Author: Pamela Marquis

Hats Off

In the late 1870s, a young ambitious lad delivered hats walking from a St. Charles Avenue hat store to customers in the Garden District. Within a few years, the same young man moved up to cleaning and brushing fedoras and…

Life Changing App

Walter Gugenberger, owner of Flow Digital, a full-service software development company, likes nothing better than solving complex problems. “I love what I do, and I think I’m good at it,” he says. “I compare it to playing with digital LEGOs.”…

Sweet Smell of Success

When Emily Manger bought her house in New Orleans’ Riverbend neighborhood, her father advised her to begin the renovation by first fixing the rickety porch or painting the house’s dingy interior. But the first thing Manger did was plant a…

Turning Beads Into Jobs

“We turn beads into jobs,” says Cathy Brown, manager of ArcGNO’s Mardi Gras Recycle Center and Retail Store. For generations, New Orleans children have learned a variety of life skills while catching Mardi Gras beads: improving their eye-hand coordination and…

Give in to the Glitter

A bit of glitter takes absolutely anything from boring to brilliant in one shiny second. In New Orleans, this ubiquitous accoutrement is completely synonymous with our oh-so-many celebrations, parties and parades. Now, three vibrant women have created a store that…

The Quarter Stitch

The Quarter Stitch, a small three-room store, is satisfyingly settled into the French Quarter just a stone’s throw from Jackson’s Square.  The store has solidly stood the test of time as this year marks its 50th anniversary. In a riot…

The Laurel

  Recently the New Orleans City Council took the first step toward cutting back on the number of short-term rentals allowed to operate in the city, moving forward with a plan that would require owners to live on the site…

Another Good Year

  Another year of balancing accounts, keeping up with trends, ordering inventory, satisfying  clients, and being your own boss (for better or worse) is in the books as we have bid adieu to 2018. For another year, I’ve had the…

Aching for a Cure

  When native New Orleanian Kelly Massicot was a child, she did cartwheels, played all kinds of sports and was by all accounts an active and thriving child. In her teens, however, things began to change. She was constantly exhausted,…

Stairlifts of Louisiana

Dorothy Egan loves nothing more than staying busy. She spends her days doing dishes, baking cookies and folding laundry. At age 93, however, with several discs in her back damaged, causing her constant pain and stopping her from walking, doing…

Bundle of Need

  Go to any baby shower and you’ll see a gift table that likely includes a cute faux cake made out of diapers or diaper teddy bears and maybe even two or three plain cartons of diapers. Adorable onesies and…

Heavenly Bakery

  Donuts, pastries and pies: two sisters, Trinise Proster and Antoinette Bradford, are slowly building a sweet dream one step at a time on the corner of Elysian Fields and Filmore. Lawrence Bakery “Mr. Wedding Cake” and Gambino’s once used this…

Boys to Men

(Left to right) Lindsey Romig, Chris Musco, Sonny Lee, Allen Smith and Ty Rhodes   There are so many things a father does to bond with his son: going to the barber shop, sharing a hot dog at a ball game,…

John Gendusa Bakery

  Boston has its brown bread and San Francisco has its sourdough, but nothing beats New Orleans’ delicious French bread or poor boy bread. It’s the very heart and soul of any decent poor boy sandwich. And no one does…

Marjie’s Grill

Marcus Jacobs’s family loved food. Every night they all chipped in to make home-cooked meals. At 18 Jacobs found himself hanging around his neighborhood restaurant washing dishes and rinsing greens. He worked his way up to sous chef and found…

Botanica Exotica

Every night in an Uptown apartment, Erick Malsbury slumbers next to a jungle full of succulents, orchids, epiphytes, African violets and more.  In an extremely small space with several grow lights shining, Malsbury is also building his business, Botanica Exotica.…

Glitter Box

Last week was tough on a lot of women, myself included. I found myself seeking solace with sisters and dusting off my “Girl Power” posters. So, imagine my glee, when following my editor’s suggestion, I found myself in the French…

In the Flow

Kathleen Turpel, owner of Imaginal Marketing Group, an award-winning advertising agency based in New Orleans that specializes in the fashion and beauty industry, aspires to perpetually be in the “flow” in her life and her business. “Flow” named by Mihaly…

Goodbye F&F

It’s been my privilege to write about almost 80 small business and their owners over these many months. I truly see it as an honor. I generally look for three things when choosing a subject. First, I want to highlight…

Catahoula Tattoo & Gallery

Dominic Sgro eschews all things trendy, hipster and blandly generic. He abashedly admits that he can neither sing nor dance but he does have a talent that makes people happy—he’s a tattoo artist. With its tea lights, local art and…

Labor Day Musings

The story goes that one crisp autumnal morning my mother woke and knew the gestation of me was over. And as much as she hurried to get to the labor room, I hurried faster and was born in the hospital…

Hair Apparent

“I love being creative and making people feel their best,” says hairstylist Philip Foresto. Last week, he and his wife, Jewel, opened their new studio, Salon III, on Magazine Street above Pollack Glass Studio. It’s already a big success. He…