The Grinch lives in St. Martinville. The green party-pooper notorious for trying to shut down Christmas joy pointed his knobby chartreuse finger at a group of street vendors selling their wares during the town’s annual Christmas parade. Actually overcome by Grinchdom were two Main Street businesses, Subway and Le Petit Paris Café, which claim that the street vendors were siphoning off their business and swamping their rest rooms, according to the Teche News. Vendors pay $200 for a parade permit, which goes toward security for the event. Evidently the St. Martinville City Council is in accordance with the Main Street merchants and will take up the issue at its next meeting. And where will parade goers find cotton candy, peanuts and candy apples? We’d venture to guess Breaux Bridge, New Iberia, Lafayette or anywhere that Christmas joy is a little bit more of an equal opportunity employer.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.