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Cover Features: Enterprising Woman | Simone Bruni Demo Diva | Reclaimed Diva.................................. 22 Senior Living Business Profiles....................................................... 7 Fall Fashion Finds Boots & Bags & Belts Oh My!............................... 14 Home Feature | Southern Luxe Interiors Cocktails & Conversation....................................... 26 November Recipe Turkey Thyme Risotto............................................. 34



Behind the Scenes

Layton Family Pharmacy

Simone Bruni – Demo Diva | Reclaimed Diva

Daniela Eversgerd, DDS

Our November EW Photo Shoot.............................. 5


Her Own Force of Nature...................................... 22

Delivering a Higher Level of Service.................... 10 Allure Dental........................................................... 25

LEGAL SENIOR LIVING The Trace.................................................................... 7 Park Provence............................................................ 8 Beau Provence.......................................................... 9

Christie Tournet

Common Estate Planning Myths­—Busted!......... 32

HEALTH & BEAUTY Michele Cooper, MD

Treat the Signs of Aging Without the Scars.......... 33




Fall Fashion Finds

Boots & Bags & Belts Oh My!............................... 14 Gift Guides

Gift Ideas from Local Retailers.............................. 18


Turkey Thyme Risotto............................................. 34 November Cocktails

Be Sure to Get Your Shots...................................... 35


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Home Feature | Southern Luxe Interiors

Publisher’s Note....................................................... 6

Cocktails & Conversation..................................... 26 November Home Décor

Time to Gather...................................................... 30 Snoann Willett, Louisiana Master Gardener

Planting Flowering Shrubs in November............ 38

Northshore Humane Society................................. 36 Clay Madden | Mandeville Mayor......................... 39 Social........................................................................ 39 November Calendar.............................................. 40

Sophisticated Woman Magazine By Women. For Women. Inspiring Women.

Publisher Lorie Hollis Associate Editor Jan Windhorst

Behind the Scenes

Art Director | Graphic Design Pam Hendrix Administrative Manager Emily Warder

Our Enterprising Woman Photo Shoot With Simone Bruni

Account Executives Sissy Cooley, Angela Dutel, Halie Moore, and Jess Steelman Contributing Writers Pam Hendrix, Susie Kaznowitz, Clay Madden, Snoann Willett and Jan Windhorst

WE MET WITH our November 2020 Enterprising Woman, Simone Bruni, at her home in Lakeview where her hair and makeup were done by Bobbi Wamsley of Wildflower Hair and Makeup. Photographer Steve Randon and the Sophisticated Woman team coordinated her cover shoot at her office in New Orleans, the New Orleans East Demo Diva facility and the Reclaimed Diva warehouse in Jefferson.

Contributing Photographers Kiki Randon and Steve Randon Fashion Coordinator Suzanne Lucido Production Sophisticated Woman Magazine Distribution Manager Anthony Figaro Cover Photography Steve Randon Photography steverandon.com Hair and Makeup Bobbi Wamsley | Wildflower Hair and Makeup 985-510-1290 | wildflowerhairandmakeup.com

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Read our cover feature story on page 22 to learn more about Simone, her determination and her business ventures that defy all the forces of nature.

Contributors Steve Randon is the official cover photographer for Sophisticated Woman Magazine. For more information about Steve Randon Studio, please visit steverandon.com.

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Susie Kaznowitz was raised on the Northshore. She received an MBA from SLU and works for Northshore Humane Society as Director of Marketing. She has an immense passion for her community’s homeless animals.

Jan Windhorst is the Associate Editor for Sophisticated Woman Magazine. She has a Master of Journalism from LSU and is a marketing consultant and photographer. She also enjoys performing in the band Four Unplugged.

