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Holiday Gifts At Lucy’s Artisan Apothecary

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The tree is loaded with ready-made gifts at Lucy’s Artisan Apothecary for everyone on your list!  Bundles of favorite items, or Lucy’s will customize your gift bundle!  Lucy’s Artisan Apothecary offers acclaimed soaps, deodorants, make-up, bath bombs, personal care products, local art and much more.

Visit Lucy’s Artisan Apothecary at 503 N. Columbia St. or find them online:  lucysartisanapothecary.com. Lucy’s is open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon. – Sat.  For more information, call 985-276-4058

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Shop Local This Season

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There is plenty of festivity in downtown Covington as the

holiday weekend approaches. With all the unique

retail and galleries in the St. John Historic District, you

will find something for everyone on your list. It could

even be a gift certificate to a favorite place to eat, of

which there are several to choose. Plus, The Covington

Brewhouse rewards for shopping local!

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Keep It Local!

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Keep It Local in Historic Downtown Covington for unique and personalized gifts this shopping season.  From hand carved figurines at Roy’s Knife & Archery to hand made jewelry at Shop Soul Boutique, a selection of 200 loose teas at The English Tea Room & Eatery or a wall to wall selection of eclectic gifts at Zita’s, Covington is home to a great variety of friendly retailers.
Columbia Street shopping features clothing and shoes for women and children (The Olive Patch, Shouffle, Columbia Street Mercantile), hardware/outdoor gear, art supplies (H.J. Smith & Sons, Roy’s Knife & Archery, Mo’s Art Supply), plus the dining!  Gift certificates are available at most of your favorite restaurants, share the love.
Lee Lane once again presents “Christmas in the Country,” beginning the day after Thanksgiving and continuing every Saturday through December, featuring shopping, food and fun!  Look for live music, refreshments, sales, and more.  All the shops will be beautifully decorated and aglow with the warmth of the holidays.

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Covington Weekly is thankful for our great advertisers that span retail, professional services, restaurants, clubs and more.  Be sure to visit them this holiday season and support them, because they are the heart of our town.
The English Tea Room & Eatery, Rosemary’s Closet and Brooks’ Bike Shop are a few of our longstanding business partners, don’t miss the Tea Room’s sale, a couple of columns over!  The Green Room and Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe consistently bring some of the best live music and entertainment to the downtown area, and Rock N Blues is open for lunch Wednesday through Saturday.  Jewel’s Cigar and Briar is a great stop for conversation and more, now featuring specials on Rocky Patel lighters.

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Many of our local businesses offer Gift Certificates as well. This holiday season, give the gift of pizza by purchasing a Colonna’s Pizzeria Gift Certificate for that pizza lover on your list.  It also makes a good gift for yourself after a long day of shopping!    colonnaspizzeria.com

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Our Place Studio is offering some great holiday specials for those looking to get an early start on their New Year’s Resolutions.

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Zita’s in Covington, and now in Mandeville, will give 10% off purchases with the coupon on the back of the page.  Go paperless!  Bring the picture in on your phone also!

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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market

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Covington Farmers Market LogoHi, friends, and a happy Tuesday it is! The weather has been gooor-juus – perfect Market Day weather; hope you’re planning to join us. Kandy is back and will (hopefully) have her scrumptious chicken porridge back on the menu. Cornbread pudding is the star of Chomper’s lunch plate which includes pulled pork, green beans and cole slaw. Frankie’s butternut squash soup will keep warm you warm and satisfied and so will her Apple and Cream Cheese Bunt Cake with Carmel Pecan Topping. 🙂

Don’t forget your honey – the perfect ingredient in a hot cuppa tea or lemonade (those tart little beauties should be making an appearance on the tables soon.) Last week I picked up a basket of lip balms that Lucy made for me as favors for a baby shower. They were a BIG hit! Our guests were thrilled to have a gift made with love and quality, non-toxic ingredients. Thanks, Lucy! (OH, BTW, you can get them one at a time instead of by the bagful.)

