Author: Ashley McLellan

Filling Station

Launched in 2018 by New Orleans native Kim Lewis, Ole’ Orleans Wines can be purchased almost anywhere wine is sold, currently ships to 35 states and features a wine club, tastings and event rental options. The company’s tasting room, located…

The New Powder Puff on Magazine Street

Stoney Clover Lane brings its national brand to the Big Easy with its first location in the city on Magazine Street. The company offers unique travel accessories, with locally inspired patches to customize products like bags,…

Sake to Me

Wetlands Sake owners (left to right) Nan Wallis and Lindsey Brower brew up unique canned sake using Louisiana short grain rice at their distillery in the Lower Garden District. A taproom is scheduled to open to…

Flying High

ZipNOLA creators Shelley and Tyler Richardson, along with business partners Barry and Kristin Gros, recently launched the first aquatic, swamp-based zip line in the state, offering a unique chance for outdoor adventure and more above the…

Employee Mental Health?

Jeremy Fischbach launched the emotional wellness app Happy in 2018, with the goal of bringing 24-7 mental health outreach to peer groups across the United States. Created in New Orleans, the company recently earned recognition from…

HGTV in the House

Brittany Picolo-Ramos, Realtor and co-owner of Godwyn & Stone Real Estate, stars in HGTV’s latest home buying hit, “Selling the Big Easy.” Each week, Picolo-Ramos guides potential home buyers through the unique and colorful New Orleans…

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…