Meet The Barr Family

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Meet the Barrs.  Guy and Loura have one son, Guy Barr, III, who lives with his family in Marshall, TX.

They recently purchased a home with the help of Realtors Barbara Thomas and Thad Schaeffer. The Barrs wanted a new home because Continue reading

Best of The Delta 2013


We would appreciate your vote for John Rea Realty in this year’s “Best of the Delta” awards.
Click here to visit the survey and Vote John Rea Realty as “Best Real Estate Agency” in the Professional Services Section. Voting will remain open through July 28th at 5pm.

Local Spotlight – Fiesta

Realtor Nancy Inabnett interviews Angie Blades, owner of Fiesta Nutrition Center in Monroe LA. After studying Home Economics and Nutrition at ULM, Angie decided to start her own health foods store in Monroe. Over 30 years later, Fiesta Nutrition is still thriving and bigger than ever. After relocating to the North 18th Street corridor, she saw a rise in new customers, but she maintained many loyalty shoppers as well. The store carries vitamins and alternative medicines, a wide variety of healthy foods, and natural skin care items. You can also pick up natural pet care and cleaning supplies. While shopping, you can also have lunch at Cilantro Cafe, which is located inside the store. With fresh baked breads, wholesome soups and delicious salads and sandwiches made daily, this is a favorite lunch spot for many locals.
You can visit Fiesta at 1211 North 18th St (corner of Roselawn) in Monroe. Tell them John Rea Realty sent you! for more information on Monroe LA and Northeast Louisiana

Big Business in Monroe

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CenturyLink rapidly moves forward with its Monroe headquarters expansion. The nation’s third largest telecommunications company recently broke ground on its Technology Center of Excellence on March 4th and held a Construction Subcontractor Fair on April 2nd.

The new state-of-the-art facility will  Continue reading

North Louisiana Community Pride

We sat down with Scott Martinez, President of North Louisiana Economic Partnership, and asked him 3 questions about community pride. Scott recently moved from Austin, Texas to North Louisiana after seeing all the potential the area has to offer. He encourages us to take pride in our diverse educational hub and ability to grow and sustain large corporations. Listen to why he thinks we should be the best community that we can be.

Visit for more information about relocating, education, and housing in Monroe, West Monroe and other areas of Northeast Louisiana.

St. Patty’s Day Bicycle and Tricycle Parade

Bring your friends and family to the first annual St. Patty’s Day Bicycle
and Tricycle Parade at Forsythe Park on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at
4:00 PM. This is a family fun community event sponsored by the Love
Your Community initiative and FitRight Racing’s Shamrock Shuffle, a
5K/8K race.

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Parade members are encouraged to decorate their bikes, trikes, wagons
and scooters for a ride along Sycamore Street through Forsythe Park.
Parade line-up is at 4:00 PM. It will begin at 4:15 PM and will be
followed by the FitRight Racing Shamrock Shuffle 5K/8K road race
at 5:00. The event will include free activities such as face painting,
temporary tattoos, and green lemonade. The first 50 kids to register for
the parade will receive a free t-shirt.
The St. Patty’s Bicycle and Tricycle Parade is the first in a series of annual events
sponsored by Love Your Community, an organization
formed to promote community pride in Ouachita Parish. Registration
for the parade will be held on site. Runners participating in the 5K/8K
race can pre-register at This event
is open to the public.
For more information please contact Sarah Hoffman at (318) 388-0941
or by email at

Mardi Gras Pet Parade

This is my second year living outside of New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Although Monroe may be in the same state, it’s really a whole different world “up north”. Last year was the first time I had ever been at work on Fat Tuesday. I suffered through it while scrolling through friends’ photos on Facebook and checking the parade and French Quarter cams on I think I did manage to get a piece of king cake locally. I went home last year the weekend of Barkus, an all dog parade that winds through the French Quarter a couple of weeks before Mardi Gras. This year, since I’m taking a trip to Aspen at the end of the month, a weekend trip to catch beads and gorge myself on fried oysters and beignets isn’t in the cards. A couple of weeks ago, I heard that there are actually a couple of parades here in the Monroe area. One of them happens to be a pet parade on a Saturday afternoon. I made my plans to go and gave my dog Baby, a 12 year old black pug, a bath early on Saturday morning. The 7th annual Mardi Gras Pet Parade benefits PAWS (Pet Assistance Welfare Society) of Northeast Louisiana, an amazing all volunteer non-profit that provides many wonderful services to the animals and humans in our area.

IMG_0564 After Baby dried off, she put on her little bomber jacket and we patiently waited on the porch for our ride to arrive. The parade runs only a short distance down Trenton Street, or Antique Alley as it’s known locally. Once we found a parking spot, we piled out of the car into the sunshine and joined what I think was the entire population of Monroe and West Monroe combined in getting a good spot to view the parade. There were lots of people and their four-legged friends, and Baby got lots of hugs, kisses and petting from a large group of cute little girls.

We could see the parade starting, so we begged our way to the front of the barricade to get a good view. My arm was already starting to ache from holding a 12 pound pug in the crook of my elbow, but what could I do? She doesn’t like to be left on the ground in a crowd. We both perked up when we saw the first of the costumed dogs and their floats. From huge Mastiffs, to tiny I-don’t-know-whats, just about every breed of dog was on display. Some of my favorites included the “Doxy Dynasty” dogs, a play on the local boys made famous on A&E’s Duck Dynasty; a large black lab in a full body purple leotard; a Brussels Griffon (because they look like Ewoks); and the very best of all: a goat in a tutu who had painted horns and hooves.

Sometime during the parade I did pass the pug off to a friend, and so when the parade was done I found her curled up on a cozy lap in the sun. Everyone was smiling, laughing and pointing out cute dogs. Although I do still miss New Orleans, I have to admit it was refreshing to not be sitting in bumper to bumper post-parade traffic with horns blaring. I think I made it to Starbucks in about 15 minutes! Life in a small town can be really good sometimes. This year, I have eaten no less than 4 different king cakes, been to a great pet parade, have WWOZ streaming online at my office, and my wig and costume are ready for me to wear to work on Tuesday. I’m going to stick out like a sore thumb, but I can’t abandon Fat Tuesday all together. To all my friends and family in New Orleans, laissez le bon temps rouler!

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