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MAY-JUNE 2018 VOL. 33, NO. 3

May-June 2018


Vol. 33, No. 3

Lori Murphy

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18 Talley Land! Cover Artist Amanda Talley 36 The Historic Preston House 44 The Luck of Garland 56 Natchez Spring Pilgrimage A Visit to Historic Oak Hill Inn 64 Three Decades of Franco’s Fitness 78 Raising the Roof for Charity Home

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12 Publisher’s Note 14 Editor’s Note 16 Contributors 24 INside Scoop 34 IN Other Words Empty Nest 42 IN the Bookcase Sleep by Nick Littlehales 52 Generous Hearts The Impact of Philanthropy... and Why It Matters 60 At the Table Who is this Al Fresco...? 66 Flourishes Extraordinary gifts and home accents 73 INside Look 82 Travel New “Must Try” Emerald Coast Restaurants

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114 IN Love and Marriage 117 INside Peek 124 IN Great Taste Featuring Chocolate Truffles Photography in All Forms Hogs for the Cause 126 INside Dining NYP Luncheon 130 Last Bite Hound Get Down El Paso Mexican Grill Chef Soirée

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Get Started by Lori Murphy “I think out a problem, and then act on it. My theory has always been to get started. If only people would act on more of their ideas, I am convinced they would lead more interesting lives.” -Dorothy Draper

Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Dorothy Draper was a starter, that’s for sure. My daughter and I learned a lot about Draper, her talent and chutzpah when we went with friends to a design school seminar at the Greenbrier. It was presented by Carlton Varney, her protégé, and his team at the firm Draper started in 1925. Dorothy Draper’s interior design firm was the first in America. Born into Tuxedo Park luxury, she split from the ranks of her high-society peers and went to work, first in establishing her company and later as an author and design director for Good Housekeeping magazine. During a time when the country was troubled with war and economic stress, Dorothy used bold thinking and “riotous color” to bring fun and frivolity back. It took courage. It always takes courage. In this issue we honor a great group of women who have demonstrated that kind of character. Our Women in Business have acted on ideas and moved forward with courage in a wide range of specialties. One of the many things they have in common, with Draper and with each other, is that will to get started. I hope you do the same in your own life. As the decorating maven showed us in 1925, you just had to have the confidence to step across the brilliant black-and-white floor.

Editor’s Note by Anne Honeywell Every spring, we celebrate Women IN Business. I love working on this issue—it is very inspiring to me. I have been able to meet and work with some amazingly bright and powerful business women who motivate me. This year, this special section is being presented by Fidelity Bank, and I could not be prouder of this association with Inside Northside. Their new campaign, P.O.W.E.R. (Potential of Women Entrepreneurs Realized), is designed to meet the unique needs of women in business throughout our region. One of Fidelity Bank’s slogans for this campaign is: We believe in the power of you. I love that, and I find that true in my workplace. As a working woman or man, we all need to feel supported and trusted in our workplace. It makes a huge difference. Fidelity Bank is on to something there. I hope you will enjoy reading about our 2018 Women IN Business beginning on page 87. Our cover artist for this issue is Amanda Talley; learn more about her journey and her art on page 18, penned by Shauna Grissett. Features in this issue include Karen Gibbs’ article (page 44) on local favorite son, Garland Robinette. On page 60, filling in for Tom Fitzmorris at the table is his wife, Mary Ann Fitzmorris. She begs the question – Who is Al Fresco? Check out her entertaining look at places to dine outside on both sides of the lake. Happy Spring! Enjoy this issue—and remember to always believe in the power of you!

Contributors Our contributors give Inside Northside its voice, its personality and its feel. Here we are proud to highlight a few of them so that you can put a face with a name and get to know them.

Candra George Candra George is a wife, mother, travel junkie and collector of all things vintage and shiny. She’s been a professional photographer since 2007 and has been blessed to work with some of the best in the industry. When Candra isn’t traveling and shooting, she spends her days at home, with her husband, son and stubborn French bulldog. In this issue, Candra’s photos accompany several Women IN Business profiles and the article about Garland Robinette on page 44.

Karen B. Gibbs

Shauna Grissett

Yvette Jemison

Longtime contributor and former managing editor of Inside Northside, Karen B. Gibbs enjoys writing about the fascinating people and places of New Orleans and the northshore. A contributor to and, Karen recently completed the biography of her father-in-law, a WWII paratrooper. When not writing, she enjoys traveling with her husband and spoiling their grandchild. On page 44, she shares her interview with Garland Robinette.

Shauna Grissett grew up in New Orleans and graduated from St. Martin’s Episcopal School, the University of Virginia and the Fashion Institute of Design’s one-year fashion design program. She worked in New York’s rough-and-tumble garment industry for over sixteen years before returning home. Shauna has been writing a fiction book based on her former life on Seventh Avenue for the past few years. Shauna’s article on cover artist Amanda Talley is featured on page 18.

Yvette’s passion for all things culinary extends back to her childhood growing up in a military family. Her recipes and home cooking are influenced by the many places she has lived. She was immersed in the Tex-Mex cuisine of South Texas and has experienced food from Native American Indian reservations to the street food of Turkey. She often attends cooking classes while traveling with her husband and two daughters and has truly enjoyed a well-seasoned life. Yvette presents some sweet recipes on page 124.

Other Voices: Gretchen Armbruster, Susan Bonnett Bourgeois, Cindy Caruso, Leah Draffen, Mary Ann Fitzmorris, Thomas B. Growden, Poki Hampton, Tracey Louthain, Terri Schlichenmeyer and Becky Slatten.


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Cover Artist Amanda Talley

Talley Land!


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Terpsichore and Magazine, has been the hub of her operation for the past six years. In business for a total of ten years—before her current location she had a gallery on First and Magazine—she explains, “The building itself is a creative enterprise where the entire process—all of it—comes together. A year ago, we hired two full-time employees to run the sewing room to make custom orders. We have the back gallery in>>


by Shauna Grissett

ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST Amanda Talley describes herself as an “action painter,” and the classification seems spot on since she has sprinted to the top of her métier in practically no time. By definition, the word action, a noun, is “the fact or process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim.” With Talley’s distinctive rhythmic circular brushstrokes and uninhibited use of color in her paintings, she is sought after by the public and art critics alike, a rarity. But, no longer content to just paint, Talley is poised to be the next trailblazer in the design world, merging her talent and love for art, fashion and design. She has cleverly made use of her art as the driving force behind this expansion into large commercial projects (for hotels and restaurants), fabrics (printed with the patterns from her canvases), linens, home décor items, bedding, fashion accessories and clothing. The artist says with an engaging laugh, “I am envisioning ‘Talley Land!’ The business just keeps going and growing. So, I keep asking myself, ‘What is the next thing going to be?’” Studio Amanda Talley, located in an 1840s masonry pharmacy building on the corner of


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artist wanders in, a good friend of Talley’s, and the mood is friendly and the conversation is quickwitted and smart. A very restrained version of Andy Warhol’s factory springs to mind, or better yet, a Southern version of Gertrude Stein’s famous Saturday salons in Paris. This combined with Talley’s five adorable dogs ambling around the studio and the sweet fragrance of the Confederate jasmine wafting in from the courtyard makes for a positively delightful afternoon, and the only thing missing is a mint julep in a frosty sterling silver cup. The Baton Rouge native moved to New Orleans in 2000 after graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design with an MFA in painting. Talley took private painting classes when she was in the sixth grade, and ever since, she knew she wanted to be a painter. “I came here after graduate school and worked for Gerri Bremermann in the fabric lab. It was my first job. I’m an only child and my mother is an only child, so I wanted to be close to her, but I didn’t want to go back to Baton Rouge.” Talley has come a long way from the fabric lab and describes the multifaceted aspects of her organization as well as some of her recent jobs. “Last year we got a big commission from the Tao Group for their restaurant, Avra Madison, which was designed by the David Rockwell Group. They commissioned five large-scale works. So in addition


the garage, and that is the framing studio. And then, there is the courtyard, and I live upstairs.” Because the property is now needed to function in so many different capacities, Talley no longer has her studio on the premises and paints in her newly purchased home in Pass Christian, Mississippi. While we are talking, another well-known local

to our residential clients we’ve got commercialcommissioned design projects, hotels, artwork, a lot of things under one heading. It’s hard to comprehend all of the things that we are doing here.” Avra Madison is the new “it” restaurant in New York that has celebs and posh New Yorkers lining up for tables. In addition to direct sales to the public via the internet (Instagram), at Studio Amanda Talley and at a few select galleries in which she shows her work (Charlotte, N.C.; Houston; Dallas; Charlottesville, Va.; Los Angeles; Montreal), another big piece of Talley’s growing empire is her work with interior designers. “We have relationships with many designers. They have a limitless amount of clients, and they know our product is always in pristine condition and our shipping sources are good. We work with them on their projects on an individual basis; it’s very handson and professional.” As Talley’s company has expanded, she has had to make adjustments in her business model to handle the growing pains. One of the biggest refinements has been to the commission structure with regard to her paintings. Talley found the pressure of taking commissions was becoming overwhelming and controlling due to the sometimes accompanying exacting specifications and directions. “It wasn’t my process. So now what I do with a really great client is that I take his or her idea or I look at their room and then I send them a painting, and it’s either ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ And with general commission requests, Collin, my studio manager, will say, ‘I’m going to talk to Amanda, and she might come out of the studio with something for you.’ This way, the customer feels less pressure as well, because they’re not obligated to buy. So, it’s better all the way around. Now I just do things that are inspired, and it’s great! I find I am more prolific.” Although there are changes afoot, good ones, at Studio Amanda Talley, some things will never change. One thing that remains steadfast is Talley’s loyalty to her customer base. It is Talley’s top priority that the customer be treated well and have a matchless experience when he or she visits her gallery. “Collin and I are working to create a curated space so when you walk into the studio it will be like you are in an artist’s salon or atelier. Everything is thoughtfully

chosen and every piece is from the artist’s eye or hand and relates to the heart, unlike a franchise. We want you to have an unforgettable experience. We don’t want the area to be chaotic. Because there is so much color and line in my work, I want people to be able to step back, look and take their time when choosing a painting.” Another constant in the world of Amanda Talley that isn’t going away—Peach! “I love peachy colors, and I have to fight not to put it in everything. Peach is my go-to accent color. It’s been there for a long time. You don’t want to have too much of the same color, but I love it!” While hard to believe, there was a time in Amanda’s life when this level of success never crossed her mind. She went to graduate school with the goal of teaching at the college level, professionally, and she didn’t start out as an abstract expressionist. “I was a still life painter in graduate school, and I didn’t >> May-June 2018 21

feel like my work was measuring up. So, I took an elective in abstract painting just for fun. It was in the undergraduate school at the Savannah College of Art and Design and the teacher was really hard on me. He kept giving me F’s on everything.” At the same time, Talley was teaching a 5th grade art class at a Savannah day school. “It’s a long story, but one day it all blew up, and I ended up getting fired, unfairly. So, I had this terrible teaching job, and I wasn’t doing well in my area of study. Things weren’t exactly going well.” The day Talley got fired she went into the studio to complete an assignment for her abstract painting class. “I made this big red and orange painting. I guess getting fired felt so raw. After I finished the painting, I stepped back and said, ‘I never want to paint any other way again.’ It was just like that (snaps her fingers)! And, I never went back to still life painting. I emerged. Sometimes the most frustrating things push you into new directions, and you have to birth through the frustration in order to 22

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move through it.” The Savannah College of Art and Design bought Talley’s transformative painting for its permanent collection. It may have taken a while for her to find her technique, but Talley has clearly perfected it, as well as her process. “Although I do have rules about process, they’re so embedded in the back of my head at this point, that I’m kind of oblivious to them while I’m painting. There is something magical channeling through me when I’m painting. I’m moving and trying to keep up with what is coming through—the aesthetic stuff and the line quality. It takes me about an hour to paint a painting because everything is going so fast. I paint everything in that moment, like Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock—also action painters—and, also like them, I don’t go back in and rework my paintings. When you can feel the action in one of my paintings, it’s because it happened quickly. The vibration in the painting comes from the combination of color and line working together. When you get that visceral reaction to a painting, it’s because you can see the artist in the brush.” Talley is philosophical and speaks insightfully about the act of painting, “When I’m painting, I’m imagining, ‘Where is this painting going? There is someone, a home out there where it belongs.’ Every painting is meant for someone. There is someone out there, who doesn’t yet know he or she needs this painting, and I don’t know either. There is a force in the universe that is in command of determining all of this. Hopefully, when the right person connects with

it, the painting will lift the vibration in that person’s home.” She continues, explaining how her creativity through painting connects her to her higher power, the universe, “Subconsciously, I feel that everything is already laid out in some way. So, you have to keep creating and let go and what is meant to be will happen in your life. You don’t know what you want, but the universe does. Life will constantly throw things at you, so you have to react as positively as you can. Let it wash through you.” The works of Esther Hicks (based on the laws of attraction) and The Power of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent Peale have been very influential on Talley’s outlook, both personally and professionally. She read The Power of Positive Thinking eight years ago to change her negative mindset and claims the successes started rolling in almost immediately, “If you get a good vibration going and think well of other people, then good things will happen. I try to think in terms of plenty, not limited quantity. I try to always remember that someone else’s successes don’t mean less for me but rather, there’s so much for everybody to be successful. What I receive in the universe has to do with what I am putting out. Project happiness, joy and love and you’re going to get that back; it’s reciprocal.” Talley obviously practices what she preaches, and if she is the benchmark, then affirmative thinking clearly does brings good things. Studio Amanda Talley, 1382 Magazine St., 504-595-3136,, Open Monday – Saturday (Champagne is served on Saturdays!) May-June 2018 23

INSIDE the definitive guide to northshore events and entertainment

2018 Northshore Heart Walk

1 Give NOLA Day Northshore. Covington Trailhead. 1-19 Newman-Daily Spring Fling. Special offers for late-spring getaways. 1-27 New Orleans: The Founding Era.


Free. (504) 523-4662. 1-28 A Queen Within: Adorned 1-June 17 Jockum Nordstrรถm: Why Is

Archetypes. New Orleans Museum of

Everything A Rag. Contemporary Arts

Art, 1 Collins Diboll Crl. (504) 658-4100.

Center, 900 Camp St, New Orleans. 1- June 9 Vice & Virtue: An Exhibition

(504) 528-3805. 1-July 8 Sarah Morris. Exhibition of

Sponsored by Whitney Bank. The Historic

of Sex, Saints and Sin. M.S. Rau

painting, drawing and film examining the

New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St.

Antiques, 630 Royal St, New Orleans.

mythologies of contemporary urbanity

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May 5 Northshore Heart Walk. The non-competitive, three-mile walk raises funds to support heart disease and stroke research and educational programs in the Greater New Orleans area through the American Heart Association. Fontainebleau State Park, 62883 Hwy 1089, Mandeville. Registration, 8am; opening ceremonies, 9am; start, 10am. (504) 872-3498.

and the city of New Orleans during its tercentennial year. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St, New Orleans. (504) 528-3805. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Covington Farmers Market. Covington Trailhead, 419 N New Hampshire. 10am-2pm.


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Inside Scoop 3-6 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Crafts, art, food, and music. Headliners include: Lionel Richie, Old

5 Northshore Heart Walk. The noncompetitive, three-mile walk raises funds

feat. DJ Z-Trip, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell

to support heart disease and stroke

& the 400 Unite, Aaron Neville, Aerosmith,

research and educational programs in

Anita Baker, Cage the Elephant, The

the Greater New Orleans area through

Revivalists, Jack White, Steve Miller Band

the American Heart Association.

and many more.

Fontainebleau State Park, 62883 Hwy 1089, Mandeville. Registration, 8am;

live HD simulcast of scheduled speakers.

opening ceremonies, 9am; start, 10am.

Movie Tavern 201 N Hwy 190, Covington.

(504) 872-3498. 4 Northlake Christian School Founders

5 Taste of St. Tammany. Cocktail reception including hors d’oeuvres, silent auction,

Day and 40th Anniversary. 70104

sit-down dinner by some of the area’s

Wolverine Dr, Covington. 635-0400.

finest restaurants, live auction, and

after-party. 6-9pm. Msgr. Joseph Chotin

4 The Yat Pack. Mandeville Live! Series. Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St. Gates

Center, 312 Lafitte St, Mandeville. 6265678.

open, 6pm. Food and beverages available

5, 12, 19, 26 Camellia City Farmers

for purchase. No outside food, beverages

Market. 1808 Front St, Slidell.

or ice chests allowed.


4 Zoo-To-Do. Premium cocktails, cuisine,

5, 12, 19, 26 Covington Farmers Market.

silent auction, raffles and more. Audubon

609 N Columbia St. 8am-12pm.

Zoo, 6500 Magazine St, New Orleans.

8pm-12am. 4-5 Iris Trunk Show. Ballin’s LTD, 721 Dante St, New Orleans. (504) 866-4367. 4-23 Art & Bloom on the Northshore.

5, 12, 19, 26 Mandeville Trailhead Market. 675 Lafitte St. 9am-1pm. 6, 13, 20, 27 Abita Springs Art and

Presented by the Slidell Art League.

Farmers Market. Trailhead Park.

Slidell Memorial Hospital Main Entrance,


1001 Gause Blvd.


4, 11, 18, 25 “Legacies for All” Estate

8-11 LRMC Volunteer Auxiliary Savvy

Planning Day. Schedule time for a

Linens Fundraiser. Egyptian cotton

legacy/estate plan, which includes a

sheet sets, blankets and bamboo

will, power of attorney and living will.

memory foam pillows for sale to benefit

Christie Tournet & Associates, 1795 W

the LRMC Volunteer Auxiliary’s various

Causeway App, Suite 103A, Mandeville.

charities. Main Entrance Lobby of

10:30am-2:30pm. $500. 951-2177.

Lakeview Regional Medical Center,

5 Cinco De Mayo at El Paso Mexican Grill. Face painting, pony rides, live music

95 Judge Tanner Blvd, Covington.

and more. 3410 Hwy 190, Mandeville and

10 American Factory Direct Outdoor

1110 Robert Blvd, Slidell.

Ribbon Cutting. Ribbon cutting and

5 Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. All-day

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Crow Medicine Show, Beck, LL COOL J

4 Leadercast St. Tammany. Streaming a


Metairie, and 1821 Hickory Ave, Harahan.

celebration for American Factory Direct’s

celebration with music, food and drinks.

Outdoor. 218 New Camellia Blvd,

Carreta’s Grill, 2320 Veterans Blvd,

Covington. 871-0300. 3:30pm. afd-


Inside Scoop 11 Ladies Night Out Poolside. Happy hour and sunset fashion show. Ladies only. Franco’s, 100 Bon Temps Roule, Mandeville. 5-8pm. 792-0200. 12 American Factory Direct Outdoor Furniture Grand Opening. Ribbon cutting, May 10. 218 New Camellia Blvd, Covington. 871-0300. 12 Mother’s Day Tea & Tour. St. Anthony’s Gardens, 601 Holy Trinity Dr, Covington. 2-4pm. RSVP, 605-5950. 12 Open Air Studio in the Woods. Creative workshop series with Mia Kaplan for all ages. Northlake Nature Center, 23135 US-190, Mandeville. Free for children 9-15. Adult members, $5; adult nonmembers $10. 626-1238. 12-13, 18-20 Northshore Parade of Homes. Tour brand new homes in St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington parishes. 13 Mother’s Day Home Tour. Annual Old Mandeville Historic Association’s home tour displaying architecture from 1850 to present. 2-5pm. $20. 14 Golf and Raffle for Team Buna. Benefitting Buna and the Angelette family. Beau Chêne Country Club, 602 N Beau Chêne Dr, Mandeville. Registration, 11:30am; lunch, 12pm; shotgun start, 1pm. Dinner and awards following. birdeasepro. com/teambuna. 17 Third Thursday Tours. No appointment necessary; tour with light refreshments. St. Anthony’s Gardens, 601 Holy Trinity Dr, Covington. 5-7pm. 605-5950. 18-19 Lafayette 148 Pre-Fall Trunk Show. Ballin’s LTD, 721 Dante St, New Orleans. (504) 866-4367. 18-20 Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo. Art, music, food and more presented by Positive Vibrations Foundation. Bayou Saint John. 18-21 Slash Into Summer. Gift with purchase. Palm Village, A Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store, 2735 US 190, Ste. C, Mandeville. 778-2547. 19 Family Music Festival Kickoff. Abita Springs Trailhead, 22044 Main St. 10am. 19 Lee Greenwood. Beau Rivage Theatre, 875 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, Miss. 28

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Inside Scoop 19 NAMI Walk. Join the Lakeview Regional Medical Center employees in the NAMI Walk raising awareness for mental illness. Mandeville Lakefront. 5K check in, 9am; start, 10am.

proprietary programming. Avanti Senior Living, 2234 Watercross Pkwy, Covington. RSVP, 317-6110. 23-27 New Orleans Wine & Food Experience. Grand tastings, promenade

19 Spring for Art Open House. Armbruster

evenings in the French Quarter, seminar

Artworks, 502 N Columbia St, Covington.

series. Benefiting the Nunez Community


College Culinary Arts Program.

