Welcome to The Laurel Board of Trade
Bringing Laurel Businesses Together
The Laurel Board of Trade, Inc. is a local non-profit membership organization that has been bringing together Laurel merchants since the early 1960s.
The Laurel Board of Trade today includes over 100 small business members including retail merchants, restaurant owners and professional and B2B service providers. We work in direct partnership with the City of Laurel, Prince George’s County and the State of Maryland to help our local merchants work towards the common goal of keeping Laurel a hub of commerce.
Over the years, our basic mission has not changed; to help members be their best through connections to knowledge, ideas, relationships with other small businesses in the area and educating the community on the importance of buying local and supporting your local small businesses.
Ginger Reeves has been involved with Toucan Taco since her parents bought the place in 1972. She can remember crawling around on the floor looking for loose change that had been dropped, she jokes that this could be called a “paid” position!
Her parents wanted to retire in the late 1990s and asked all their kids if they were interested in taking over. Her sister was not interested, her brother was building a new home, and Ginger and her husband had just put a contract on a home themselves, so it wasn’t good timing to quit their jobs to embark on restaurant ownership.
Fast forward two years, Ginger and her husband welcomed a newborn son. That shifted their priorities somewhat. At the time, Ginger was working with a graphics corporation in Washington, DC, but the commute was becoming a killer. It was taking time away from being a family, so it was a no-brainer to leave that job. Ginger’s parents offered her a managerial position since one had just come available and she agreed to it. After several years of doing that, and her parents gradually pulling more and more away from everyday operations, it was logical for her to take over, which she finally did in 2008.
Ginger loves the fact that so many customers have been coming in for 50 (or almost 50) years, and their delight in telling her all about it, keeps her going. Of course, good food, made from high-quality ingredients, has always been Toucan Taco’s focus, from her parents on down. Ginger takes great pride in continuing that tradition.