Most people would agree, the most authentic memories to be made in a city are created at the places that are a little harder to find. November 24th is Small Business Saturday, so we are bringing you a list of local shops that may be small in size, but well worth a visit.
Since its opening in 1976, this family-owned business has captured the hearts of locals of all ages. Coffee Call is known for its classic beignet recipe perfectly paired with a cup of cafe au lait (roasted in house), but most don’t know it has a hearty lunch crowd. Folks file in daily for homemade soups, salads and sandwiches that include gumbo and poboys! With prices as affordable as Coffee Call’s, you can experience an array of Louisiana staples and not break your budget. Grab some friends and eat in the adorable dining area or go through the drive-thru for some beignets on the go!
For over 30 years Cottonwood Books has been selling new, used and rare books, and currently contains over 35,000 pieces of writing! If you’re a history buff, a literature lover or just looking to learn something new, Cottonwood carries a hefty collection of works on Louisiana history and Southern literature. After browsing through the shelves of Cottonwood, experience another hidden gem right next door. Plan a special meal at Pinetta’s, a family-owned hole-in-the-wall European restaurant that provides a romantic atmosphere for an affordable price!
Anthony’s Italian Deli has been serving some of Baton Rouge’s best homemade Italian food, since opening in 1978. Founded and run by a couple from Italy, the restaurant quickly became known as “Home to the Best Muffaletta.” With its prime location on Government Street in Mid City, there are plenty of other small businesses nearby. Pop into the Pop Shop to browse vinyl records, discover one-of-a-kind antiques at The Market at Circa or shop for authentic vintage pieces at Time Warp Boutique.
At the Red Stick Farmers Market, all of the produce sold is seasonal and locally grown. The staff at the market make the customer experience their top priority, so feel free to chat with them over a cup of freshly brewed coffee. The market pops up downtown and on Perkins Road year-round every Saturday and Thursday. Shopping local is important to our Baton Rouge community, and it is a great way to meet who is behind the fantastic flavors of our cuisine!
Though Louisiana is known for some iconic cocktail creations, no one can deny some of the best alcohol is from ingredients made right here in the state. Experience Louisiana cocktail culture at Cane Land Distillery, where their motto is, “From our farm, to our mill, to our distillery, to your glass.” It is a fun and historical location located in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge for all those of legal drinking age to enjoy. Taste authentic Louisiana rum and take a tour of the distillery for an interesting history lesson on Louisiana sugar cane and how their distillers harvest and make their alcohol.
Anyone who’s tasted Louisiana food knows what makes it so delicious: the seasoning. Luckily, there is a Baton Rouge born-and-raised spice shop called Red Stick Spice to expose you to authentically crafted spices. Anne Milneck, owner and Louisiana native, has made it her goal to help people make the most of the ingredients they purchase. The store sells homemade spices, blends, olive oils, and even loose tea! If you’re in Baton Rouge and looking for a fun activity involving food, cooking classes go on daily at the store.