Snoann Willett has been a Louisiana Master Gardener since 2018 and is also a licensed Realtor. She is Publicity Chair for St. Tammany Master Gardener Association, 2nd VP of the Covington Garden Club, Membership Chair at Pontchartrain Yacht Club, and can be found sailing when not tending to clients or greenery. Sophisticated Woman | November 2020


publisher's note

All Year Long Gratitude NOVEMBER IS THE

time of year to focus

on gratitude for our abundance with mindfulness practices such as journaling about the things for which we are thankful. A step further is to reach out to those who are less fortunate. Such charitable gestures as food bank donations, preparing for

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Christmas giving to the underprivileged and volunteering at homeless shelters have also become admirable hallmarks of the season. For those already using this time for the betterment of self and others, kudos to you, and with the inspiration of this month’s Enterprising Woman, I’d like to challenge you to take your practices to the next level. Since childhood, Demo Diva Simone Bruni has lived a life of mindfulness and service all year and continually strives to reach new heights of altruism and spirituality. Especially after the year we’ve had, I hope you'll take to heart her message of bolstering resilience in our lives. Simone and I share the bond of having lived in Lakeview and being significantly affected by the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. Although we now make our homes on the Northshore, we are forever connected to that place where bonds, memories and lessons will always be felt in the heart. Learn of her ongoing dedication to New Orleans and her personal and business contributions that were born out of tragedy but have blossomed into the multi-dimensional operation of today. As so many of us enthusiastically anticipate the end of 2020, I know that as I reflect on the past year I will do my best not to dwell on the negative, but to truly appreciate how fortunate we are, to consider all the opportunities we have and to make a plan to purposefully pursue gratitude daily. More than that, I will strive to act on it in some small or large way, not when it is easy or convenient but every day. So for this month, as we finally begin year-end preparations, my wish for you and your family is a renewed sense of resilience and the power to find meaning and opportunity in your lives every day.

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Sweet November

ovember is the perfect month to appreciate family as we prepare our tables for gatherings and feasts. In this issue, we provide ideas for holiday food and drink, along with inspiration for festive ways to present and serve all that homemade goodness. Nest Curated Home and Niche Modern Home graciously invited SW into their showrooms to share trendy and traditional offerings to spice up your home’s look. And with more and more loved ones reaching their golden years — St. Tammany’s population of people 65 years and older is approaching twenty percent — services and healthcare concerns are top of mind for seniors and their caregivers. On the Northshore, we are fortunate to have a wide range of quality options for those looking for communities that support happy and healthy lifestyles. State of the art facilities offer camaraderie, comfort and care like never before. The Trace, Park Provence and Beau Provence profile their offerings and amenities, from luxury surroundings and engaging activities for active residents to assisted options and memory care for those with increasing needs. Layton’s Family Pharmacy also outlines the services they offer seniors, caregivers and assisted living facilities along with personal service for the whole family. Dr. Michele Cooper offers advice on how to treat signs of aging without scarring through advances in technology. And regarding financial health, Christie Tournet busts myths about wills and estate planning to offer the peace of mind of early planning for later years. Along with reading the inspiring story of this month’s Enterprising Woman, Demo Diva Simone Bruni, explore more fun with holiday gift guides, our fashion feature on accessorizing your fall wadrobe, autumn gardening tips for the changing weather, news from the Northshore Humane society about our four-legged family members and small steps towards a return to normalcy with community happenings and events. That’s a lot to be thankful for!

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At A G l a n c e • Large One-Bedroom Apartment Homes THE TRACE OFFERS upscale, all-inclusive senior living near the heart of Covington, Louisiana. Voted The Northshore’s Best Senior Living Community year after year, The Trace offers a range of living options, from the freedom of Independent Living, to the attentive care and service of Assisted Living, and SHINE® Memory Care. One of only eight nationally recognized programs, SHINE® is a unique personalized approach to memory care that uses scientific principles to promote engagement, comprehension, and

•Built Safely At Elevation | No Evacuation Fees • Secured SHINE® Memory Care Neighborhood • Onsite Chapel for Personal & Spiritual Needs

lifestyle quality for seniors living with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease and other memory-related issues. Multiple lifestyle options available on a single campus means it’s easy to transition to a deeper or more customized care program if ever the need arises in the future. The Trace features resort-style amenities including a movie theater, piano parlor and coffee bar, private chapel, beauty salon and spa with barber shop, library and computer center, and a covered, outdoor patio.