19 The Room Shoppe by American Factory Direct Grand Opening. Ribbon cutting, May 17. 68490 Hwy 59, Mandeville. 3:30pm. 19 The Giggling Gator Repeat Grand Opening. Family fun, door prizes,

25 Columbia Street Block Party. Covington. 6:30-9:30pm. 25 Leann Rimes. Beau Rivage Theatre, 875 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, Miss. 8pm. 25 Revolutionaries of Rock-n-Roll.

pictures with Cinderella, Pirate Zowier and

Presented by the Northlake Performing Arts

more. 813 Florida St, Ste A, Mandeville.

Society featuring music of Fats Domino,

11am-3pm. 951-7660.

Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, and more.

22 Brain Wellness Event. National Salize Memory Care Director Angela Copeland presents the latest findings on cognitive

Fuhrmann Auditorium, 317 N. Jefferson Ave, Covington. 7:30pm. $21. 25-27 Bayou Country Superfest.

decline, new strategies for stopping

Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

or slowing its progress, and Salize’s

26-28 Memorial Day Weekend Event. Gift with purchase. Palm Village, A Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store, 2735 US 190,

Everything A Rag. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St, New Orleans. (504) 528-3805.

Ste. C, Mandeville. 778-2547.

1-July 8 Sarah Morris. Contemporary Arts

31 Friends and Family CPR Class.

Center, 900 Camp St, New Orleans.

Lakeview Regional Medical Center,

(504) 528-3805.

Magnolia Room, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd,

1, 8, 15, 22, 29 “Legacies for All” Estate

Covington. 7-9pm. 12 participant limit.

Planning Day. Schedule time for a


legacy/estate plan, which includes a

June 1-3 Walker Percy Weekend. Good food, craft beer and bourbon, live music, and a great time talking about books and

will, power of attorney and living will. Christie Tournet & Associates, 1795 W Causeway App, Suite 103A, Mandeville. 10:30am-2:30pm. $500. 951-2177. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Camellia City Farmers

Southern culture under the live oaks. St.

Market. 1808 Front St, Slidell.

Francisville, La. (225) 635-6330. (800)


789-4221. 1-9 Vice & Virtue: An Exhibition of Sex, Saints and Sin. M.S. Rau Antiques, 630 Royal St, New Orleans. events. 1-17 Jockum Nordström: Why Is

2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Covington Farmers Market. 609 N Columbia St. 8am-12pm. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Mandeville Trailhead Market. 675 Lafitte St. 9am-1pm.


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Inside Scoop 3, 10, 17, 24 Abita Springs Art and Farmers Market. Trailhead Park. 12-4pm. farmers-market. 4-July 23 Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls. 8-week structured group intervention emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fears of falling and increase activity levels. Lakeview Regional Medical Center, Magnolia Room or Pelican Room, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd, Covington. 9-11am. 867-3900. 5-9 30 Years Young at H2O. Anniversary celebration with music, food, specialty retail items, giveaways and cocktails. 6, 13, 20, 27 Covington Farmers Market. Covington Trailhead, 419 N New Hampshire. 10am-2pm. 7 Newborn Care Class. Newborn characteristics, feedings, diapering, swaddling, safe sleep, bathing and prevention of SIDS. Lakeview Regional Medical Center, Magnolia Room, 95 Judge Tanner Blvd, Covington. 7-9pm. Limited to 30 participants. 867-3900. 8-10 Day the War Stopped. Commemorates the brief moment of brotherhood given for the burial of a Union officer, Lt. Commander John E. Hart. Grace Episcopal Church, St. Francisville, La. (225) 635-4224. 9-Aug 7 CIRCOVIA Summer Production Show. Beau Rivage Theatre, 875 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, Miss. 8pm. 13 Tapas Tasting and Wine Cooking Demonstration. Learn great tips from Chef Hosie Bourgeois of Briquette. St. Anthony’s Gardens, 601 Holy Trinity Dr, Covington. 5-7pm. RSVP by June 11. 605-5950. 29 Columbia Street Block Party. Covington. 6:309:30pm. 30 Slidell Heritage Festival. Food, live music, fireworks and family fun. Benefitting Boy Scouts of America Cypress District, Slidell Police Association, Family Promise of St. Tammany, Exceed in Stem, Bring It Home Northshore, Community Christian Concern and the Children’s Advocacy Center Hope House. Heritage Park. 4-11pm.

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IN Other Words by Becky Slatten

THE TIME HAS FINALLY COME. The day I’ve been anticipating with equal parts dread and glee has arrived at last—our nest is empty. So, how does it feel? Mostly ecstatic, with a 40 percent chance of tears. It’s not like it’s a surprise. It didn’t exactly sneak up on me—and yet, it somehow did. For the past couple of years, I’ve tried to imagine how quiet and empty the house will be when my last baby is all grown up and living in a college dorm. I won’t lie; the thought always filled me with elation. I’m still thrilled with the prospect of never again being bound to a high school calendar, coming and going whenever

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and wherever I please, finding the TV remote where I last left it, no more emergency morning trips to SSA with blazers, money, permission slips, etc. But there’s something lurking beneath the surface now that’s taking some of the fun out of my empty nest: I’ll call it reality, and it’s starting to sink in. Don’t get me wrong. I’m ready for her to go and take her attitude and messy room with her, but I’m starting to think I might actually miss her witty quips and lightning-fast skill in resolving my iPhone issues—and then some days, not so much. Not long ago, her ladyship had to speak with me about the unsatisfactory way in which I handle her laundry. Apparently, everyone else’s mother brings the clean, folded clothing to the royal bedchamber and puts it away in the royal drawers. I smiled my most evil smile, relishing the fast approaching day when her highness meets her new 34

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washer woman … have fun folding those countless tiny scraps of fabric you call clothes, Mary Claire … (picture me chortling with glee). I also enjoy envisioning her dismay when she runs out of towels after two days and the dawning horror that they aren’t going to magically reappear, clean and folded in her cabinet. It’s just fun; it makes me happy; is that wrong? And can we talk about shoes for a minute? They’re always everywhere. I take four pair upstairs, and I swear they follow me back down— they’re like Gremlins. Especially those dang saddle oxfords; I wish I had a dime for every time I’ve tripped over them in the kitchen. Did I mention her room is a perpetual disaster? And her friends come over and drink all of my iced coffee? And she has her hand out for cash every 4 hours? And her eye-rolly attitude? But the worst part of high school, by far, has been waking her highness every day. I climb the stairs with dread, her alarm clock is blaring, and she’s sound asleep—and, believe me, she is not a benevolent princess in the morning. Which brings me to my next point: How in the hell is she going to make it out there? She can’t even wake herself up in the morning. And I keep

thinking of all the things I forgot to tell her about basic survival, like, go to class, go to church, be nice, pepper spray first, ask questions later and don’t go anywhere alone ever again. I can’t help but picture my little freckled-faced first grader driving away to college with no clue about anything. Does she even know how to get to Hattiesburg?! What if she can’t find her classes?! What if she washes her darks with her lights?! What if she’s too shy to make friends and comes home every weekend?! What if she makes lots of friends and never comes home on the weekend?! And then a funny thing happened. I realized that she is as worried about me as I am about her, and that glimmer of maturity and consideration is strangely comforting to me. I’m scared that I can’t be there to protect her from countless imagined dangers, and she’s scared that I’ll fall and can’t get up and who will find my body? Or drive to the grocery store and forget my way home … I’m only 55 for pete’s sake. So, we’ll both be fine. Right? Either way, she’s going away to college, and Scott and I will be dancing around our empty nest, no shoes to trip over and no tiny laundry to fold, but no beautiful, funny girl to laugh at us and tell us how old we are and fix our electronics with the roll of an eye… Yep, mostly ecstatic with a 40 percent chance of tears. May-June 2018 35

n o t s e r P House by Poki Hampton AT THE TENDER AGE OF 26, attorney Tom Anderson was elected Mayor of Hammond, the state’s youngest mayor at that time. One of his platform goals was creating what is now Hammond’s Historic District. Years later, in 1999, Tom and his wife, Donna Gay, bought the Preston House, one of Hammond’s grand homes, which is located just a few blocks from the district that Tom’s 36

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administration created. The house was built in 1906 at the end of the Victorian period and the beginning of the Craftsman style. The fanlights above the multi-paned French doors create light-filled rooms in the interior with its soaring ceilings. The front and side porches with curved balustrades, along with the corbels under the eaves and original stained glass, recall a bygone era.


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The original owner/builder of the house, who was in the lumber business in the early 1900s, used only select cypress on both the exterior and interior, including the exquisite millwork on the seven fireplace mantels, crown molding, the five panel doors with transoms throughout, and wainscoting in the dining room. Most of the wood flooring is original to the house.

The center hall design with double parlors has not been altered from the original. “When we moved in, the kitchen had not been remodeled since the 1960s. In the 1980s, In the Heat of the Night was filmed here,” says Donna Gay. Previous owner Zoe Hebert, played cards with actor Carrol O’Connor in the kitchen during filming breaks. After moving in, Donna Gay and Tom decided on a much-needed >> May-June 2018 37


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renovation of the kitchen. They gutted the area and began again with new cabinets, beaded-board ceiling, an oversized island with granite countertop where everyone gathers, and new appliances. A butler’s pantry, in the same style, is just around the corner between the kitchen and dining room. Also on the first floor are a guest room decorated in the period of the house with an antique sleigh bed and antique dresser. The adorable grandchildren’s bedroom has two twin beds, a large world map and is decorated with the children’s favorite things. Many of the rooms of the house have paintings by artist

Bill Hemmerling that the Andersons have collected over the years. Hemmerling created a massive body of work depicting rural African American rituals and spiritual themes before his death in 2009. Just steps outside the back door is an outbuilding lovingly called Hebert’s Bar. This is Tom’s man cave, complete with big screen television and comfortable furnishings. The original bar was given to historian C. Howard Nichols by the previous owner Polk Hebert. “Tom spends a great deal of time out there reading and watching football games,” says Donna Gay. At the rear of the hallway is the original staircase that leads to the oversized master suite in the attic. The master boasts a luxurious ensuite bath, spacious laundry room and walkin closets. Bombe chests flank the king bed, while a chaise provides a lovely place to read next to the arched windows. Over the years, Dona Gay and Tom have shared their home with the community in numerous ways. Because there were so many Easter egg hunts over the years, the house is known around town to locals as the Easter Egg House. One Halloween, Tom dressed as Dracula. Lying in a wooden coffin by the front >> May-June 2018 39


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club she began for young girls. Every Monday afternoon, seven girls gather in the dining room to have tea and share their thoughts on their current book selection. “I love that Preston House has become the backdrop for the Neighborhood Book Club. The fact that young girls cultivate a love for books while sitting at my dining table delights me to no end. I think it makes the house happy too,” says Donna Gay.


door, he rose up, as Dracula does, and scared a woman on the porch. “Expletives could be heard for blocks,” says Donna Gay. Many wedding portraits have been taken under the spreading, centuries-old oak tree in the park-like side yard. Tom’s daughter was married there in 2005. As founding Artistic Director of the Columbia Theatre and former school teacher, Donna Gay holds close to her heart a book

Since 1906, The Preston House has been a special place for families who have shared its spectacular setting with the local community. Tom and Donna Gay hope to see another generation enjoy it as much as they have. From the writings of Zoe Hebert “As the oldest resident of this area, if not

in age, then in residency, I am attempting to jot down some of my memories of Banker’s Row, as well as some authentic facts that I have accumulated - published “My neighborhood Banker’s Row.” “In this book, the following appeared: Preston/Cook House c1906 “My maternal grandparents, Eli Victor and May Stewart Preston, moved from Michigan to Kentwood Louisiana in the 1890’s via Brookhaven Mississippi. He worked with Brooks Scanlon and the Isabella Lumber Companies. One of these companies owned a wood burning locomotive, the “Zoe Preston,” named for my mother. This narrow gage railroad connected the Illinois Central at Kentwood. Later the Prestons moved to Hammond and while building Preston House, they occupied the home behind the Muncie property. My grandfather worked for a lumber company at Ruddock and put aside each choice cypress log to use in the home he was building in 1907. The mill was demolished in the terrible 1915 hurricane which also wiped out Frenier Beach on Lake Pontchartrain. “The T.C. Adams’ had sold the Preston’s property they were building in 1906. In the spring of 1919, my parents Zoe Preston and Nathanial Amacker Kent and their 3 children, Marion, Stewart, and Zoe moved to Hammond from Havana, Cuba. In June 1921, they purchased Preston House from my mother’s parents. My father, Nat Kent, died in 1922 of injuries received in an accident. Our family continued to live there until all the children were grown and married. My mother, Zoe Preston Kent, occupied the house until her death in 1956. In 1960, my husband Polk Hebert, and I bought my brothers’ and sisters’ interest in the property. It has been my home since then.” May-June 2018 41

IN the Bookcase

by Terri Schlichenmeyer

Sleep by Nick Littlehales

IT’S 3 A.M., and you’re still awake. Bedbugs are the least of your worries; the TV’s off, the lights are off, but your brain isn’t. What did that client mean when he said …? Do your managers really understand your mission? How can you boost profits? So you missed a few zzz’s last night. No big deal, you’ll make it up, right? Wrong, says sleep coach Nick Littlehales in his new book, Sleep. Lost sleep is lost forever, and research now indicates that poor sleep habits can lead to type 2 diabetes, obesity, burn-out and family issues. Ugh. Part of the problem, some say, is with cell phones and “blue light,” which affects us, biologically. Littlehales avers that light from electronic devices can disrupt sleep, and it’s true that we’re sleeping less than our forebears did sixty years ago, but blue light isn’t entirely to blame. Instead, we’re losing sleep because we’re more stressed, and focused on hours, rather than cycles. In the past, we referred to people as “larks” 42

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and “owls,” depending on their natural wake-sleep patterns, but Littlehales says your chronotype is what matters today. Whether you’re an “AMer” or a “PMer” depends on your personal 24-hour body clock; AMers, for instance, get their deepest sleep between 2 and 3 a.m., while PMers run a few hours behind. Knowing your chronotype will help you get your best sleep by determining when to start your bedtime slow-down process and when you should rise. And by the way, that up-shower-brush-donut-outthe-door routine isn’t good for you. Furthermore, every adult should know how to nap, surreptitiously and quickly; how to lie in bed for optimal sleep; what to do to if you wake in the middle of the night; how to snooze without a pillow; and how to make a “sleep kit.” And buying a bed? Eh, you’ve been doing it all wrong… No one should be surprised that science has entered your bedroom, laid on your mattress, and looked at

your blankies. And yet, there are some surprises inside Sleep. First, you may scoff at the idea of a “sleep coach,” but author Littlehales has spent much of his life on mattresses, in sales and sports. What he espouses for elite athletes he works with, he says, can extend to the enhancement of performance in business—which is good news, but there are things missing here. Littlehales advises parents and comforts sleep-til-noon teens. He offers do-able changes and make-sense fixes, but he does not adequately touch upon issues related to aging. Older readers may, therefore, feel left out; those who are over business books with sports focus should also take note. Even so, many may find that this book’s advice is worth a try, despite that it may mean a major paradigm shift in thinking and protocol, and it might feel weird, at first. If you’re still tired of being tired, get your jammies and try getting some Sleep. Don’t let the bedbugs bite. May-June 2018 43

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WHEN ASKED TO DESCRIBE HIS LIFE, esteemed portrait artist and local media legend Garland Robinette simply says, “It’s the luck of Garland.” Luck? According to his lifelong best friend, Bill Sirmon, Garland’s a bit too humble. “Sometimes, you have to work hard to have luck.” You be the judge. The adopted son of Cajun mom, Lou, and Texan oil driller, William “Bill” Robinette, Garland grew up in the swamps of Des Allemands surrounded by other Humble Oil families. While asthma restricted his time outdoors, it gifted him with time alone to sketch. It also afforded him the opportunity to take piano lessons (from age 4 to 13) and cultivate a love of classical music. When Garland was 10, his dad was diagnosed with scleroderma, a fatal condition that hardens the skin and blood vessels. The year before he died, Bill moved the family to Hahnville, to a simple house he’d designed but, sadly, never got to live in. After her husband’s death, Lou lived a comfortable life thanks to Humble Oil stock and a handsome nest egg that Bill provided. Comfortable, but not stress-free, at least for Garland. At 13, he wanted so badly to fit in with his seventh-grade peers he accepted a dare to fight a classmate. That classmate was Bill Sirmon, and the two became best friends from that day on. Garland struggled again socially as a freshman at Hahnville High. “I felt out of place. I tried sports but wasn’t any good. And there wasn’t a band. I liked girls a lot but was too bashful to talk to them.” Instead of bellyaching, he took action. “I set out to become well-liked. I started saying hello, how are you, asking people about themselves. In my senior year, I was voted most popular!” His A in popularity, however, belied his poor grades in academics. Unprepared for college, Garland failed out of Nicholls State and USL. Ultimately, he enrolled in LSU and signed up for ROTC. “They paid you sixty bucks a month and expected you to become an officer in the Army.” In his senior year, the Vietnam War was raging, and Garland didn’t want to be part of it. He purposely failed a couple of courses,

thinking that would buy him an extra year in college, but at LSU, seniors couldn’t go on probation. “The Army was pissed and put me at the top of the draft!” Garland joined the Navy, hoping it meant no combat, good food and clean sheets. Instead, he ended up in PBR—Patrol Boat River. “They called it the Riverine division, but we were never on anything bigger than a bayou. We could barely turn the boat around.” A team of four rode in each fiberglass boat and took turns manning the boat and shooting 30and 50-caliber guns. Garland had several boats shot out from under him and was the only man in his original group to survive. Although he sustained serious wounds that earned him two Purple Hearts, he eschews praise. “The guys that went and believed in it deserve praise. There was no courage in my decision. I didn’t want to go, but I had no choice. I couldn’t run to Canada, and I was afraid to go to prison.” Garland survived the war but didn’t emerge unscathed. He had physical injuries, and emotional injuries scarred him for life. “When you survive a very dangerous situation, the chemicals you get— dopamine and serotonin—flood your brain. You go looking for danger again. You have a hard time adjusting to the white-picket-fence lifestyle you left.” Once home, he disdained the “cush” life that Americans had. “All of a sudden, my brain chemistry wasn’t used to that. I’d gotten tough over there, and I was tough back here.” Garland became belligerent. “My mom was heartbroken.” “There was no talk of PTSD back then and no talk of getting him help,” says wife Nancy Rhett. Many former soldiers tried to quiet their demons with drugs and alcohol, but Garland was never addicted to anything—except to “the edge,” to danger. For most of the next year, Garland worked as a janitor, first at a chemical plant and then at radio station KJIN in Houma, where he bluffed his way onto the air saying he had radio experience in the Navy. Shortly after, the owner opened a new TV station, KHMA, and hired Garland as news director. “If you bluff, you better be able to deliver,” says Garland. “And I did. In every circumstance!” >> May-June 2018 45



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KHMA was a low-budget station with a crew of two. Garland and the sportscaster alternated doing the weather and operating the camera. Once, while Garland was doing the news, the entire set fell on top of him, pinning him to the desk. “So, here I was, with a live mike and the cameras rolling and I kept saying, ‘I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!’” While the set knocked him flat, the station’s faulty film processor actually helped lift his career. With no processor, Garland had to go to WWL in New Orleans to develop film. “Phil Johnson saw me and offered me a job as ‘barely a reporter.’ I told him I was a news director and had studied in college—but I didn’t. That was another example of ‘the luck of Garland.’” A few months after joining WWL, that luck came through again when he was appointed temporary replacement for a news anchor who’d gone on the air drunk. “I’d only done a little bit of anchoring at the Houma station, so I was scared to death they were going to find out that I’d lied my way into the job.” But they didn’t. Thanks to the support of co-workers like Angela Hill and Jim Henderson, Garland received excellent on-the-job training. “When I had an assignment, I’d ask Angela how she’d handle it.” Eventually, Garland and Angela became co-anchors of the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news—the first co-anchors in the United States. Their on-air friendship blossomed into romance, and they married in 1978. Nine years later, the couple divorced but remain friends to this day. “I have great taste in women; they just had bad taste in men,” says Garland, taking responsibility for his three failed marriages. “Jim Henderson said he was getting a bumper sticker made that read: ‘Honk if you’ve been married to Garland.’” Garland teased Jim, too—with a kitchen mitt that looked like a giraffe. “While we were on the air, I’d back up in my chair, put the mitt on my hand and make the giraffe come up behind Jim while he was doing sports. The crew was cracking up. When we’d go to commercial, Jim would ask what the hell was going on. I’d say, somebody told a really good joke.” Management wasn’t laughing, however, and Garland “retired” the giraffe mitt that night. Another time, Garland was suckered by longtime friend Bill Sirmon with an April Fool’s joke. Bill called

the station and told Garland his mom was downstairs trying to get in. Garland dashed down the stairs but found no one. “April Fool!” laughed Bill. Not to be outdone, Garland asked viewers on the 6 p.m. news to call Bill and tell him what a terrible thing he’d done. He flashed Bill’s name and number on the screen. “My phone started ringing so much, I took it off the hook,” says Bill. But Garland wasn’t finished. During the 10 p.m. news, Garland told viewers, “It’s okay. You can call Bill back and tell him you forgive him.” Again, Bill’s name and number flashed across the screen, and once again, his phone started ringing like crazy. But Bill didn’t realize that they replayed the 10 p.m. broadcast at 1 a.m., so his phone started ringing again at 1 a.m.! Although a joker, Garland took his job seriously. When Dr. Sherwood Gagliano, a geologist, asked his opinion about the loss of the wetlands, Garland asked what a wetland was. Dr. Gagliano showed Garland a book of transparencies of the Louisiana coast. Flipping through it, Garland could see the coastland breaking up “like bread in a goldfish bowl.” At 60.2 square miles a year, Dr. Gagliano figured, if something weren’t done, Louisiana would disappear up to Baton Rouge. Stunned by this revelation, Garland began the first in-depth documentaries on Louisiana’s coastal erosion. From 1970-1984, WWL sent him all over the world—the Netherlands, Israel, the Amazon rainforest—to document environmental problems. However, after fourteen years, audience interest waned, and management told Garland to stop.

