Anne Milneck couldn’t contain her excitement last week.
The owner of Red Stick Spice Company was finally ready to complete the move into her new location down the street.
After a brief markdown sale over the weekend, Milneck and her crew moved from 7970 Jefferson Highway to 660 Jefferson Highway and opened in the new digs Wednesday.
“It’s the biggest sense of relief I’ve felt in a long time,” Milneck said last week.
The new store features a slightly larger retail floor and more space for cooking demonstrations, which will return soon with an expanded schedule. The store also features a tasting bar, so customers can try Red Stick Spice’s newly-expanded olive oil line.
Business hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Up next, Milneck said her store will get to work on expanding its brand of loose teas.
“Now that we’ve got bitten by the tea bug, we can’t stop blending,” she said.
For more information, visit redstickspice.com or call (225) 930-9967.
Cocha eyeing July opening
A new farm-to-table concept is coming to downtown Baton Rouge this summer.
If all goes according to plan, Cocha could open as soon as July at 445 N. Sixth St.
The idea behind Cocha is to provide customers with the freshest ingredients possible and source organically when possible — but in a non-pretentious environment, proprietor Saskia Spanhoff said.
Spanhoff has more than 25 years of restaurant and wine industry experience. A Baton Rouge native and LSU graduate, she said she has been keeping tabs on the downtown area and thinks the city is ready for a concept like this.
Her husband Enrique Piñerua is the co-owner of Cocha, and he got his start working in restaurants in Arizona and California.
The menu will change seasonally, and Cocha will offer a rotating wine list and beer taps.
“We want this food to be fine dining quality but served in a relaxed environment at comfortable prices,” Spanhoff said.
For more information, visit facebook.com/cochabr.
Truly Free closes amidst dispute with landlord
Truly Free, a bakery and deli that offered gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan items, closed its doors on Monday after a lengthy battle that, to some, is truly disgusting and truly disappointing.
Owners Erick and Ashley Coughlin posted on the business’ Facebook page that Truly Free would be closing after frequent problems with its broken sewer line.
Landlord Donnie Jarreau, of Donnie Jarreau Real Estate, which owns the property and others in the Southdowns Village Shopping Center where Truly Free was located, said there were other problems at hand.
“[Coughlin] has not paid rent in three months,” Jarreau said, mentioning repairs were made and documented.
Coughlin said he had to shut his business down and is now threatening legal action.
“There’s no other choice at this point,” Coughlin said. “He has forced me to close my doors.”
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