Nelda Carnley manages a vibrant riverside bazaar of eye-grabbing wares at Nelda’s Place, ranging from women’s clothing and accessories to ornamental knickknacks. Glue a finger to fashion’s pulse with stylish dresses, jackets, and tops ($19.95–$69.95), harmonizing ensembles with pitch-perfect handbags ($24.95–$64.95) that blend fetching hues with chihuahua- or miniature-elephant-toting functionality. A trove of jewelry pieces ($6.95–$39.95), ripe for legal plunder, brims with bracelets, earrings, and necklaces itching to adorn unembellished limbs. Patrons wishing to broadcast their allegiance to the lily can peruse a bevy of fleur-de-lis-themed items, from wrist cuffs to dinnerware, or cultivate their own botanical coat of arms in a stalwart garden pot ($19.95–$189.94). Located on the banks of the misleadingly real False River, Nelda’s also stocks gift-worthy sundries such as candles, sunglasses, and quilts.
The most viewed and attended water-ski tournament in the United States, LA Night Jam rivets show-goers from far and wide with a nighttime spectacle of world-class hydrodynamic dynamos hurtling toward top honors at more than 40 mph, performing watery glissades and midair acrobatics. Gates open at 5 p.m., kicking the night off with the Krewshal wakeboard kicker contest. Ski-jumping participants—including Freddy Krueger, the three-time defending men’s night-jumping champion and non-horror-flick-character—put the whammy on watchers during the Dolphin Wetsuit’s professional freestyle jump competition. Eagle’s freestyle barefoot exhibition amplifies the extremeness of extremities, and freestyle trick skiers perform step-overs, jumps, and flips before waterskiing in cursive. The night culminates in its ultimate event, the LA Night Jam extreme-distance-jump ski finals, winging fast-moving skiers at a ramp and sending them rocketing through the air farther than 200 feet.
Carey Long’s professional interest in fitness stems from something personal. After experiencing the early passing of his parents, Carey decided to focus his fitness approach on prolonging life. Racking up certifications in physical therapy and strength and conditioning training, Carey began developing Real Life Fitness, a system catered to regular people who want to improve the quality and extend the longevity of their lives. The system seeks to boost energy, address chronic health problems such as high cholesterol, and promote physical activity, all while keeping in mind the time limitations and challenges of everyday life.
Clouds of fog roll through darkened halls, concealing mercenaries tracking their target’s movement. Before their trap can be sprung, the unthinkable happens: their vests begin to vibrate as a giggling child yells, "Got you!"Laser Tag of Baton Rouge's family-friendly laser-tag sessions thrust players aged 7 and older into similar faux combat, peppered with flashing lights and thumping music. Players race through a 7,500-square-foot multilevel arena brandishing Gen 6 laser-tag weapons that dole out precise shots and automated score updates. Special scenarios challenge players to work cooperatively toward a shared goal; for instance, in the Fugitive mission, one or two targets must escape a group intent on their capture.
Between bouts inside the arena, players can test their gaming skills at the center's arcade, which is filled with contemporary and classic machines. Each game is outfitted with the Power Play system, a swipe-card-and-sensor combo that tracks remaining game credits, relieving players from the hassle of endlessly fishing for quarters. The arcade also leads to an observation deck that looks onto the laser-tag arena, giving spectators a giant's-eye view of the combat below.
Flipping through the TV channels, it’s not unusual to see cooking sensation Holly Clegg working her culinary magic on shows such as Fox & Friends, The 700 Club, or NBC’s Weekend Today. At once a culinary phenom, family woman, and tech entrepreneur, Holly has also added the title of author to her ever-growing resumé of success. Her trim&Terrific series, a 14-book women’s lifestyle series that unlocks the secrets to healthy eating, has sold almost one million copies. She’s also penned cookbooks for people with diabetes and cancer patients, leading to features in both USA Today and Country Living magazine. Her books also cover topics such as quick meals and cooking for beginners, walking novices through the cooking basics such as nutrition and singing to a lobster before plucking it from a tank.
Harb's Oasis allows green-thumbed customers to fortify their homes’ outdoor carpets with an array of eye-catching flora. Specializing in ponds and fountains ($300+), the shop gives landscaping consultations to personalize and beautify backyards and gardens. Invite koi and goldfish ($3.99+) to frolic in your front yard, or spruce up an aquatic garden with vibrant water lilies ($38.99). A small water bowl with a lily, a water pump, and fish ($130+) equips customers with the building blocks of an aquatic landscape while providing them with a place to dispose of their stale cereal. Harb's Oasis also houses a selection of tropical flora and plant-ready pottery.