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.
The list of artistic businesses is quite impressive. Here's a sampling.
Several incredible restaurants showcase the culinary arts across downtown Covington, in every setting from elegant evening eating to the daily lunch cafe encounter (as well as a hot dog restaurant). 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.
The main contributor to this website is Ron Barthet, a retired newspaper editor who has himself drawn a few cartoons and written a few books over the years. But we welcome artfully-written submissions as well.
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
Three Rivers Art Festival Flows Into Covington
The Columbia Street Landing Archways
Movies Filmed In Downtown Covington
Fall For Art
Covington Art Market
- Car Shows and Block Parties
- Art Market Showplace Alley
- Artwalk Musicians
- Signs of the Times
- Courthouse History
- Downtown Stores in 1983
- Carol's Map Place
- Parades on Boston Street
- Downtown Covington Growth Study
- Window on Columbia
- The History of Dependable Glass
- Covington Walk Through History
- Chef Soiree' Annual Fund-raiser
- Bicycle Race in Downtown Covington
- Columbia Street Landing
- Cemetery Whisperings
- Covington Farmers Market
- Old Post Office Becomes Garden Hotel Suites
- Downtown Covington Photos 2018
- The Story of Smith Hardware
- The Division of St. John Becomes a Historic Distri...
- Downtown Covington's 1985 Transition
- Ronald Reagan Statue
- The Train Depot - New and Old
- History of Star Theater
- Blacksmithing In Old Downtown
- Carol's Corner Bookstore
- Crowd Enjoys History of Columbia St. Businesses
- Scarecrow Festival
- Covington Steam Bakery
- Covington Maps Side by Side
- Haik Department Store
- The Legendary Jim Metcalf
- Olde Towne Festival
- Covington Waterworks Building
- Major Fires in Covington 1898-1920
- Photos from a Downtown Walk-Around
- Covington Pictorial Map 2017
- More Old Covington Street Scenes
- Covington Street Pictures - 1982
- Covington Street Photos - 1970's
- Covington Downtown Flashbacks
- Old Covington Street Scenes
- Life at the Post Office
- The 1997 Covington Tornado
- The History of Citizens Bank & Trust, Covington
- Old Boston St. Post Office
- The Ground Floor Restaurant
- The First Theaters In West St. Tammany