Established in 1963 by Art Garrett and his wife Marie in the then new South College Shopping Center occupying a store in just 850 square feet, with the intention of living out the American dream of entrepreneurship with a young family starting out as well. The store had a modest selection of Catholic Church supplies and gifts for their patrons. As time went on the store began carrying more and more items, the first month of business brought in a little over $3000.00 in sales for the month of February 1963 and the Garretts gladly wrote a check for sales tax in the amount of $60.24 made payable to the state of Louisiana.
Fast forward to 1968 when the space next door in the center became available a wall was broken down and the store bumped up to 1700 square feet, all the while expanding the merchandise selection. Things remained this way until the death of Mr. Garrett in May of 1995, and in November of that same year their eldest son Art III left his job of 15 years with a national jewelry store chain and joined the family business. Relocated the store just 2 doors down the sidewalk to a 3200 square foot space, again being able to expand the selection of items for their clients. Things went well for the next 14 plus years and then in August of 2010 another move took place right next door to the original location 4600 square feet of space that was able to really put Acadian Religious & Gift Shop in a position of offering our customers a complete children’s area stocked with DVD’s, books, toys, and music. As well as gifts for new babies and baptisms. A full line book store carrying the latest authors for devotional and inspirational selections. Bibles from paperback to bonded leather, with the ability to imprint your name on the cover. Offerings of religious statuary for both in and outside the home.
Here at Acadian Religious we are a business but also we realize sometimes when people visit us there are things going on in their lives where they need the care and concern of a listening ear, and we love to assist our patrons in all areas of life. We love what we do and we look forward to serving the fine people of Acadiana.
Thank you for visiting our on line store send us an email if there is something you do not see, and make sure to like our Facebook page for up to the minute updates of new items.
"Since 1963 a sign of good faith in Acadiana"
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