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After the show, he’d toss the script in the trash. Unbeknownst to him, floor director Chuck Meyers retrieved them. Eventually, he confessed his “crime” and asked Garland to autograph the scripts so he could make copies, sell them and earn enough to pay for his books at Loyola. He even offered to split the profits. Garland responded, “If you can get money for these images, you can keep it.” Sometime later, Fr. James Carter, president of Loyola, invited Garland to lunch. Loyola owned WWL, so Garland thought Fr. Carter had found out he’d been lying about his experience. Instead, Fr. Carter complimented him on the sketches that he’d seen around campus. “I can recognize every one of the floor crew. How’d you like to do a portrait?” “I’d like that,” replied Garland. “Who is it?” “The Pope.” “That’s when I said, ‘S___! I’m an artist.’” Pope John Paul II never sat for his portrait. Instead, Garland worked from photographs and sketches he made while the pope greeted people at St. Joseph Seminary. Remarkably, before John Paul’s visit ended, Garland had completed the portrait, and

posters were selling like hotcakes. Garland loved painting. Truth be known, although he’d spent 20 years at WWL-TV, he never loved the business except for the documentaries. “I never liked shoving a mike in somebody’s face and being confrontational.” So, it was only natural that Garland retired from WWL in 1994 and moved to a farm in Folsom to pursue his painting career. Or so he thought. To his surprise, Jim Bob Moffatt, CEO of Freeport MacMoRan, offered him a job restoring his company’s image. Garland had reported on Freeport MacMoRan’s legal, though unpopular, disposal of gypsum. “My plan was to get ’em, not work for them,” Garland admits. After visiting the company’s operations around the world, Garland told Jim Bob that his oil and gas exploration and strip mining were harming people. Jim Bob replied that without copper and oil there would be no cars, phones, electricity, eyeglasses, cosmetics and more—people can’t have it both ways. This was Garland’s “Ah-ha!” moment. “I had done 20 years of uneducated reporting. We say we don’t want drilling and mining, but we’re so damn spoiled, we couldn’t possible live without it.” Ultimately,


Garland’s PR program helped turn Freeport MacMoRan’s stock around— and its image. Garland also turned his life around when he began a relationship with Nancy Rhett, a former co-worker at WWL who worked at Freeport. Though she was beautiful, sexy and 24 years his junior, Garland says he was attracted to her intelligence. Their lively discussions made Garland re-think his intellectual inferiority complex. “Garland is incredibly smart and self-educated,” says Nancy. The couple married in 1994 and welcomed baby girl Charley three years later. “At 54, I never thought about having kids,” says Garland, “but Nancy wanted a child, so I agreed. When I saw Charley in that nursery, O Lord, I had fish hooks all over me.” Garland took to fatherhood like a catfish to a bayou, working from home

and caring for Charley while Nancy pursued a career in jewelry, accessories and weaving. Eventually, Garland left Freeport MacMoRan to form his own crisis communications company, Planet Communications. Three years later, he closed the company to focus on what fed his soul: Nancy, Charley and painting. As idyllic as that life was, Garland couldn’t refuse when Diane Newman, operations and program director at WWL Radio, asked him to fill in for David Tyree, who was battling cancer. After Tyree died, Garland continued with The Think Tank, priding himself on looking at all sides of an issue. Then Katrina hit. Recalls Newman, “The G-man’s time in The Think Tank post-Katrina was explosive. Emotion and passion kicked in. Garland was the ‘voice of the people’— the rescue, recovery and rebirth. He was on fire. He didn’t care who he had >>

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to pounce on to move our city forward. Washington insiders told us the White House listened every day. President George W. Bush gave one interview when he came to New Orleans—to Garland. “Garland’s was the first show to broadcast live from the state legislature. And he was the first to push for Louisiana’s fair share of oil and gas revenues. With all that toughness,” Newman adds, “there’s the art in him. He’s an amazing painter. Godinspired, really.” Indeed, Garland has the soul of an artist. Some of his most beloved works are portraits he’s done of Charley on her birthdays. “My favorite’s the one from my eighteenth birthday. It’s in color— and he gave me a crown,” says Charley, a college junior. “My dad’s the greatest man that’s ever walked this planet,” she continues, “but, he’s too humble. I wish he could see how great he is! He’s a New Orleans icon, yet he’s still so genuine. He’s the most generous man I’ve ever met.”

Charley’s voice softens. “My dad was on his deathbed when I was in first grade (2002). Doctors couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him. They thought it was pneumonia.” “It wasn’t until the year after Katrina that doctors at Mayo Clinic diagnosed him with Wegener’s, an auto-immune disease,” says Nancy. After having chemo and being hospitalized for flareups, he’s in remission. “I was having a flare-up while doing Jimmy Buffett’s portrait for the 2011 Jazz Fest poster,” Garland adds. “I was really very sick. I’d drag myself out of bed, oftentimes coughing up blood. I had to finish the portrait and I did.” “Making art is 99 percent perspiration and 1 percent inspiration,” says Nancy. “Garland shows up in the studio every day ready to let that magic come through. I admire his work ethic as much as his talent. It takes fortitude and discipline to do something so technical as portraits.” But they’re timeless portraits


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and will be handed down. Garland agrees. “Portraits are where the magic is. I didn’t know my grandparents, but I’d love to have portraits of them to pass on to Charley. People hardly look at photographs, but they’ll stop to see a portrait.” “Making (and viewing) a portrait is about slowing down, connecting and really seeing a human being,” says Nancy. “That’s even more important these days with the world speeding up.” While creating those portraits, Garland strives to get every detail right. Randy Fertel attests to this. Of Garland’s posthumous portrait of Ruth Fertel, founder of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Randy says, “Garland captured my mother’s likeness, her presence and the history of the restaurant. There’s this lovely, shimmering image of the steakhouse in the background.” Another collector, Linda Baum, admires how Garland depicts more than physical appearances. “The portraits he did of my daughters make them come alive. He portrayed their spirits and personality so well that when I look at them, it’s almost as if they’re here.” For Garland, such accolades evoke profound appreciation. “I’m grateful to so many for my incredible life. They’ve accepted me on television, radio, in the corporate world and now as a professional portrait painter with a waiting list of clients. I’m grateful and surprised to have a life I never planned for and one I never expected.” So, was he lucky? Absolutely not! Garland Robinette made an ordinary life extraordinary by offering no excuses, accepting no limits and painting his world with broad strokes of “can do” and bold colors of passion! To commission a portrait or view Garland’s works, visit May-June 2018 51

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The Impact of Philanthropy … and Why It Matters turn out for the launch of at the foundation; Clecofunded playground equipment at the Headstart Early Learning Center in Slidell; nuns who benefited from the Donor Advised Fund; STARC’s Dianne Baham with one of her beloved clients. 52

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alone. The numbers are remarkable on their own— but here are some real examples of how it works and why it really matters.

The Power of Giving through Corporate Responsibility The Cleco Corporation has a long history of robust philanthropic involvement in the communities it serves. But what CLECO knows best is power. With an interest in maximizing the impact of their philanthropy, the CLECO team looked to partner with the experts in giving so they could focus on doing what they know best. The CLECO Community Fund was established to manage a competitive grant-making process to ensure the impact of the company’s


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AT AN EVENT IN EARLY APRIL, nearly 200 local philanthropists celebrated the 11th Anniversary of the Northshore Community Foundation. And while it was a lovely party, the story it told was far more important than the shindig itself. Simply put, what a community foundation does is help people use their resources (their time, their passion and their money) to enhance the quality of life for all in the places they love. And when the stories of philanthropy were told that evening, the evidence of their impact was undeniable. More than $44 million in philanthropic fuel moved through the Northshore Foundation in eleven years. Nearly $14 million was given by the Foundation to other nonprofits serving our region and beyond. $8 million of new philanthropic dollars was given in 2017

philanthropic investment. The fund made grants in the areas of education, youth programming, low income populations and health and wellness and specifically looked to advance organizations that valued transparency, integrity, accountability and demonstrated impact on their mission. $150,000 was given in 2017 to support the northshore communities they serve. Good for CLECO and good for the northshore.

Donor Advised Funds On the northshore, we are generous people; we support the causes that matter to us—and we get asked to give. Often. So how does one make those choices and manage the details in a way that feels effective and impactful? A Donor Advised Fund allows donors to make tax deductible contributions of cash, stock, real estate, business interest or other assets and make distributions from their fund in their own time, now and forever. No further accounting, no messy record keeping; that’s all on us. Our DAF holders just support the charities that matter to them, and we do all the work. The balance of their fund is invested and can grow over time. Donors have access to the expertise of the Foundation staff, which maximizes their impact and minimizes their work. One Foundation Fund helped local nuns with the replacement of their old tractor—poignantly, so they could cut their own grass. Another fund supports a beautiful school in Italy that offers cultural and art immersion programs that are close to the donor’s heart. With incredibly diverse priorities, our funds help donors have the impact they choose. Their resources and their passion drive our work. And the byproduct is good and goodness. >> May-June 2018 53

Neighbors in Need Few understand the power of Mother Nature better than folks in South Louisiana, and no one better understands the power of a helping hand. The good people of Texas have always rallied when we were on our knees, so when our neighbors to the west were devastated by Hurricane Harvey, we stepped in to return the favor. The Northshore Community Foundation’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund raised more than $135,000, with the bulk of those dollars funding “One Million Meals,” an effort of Blue Runner Foods to provide quality meals to hungry, flooded Texans. Following the generosity and leadership of the company CEO Ricky Thomas, local donors funded and Blue Runner delivered ten 18-wheeler trucks of canned red beans and rice to Houston area food banks in the days and weeks following the floods. In addition to food, the Harvey Fund supported animal rescue efforts and emergency support for populations that had nowhere else to turn. The Northshore Community Foundation has distributed over $3.7 million in disaster philanthropy in eleven years.

Exceptional Lives The Northshore Community Foundation has a long history of partnerships within the disability community, and what we see time and time again is that these families need support, especially after receiving an unexpected diagnosis. They are starting a journey that requires them to make difficult choices and to find critical resources. They have a constant need for trustworthy assistance, so they can act wisely for their families. In conjunction with our partners at 54

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the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, in 2017 the NCF launched, a free interactive website that helps parents and caregivers find resources to get the services they need to help their children with disabilities. The site’s ‘HowTo’ Guides walk parents through complicated and often overwhelming processes while the ‘Resource Directory’ provides information on more than 1,000 resources.

Nonprofit Service Since opening our doors, the NCF has been committed to helping our regional nonprofit partner organizations thrive as they work to serve our communities and our people. Offering expert guidance and a wide array of philanthropic support services designed to increase an organization’s ability to focus on its mission, we are helping them have an even greater impact on our region. Complicated gift acceptance, cost effective investment solutions, training and shared space are just some of the services we offer our partners—that’s in addition to writing them checks. $2.9 million in 2017 alone, in fact.

Who are we? Where are we going? “North of Your Expectations.” The northshore is one of those rare places that combine quality of life with accessibility, a progressive business climate with natural beauty, and vibrant culture with community. For those who love Louisiana’s way of life, there’s no place better. Come exceed all expectations on the northshore. For the last three years, the Foundation has led a community-based process to develop a vision and identity for the northshore region as we grow and evolve. The next step in that process is to identify and promote our regional brand, to create a sense of place to be embraced by locals and intriguing to outsiders. We think “North of Your Expectations” nailed it.

Why it matters. Each of the stories highlighted reflects how the Northshore Community Foundation exists to evaluate and coordinate the resources, needs and services in our area so that charitable gifts are used effectively to fulfill our communities’ most critical needs. Local nuns needing a tractor to cut their grass; an unexpected autism diagnosis; a single mother’s home flooding twice in one year; tuition for a low-income student not expecting a chance at higher education. This is why a community foundation matters, and the ENTIRE COMMUNITY has a role to play in creating impact and meaningful change. To learn more or to get involved, visit May-June 2018 55

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AFTER JUST A SHORT DRIVE to Natchez, Mississippi, you are soon immersed in its historic past. Natchez, the oldest European settlement on the Mississippi River, is one of the few places in the United States with over 500 buildings constructed prior to 1860. A quaint little town filled with historic homes, antique stores, restaurants, a beautiful cathedral and a lovely cliff-side view of the Mississippi, Natchez has much to capture your attention. Our visit brought us to town for the Spring Pilgrimage, an event hosted by the Natchez Garden Club since 1931. During this month-long event, many of the historic private homes are opened to the public for tours, as well as several owned by the Natchez Pilgrimage Garden Club. Some are hosted by descendants of the original owners dressed in period costumes. Along with the home tours, you are treated to a history lesson that recognizes not only the

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original homeowners, but also the workers and their families who contributed their lives to these homes. To truly experience the historic feel of Natchez, a stay in one of the historical bed- and-breakfast inns is a must. While there are many to choose from, our choice is the historic Oak Hill Inn. Built in 1835 by William A. Beatty for his wife, Elizabeth, the home features the traditional center-hall design and an expansive front porch for lazily enjoying the afternoons. Doug Mauro and Donald McGlynn, New Jersey natives, were frequent visitors to the New Orleans area when they took a side trip to Natchez and fell in love with the town and the people. While Donald was planning an early retirement with hopes of settling in Natchez, little did he know that Doug had kept that dream alive by reaching out to a Natchez realtor to search for their future home. After they visited three antebellum homes, Oak Hill spoke to them, saying


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“this is home” when they walked through the door. Purchased in early 2004, Oak Hill was returned to its former glory following two years of loving restoration. Awarded the 2005 Restoration Award by the Natchez Historical Foundation, it has been ranked one of the best inns not only in the United States, but also in the world. The hospitality offered by Doug and Don is beyond compare, and the gourmet breakfasts served could stand up to any 5-star restaurant. With only three guest rooms to offer, you are treated as a close family friend when you stay here. Their home is filled with beautiful period furniture and many antiques acquired by Doug’s great aunt, whose past takes us back to another part of history. Bessie Fisher left home in her teenage years and became a Powers Model in New York City, where she caught the eye of Florenz Ziegfield and became one of the early Ziegfield Girls. While performing, she met A. J. Stasny, an up-and-coming music composer. They married and went out on a limb to start the A. J. Stasny Music Company, which, by the early 1920s, became one of the largest music publishing companies in the country. Sadly, the Stasnys had no children of their own, and Mr. Stasny died in 1923, leaving Mrs. Stasny to build and manage their >>

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company. She traveled worldwide, buying antiques along the way. Doug, being one of her few relatives with any appreciation for antiques, was quick to obtain a few upon her death. Many of these items are now scattered throughout Oak Hill Inn. One of his most prized possessions is a marble lamp made of solid Carrera marble hand carved and sculpted by A. Petrelli in 1850. The top globe of translucent alabaster was originally gas powered and was later

converted to electricity. The Stasnys purchased the lamp in 1919 for $3,800. Upon arrival at Oak Hill, you are greeted with mint juleps and homemade chocolate chip cookies to begin your immersion into true Southern hospitality. Doug lovingly leads you on a tour of their home, filling you in on its history and their large collection of antiques. The following morning, you are treated to a gourmet breakfast, which could include any of the following: eggs benedict or fresh herb frittata with peaches-and-cream French toast, mascarpone-filled crĂŞpes topped with fresh berries, homemade biscuits and brioche rolls and plantation potatoes or grit cakes. You do not leave hungry or dissatisfied. Oak Hill Inn is the perfect setting for a getaway to enjoy all that this historic town has to offer.

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Who is this Al Fresco...? FULL DISCLOSURE: there are wait staff out there that have served me outside in the cold and (I might be a little embarrassed to admit) the rain, so obdurate am I with the notion of dining in the wild. My friends put up with it; my husband whines about it; and only my daughter revels in it as I do. Al Fresco dining isn’t as much a given here as it is in some other places. We have rain and bugs to discourage us, and maybe less of a view, but there are a surprising number of places in New Orleans to indulge in outdoor dining those four days each in spring and fall when the conditions are optimal here. Pleasure is in the soul of the beholder, so here are my perimeters. Adjust your adherence to this advice accordingly. To me, sidewalk tables render the allure of outdoor dining moot. They are usually too close to each other and invite intruders to the

dining experience. I prefer that the outdoor dining space be fully enclosed, where only patrons of the restaurant will be milling around. There are exceptions to this, of course. Del Porto and Ox Lot 9 in adorable downtown Covington have tables outside where a diner is unlikely to encounter much foot traffic. As I look over the list of personal favorites, most of them are not in an enclosed space. I love sitting outside at Andy’s Bistro on N. Turnbull in Metairie. Everyone who has ever joined me at 5 p.m. there has delighted in it as I do. When the weather is wondrous, this is my Number One. The dining options are comfy sofas with coffee tables, and there are only three groups, one of which will likely be occupied by owner Kevin and his buds and their cigars. (I still love you, Kevin!) But I’m just nuts about this one, with its large trees wrapped in lights >> May-June 2018 61

and the soothing fountain and the gosh-darned hospitableness of it all. There are lots more tables outside at Station 6 in Bucktown, which is good because this place is busy busy. And why not? Allison Vega and husband Drew have taken a shack by the levee and turned it into a hip place with superb food and polished service. Charming patio. The Lakehouse has a bit more to work with. In a centuries-old home on Mandeville’s lakefront, the food is good and the service friendly, making it a fine place to watch the sun turn evening into night. The lights on the Causeway mesmerize. Fork and Corks in Covington and Cafe B in Old Metairie have tables out front but far from the madding crowd, allowing for a focus where it ought


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to be, on the plate of yummy food in front of you. Ruth’s Chris downtown flanks the promenade at Harrah’s in a classier way than its neighbor Gordon Biersch. Go for Happy Hour, but the full dining experience here under the lights would be great too. One last on-the-street good one … Alon Shaya will soon open Saba in the space that was Kenton’s. Shaya is one of my favorite fully enclosed patios in town. Broussard’s is another beauty, though neither of these is sexy like the tiny neighbor patios at Sylvain, Bayona and especially Doris Metropolitan. If fun is what you seek, there are picnic tables at Rum House, Bourrée and Dat Dog. Long, family-style foldaways at Parkway, and a cozy

cluster of seats under the pergola at Cowbell. The Velvet Cactus and its sister (or would that be brother?) restaurant are always rockin’, and doesn’t everyone sprawled at the tables at Lucy’s seem to be having more fun than you? If being above the street for your outdoor fix appeals to you, Muriel’s, Curio and Tableau in the Quarter have the best food, along with Cava in Lakeview. Crescent City Brewhouse offers views of the River, and Barley Oak in Mandeville looks out to the lake. Good seafood joints Blue Crab and Rip’s flank opposite sides of the lake, and Morton’s in Madisonville is a throwback to the old West End, keeping with the ordinary food. A few outliers worth mentioning:

La Caretta in Mandeville, Covington, Hammond, etc. has goodbut-not-great Mexican food, and very good Casa Borrego has a bohème back patio. Pepe’s in Covington is another good choice. Ming’s at the lake is good Chinese. Palmetto’s in Slidell has a unique back patio. I keep waiting for a gator under my table. And wildlife abounds at The Chimes in Covington. Don’t miss this if you have kids. The back patio has a long walkway to the Bogue Falaya River. Goats keep the lush grasses under control. Sort of. The food is good enough, but brunch is better. One last one to mention is Lola in Covington. The tiny deck is not worth a visit. The food definitely is. See you out in the fresh air!

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1. Shrubs at Dusk by Michael Pizzella, 8” by 8” oil on wood panel, $75. Pizzella Picture Framing & Fine Art, Mandeville, 231-7088. 2. Willow Collection hanging fixture with steel branches in a sunburst shape featuring clear royal-cut crystal beads. Available in antique gold or silver finish. American Factory Direct, Covington, 871-0300. 3. Michael Aram’s bedding, throws and pillows handmade using silks, cottons, and soft furs in serene colors. Arabella Interiors, Mandeville, 727-9787. 4. Vintage Bergère with refinished wood and linen upholstery, $1,150. Serendipity, Mandeville, 951-2262. 5. Driftwood lamp with fabric shade, $214. Pine Grove Lighting and Electrical Supply, Mandeville. 893-4003. 6

6. Seasonal arrangements starting at $65. Florist of Covington, 892-7701. 7. Wood and vinyl playsets, starting at $1499. Ultimate Outdoor Play, Metairie, 504828-8118.




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1. Aubrey chandelier, $199. Southern Farmhouse and Furniture, available at the Clayton House Marketplace, Covington, 718-9249. 2. Tightrope I & II original 9” by 14” artwork by Austin Allen James, $170 each. EMB Interiors, Mandeville, 626-1522.


