Author: Pamela Marquis

The “Moe Joe” Experience

Sexy, liberating, spiritual, high energy, inclusive, loving, and visceral, are just a few of the adjectives clients use to describe a workout with Marissa “Moe Joe” Joseph. Joseph is a dancer and choreographer who performed on the Acura Stage with…

Tales of Lemonade Day

This past Saturday there were lemonade stands all over town. Thirsty clients could find old-fashioned lemonade, raspberry lemonade, coconut lemonade, peach lemonade, mango lemonade and even sugar-free lemonade. It was Lemonade Day, a national idea that teaches children about entrepreneurship.…

The Plumber of City Park

Wayne Encalarde, owner of WJE, LLC, lives by a plumber’s maxim that he learned years ago at his father’s knee, “The shittier the job the more money it pays.” “My father did a bit of plumbing when I was young…

Vagabond Chef

Under luminous streetlights with the swish of traffic behind him, Chef Michael Young, 31, creates en plein air cuisine in his 22-square-foot “kitchen,” the Rusty Wok. The other night he was located in front of Sidney's Saloon on St. Bernard Ave.…

Hops in Your Heart

Eric Jensen loves to brew beer. He started his hobby the way most of his contemporaries start, by producing beer in their kitchens, basements or garages. His first brews were fermented in his New Orleans shed.  His friends and family…

The Cobbler on Claiborne

On North Claiborne Avenue, beneath I-10’s concrete canopy, lies an unimposing storefront, Leather Lilly Shoe Repair. “I’m in the historic Claiborne neighborhood,” says Lee Tabb, owner and master cobbler. “This is where I was born and raised. This is where…

Sintes Boat Works

Were you caught in nose-to-tail traffic this morning? Was your tie too tight or your heels too high? Did you wish you were going anywhere else than to your job? One thing is certain, Steve Sintes, 55, was not thinking…

Hands On

After all the walking to and from the parades, reaching and gyrating for beads and hoisting youngsters onto aching shoulders, licensed massage therapy practices are yet another local industry that benefits from Carnival. “I get a flurry of clients post…

Aging in the Crescent City

Globally, the home health care sector is expected to see revenues grow from $180 billion in 2014 to $300 billion in 2020. Local industry executives explain the changes they’re seeing in this booming business.

Cat Island Cookies

Years ago I worked at the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center. The pay was little; we were laid off every summer and we waited for our paychecks if a grant came a wee bit too late. But I also worked…

Simply Stunning Designs

Edward Cox has a glitter in his eye and on his cheekbone, forearm and little pinkie.  This artist/designer cannot escape the ubiquitous New Orleans accessory as his work wholly depends on glitter, sparkly beads and all things shiny. Cox owns…

My Shop Auto Service

Darrell Duplessis, a veteran of Desert Storm, had a great business idea he just couldn’t shake. For years it tumbled around in his head.  Finally in 2011, he made the leap and bought some real estate in the 7th Ward…

The Kitchen Witch

After years of writing about square footage, profit margins, capital gains and industry trends, I’ve come to the realization that what I love most about business writing is meeting small business owners, owners who choose the many challenges of operating…