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Retailer Spotlight: Louisiana Custom Closets

Louisiana Custom Closets designs and installs custom shelving for closets, garages and utility rooms. Don Wise, owner, has been in the business for more than 19 years. The company offers free in-home consultations with designs displayed on state-of-the-art software. What…

Fair Grounds Kicks Off Its 142nd Season

And they’re off! For generations of New Orleans horse racing fans, November is the time to get their wagers ready. The city’s track, now called Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, traditionally kicks off its season on Thanksgiving Day. This…

Top New Orleans Area Nursing Homes

When it comes to evaluating nursing homes Medicare is the top source for data collection. Using Medicare evaluation information these are the top-ranked nursing homes that accept Medicare within a 50-mile radius of New Orleans. *NOTE: Some nursing homes do…

The Times-Picayune Fiasco – A Year Later

October marks a year since The Times-Picayune, the city’s longtime daily newspaper, was reduced to three home-delivered editions a week. Advance Publications, the Newhouse family appendage under which The Times-Picayune is placed, has reduced the frequency of several newspapers within…

Cruisin’ the Crescent

New Orleans is known for so many things – seafood, Carnival, Jazz – but we tend to forget the history and relationship between coffee and this city. Coffee has been one of New Orleans’ oldest and most profitable imports since…

Top 20 Stories in Acadiana Profile (1975-2010)

What a flood of memories! In preparing to write this column as my fifth installment in conjunction with the 45th anniversary of Acadiana Profile, I began going through past issues of the magazine. My goal was to survey the issues…

UNCF, Liberty Bank, Trust Co. Have a “Ball in the City”

Since its inception 19 years ago, the United Negro College Fund and Liberty Bank and Trust Co.’s partner event “Ball in the City” has raised a total of $2.3 million dollars to benefit highly qualified students who are underrepresented in…

Business News from Around the State

CHIEF EXECUTIVE magazine recently ranked Louisiana No. 11 in the U.S. – the state’s highest position ever – in the publication’s annual ranking of Best & Worst States for Business. The ranking further illustrates Louisiana’s ongoing rise in national business…

The Music According to Gwen Thompkins

Gliding through traffic my car radio yielded the soft, mellifluous cadences of Allen Toussaint discussing Bright Mississippi – an album high in the New Orleans canon. The light was red at Carrollton and Washington avenues when Toussaint gave credit to…

John Preble and His Whimsical Abita Springs Museum

The faded red gasoline pump stuck in some Pleistocene age at “34 cents a gallon” should be the first tipoff that things may be somewhat amiss inside this building a stone’s throw from the circle at Abita Springs. There is…

Top Female Achievers 2013

There is no novelty in there being worthy achievers who are female. There is, however, plenty of challenge in determining which ones to single out. Our list isn’t necessarily claiming to present the best of the year, rather these are…

“Cajun Night” raises funds for educational services

Southern seafood was the belle of the ball at Chartwell Center’s “Cajun Night” on March 1. Sidney and Norwood Thornton hosted the dinner at their home in anticipation of the Sporting Clays Classic Fun Shoot the following day. “Cajun…

The Top Dentists of Greater New Orleans

Sure, we know the best part about the experience of going to the dentist is leaving, especially after the bill has been paid. There is also some satisfaction in having healthier teeth, especially if we know that they’ve had the…

Growing Jobs in Their Backyards

Small vegetable patches have long flourished in the backyards of Village de l’Est, a predominantly Vietnamese neighborhood in far eastern New Orleans, where many residents grow greens and herbs for their traditional home cooking. More recently, however, these gardens and…