3. Custom chair and ottoman. The French


Mix by Jennifer Dicerbo Interiors, Covington, 809-3152. 4. Rose Quartz crystal atop a white marble candle/keepsake box, $79. Rug Chic Home Décor, Mandeville, 674-1070. 5. Trellis table lamp with sculpted branches in a mix of gold and silver. Greige Home Interiors, Covington, 875-7576. 6. New ovento-table dinnerware by Casafina, from new


wedding line. Mélange by kp, Mandeville, 807-7652. 7. Striped classic jute bag, $21. Layton Family Pharmacy, Covington, 888-1170. 8. 36” Ronbow Amora vanity in navy with carrara white marble top and backsplash, white undercounter sink, and


sunburst LED mirror (faucet sold separately), $3,325 plus tax. Southland Plumbing Supply, Mandeville, 893-8883.



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1. Endless gift box options including: Voluspa candles, Sugarfina candies, Oh K! Korean beauty, 3

Musee bath balm, fine lingerie, and more. Cloud Nine Boutique, Mandeville, 951-2299. 2. Curve chaise for in or out of the pool, $769. Outdoor Living Center, Covington, 893-8008. 3. Tropical Sunshine by Finchberry Soapery, $10. The Oasis


Day Spa, Mandeville, 624-6772. 4. Tropicool tune makers and players work with any smart phone or tablet; Bluetooth, MP3 speaker, AM/ FM stereo 2-band radio receiver; sand and water resistant, $50. Olive Patch, Covington, 327-5772. 5. Colorful, patterned beach bags, $25 each. deCoeur Gifts & Home Accessories, Covington, 809-3244. 6. Acrylic beach glasses and acrylic stand. Glasses, $11; stand, $28. Niche Modern Home, Mandeville, 624-4045.



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1. Handmade bamboo cage purse, $86. The Villa, Mandeville, 686-9797. 2. Solid woven dress featuring embroidery cut detail, side slit, inner lining, and a side zipper, $142. Suella, Covington, 249-1605. 3. Marco


Bicego “Jaipur” Mixed Blue Topaz two-strand earrings with London Blue Topaz and Swiss Blue Topaz; handengraved by Italian artisans, $975. Aucoin Hart, Metairie, 504-834-9999. 4. Capped-sleeve robe made of 100% lightweight Egyptian cotton. Offered in four hues, $253. Hestia Linens, Covington, 893-0490. 5. Flamingo print casual shirt constructed with lightweight, 100% seersucker cotton fabric and button-


down collar, $145. H.W. Rosenblum, Mandeville, 727-9955. 6. Honey string bikini; reversible; shown in Beaumont Lane and Just Desert fabric patterns, $240. Studio Amanda Talley, New Orleans, 504-595-3136. 7. Amazonite and Jasper stone bracelets, $21 each. The Oasis Day Spa, Mandeville, 624-6772. 8. Authentic California lifestyle comfort brand in washed linen and jute, all under $100. Ballin’s LTD, Covington, 892-0025. May-June 2018 73

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1. Floral printed linen dress, $196. CDN Clothing, Covington, 327-7300. 2. Blush eyelet sundress, $68; bead and metal necklace with cross, $38. Posh Boutique, Covington, 898-2639. 3. Cotton and linen men’s neckties, $110. Studio Amanda Talley, New Orleans, 504-595-3136. 4. From Ippolita’s Nova Collection: 18k yellow gold and pearl


earrings, $2,995; 18k yellow gold and pearl ring, $1,295. Lee Michaels, Metairie, 504-8320000. 5. Aqua seersucker swing-back top and bloomers with ruffles; set $38.50. Baby’s Corner, Covington, 892-5300. 6. Flatforms, $109. Shoefflé, Covington, 898-6465. 7. Velcro adjustable floral monogrammed baseball hat, $26.99. SeaSpray by Private Beach, Mandeville, 674-2326.




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1. Gent’s Omega Aqua Terra Master Chronometer Watch, $5,400. Boudreaux’s Jewelers, Metairie, 504-831-2604. 2. Oval-cut, 4 ct tw aquamarine and .30 ct tw diamond necklace, $1,495. 8 ct tw aquamarine and .59 ct tw diamond earrings, $2,400. DeLuca’s Fine Jewelry and Gifts, Covington, 892-2317. 3. Off-the-shoulder tops. Columbia Street Mercantile, Covington, 809-1789 & 8091690. 4. Linen shorts and long sleeve linen shirt from the reserve collection. Shorts, $89.50; shirt, $109.50. Jos A.


Bank, Mandeville, 624-4067. 5. Playsuit in classic blue stripe, relaxed fit, $86. The Lifestyle Boutique at Franco’s, Mandeville, 792-0200. 6. Sleeveless crew neck tank with back keyhole and tassel trimmed hem, $50. Lorena Breezy Palazzo pant, $118. Wrap choker necklace with beaded tassels, $88. Palm Village, A Lilly Pulitzer Store, Mandeville, 778-2547. 7. Denim raw edge slides, $157. Bliss Clothing + Home, Mandeville, 778-2252. 8. Aura Botanica by


Kerastase featuring handpicked Samoan Coconut and Moroccan Argan oils, with no silicones, no sulfates, and no parabens.


H2O Salon, Mandeville, 951-8166.

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by Poki Hampton COVINGTON CHARM ABOUNDS in the 2018 Raising the Roof for Charity home, blending a spacious 3,276-square-foot floorplan with Southern ambiance, complete with porch swing, Bevolo Gas lanterns, floor-to-ceiling windows by Acadian Millworks and comfortable rocking chairs. Built by Blake Mendheim of 110 Builders at 4192 Cypress Point Drive in Estates at Watercross, a community with park-like green spaces set along the Tchefuncte River, this four-bedroom, two-bath house is just the place for a growing family. “It has been amazing to have witnessed the effort and execution from all of our wonderful trade partners. They pushed through all types of weather conditions to complete this awesome home,” says Blake. “My wife Caroline and I are humbled to have been this year’s builder and to have taken part in an event that has a 23-year legacy.” As you enter the home, 11-foot ceilings span the living area, which has a custom-crafted fireplace of painted brick that wraps around the adjoining doorway for a New Orleans look. The floors in the open-concept living room and throughout the house are vinyl created to look like weathered French oak. To give continuity to the space, the walls in the entire house are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Classic Grey. Eight-inch cove crown moulding tops the living area. The furnishings, coordinated by Corrinn Fisher of Greige Home Interiors, are in subtle neutral tones of grey, creating a cozy setting. Three petrified-wood pedestals, clustered together to form a cocktail table, sit atop the chevron-patterned leather and jute rug; a French-style chandelier from Pine Grove Electric hangs over the grouping. A large pine beam, from Olde Mill in Baton Rouge, spans from the front of the living room to the wet bar area. Stained the same color as the beam, the wooden fireplace mantle is topped by a painting by Jackson, Mississippi, artist Jackie Ellen. The gourmet kitchen boasts white Shaker-style cabinets from Marchand Creative Kitchens topped with Britannica quartz in a matte finish by Cambria. >> 78

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1. DSLD Homes, Pine Island 500 Ponderosa Dr. Ponchatoula, LA 70454 2. Professional Construction 530 North 7th St. Ponchatoula, LA 70454 3. DSLD Homes, Blythwood Estates 42440 Blythwood Blvd. Ponchatoula, LA 70454 4. D.R. Horton, Cypress Reserve 24037 Conservation Way Ave. Ponchatoula, LA 70454 5. DSLD Homes, Woodlake Estates 20208 Kingland Dr. Hammond, LA 70403 6. Gremillion Homes, Bedico Creek 3000 Hidden Cove Ln. Madisonville, LA 70447 7. Integrity Builders Bedico Creek, 660 Bedico Pkwy. Madisonville, LA 70447 8. Alvarez Construction Bedico Creek, 3097 Lost. Ln. Madisonville, LA 70447 9. Highland Homes, Bedico Creek, 704 Night Heron Ln. Madisonville, LA 70447

10. DSLD Homes, Pine Creek 300 Cedar Creek Dr. Madisonville, LA 70447 11. Intrepid Builders, Spring Haven, 1068 Spring Haven Ln. Madisonville, LA 70447 12. Nova Contracting, Spring Haven, 1088 Spring Haven Madisonville, LA 70447 13. DSLD Homes, Spring Lakes 370 Saw Grass Loop Covington, LA 70435 14. D.R. Horton, River Park Estates, 16973 River Park Dr. Covington, LA 70435 15. D.R. Horton, River Park Crossing, 16860 Highland Heights Dr.Covington, LA 70435 16. D.R. Horton, Penn Mill Place 73729 Amber Ct. Covington, LA 70435 17. Jenkins Homes, Inc., Hidden Creek, 605 Alder Creek Ct.Covington, LA 70433

18. Level Homes, Terra Bella 204 Inglewood Ter. Covington, LA 70433 19. Centanni Construction Co. Terra Bella, 155 Poplar Grove Ln. Covington, LA 70433 20. Highland Homes, Inc. Terra Bella, 412 La Branche Pl. Covington70433 21. 110 Builders, Estates at Watercross, 4192 Cypress Pt. Dr., Covington, 70433 22. Depp Construction Co., Estates at Watercross, 4176, Cypress Point Dr., Covington, 70433 23. Bruno Design Build Estates at Watercross, 6005 Cypress Point Crcl., Covington, LA 70433 24. DMM Construction Martin Crossing, 19360 9th Ave. Covington, LA 70433 25. D.R. Horton, Lakeshore Village, 376 Lakeshore Village Dr. E Slidell, LA 70461

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26. DSLD Homes, Audubon Trail, 496 Tiger Ave. Covington, LA 70433 27. Town North Custom Homes, Old Golden Shores,146 Cindy Lou Pl., Mandeville, 70448 28. Troyer Builders Money Hill, 907 Camphill Dr. Abita Springs70420 29. Highland Homes, Inc., Money Hill, 317 Steeplechase Dr., Abita Springs, LA 70420 30. Welbilt Custom Homes Cypress Lakes of Oak Harbor 322 Cypress Lakes Blvd. Slidell, LA 70458 31. DSLD Homes, Ashton Parc 155 Ashton Parc Slidell, LA 70458 32. E.J. Milligan, Construction Co., Robert Park 39281 Natchez Dr. Slidell, LA 70461 33. Ray Beck Inc. Turtle Creek, 555 N Caleb Dr. Slidell, LA 70461


Oversized cabinet pulls in stainless to complement the stainless-steel Jenn Air appliances. Hanging over the large island, which is painted in Anchor Grey, are two seeded-glass pendant lights. The backsplash is of subway-shaped tumbled marble tile. A wet bar with matching cabinets and quartz countertop is conveniently located beside the dining area. Six upholstered French-style parsons chairs in grey blue linen with nail head trim surround the weathered grey, sixty-inch round table in the dining area. A square, hand-knotted

Aubusson-style rug anchors the room. The clean-lined, gold-tone chandelier is from Pine Grove Electric. The master bedroom is spacious, with a tray ceiling and a large walk-in closet by Ruffino’s Custom Closets. The barn-door entrance to the master bath is crafted of Knotty Alder wood by Acadian Millwork. His and her vanities topped in marble and a free-standing soaker tub are featured in the master bath, with a large, luxurious seamless shower tucked around the back of the

tub for privacy. A mud room accesses the garage for convenience. The shiplap walls are outfitted with multiple hooks for coats and book bags, along with cubbies for extra storage. A pantry has double doors painted in Grey Timberwolf and accented with antique-inspired hardware. The laundry room has cubbies and extra hanging space for convenience. Three additional bedrooms and a bathroom are on the opposite side of the house, creating privacy for the master suite.

Estates at Watercross donated the lot for the home, and JA-ROY Pest Control treated the property. Raising the Roof for Charity is an annual project of the Northshore Home Builders Association. This year’s Raffle House will benefit three local charities: Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West, Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center in Hammond and St. Tammany Hospital Foundation. 7,500 tickets will be sold at $100 each. The drawing will be held June 2. May-June 2018 81

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THE FLORIDA BEACHES of South Walton and Destin are a popular vacation spot for many Louisiana families. The area’s soft, sugar-white sand makes the five hours of dashboard time well worth it. In addition, there is also no denying the incredible culinary offering along Florida’s Emerald Coast. From Celebrity Chef Tim Creehan to Chef and author Jim Shirley to the many other talented chefs that call South Walton and Destin home, the result is an abundance of award-winning restaurants sprinkled along this stretch of beautiful beaches. For those seeking the inside scoop on the Emerald Coast’s dining scene, this round-up of what’s new and delicious is a helpful “go to” in finding the Gulf Coast’s newest culinary delights. (These

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recommendations are presented from west to east starting on Okaloosa Island and ending on Highway 30A.)

The Gulf Restaurant The Gulf on Okaloosa Island is anything but ordinary. For starters, the restaurant is constructed of repurposed shipping containers. In fact, the concept is so green that Mother Nature is likely applauding the effort. With car-charging stations outside and an up-t0-date menu options inside, The Gulf offers one of the freshest experiences on the coast. The menu changes daily as chefs take the latest catch and locally harvested produce to create brilliant dishes. Their commitment to sustainability is to be commended, and the view from The Gulf is enviable. A definite

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“must stop” on any trip to the Emerald Coast. Address: 1284 Marler Ave., Okaloosa Island. (Where to stay near The Gulf? The Hilton Garden Inn is a brand-new hotel in Fort Walton Beach. The airy lobby opens to a large enclosed courtyard, fire pits and pool deck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

Brotula’s Seafood & Steamer Located along the Destin Harbor, Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer might not be the newest restaurant on the coast, but it is definitely one of the most talked about. For those familiar with the area, Brotula’s opened in the former Fisherman’s Wharf building. Opened by longtime Destin locals Tyler Jarvis and Chris Ruyan, Brotula’s is winning over hearts and taste buds with their steamed and boiled seafood entrées, which include an assortment of finishing seasonings and butters. Locals and visitors alike are buzzing about their Fish Trax program, which monitors local catches. Diners can simply scan the QR code on the flag placed on their meal to see where and when their fish was caught. The restaurant overlooks the Harbor and the Destin fishing fleet. For anglers who take a chartered excursion, Brotula’s offers a hook-and-cook program in which chefs will prepare and serve your fresh catch at the restaurant. Finally, their Sunday Brunch is wildly popular. With live music, bottomless mimosas, Bloody Mary specials and all-you-can-eat crawfish, what’s not to love? Address: 210 US-98, Destin. (Where to stay near Brotula’s? Jade East Towers, a 15-story condominium with Gulf-front pool, hot tub, tennis courts, grilling station and private beach access, is a top pick.

Emeril’s Coastal Italian While everyone knows Chef Emeril Lagasse, the award-winning restaurateur, cookbook author and television star, as well as his New Orleans restaurants, not everyone knows about his latest venture—Emeril’s Coastal Italian at Grand Boulevard in Miramar Beach. He has made Sandestin his home and is one of South Walton’s newest restaurateurs. Coastal Italian offers a combination of modern Italian cuisine with local Gulf seafood. He is an avid fisherman, so the focus on Gulf-to-table dishes is a natural extension of his hobby and passion for using >> May-June 2018 83


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the freshest ingredients. He personally created the new concept and developed each menu item, which included researching local purveyors and experimenting with local ingredients. Whether you’re a fan of Emeril or just love creative meals, Emeril’s Coastal Italian is a “must try.” Address: 435 Grand Blvd., Miramar Beach (next to the Grand Boulevard 10 Cinemas). (Where to stay near Emeril’s Coastal Italian? Hidden Dunes Beach & Tennis Resort offers secluded bliss. With winding foot paths, lush gardens and relaxing fountains, the 27-acre, Gulffront resort features three pools, hot tubs, grilling stations, basketball, horseshoes, and a top-ranked Tennis Center.

Shunk Gulley Everyone loves a great legend. Since Highway 30A’s newest restaurant is near a highly coveted and hard-to-find fishing spot known as “shunk gulley” reef in the Gulf of Mexico, it was only natural that the restaurant bear its name. Local builder Thomas Gallion partnered with Perdido Key restaurateurs John McGinnis and Cameron Price to open the restaurant across from Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach. With Chef McMahan at the helm, Shunk Gulley’s menu combines familiar classics with a few creative new spins on local favorites. Renowned for their oysters, both “naked” as well as chargrilled and crowned with toppings such as sharp cheddar, jalapeno and bacon, Shunk Gulley brings flavor out of their shells. As a bonus, shells are recycled in partnership with the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance to create a living shoreline in the Bay. Address: 1875 S. Hwy. 393, >> May-June 2018 85

Santa Rosa Beach. (Where to stay near Shunk Gulley? Consider San Remo. The fourstory, upscale condominium tucked in a gated community along 30A features a large, seasonally heated pool with spa, sprawling decks, a lake with fountain, and lush natural vegetation with a private dune walkover to the beach. destin-condos/san-remo)

Trebeaché and Red Fish Taco Chef Jim Richard is no stranger to the dining scene in South Walton. His first restaurant, Lake Place in Dune Allen, was a local favorite for many years. Most recently, he’s known for Stinky’s Fish Camp on 30A and Trenasse in New Orleans. But like any flourishing restaurateur, Chef Richard has more to give. His latest project is Trebeaché. Located in Red Fish Village in Blue Mountain Beach, Trebeaché is South Walton’s newest fine-dining spot, serving fresh dishes with a creative twist. Locals have come to enjoy the daily 5 – 6 p.m. happy hour, as well as their Sunday brunch. Those looking for a more casual lunch offering will find it at the pop-up food stand outside, Red Fish Tacos, serving street tacos, fish tacos, shrimp queso and Cubanos. Yum! Address: 2052 County Rd. 30A, Santa Rosa Beach. (Where to stay near Trebeaché? Sanctuary at Redfish in Blue Mountain Beach is a luxury condominium resort located on approximately 14 acres on one of South Walton’s rare coastal dune lakes. With breathtaking lake and Gulf views, Sanctuary at Redfish features four separate pools, two Jacuzzis, large fire pit, two outside grills, and pontoon boat rides to the beach.) 86

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There’s so much power in a woman. From Girls Scouts to executives, I believe women inspire other women to be their best in every capacity of their lives whether they are sitting with them at a conference table or reading about them in Inside Northside’s Women IN Business. Within the following pages, you will learn about some successful women who dared to believe not only in themselves, but also in their businesses and their personal dreams. As you finish reading their powerful stories, I hope they will inspire you to pursue your dreams too. Each of them is certainly an inspiration to us here at Inside Northside. —Lori Murphy, publisher Inside Northside

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table of contents 89 The Power of G.I.R.L. 90 Ingrid Rinck Sensible Meals 92 Patrice Senac Arabella Interiors

98 Sandy Franco Franco’s Athletic Club 99 Jennifer DiCerbo The French Mix by Jennifer DiCerbo Interiors

93 Lisa Swords Bliss Clothing + Home 94 Cynthia Cleland Roth Blue Williams, L.L.P.

94 Juliet Holton, Lindsey Kusnick, Clarissa Connolly and Kit Roth Cloud Nine 95 Christie McHughes, DVM Crosspoint Veterinary Hospital 96 Martha E. Sassone CC’s Coffee House® Covington 96 Nancy Forrest CDN Clothing 97 Fidelity Bank’s P.O.W.E.R.


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106 Jane Quillin Gracewear Collection

100 Junior Auxiliary of Slidell

107 Beverly McQuaid Planet Kids Academy

101 Heather Mahoney and Holli Gaspard H2O Salon Northshore

108 Donna Bares and Susan Hooks Riverview Camp for Girls

102 Ellen Bajon EMB Interiors

106 Jenny Berry, MSN, NP-BC JOLI Medispa

102 Ginger Cangelosi, Melissa Bordelon and Carla Tate Partners for a Greater Tangipahoa

109 Mona Vinturella Southland Plumbing Supply and Outdoor Living Center 110 Kathy Lowrey Northshore Harbor Center

103 The Junior League of Greater Covington

110 Katherine Hamby The Oasis Day Spa

104 Melissa R. Henry Clerk of Court

111 Hannah Patel My Hospitality

105 Kimberly Everett and Kellie Osbon K2 Realty

112 Jennifer Puipuro Prestige Auto Body

Girl Scout Gold Award recipients Jazmine Pittman, Heather O’Mahoney and Alexa Wen Fisher.

The Power of G.I.R.L.

In celebration of Women IN Business, it’s a natural fit to celebrate the

best leadership development program for girls, grades K to 12, in Southeast Louisiana—Girl Scouts Louisiana East. Girl Scouts prepares every G.I.R.L. to practice leadership––uniquely encouraging girls to cultivate grit, problemsolving, risk-taking and leading with empathy. Girl Scouts Louisiana East is passionate about a commitment to girls, ensuring that girls take their rightful places as leaders in their communities, their country and the world. The current recruitment campaign is Power of G.I.R.L., the goal being to unify the movement’s belief in the power of every G.I.R.L.—both girl and adult. GO-GETTER: Determined to succeed. Bold. Honest. Goal-oriented. Can-do mentality. Ambitious. Lifelong learner. INNOVATOR: Creative. Thinks outside the box. Always looking for a new approach. Visionary. Uses resources wisely. Original. Do-it-yourselfer. Experimenter. RISK-TAKER: Not afraid to try new things. Courageous. Strong. Breaks the mold. Steps up. Discoverer. Pioneer. Embraces the unfamiliar. LEADER: Confident. Knows how to get the job done. Responsible. Committed to making the world a better place. Empathetic. Advocate. Empowers others. For far too long, Girl Scouts have been too modest when talking about the benefits of Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts are prepared for a lifetime of leadership. In fact, 90 percent of all female U.S. astronauts, 80 percent of all female tech leaders, 76 percent of female U.S. Senators and 100 percent of female U.S. Secretaries of State were empowered by Girl Scouts. To learn more about the GSLE, visit

The highest award in Girl Scouting is the Girl Scout Gold Award. Last year, seven Girl Scouts from Louisiana were honored at a reception and pinning ceremony at the Governor’s Mansion. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, a young woman must demonstrate ability and skill in goal-setting, planning, putting values into action, and relating to the community, which includes planning and executing a community service project with a minimum of 80 hours of work that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides a sustainable, lasting benefit to the girl’s larger community. May-June 2018 89


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Ingrid Rinck If you’ve haven’t heard of Sensible Meals, you will soon. It’s the fastest-growing and largest meal-prep company in the country, and it’s based in Mandeville. The business was started

cheese or waffles topped with Nutella.” The company has just finished building another facility in Hammond. Sensible Meals provides live assistance to its

by 36-year-old entrepreneur Ingrid Rinck. A personal trainer

customers from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Central Time), seven days a

with over 20 years of experience in the health and fitness

week, 365 days a year. It is the only meal-prep company that

industries, Ingrid explains, “My clients would ask me how to

does this. “We have staff available to answer your questions

eat and how to lose weight, and I would give them written

within an hour. Whether it’s a billing question or you need

meal plans. But there was only so much I could do since I

motivation, you can contact us through our social media

couldn’t watch everything that they ate.”

sites (@sensiblemeals) on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.”

