Tag: handmade

15 Sep 2016

Fearless Finds: Sweets & Treats  2

Fearless Finds: Sweets & Treats | bonveillercher.com

Looking to try a new dessert? Well have you ever had a tea cake? We hadn’t, so when a patient of mine suggested we try out Sweets & Treats of Lake Charles, we had to oblige!

Fearless Finds: Sweets & Treats | bonveillercher.com

Located at 411 Ryan Street, Sweets & Treats has a variety of homemade desserts from chocolate covered anything to their famous tea cakes. First time customers get a free tea cake to sample! Once we tried each a one, we had to buy a few to take home! They’re not overly sweet, super soft, and very delicious. At just $4.10 for 3, it’s an affordable and easy treat to pick up and bring home.

Fearless Finds: Sweets & Treats | bonveillercher.com

Check out their Facebook page and stop by to try a new dessert!

Already love Sweets & Treats? What’s your favorite menu item? Comment below!

Keep smiling!Lexi

13 Jul 2016

Huntin’ Gators on the Geaux: Bowtie Marina’s Pirate Gator  0

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: Bowtie Marina's Pirate Gator | bonveillercher.com

 

It wouldn’t be Lake Charles without a few pirate Gators on the Geaux, and we found our first one at Bowtie Marina! Although he appears to be missing his headpiece, he still has his weapons in his pockets! This Gator on the Geaux stands on the deck to keep watch over the marina and welcome all boats that arrive!

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: Bowtie Marina's Pirate Gator | bonveillercher.comThere was no plaque with a name or artist, so if you know any information about him please comment below or send us an e-mail at bonveillercher@gmail.com!

 

Keep smiling!Lexi

15 Jun 2016

Following the Louisiana Antique Trail: The Steamer Trunk  0

Following the Louisiana Antique Trail: The Steamer Trunk | bonveillercher.com

We have another downtown Jennings, Louisiana, find for you, and this time it’s on the Louisiana Antique Trail! Nova Barnes opened The Steamer Trunk in December of 2012 fulfilling her dream of having a shop on Main Street and loves to fill her shop with things her customers will “treasure and not just fill space.”

The Steamer Trunk is filled with so many fun finds ranging from antiques to clothing to an adorable little book nook! Nova also makes her own jewelry and will repair yours. They also repair and sell furniture, and her daughter makes the soaps and bath scrubs available.

Following the Louisiana Antique Trail: The Steamer Trunk | bonveillercher.com

One of our favorite things at The Steamer Trunk is her “Artist of the Month” series. Each month she features a different artist and sells their pieces in the store with all proceeds going directly to the artist. With no gallery in Jennings, this is a great way for local artists to get their name and works out to the public. If you’re an artist and would like to be featured please contact Nova; she’s always looking for new artists!

If you’re looking for a unique gift stop by The Steamer Trunk! Gift certificates and free gift wrapping is available. It’s located at 526 North Main Street in Jennings, Louisiana. Check out their website thesteamertrunkla.com and their Facebook page. Also take a look at the Louisiana Antique Trail website, louisianaantiquetrail.com, for other amazing antique shops.

And keep following along as we make our way along the Louisiana Antique Trail!

Keep smiling!Lexi

 

02 Jun 2016

Fearless Finds: The Art-o-mat  0

Fearless Finds: The Art-o-mat | bonveillercher.com

Some of our best finds are ones that we literally stumble upon while out on our adventures, and this might be my favorite all-time random find! It’s called an Art-o-mat, and this one is located on the second floor of the Central School Arts and Humanities Center in Lake Charles.

Fearless Finds: The Art-o-mat | bonveillercher.comArt-o-mats are retro cigarette machines that sell original artworks! Everything from paintings and photos on wood blocks to jewelry and mini sculptures can be found inside! Unfortunately we didn’t have any cash on us, but for only $5 we could have bought a piece of artwork.

It even encourages local artists to get involved! Check out the Art-o-mat website, artomat.org, for more information including how to get involved and where to find others.

Have you seen other Art-o-mats before? Please leave us a comment or send us an e-mail at bonveillercher@gmail.com about your experience with them or where we can find others!

