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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.
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.
McCoy’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.
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!