In February 2014, Rinck received the devastating news

As a local company, it’s important to Rinck to support

that her young son had Type 1 Diabetes. She says, “It’s a very

Louisiana and the regional economy. “All of our employees,

serious disease. He’s insulin dependent, and his diet has to

even our vendors—the people from whom we buy our

be regulated or it can be life threatening. So, I made the

food products—are local. We try to keep our resources in

decision that our whole family was going to change our diet,

Louisiana rather than buy from the big national brands.”

as well. That meant I really had to follow my own advice and weigh, measure and portion our food properly.” Eating healthy, controlled portions, Rinck quickly lost

The breakdown of Sensible Meals’ workforce is 98 percent women, of whom 90 percent are moms. As a formersingle mother of three, Rinck says, “I don’t hire people based

the weight she gained while pregnant with her daughter—

on their résumé. I hire them based on their work ethic. If

and an additional 45 pounds. Her clients, desirous of similar

you’re a single mom, I know that you’re going to be the

results, asked if she would cook for them. And that’s how

hardest worker because you have no one else to rely on.” Rinck never imagined herself at the helm of such a

Sensible Meals was born. Sensible Meals offers fresh, affordable (15 meals for

large enterprise and doesn’t take her success lightly. “This is

five days costs $80 to $120), chef-prepared meals made in

a passion project, and it started because of my son’s illness.

a licensed, certified and insured facility with an A+ health

I tell him every day that his tragedy is turning into triumph,

rating. Rinck describes the food: “The meals are half diet

not only for our family, but for people all over the country.

food and half fun food. We give you things like macaroni and

It’s changing people’s lives for the better.”

Sensible Meals local pick up locations are Mandeville, Slidell, Hammond and Bogalusa. Shipping available for $15. Learn more about Sensible Meals at May-June 2018 91

of satisfied clients. One client says, “Patrice is a pleasure to work with—she’s upbeat, full of fresh ideas and a stickler for detail.” Another client, Leslie Lanusse of Lake Vista in New Orleans, asked Patrice to help renovate and design her home. Calling her responsive and easy to work with, Lanusse says that thanks to Patrice’s services, she loves her house. “The biggest thing about Patrice is that she listens to what you want and helps you realize your vision. The vision turns out even more fabulous than you could have ever imagined.” Do you simply want to rearrange the furniture you already have? Call Patrice. She can work to arrange your furniture in a more functional fashion. Selling your home? Patrice can maximize your home’s selling price by staging it before it goes on the market. Or, perhaps you need help fine-tuning your floor plans before they’re finalized—Patrice can offer advice. Maybe you need another opinion before you accept your building plans. Patrice will be glad to receive your inquiry and offer her services. But she doesn’t do it all alone. She has a team of highly qualified contractors, painters, craftsmen, seamstresses and upholsterers to help her get the job done—and done right. One of her secrets to success is the attention Patrice pays to the needs

Patrice Senac Arabella Interiors offers the ultimate in design services, home

and wants of her clients. She says her individual clients are her inspiration. “If someone walks into a room and says ‘Oh, that’s a design by Patrice Senac of Arabella then I am not doing my job,” Patrice says. “My work should always

furnishings, and décor—along with meticulous personal service. Homeowners

reflect my client—not me. The client is always the most important member of

on both the northshore and the southshore have taken advantage of Patrice

my team.”

Senac’s experience as a designer for large and small projects, covering all budgets. Her clients have been much more than just satisfied—they have been delighted with Patrice’s transformation of their homes. One recent client in Lakeview wrote an email saying: “The party was a big success—my family members were in awe of the renovation!!! They kept saying my house looked amazing and should be in a magazine. The new seating area behind the sofa was perfect. You are so talented—thanks so much!”


From new construction to renovation, Patrice works with her clients to find their style and their preferences, and then develops a plan for esthetically-pleasing and functional spaces. Patrice has done design work on everything from yachts to offices to existing homes, as well as new construction homes. She has pleased homeowners in Mandeville, Covington, Metairie, and in many neighborhoods of New Orleans, including Lakeview, Lake Vista, and Bayou St. John. “Sometimes homeowners are so impressed with the transformation that


they cannot believe it is their home. The very best part of what I do is seeing how pleased and happy the client is once their project is completed.” Some of the many services offered include: bath and kitchen design, custom kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities, custom window treatments, bedding and pillows, furniture, artwork, rugs, flooring, interior and exterior paint selection, lighting, space planning, and staging for resale. Patrice studied interior design in college and has a long and growing list 92

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Arabella Interiors is located at 2244 Eleventh Street in Mandeville. 985-727-9787.

Lisa Swords

Bliss Clothing + Home “The first year in business has been wonderful,” says Bliss Clothing + Home owner Lisa Swords. “We are so thankful and looking forward to the Home section of Bliss opening soon!” While Bliss Clothing + Home is newer to Mandeville,

helping them jump outside the box to try something they may not have tried on their own. It’s an amazing joy.” Adding on to that joy, Lisa has been working hard to open the Home counterpart of Bliss right next door. “This expansion

Lisa is no stranger to retail. After graduating from college, she

is going to be so fun! We will be carrying home furnishings

joined the family business. She says, “My family has been in

including furniture, linens, mirrors, and local art by Louisiana

retail as long as I can remember. We owned Strawberry Patch in

and Mississippi artists. We will also have a large selection of gift

Mandeville, which opened in 1981, and Town & Country Bridal,

items.” The bright and airy atmosphere of Bliss Clothing will flow

which we sold in 2016.”

into the Bliss Home side.

When a chic, newly constructed space opened on Highway

“You will be able to go from one store to the next through

22 in Mandeville, Lisa leaped at the opportunity to begin a fresh

a large opening between the two,” says Lisa. “I’ve enjoyed helping

retail venture—Bliss Clothing + Home. “It has been great being

our customers find what they need for special occasions and

back in a retail setting meeting new faces and hugging old ones.

every day. We can’t wait to also help our clients find what they

I’m thoroughly enjoying being back in the ladies clothing industry

want for their homes and gifting, too!”

and thrilled to offer home décor in early May!” Bliss Clothing carries ladies casual and evening wear, including cocktail dresses, day dresses, denim, tops and pants. An array of shoes, jewelry and bags showcases a large selection of accessories. While Lisa enjoys offering an elegant wardrobe of options for her clients, it’s the personal relationship that she loves most. “I adore making women feel great about themselves. I love to help my clients find the perfect outfit,” she smiles. “I also enjoy

Bliss Clothing + Home is located at 4450 Hwy. 22 in Mandeville. 778-2252. May-June 2018 93

Cynthia Cleland Roth Reaching 20 years of practicing law this October, Cynthia Cleland Roth continues

Kit Roth, Clarissa Connolly, Lindsey Kusnick and Juliet Holton Located in the heart of Mandeville, Cloud Nine Boutique has the perfect mix of

to value and build relationships with clients and colleagues as she has done since

deliciously fun gifts, lingerie and party-ready prep for any event. The expert staff can

1998. Roth joined Blue Williams as a partner in 2013. Her litigation practice is focused

help you create the perfect gift box while you sip, shop and have fun with friends. In

on toxic torts, product liability, wrongful death and personal injury while representing

addition to fine lingerie, at Cloud Nine you’ll find luxurious pajamas and chemises,

employers, premise owners, manufacturers and their insurers. As a goal, Roth strives

bridal gifts, accessories, fashion solutions and all the latest that Spanx has to offer.

not only to deliver her clients’ desired results but to also assist them in implementing measures to avoid future legal issues.

Gifts in all categories: luxury small-batch items, Voluspa candles, Tocca perfumes, bachelorette party favors, bridal goodies, travel accessories, Bonfolk socks,

“I enjoy working with clients to prepare strong defense strategies that allow

Sugarfina candies and more surprisingly clever finds. All of these items can be boxed

them to achieve the best possible case result,” says Roth. “I also value the personal

as a gift or shipped directly to the destination of your choice. When you spend $100

relationships I have developed not only with clients, but with colleagues and team

or more, shipping is free. From custom collections to masterfully assembled ready-to-


ship boxes, Cloud Nine has a little something for every occasion.

Yet, for Roth, other relationships in her life are of even greater significance—she and her husband, Brian, have a blended family of six children. “When I began practicing 20 years ago, I equated success with partnership status,” she reflects. “That changed

If you can’t find exactly what you want, the friendly staff will go above and beyond to find or create what you’re looking for to ensure every detail is considered. Within Cloud Nine is the Sky Lounge, a perfect venue for after-hour birthday

after I started a family. Today, I define success as finding balance between making time

parties, lingerie showers, bridal parties, Sweet 16s, or a Girls’ Night Out. The women

for my family, friends and myself, while continuing to effectively address my clients’

who created Cloud Nine want to help you celebrate in style for any occasion. They

legal needs.”

also offer helium balloons for your private parties, or just drop in anytime for a happy

Besides the day-to-day activities of her litigation practice, Roth is also Head of Blue William’s Diversity & Community Action Committee and a member of the

balloon bouquet. Cloud Nine Boutique is the essence of fun—fun that never stops. The staff

Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute and Louisiana

wants each customer to feel special and to adore their gift bag or box. You’ll find

State Bar Association. She is admitted to practice before the Eastern, Middle and

surprises in every niche and a little bit of everything to make your life exciting. Drop

Western District Courts of Louisiana and the Supreme Court of Louisiana.

by for a glass of bubbly and a visit, or just come see what’s new.

Roth obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University in 1993, followed by a certificate from LSU’s Paralegal Studies Program. In 1998, Roth was awarded her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. As she looks at the next 20 years of practice, Roth hopes to continue developing her business and professional relationships.

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Cloud Nine Boutique is located at 1901 Hwy. 190 in Mandeville in Chenier shopping center. 985-951-2299 or email Check us out on Facebook and Instagram @oncloudnineboutique.

medicine and therapeutic laser therapy, a painless, noninvasive technique that promotes increased blood flow to the affected area. “This might be used for healing wounds, chronic ear infections or anything causing inflammation,” the doctor says. When talking about caring for animals, Dr. McHughes’ enthusiasm is obvious, reflecting a passion that began in her childhood on a farm where her family had to do much of the animals’ veterinary care themselves. “I was their caretaker, and I loved that.” Her passion led her to open Crosspoint Veterinary Hospital in September 2015. It also led to the hospital’s accreditation by the American Animal Hospital Association, a distinction shared with only about 12 percent of clinics in the United States and Canada. Accreditation requires adherence to over 900 quality standards in everything from pain management and patient care to team training and medical recordkeeping. The hospital staff also adheres to AAHA’s “fear-free” training,

Christie McHughes, DVM Loving your pets is the easy part. Understanding their needs and the best ways to care for

causing the least amount of stress to patients and clients. With a staff of 13, including an associate

them sometimes requires help. Dr. Christie McHughes of Crosspoint Veterinary Hospital stands

veterinarian, Dr. McHughes is proud of the

ready to be that help.

standards they maintain, yet she cites another

Although assistance often comes in the form of treating illnesses and injuries, her practice

element of her work. “A good veterinarian must

offers much more. Services at Crosspoint include but are not limited to grooming, bathing,

be a good listener, trust the client and listen

boarding, vaccinations, surgery, dental cleanings and emergency and routine care. Striving to

to what they’re telling you. They’ll know their

provide comprehensive health care for pets, Dr. McHughes stresses the importance of disease

pet better than you do,” she says. “Maybe there’s

prevention and of educating their owners.

nothing that shows up on the physical exam, so

When should you take a pet in for medical intervention? “The time is right if a pet is acting differently for any reason—like coughing or vomiting, for example,” says Dr. McHughes.

we have to dig deeper, and you have to be the animal advocate.”

“They are animals of routine. If they’re not following their routine, something is wrong. But it’s not enough to seek medical attention only when your pet is sick.” Having six-month checkups for your dog or cat, feeding them proper diets and keeping up with their vaccines and routine bloodwork are important measures. “Vaccinating is something we’re always studying. Animals have different immune systems from ours, and they stick their noses where they shouldn’t. Scientists have proven our animals are living longer because of proper vaccinating protocols specific to each pet.” As in human medicine, prevention of disease is preferable to treating an existing condition, so Crosspoint offers wellness programs, as well as the latest in diagnostic equipment. Among services available are dental care and radiology, in-house bloodwork, alternative

Crosspoint Veterinary Hospital is located at 70323 LA-1077 in Covington. 888-1566. May-June 2018 95

Martha E. Sassone

CC’s Coffee House® Covington Coffee means many things to many people - enticing aroma, rich taste, cup of ambition, social atmosphere, and tradition. At CC’s Coffee House in Covington, it’s all these things and more. For years, owner Martha Sassone had been a regular patron of the

Nancy Forrest

Metairie CC’s, but things changed when she moved to the north side of the Lake.

Nancy Forrest settled on the northshore in 2009. Born in Connecticut, she

“I realized how much I missed the consistent quality of CC’s coffee and customer

attended college in Massachusetts, then lived in Haiti for 18 years, where she owned

service,” she says. So, she contacted CC’s corporate office, became a licensee, and

a leather factory. After she moved back to the United States , she launched Oh-La-La!,

opened her own shop on the northshore in November of 2017.

a wholesale business selling painted metal decorative accessories made in Haiti.

“Since opening, I’ve learned that many of our loyal guests had missed CC’s

Twenty years later, having often visited friends in Old Mandeville, she decided

Coffee House as well, and they’re excited to have CC’s back on the northshore,”

to head south and soon opened CDN Clothing. Nancy and Veronique, her wonderful

Martha says. “They’re especially excited to know that it’s here to stay.”

sales manager, work hand-in-hand to make CDN not only the most welcoming

CC’s Coffee House, which began in 1995, embraces a tradition built on the

place to shop, but a place where ladies are inevitably pleased with their shopping

Saurage family’s almost 100 years of roasting and selling Louisiana’s favorite

experience—many are repeat customers. They have an extensive inventory, focusing

coffee and weaving that experience into the fabric of local neighborhoods, she

on clothing that’s “flattering but forgiving.” Forrest says that women come not just for

says. The Coffee House, creating its own tradition, is “becoming a place where

a single item but to build their entire wardrobe.

good friends and family gather to share great coffee and conversation, served by people who love their guests.” Besides the espresso classics, CC’s menu includes its signature CC’s Turtle

CDN soon became the go-to spot for unique items on the northshore, from casual to dressy, featuring easy-care, mostly natural fibers and art-to-wear collections in sizes XS-3X. “We get to know our customers, what they like, what looks best on

Mochasippi®, smoothies, Cold Brew, and a variety of breakfast sandwiches and

them,” says Forrest. “Shoppers often say they’ve never seen such a tempting and

freshly baked pastries.

extensive collection.”

Her guests are drawn to CC’s because of the superior quality of the coffee

Forrest distributes a popular weekly email with photos of her newest items.

beans, expertly crafted drinks, and the baristas who are at the core of the guests’

She says, “We also carry a large inventory of ‘Back to Basics’ year-round—such as pull-

experience, Martha says. “It’s the mission of our baristas to ensure that our guests

on pants, go-to tops, leggings and tank tops in several colors. We have a great jewelry

receive what they expect of CC’s – bright smiles and our absolutely finest product

selection, so there’s always a piece to pull your outfit together!”

each time they visit.” For those without time to sit, CC’s in Covington has a drive thru. They can also cater office meetings or parties. And so the tradition grows, as Martha says she has other northshore locations planned for the future.

CDN’s setting is The Walker House, a lovely, rambling historic home. “After four years across the street on Walker Alley, we needed a bigger, more comfortable space and were lucky enough to rent the Walker House,” says Forrest. “Sherry and Charlie Crawford redid the building for us, and now it’s the perfect spot for our customers to feel at home while they shop.”

CC’s Coffee House® is located at 1331 US 190 in Covington. 900-2241. 96

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CDN Clothing is located at 221 Lee Lane in Covington, inside The Walker House. 985-327-7300.

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honest and tell them I wouldn’t do that. I’m a perfectionist and want to make it the best it can be.” On the other hand, she says, “When clients have a special piece they absolutely want to include, I say, if you love it, it works. “It helps immensely that we have a retail design showroom where clients can have their imagination stimulated as they see furnishings and accessories up close, touch fabrics or sit on a chair or couch to get a feel for what they like,” says Jennifer. “We can also take pieces to clients’ homes to show them in their space.” The showroom is a 4,000-square-foot house on Lee Lane in downtown Covington. Charming and bathed in comfortable elegance, the twostory building contains an array of furnishings, window treatments, lighting, accessories, handknotted rugs from Nepal and original art by the Northshore or Greater New Orleans area artists. The second floor holds an intriguing hall of mirrors. “We’re not an ordinary store,” says Jennifer. Neither, apparently, is the customer service she and her staff offer. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to make clients’ experiences amazing.” Jennifer attributes the success of The

Jennifer DiCerbo If what studies show is true—that beauty in our surroundings can positively affect our moods— then you could say Jennifer DiCerbo’s The French Mix is a mood-changing business. With a wealth of expertise in the various aspects of design, style, furnishings and materials at her

French Mix to her partnership with her husband, Thom DiCerbo, who handles business operations; to her love for her work; and to her accessibility to her clients. She says, “Everything we deal with is something that can make a space beautiful. It affects the feel of the home and clients’ day-to-

command, Jennifer is a talented professional who pays close attention to detail. She pays even more

day lives. People should feel happy and love to

attention to her clients and their wishes, in order to accomplish her goal of creating an environment

come home to everything they’ve worked hard for.

that expresses who they are. She takes the time to get to know them, which calls for another kind of

I want them to love it.”

talent—the ability to listen. “It’s also about asking the right questions,” says Jennifer. “My first question is ‘How do you want your space to feel?’” Whether comfortable, welcoming, relaxing or refined, “It’s not always what I expect.” She questions her clients about their lifestyle, how they entertain and about their children, grandchildren or pets. “This gives me the insight to be able to design the space to be, for example, kid friendly or pet friendly.” Jennifer and the design team of her full-service, mid-to-high-end interior design company work within the client’s budget. When clients don’t know their style they want or can describe, Jennifer helps them to create one, consulting various photo resources and listening for what they like and don’t like. She also gently guides clients whose choices include pieces that she knows won’t work. “I’m very

The French Mix by Jennifer DiCerbo Interiors is located at 228 Lee Lane in Covington. 985-809-3152. May-June 2018 99

giving back to one’s community. Happy Feet is a line dance program for teens with specials needs. “It is a great way to promote social interaction among teens. The first time I observed this project, I had to step out,” says Deb. “It’s an amazing thing to see— teens and families coming together, learning to dance and having fun.” Other youth-centric projects of JAS include a Spelling Bee, Literacy Liaisons, Children’s Life Skills, Know Your Child and Hearts United. Slidell Cyber is a fun project that assists residents of Park Provence Senior Care Center in learning to use technology. “Volunteers show them how to view photos on their phones and iPads, as well as texting, social media and emailing. It’s wonderful to see their faces as they view photos of their loved ones—it truly JAS Vice President Judy Heimbuck and President Deb Jones.

Junior Auxiliary of Slidell It all started with a dance. And ever since, the Junior Auxiliary of Slidell has continued to tap along.

enhances their lives.” As Deb reflects on the current 50th year and the future, she says, “We are honored to continue growing our membership and our impact on the community we serve.”

