Downtown Covington's Legacy of Art & Artists

To say that downtown Covington supports the arts is an understatement. 

Downtown Covington business owners are artists themselves in many ways, both in the traditional ways of thinking about art, and in more outside-the-box creative techniques of showcasing art as well. Here are the stories of the central business district merchant/artists who demonstrate skills central to the creation and  appreciation of art. 

In the middle of it all stands the landmark St. Tammany Art Association building, originally a toy store 100 years ago, now a resource providing outstanding classes, gallery exhibitions, and a mission of promoting the arts throughout the community. 

Below is a sampling of art galleries.  

Saladino Gallery, 409 E Boston St
Brunner Gallery, 215 N. Columbia St.
The Rutland Street Gallery, 828 E Rutland St
Gallery 421, 421 N Columbia St
Tripolo Gallery, 323 N. Columbia St
Marianne Angeli Rodriguez Studio Gallery, 430 Gibson St
Savoye Originals, 1601 N Collins Blvd
BB's Eclectic Creations, 203 N New Hampshire St
Covington Art & Frame, 529 N Florida St 


The list of artistic businesses is also quite impressive.

Several incredible restaurants showcase the culinary arts across downtown Covington, in every setting from elegant evening eating to the daily lunch cafe encounter. The unique Louisiana style of delicious menu favorites is well represented, but there is an array of unique dining experiences available that cater to all tastes.

There are clothing stores that range from avant-garde fashion to vintage collectibles you can wear, apparel for the young and the young-at-heart. The downtown Covington offerings include general merchandise and sporting goods stores, as well as shops for the discriminating cigar-smoking aficionado and artists who need supplies, easels, and frames for their finished products.

Since Covington is a courthouse town, there are a number of attorney offices scattered about, but even the attorneys show off their artistic skills, with one attorney the recipient of many national awards for his essays, poems, and humorous cartoon books on the legal profession itself. Google the "Bard of Boston Street" to see what we mean. 


The Tammany Trace Bike Trail runs through the middle of downtown Covington.

One place of business specializes in the beauty of glass, for pieces of art as well as large corporate architectural installations.

And speaking of art, there's a galaxy of galleries, from exhibit galleries that offer works by a wide variety of artists in a wide variety of media, to individual galleries that spotlight the creations of individual artists, many of whom are nationally-known. Art schools are also a favorite, and visitors often seek out places where the famed writer Walker Percy used to hang out. 

Photographers are among the artists with their own galleries and studios. You can often see them taking clients for a downtown walk-around for pictures and posing in front of the classic old town storefronts.

For visitors who can't see it all in just one day, award-winning boutique hotel suites and several nearby bed & breakfast accommodations are available.

As time goes on, we will be adding to this website the stories of downtown Covington merchant artists, how they discovered their niche in the art of business (and the business of art), how they laser-focused their creativity, and most of all, how they packaged and promoted their art through successful merchandising. 

So sit back, take out a map (or a smart phone GPS app) and chart your course to downtown Covington, Louisiana. 

It's the place to be to be the artist you are.

showing where Covington downtown can be found.


Antiques and Uniques Festival
Walker Percy 
The Southern Hotel
Three Rivers Art Festival Flows Into Covington 
The Columbia Street Landing Archways  
Movies Filmed In Downtown Covington 
Fall For Art
Covington Art Market

Bike Race Held in Downtown Covington

 The streets of downtown Covington were the location for the 50th Annual Tour De Louisiane Bike Race on Sunday, June 6. This year's event benefitted the Northshore Humane Society, and a special dog parade was held.

Here are some pictures from the race.  Click on the images to make them larger.

 



 

 See also:

Tour de Louisiane Bike Race Visits Covington 

Bicycle Race in Downtown Covington 

Places to Eat in Downtown Covington

 There is a wide variety of places to enjoy a meal in Downtown Covington. So when it's time to eat, all aboard for the Covington Culinary Cavalcade....


Here is a list of cafes and restaurants in downtown Covington, as listed on Google maps. 

Abita Roasting Company, 1011 Village Walk, abitaroasting.com


Acquistapace Market & Deli, 125 E. 21 st Ave. https://www.acquistapace.com/

Aki, 510 N. Florida St.

Baan Thai & Sushi, 501 Theard St.

Buster's Place Restaurant and Oyster Bar. 519 Boston Street. bustersplace.online


Cilantros Mexican Cuisine, 323 N. New Hampshire St.

Columbia Street Tap Room and Grill, 434 N. Columbia St. columbiastreettaproom.com


Coffee Rani, 234a Lee Lane. coffeerani.com


Cured. On Columbia. 415 N. Columbia St. 


del Porto Restaurant, 501 East Boston St., delportoristorante.com



DiCristina's Italian and Seafood, 810 N. Columbia St., http://www.dicristinas.com


Don Taco Village, 400 N. Theard St.

English Tea Room and Eatery, 734 East Rutland. englishtearoom.com

 

Hoseki Japanese Cuisine, 1211 Village Walk, hosekicovington.com


Lola, 517 N. New Hampshire St., lola.kitchen


Marcello's Italian Restaurant, 324 East Boston St. MarcellosCafe.com


Mattina Bella Restaurant, 421 East Gibson St., mattinabella.com


Meribo, 326 Lee Lane. meribopizza.com


 New Orleans Food and Spirits, 208 Lee Lane. neworleansfoodandspirits.com


Ox Lot 9, Southern Hotel, 428 East Boston St. 


Pepe's, 321 N. Columbia St.


St. John's Coffeehouse, 535 East Boston. 


 Rock-N-Blues Cafe, 407 N Columbia St. https://rocknbluescafe.com/

 


The Seiler Restaurant and Bar, 434 N Columbia St
 
 
 

Subway, 706 East Boston., order.subway.com

Toad Hollow, 207 N. New Hampshire Street. toadhollowcafe.com


Vazquez Seafood Po'boy, 515 East Boston. vazquezpoboy.com

 

Soon to come:

The Greyhound, 705 E. Boston St. https://www.facebook.com/greyhoundcovington

 








Car Show Draws Hundreds of Fans

 An extravaganza car show brought hundreds of visitors to Columbia Street in Covington Friday night, May 28, 2021, as automotive enthusiasts put on display a diverse collection of vehicles: cars, trucks, Jeeps, motorcycles, etc. There was music, food and drink, and even the weather cooperated.


Here are some photographs. Click on the images to make them larger.