Tuesday, July 19, 2016

5 Must-Visit PokéStops in Lincoln Parish

Written by Derek J. Amaya, guest blogger

If you find yourself Pokémon GO-ing through the Ruston, La. area, then be sure to visit these 5 PokéStops: 

1. Louisiana Tech University
The home of Bulldogs might want to rename itself as the home of PokéStops. Almost every single landmark on Louisiana Tech University’s campus has been deemed a PokéStop to refill on Pokéballs, potions and a few hidden surprises. More than 12,000 students attend Tech. Most of the student body grew up with Pokémon. With so many students playing the game, almost hourly a student places a Lure on a PokéStop to catch more Pokémon. Take a stroll through campus and find ’em all. While on the trail on Tech’s campus, take in the views of Lady of the Mist, the famous clock tower and several of the campus buildings to find Pokémon and PokéStops.

Rattata at Lady of the Mist on the LA Tech campus 

Pinsir spotted on the bricks near the LA Tech Student Center 

2. Grambling State University
There may be Tigers at Grambling State University, but a lot of rare Pokémon can be found on campus. With more than three gyms, one of which at Brown Hall’s entrance, Pokémon trainers will find plenty of special places on campus to catch ’em all. From the GSU Tiger at the entrance of campus to the Eddie Robinson Stadium, there are plenty of stops along campus to find Pokémon.

Staryu at Brown Hall on GSU's campus

3. Eddie G. Robinson Museum
Speaking of “Coach Rob” one of the PokéStops a sports fan might enjoy is the PokéStop at the Eddie G. Robinson Museum. Take a break from the hot weather and using up that phone data and stroll through the most visited museum in the state, according to the museum’s website. The museum is dedicated to the second most winningest head football coach in Division 1. Once finished, check out the other scenes and historic churches in the Grambling area for more PokéStops.

4. Railroad Park
Railroad Park is home to a beautiful fountain known to many Rustonites. The fountain used to be home to many fish — let’s bring back those fish, by the way — but now it’s home to many Pokémon instead. Right next to historic downtown Ruston, almost daily someone puts a lure at the fountain for 30 minutes of non-stop Pokémon attraction. The park also hosts concerts during Peach Festival and the Dog Days of Summer. But it’s also a place to relax and enjoy the sounds of the fountain and residents walking through our historic downtown. Remember to stop at one of downtown’s restaurants to grab some food and drinks while you’re trying be “the very best that ever was.”

Rattata at the fountain in Railroad Park in Downtown Ruston

5. The Dixie Theatre
Home to local artists and community theater programs, the Dixie Theatre is also home to a ton of Ruston Rattatas. Siting at the heart of downtown Ruston, the community theatre is a PokéStop worth the stop. Replenish those Pokéballs, get some potion and enjoy one of the many shows and art gallery’s this landmark has to offer.

Derek J. Amaya grew up a proud Southern gentleman in Metairie. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University and works for the Ruston Daily Leader. He loves the finer things like waiting for the Kansas City Southern train to pass when he has to be somewhere, Tech parking tickets and voicemails. Follow Derek on Twitter at @DerekAmaya or on Facebook.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Summer Steals: Thrifting in Ruston

Written by Tori Ward, Marketing/PR Assistant

Let's face it: between travel expenses and high electricity bills, summer can be a financially tight time. We're all looking to save a little cash where and when we can. However, with temperatures constantly on the rise, a new summer wardrobe can feel like its a necessity. If you fall into the category of having a small budget combined with a big desire to freshen up your summer wardrobe, then this is the blog for you!

An often underrated method of saving a little money is to turn to thirifting. Thrift shops are a perfect place to find clothes, shoes, books, movies, and other odds & ends that are in great, if not brand-new, condition. Luckily, there are several thrift and consignment stores in Ruston where you can score some great deals. We've included the best places for thrifting in Ruston below. 

Rolling Hills Thrift Store

Rolling Hills Thrift Store is know for its huge selection and variety of items. Rolling Hills carries everything from clothes and shoes to dishes, children's toys, books, and furniture. Did we mention that the prices are incredible? You can easily leave the store with a whole new outfit and a good summer read for under $10. Another big plus of this thrift store is that it's very tidy and organized. If you're looking for some great thrifting, then Rolling Hills is a must-visit spot. 

Racks upon racks of clothing at Rolling Hills Thrift Store

Grab a summer read from the great selection at Rolling Hills Thrift Store

One Wardrobe
One Wardrobe specializes in "recycled fashion" and carries an impressive assortment of clothing and accessories. While they mostly carry women's fashions, they do have a "for the guys" section as well. If you're looking for more upscale thrifting, One Wardrobe is the place for you. You can find jewelry, shoes, purses, cute tops, and even cocktail dresses. Be sure to check out One Wardrobe next time you're in Downtown Ruston!

One Wardrobe has a great selection of women's shoes 

Find recycled fashions for the guys at One Wardrobe
Cute summer looks available at One Wardrobe

WEAR EVER Resale & Thrift Boutique
Wear Ever is a resale shop that carries a wide assortment of items. Take your pick from clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture, home decor, and other home items. The furniture and home decor selection offers nicer items than you generally see in resale shops. Additionally, Wear Ever has a great selection of gently-worn clothing for every age, even offering some designer-label items. If you're looking to freshen up your summer wardrobe with great pieces at even better prices, visit Wear Ever!

Cute summer outfits available at Wear Ever
Great selection of purses and accessories at Wear Ever

Furniture selection at Wear Ever 

Next time you're in Ruston be sure to check out these great thrifting spots where you're sure to find some awesome items without breaking the bank. Happy thrifting!

Tori is a proud Louisiana native and social media nerd. She has a passion for travel, food, and all things related to tourism promotions. Tori is an avid movie watcher, coffee fanatic, and lover of the outdoors. Still want to know more? Head over to her website