Keep-2Bsmiling-Lexi2

15 Mar 2015

Fearless Finds: The RE Market  0

Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - The RE Market: A collection of vendors selling repurposed items, antiques,art, and so much more! Located in Jennings, Louisiana. | bonveillercher.com
Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - The RE Market: A collection of vendors selling repurposed items, antiques,art, and so much more! Located in Jennings, Louisiana. | bonveillercher.blogspot.comSpring is in the air, so what better place to be than the Spring Fling at The RE Market?! This past weekend The RE Market had sales, refreshments, and art classes to welcome Spring, and I got to speak with the manager and a few vendors as I looked through the booths.
 
The RE Market has something for everyone! They have antiques, vintage finds, repurposed home accents, architectural salvage, and so much more. Looking for a gift? The RE Jeweled booth by designer Celia Joe Black has creations made from repurposed items and is a must stop. I also had the pleasure of meeting Susan Sarradet Bergeaux in her booth, Sunset Creek, which features home accessories and interior design. There are far too many amazing vendors to name; you’ll just have to go see for yourself!
 
Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - The RE Market: A collection of vendors selling repurposed items, antiques,art, and so much more! Located in Jennings, Louisiana. | bonveillercher.blogspot.comThe RE Market is located at 303 North Lake Arthur Avenue in Jennings, Louisiana, a street over from the Donut King. Formerly the old 7up Bottling Company, the building has a very eclectic, shabby-chic look to it, which is perfect for this type of business. It just fits! While walking around, my sister said “Come here, you’ve got to see this!” and led me to the inside of the original front doors of the building to a large tiled 7up logo on the floor. It was so cool!
Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - The RE Market: A collection of vendors selling repurposed items, antiques,art, and so much more! Located in Jennings, Louisiana. | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
Kayla Gary, the manager, and her lovely staff welcomed me in, and she couldn’t talk enough about the start of The RE Market and how they’ve grown in the past three years. The business started out as a 200 square foot cabinet showroom, and now it’s this 10,000 square foot “REpurposed, REnewed, and REmarkable” place housing 30+ vendors with a waiting list!
 
Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - The RE Market: A collection of vendors selling repurposed items, antiques,art, and so much more! Located in Jennings, Louisiana. | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
The RE Market is open Monday through Saturday 10am-4pm. For more information you can call 337-821-0083 or 337-275-7312 or visit their website at REaccents.com
 
P.S. The RE Market is stop number 44 on the Louisiana Antique Trail! We will be doing a blog series about this soon as we attempt to visit all 95 shops on the trail! Check out LouisianaAntiqueTrail.com for more info.
 
05 Mar 2015

Fearless Finds: Pint House Pizzaria  3

Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - Pint House Pizzaria of Lake Charles, Louisiana offers a wide variety of unique pizzas, beers, gelato, & more! | bonveillercher.com
 
I get so excited when there are new restaurants in town, and if it’s a favorite of mine like pizza I just have to go! Pint House Pizzaria at 329 Broad Street in Lake Charles opened in July of 2014 and has such amazing pizza combinations, desserts, beers, and more!
 
Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - Pint House Pizzaria of Lake Charles, Louisiana offers a wide variety of unique pizzas, beers, gelato, & more! | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
Although we opted for a traditional pepperoni pizza because I’m super picky, Pint House Pizzaria offers pizzas like the Atomic Rooster and the Napalm Duck, the latter is made with ranch sauce, two types of cheeses and peppers, duck, and chipotle and srirache sauces! The pizzas are handmade and cooked in a brick oven which makes for an incredible crust that’s both crispy and soft at the same time. While you can of course purchase whole pizzas, they also offer a lunch buffet Monday through Friday from 11 to 1:30 so you can test out a few different pizza varieties. It’s only $8.99 for adults and $5.99 for kids twelve and under.
Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - Pint House Pizzaria of Lake Charles, Louisiana offers a wide variety of unique pizzas, beers, gelato, & more! | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
To wet your whistle, Pint House Pizzaria has a long list of craft beers and rotating kegs. A few with names we couldn’t forget were La-31 Biere Noir, Clown Shoes Tramp Stamp, and Monty Pythons Holy Grail Ale! For non-alcoholic beverages, they have handmade sodas in lots of flavors including Jamaican Cola, Cotton Candy, and Smores. Ice cream sodas, shakes, malts, and beer floats are also on the menu. 
 
