When he was 21, Matthew Durish, owner of Renaissance Doors, drove to Alaska with an old backpack and older steel mountain bike to work on the Alaskan Railroad.
“Working on the rails I met a great network of people with shared interests,” he says. “We camped, hiked, biked and explored with every opportunity. The train from Anchorage to Fairbanks travels through Denali National Park and is rich with wildlife from bald eagles to grizzly bears.”
Another one of his life’s adventures was the work he did in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when he came as a volunteer to help the city rebuild.
In 2006, in a continuing effort to help people rebuild albeit no longer a volunteer he started his specialty millwork shop, Renaissance Doors. His 5,000-square-foot showroom and warehouse now offers such things as millwork, decking, windows, and, of course, an extensive array of doors.
Durish says that New Orleans and the infectious spirit of the locals totally captured his heart. He especially loves New Orleans in springtime with all of its festivals. He’s active in the community as he continues his volunteer efforts with such organizations as CASA, the Special Olympics of Louisiana and Girls on the Run New Orleans.
“I’m lucky that I choose to come to this amazing city,” he says. “It’s such a fun and challenging environment. I do, however, hope to go back to Alaska again one day but not in winter.”
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