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Fall Crawl brings life to downtown

September 29, 2014
Cain Budds, a classical guitarist, was one of the musical performers at the Fall Crawl Friday. He played downtown at Dixie Theatre.

Cain Budds, a classical guitarist, was one of the musical performers at the Fall Crawl Friday. He played downtown at Dixie Theatre. –All photos  by Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay

CATHERINE BURKE
Staff Reporter

Downtown Ruston was open after hours Friday as the first annual Fall Crawl made its way into a few stores.

 

Makers Union, a locally-owned shop that sells handcrafted goods, is the headquarters for the event, said Jake Dugard, one of the event organizers.

 

Dugard, who is also co-owner of the maker’s Union, said his goal with Fall Crawl was to get Louisiana Tech students interested in local shops.

 

“It gives students something to do instead of sitting in their dorm or going home for the weekend,” he said.

 

Finn Deal and his father Brad Deal, a Tech architecture professor, take a quick break from browsing through the shops.

Finn Deal and his father Brad Deal, a Tech architecture professor, take a quick break from browsing through the shops.

“It also gets students into the local businesses, allowing them to get just a little bit more out of their experience here in Ruston.”

 

Dugard said Fall Crawl also allows locals, not just students, to have a bit of a more personal shopping experience.

 

Makers Union’s other co-owner and event organizer, Cassidy Keim, said he was just as excited about this event.

 

“We’re all about buying local, and want Ruston to be as well,” he said. “We really would like to get the community more involved in downtown because it has so much to offer.”

 

Bryce Williams, a senior studio art major, visited every location Fall Crawl featured.

 

“I love seeing the art community come out in Ruston,” he said.

 

“Main Street Exchange had some awesome ceramics, featured locals artists, and donated a lot of their profits to charity which is awesome.”

 

Being a studio art major, Williams said he enjoyed exploring local stores that met his interests.

 

Hannah Schroeder, a Tech graduate, said she loved seeing everyone downtown.

 

“The community has a chance to see stores they may not usually go into or shop at,” she said.

 

Schroeder said she loved the live music as well.

 

Kelly Moore bag store employee Katie Tedeton said Fall Crawl was great for all the businesses to get their name out in the community.

Alexandria Bozeman, a New Orleans based artist, draws a portrait of Korbin Vincent.

Alexandria Bozeman, a New Orleans based artist, draws a portrait of Korbin Vincent.

 

“Ruston is usually a quiet town, especially at night time, so having events like this gives downtown some action it usually does not see,” she said.

 

“I love being a part of this and can’t wait for more events like this in the future.”

 

The event featured eight local stores, including Makers Union, Kelly Moore Bag, Dixie Center for the Arts, Art Innovations, Studio 301, Pastry Moon & Frame of Mind, Fine Line Art & Stitchville, and Main Street Exchange.

 

Keim and Dugard said they plan on making Fall Crawl an annual event as well as having other events throughout the year to get the community more interested in local art and local businesses.

 

Email comments to cbj066@latech.edu.

 

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