The Bayou Teche has been getting the royal treatment over the past few years thanks to groups like Cajuns for Bayou Teche, the Tour du Teche canoe race and public watershed agencies working to bring awareness and recreational activity back to the sleepy Cajun bayou.
By the start of the new year, canoeing and kayak enthusiasts can add another feat to the list of Bayou Teche milestones when father-son duo Ingo and Cory Werk of Los Angeles finish transforming a historic old bar in downtown Breaux Bridge to a kayak adventure center, complete with rentals and a shuttle service along the Bayou Teche.
The Advocate reports that the new business, according to the founders’ vision, could eventually “change the face of tourism” in the region by attracting eco-tourists and European cultures to the area:
Along with the old bar, Werk, 58, and his son, Cory Werk, 29, are purchasing a second building and a cabin, all of which are located on a 1/2-acre parcel of land that has 100 linear feet of riverfront property, Ingo Werk said.
Cory Werk, an outdoor enthusiast and lifelong athlete, will manage the shop and live in the cabin. Ingo Werk and his wife, Mary, whose mother was born in Breaux Bridge, will split their time between Los Angeles and Breaux Bridge.
The rental service will offer kayaks, canoes, pedal boats and paddle boards while the shuttle service component will target those who may already own canoes and kayaks, Ingo Werk said.
The shuttle service will whisk paddlers from the shop to points up or down the bayou, allowing paddlers to explore the winding waterway without having to worry about making it back to their vehicle, Cory Werk said.
For instance, paddlers could begin in Arnaudville, stop at the shop and grab lunch at Café Des Amis and then continue paddling to St. Martinville.
Read more here.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The state’s “greedy trial lawyers” haven’t scared this oil giant away.
Smaller Microsoft Store installations sell a wide array of Microsoft products (Windows phones, Surface tablets and Xbox consoles) but don’t include everything.
See cutting-edge technologies Thursday in brief presentations/demonstrations from 3rd Dimension Media, C&C Technologies, Cimation and UL Lafayette School of Engineering.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
His company bankrupt and being liquidated, the Lafayette businessman’s financial troubles are mounting.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).