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Table Talk: Market Fresh

Opening a new restaurant is never easy. Opening during a pandemic, well… Yet, throughout this crisis we’ve seen several startups take root across the pockmarked landscape of the New Orleans culinary scene. Among these is Cho Thai, a Thai restaurant…

Shop Talk | Jeanne Harang Boughton

What do you enjoy most about working for RE/MAX? It is a privilege to work among smart, kind, hardworking people. What are your selling specialties? When working with a seller, I love transforming a property by staging it with furniture…

Table Talk: Food Flip

At the start of 2020, Mawi Tortillas was a company on the move. A successful family enterprise spearheaded by chef Will Avelar, Mawi’s focus was purveying fragrant corn tortillas served in an impressive collection of New Orleans restaurants. In January…

People to Watch

People to Watch has been a staple tradition for New Orleans Magazine for more than 40 years, and this year’s class is equally as stellar as years past. We define a Person to Watch as someone that is doing something…

Table Talk: Weathering the Storm

Saying the last several months have challenged restaurants to adapt would be an understatement. Some became mini-groceries and others battened down the hatches to wait things out. Others have been lost entirely. Alison Vega, the chef and owner of Station…

Shop Talk: Jeanne Monet Roberson

HOW DID YOU COME TO OPEN LILY NEW ORLEANS (LNO? After closing two other boutiques in the early 2000s, I started other businesses, studied overseas and traveled tons! While away, I would always pick up beautiful, affordable silk and batik…

Shop Talk: Matt Schwartz

HOW DID YOU START THE DOMAIN COMPANIES? My business partner, Chris Papamichael, and I launched Domain with a focus on high-quality affordable and mixed-income housing. After Hurricane Katrina, we saw the urgent need for housing and developed our first Louisiana…

Shop Talk: Eve Rutledge

HOW DID MYSTIC BLUE SIGNS START? Mystic Blue Signs began when I moved to New Orleans from San Francisco at the end of 1995. With New Orleans’ strong appreciation of its architectural history, I thought I could paint traditional signs…

Shop Talk: David Perlis

HOW DID PERLIS START? My grandmother convinced my grandfather to start the business with the promise to marry him if he did. That was in 1939, and he worked seven days a week in the early years. My father and…

Scott Cowen Speaks Out

Scott Cowen turned over Tulane University’s presidency to another four years ago, but he never gave up pondering problems facing leaders of higher education. He launched a second book recently entitled “Winnebagos on Wednesdays: How Visionary Leadership Can Transform Higher…

Canine Companions

Meet Benny, Chaz, Gunther and Harvey, volunteer reading specialists. They have no academic degrees or lesson plans, no pencils or paper, yet parents of struggling young readers praise their skill and return month after month for another round of their…