Thursday, October 17, 2013

Getting Ready for Fall in the South - Part 4

When you see this logo, what do you think about?
 If you live in the ArkLaTex, you immediately think of quality, beautiful things, friendly helpful service, tradition, and good food.
"For over 75 years the Lewis family has been a part of Shreveport, Louisiana's retail community. Four generations have offered service to an expanding customer base, beginning at one neighborhood drugstore, complete with soda fountain, gifts, and sundries. The drugstore no longer exists but "gifts and sundries" have found a wonderful new showcase in the Lewis location at 5807 Youree Drive. With an old world look there's nothing old about the high style of our 10,000 square foot showroom. What's old and reliable is our commitment to our valued customers and our very personal service."
Lewis Gifts 

 Catherine, her brother Mike, and their mother, Mary Jean purchased the current location in 2008 and have continued to expand both products and services by opening Biscotti's.  When Mike finished Culinary School, he came on as chef/manager and expanded the many delicious menu items.
Mike and his lovely wife Carrie cater to groups, private parties, and their many returning customers for lunch which is served Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Catherine started working in the family business when she was 15 and a High School Sophomore DECA student.  She and Mike are the 4th generation of Lewis' to carry on this more than 75 year old tradition, along with their mother Mary Jean, to their many loyal customers.
Secret to Success! 
When I asked Catherine the secret to their success, without hesitation she said it is their staff.  Each of these friendly, helpful ladies have all been faithful Lewis employees for more than 10 years.  Because of their longevity, they are invested with their customers, knowing them all by name and personal interests.  Catherine told me that they even know many of their customer's husbands and will call them with suggestions for special occasions and events.  Now, that is personal service!

Lewis' offers free gift-wrapping by Lorean who has been doing this for more than 10 years and takes great pride in making each package a distinctive and memorable gift in itself.  Every gift carries the recognizable Lewis Gift's logo.

Now, let me take you inside this amazing 10,000 sq ft space of beautiful treasures.
(This will be picture overload I know, but there was nothing I wanted to leave out.)

Now, lest I completely overwhelm you, we will look at specific departments and close-ups of some must-see items.
Gourmet foods, Home accents, Recipe Books, Monogrammed Cutting Boards, etc.
Home Etc. Seafood Medley Collection
Bath & Body 

The Home
Clementine Hunter Selections
Harvest Selection

Exclusively to the Shreveport/Bossier area is the Lee Upholstery Line.  Lewis' carries hundreds of fabric samples from which to select.  They also provide consulting specialists and home delivery.

 Who can't imagine being snuggled beneath this luxurious fur throw in front of a blazing fire this winter? 

 Infants & Children
They offer engraved and embroidered items for more personalized gifts
Catherine told me this is her favorite area, and there are so many gorgeous pieces.
Bridal Registry
This may be one of the largest and most popular sections of the store.  The bride-to-be who visits Lewis' receives the royal treatment.  She will be guided through every step of selecting those just-right items for her new home.  There are two full-time bridal consultants on duty.  Lewis Gifts is known to offer one of the most unique, full-time, personalized service to future brides in the area.

They also offer on-line registry so that customers may purchase items the bride has selected without having to leave the convenience of their home.  This is also a huge asset to family and friends who live out of town.  Lewis' will also deliver these gifts to the bride.

Fine China & Crystal
This was my personal favorite!
Such an elegant place setting

I know that I will be going back to do some Christmas shopping.
You may want to make a trip to Shreveport, La as well.
They will be having their annual
Holiday Open House
November 22 - 24, 2013
There will be
a gift with purchase and door prizes!
Will be open on Sundays from 12 - 5 PM after that until Christmas.

Catherine has invited me back to cover this huge event, so I can't wait to share that with you.

 Lewis gift certificates are available for purchase online in denominations of $25, $50, $75, $100, $150, and $200. Please call them if you need a different amount. 1 888 545 3947
   5807 Youree Drive
Shreveport, LA  71105

And this is how we "Get Ready for Fall in the South!"


  1. I was so excited for this post; and it did not disappoint! This store is fabulous! I could spend hours in there; and I am definitely stopping in on our next visit! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  2. Wow! What a great place! Too bad I live so darned far away. I bet I could get all my holiday shopping done there in one day!

  3. What a great feature! What a great store with way too many temptations for this gal. I hope I can get over there one day soon!


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