• All-Day, Restaurant-Style Dining • Daily Activities & Events • 24-Hour Professional Care

The Trace also provides chef-prepared meals, complimentary transportation, housekeeping, included utilities and 24/7 service to residents. In addition, The Trace’s long-tenured, professional team members are highly trained and dedicated to providing exceptional care and service. The team creates a personalized plan to assist with daily activities, as needed, and preserve freedom and independence as desired. In all, the finest-quality care and service provides superior peace of mind for both residents and their families. The Trace is located in a beautiful community just north of I-12, which offers convenience and the security of a non-mandatory evacuation area. And for financial security, The Trace offers an exclusive, Lifetime Rent

The Trace Senior Living is located at 19432 Crawford Road in Covington. For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact Julie Krygowski at 985-249-7676, email: jkrygowski@TheTraceSeniorLiving.com or visit: TheTraceSeniorLiving.com.

Lock program which keeps standard living costs stable and transparent for the entire length of stay. Sophisticated Woman | November 2020


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At A G l a n c e

MEET TONI, KIYOMI AND JOAN, our Park Provence resident gardeners who are living their best lives. These ladies have carte blanche gardening privileges throughout our 20 acres tucked away in Slidell just minutes off I-10 on the Fremaux exit. Over the years, they have created and maintained aquatic gardens, herb and vegetable gardens, and beautifully landscaped flower beds along our many walking paths. From the moment you walk through our doors, you’ll discover what these ladies and others have

• Independent & Assisted Living • 82 Luxury Live-In Apartments • Live2BHealthy Wellness Certified • Dedicated Memory Care Floor

found to be St. Tammany’s best kept secret. For 18 years, Park Provence has had the most tenured team on the Northshore and our highly personalized, therapeutic environment has been home to seniors from all walks of life. "Park" breaks the industry cookie-cutter mold with 17 different floor plans. Select apartments feature spacious twobedroom and large one-bedroom units—one spanning a roomy 890 square feet, complete with not one but two living rooms, large walk-in closets and sliding glass doors that lead to a dedicated patio space.

• Complimentary Shuttle Service • Social & Educational Activities • Small Pets Are Welcome

You’ve worked hard your entire life at a career and raising a family. You deserve unlimited complimentary room service, a personal SilverSneakers® certified trainer and happy hour every Friday. But don’t let our cruise ship lifestyle fool you, Park Provence gives you independence when you want it and delivers highly personalized assistance when you need it. Our team of caregivers and nurses are on standby around the clock should the need arise for Assisted Living, our Memory Care Neighborhood or unique “Care Suite” services. No matter your interests, Park Provence provides ample space to enjoy every aspect of your life. Call or stop by today to meet Joan and her friends, and take a socially-distanced stroll through their gardens. Start living your best life at the "Park!" 8

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Park Provence Senior Living is located at 1925 Possum Hollow Road in Slidell. For more information, call 985-960-1964, email audrey@parkprovence.com or visit parkprovence.com.

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At A G l a n c e • 24-Hour Nursing Staff LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED, Beau Provence is a state-of-the-art, award-winning memory care assisted living community that provides exceptional, highly personalized care to seniors in a therapeutic environment that honors the dignity and individuality of each unique resident. Our senior living community is specifically designed and built especially for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia. At Beau Provence, everything we do is in the best interest of our residents, and we place a high value on the fact that each

• Full-Time Memory Care Director • Extensive, Specialized Dementia Care Training • Individualized Wellness & Fitness Programs

individual is unique and deserves only the best in quality of care, environment and overall lifestyle. Beau Provence features 40 beautifully appointed private and semi-private suites, two dining areas, a therapy room, and two therapeutic gardens. A full-time Director of Health & Wellness and Activites Director ensures that our residents benefit from specially designed programs tailored to fit each individual resident's abilities and needs. Each resident benefits from our dedication to providing individualized person-centered care. This

• 2 Dining Areas Serving 3 Meals A Day • 40 Private & Semi-Private Suites • Safe & Secure Community

commitment showcases the value we place in the unique qualities and needs of every person in our care, and we’re passionate about helping individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia live up to their highest potential each and every day. We strive daily to ensure that all of our residents enjoy life to the fullest as a result of individualized wellness plans, a brimming social activities calendar, and compassionate, experienced team members who ensure that help is always close by if needed. Making the best decision regarding care for a loved one is a journey, and we understand that it can be difficult and stressful at times on you and your family. Our team is ready to talk, learn, and listen

Beau Provence Memory Care Assisted Living is located at 100 Beau West Drive in Mandeville. For more information, call 985-778-0755, email info@beauprovence.com or visit beauprovence.com.

whenever you are. Call us today to schedule a tour! Sophisticated Woman | November 2020


business profile

At A G l a n c e

PERSONAL SERVICE IS more important than ever and is what truly sets Layton’s apart in this age of large chain pharmacies. Whether delivering prescriptions to assisted living facilities, supporting local philanthropic activities or holding flu clinics for area businesses, Layton’s is dedicated to the community and its customers. “We’re all in this together,” says owner Pam Layton. “The referrals and positive reviews, along with winning The Northshore’s Best, confirm we‘re providing excellence.”