Susan (Columbia Street Natural Foods) had my favorite sweet potato salad last week or you can also enjoy a roasted vegetable medley or wrap (YUM!) Take home a dozen of Momma’s hot tamales and a dozen eggs from Double K Farms and make sure you check out the fresh veggies from Mr. Houston.

Abita Stumps to play at the Covington Farmers Market

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The Abita Stumps are in the gazebo on Saturday morning with some lively, foot-stompin’ tunes. So grab your coffee and start your shopping so you’ll be ready when market vendor Robin, of Rockin’ Cajun Pepper Jelly fame, serves tastes of her amazing jellies. I picked up a jar of Orange Grand Marnier (WOW!) this past week; she has enough delicious taste combinations to accompany any dish!

It was great to see Mr. Bardwell there this past Saturday. He’s in his nineties now and still sassy as ever! Sadly, this past week was Bardwell’s last until springtime. Don’t worry, though, there are plenty great veggies on the tables and they are being joined each week by new “friends.”

They are also joined by fabulous mushrooms – shiitakes at Betty Rue’s table and oyster and lion’s mane on James’. Greg is back with pumpkins and Natalie favors us with butterhead & red oak leaf lettuces and more. Joining the veggies on Eddie’s table is sugar cane (yes, the whole cane!)

Nick’s delicious peppers are with us again as well as beautiful green onions, radishes, kale and more. Loved the “Crazy Mix” I got from Bartlett’s last week – a delightful medley of Siberian kale, purple kale, curly spicy mustard and red mustard. A few minutes in a saute pan may be more time than it spends on your plate…deee-lish! Adding a few chopped cloves of Dee’s pickled garlic may add a little more time the flavor would definitely be worth it.

Check us out on Instagram (@covingtonlafarmersmarket or #covingtonlafarmersmarket) for lots of great photos and ideas. Also check out our Facebook page @thecovingtonlafarmersmarket to see all the wonderful products we have for you. Drool over them or, better yet, come see them in person. A photo just doesn’t taste the same.

Lots of love,

Charlene LeJeune

Abundant Life Kitchen

The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St. Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit covingtonfarmersmarket.org

 

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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market

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Covington Farmers Market LogoI hope you’re having a happy happy Tuesday, friends! Have we got a Wednesday for you at the Covington Farmers’ Market! Lots of great music from the gazebo and plenty of delicious food. Jeff, Chomper’s BBQ, has a delicious lineup of smoky pulled pork with baked beans or cheese grits and cole slaw. Kandy will join us with an incredible selection of salads from which to choose – noodle salad or shredded cabbage and chicken or pan-seared salmon. WOW! The problem will be making a choice!

Frankie’s Soup-of-the-Week is creamy bacon corn chowder. She’ll also have her phenomenal old-fashioned banana pudding as well. Susan, of Kombucha Girl fame, will be joining us at the Wednesday market. She has recently taken over the management of Columbia Street Natural Foods and will bring us an assortment of deli salads, scrumptious wraps and sandwiches – and she promised she would have that amazing roasted sweet potato salad for which Columbia Street is famous. Be sure to try Erica’s probiotic-rich, raw fermented vegetables. Fermented veggies repopulate your gut with healthy bacteria and digestive enzymes which helps you absorb more of the nutrients in the foods you eat. So you really won’t want to forget fresh veggies from Mr. Houston and Double F Farm’s eggs. Peggy makes sure her hens get the best nutrition and NO GMO feed!

I’m thinkin’ we should start off Saturday with the lively tunes of Joe Manuel streaming out from the gazebo and drifting throughout the market. Sound good to you? Then, join us as we welcome Mama Lea to the demo tent. Lea is moving from Wednesday to our Saturday market and will feature the same delicious foods you’ve come to love.

We also want to shout out a “Welcome Back!” to Norma Jean who joins us once again with those amazing quiches, soups, and her undeniably fantastic cranberry bread and carrot bread. You’ll be pleased to know that her son is also joining our Saturday family. Gabriel’s chair massages are a sure way to help remove those awful kinks from your neck and shoulders.

