If the next big idea for business is authenticity than The Little Shanty Folk Art Gallery on Line Avenue is SB Land's best example of this new way of entertaining customers.
The enterprise is owned and operated by Alania Osborne-Currie and her husband Robert Currie. For the story in The Times click here.
There are chickens in the backyard, laundry drying on the line and an outhouse. The whole enterprise challenges you to reconsider how you shop for art. One of the most interesting bodies of work for sale is by Louisiana artist Micheal A. Smith. He creates sculptures from toothpicks.
The Little Shanty Folk Art Gallery, 7102 Line Avenue, is open six days a week. 318 861-3308.
On a semi-related note: for more about an authentic sense of place listen to this Smart City show.
"I found bliss early. It was reading or thinking in the spread out trunk of a pink flowered mimosa tree in our front yard.
I made my freest art back then. When I was a little kid alone in my room, I danced to music from a tiny record player. I had a built up platform in the bottom of my closet, so I would push the clothes back on either side and dance away in funky costumes I found around the house. Now when I create art, I am seeking to go back to my bliss." Usher May 24, 2010