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Bayou Blend - Support the Spectrum!

Bayou Blend - Coming to Downtown! Support the Spectrum for Autism Awareness Month If you love Louisiana, good vibes and anything comfy to wear, you’ll fall for Bayou Blend Apparel, and the story behind the brand. Kaysie Bolton, owner and founder, is truly one of my favorite people and such an…

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Got to Go - to Olive and Indigo!

Okay, so here’s the deal - I love Lake Charles, and I also love boutiques that offer new, trendy things! The other day, I was walking downtown and ran across the shop that encased everything I wanted. I am college student, so naturally, my money supply is limited, but I still want things that are…

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The Corner Market - Local Products & Art!

I pride myself as a self-proclaimed “modern hippie” in the sense I love to know where my things come from and how they are made. Yes, I know, cliché, but I honestly love having natural, organic handmade things, especially when it's made locally or has eco-friendly packaging. If you are the same way…

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The Ultimate Southwest Louisiana Gift Guide

This holiday season, shopping local is more important than ever to the hundreds of Southwest Louisiana businesses that have suffered setbacks because of the pandemic and hurricanes. Shop for handmade crafts and gifts, Louisiana-themed apparel and accessories, or treat yourself to a festive pastry at…

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Unique Holiday Shopping & Experiences

Make your list, check it twice, and have some fun! By this point in the season, you have probably shopped the mall and the big box stores and you may be feeling overwhelmed by the crowds and underwhelmed by the experience. You probably still have some boxes to check, including having an enjoyable…

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Something Special Around the Corner!

There is indeed something special around the Corner, The Corner Market that is! New owners, Jason and Elizabeth, have been working tirelessly redesigning and revamping this gem of a market located in the heart of downtown Lake Charles at 729 Ryan Street. This charming storefront is definitely…

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What to take home from Southwest Louisiana

When you travel, you probably like to take home a memento or two as reminders of the good time you had while on vacation – magnets, pens, keychains, t-shirts, postcards . . . you’ve seen the typical tourist shops! But if you want to take home something more unique to Southwest Louisiana (SWLA), here…

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9 Places to Souvenir Shop this Summer

Summer is a hot travel season here in Southwest Louisiana. It’s the time of year for leisure travelers and weekend warriors to explore the beaches along the Gulf of Mexico, see the alligators along the Creole Nature Trail and hit up the casinos and live concerts. When visitors are looking for…

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Why You’ll Love Cajun Gypsy Corner Market

Located on the corner of Broad and Ryan Streets, underneath downtown’s antique clock (where Keith’s Pawn Shop used to be) you’ll find the city’s newest locally owned grocery store, Cajun Gypsy Corner Market. Upon entering the store, you’re instantly greeted as if you’d been shopping there your…

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