Retailer Spotlights

RETAILER SPOTLIGHT: Amyre & Paul Romain

Paul Romain, who co-owns Palatial Stone with his wife Amyre, has a business that provides customers with a unique and expansive selection of stone and tile for indoor and outdoor home projects. Marble, limestone, granite, onyx, travertine, slate and cobblestone…

RETAILER SPOTLIGHT: Kathy Meisner

Opened by Gus Riordan in 1963, the Decorator Shoppe is known for its diverse lighting selection. The showroom, located in Metairie, is full of chandeliers, vanity lights, outdoor lights, recessed lighting, track lighting and lamps, as well as ceiling fans,…

Retailer Spotlight: Michael & Vail Manfre

This time of year, quite a few of us have been thinking about re-organizing our closets. Luckily, there are stores that specialize in just that. Closets by Design’s local owner, Michael Manfre, says his business operates absolutely as a team…

Retailer Spotlight: Greg Coe

Don’t call Norwalk – The Furniture Idea just a furniture store, as Greg Coe, the Metairie showroom manager says, “We don’t like being compared to a furniture store.” Norwalk – The Furniture Idea is a design center known for its…

Retailer Spotlight: Roy Olsen

When the CEO of Landis Construction Co., James Landis, was inundated with calls in 2005 following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, he realized the company needed to expand so it could accommodate requests to repair upscale and historic residential homes that…

Retailer Spotlight: Tara Shaw

Traveling to Europe several times a year would be a dream to some—to Tara Shaw, it’s just part of her career. Shaw jets off to places such as Sweden, Italy, Belgium and France in search of unique antique furniture and…

Retailer Spotlight: Pepper Tregre

Winter’s over, and we are now able to celebrate the warm weather by spending time outside. “The backyard has become No. 1, as far as entertainment is considered,” says Pepper Tregre, owner of Backyard Living. Tregre and his staff design…

Retailer Spotlight: Steele Xiao

Starting from scratch in a new country is difficult for some, but Steele Xiao, a native of China, has established a successful business with Homeway Ornamental Metals. Though he had 20 years of experience with the ironwork business in his…

Cynthia Whittington

Earl Schneider, general manager of Interior Motives Design and Decor, says one of the main reasons he enjoys his job is because of the team atmosphere. “The people here are very easy to work with, and everyone enjoys what they…

Dana & Derrick

Derrick Armand OpenedSlidell Shutter Shop in 1999, but is now working harder than ever installing various types of shutters with his staff of 12. “I used to work at Delchamps [grocery store], and when it went out of business, one…

Mike & Sandy Kasten

Sandy Kasten has always been a lover of art. After obtaining degrees in art and art history, it was a natural transgression to open up her own gallery.Teri Galleries, located in Metairie, has come a long way since it began…

Nancy Robbins

Nancy Robbins has always been interested in interiors—“I’ve been doing this since I was a young girl. I decorated my own room,” she says. And years of experience have certainly enhanced her artistic gift. With more than 30 years of…

David Dillard

He doesn’t sit in an office wearing a suit and tie. He is a hands-on worker, dedicated to the restoration and preservation of New Orleans historic houses and buildings. Originally from Mississippi, he moved to New Orleans to work on…

Max Mipro

In 1968, while working as an agent for a carpet and curtain manufacturer, Mipro decided to start his own business—out of his garage. At first he sold carpets and curtains, then added Oriental rugs to the mix. The business, he…

Alan & Marianne Mumford

Alan and Marianne Mumford met when they were students at Louisiana State University. Not only did they fall in love with each other, but also they discovered that they had a few things in common. They both graduated with degrees…

Donald St. Pierre & Robert Turner

Donald St. Pierre, an accountant, fulfilled his longtime wish to open up a small business when he bought the Silk Road Collection more than two years ago. St. Pierre still works as an accountant, but his “other job”—owning and operating…

Allison Oglesbee, Lynn Blossman, Michelle Fortson

You could say that Lynn Blossman wears two hats on a daily basis. In one building in Covington, are Blossman’s two businesses: La Perrin, a home furnishings store, and London Hill, a clothing store. La Perrin opened first in 1998,…

Rusty & Michael Hayden

Riverside Lumber is family oriented in both who runs it and the relationships it has developed with customers.Rusty Hayden, president and co-owner of Riverside Lumber, has been working for this family business for more than 30 years. He says, “We…

Allyson & Giuseppe Colosimo

While living in Italy in the mid-1980s, Giuseppe and Allyson Colosimo decided that Italian trims and tassels would be a good item to sell in the United States, and began offering the designs wholesale through their company, Tuscany Imports. The…

Manique Poche Bennett

After working in the kitchen design business for five years, Monique Poché Bennett, a certified kitchen designer, opened Cabinets by Design in Gretna in 1988. Fifteen years later, the business moved to New Orleans. A building was purchased and renovated…

Cindy St. Romain

St. Romain Interiors When patrons first walk into St. Romain Interiors, they realize they have entered into more than just an antique store. After running an antique and design company out of her home for five years, Cindy St. Romain…

Allyson & Giuseppe Colosimo

by HILLARY GOLDEN Tuscany Decor Center ALLYSON & GIUSEPPE COLOSIMO While living in Italy, Allyson and Giuseppe Colosimo made a bold move across the Atlantic Ocean to start a new life and business. “The textiles we found in Italy needed…

Retailer Spotlight

Barry French Acadian Millwork & Suplly In 1981, Barry French and Denny Perschall filled a much-needed niche when they opened their store, Acadian Millwork & Supply in Mandeville. French and Perschall began their partnership building high-end condominiums during the ‘70s.…

La Vieille Maison and Lighting, Inc.

HAL WILLIAMSON | La Vieille Maison by HILLARY GOLDEN Each morning Hal Williamson feels as if he is in a quaint European shop, as he steps through the front door of his serene French Quarter antique shop. “La Vieille Maison…

Louisiana Trace

Joe Caldarera is giving back to his community one house at a time. As a resident of Kenner, where he was also born and raised, Caldarera purchased a parcel of land this year to turn into a residential community development.…

Factory Tile & Stone Depot

Before you decide to remodel with carpet or hardwood flooring, remind yourself of where you live. It might be a better choice to go with tile. “Most of us live below sea level and the possibility of flood waters is…

Gayle Terrell

Retailing has taken on a life of its own for Gayle Terrell, owner of the Lazybug stores. From the greeting at the front of the store to the gift-wrapping, Terrell believes in customer service and the image that she and…

Monique Sobrino

It always made sense for Monique Sobrino to own a business, so when the opportunity to purchase her grandmother’s Little Miss Muffin Hallmark store came about in 1992, Sobrino took it and reopened Little Miss Muffin in a new location…