Christmas in the Village celebrates recovery and holiday season

Denham Springs Antiques Village is nationally recognized shopping destination

Screen Shot 2017-12-06 at 7.32.07 PMA stroll through the Denham Springs Antiques Village reveals none of the destruction the district suffered during the record-breaking flood of August 2016. The historic buildings are renovated and lit up and decorated for Christmas in the

Village. Merchants are ready and proud to welcome visitors to the many upcoming Christ- mas events: Chef’s Evening and Wine Tasting; the lighting of Old City Hall on Mattie Street and the city’s Christmas tree at Train Station Park on Railroad Ave.; a live nativity; and the Merchants’ Open House which kicks off the holiday celebrations Nov. 25, to name a few.

Al Bye, president of the Denham Springs Antiques Merchants’ Association was opti- mistic in 2016 immediately after ood that the Antiques Village would bounce back, even though about half of the businesses in the lower section of the downtown stores along S. Range Ave. sustained heavy damage – and he has been proven right. Bye and his busi- ness partner, Elvin Watts, co-owners of Theater Antiques, never hesitated about making the commitment to rebuild, as did most of the other business owners as well.

Screen Shot 2017-12-06 at 7.32.22 PM“It’s was a long ordeal but things are great now,” Bye said. “Most of the people who had businesses here before the ood have returned, and some new ones have come in to replace the ones that didn’t. We are so happy to see Salassi Jewelry & Gifts take over and renovate the corner building where Louisiana Purchases used to be on Range at Centerville and make it their new store. They have two new tenants coming into the building with them, Natasha Marie Bridal, and Addiction Boutique. Also, The Restored Home will be taking over Salas- si’s former location on the other end of the Village, next to the Taste of Louisiana Café.”

Visitors will notice other changes as well. One of the most dramatic exterior changes is the old Chandler’s building at 218 N. Range which has been renovated by the new owner, and the name change; the business is now called Pop’s Antiques. Some of the other new businesses are La Bardeaus’ at 202 N. Range, Rescued Revisions at 224 N. Range Ave, St. Charles Place at 234 N. Range Ave., The Gilded Sparrow at 219 N. Range Ave., and Creole Collection at 123 N. Range.

Shops across from Old City Hall will present a new shopping attraction, called the Mattie Street Market. It will be held on the first Sunday of each month with vendors set up on Mattie Street from 1 to 5pm.

Denham Springs Mayor Gerard Landry, has also felt confident about the future of the antiques district from the get-go. “We knew the district would come back. The businesses worked hard to recover, to make it a wonderful shopping destination again.”

“We have great people in our city. Our city employees, our business owners and our residents worked hard and have come a long way, and we are so proud of the resiliency of our antiques village and our entire town which has come back strong, and we invite everyone to come enjoy Christmas in the Village,” he said.

Screen Shot 2017-12-06 at 7.32.30 PMThe Antiques Village has 20+ shops including a bookstore, jewelry store, clothing bou- tique, gift shops, art galleries and a dozen or so stores selling antique furniture and collectible items such as china, housewares, glassware, silverware, home décor and much more. Also vintage clothing, jewelry, accessories, linens and books, as well as handmade wood carvings and other crafts offer one-of-a kind special gifts.

A Taste of Louisiana Café and the Café du Jour at The Whistlestop provide refreshments, tasty meals and a relaxing place for busy shoppers to take a break.

Find out more about the award-winning shopping district by visiting the Antiques Village website and Facebook page.

Come enjoy the month-long downtown Christmas celebration which promises to be bigger and better than ever, with Christmas events planned in the shops, at Old City Hall and Train Station Park, and caroling up on down the street. It’s a wonderful time to celebrate our community’s recovery and count our blessings.

Details: The Denham Springs Antiques District is on N. Range Ave. from Centerville St. to Railroad Ave., with shops also on Mattie St. and Hummell St.Website: denhamspringsantiquedistrict.net; Facebook: Denham Springs Antique Village; contact Al Bye at 225-665-4666 or email aabye@cox.net