|Turk File 07.27.2011|
New Orleans style boutique shopping meets Breaux Bridge
Shoppers in Breaux Bridge have several new and unique retail options all under one roof with the opening of La Boutiques De Pont Breaux, the town’s first indoor shopping center that boasts five stores — with more on the way — and a vision for expansion into a full-fledged lifestyle center.
The two-story shopping hub at 1800 Rees St. already is home to a FedEx Shipping Center, Oxlite of America and three specialty shops. Those boutique-style outlets include a gift basket-maker whose home business has overflowed into a full-time location, a chocolatier who offers a wide variety of one-of-a-kind sweet treats, and a clothing, tutu and accessory store for “little princesses,” according to the retail center’s website.
Others listed on the website as opening soon are Cenderella II Pastry, Ms. G & S Fashions Accessory, Flirtation, Rose’s Tax Services and Bella Arti, a fine art, photography, framing and photo restoration center owned by Sonny Monteleone.
“Our goal is not to be just another retail shopping establishment, but a lifestyle center, making life just a little bit richer for folks in Breaux Bridge and the surrounding areas through a more urbanized approach, including community classes,” says manager Ginger Schouest.
La Boutiques hosts a monthly Art Fair and Farmer’s Market and is also looking for instructors of all kinds to teach yoga, art and other classes in the center’s studio classroom. The floorplan of the shopping center includes a waterfall, atrium and courtyard.
Schouest says residents have offered input on what they’d like to see filling the rest of the space, like day spas for people and pets, an art café, a wine and cheese shop and a bath, body and candle shop featuring Louisiana products and essential oils.
“The sky is the limit,” Schouest says. “We want the community to view our facilities as a wonderful place to be, to shop, to eat, to relax, to learn, to people watch and to socialize. We are working hard to achieve that environment. Consumers can shop to soft jazzy tunes, relax in front of our waterfall, or simply browse the varied art from local artists, hanging on our walls while sipping a java. In some ways, it’s like a small taste of shopping in New Orleans. It’s fun. It’s unique and our boutiques are small, starting at 100 square feet and up, so it’s very personal.”
For more information on available merchant space, contact Schouest at 781-4312.
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