You don’t quite know what to think of them initially. They’re just so unexpected. At a time when everything bordering ugly is cool we have the Minnetonka moccasin boot. So unchic that they’re chic. For the true individual, these boots transcend passing fads. They also happen to provide incredible comfort and warmth. In case you are still questioning the validity of this (un)fashionable statement, consider this: Kate Moss has worn them for years. Well that sheds a new light on the situation, doesn’t it? Available in brown or black suede at The Leather Pouch for $82.50. Call 235-0745. — Angelle-Leigh Breaux
The history of the Atchafalaya basin is not just a story of Cajuns hunting and trapping in the deep swamp. The basin, over the course of the last hundred years has been big business. The first resource that could be profitably harvested on a large scale was the 1000 year old stand of cypress trees, valued for their lumber that resisted rot. Once the cathedral of cypress was clear cut, oil and gas was discovered, and the mineral rights beneath the land and water of the basin became worth millions. One of the largest land owners of the great swamp is the St. Martin Land Company. A new book, Passing a Century in the Atchafalaya Basin: St. Martin Land Company, 1905-2005, by UL PhD. graduate and folklorist Lana Henry traces the history of St. Martin Land Company over the course of a century. The book is part business history, part social and cultural history, part geography and part biography — and a window into the workings of one of the great land companies of Louisiana. Passing a Century in the Atchafalaya Basin, $49.95, is available at Barnes and Noble. Call 989-4142 for more information. — Mary Tutwiler
FISHING FOR COMPLEMENTS
Some of us are so enamored of fishing, even when we can’t hit Vermilion Bay, that we still want to be reminded of life on the water. Catch Natalie Nichols’ fish scale jewelry at Sans Souci Fine Crafts Gallery. Nichols hand crafts each diamond-shaped scale out of silver, then solders the pieces into a concave linked pattern so that it reflects light. The earrings, bracelets and necklaces are delicate and fluid, like sea creatures. If silver doesn’t lure you, Nichols also has a gold vermeil line. Pieces range from $65 for the single tier earrings to $540 for a three tier necklace. Check out www.natalienichols.net , or go see the pieces in person at Sans Souci. Call 266-7999 for more information. — Mary Tutwiler
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
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.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
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.
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.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
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.