Labors of Love

Elliott Security Solutions

“We eat, sleep and breathe security,” says Ian Kennard, co-owner of Elliott Security Solutions (headquartered at 4650 General De Gaulle Drive). Darrin Elliott Sr. and Ian Kennard founded Elliott Security Solutions (ESS) in 2011. At the end of its first…

The Gift of Art

  Creating art is a rigorous, incredibly personal and challenging business. Like all business owners, artists need to review their market, create a business plan and make opportunities that bring people to see their work. For many artists, their lives…

Small Business Saturday

The local seafood stand, the hardware store and the grocery store on the corner, there’s little doubt that small businesses are the backbone of our local economy. U.S. small businesses are responsible for $4.8 trillion in GDP, which is equivalent…

Whiskey and Sticks

Both fine cigars and premium whiskey are crafted with a great deal of care and attention; They’re meant to be savored. Aficionados will say partaking in either or both is all about relaxing and taking the time to enjoy all…

Writer’s Gold

Most times I know exactly what I will write about in this blog with very few surprises. Someone sends me an interesting press release, or my editor has a good lead. I know what I’m going to find, because I’m…

Seafood Champion

Catching, cooking and eating seafood is a lifelong passion of Brian Landry, the chef/owner of QED Hospitality, a restaurant operations management group. “For as long as I can remember, on the weekend before Thanksgiving, my relatives on my mother’s side…

Art Klub

Tonight from 5 to 8 p.m., electric trikes and chariots will be weaving through the streets of the St. Roch neighborhood during the Frightening Fun Parade And Party. It’s free and brought to you by the Art Klub and the…

Shelbi’s Sassy Treats

When she’s not playing volleyball, doing her homework, watching the Food Network, hanging with friends or performing liturgical dances at her church, Shelbi Varnado is tending to her burgeoning business, Shelbi’s Sassy Treats. Shelbi is a seventh grader at Boyet…

Barking Dead Ball

As a stouthearted, stolid soldier, she’s slaughtered countless rotting, biting and creeping  zombies. Award-winning actress Kerry Cahill plays Dianne on the hit TV series AMC's “The Walking Dead” and she’s beyond fierce. In addition to appearing on films like “Free…

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

The sources for the images that accompany this blog are varied and diverse. Sometimes I snapped them with my phone, sometimes a subject gets a friend or family member to capture an image, sometimes subjects don’t want to run a…

Kitchen Witch Transformed

One of the first businesses featured in this blog was Kitchen Witch Cookbooks, owned by Philippe LaMancusa and Debbie Lindsey. The store opened in 1999 and offered new, used, rare and out-of-print cookbooks, vintage aprons, copper cookware, rolling pins, a…

Crushing It

In the heart of a tough industrial part of town, on a scorching Sunday afternoon, parents sit in a dimly lit warehouse watching children repeatedly skate around an unpretentious roller-rink. The young skaters are learning to hip whip, recycle, snowplow,…

LeBon Temps Rouler

  Getting and keeping clients is the overriding goal of any business, so imagine running a business that triggers pit-in-the-stomach fear in some of the very clients you are trying to reach. It has been estimated that 12 percent of…

NOLA Baby Café

August is National Breastfeeding Month. I breastfed my daughter until she was easing into her third year. It remains the most rewarding experience of my entire life. My mother, who nurtured me at the height of formula’s popularity in the…

Learning to Dance

  “I love what I do because I love bringing people together,” says Olandra Lickter, dance instructor and co-owner of From This Dance Forward. She and her business partner, Lindsey Zan, opened their business nine months ago, offering a variety…

Keeping Kosher

When Joel Brown, owner of Kosher Cajun NY Deli & Grocery, visits his daughters in New York City he brings the deli with him. That’s just how good his deli food is. At Kosher Cajun, amidst multitudinous Saints memorabilia and…

It’s All In The Name

“In selecting a brand name, it is important to know who you’ll be serving, their beliefs and perceptions,” says Betsie Gambel, president of Gambel Communications.  “If customers feel that the brand name is a good fit and authentic, they will…

Caps for Kids

  What do Oprah, Bruno Mars and Kyrie Irving all have in common? They are all Cap Heroes with Caps For Kids, a national nonprofit organization that provides kids with cancer with a ball cap autographed by their favorite celebrity. …

Photo Finesse

  Years ago, through her informative column in the Hinds County Gazette, Jane Brent helped the citizens of Raymond, Mississippi keep up with what was going on in the area. “It was the kind of paper that reported on whose…

MotoJustice

  Born and raised in New Orleans, Jacque Touzet often helped his father work in the family business, a saddle workshop near the New Orleans Fairgrounds. As a child, he enjoyed riding mini-bikes, go-karts and any other type of wheeled…

Sno-ing in June

  In New Orleans, we love our Saints, our festivals and our snoballs. And whether its Plum Street or Pandora’s we all have our favorite stand to procure those sweet icy concoctions. Mary Collins’ stand of choice is Downtown 504…

Gone Fishin’

  Yesterday my Facebook page blew up with friends posting photos of their fathers and sharing treasured stories of paternal love. I was not particularly close to my father, but my grandfathers hold a truly tender place in my heart.…

Sew Wonderful

  “My hands have always provided for me,” says Denise Taylor, owner of Mes Amis Quilt Shop. When Taylor was a young girl, her grandmother made her stay inside during the heat of the day and taught her how to…

Happy Hour Hunting

Eschewing the corporate corner offices and Brooks Brothers suits, an entrepreneurial triumvirate strategize their next moves en plein air beneath a blue pop-up tent in an Uptown courtyard. Cary Greenwood, Noah Stambovsky and Sam Stein are the team behind Drinker’s Edition, an app that connects…

Ice Cream Outside the Norm

  When he lived in San Francisco, Rahn Broady cooked professionally. Now in New Orleans, he’s turned his talents to gardening, teaching and making tasty ice cream — Broady is the owner of The New 7th Ward Ice Cream Speakeasy.…

¡Vamonos NOLA!

  Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo, and celebration that typically involves cerveza, chips, salt-rimmed glasses of margaritas and much jubilation. ¡Vamonos NOLA!, a Spanish language program celebrates all Latin holidays equally. They offer play-based language learning programming, which includes camps,…