In 1966, while the JAS was a provisional chapter of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, the dance was the group’s first financial project, raising a total of $344.99. The funds enabled the start of the “Nearly New Shop,” a thrift shop for donated clothing and bric-a-brac, on Carey Street in October of the same year. After passing inspection by NAJA, the chapter became active in 1968, and its members have continued to dedicate their hearts and hands to those in need within the community. “From inception, the focus has always been the welfare of others, especially children,” says JAS President Deb Jones. “We find where the need is and create a project to meet it. What is different about us is that we are continuously adding projects as we pass established projects every five years to different organizations in the city.” While celebrating 50 years as a chapter, JAS has not slowed its efforts. Nine important projects are currently underway. The first, Backpacks4Kids, fills the backpacks of 44 preschool through 5th grade students with books and healthy foods every Friday at two local elementary schools. “We were finding that many children were not eating over the weekend—their only meals were at school,” says Deb. “We help 44 students, but there is a need in every school in our community.” The JAS emblem is a five-point crown made up of children, with each point representing a focus of the organization—Charity, Youth, Health, Service and Leadership. With a passion for children, JAS offers additional projects, including Juniors in Service, a mentor program for high school juniors to develop leadership qualities and foster the importance of 100

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The JAS, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit service organization, is a member of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries. NAJA began in 1941 with the meeting of 100 women representing organizations from ten towns in Mississippi and Arkansas to unite the groups, who were all primarily interested in child welfare. To learn more about the Junior Auxiliary of Slidell, visit

reinventing new ways to stay on top. She says, “It’s been a beautiful thing for my family and company.” Now 30 years young, the H2O brand continues to thrive. “We strive to turn our guests’ ordinary days into extraordinary experiences. Our team looks forward to building relationships with our clients while delivering spectacular color and style,” says Heather. “It’s caring about people and making them look and feel beautiful, both inside and out.” Giving back to the community is a part of H2O’s legacy. Heather and her team use their time, talent and treasure to raise money and give to many schools and fundraising activities like the St. Tammany Parish Hospital pediatric fundraiser. In addition to children’s causes, H2O also participates in You Night, which helps with the emotional needs of women overcoming breast cancer. There is one particular cause that is

Heather Mahoney and Holli Gaspard Heather Mahoney believes that success is a byproduct of loving what you do. For Heather and her twin sister, Holli, that belief has been supported for 30 years. Since June 5, 1988, second-generation family entrepreneurs Heather and Holli have

close to Heather and Holli’s hearts. “We are committed to fighting Alzheimer’s disease, because it affected our family,” says Heather. “We decided to ‘be the beauty behind the brain’ by partnering with the Alzheimer’s

been nurturing a business of beauty. Their mother was a salon owner and hair stylist

Association to raise awareness.” Each year,

who instilled in them a strong work ethic, a commitment to others and a drive to go

H2O’s team, the Honey Bunch, participates in

after their passion.

the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising money to

Starting with only eight employees, the dynamic duo expanded quickly, needing a larger location in Old Metairie just seven years later in 1995. “We were right at the cusp of mega spas opening up around the United States,” says Heather. “We were the first in Jefferson Parish to provide not only a full spa, but also hair and makeup services and a successful gift certificate business. We were seeing 1,800 clients a week and grew

find a cure. “We’re proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish,” adds Heather. The message of caring is the heart and soul of the company and has earned Heather’s team the reputation of bringing the inside beauty out in everyone they touch.

our team to 90 employees before Katrina.” After the storm, H2O saw an opportunity to launch another location—this time on the northshore. “Everything was on shaky ground following Katrina, but we were strong and committed to our clients to move forward. We saw it as an opportunity to expand our brand and rebuild our community.” In 2006, H2O Salon opened its doors in Mandeville. Today, with a team of 28, Heather is always

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Ellen Bajon For almost 30 years, timeless has been the focus for Ellen Bajon

Ginger Cangelosi, Melissa Bordelon and Carla Tate Tangipahoa Parish is on the move! As one of the fastest-growing parishes in Louisiana, it is home to Southeastern Louisiana University, Northshore Technical

and her dedicated team. “We approach new-wave trends lightly,” says

Community College and other amazing education choices. Ideally located at the

Ellen. “We are able to design rooms that are traditional, transitional,

intersection of I-12 and I-55, the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport is the

contemporary and more while also keeping it timeless.”

centerpiece of its unparalleled infrastructure. Three women of Tangipahoa work

Ellen’s experienced staff works closely with clients and retail customers to understand their individual wants, needs and style, whether for one room or an entire home. The team can also assist in the design and implementation of new construction and home renovations. With new construction clients, the staff works with all aspects of the project, such as refining plans, recommending sub-contractors and, of course, the aesthetic design of the new home. If clients are

every day to further their missions concerning commerce, tourism and economic development. As the parish continues to grow, Tangipahoa Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Carla Tate ensures that the Tangipahoa Parish CVB is the first stop for visitors and locals alike. The CVB’s mission is to promote Tangipahoa Parish as a destination by attracting meetings, sporting events and tourism as well as contributing to the identity and economic well-being of Tangipahoa Parish. Carla is a lifelong resident of Tangipahoa Parish, attended Southeastern and is a Notary Public. Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Melissa Bordelon

interested in renovating, the team schedules an in-home consultation.

leads the 650-member Chamber, which represents over 20,000 employees in

A new layout is designed to maximize use and functionality of the

Tangipahoa Parish. As the leader of and catalyst for strategies and services which

available square footage, and materials are hand-selected by the

promote economic vitality in the Greater Hammond community, the Chamber is

designer and the client through a collaborative effort.

making a real impact in Tangipahoa Parish. Melissa is a native of Hammond and

The 5,000-square-foot showroom provides a retail experience

a Southeastern graduate. She serves on the Louisiana Association of Chamber of

featuring carefully selected furniture, artwork and accessories.

Commerce Executives Board of Directors and has earned Institute of Organizational

Furnishings can also be custom designed and ordered. “To update a

Management certification.

room, accessories are a great way to do so,” Ellen says. “You should never have to change out an entire look for it to feel new.” In EMB’s Design Studio, the team will work with you to customize a plan to fit your needs. Ellen and her team gather for daily meetings to discuss their client projects, using the talents and strengths of each woman to guarantee a well-rounded, timeless design experience.

In January 2018, Hammond native Ginger Cangelosi became the new Executive Director of the Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation for Tangipahoa Parish Government. TEDF’s mission is to identify opportunities and lead efforts to attract new jobs and investment, enhance the climate for retention and expansion of existing business, address education and workforce development needs, and provide advocacy for economic development public policy on behalf of the parish. A Southeastern graduate, Ginger is currently the chair-elect of the Board of Directors for the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce and a member of LIDEA.

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2018 Polo Chair Elizabeth Westervelt and 2019 Polo Chair Lillie Parrie.

The Junior League of Greater Covington The Harvest Cup Polo Classic is a well-loved event of the Junior League of Greater Covington—and it’s only growing stronger. In 2017, Polo With A Purpose was created to make the Greater New Orleans area more aware of the Harvest Cup Polo Classic’s benefits. JLGC Fund Development Assistant Vice President and Polo Chair Elizabeth Westervelt says:

the event, the JLGC and Polo sponsors and donors gather to bury the bourbon in hopes of good weather on the day of. This year, the bourbon, provided by the New Orleans Bourbon Festival, will be buried on September 21, with the HCPC following on October 21. As 2017 and now-2018 Polo Chair, Elizabeth is hopeful for another

“We arranged a Polo With A Purpose table last year where representatives

successful year of Polo—especially With A Purpose. She says, “I want to inspire,

from our Community Assistance Grant beneficiaries were seated. It was a great

train and lead the JLGC ladies through the fundamentals of this event to

opportunity for Polo patrons to meet the leaders of these organizations that were

ultimately reach our highest potential. I’m working hand-in-hand with Lillie Parrie

benefitting from their ticket purchases and silent auction bids. We awarded seven

this year, who will be the 2019 Polo Chair.

community grants last year including: Hope House, St. Tammany Art Association, St.

“The result is that everyone attending the HCPC has an incredible

Tammany Parenting Center, New Heights Therapeutic Riding Center, St. Tammany

experience. Our sponsors and donors are the backbone of this event, so delivering

Parish Library Foundation, and our signature project, the Children’s Museum of St.

a positive and seamless experience throughout the year is crucial to our success.


My goal is to execute both aforementioned items, so that all our Polo ‘believers’

The first official Polo With A Purpose Grant was also set aside in 2017. “Last year, we awarded the first grant to Kickin’ Parkinson’s in memory of Huey LaPlace,

will come together and make the largest impact on the lives of the women, men and children of St. Tammany who need it most.”

a local polo legend. Diane LaPlace honored her late husband by walking a pony across the field exhibiting Huey’s bridle and saddle with his boots backward in the stirrups during the opening ceremony. It was very special.” As the primary fundraiser for the JLGC, Polo feeds many grants and projects. Elizabeth says, “Each year we assess the current needs of our community and take action to positively impact these areas, so our projects flex with the needs of the community. The generosity given through Polo is how we are able to fund our projects and the reason we are able to carry out our mission and impact the community.” A fun addition to Polo is the Bourbon Bury. Held exactly a month before

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rewritten the employee handbook, improved benefits, added a wellness program, updated uniforms, and has coordinated a holiday party for the staff, their family and friends. “It is an opportunity for me to acknowledge our employees’ hard work in front of their loved ones. They serve the public every day–I want them to be served.” With morale on the rise, the deputy clerks are excited about the changes, which adds to the already exemplary customer service they provide. “Although we are implementing new technology, we will not lose sight of personal service. We are happy to take as many passport photos as you’d like, or show you how to search land records on our public computers!” In addition to Melissa overseeing technology, archives, passports, marriage licenses, birth and death certificates, mortgage certificates and cancellations, land records, civil and criminal departments, and finance (just to name a few), Melissa is the chief elections officer for the Parish. “On Election Day, we can have up to 158 precincts and 800 working

Melissa R. Henry, Clerk of Court

commissioners. I personally train our commissioners

“I wanted this job because I knew that I could make a difference. I knew that I could make it better not

and guidebook. We provide instructions to be used on

and commissioners-in-charge with a presentation

only for the public, but for our deputy clerks,” says St. Tammany Parish Clerk of Court Melissa R. Henry. Since

Election Day, complete with photos on how to arrange

taking office on July 1, 2016, she has done that.

paperwork and folders. To keep the commissioners

In 2011, Melissa began working for the Clerk’s office, training in 8 of the 11 departments and eventually

engaged throughout training, we use election trivia

becoming the Land Records Department Head. Prior to beginning her career at the Clerk’s office, Melissa owned

and humorous skits to illustrate what to do and what

and operated her own mortgage company for 10 years. “I feel that all of my experience has prepared me to serve

not to do during an election.”

as Clerk of Court,” she smiles. “It was a natural fit.” With passion and determination, Melissa has begun to fulfill many of her campaign promises. The first

“We must keep the attitude that ‘We’re all here to serve the public’. I have been very vocal that the

was to bring the office into the 21st century with technology. “I hit the ground running, personally researching

phrase ‘That’s how it’s always been done’ is no longer

software, scheduling demonstrations, and ultimately connecting with Tyler Technologies. Tyler’s Odyssey Case

acceptable. I’m here to revolutionize the Clerk’s office

Management software is a key part of our technology upgrade.

and to deliver the best customer service possible. I

“Odyssey is not software you install out of the box. Tyler has had boots on the ground in our office since October 2017. We are the first office in Louisiana to utilize this software, so Tyler is spending a lot of time

will not allow us to become complacent–we must keep reaching for the stars.”

learning our processes and terminology, as well as the unique requirements of our state. We are committed to learning and using this software to its fullest capacity.” At the forefront of Melissa’s mind is efficiency without compromising quality. With the new case system, the criminal and civil divisions will be able to work hand-in-hand with other agencies, transmitting data digitally and eliminating the need for duplicate entry of information. She explains, “Our judges will have their own part of Odyssey, which will allow them to access files from the bench, review, e-sign and upload documents into our system automatically. Attorneys will be able to walk out of the courtroom and access court documents—saving time and no longer generating mounds of paper.” While Melissa has made vast improvements in technology, budget and overall cooperation with the

The St. Tammany Parish Clerk of Court office is

22nd Judicial District Court, she has also made a better workplace for the 150 on staff. “I’ve told everyone that

located at 701 N. Columbia St. in Covington.

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building a “boutique” brokerage. The fact that they’re not a franchise of a larger company gives Osbon and Everett tremendous flexibility. “We’re able to offer concierge-type service to our clients and provide opportunities for our agents to create business models that might be different from what they’d be tied to with more ‘traditional’ brokerages,” says Everett. In a changing real estate world, this has given them a distinct edge. Both women are deeply rooted in civic, business and political life in West St. Tammany. Philanthropic endeavors include Habitat for Humanity builds, Northshore Home Builders Association, St. Tammany West Chamber, Junior League of Greater Covington, and “Lindsey’s Hits for Kids,” which helps raise money for Miracle League, Northshore.

Kimberly Everett and Kellie Osbon Location, location, location. When Kellie

“We’re imbedded in this community,” says Everett. “We know the schools, sports and recreation

in turn led to repeat business. K2 Realty was

opportunities. We understand how Mandeville,

Osbon’s husband’s company asked where they’d

established in April 2008, and as they celebrate their

Covington and the other towns work. We can meet a

like to live, and she chose Covington, little did she

brokerage’s 10-year anniversary, they’ve grown to

family and know which neighborhoods will fit their

know what fate had in store: an ideal career and a

12 agents. Early on, they retained their motto, “Our


partnership. “My husband works all over, so with a

Community, Our Strength.”

legacy of eight generations of my husband’s family

“We don’t buy leads,” says Osbon. “We haven’t

in St. Tammany Parish, and the lifestyle we wanted

had to. Kim and I have strong ties to the people

for our children, it was the perfect choice.”

and businesses in this area, and our reputation is

Osbon left her ten-year commercial lending

well-established as brokers with extensive market

career to become a full-time mom. When their last

knowledge and a commitment to professionalism.

child entered preschool, she fulfilled a lifelong

We treat our clients the way they deserve to be

dream of combining her professional financial skills

treated, and the rest falls into place.”

with her love of real estate. “I enjoyed real estate, but didn’t get serious until I met Kim,” says Osbon.

By being selective about the agents they bring on board, they’ve enjoyed tremendous success

Visit K2 Realty at 220 Park Place Dr, #202, in Covington. 985-234-9930.

Kim Everett felt the same. “I enjoyed selling real estate,” she says. “But once Kellie and I got together, we knew we’d found a rhythm that no one else had. Everett retired after 16 years with American Airlines. “I discovered I’m not good at sitting still and always wanted to get my real estate license. I started out with a big realty company, but after Katrina hit, I went out on my own with Kellie. We did some networking, met several local developers and came out of the gate running.” Everett and Osbon rode the post-Katrina real estate wave working with commercial and residential clients on new construction and resales. Word of mouth brought a flood of referrals, which March-April 2018 105

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Jenny Berry, MSN, NP-BC

Jane Quillin

“We exist to enhance the natural beauty of our clients. We love making people feel more confident in their own skin,” smiles JOLI Medispa owner Jenny Berry On January 25 of this year, Jenny’s dream came true. Since nursing school, she wanted to own a business in the health and beauty industry. “After obtaining my master’s in nursing in 2010, I began my journey in the world of aesthetics. While working in various critical care settings over the last eight years, I spent substantial time training under some of the most prestigious injectors in the industry. The opportunity to have my own business and partner with women who share the same passion has made this career jump very rewarding.” JOLI Medispa’s namesake means pretty in French. And that is what Jenny and her

Jane Quillin has always been passionate about her faith, but she never envisioned that it would lead her to become a Founding Warrior with Gracewear Collection. Gracewear encourages women to cover themselves in God’s armor through inspirational jewelry and products. Each item contains The Shield of Faith design based on Ephesians 6:10-18 “Put on the Full Armor of God.” Jane works full time as the Business Manager for Inside Publications, is involved in church ministries at Hosanna Lutheran and spends most of her free time with family and friends. Between her husband, three children and two grandchildren, there is not a lot of extra time in Jane’s schedule. In 2017, her boss introduced her

team strive to make their clients feel in a fun and relaxed environment. “Being a new

to Gracewear Collection, and she fell in love with the company and what it stood

business owner, I’ve come to realize how important having the right team can be. You

for. Despite Jane’s busy life, she became the first Warrior (consultant) in Louisiana.

should have people who share your vision, but also represent your business well. I have

Through fundraisers, ministry and faith stories, the Bayou Brigade has started to

found that team in Mea Hickey, BSN, and Emily Geigerman. We bring together different


talents and abilities, offering a full circle of aesthetic experiences to our clients.” To continue providing cutting-edge techniques and products, they regularly attend training courses and self-test treatments to see the expected results prior to adding it to the menu. Services include: Vampire/PRP Facial and Facelifts, PRP Hair Restoration, Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT), Juvederm, Hyaluronic Acid Fillers, Kybella, chemical peels, laser treatments and skincare products (ZO by Zein Obaji, Colorescience, and Rodan & Fields). There are membership options like the Botox Club and Skin Gym, and social events, including Botox and Hydrafacial parties among other procedures, for up to 20 guests. “I love helping clients to look and feel their best,” says Jenny. “I look forward to

What started out as a love for jewelry and the message of the scripture verse has developed into giving back to the community through the sales of Gracewear Collection. Jane has met fellow warriors who are blessing others through their love of this company. Gracewear Collection was started by two sisters in Cashiers, North Carolina. In keeping with their original idea and development of their products, a portion of company sales goes directly to breaking the chains of human trafficking, homelessness and addiction. Their model of charitable giving sets the tone for independent consultants to do the same. “I love jewelry and enjoy getting to meet new people,” says Jane. “Gracewear is a way to start that conversation by wearing and sharing my faith.”

coming to work—each day presents new ways to serve clients and meet new people.”

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“Our goal is for each child to have many experiences to build their self-confidence and their pre-learning skills in order to become lifelong learners.”

–Beverly McQuaid

experiences to build their self-confidence and their pre-learning skills in order to become lifelong learners,” says Beverly. “For this, we create a safe, loving and interesting environment and curriculum.” During a typical day, children are engaged in a theme-based curriculum that incorporates language development, math, science and social studies. For example, Beverly explains, when studying the letter B, depending on the developmental level, they would read language pattern books such as Brown Bear ,

Brown Bear, while for math they may use

Beverly McQuaid

colorful bear counters and for social studies they may identify a particular bear and look at

When Beverly McQuaid chose a career, she didn’t choose an easy one. “There’s nothing

maps and the environment in which they live.

easy about opening and operating a successful pre-school,” she says, “but it comes with so many

The physical fitness element is also included.


Beverly says that after completing yoga poses,

After establishing her first Planet Kids Preschool in Mandeville in 1996, Beverly followed with another in Covington in 1998 and consolidated them in 2004 with a third, the current Planet Kids Academy in Madisonville. This one has earned “Best Preschool” honors for the last eleven years.

the children may go outside and act like bears roaring and roaming the land. PKA has had many triumphs, but what Beverly calls the most rewarding aspect of her

Beverly laughingly pleads “temporary insanity” when asked what prompted her to even think

work is “seeing how children develop through

of attempting to do all she has done. But she’s quick to note how her efforts have been blessed.

the program so successfully. Looking back on so

“God is good all the time. He has worked through us for the last 23 years and continues to do so

many years now, my past students are not only

each day.”

attending graduate school and getting married,

With a graduate degree from Loyola University and teaching experience at Kehoe France in Metairie and then at Isadore Newman in New Orleans, Beverly observed the construction and

but also having children of their own and enrolling them in PKA.That is such an honor.”

start-up of a pre-kindergarten program and began dreaming of having her own small preschool. That small dream has turned into an academy with an enrollment of more than 100 children, a staff of 20 and a building perfectly suited to her mission “to create a fun, safe environment for children to play and learn.” When she began creating the Planet Kids Academy program, she noticed that many all-day “daycares” had little-to-no academics within their programs. Beverly says, “It was as if many felt children could not learn at ages 1, 2, and 3. We changed that. Raising the bar in our industry has always been and still is our focus.” For its pre-academic focus, while using age as one guideline, PKA also considers each child’s physical, emotional and academic developmental level. “Our goal is for each child to have many

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variety of activities! Girls from the Northshore area have been

“In 1983, when we first became camp directors,

that is within each child; to the simple joys of playing,

attending for years, and the good news is that a

laughing and sharing good times with friends in a

Riverview Chaperoned Chartered bus comes to

safe, carefree and wholesome environment year, after

Covington for camper pick-up and return every two-

year, after year.

week session! Most summer campers attend for two

Donna Bares and Susan Hooks

celebrating childhood, and the kindness and goodness

We invite you and your girl(s) to visit our

or more weeks, though there are some one-week

website, Enjoy the information

options available. Once campers—and their parents—

and watch the videos (Riverview has it’s own YouTube

experience Riverview and the peace of mind that

Channel too!) to get a sense of what makes Riverview

comes with a girl’s first visit, they want to return.

“my camp” for so many girls. If you’d like to experience

The girls know that “the camp I know and love

the fun with your daughter(s), consider joining us in

is going to be there for me” with traditions, friends

May or August for a Mother-Daughter weekend. The

and familiar places. They know that each summer

memories you’ll share will last a lifetime. Instagram,

we realized quickly the seriousness of the privilege of

they are welcomed back to “my camp,” a place where

Facebook, YouTube are among the Social Media

providing quality camping for young girls,” says Susan

fun and caring go hand-in-hand, and where girls

pleasures you will want to follow as our friends!

Hooks. At Riverview Camp for Girls we have carefully

feel free to express themselves and extend their

planned everything you are looking for in a perfect

limits without pressure to perform or fear of ridicule.

camp setting. Just off DeSoto Parkway on top of

Because girls grow up meeting other girls from across

Lookout Mountain in Mentone, Alabama—and nestled

the Southeast and the nation, camp offers lifetime

in a bend of beautiful Little River, as well.

friendships and long-term goals since many of the

“This is what I’ve always imagined a camp

campers return as Counselor once they age out of

should be like,” parents and campers tell us, and

camp! In the last 20 years we have given out over

you will agree! Adventure, inspiration, character and

225 “Ten-year blanket awards” at our banquets at the

confidence-building are just a few of the benefits that

end of each session.

