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Parish Press offers fresh look and coffee

September 19, 2014


CATHERINE BURKE
Staff Reporter

Parish press sells their own coffee grounds in the shop for patrons to take home.

Parish press sells their own coffee grounds in the shop for patrons to take home.

Parish Press is located in the old Crescent City building

Parish Press is located in the old Crescent City building

Local patrons enjoy the atmosphere of the new coffee shop

Local patrons enjoy the atmosphere of the new coffee shop

In the wake of the recent closure of the popular local coffee shop Crescent City, a more modern coffee house has arrived in Parish Press.

Megan Seal, a manager at Parish press, said the new owners wanted to bring a more modern take on the business.

“The goal is still the same,” Seal said. “To be a spot for Tech students, business meetings and the Ruston community in general.”

While the business’s objective is still to provide people with a place to enjoy a cup of coffee and for students to come and study, some major changes came as well.

Parish Press owner Bradley Walker said he spent over a month renovating the new store.

“We wanted to brighten up the place and change the seating to open up the space,” he said.

Walker said he took a hands-on approach with the renovations.

“We did a lot of the work ourselves with the help of family and friends,” he said. “I built the tables with reclaimed wood.”

Although the interior design has gone through a drastic transformation from its Crescnet City days, Seal said most of the regulars seem to approve.

“It is definitely reassuring to see the regulars that have been coming for years still here,” she said.

Robert Hearne, a Ruston native, said he was a regular at Crescent City for eight years and he is okay with the changes.

“The ambiance is fresh and I like the soft, padded benches,” he said. “The old ones were hard and miserable.”

However, some were disappointed to see Crescent City go and are not so excited about the new shop.

The new hours of operation have also annoyed some customers, like Carly Hogg, a senior nursing major.

Hogg said though there are some things she liked about Parish Press, she preferred Crescent City to the new shop.

“I do not like the new atmosphere and the new times will make it difficult to study here,” she said.

Parish Press, like Crescent City before it, will also serve as a place for local artists to showcase their work.

“We have been working with North Louisiana Arts Council on all the artwork,” Bradley Walker said. “If an artist would like to have their work displayed they would have to talk to Jessica Slaughter at the arts council.”

Walker also said he also hopes to have more food options for lunch in the future.

As for the menu, Seal said customers do not have to worry about missing the beignets.

“Parish Press will continue to make the beignets the same way Crescent City did,” she said.

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