Holiday Arts Tour Stops: The Children's Shoppe and Lagniappe Embroidery & Gift Shoppe

Holiday Arts Tour Stop: The Children's Shoppe 109 N. Trenton St., Suite A Patricia’s Willis’ children’s gift and clothing store has plenty of adorable things for youngsters, but during the Holiday Arts Tour this year it will host some wonderful paintings as well.

Painting by Nina Stephens

Painter Nina Stephens’s love of life and all the quiet moments we are given to appreciate it, resonate through her warm oil paintings. From the apiary tools of a beekeeper, to “The Man” (Nina’s resident rooster), her subjects softly occupy their frames and invite the viewer to visit with them for a while as they get to know each other. Nina will also be giving a life painting demonstration on Saturday, so be sure to come by and see who/what will be making its way onto her next canvas!

Whether you are looking for the perfect gift for that toddler this holiday season, or a new friend to show off on your mantel, The Children’s Shoppe and Nina Stephens are a great place to stop this Holiday Arts Tour. Check out her website at


Holiday Arts Tour Stop: Lagniappe Embroidery & Gift Shoppe, 130 Park Ave.

Allen with his work at 2013 HAT.

The newly opened Lagniappe Embroidery & Gift Shoppe will feature local woodcraftsmen Allen Tuten, and photographer Sonny Monteleone. If you haven’t stopped by to see what these ladies have to offer with their personal embroidered monogramming and more, you should! It would certainly be a shame to miss visiting while these great artists are here.

Allen offers an array of beautifully handcrafted wooden items, including wooden pens made from locally sourced woods, wine-stoppers, and intricate birdhouses. Each of Allen’s items makes great holiday gifts.

Photographic work by Sonny Monteleone

A Breaux Bridge local, Sonny specializes in photography that captures the Louisiana spirit, especially that of our serene natural environments. From south Louisiana’s aging plantation homes to the iconic bayous our state is know for, Sonny has photographed it all! Check out his work at