Interviews

Mark Strella

Did you know that, percentage-wise, New Orleans has more independent businesses than most American cities? From food to jewelry to music stores, New Orleans is filled with creative enterprises. With the help of Stay Local!, New Orleanians can locate nearby…

Shop Talk - Sanja Alickovic

How did you first get involved in the fashion business? Fashion always played a big role in my life; my mother would dress my sister and I in matching, custom-made outfits. Opening the store two years ago was a lifelong…

Interview with Arthur Hardy

The deadline is approaching for my publication and when I meet Arthur Hardy, and it’s down to the wire for his, too. He tells me he’s been up until 3 o’clock that morning working on his Mardi Gras Guide, the…

Eric Orgeron – The Edison of Airline Drive

“Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.” – Henry Kaiser hree things you can assume with certainty about Eric Orgeron as he sits in his office in the tiny blond-red brick building on Airline Drive that used to be headquarters…

Barrels of Fun

Oilmen by day, David Meaux and Cole LeBlanc chase their dreams after hours as operators of Acadiana’s first rum distillery.

Q& A with Yvonne La Fleur

How did you get your start in the business? My French-Canadian aunts taught me everything I know. By 11 years old I could cut a pattern and sew my own designs. When did you open your first store? In the…

Q&A with Cristy Cali of Cristy Cali

When did you start designing? I started designing for my mom’s shop, Sterling Silvia, when I was 16. How have your designs changed? My first designs were more literal – streetcars and pelicans – now they’re more contemporary. They are…