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  • Writer's pictureCharlsie Pecoraro

Getting ready for the "Arctic Blast" along the Gulf Coast Region!

As I was walking the dogs earlier today, I found it hard to fathom that on Tuesday night our temperatures will dip into the 20's. Whether you call Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Mobile or anywhere along the Gulf Coast home, there are some big weather changes coming. My neighbors were busy this weekend taking care of plants and checking the outside pipes.

The cooler temps seem to put people in the mood to shop for the holidays, meet up with friends for hot chocolate or coffee, and of course decorate. If you visit any "big box" stores you'll be greeted with huge holiday displays. It is almost as though we jumped from Halloween to Christmas and conveniently forgot about Thanksgiving.

Standard Poodle
Standard Poodle

Alan and I wait until after Thanksgiving before we start decorating and now that we are "empty nesters"

we only put out the things that bring us joy!

I did see this precious display at my

neighbor's home and wanted to share. As a standard poodle owner, I fell in love with this one!

I'd encourage all of you to focus on the theme of giving,

perhaps in a new way. Could you take a portion of the money that you plan to spend on others this year and shop local?

We've all seen those motivational quotes floating around on social media about supporting your neighbors who own their own stores. Wouldn't it feel great to know that the dollars you spend really do have an impact on folks you see on a regular basis?

Many of our local shops offer gift cards, free gift wrapping, personal assistance finding just the right gift and so much more. Adventure out and explore your town instead of sitting behind a computer "shopping"! You'll love the experience of getting to know more about the community and the brave owners who count on your business.


Welcome to new Meet da' Boss Business Owners in Mobile, Alabama!

Let's offer a warm welcome to the dynamic husband

& wife team, Larry & Carita Koen, owners of Green Magic Landscape based in Mobile, Alabama. Their motto is to take your property from

"Tragic to Green Magic"!

You'll have an opportunity to read about them on later this month! In the meantime, give them a call at 251- 447-7312 for more information.

Follow them on Facebook by clicking here.


Years ago, someone ran a red light and broadsided me resulting in injuries and the total demise of my

beloved car. Fortunately, I was able to find a caring attorney who guided me through the rigors of collecting from insurance to cover my medical expenses and car replacement. After moving to

Mobile, I wanted to find someone who truly cares

about clients.

I'd like to introduce you to local injury attorney, Charles McCorquodale. He has years of experience representing injured & disabled people in the Mobile

area. Visit his website by clicking here or contact his office at 251-220-2790. His story will appear on later this month.


Things happening along the Gulf Coast!

Mobile, Alabama

Christmas Jubilee - November 15-17th at the Mobile Convention Center - click here for info.

The Gulf Coast’s greatest holiday market features more than 100 merchants from around the country under one roof for three exciting days of shopping!

South African Wine Experience - Thursday, November 14th at Domke Market. Click here for tickets. Join Brooke for a unique pairing of South African wines with Fumana International and M & J Wines. This tasting will feature 5 wines from Heldercrest & Eikendal along with paired bites.

Down South Grill Fest - Saturday, November 16th at Loblolly Farm - click here for more information. Down South Grillfest is an SCA sanctioned event. Live music featuring Gone West Band ( Cobie Caillat) in the evening.



Road Trip Worthy!

New Orleans

Fête des Fromages: NOLA Cheese Fest - Saturday, November 16th at the New Orleans Jazz Museum from noon - 4PM. Fête des Fromages will be the only place in the entire country where you can taste more than 100 cheeses and meet two dozen cheesemakers from around the world. Enjoy unlimited cheese tastes alongside wine, beer, and cocktails. Hang out on the grass lawn and listen to New Orleans' best bands, or watch local chefs battle it out on stage in a cheese cutting competition. VIP ticket holders will enjoy early (11AM) and exclusive festival access, a Cheese 101 class and a dedicated lounge with premium beverages, limited edition cheeses, swag and complimentary snacks. Click here for more!

Breakfast with Mermaids - Saturday, November 16th - Enjoy your breakfast in front of the Gulf of Mexico exhibit at Audubon Aquarium of Americas! Guests will receive exclusive access to meet a mermaid up close during breakfast and each participant will receive a photo upon entry along with an autographed photo of the mermaid. Your breakfast ticket also includes admission to the Aquarium and the Entergy Giant Screen Theater for the day. Click here for details!

Baton Rouge

Live After Five (Free Concert) - Friday, November 15th, Angelica Saed will be performing songs from her latest album, "Angelica," and some fan favorites that we hope you'll join me and sing along! Click here for more information. This is a fun event located in downtown Baton Rouge!

Red Stick Farmers Market - Saturday, November 16th - Red Stick Farmers Market is an open air farmers market featuring locally-grown seasonal fruits and vegetables, artisan baked goods, meat, seafood, jams, pickles, fresh-cut flowers, and plants. The Farmers Market is held each Saturday from 8 am to noon at 5th and Main Streets in downtown Baton Rouge. Click here for details!


Have a wonderful week on the Gulf Coast and be sure to bundle up! ~ Charlsie


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