Author: Ashley McLellan

Cleaning Up

This spring the Kutcher family pivoted from their film special effects company to launch Clean Hands Solutions with the goal of providing mobile handwashing stations to hospitals, events, productions and more in response to new COVID-19…

New & Notable: Sevetri Wilson

Hammond native Sevetri Wilson first made news when, at the age of 22, she formed her first company with zero capital, and it went on to hit the seven-figure mark. That company, Solid Ground Innovations, was a strategic communications and…

New & Notable: Geoffrey Meeker

  Since its founding in 2012, French Truck Coffee has become not only a local favorite, but has gained national attention. Earlier this year, the company founded by Geoffrey Meeker was named for the second time to Fortune Magazine’s top…

New & Notable: Rebecca Conwell

  "I have witnessed firsthand the value University of New Orleans brings to the table when our area economic development entities and city work together." What do the United States Navy, Hancock Whitney Bank and Eurofins Technology have in common?…

New & Notable: Ed Webb

It’s been a busy first year for Ed Webb, who was named CEO of the World Trade Center of New Orleans, in May 2019. In that time, he has both helped the organization celebrate its 75th anniversary and seen it…

New & Notable: Louisa Smith

Since 2014, NO/LA Angel Network’s more than 100 accredited investors throughout Louisiana have invested nearly $10 million in 23 companies and created more than 100 jobs. On January 1 of this year, Louisa Smith was named the network’s managing director.…

Work of Heart

  AT NO TIME IN RECENT HISTORY HAVE PEOPLE been spending more time with their pets than now. And what better way to commemorate the companionship our furry friends provide than with a commissioned portrait? Local painter Melissa Vandiver…

Don’t Get Mad, Get Paid

  OF THE MILLIONS OF AMERICANS WHO qualified for the recent stimulus checks, there’s at least one group that will not be receiving money — those who have…

Doing the Dirty Work

    Nicola Krebill doesn’t mind getting dirty. After years of boots-on-the-ground nonprofit work in Louisiana, Krebill saw the need to combine efforts with the New Orleans Food & Farm Network—which addresses the issue of food deserts and fresh-food access…

Haute Topic

  When petroleum engineer Jaime Glas first put on the bulky, made-for-men overalls at her first internship at Chevron in Bakersfield, California, in 2010, she instantly knew there had to be a better option, and that she was going to…

Healthy Eating Delivered to Your Door

  While TV dinners transformed a generation in the 1960s, prepared meal kits and grab-and-go meals today bear little to no resemblance to those partitioned aluminum trays of the past. Today’s prepared meals can be well balanced, carefully crafted by…

Business is Blooming

  Operating out of a 1-ton solarium-on-wheels nicknamed “Axil Rose,” FAIT NOLA is one of the most unique mobile businesses in the Metro. The company, founded by sisters Emily and Laura Stirling Joffrion and their mother, Kathleen Robinson, has bloomed…

Stocking the Shelves

  Careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) have been lauded for years as the path to the best jobs with the best pay, but when New Orleans math and science teacher Todd Wackerman tried to encourage students…

Sweet Success in Bitters

El Guapo Bitters, Syrups and Tonics features craft cocktail accessories inspired by New Orleans flavors such as “Creole Pecan,” “Crawfish Boil,” “Lemonade” and “Gumbo.” New Orleans and its residents have a long-storied history with the cocktail, from its fabled first…

Moved to Create

  Brand-new NOLA-inspired activewear company MoveMe is taking on fitness fashion with a line of clothing as colorful as the city that inspires it. Launched in August of 2018, MoveMe has hit the ground running. The company created 850 items…

Strumming Along

  In a city that embraces Jazz Fest, sidewalk buskers and brass bands any time of year, ReStrung Jewelry, the brainchild of local artist Naomi Celestin, has struck a chord with music- and jewelry-loving New Orleanians and beyond. A clever…

Help Without The High

Your CBD Store New Orleans owner Crystal Nugent provides personalized information and advice on the FAQs on CBD.   When it comes to alternative medicine, CBD, or cannabidiol, is the new “it” thing. According to an August 2018 article in…