It may seem odd to have Shreveport residents coming to Minden to shop, but officials say it is becoming more and more normal these days.
According to Lynn Dorsey, executive director of the Webster Parish Convention and Visitor's Bureau, her commission recently hosted 15 ladies from the Southern Belles Red Hatters Club of Shreveport.
"They began the day shopping at Say Baby on Sibley Road, Minden's newest boutique offering classy, sassy ladies fashions including clothing, jewelry, bling, fleur de lis and décor items," Dorsey said. "Owner Lisha Sikes treated the ladies to a continental breakfast and door prizes. They especially loved the 'bling' and spent more than an hour shopping. Being on a schedule, they had to move on but several plan to return and bring others."
Their next stop was for a special tour of the Dorcheat Museum with Schelley Brown Francis.
"They even got to see the 'new ghosts' occupying the old cabin in the museum," Dorsey said. "They loved the museum and discussed coming back in December and having their Christmas party in the new event room in the back."
Francis showed the ladies preparations for the gala fund-raiser for the museum on September 10.
"They expressed an interest in attending to bid on the wonderful items being offered during the silent auction," Dorsey said.
At lunch, Dorsey took the ladies for a home-cooked meal at Moody's Café.
"They had seen Moody's featured on KSLA Channel 12 'On the Road Show' and had to try it," she said. "They loved the food and all cleaned their plates."
The group concluded the day with a visit with Millie Rose at Second Hand Rose Antiques on Main Street, "where the stars shop when they come to town," Dorsey said. "Millie entertained them with songs and stories of the movie stars who have visited her shop while filming in Webster Parish."