Spotlight

Changemakers | Nita Gassen & Judy Schott

Two women have taken their business idea from the Mandeville Market all the way to Shark Tank, the reality TV show focused on entrepreneurs. Here is what Nita Gassen and Judy Schott have to say about launching their company Better…

Shop Talk: Kim Alvarez

What is Landscape Images best known for?  We are known for turning ordinary spaces into extraordinary spaces. We are a full-service landscaping company for residential and commercial properties that practices a “design, build and maintain” philosophy. We pride ourselves on…

Shop Talk: Mark Francis

What is the significance of Vista Shores’ three distinct “neighborhoods”? These neighborhoods are designed to offer individualized and unique care to accommodate each person’s individual journey to wellness, happiness and health. What is the most important aspect of caring for…

Shop Talk | Amanda Fritscher

What do you do for Chateau Golf & Country Club?  I’m the Event Sales Manager for Chateau Golf & Country Club. A typical day for me would be reviewing events scheduled for the week with the Food and Beverage Manager…

Changemakers | Catherine Todd

Drawing on a lifetime of art appreciation, Catherine Todd realized that New Orleans needed a single place where locals and visitors alike could fall in love with the city’s art scene. After a fortuitous meeting with fellow artist and businessperson…

Shop Talk | Skye & Susan Price

What makes your unique real estate partnership effective?  We are a mother-daughter team, and we complement each other in all aspects, including business, where we both bring different perspectives. With a combined experience of 40 years on the job we…

Changemakers | Candice Huber

Fulfilling a lifelong goal to run a bookstore, Candice Huber opened Tubby & Coo’s in 2014. With a focus on science fiction, fantasy, queer and diverse books (including children’s books), the shop promotes inclusivity for authors and readers alike. A…

Shop Talk | Brandon Boudreaux

What are some of the services you offer at Boudreaux’s? We are a full-service jeweler, offering top-end designers, watch brands and our own signature collection designed and crafted in-house. We also offer jewelry and watch repairs as well as custom…

Shop Talk | Amy Wilson

What is Cajun Caviar? It is a caviar produced from choupique or bowfin roe. What do you do for the company? I run the operations; a little bit of everything since we’re such a small company. How does your product…

Shop Talk | Kathryn Fitzpatrick, Ed.D.

What does your job for St. Andrew’s entail? As Head of School I’m responsible for ensuring the continued academic, financial, operational and spiritual health of the St. Andrew’s community. Every day I’m moved and inspired by what I see, and…

ChangeMakers | M-Tisha Dillon-Hall

Looking for a way to cope with postpartum depression following the birth of her child in 2016, M-Tisha Dillon-Hall began painting to relax and calm her mind. In time, she decided to help others find solace through artistic expression as…

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…

Shop Talk | Joe Lindenmayer

What are your duties at California Closets? I’m the owner of the local California Closets business, but my most important duties are as our Chief Culture Officer, which means setting the course for an exceptional client experience. This includes having…

Young Bloods | Franziska Trautmann

Frustrated by the lack of glass recycling options in New Orleans, Franziska Trautmann and Max Steitz decided to take action during their senior year at Tulane University. Word spread quickly. “We decided…

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…

Young Bloods: Alison Parker

With a background in costuming for films, TV shows and even Cirque du Soleil, Alison Parker was always surrounded by clothes, costumes and fabric. Parker picked up sewing skills in home economics classes, but she realized that resource isn’t always…

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? …

Young Bloods | Josh D’Arcangelo

Sometimes the right idea comes along at just the right time. When Josh D’Arcangelo and Stuart Seiler decided to start a nonprofit benefiting New Orleans, they settled on the idea of providing computers and internet access to students in need…

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…

Young Bloods: Jasmine Araujo

During the COVID-19 outbreak in the Greater New Orleans area, Jasmine Araujo noticed that people living unhoused were being neglected and left to their own devices during the quarantine. Araujo quickly mobilized a group of educators and activists who were…

Young Bloods: Andreas Hoffmann

It began with a simple idea: Andreas Hoffmann wanted to give back to New Orleans after Katrina. So he made his job as a touring musician carbon-neutral by installing energy-efficient CFL and LED light bulbs in band members’ homes. Soon…

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…