Mandeville residents describe their home as “Beachy and fun”, as well as “Quiet and relaxing.” The parks and bike paths are perfectly manicured. The historic district is full of locally owned shops and art galleries. Locals say they love the trees, canopy, and the feeling that you get when you’re just driving through the streets.
“We have a lot of good things going for us in our community,” said Mandevile Mayor, Donald Villere.
According to Insurify, one of those things is the education. Villere, says he wasn’t surprised when he heard Mandeville was named the most educated city in Louisiana. “Our high school brings out some pretty bright kids and we have a really good school system,” Villere says. He adds that it’s a safe community, where the fire department also earned a #1 rating.
In his spare time Villere enjoys the outdoors with his family. “We invite people to come out, picnic on the lake front, have good family time, enjoy outdoors, nature and what God has provided for us,” he says.
Emphasis on family is common among locals. Mandeville business owner Lisa Keiffer, says her family opened The Candy Bank to make people happy. “It was his idea,” she says as her teenage son makes his way through the shop. Keiffer makes her homemade fudge with her Mom each week.
The Candy Bank sells 200 jar candies, nostalgic candy, 5 lb gummy bears and Hershey’s bars and much more. “My favorite though, definitely, are the bugs, and that’s mainly because I was on survivor, Season 9,” says Keiffer. Customers of all ages looked excited and over whelmed as they took their time strolling through the wide selection of sweets.
“Everything in here has a story, we have some nostalgic old antiques that came from either our family or somewhere that’s significant,” says Keiffer describing her shop. Several locally owned, unique restaurants surround The Candy Bank. Each with a story and some nostalgic old antiques.
According to Mayor Villere, there isn’t a bad restaurant in town. For visitors, he suggests: Rips on the Lake, The Lakehouse, The Beach House Bar & Grill, K. Gee’s, and Nuvolaris.
His suggestion comes with a disclaimer for tourists. “Most of the people that come in, they visit and they end up buying a place here,” he says with a big smile.