Author: Lani Griffiths

Shop Talk | Shauna Leftwich

What does an average day look like at Ashley Hall Interiors? It could be an installation day where we would be pulling and packing up all the lamps, accessories and embellishments from our showroom to polish off our installation. If…

Shop Talk | Tracy Brown Ph.D.

What kind of care options do you provide? HomeLife in the Gardens is a senior living community offering independent living, assisted living, memory care and respite care services. How has the pandemic affected your business and policies? We continue to…

Shop Talk: Kate & Todd Novak

What is NOLA Learning Support?  NOLA Learning Support is a private educational therapy practice on Oak Street. We provide academic support and remediation for students from kindergarten through college, and our specialty is working with students who have dyslexia and…

Shop Talk: Jill Knight Nalty

What is the Argent Trust Company?  Argent Trust is a subsidiary of Argent Financial Group. Argent is a leading independent wealth management firm providing comprehensive wealth management solutions to individuals, families, businesses and institutions. What are some of your responsibilities? …

Shop Talk | Joy Cronvich

What makes Ballin’s special? At Ballin’s we pride ourselves on the high-quality service that’s offered to every customer. Our expertise is in assisting the customer to find the perfect outfit for each of their occasions. We are a curated clothing…

Shop Talk | Tricia King

What is your specialty as a Realtor? I am unique because I establish strong relationships with my clients and understand all the different neighborhoods New Orleans has to offer. I am a native New Orleanian and share with my clients…

SHOP TALK | Kim Starr Wise

What is your role at Kim Starr Wise Floral Events? I’m the head honcho, flower slinger, ladder climber, creative director, owner, boss lady, visionary and designer of all beautiful things. What events do you design in addition to weddings? Bar…

Shop Talk: Dr. Richard Gitter

What is your role at Gitter Vein Institute? I am the Director and Founder of Gitter Vein Institute. I’m a board-certified cardiac and vascular surgeon with over 20 years of surgical experience. What services do you offer? Gitter Vein Institute…

Shop Talk: Ingrid Rinck

How did the idea for Rinck Packaging, Inc. come about? For Sensible Meals, it was important to us during the COVID-19 pandemic that we could keep everyone – our vendors, our delivery companies, our employees – moving forward, busy and employed.…

Shop Talk: Trevor Colhoun

Tell us a little about the Trusted Provider Network.  New Orleans-based TPN is a professionally licensed, digital behavioral health clinician network and database. As traditional in-person networking opportunities are placed on hold, counselors and clinicians must search elsewhere to find…

Shop Talk: Glennda Bach

Tell us about your role at Latter & Blum.  I’ve been an agent with Latter & Blum for over 25 years and thoroughly enjoy working as a real estate professional with the company. I’ve been fortunate to become a top…

Shop Talk: Martha Claire Breland

What is your role at Judy at the Rink?  As a small business owner I get to do all the fun stuff. I’m the buyer, merchandiser and sales associate. I do the marketing, deliveries and all the paperwork, too. What…

Shop Talk: Autumn Adamme

Tell us a little background about your business.  Dark Garden supports uncommon beauty with beautifully curated boutiques centered around our world-renowned corsetry line. My team and I are determined to provide clothing to fit any body type and any personal…

Shop Talk: Rachel Patterson

What are some of your responsibilities as Owner and Buyer for Feet First?  Buying shoes for each season is a lot of fun, but also like trying to read a crystal ball. Footwear production has a long lead time, which…

Shop Talk: Dr. Kelly Burkenstock

Tell us a little background on your business.  Skin Body Health is the South’s hallmark anti-aging clinic. We take care of ladies and gentlemen on the inside and out. I feel you should look as good as you feel, and…

Shop Talk: Ellen Balkin

What are your responsibilities as Director of Education? I lead Ogden Museum’s efforts to fulfill our educational mission to provide innovative programs and tours designed to bring art and people together. I also foster relationships with area educators, students and…

Shop Talk: Robert Lyall

Tell us a little about what you do for the New Orleans Opera Association. My formal titles are the General and the Artistic Director of the New Orleans Opera. This first title is one with an administrative focus and the…

Shop Talk: Christy Zurcher

What is your role at Ursuline Academy?  I have the privilege of promoting and sharing all of the wonderful things that take place at the nation’s first all-girls Catholic school. Every day is different. From assemblies to performances to class…

Shop Talk: Tammy O’Shea

What are some of your duties as Chief Marketing Officer of Fidelity Bank?  As CMO I’m responsible for brand management, advertising and public relations strategy, social media and all donations and events and sponsorships. I also serve as the corporate…

Blythe Wren

What product or service do you recommend most for homes in New Orleans? Everyone is different, so I find out the need of the customer and then go from there. The most popular window treatment right now is Solar Shades.…

Valerie Gernhauser

How would you describe your role at Sapphire Events? I founded the company in 2011 and have grown the business into the premier event design and planning firm in the city. What kind of events does Sapphire specialize in? Debutante…

Shop Talk: Patrick Schoen

 Please tell us a little about your role at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home.   I have worked for my family’s business since 1969. I took over the company in 2014 as managing partner, continuing my family’s 145-year legacy…

Shop Talk: Cristy Cali

Tell us a little background on your business.  In October 2012, I started my own business after working in my family’s retail jewelry business for seven years. Since I had spent so much time in a retail environment, the freedom…

Shop Talk: Judy Fern

The Elms Mansion is a New Orleans landmark, can you give us a brief history?  The historic Elms Mansion, located on St. Charles Avenue, was built in 1869. John “Tac” Elms purchased the Mansion in 1951, and his daughter turned…

Shop Talk: Ellen M. Kramer

Please describe your role at A New Leaf.  I founded A New Leaf in 2003 after 10 years as a high-level executive assistant. I wanted to take the skills that I developed over my career to help businesses and individuals…

Shop Talk: Elizabeth B. McNulty

How did you start New Orleans Luxury Living?  I started as an agent four years ago under Gardner and have since expanded to create the New Orleans Luxury brand. I was inspired to do so through my own personal network…

Shop Talk: Julia W. Bland

Please describe your role at the Louisiana Children’s Museum.  I’m the chief cheerleader! I often think of myself as a “weaver,” weaving together big ideas, strategic partnerships, funding and key users or stakeholders – all in an effort to strengthen…