Tag: things to do

25 Sep 2016

Southern Snapshot: The Grape Guy Mural  1

Southern Snapshot: Grape Guy Mural

When going to eat some cheeseburgers at Cotten’s Downtown for a blog post, we stumbled up this amazing mural on the side of the restaurant. It’s a piece done by Jeremy Price of Bluejay Arts. Have  you seen this mural or others like it around town? Have any pics? Please comment below or e-mail us at bonveillercher@gmail.com! We would love to see and share them!

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20 Sep 2016

Huntin’ Gators on the Geaux: The Racquet Club Gator  1

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: The Racquet Club Gator | bonveillercher.com

This Gator on the Geaux can be found at the Lake Charles Racquet Club at 870 West Bayou Pines in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He’s hidden under some stairs by the pool, and rumor has it he used to hold a tennis racquet! We don’t know the name of the Gator or the artist.

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: The Racquet Club Gator | bonveillercher.com

If you know of a few Gators on the Geaux around town please drop us a hint in the comments below or e-mail us at bonveillercher@gmail.com!

Keep smiling!Lexi

 

18 Sep 2016

Southern Snapshot: Mary Ann’s Cafe Sign  0

Southern Snapshot: Mary Ann's Cafe Sign

Cotten’s Downtown had just so many interesting things! We also found the original Mary Ann’s Cafe sign hanging on the wall inside. I remember eating at Mary Ann’s Cafe in the mid-80’s when I was working in the downtown area. I loved their burgers and fries!

Do you remember Mary Ann’s Cafe? Have any special memories there or a favorite menu item? Please comment below or e-mail us at bonveillercher@gmail.com, so we can share your stories!

Loving-2Blife-2CKatrina

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

12 Sep 2016

Huntin’ Gators on the Geaux: Local Lendagator Remastered  0

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: Local Lendigator Remastered | bonveillercher.com

This Gator on the Geaux was one of the first we heard about as it was originally the Local Lendigator and stood outside First Federal Savings and Loan on 1135 Lake Shore Drive in Lake Charles, Louisiana. However, time and weather took its toll, so when we went to find him, we only saw the square of concrete where he had stood. But we were not discouraged! It was Sunday, so the bank (now First Federal Bank) was closed, but I snuck a peek through a window and could just make out a Gator on the Geaux head! So we added him back onto our list to visit during business hours.

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: Local Lendigator Remastered | bonveillercher.com

Originally done by artist Susan Arnold Fuerst, from pictures it looks like this Gator on the Geaux had a mosaic pattern on its back and was a beautiful array of blues. It was redone by Fred Stark in 2015 and now is covered in paper money images with a large First Federal Bank logo on its chest. It also has a nice texture to it that makes it unique!Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: Local Lendigator Remastered | bonveillercher.com

Are we missing a Gator on the Geaux? Comment below or send us an e-mail at bonveillercher@gmail.com!

Keep smiling!Lexi

02 Sep 2016

Fearless Finds: Cotten’s Downtown  3

Fearless Finds: Cotten's Downtown | bonveillercher.com

If you read our post about The Rocket Drive Inn in Jennings, Louisiana, then you know that WE LOVE CHEESEBURGERS!! So, when my husband suggested we check out the newest location of Cotten’s for the blog, we hurried on over.

Cotten’s Famous Hamburgers is known for its location on Oak Park Boulevard, but since November of 2015 they’ve also been providing delicious diner foods at the old Mary Ann’s Café at 110 West Broad Street in downtown Lake Charles.

Fearless Finds: Cotten's Downtown | bonveillercher.com

Called Cotten’s Downtown, this new location has a really cool retro vibe with vintage photographs and newspaper clippings on the wall and even the original Mary Ann’s Café sign. Also, instead of a walk-up and order restaurant, they have a waitstaff to take your orders and bring your food.

You can even watch your food being prepared behind the counter because it’s an open grill with fryers!

Fearless Finds: Cotten's Downtown | bonveillercher.com

The food was delicious (we each had a cheeseburger and shared some onion rings), the staff was fun and friendly, and the environment was interesting and laid back. We will definitely be back!

Fearless Finds: Cotten's Downtown | bonveillercher.com

Have you had a chance to check out Cotten’s Downtown yet? What’s your favorite menu item?

Check out Cotten’s Downtown Facebook page and be sure to use their hashtags #burgersonbroad and #breakfastonbroad if you share some of your grub on social media!

Also be on the lookout for a few Southern Snapshots featuring the art at the diner!

Keep smiling!Lexi

 

21 Aug 2016

Huntin’ Gators on the Geaux: News-Scoop Gator  5

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: News-Scoop Gator | bonveillercher.com

In honor of the American Press running an article about us today, we are sharing their Gator on the Geaux with y’all! With a vest made of newspaper and a nifty messenger bag over his shoulder, this Gator on the Geaux is ready to spread some news!

Huntin' Gators on the Geaux: News-Scoop Gator | bonveillercher.comThe artist is Mark Lefevre, and this Gator on the the Geaux is located just outside of the American Press office in Lake Charles at 4900 US-90.

If you know of any Gators on the Geaux we are missing, shoot us an e-mail at bonveillercher@gmail.com or comment below!

And pick up a copy of the American Press today to see us on the cover of the Life section!

Keep smiling!Lexi

14 Aug 2016

Fearless Finds: W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum  2

Fearless Finds: W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum | bonveillercher.com

Fearless Finds: W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum | bonveillercher.comReady to step back in time? Well we have found just the place to make you feel like you’re back in the early 1900’s! The W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum is a hidden gem in downtown Jennings, Louisiana. Just a block down from the Heywood Building, the museum’s exterior looks like an old storefront, and when you walk through the front doors you’re transported back to 1910 China, Louisiana!

Originally started to supply workers and farmers with goods, the store remained open until 1949 when they left for lunch, locked it up, and never opened it again. Eventually they boxed everything up (and we mean EVERYTHING) and stored it in a warehouse until the grandson donated everything for the creation of the museum in the 1990’s.

Fearless Finds: W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum | bonveillercher.comThe museum is absolutely overfull with old merchandise. Shelves and shelves of medicines, dry goods, fabric, and so much more can be seen, and almost everything still has the original prices posted! They kept everything including the original wholesale catalogs from which the merchandise was bought, so the curators of the museum can actually look back to see when things were purchased and for how much.

There are also some amazing examples of hand-woven Coushatta Indian baskets that were brought in by the Native Americans to trade for goods.

Along with the merchandise, the actual display counters were also brought to the museum. One measures 17 feet long and was brought in one piece! You can also walk through the original store doors.Fearless Finds: W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum | bonveillercher.com

This museum is such a cool find, and it would be a perfect way to get out of the house but still escape the heat and learn about early twentieth century life in small town Louisiana! It’s only $3 for adults and $1 for students, and there is a side room with rotating exhibits as well as the amazing Children’s Telephone Museum in the back portion (stay tuned for a separate post about that!).

Fearless Finds: W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum | bonveillercher.comThe museum is open Monday through Friday 9 to 5. For more information check out their website tuppermuseum.com, and we hope you take a trip back in time there very soon!

Keep smiling!Lexi