Places & Faces
Holiday Gift Guide – Shop Local!
12/1/2020 1:00:00 PM

An emphasis on the idea of Shop Local began a decade ago with the first Small Business Saturday in November 2010, as an effort to help small businesses gain exposure and to inspire consumers to shop within their own communities during the holiday season. In this year’s Holiday Gift Guide, we feature several of those hard-working small business owners. Thrive encourages you to forego the Big Box chains and resist the convenience of shopping online; and instead, patronize our local retailers. Your support is especially important now, at the end of a year that has been so devastating for many area entrepreneurs.

Alexander Art Studio – Though under re-construction due to damage from Hurricanes Laura and Delta, Alexander Art Studio is open 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They also sell their artwork via their website, They specialize in Louisiana-inspired artwork and gift items

Photo caption: In response to the storms, owner/artist Candice Alexander created these two works of art, entitled Hope and Faith. 

Mimosa Boutique provides the premier shopping experience in Lake Charles, La. Voted Best Women's Clothing Store in Southwest Louisiana for the past three years, the Mimosa girls strive to bring their customers excellent service with a personal touch. They help you find the perfect outfit that makes you feel amazing. Whether your style is boho, chic, or somewhere in between, Mimosa offers the latest trends and classic pieces at great prices!

Photo caption: These cozy Lounge Sets are perfect for everyone! Wear them together or separately. $40-$80

Sercy Lane provides classic, chic, and wearable clothing for little ones. Owners Lauren Monroe and Katie Sanford know the importance of dressing children for special occasions, portraits, and all the in-betweens. The word "sercy” means "an unexpected gift” in French. Their friendship, and the friendship their kids share, is such a special gift . . . hence the name, Sercy Lane! 

Photo caption: These adorable Plush Toys are perfect for children of every age. $24-$40

Coffee . . . it’s a part of our culture and everyday life. It’s not just a beverage, but a social ritual. Lake Charles is fortunate to have its very own organic, certified, micro coffee roasting company. Acadian Coffee Roasters offers a great selection of coffees from all over the world. They also have premium blended and flavored coffees, as well as K-cups. Wholesale or retail, they’ve got you covered!

Photo caption: Brew the best coffee anytime, anywhere with this 20 oz. Steel Toe Travel French Press. $28.95

Iron Shop Provisions is a quality men’s boutique in downtown Lake Charles. Aptly named, there’s a full-blown welding shop in the back. Peek through their overhead garage door while browsing the store. They carry a wide range of clothing styles and quality brands. They also offer many gift items, from Benchmade knives to hand poured candles and incense. 

Photo caption: Tanner Good Wallets make a great gift item! Handmade in Portland, Oregon with high quality leather in a range of styles, they become more beautiful over time. $65-$100

Flock of Five Gift and Art Emporium features unique hand-crafted wares and original artwork celebrating the beauty of Louisiana, as well as jewelry, metal work, woodwork, pottery, vintage items, and more from over 60 vendors. Flock of Five is housed inside the historic "old post office” and offers 7000 square feet of shopping. Described as "art-gumbo,” the store melds the talents of artists from all walks of life, offering customers a memorable destination.

Photo caption: Thread Painting by artist Carolyn Sharp, entitled "Sam Houston Jones State Park,” based on a photograph by Kathleen Hilliard.

Expressions is temporarily relocated at 3100 Ryan Street, next to Roly Poly. Their 30th anniversary this year hasn’t gone exactly the way they had hoped, but as owner Susie Book says, "We’re still here!” They continue to offer the latest, most unique gifts, with both traditional favorites and brand new products. Expressions is known regionally for their positive, family-oriented atmosphere, extensive inventory, and complementary gift wrap.

Photo caption: Hand-painted Nature’s Gifts Ornaments by Liv from Expressions can be personalized upon purchase. This one sums up 2020 well! 

Southern Bicycle Company is locally owned and operated. They have been serving the cycling community for many years and recently opened Southern Running Company within the store to provide the needs of runners, as well. They offer a wide variety of equipment and training accessories to suit the needs of all the bicyclists and runners on your gift list. 

Photo caption: Theragun is a line of smart percussive therapy devices tailored to provide deep muscle treatment and healing to your body. Stop by Southern Bicycle Company and experience a Theragun demonstration.


Crying Eagle Brewing Co. is a one stop shop for the beer lover in your life. Known for their craft beers, beertails, and hand rolled pizzas, this local micro-brewery is located at 1165 E. McNeese St. Open Tuesday-Thursday 11:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. + Friday & Saturday 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.


Photo caption: Create a custom Crying Eagle gift basket from a wide variety of beer-themed items. Give them a price point and they’ll build a basket just for you. ($100 basket pictured) 


The Plumbing Warehouse/LCR is a wholesale plumbing supply company that has been in the Lake Area since the early 1900’s. They specialize in all things plumbing, from the pipe and fittings to the beautiful showroom fixtures, and can help with design and color coordination as well as budgets and technical aspects.


Sometimes you need to think outside the box for great gift-giving ideas. The HydroRain® H2Okinetic® Two-in-One Shower Head installs in minutes with no special plumbing needed, providing a luxurious shower experience. A variety of finishes are available. Prices range from $129 - $215, depending on finish.

Crave Gourmet is a specialty food and gift store in Lake Charles.  With wine, artisanal cheeses and over 50 premium Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars, our goal is to provide a unique – and delicious – shopping experience. You can satisfy every taste at Crave.

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