheuser-Busch to Walmart to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum (some other notable Flag and Banner customers) nearly every organization uses flags.
            Flags also take the stage in the lives of many individuals who visit the Flag and Banner showroom looking for the perfect flag. A customer may buy an international flags as a gift for foreign exchange students or new citizens, or as a memento of a trip abroad. Another customer may buy a historical flag to add to their collection, a seasonal flag for home decorating or an “open” flag to draw attention to their business. As in films, a flag says something about a person. It is a means of self-identification, and sometimes it takes courage to self-identify.
            Flags are everywhere, so much so that they may be easy to take for granted. Hidden in plain sight, they play an important part in culture, business and politics. Once you start looking for them, it is doubtful you will go anywhere without coming across one.