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Riverview is a community committed to

Susan and Larry Hooks, Owners and Directors. For more information, call (800) 882-0722. Riverview Camp for Girls, P.O. Box 299, Mentone, AL 35984.

Center has been a treasure trove of patio furniture, fireplace accessories, grills and more. “Our staff is our greatest asset. When someone comes in interested in purchasing a Big Green Egg, for instance, they can talk to them about it, because they own one themselves and can guide them on its use.” Mona and the previous owner, Anna Papp, have known each other for years. “I was an Outdoor Living Center customer before I was owner. I know the quality of the furniture and accessories. It’s all designed to withstand the elements here in Louisiana and comes with generous warranties, some up to 20 years. I enjoy setting up a showroom where customers can come in and see, touch and feel the furniture and see how it will work out in their own spaces. We talk to them about the areas they’re looking to fill and how they will use their spaces. Do you enjoy entertaining and cooking for a crowd? Do you have young children or grandkids, pool, pets? We have a lot of customers who drive from New Orleans because they enjoy our knowledgeable, personalized service. “It can be overwhelming to walk in and see so many choices,” says Mona. “That’s why we are here. We know our merchandise and understand what will provide the look and features a customer

Mona Vinturella

Southland Plumbing Supply/Outdoor Living Center Recently celebrating 50 years in business,

finish they want, we can special order to help them transform their home, inside and out.”

others, Southland Plumbing Supply is proud to

Southland Plumbing Supply, Lighting and

offer a variety of price points, so there is something

Appliances is the only remaining locally owned

for every lifestyle, taste and budget. Mona says,

plumbing supply company in the region. Owner

“Networking with other independent supply houses

Alan Vinturella has recruited his wife, Mona, to

through our buying group has helped Southland

use her interior design degree in showcasing

stay competitive with the larger chains and big box

Southland’s luxury products throughout the years.

stores. Our showroom specialists are constantly

Now, Mona has taken a more active role in the

being trained to know the latest products and

management and showroom design in Metairie

featured offerings and pride themselves on

and Mandeville.

delivering just what the customer wants.”

“Between the two locations we have nearly

wants. And if they don’t see the exact color or

A good thing got even better in August

15,000 square feet of products on display,” says

2017, when Alan and Mona purchased the Outdoor

Mona. With top plumbing brands such as Kohler,

Living Center in Covington. “Outdoor Living Center

Delta, Moen, and Kallista, and thousands of choices

has a wonderful reputation,” says Mona. “We were

in indoor and outdoor lighting, high-end appliances

thrilled to be able to buy a thriving, respected

such as Electrolux, Thermador, Bosch, Miele, and

local business.” For nearly 30 years, Outdoor Living

Southland Plumbing Supply is located at 2321 N. Arnoult Rd., Metairie, 504-835-8411; and 68443 Highway 59, Ste 6, Mandeville, 985-893-8883. Outdoor Living Center is located at 1331 N. Highway 190, Covington, 985-893-8008. May-June 2018 109

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Katherine Hamby

Before the doors of the Northshore Harbor Center were open in May 2005, Kathy Lowrey was working. As the Sales and Marketing Manager, she successfully negotiated significant contracts that allowed the facility to move forward with a steady revenue stream after Hurricane Katrina’s devastation and continued to establish a strong client base. In 2007, she was promoted to General Manager, where she has served as the catalyst for successful business development and overall growth. “I love being a part of what the Harbor Center brings to the community. It is truly special,” says Kathy. “We are where they come to enjoy so many of the happy moments in their lives—creating memories, whether a recital, prom, holiday concert or festival with family or a senior luncheon.” Kathy’s commitments extend beyond her duties at the Harbor Center. She currently serves on the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, is President of the Slidell Women’s Health Alliance, Secretary and 2020 Presidential nominee for the Rotary Club of Slidell, a 2009 Leadership Northshore graduate, a Habitat for Humanity Women’s Build Rosie, past president of the Slidell Women’s Civic Club, and a volunteer and coordinator of the East St. Tammany Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program. Kathy was also recipient of the 2014 Athena Leadership Award and served as the Krewe of Slidellians Queen Samaritan LXIII in recognition of her service to the community. She balances her career and volunteer work with spending time with her husband, Bruce, and their four children. “Whether business or social, for 25 or 2,000, our expert team offers a level of service rarely seen. We invite you to experience the Northshore Harbor Center. Once you do, you’ll understand that we’re not just renting a building—we are setting the standard for service.”

Katherine Hamby has always loved The Oasis Day Spa—even in the years before she owned it. It was the constant place she and her friends could go to relax and rejuvenate; to escape the stresses of life. That’s why it was a no-brainier when Hamby and her husband were looking for a business opportunity. The Oasis Day Spa was on the market, and they quickly purchased the successful spa. Now, ten years later, she enjoys sharing all the luxury and pampering The Oasis is known for with her own loyal customers. “The Oasis Day Spa has always enjoyed a great reputation,” says Hamby. “When I took it over, I wanted to maintain the excellent quality of services and nurturing environment. I wanted to provide a tranquil, caring place for my customers and my employees.” Judging by the low turnover of employees and the enthusiastic referrals her customers freely give, she’s succeeded on both fronts. The Oasis has private lounges, with separate facilities for women and men. Before your spa service begins, an initial consultation is held to find out exactly what you’re looking for. “Everyone comes with a unique need, and we’re able to cater to each area of concern,” says Hamby. “Our staff is extremely dedicated, and we’ve been lucky to enjoy a very low turnover rate, adding to the level of experience of our service providers.” The Oasis offers a full menu of massage, nail and skin services, as well as waxing and tinting, wrinkle removal and more. Hamby is the mother of two young children. When not at The Oasis helping others escape the stresses of day-to-day life, she enjoys cooking and entertaining while spending quality time with her family—hoping to take full advantage of the joys of an all-too-small window of childhood.

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The Oasis Day Spa is located at 1357 N. Causeway Blvd. in Mandeville, 985-624-6772.

Hannah Patel There’s no job that My Hospitality owner Hannah Patel hasn’t done. “I started off by sweeping the grounds

They have definitely earned their positions, and I could not be more proud.” Hannah’s northshore properties include

In addition to taking care of employees and guests, My Hospitality is sure to partner with businesses in the area when hospitality needs arise.

outside. I eventually worked my way into

Holiday Inn Covington, Holiday Inn Express

“One of our biggest advantages for all our hotels

housekeeping, laundry, being a desk agent and then

Covington, Comfort Suites Mandeville, Hampton Inn

is that we have locally managed direct billing

management,” says Hannah. “I have done it all, and I

Covington, Candlewood Suites Slidell, Holiday Inn

accounts with all of the big companies on the

believe that sets an example for our employees and

Express Slidell, and Comfort Inn and Suites Slidell.

northshore and New Orleans. They’re able to send

general managers. I’m willing to step in and help.”

And on the southshore, Holiday Inn Express New

their guests coming through to us and simply get


invoices at the end of the month.”

Hannah, her husband and brother-in-law have been developing, constructing and managing hotel

“There’s a common misconception that

So, whether finding a place for visiting family

properties from Louisiana to Alabama for ten years.

our hotels are just another franchise coming in

to stay during the holidays, or colleagues attending

They began in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and have

that doesn’t care about the community, but that

a conference, My Hospitality offers a range of

continued to buy land throughout the southeast,

isn’t true,” Hannah explains. “We are local and

properties and locations to fit your needs. “We are a

making it one of the fastest-growing, privately-held

community-oriented, striving to create memorable

family here and hope to make every guest feel like

hotel management companies in the nation. “I

stays for our guests and lasting careers for our

a part of it, too.”

love the hospitality industry and working with our

associates, who live in these very communities.”

team—they are the best,” she says. My Hospitality’s hotel general managers are

When the My Hospitality team isn’t serving their guests, they are serving their communities.

promoted from within as a meritocracy. “All eight of

This year, you will see the general managers, as

our local general managers, who are all women, are

well as Hannah and other members of the team, at

accomplished executives who started as front desk

the Northshore Heart Walk benefiting the American

agents,” says Hannah. “We are proud that 80 percent

Heart Association on May 5. “Our team is fierce. They

of our team is female. These powerful women are

are fiercely hardworking and fiercely loyal—I love

supporting families through their excellent work.

these ladies.”

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From 2006 to 2008, Jennifer and Douglas continued to grow the business to ten dealerships before a manager asked them to learn body and paint work. So, they did. After flying out to California to learn, they came home to a small body shop in 2009 followed by a 6,000-square-foot building in 2011—only to grow out of it in three years. “In 2014, we built a state-of-the-art building to better serve our customers as a full-collision service center.” The duo’s knack for business and treating others well pushed the business into a second location in Lafayette. “It was just last year that a major corporation offered to buy our businesses, but we chose to keep our northshore shop,” she says. “We enjoy running this business and raising our two children, Joseph, 17, and Jadyn, 9, here.” For Jennifer, her favorite part of the business is being hands-on. “If I break a nail, that’s okay! I love getting my hands dirty and focusing on quality control. It’s great to see and know exactly what kind of quality is coming out of our shop. “As we continue in business, we keep God first and give him all the glory, because without him, we would not have anything.”

Jennifer Puipuro “A vehicle can be replaced; the person cannot,” says Prestige Auto Body owner Jennifer Puipuro. “That may sound crazy, because vehicles are our business, but we have that mindset with every part of it. We don’t worry about the vehicle. We ask, ‘Are you okay?’” While a collision shop is not a desirable place to go, Jennifer and her team aim to make it better when you have to visit. She says, “It makes a difference how people are approached throughout the entire collision process. People often walk in down about their vehicle. We try to make them feel important, going above and beyond what most body and collision centers do.” At 22, Jennifer and her husband, Douglas, started out with a retail detailing company. She began marketing his business to commercial dealerships in 2003, drastically growing from one dealership contract to three before Katrina hit in 2005. “We went to Florida for the storm, mostly because we did not know what to expect, and secondly, to have a vacation,” she reflects. “When the storm passed, Hood Chevrolet called asking where our guys were because they needed us. We trusted in God and felt like he was leading us back.” 112

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Prestige Auto Body is located at 68688 Hwy. 59 in Mandeville. 635-4463.


Natalie Childress, daughter of Rick and Susie Childress, and Dylan Persson, son of Pete and Shelly Persson, married at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in New Orleans. The Rev. John G. Restrepo, O.P., officiated the ceremony. The bride was accompanied by her sisters, maids of honor Abby and Kaitlin Childress, and bridesmaids Shannon McDuff, Beth Turansky, Haleigh Whittington, Francesca Roy and Kelsey Lacaze. The groom’s best men, Ryan Erickson and Dolapo Ogunniyi, accompanied him, as well as groomsmen Corey Benefiel, Matthew Coumes, Dakota Conravey, Ryan Fox and Blake Forrest. Following the ceremony, family and friends gathered at the Metairie Country Club. Guests enjoyed bride’s cake by Swiss Bakery and groom’s cake by Nonna Randazzo’s. After dancing the night away with music from DJ Jeff Tircuit of Mobile Beat, the newlyweds enjoyed a weekend honeymoon in the French Quarter and will travel to Italy in June. 114

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O’Shea-Martin Shannon Lea O’Shea and Jesse Richard Martin celebrated the sacrament of marriage at a nuptial mass at St. Louis Cathedral. The bride is the daughter of Patrick and Tammy Gennusa O’Shea and Julie Risbourg O’Shea of Mandeville. The groom is the son of James Martin and the late Teresa Gilbert of West Monroe. The bride’s dress was a custom gown designed by Martina Liana that featured a beaded bodice and fitted skirt accented by a cathedral train. She was attended by her maid of honor and sister, Katie O’Shea; the groom’s sister, Hannah Mayes; and close friends, all of whom wore emerald green and carried bouquets from Lakeview Florist. A reception followed on the New Orleans’ riverfront at Marche. After a spirited second line to Marche, the wedding party danced the night away to the sounds of local favorite, The Top Cats. The tiered cake was from Swiss Confectionary. The night ended with guests enjoying a New Orleans’ tradition—Lucky Dogs! The bride and her attendants enjoyed prewedding pampering at the Bourbon Orleans, with makeup from About Face Mandeville. The Girls in Black Events served as coordinator and day-of planner.

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Photography in All Forms Photography in All Forms by Charles E. Leche opened in the lovely fireplace setting of the Atrium Gallery at Christwood. The opening reception was enjoyed by friends, family, residents and members of the arts community. This is the first solo exhibit by amateur photographer Leche. It is truly an eclectic collection, featuring subjects of all kinds—from birds to buildings to statues to people to events—in various sizes and colors.

Hogs for the Cause Hogs for the Cause closed out its biggest fundraiser to date with three days of sell-out crowds from over 40 states. The 10th Annual Ben Sarrat Jr. Cook-Off featured 85 teams this year. The BBQ competitors vied for the title of Grand Champion, along with champions in the categories of Whole Hog, Ribs, Pork Butt/ Shoulder, and Porkpourri (anything pork) divisions. High on the Hog Grand Champion was awarded to northshore team The Swine Krewe, led by Boss Hog Rick Murphy.

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The St. Tammany West Chamber of Commerce’s Northshore Young Professionals group gathered at the Holiday Inn Covington for an informational luncheon featuring speaker Dr. Tommy Karam, Department of Marketing Senior Instructor at LSU. Dr. Karam discussed Managing Your Personal Brand with the NYPs as they enjoyed lunch.

Hound Get Down

photos courtesy: STHS

The St. Tammany Humane Society spent a sunny Sunday at The Lakehouse in Mandeville for a patio party and adoption event after the pup parade on the Lakefront. The day was a huge success for rescued pets, with Ripley, Ellie, Fleet, Boots, Belle, Cloud, Phoenix and Amelia finding their forever home! Susie Kaznowitz, STHS Director of Marketing & Community Outreach, says: “We extend a huge thank you to The Lakehouse for hosting the adoption event as well as to the volunteers and adopters who came out. We are an independent, no-kill animal rescue, and the support of the community is vital to continuing our mission.”


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Chef Soirée 2018, presented by Chevron, kicked off under sunny skies at the Covington Trailhead. The event included a culinary showcase of food and beverages from dozens of the northshore’s most popular restaurants and beverage purveyors. The event’s VIP sponsors, including Chevron, Banner Ford, Hancock and Whitney Bank, the J. Edgar Monroe Foundation, and others enjoyed a reception at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center before the event. The Bayou Liberty Jazz Band provided musical entertainment, then led the VIP guests in a grand parade to the gate opening. At Chef Soirée, guests enjoyed live music on the Hancock and Whitney Bank Stage from Louisiana Spice, followed by Groovy 7. The Wagners, followed by New Suit, energized the crowd with their performances on the YSB’s Trailhead Stage. A highlight of the evening was the highly anticipated announcement of the winner of the Chef Soirée Raffle, sponsored by Banner Ford. Scot Roy purchased the winning ticket for the 2018 Ford Mustang, which was drawn by Rick Flick, Banner Ford CEO. Chef Soirée benefits the Youth Service Bureau’s programs of advocacy, counseling, education and intervention, helping at-risk youth reach their full potential. 120

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3 1. Sarah Beth Williamson, Margaret Rivera and Sarah Broome celebrating a South Louisiana tradition of crawfish on Good Friday. 2. Josh Growden and Hayden Harris. 3. Victoria Ellinghausen and Shelly Ellinghausen. 4. H2O team members at the Get Off Your Attitude training event with Ryan C. Lowe. 5. St. Tammany Parish Public Schools and


Superintendent Trey Folse being recognized


for Excellence in School Safety and Prevention Award at the Crimestoppers’ 33rd annual Awards Luncheon in New Orleans. 6. Saint Paul’s senior members of the varsity basketball team, District 6 5A champions, thanked their parents for years of support at their last regular season game in the Gene Bennett Sports Complex. 7. Members of the North Oaks Business Development team celebrating receiving a Best Site Design 5


Distinction Award at the 18th annual eHealthcare Leadership Awards. 8. Laurie Spurlin, Slidell Mayor Fredyy Drennan and Richard Totorico at the grand re-opening of Oak Park Slidell. 9. Artists and STPH staff at the Healing Arts “A Brilliant Hope” opening reception at St. Tammany Parish Hospital. 10. The St. Tammany Art Association announcing the 2018 Board of Directors. 11. Margaret Lessor, Donna Brown and Alexandra Steinberg at the Classic CoCo



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Vintage Chanel Trunk Show at Ballin’s LTD.

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1 1. Nick Arnold, Susan Blanchard, John Alford, John Pell, Mark Blanchard, Chris Blanchard and Caroline Ragon donating $100,000 to the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center on behalf of the Benjamin Blanchard Memorial Foundation. 2. Speakers at the Louisiana Fosters luncheon at First Baptist Church in Covington. 3. Artist Rhonda Alleman with Beth Assaf at Rug Chic’s Lee Love Local event. 4. Exchange Club President Jacob Butcher and member Clay Madden “plant”



a pinwheel garden at the St. Tammany Parish Justice Center to kickoff Child Abuse Prevention month. 5. Lilly Elizabeth Westervelt and Lillie Parrie getting fit in Lilly Pulitzer as they gear up for Polo. 6. Christ Episcopal School theater cast and crew members celebrating their successful production of Cinderella. 7. Nicole and Josh Allison at the Le Moyne de Beinville Club Spring Party. 8. Kyle Kent, Brian Masters, Crystal Ferris and Michael Hunley celebrate the Grand Opening of Rehab Dynamics’ new location off Falconer Drive in Covington.



9. The H2O team at a British Barber’s Association Men’s Shaving Class with Gary Machin. 10. Fifteen members of the Covington High School Tennis Team volunteering at this year’s 29th Annual Cajun Classic Wheelchair Tennis Tournament. 11. The Ladies Altar Society’s Barbara Schmitt, Teenie Bajon and Linda Musso from St. Louis King of France in Baton Rouge donating $2,300 to Abbot Justin Brown for flood recovery efforts at Saint Joseph Abbey.





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IN Great Taste by Yvette Jemison

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES appear fancy with their beautiful exterior and their creamy interior. One would think that something so luxurious should be difficult to prepare. The truth is chocolate truffles couldn’t be easier to make. Ganache, the truffle base, can be prepared with as few as two ingredients by simply mixing cream and chocolate. Using a good quality chocolate with 62 percent cacao is key— choosing a quality chocolate will result in a superb texture and flavor. Avoid using chips that have stabilizers to help keep their shape, as this could result in a grainy texture. Be prepared to get your hands full of chocolate when making truffles. The fun begins when you roll the ganache in toppings ranging from traditional unsweetened cocoa powder to chopped nuts or crushed toffee. Be creative with your flavor combinations, and you’ll see that it’s quite simple to create decadent chocolates. Offer these easy-to-prepare truffles as a special treat for mom, a gift for the graduate or as an after-dinner dessert.


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Chocolate Truffles

Simply the perfect bite-size treat!

Chocolate Truffles Servings: 5 dozen truffles 10 ounces chocolate (62 percent cacao), finely chopped 1 1/4 cups heavy cream Assorted coatings such as: unsweetened cacao powder, cacao nibs, toasted coconut, finely chopped pecans, finely chopped roasted and salted pepitas, crushed toffee, dried chili mango.

1. Place chocolate in a medium bowl. Line two baking sheets with parchment or wax paper. Pour toppings into shallow dishes. 2. In a small sauce pan on medium heat, simmer cream until bubbles form around the edges of the pan. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate. Let sit until chocolate is melted, 3 minutes. 3. Stir well until combined and glossy. Pour into an 8x8 baking pan or a pie dish. Refrigerate until firm enough to scoop, 3 hours. 4. Using a small spring release scoop or a spoon, scoop out a teaspoon of ganache. Drop onto a lined baking sheet and repeat with remaining ganache. 5. Form chocolate into balls with the palm of your hands and roll truffles in your choice of coatings. If ganache becomes too soft to form, refrigerate until firm enough to handle. 6. Place coated truffles on the second lined baking sheet and refrigerate until firm. Transfer to an airtight container, placing wax paper or parchment between layers, and store in the refrigerator. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour before serving. Do Ahead: Ganache can be made 3 days ahead; keep covered and refrigerated. Truffles can be made 1 week ahead; store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Mocha Truffles To make mocha truffles, substitute 1/4 cup strong coffee for 1/4 cup heavy cream. For more recipes and the cookbook Entertain Effortlessly Gift Deliciously, go to and follow on Instagram @y_delicacies. May-June 2018 125

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809-3880. Seafood, po-boys, steaks.

MCC: Major credit cards accepted

Carreta’s Grill, 70380 Hwy. 21,

ME: Menu Express delivery

871-6674. Great Mexican cuisine and

RR: Reservations recommended

margaritas served in a family-friendly

Lunch, dinner. MCC.

atmosphere for lunch and dinner. Kids ABITA SPRINGS

eat free every Wednesday! Private

Abita Brew Pub, 72011 Holly St.,

events and catering also provided.

892-5837. Good fun and great MCC.

beer. On the Trace. Lunch, dinner. MCC.

CC’s Coffee House, 1331 N Hwy 190., 900-2241. Catering, coffee,

Abita Springs Café, 22132 Level

pastries and more. Open 7 days a

St., 400-5025. Open 7 days a week.

week. Easy drive thru.



