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Smashing Selection i L !, Country Cobbler can ease tired shoppers' feet Staff Report Ponchatoula shoppers are sporting some high-quality, reasonably-priced, locally-purchased shoes thanks to two local ladies whose shop could fit in any modern shopping mall in America. Instead, Country Cobbler has been bringing smiles to the faces of shoppers in The Ponchatouta Mall in old town Ponchatoula at 101 West Pine. For years Ponchatoula had a fine shoe store, operated by L.C. Boudreaux and his family in the same first block of West Pine, and it was many a family who bemoaned the day Boudreaux retired from the business because he had always given customers the personalized service they couldn't get at the big chain stores. Not only did Mrs. Pat Jackson and Mrs. Jackie Castell open the Country Cobbler in the same block, but they opened it with the same Ponchatoula spirit that was always enjoyed at the Boudreaux's store. Located in the heart of Ponchatoula, the Country Cobbler has been in business for a little over a year and has already won awards for its creative window designs, decorating, and cudos aplenty from its contented customers. The owners cater to the entire family, offering school shoes required at St. Joseph School, plus a wide range of children's dress, sports and athletic shoes. They work closely with local coaches to make certain they have in stock what the local teams will be needing for foot- wear in every sport, and can special order items for fast delivery. In stock the Country Cobbler boasts a wide variety of the quality name brand shoes: S.A.S., Bass, Grasshoppers, Buster Browns, Converse and many others. Those looking for duty shoes to be worn with uniforms can find them here, a store where elegant slippers share floor space with steal-toed construction boots, ladies' slip-ons and men's business tie downs ,- all displayed in a way that mirrors the season and relaxes the visitor. The Country Cobbler specializes in those hard to fit sizes that frustrate shoppers looking elsewhere. The added extras, besides the un- common courtesy and friendly atmosphere, include a substantial selection of designer belts, purses. leather goods and a full range of fashion- able socks and useful shoe care products. For tired shoppers wearing out their old shoes taking advantage of the great bargains downtown, the Country Cobbler is a place where you are always guaranteed a seat and a comfort break for your feet! Country Cobbler's Jackie Castell and Pat Jackson LIIIII i I Your Size Available ii i Come Celebrate / The Opening of Main Street Saturday Nov. 30th 3-5 p.m. / / ! / / ! =,00ountrtl 00obblCr t 101 W.Pine St,: Downtown Ponchatoula 386-4835 THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, NOVEMBER 28, 1985, SEC. B., PAGE EIGHT Owner Randy Henagan Craft Box has gallery, classes, artists Staff Report The Craft Box couldn't be in a better location if it were located in Vatican City when Michelangelo was painting the roof of the Sistine Chapel. Ponchatoula has long been the haven for artists, the birthing place for many more, and the showplace of some of the best original works being drawn, sculpted or designed anywhere in the state. The city boasts several art galleries, public and private, including the one at the Craft Box in the first block of East Pine. And owner Randy Henagan has the oils. acrylics, canvas, sculpting tools, frames of endless variety of thousands of mats to choose from to create the works and then display them. In recent years the popular artist supply shop, gallery and artist instruction center, was in the hands of others. Now the Henagan family has it back, and those used to the days when top state artist Fammie Henagan and her husband Bill operated the Craft Box will be happy to see their traditions have been continued by their son. The parents can often be found back at the Craft Box helping out. The bachelor entrepeneur has beefed up the art instruction offerings, which are now held three days a week, has encouraged artists to display their work in the storefront gallery which is open to the browsing and buying public, and has h,en continuing the fine reputation historically enjoyed by the first frame shop in Ponchatoula. He specializes in festival poster framing and works with artists to choose the proper mounting for their work. Craftsmen too find the Craft Box weU-stocked and enjoy the personal touch that results in having their particular needs filled, even if a special order is required, a real plus for the do- it-yourself Christmas gift givers. Budding artists of all ages can enjoy instruction from name artists such as Don Snyder, Sue Sickles and Leslie Tayler at the Craft Box - with art lessons being one novel gift that could change a person's life and fulfil| ]onghme ambitions.  Looking for that Sp. ecial Gift for the Arttst We have a Complete Line of Art Supplies, Paints, Brushes, Canvases ect. . . 10% off Oil Paints and Brushes Thru Christmas Everyday Low Prices on Framing and Matting Huge Supply of Ready Made Frames 50% off Assorted Craft Supplies Oil Painting Classes Tuesday, Wednesday and Wednesday Nig Register Now Craft Box 386.9215 124 Pine St. Ponchatoula