My new pork chop recipe was a rip-roaring success last week and Mr. Wonderful even remarked how tasty and tender they were. I’m going in a different direction this week with Cashew Chicken featuring James’ chicken breast. Yes, in addition to whole chickens, James also has leg quarters and boneless chicken breast. I cut the breasts into bite sized pieces, then dusted them with a little cornstarch & pepper and browned them. In the meantime, I combined 2 tbsp chili sauce, 4 tbsp ketchup, 1/2 cup soy sauce (low sodium), 2 tbsp brown sugar and 4 tbsp rice wine vinegar (I had to use balsamic since I wasn’t going to the store just for that.) Put that all in a slow cooker, added my browned chicken and let it cook for a few hours, then added a cup of roasted cashews. I’ve sneaked a taste or two and it will rival last week. I’ll serve it over white rice.

There’s so much more here – mushrooms, salad sprouts, jams and jellies, kombucha, water kefir, scrumptious stuffed artichokes, hot & spicy beef jerky, sweet treats, and golden delicious honey. If you sleep in, you’ll miss out on all the goodness to be had here.

Lots of love,

Charlene LeJeune

Abundant Life Kitchen

The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St. Call (985) 892-1873 for information or visit http://www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org/

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Maschler Carpentry, Since 1985

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tom maschler carpentryTom Maschler was always drawn to carpentry, and was helping out in a wood shop from the young age of 10 years old.  Tom graduated from UNO in History and Political Science, but his love for woodwork kept him in carpentry.  In his 30+ years of experience, Tom has developed a vast knowledge and skill to match his passion for woodwork.
If you’ve got a project that you’re ready to start on, give Tom a call at 985-237-3028.  You can also find Tom on Facebook, with pictures of completed jobs and projects in progress.  Tom Maschler Carpentry.   Email:  maschler53@att.net

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Maschler Carpentry, Since 1985

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tom maschler carpentryWith 30+ years of experience, Maschler Carpentry offers exceptional carpentry at a great value.  Tom’s passion for woodworking is evident in the quality of his work, and he has developed a reputation for honesty, reliability and creativity.  Tom is available for remodel, renovation, new additions and flood damaged homes.

Find Maschler Carpentry on Facebook for pictures of completed work, like the stairs and deck shown above.  Tom can build anything from skateboard ramps to horse stables and everything in between.  If you need repairs, or you are ready to start a new project, call Maschler Carpentry, 985-237-3028!

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Second Saturday Art Walk

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It’s Second Saturday Art Walk in Downtown Covington this Saturday evening, a great night to stroll downtown and check out some of the local fare, including bar & grills, family restaurants, upscale and nightlife. Some of the choices include New Orleans Food & Spirits, Coffee Rani, St. John’s Coffeehouse, Buster’s Place, Vazquez Restaurant, Del Porto Ristorante, The Ox Lot, Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe, The Tap Room and Seiler Bar.

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Convergence by Leslie Elliott Smith (Alexandria, LA) 1st Place Winner, STAA 51st Summer Show.

Galleries in downtown Covington include the St. Tammany Art Association, Tripolo, Rolland Golden, Saladino and Armbruster.  The Southern Hotel is a jewel of downtown, fully restored and filled with local fine art.  After hours, Dr. Green and the Funk Machine take the stage at the Green Room, with opening act Timothy A.G.  Columbia Street Rock N Blues Cafe hosts Killahouse.

 

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A Piece of Covington History at Jewel’s

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DSC_0121When you visit Jewel’s Cigar & Briar Shop, you can now sit down and relax in an authentic piece of Covington history.  Jewel’s acquired two of the chairs from Ray Taylor’s Barber Shop, a downtown staple for decades.  The chairs date from the fifties and make a great addition to the seating area that fills up in the afternoons.

You don’t have to smoke cigars to enjoy Jewel’s either.  They also carry palm leaf sun hats by SunBody, walking canes, flags and local memorabilia.  Find them on FB!