(In case you’re wondering, we had water. Yes, we know we are boring, but next time we won’t be!)
Vanilla Marscapone Chocolate Biscotti gelato from Pint House Pizzaria    Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - Pint House Pizzaria of Lake Charles, Louisiana offers a wide variety of unique pizzas, beers, gelato, & more! | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
Once you’re near full up on pizza and beer, you can top of your meal with fresh, homemade gelato or sorbetto! We had Vanilla Marscapone Chocolate Biscotti gelato, and wow it was so good!! My mom talked with the sweet worker who helped her, and she said she actually made the gelato! You can see her pictured with the gelato case. They’re constantly changing flavors, so you always have something new to try!
 Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - Pint House Pizzaria of Lake Charles, Louisiana offers a wide variety of unique pizzas, beers, gelato, & more! | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
The environment is so cozy and warm, and all the staff was super friendly! Looking at their Facebook page, Pint House Pizzaria also hosts local artists on their stage on some Saturday nights. We’re definitely planning a trip back to try more flavors of the pizza and gelato and to experiment with some handmade sodas!
 Bon veiller, cher: Fearless Finds - Pint House Pizzaria of Lake Charles, Louisiana offers a wide variety of unique pizzas, beers, gelato, & more! | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
For more information on Pint House Pizzaria check out their website, pinthousepizzaria.com, where you can order online, like them on Facebook, or call 337-419-1931.
 
27 Feb 2015

Fearless Finds: The Louisiana Market  0

Fearless Finds: The Louisiana Market -- one of the oldest stores in the Cottage Shop District in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with gifts, art, food, coffee, and a warm, inviting atmosphere | bonveillercher.com
 
Fearless Finds: The Louisiana Market -- one of the oldest stores in the Cottage Shop District in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with gifts, art, food, coffee, and a warm, inviting atmosphere | bonveillercher.blogspot.comAfter 25 years of business in the same location, The Louisiana Market at 2710 Hodges Street in Lake Charles, Louisiana, has become more than a familiar sight among the Cottage Shops; it’s a tradition. The current owner, Lisa Foreman, began working at The Louisiana Market three years ago with plans to buy it, and in July of 2014 that’s what she did. Her only employees are her family, and they show great dedication and support. Lisa was so warm and inviting, and it was obvious she loves what she does. Most of our visit was spent talking about and meeting her local artists (many to be seen on future blog posts!) and exploring the shop.
 
Fearless Finds: The Louisiana Market -- one of the oldest stores in the Cottage Shop District in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with gifts, art, food, coffee, and a warm, inviting atmosphere | bonveillercher.blogspot.comThe Louisiana Market has anything and everything Louisiana! “What I try to do is to promote Southwest Louisiana,” Lisa explained as she showed us the wide variety of products, art, and décor she carries. She has cookbooks, dishware, and gourmet foods including Virgin Pecan Oil. You’ll find unique t-shirts and jewelry, most referencing Louisiana. They even make super cute gift baskets for any occasion. Most recently they filled miniature pirogues with goodies for a local Mardi Gras Krewe.
 
Lisa works closely with local artists selling their works and helping them reach a broader audience. She even connected one with the flag company she buys from, and now the artist’s designs are featured on flags! There are beautiful works all around the shop including watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings, local pottery, and recycle art.
 
Fearless Finds: The Louisiana Market -- one of the oldest stores in the Cottage Shop District in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with gifts, art, food, coffee, and a warm, inviting atmosphere | bonveillercher.blogspot.comSpecialty coffee is also available at The Louisiana Market. All the beans are roasted and flavored in Mooringsport, Louisiana, and they are sold by the pound, whole or ground. The flavors are so unique with names like Swamp Gold and King Cake. I actually bought a half pound bag of ground Café Beignet and love it! I can’t wait to go back and try another flavor.
 
 
 
We will definitely be regular customers now and know where to find unique gifts in the future. So whether you need a present for a native Cajun or want to share the Louisiana spirit with a faraway friend, pay a visit to The Louisiana Market to find exactly what you’re looking for!
Fearless Finds: The Louisiana Market -- one of the oldest stores in the Cottage Shop District in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with gifts, art, food, coffee, and a warm, inviting atmosphere | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
For more information visit thelouisianamarket.com, like them on Facebook, or call 337-656-2908.
 
