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Faces and Places of Acadiana: Jim Bowie

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This Faces and Places of Acadiana takes us to Opelousas and the Jim Bowie Oak Tree on Landry St. that still stands near his house with a courtyard dedicated to him.

Only now, the house and property have been transformed into a business that would make even Bowie, blush.

Opelousas has always claimed to be the "Home of Jim Bowie" considered a legendary figure in Texas history and a folk hero of American culture.

Bowie was most famous for his use of the Bowie knife, which his brother developed. He was a legendary adventurer who rode alligators, hunted bears and tamed wild horses who played a prominent role in the Texas revolution, culminating in his death at the battle of the Alamo. This more than 300 year old live oak tree is called the Jim Bowie Live Oak and stands near the home of the famous pioneer.

And now some 200 years later this house has been transformed into a woman's boutique called Farfallina and hair salon called Sophisticated Lady owned by Vera Nagy who has been at this location for two years now.

"I love the location and there are so many people who will stop in just because of it's history." said Nagy.

Nagy says the historic value is a bonus bringing in business or peaking interests from near and far.

"A guy from Seattle, a lawyer came in to visit the Jim Bowie blacksmith shop he called it, and to his surprise it was a boutique, a woman's boutique!" said Nagy.

This charming boutique has beautiful clothing, jewelry and some handmade home décor all located in the front of the house. In the back, Vera's Hair Shop Sophisticated Lady and then there's the historical courtyard with access from the back to the front porch.

The boutique and hair shop offer something for the ladies and there's also a little something for the men - an old fashioned shoe shine. I guess the only question now is one has to wonder just what would Jim Bowie say about all of this?

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