 

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Introducing the Downtown Covington Business Advocacy Group

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The Downtown Covington Business Advocacy Group is a new concept from Media 9 Productions, which also brings you the Covington Weekly that you are currently reading.  Covington Weekly developed from a perceived need to promote Historic Downtown Covington, with a goal of providing a platform for small business and an emphasis on local goods and services.  The idea put into practice for the last four years is based on three main principles:

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Facilitate An Open Line Of Communication

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Voice For Small Business/ Project Development,

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Please e-mail any questions, comments or suggestions to covweekly@gmail.com.

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Tom Maschler Carpentry, Since 1985

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Downtown Covington experienced some of the heaviest flooding in recent history within the last month.  For those that dealt with flood water in their homes and are in need of renovations, Tom Maschler can help. In his 30+ years of experience, Tom has developed a vast knowledge and skill to match his passion for woodwork.

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If you’ve got a project that you’re ready to start, give Tom a call at 985-237-3028. You can also find Tom on Facebook, with pictures of completed jobs and projects in progress.  Tom Maschler Carpentry.
maschler53@att.net

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Lamps & Lighting Sale at History Antiques & Interiors

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The last week of February is the last week to save 10% on lamps & lighting at History Antiques & Interiors. Stop in and say hello to History’s knowledgeable staff to pick the perfect set or individual piece to fit your requirements and aesthetic. History Antiques & Interiors also offers design consultation.

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Shop Rosemary’s Closet for All of Your Holiday Vintage Needs

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Visit Rosemary’s Closet at 410 N. New Hampshire (on the trace) in historic downtown Covington for vintage clothes, records and more. You might be looking for that perfect Christmas album, or maybe you need a holiday themed tie or scarf. You might even be looking for that just-right “ugly” sweater! Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by appointment: 985-264-5085

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Tea & Tea Accessories at The English Tea Room – Gift Certificates Available!

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DSC_0516DSC_0545The English Tea Room and Eatery is a destination point for travelers from across the globe as well as the loyal regular crowd. Both enjoy the large variety of loose teas, simple and hearty meals, and sweet treats to munch on. The Tea Room also offers the opportunity to take the experience home with tea sets, cups and plates, standard tea pots, non conventional tea pots, the Northshore’s largest selection of loose teas, accessories and more! www.englishtearoom.com

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History Antiques & Interiors Hosts Open House Thursday & Friday

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history antiques holiday specialsHistory Antiques & Interiors hosts a Holiday Open House on Thursday, December 10, 2015 and Friday December 11, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy the festive décor with a historic twist: every piece tells a story! From linens to glass ware and candles to wreaths, not to mention hand selected furniture, desks, cupboards, local and regional art, wedding gifts, accessories and much more. Take advantage of 10% off store-wide, plus specials and holiday surprises. Light refreshments will be served.

www.historyantiquesandinteriors.com    985-892-0010

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This Week at the Covington Farmer’s Market

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This Saturday December 12th features music by Linnzi Zaorski at 9:30 + the Coffee Rani Food Truck will be at the market!

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The Covington Farmers’ Market is open each Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire and every Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m. on the side lawn of the Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St.

Call (985) 892-1873 for more information or visit www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org

 

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“Shimmy & Soar” Belly Dance & Aerial Yoga at Our Place Studio Saturday

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Grab your favorite girlfriends for an evening of Belly Dancing and Aerial fun! Learn to shimmy & shake what you got with Belly Dance Teacher Amanda Monjure – sweet ‘n sassy hip scarves provided! Let your inner circus acrobat out to float and fly with Aerial Yoga Teacher Liz Bragdon. There will be wine, of course, who could forget the wine? And to keep that healthy energy flowing, our sweet friends at Live Fit are providing delicious smoothies and wraps. Our Place Studio, 338 N. Vermont Street. Shimmy & Soar takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, 2015. $25 per person or book with a friend and pay $22 per person, limited to twelve participants. To reserve your spot, call 985-778-3448 or 985-373-2938.

Our Place Studio is located at 338 N. Vermont St. Visit online at opcovington.com & find them on Facebook: Our Place Studio * Downtown Covington

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