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!

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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.

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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 fitrightracing.com/shamrock-shuffle. This event
is open to the public.
For more information please contact Sarah Hoffman at (318) 388-0941
or by email at nolagirlie@gmail.com

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 nola.com. 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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John Rea Realty

New Dog Park in West Monroe

Four acres of Kiroli Park in West Monroe have been dedicated to northern Louisiana’s first dog park that includes fenced-in areas for large and small dogs, gazebos and natural and man-made water features. The ribbon cutting ceremony on opening day attracted many dogs and dog lovers from Ouachita Parish. Todd Graves, president and CEO of Raising Cane’s restaurant, and Cane II were the special guests. The park was created through many hours of volunteer work from community members, and efforts by city public works employees. Donations from private and corporate sponsors also made the dog park possible. Owners are asked to register their dogs in order to access the dog park. Cost for Kiroli Park annual pass holders will be $5 while an annual permit will cost $10 for those without an annual pass. For more info, call Kiroli Park at 318-396-4016 or visit the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/RaisingCanesDogParkAtKiroli

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RiverMarket Opening in Downtown Monroe


The grand opening for the Downtown RiverMarket in Monroe is set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 13. We are so excited to see this addition to the beautiful downtown area. Along with Gallery Crawl & River Jam events, the area has wonderful old historic buildings and is nestled on the scenic Ouachita River, making it a great destination for tourists and locals. Revitalization of this historic area is taking off; call us if you’d like to invest in property in the area.


For more information on the RiverMarket, or to become a vender, visit http://downtownrivermarket.com/

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Photos: Sarah Hoffman

Helping Our Neighbor

We’ve been touched by the story of our neighbor in Delhi Louisiana, Danny Pearson, and wanted to share this in hopes of helping to find a living kidney donor. In 2008, Danny began to suffer greatly as a result of his long-term battle with diabetes. Danny now suffers from Chronic Kidney failure and receives Dialysis treatments three days each week. He is currently on the National Kidney Transplant list and desperately needs a kidney. His Blood Type is O- which is compatible with only O- or O+.
While Pastor Danny has already accomplished a great deal in his life, there is so much more that God has for him to do. Therefore, we need your help! Danny needs a healthy kidney donor to end dialysis and restore his body functions back to normal. For more information or if you would like to be tested to see if you qualify as a donor, please call the Willis-Knighton Transplant Center in Shreveport LA at 318-212-4275. There is no cost to the donor!!

Please click here to visit the Danny Pearson Kidney Search Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/dannypearsonkidneysearch

Wait, We Have A Local Vineyard?

This was my exact thought after hearing about it when I moved back to town after living in Maine for a year.  Many things have changed or seemingly come out of nowhere in Monroe during the year I was gone, for instance, Landry Vineyards.

Before I left the Monroe area, I had never heard of the place. Now, everyone seems to be talking about it and asking, “Are you going this weekend?” Their website is full of events for the whole year – and these events are not just for adults!

A few weekends ago, some of my friends mentioned the event and asked if I wanted to go.  I had no idea where it was and I, of course, chose to drive.  A few minutes outside of West Monroe, we drove up to a large opening in the woods.  A giant plot of land, or the vineyards, with live music and many many people enjoying the summer evening.

You could go inside and taste the wines for free, and then purchase some if what you found suited your tastes.  Food was also available, but the real action was everyone laying out on the side of a hill listening to the music and watching people take rides through the vineyard.

It was a pleasant surprise and I highly recommend viewing their website to plan your visit: http://www.landryvineyards.com/

For more events in Monroe and West Monroe, check out our community calendar.

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