Camellia Café, 69455 Hwy. 59,

The Chimes, 19130 W. Front St.,

809-6313. Traditional seafood and

892-5396. Catering, Sunday brunch,

New Orleans cuisine. thecamelliacafe.

daily lunch specials, 72 beers on tap.

com. MCC.

Lunch and dinner. MCC.

Mama D’s Pizza & More, 22054 Hwy. 59, 809-0308. Lunch, dinner.

Coffee Rani, 234-A Lee Ln., 893-

6158. Soup and salad specialists. MCC.

COVINGTON Abita Roasting Company,

Columbia St. Tap Room & Grill,

1011 Village Walk, 246-3345.

434 N. Columbia St., 898-0899.

Lunch, dinner. covingtontaproom. com. MCC, ME.

Acme Oyster House, 1202 Hwy. 190, 246-6155. Lunch, dinner.

Copeland’s. 680 N. US 190, 985- MCC.

809-9659. Creole. MCC. RR.

Albasha, 1958 Hwy. 190,

Dakota Restaurant, 629 N. Hwy.

867-8292. Mediterranean cuisine.

190, 892-3712. Contemporary MCC.

Louisiana cuisine using local and seasonal ingredients.

Annadele’s Plantation, 71518 MCC, RR.

Chestnut St., 809-7669. Yellow fin tuna, domestic lamb & much more.

Del Porto Restaurant, 501 E. Boston MCC, checks.

St., 875-1006. Northern Italian cuisine. MCC, RR.

bacobar, 70437 LA-21, 893-2450. International street food with South

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 69292 Hwy.

Louisiana soul.

21, 871-2225. Locally-owned and


-operated franchise. Kids eat free on Sundays. MCC.

Bear’s Restaurant, 128 W. 21st St., 892-2373. Best po-boys in the world.

DiCristina’s Restaurant, 810 N.


Columbia St., Ste. C, 875-0160. Italian and seafood.

Beck ‘n’ Call Cafe, 534 N. New


Hampshire, 985-875-9390. Lunch Cafe, Breakfast. MCC.

DiMartino’s, 700 S. Tyler St., 2766460. Great food and reasonable


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Bud’s Broiler, 1250 N. US 190, 985-

prices. Lunch, dinner.

803-8368. Hamburgers. MCC.


Buster’s Place, 519 E. Boston St.,

Don’s Seafood Hut, 126 Lake

i Dr., 327-7111. Lunch and dinner. MCC, checks. MCC.












Raising Canes, 1270 N. Hwy. 190,

Cuisine, 108 N.W Railroad Ave., 419-

809-0250. Chicken fingers, crinkle-cut

9990. Festive Mexican atmosphere,

Megumi of Covington,

fries, coleslaw, texas toast, signature

fresh food from traditional recipes,

The English Tea Room, 734 Rutland

1211 Village Walk, 893-0406.

secret dipping sauce. Dine-in, to-go

outstanding service and value. Live

St., 898-3988. Authentic English

and catering. MCC.

music. Lunch and dinner seven days a

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers,

Sala Thai, 315 N. Vermont St., 249-

cream teas. Mon-Sat, 7:30am-6pm. MCC, RR.

week. MCC. 1645 Hwy. 190, 327-5407. Salads,

6990. Sun-Thurs, 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat,

Tommy’s on Thomas, 216 W.

Fat Spoon Café, 2807 N Highway

pizzas, calzones. 20 craft beers on

11am-10pm.Lunch buffet weekdays,

Thomas St., 350-6100. Pizza, pastas.

190., 893-5111. Breakfast, Lunch,

tap. Open 7 days a week. Lunch and

11am-3pm. MCC.

Lunch, dinner.

Tues-Sun. 7am-2pm. Breakfast

dinner. MCC.

MCC, checks. The Scotts at the Southern Hotel,

severed until 10:30 on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday. Reserve

Mugshots Grill & Bar, 300

428 E Boston. Coffee kiosk with

Tope là, 104 N. Cate St., 542-7600.

Fat Spoon Café for your next party.

River Highlands Blvd., 893-2422.

Scott’s coffee, crepes and fresh wraps.

Contemporary delights. MCC.

Daily, 6:30am-2pm.


Gallagher’s Grill, 509 S. Tyler

New Orleans Food and Spirits, 208

Sugarbear’s Sweet Shop, 100

Yellow Bird Café, 222 E. Charles St.,

St., 892-9992. Lunch, Tues-Sat

Lee Ln., 875-0432. Family owned and

Tyler Square, 276-2377. Creative

345-1112. A great place to start your

11:30am-2:30pm. Dinner, 5-9:30pm.


cakes and assorted sweets. Tues-Sat.

day. Breakfast, lunch. MCC, checks. MCC.


Garcia’s Famous Mexican Food,

Nonna Randazzo’s Italian Bakery

Sweet Daddy’s, 420 S. Tyler St.,

La Provence Restaurant, 25020

200 River Highlands Blvd., 327-7420.

and Cafè, 2033 N. Hwy. 190, Ste.

898-2166. Pulled pork, brisket and ribs.

Hwy. 190, 626-7662. Dinner, Sunday

5, 893-1488. Full service, year-round MCC, ME.



Glory Bound Gyro Company, 500

bakery. Luncheon salads, panini,

River Highlands Blvd., Ste. A, 871-

catering, donuts, kingcakes, cupcakes

Tchoupstix, 69305 LA Hwy. 21, 985-

0711. A new age American restaurant

and wedding cakes. Tues-Sun, open at

892-0852. Japanese. MCC.

concept with Mediterranean influences.

7am. MCC. Osaka West, 804 N. US 190, 871-

Sal & Judy’s, 27491 Hwy. 190, 8829443. Veal is the house specialty.

TCBY, 70488 Hwy 21, 892-9000 tcby. MCC. The Green House Salad Co, 104

MCC, checks. RR. MCC, RR.


8199. Japanese. MCC. Vasquez Seafood & Po-Boys, 515

Abita Roasting Company, 504 Water

Ox Lot 9, 428 E Boston St., 400-

E. Boston St., 893-9336. Cuban

St., 246-3340.

5663. Hotel. Dinner, Sunday brunch.

sandwiches and more. vazquezpoboy. MCC.

com. MCC, checks, ME.

Papi’s Fajita Factory of Covington,

Yujin Japanese Restaurant and

1331 N. Hwy. 190 Ste. 100, 893-1382.

Sushi Bar, 323 N. New Hampshire

La Carreta Authentic Mexican

Kids eat free on Tuesday nights. Open

St., 809-3840. MCC.

Cuisine, 812 Hwy. 190, 624-

7 days a week for lunch and dinner.

2990. Festive Mexican atmosphere,


Lake Dr, 898-6380. Signature salads made to order. MCC. Italian Pie, 70488 Hwy. 21, 8715252. Dine in or carry out. italianpie. com. MCC, checks.

Hwy. 21, 845-9940. Lunch, dinner,

fresh food from traditional recipes, Pardos, 69305 Hwy. 21, 893-3603.

music. Lunch and dinner seven days a

Lunch, Tues-Fri; Dinner, Tues-Sun;

week. MCC.

Happy hour, Tues-Fri, 4-7pm. Private

Morton’s Boiled Seafood & Bar, 702 Water St., 845-4970. Lunch,

Zea Rotisserie & Grill, 110 Lake Dr., MCC.

dinner. MCC, checks. Orlando’s, 304 Hwy. 22 West, 985845-4446. Seafood. MCC.


parties and catering. pardosbistro.

Brady’s, 110 SW Railroad Ave., 542-

Water Street Bistro, 804 Water St.,

com. MCC.


985-845-3855. Contemporary Creole.

Pat’s Seafood Market and Cajun

Don’s Seafood & Steak House,

4992. Lunch, Mon-Fri; Dinner, Fri-Sat. Closed Sundays.

Tues-Fri. MCC.

327-0520. Inspired American food.

outstanding service and value. Live

Lola, 517 N. New Hampshire St., 892-

Keith Young’s Steakhouse, 165

MCC. Deli, 1248 N. Collins Blvd., 892-7287.

1915 S. Morrison Blvd., 345-8550.

Mac’s On Boston, 324 E. Boston St.,

Jambalaya, gumbo, stuffed artichokes. MCC.

985-892-6550. Contemporary Creole.

MCC, checks, ME.

190, #7, 985-951-2246. Breakfast. Jacmel Inn, 903 E. Morris St., 542-


MANDEVILLE Another Broken Egg Cafe, 1901 US MCC.

PJ’s Coffee & Tea Co., 70456 Hwy.

0043. Fresh fish, small plate classics,

Mattina Bella, 421 E. Gibson St.,

21, 875-7894. Catch your morning

house cut steaks, Sunday brunch.

The Barley Oak, 2101 Lakeshore Dr.,

892-0708. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

buzz at this convenient drive-thru! MCC.

727-7420. Serving 130 styles of beer,

MCC, checks.

Catering. MCC.

call and premium liquors. Lunch and Kirin Sushi, 223 S. Cate St., 542-

McAlister’s Deli, 206 Lake Dr., Ste.

Pizza Man of Covington, 1248 N.

15, 898-2800. Great sandwiches,

Collins Blvd., 892-9874. Checks, ME.

salads, overstuffed potatoes.

dinner. MCC.

8888. MCC. Beach House, 124 Girod, 985La Carreta Authentic Mexican

624-9331. Neighborhood Cafe.


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Express lunch and daily lunch specials

Dinner, Tues-Sat 5-9:30pm.

fresh food from traditional recipes,

under $10. Mon-Thurs, 11am-9pm;

outstanding service and value. Live

Bistro Byronz, 1901 Highway 190,

Fri-Sat, 11am-10pm. kgeesrestaurant.

985-951-7595. American. MCC.

com. MCC.

music. Lunch and dinner seven days a Pinkberry, 3460 Hwy. 190, 612-7306.

week. MCC.

Pinkberry is the original tart frozen Bosco’s Italian Café, 2040 Hwy. 59,

La Carreta Authentic Mexican

yogurt with premium fresh fruit and dry


Cuisine, 1200 W. Causeway


App., 624-2990. Festive Mexican

SLIDELL A Touch of Italy Café, 134 Pennsylvania Ave., 639-0600. Lunch,

Café Lynn Restaurant and

atmosphere, fresh food from traditional

PJ’s Coffee & Tea Co., 2963 Hwy.


Catering, 2600 Florida St., 624-9007.

recipes, outstanding service and value.

190, 674-1565. Catering. pjscoffee.

MCC, checks.

Casual fine dining for lunch, dinner and

Live music. Lunch and dinner seven

com. MCC.

Sunday brunch by Chef Joey Najolia.

days a week.

Tues-Fri, lunch: 11am-3pm. Dinner,


5pm. Catering provided. cafelynn. com. MCC.

La Madeleine, 3434 US 190, 985-

Assunta’s, 2631 Covington Hwy., Pontchartrain Po-Boys, 318 Dalwill

985-649-9768. Italian.

Dr., 985-626-8188. Sandwiches.


MCC. Bear’s Grill & Spirits, 550 Gause

626-7004. French. MCC. Coffee Rani, 3517 Hwy. 190, 674-

Raising Canes, 3801 Hwy. 22, 674-

Blvd., 201-8905. Po-boys and more.

The Lakehouse, 2025 Lakeshore

2042. Chicken fingers, crinkle-cut fries, MCC.

Dr., 626-3006, events 778-2045.

coleslaw, texas toast, signature secret

Coscino’s Pizza, 1809 N. Causeway

Restaurant open. Call for reservations.

dipping sauce. Dine-in, to-go and

Blue Bayou Cafe, 1101 East Howze

Blvd., 727-4984. Italian. MCC. MCC.

catering. MCC.

Beach Rd., 985-649-3264. American.

El Paso Mexican Grill, 3410 US 190,

LaLou, 200 Girod St., 985-231-7125.

Rip’s on the Lake, 1917 Lakeshore

624-2345. Daily specials, happy hour,

Breakfast. MCC.

Dr., 727-2829.

Little Tokyo, 590 Asbury Dr., 504-

Rusty Pelican, 500 Girod

Fat Spoon Café, 68480 Hwy. 59.,

727-1532. Japanese. littletokyosushi.

St., 778-0364. Lunch, dinner.

Bonnie C’s, 1768 Front St., 985-288-

809-2929. Breakfast served until

com. MCC. MCC.

5061. Creole Homestyle. MCC.

Saturday and Sunday. Reserve Fat

Liz’s Where Y’At Diner, 2500 Florida,

SWEGS Kitchen, 4350 Hwy 22, Ste

Camellia Cafe, 525 Hwy. 190, 649-

Spoon Cafe for your next party.

985-626-8477. Breakfast, Diner. MCC.

H, Mandeville, 951-2064. Healthy pre-

6211. MCC.

0560. Soup and salad specialists.


2-7pm. MCC.

Blue House Grill, 2170 Gause Blvd W., 985-288-5544. Sandwiches. MCC.

10:30am on weekdays and all day MCC.

made comfort food. SwegsKitchen. Mande’s, 340 N. Causeway App.,

com, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.

Carreta’s Grill, 137 Taos St., 847-0020.

Fazzio’s Seafood & Steakhouse,

626-9047. Serving breakfast and


Great Mexican cuisine and margaritas

1841 N. Causeway Blvd., 624-

lunch, daily specials.

9704. Fresh fish daily, aged beef,

served in a family-friendly atmosphere for Taqueria Corona. 1901 US 190. 985-

traditional Italian. Lunch, dinner.

Mandina’s, 4240 Hwy. 22 in Azalea MCC, ME, RR.

Square Shopping Center, 674-9883.

Copeland’s, 1337 Gause Blvd., 985-

Seafood, Creole and Italian. Lunch and

Taqueria La Noria. 1931 LA 59. 985-

Franco’s Grill,100 Bon Temps

dinner, Mon-Sat. mandinasrestaurant.

727-7917. Mexican. MCC.

Roule, 792-0200. Fresh organic foods


for breakfast, lunch and takeout. MCC.

New Orleans Hamburger &

lunch and dinner. MCC.

778-2135. Mexican. MCC. 643-0001. Creole. MCC. El Paso Mexican Grill, 1100 Robert TCBY, 1680 HWY 59 #100, 626-4770

Blvd, 445-1450. Daily specials, happy MCC.

hour. MCC.

Times Bar & Grill, 1896 N. Causeway

Felipe’s Taqueria, 176 Town Center

Blvd., 626-1161. Lunch, dinner.

Pkwy., 985-288-1210. Mexican. ME, MCC. MCC.

Seafood Co., 3900 LA 22, 985-624George’s Mexican Restaurant,

8035. Sandwiches. MCC.

1461 N. Causeway Blvd., 626-4342. Family owned. Fajitas, George’s

Nuvolari’s, 246 Girod St., 626-5619.

nachos, Carne al la Parrilla. Best

In Old Mandeville. Italian cuisine for

top-shelf margaritas in town.

fine dining daily for dinner or special

Trey Yuen Cuisine of China, 600 N.

Michael’s, 4820 Pontchartrain MCC,

events. MCC.

Causeway Blvd., 626-4476. Quality

Dr., 985-649-8055. Creole French.

China cuisine with Louisiana flair. Lunch, MCC.

ME. The Old Rail Brewing Company,

dinner. MCC, checks.

Gio’s Villa Vancheri, 2890 E.

639 Girod St., 612-1828. Homemade

Causeway App., 624-2597. Sicilian

American cuisine with fresh,

specialties by 5-star chef Gio

local ingredients. Family-friendly

Middendorf’s Seafood Restaurant,

Vancheri. Lunch and dinner, Mon-Sat.

atmosphere. Lunch and dinner. Closed

30160 Hwy. 51, 386-6666. MCC. RR.


K. Gee’s, 2534 Florida St., 626-0530.

Pat Gallagher’s 527 Restaurant and

La Carreta Authentic Mexican

Featuring Louisiana seafood with

Bar, 527 N. Causeway Blvd, 778-2820.

Cuisine, 147 N.W. Railroad Ave., 370-

raw oysters 1/2 price on Tuesdays.

Lunch, Tues-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm.

0930. Festive Mexican atmosphere,

Nathan’s, 36440 Old Bayou Liberty PONCHATOULA

Rd., 985-643-0443. Contemporary Creole. MCC. Palmettos on the Bayou, 1901 Bayou Ln., 643-0050.


Inside Northside Peck’s Seafood Restaurant, 2315

Gause Blvd. E., 781-7272. Po-boys,

Lake Ave., 504-831-4141; 841 Iberville St.,

seafood, burgers and lunch specials.

504-581-1316. Louisiana seafood prepared


in Creole seasonings, available in Bucktown or the French Quarter for lunch and dinner.

Speckled T’s, 158 S Military Rd., 985- MCC.

646-1728. Seafood. MCC. Gautreau’s, 1728 Soniat St., 504-899Vera’s, 2020 Gause Blvd W., 985-690-

7397. Open Monday through Saturday.

9814. Seafood. MCC.

Dinner. MCC, RR.

Young’s, 850 Robert Blvd., 985-6439331. Steak. MCC.

Gumbo Shop, 630 Saint Peter St., 504-525-1486. Award winning gumbo

NEW ORLEANS/SOUTHSHORE Andrea’s, 3100 19th St, 504-834-

and soups, ship nationwide. Lunch and dinner. MCC.

8583. Northern Italian and local seafood. Lunch, dinner, Sunday

Louisiana Pizza Kitchen French

brunch. MCC.

Quarter, 95 French Market Place, 504-522-9500. Casual dining in a fine

Antoine’s Restaurant, 713 Saint

dining atmosphere with experienced

Louis St, 504-581-4422. antoines.

waitstaff, fresh dishes and made-from-

com. MCC.

scratch menu items. Lunch and dinner. MCC.

Bayona, 430 Rue Dauphine, 504-5254455. Fresh local ingredients, balanced

Mellow Mushroom, 3131 Veterans

yet complex dishes. Lunch and dinner.

Memorial Blvd., 504-644-4155. Pizza, MCC.

30 craft beers on tap, lunch and dinner. MCC.

Brennan’s, 417 Royal St., 504525-9711. Creole traditions and

Messina’s Runway Cafe, 6001

contemporary influences. Breakfast,

Stars and Stripes Blvd., 504-241-

lunch and dinner. brennansneworleans.

5300. Tues-Sun, 8am-3pm.

com. MCC. RR. MCC.

Briquette, 701 South Peters St,

Nola Beans, 762 Harrison Ave.,

504-302-7496. Contemporary coastal

504-267-0783. MCC.

cuisine. MCC. Opal Basil, 719 S Peters, New Caffe! Caffe!, 4301 Clearview Pwky.,

Orleans, MCC.

504-885-4845; 3547 N. Hullen, Metairie, 504-267-9190. Breakfast, lunch and

Restaurant R’evolution, 777 Bienville

coffee. MCC.

St., 504-553-2277. Located at the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Triptych of

Carreta’s Grill, 2320 Veterans Blvd.,

Quail and Oysterman’s spaghettini.

504-837-6696; 1821 Hickory Ave., MCC. RR.

Harahan, 504-305-4833. Mexican, lunch and dinner.

Riccobono’s Peppermill, 3524


Severn Ave., 504-455-2266. Seafood, filets and Italian. Breakfast and

Criollo Resturant and Lounge at

lunch. Dinner, Wednesday-Sunday.

Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., 504- MCC.

523-3340. Creole dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Sala, 124 Lake Marina, New Orleans

criollo/. MCC, RR.

504-513-2670. Cocktails and shareable plates. MCC.

Dat Dog, 5030 Freret St., 504-8996883; 3336 Magazine St., 504-324-

Warehouse Grille, 869 Magazine

2226; 601 Frenchmen St., 504-309-

St, 504-322-2188. Lunch and dinner

3363. MCC.

specials, Monday-Friday. Brunch, Saturday-Sunday, 9am-3pm.

Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant, 1713 MCC.

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Last Bite

El Paso Mexican Grill

WHILE FRESH MEXICAN cuisine is a regular craving for most of us, it is especially popular during Cinco de Mayo! In celebration, El Paso Mexican Grill’s famous Sauza house margaritas will be flowing all day on May 5. While we consider a margarita a starter, El Paso’s true appetizers include cheese and Mexican sausage choriqueso served with pico de gallo and tortillas, guacamole, bean dip, stuffed jalapeños, queso and more. Nachos are a crowd favorite at El Paso—especially since there’s a topping for everyone. Choose from steak, ground beef, chicken, beans, shrimp, pork or classic queso. The Nachos Locos combines them all if it’s hard to decide. On the lighter side, soup and salad options are endless. An avocado and chicken salad, taco salad, guacamole salad, tortilla soup or charro bean soup may do the trick. From à la carte choices to combination dinners, the focus is always on fresh ingredients and family recipes. El Paso’s chefs put their years of experience into every dish, making sure it’s one to remember. An El Paso family favorite is the trio fajitas. On a sizzling bed of onions, tomatoes and bell peppers, the marinated chicken, steak and shrimp offer a flavorful meal—one that you can smell before it even reaches your table. El Paso’s menu doesn’t just stop at fajitas. There are vegetarian dishes, seafood dishes, and most importantly, dessert! So grab your amigos and head over to El Paso Mexican Grill to enjoy quality Tex-Mex on Cinco de Mayo—and any other day of the year. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. El Paso Mexican Grill has two northshore locations: 3410 Hwy. 190 in Mandeville and 1110 Robert Blvd. in Slidell. 130

Inside Northside

by Leah Draffen

May-June 2018 Issue of Inside Northside Magazine  
May-June 2018 Issue of Inside Northside Magazine