New venue in Ruston hosts engagement parties, weddings and more

By Madison Remrey

What started as a studio space for painting has now turned into a venue destination for all things celebratory — including events such as engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, weddings and more. 

Walker & Co. is a studio, loft and shop where brides and their families can go to celebrate their special day, but the business did not begin as such. 

Owned by Buffy Walker, Walker & Co. was opened to be a studio that hosted events such as paint nights, children’s art camps and activities alike. When COVID-19 shut everything down, the business turned into much more. 

Social distancing guidelines limited the areas that people could gather, but Walker & Co. had ample space to provide a place for gatherings while upholding the precautions necessary to keep everyone safe. 

This led to someone asking to host their rehearsal dinner with them, and the business expanded from there. 

Walker said that she loves where the business has gone because it allows her and her colleagues — Kari Manthei, Marianna Spillers and Marissa Gleason — to work and celebrate with a wide range of people. 

“Each client is unique in what they want and how they want to celebrate,” Walker said. “So it’s fun to do the research and come up with ways to make it personal and special for them.”

Those planning the event can choose to be as active in the planning process as much (or as little) as they want to.

“It can be a one-stop-shop,” Walker said. “You can just show up for your party and it will be done, or you can jump in and do as much as you want to.”

Walker said that she hopes everyone will feel welcome at her business as if they are right at home with their family and friends.

“I grew up in south Louisiana where I learned to make family, faith and fun my foundation,” Walker said. “I want to integrate those same values into my business. When people come to our building, I want them to feel important, special and welcome — like they’re friends and family.” 

Not only can you host wedding events here, but you can also book the venue for birthday parties, graduation parties, retirement parties and more.

To book Walker & Co. for your occasion, contact Walker through the business’s website, www.walkerandco318.com, or at its phone number, (318)791-3574.