 
25 Feb 2015

Fearless Finds: Fleur De Lis Candles  0

Fearless Finds: Fleur De Lis Candles -- hand poured candles with full scents and unique names like Monkey Farts and Lick Me All Over! | bonveillercher.com
Ever wonder what a monkey fart smells like? Well during my drives to work I kept hearing about a candle shop in Lafayette, and what really got my attention were the names of the candles like Monkey Farts and Oilfield Trash. I love candles and thought to myself, “I have to smell a Monkey Fart!!” So that’s the first thing I did upon arriving at Fleur De Lis Candles.
Fearless Finds: Fleur De Lis Candles of Lafayette, Louisiana -- hand poured candles with full scents and unique names like Monkey Farts and Lick Me All Over! | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
 
But I didn’t stop there. I smelt Butt Naked and Cajun Hot Flash and King Cake and so many others! The names are so unique and fun, some are even customer-created. But walking around the shop I noticed that most of the candles and wax melts are primarily white in color, and that made me wonder why. We were told that the candles are made with fewer petroleum by-products which is where the color comes from, so for cleaner burning, they opt for fewer colored candles.
 
This brings us to how it all got started. The owners were searching for an affordable, eco-friendly candle that didn’t skimp on scent, so when they couldn’t find any locally, they did the research and began creating and selling their own out of their snow cone stand. Now they’re located at 3816 West Congress Street, Suite 3 in Lafayette, Louisiana, and all candles are created and hand-poured onsite.
 
Another unique service they offer is they will pour a candle in whatever container you bring them. The owner told us they’ve seen everything from Ragu to baby food jars, and they’ll cut the price down for your recycling efforts! Most custom candles can be done within 24 hours.
Fearless Finds: Fleur De Lis Candles of Lafayette, Louisiana -- hand poured candles with full scents and unique names like Monkey Farts and Lick Me All Over! | bonveillercher.blogspot.com
We actually got to have a sneak sniff of their newest scent, Bunny Burps! Everyone is going to love it!
 
This is a must-stop for all candle lovers. Believe me, you won’t leave empty-handed! We went last week, and I have already been through three cubes of my Mardi Gras wax melts! I am loving the scent! It smells great but isn’t overwhelmingly strong.
 
As we were checking out, Lexi got a text from her Granny asking if they had a Kettle Corn scent. That’s one scent they don’t have, but they wrote it down and will hopefully be working to create one! Maybe we will even be able to create the name for it!
 
 
For more information check out their website fleurdeliscandles.com, like them on Facebook, or call 337-534-8865.
 
 
05 Feb 2015

Fearless Finds: Rocket Drive Inn  10

Fearless Finds: Rocket Drive Inn -- a blast from the past burger joint in Jennings, Louisiana -- bonveillercher.com

I love cheeseburgers!
Fearless Finds: Rocket Drive Inn -- a blast from the past burger joint in Jennings, Louisiana -- bonveillercher.blogspot.com
Not the fast food prepackaged ones. The real meat, homemade ones I found at my new favorite place, the Rocket Drive Inn. This great find is as old as me. No wonder we connected the first time I sat on the coolest red picnic tables, covered with the scratchings of years gone by. 
 
The atmosphere is so vintage even my seventeen year old son put down his iPhone and dug into his cheeseburger and fries. I knew I had to take Lexi, a fellow cheeseburger lover, and share this literal blast from the past.
 
We each ordered a cheeseburger, an extra large drink, and one order of homemade onion rings to share for about $14. Not bad for a quick daycation to the 1960’s. Now we can’t wait for summer to head back for some homemade Rocket ice cream (the cold kept us from enjoying some this trip).
Fearless Finds: Rocket Drive Inn -- a blast from the past burger joint in Jennings, Louisiana -- bonveillercher.blogspot.com
I for one am truly grateful to the owner, Joann Leger, for keeping this little piece of nostalgic heaven available for all to enjoy. Next time you’re in Jennings, stop by 1118 State Street or call 337-824-2120 for more info.
 
If the Rocket Drive Inn happens to be a favorite of yours or you take our advice and try it out, let us know! We’d love to hear about your little visit to the past.