Labors of Love

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…

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…