After working for national operations, Layton realized she could only deliver a higher level of service by

• Senior Care Headquarters • Delivery To Assisted Living Facilities • Pre-Organized Medicine Packs • Long-Term Care Services

venturing out on her own. “With my husband Shawn, we’ve created a family pharmacy with the added value of convenience and peace of mind.” Drive-through service and a free, regular delivery schedule are offered for patients who can’t or don’t wish to physically visit the pharmacy. Layton’s also offers pre-organized medicine packs for those struggling to manage multiple, daily prescriptions, such as seniors including those in assisted living. Eliminating the need for a nurse to administer medicine, these packs allow

• Flu Shots & Immunizations • Prescription Transfers • Auto Refills

family and caregivers to accurately and safely tend to their loved ones.

Layton’s Family Pharmacy offers old-fashioned, one-on-one service in a

modern atmosphere. True to The Northshore’s Best title, their state-of-the-art equipment, highly trained pharmacists and experienced staff enable them to serve patients with complicated diseases, as well as special needs patients, the elderly and those in hospice. From immunizations to prescriptions and everything in between, trust Layton’s Family Pharmacy for all your health care needs. 10 Sophisticated Woman | November 2020

Layton’s Family Pharmacy is located at 70457 Highway 21 in Covington. For more information, call 985-888-1170 or visit laytonfamilypharmacy.com.




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Because of this year's many challenges, we have had to reschedule all of our events and we are truly excited to finally announce the winner in our upcoming December issue! Look for the next issue to see who the 2019 Enterprising Woman of the Year is!

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Changes for the Better

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Je t'adore

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Summer Camp Guide

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Boots & Bags & Belts Oh My! ACCESSORIZE YOURSELF WITH all things Autumn, and add these perfectly pleasing picks to your wardrobe that will delight and excite. As cooler weather makes a comeback, let's take a look forward to the luxe looks that await us! With boots that command attention, bags and belts that exude style and elegance, these fabulous fall finds complete and define your sense of style. From oversized statement bags to structured silhouettes, the perfect bag is a must for daily distinction. Materials range from faux fur to reptile textures and smooth, sleek finishes. And absolutely—details matter, from metallic chains to chunky hardware, it's all about the bag. Tall or short, high-heels or low-heels, nothing says style like a fabulous pair of boots! Timeless and trendy all at the same time, lug soles are a comfortable, yet chic look that complements pants and skirts alike. Over-the-knee styles give an edge to elegance, and python and patent leather is about as rock star as it gets! And finally, go ahead and accent your assets, and add that finishing touch to any ensemble. Belt that blazer and cinch those sweaters. Bold, geometric metallic accents make any outfit elegantly waisted, and traditional looks never become boring with rich colors and sophisicated style. Make a statement, be it subtle or strong, but whatever you do, get out and enjoy the cooler temperatures of the season. Bags, boots and belts are key elements to this season's super chic styles. 14 Sophisticated Woman | November 2020

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It's All About The Bag

Terrific Textures

Fabulous Faux Fur

Structured Silhouettes

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fashion Luscious Lug Soles

These Preppy

Boots Are Made For Plaids & Talking About Modern Lines

On-Trend Over-The-Knee

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1. Long-Sleeved Layered Faux Fur Jacket, $55 | Columbia Street Mercantile | 231 & 236 Columbia Street In Covington | 985-809-1690, 985-809-1789 2. Lavender Essential Oil Diffuser Pen, $14 | Nest Curated Home | 3441 E. Causeway Approach, Suite C in Mandeville | 985-951-2142 | nestcuratedhome.com 3. Classic Set of Eyelash Extensions, $90 | Luxe Edge Beauty Bar | 5229 Pinnacle Parkway in Covington | 225-235-3893 | luxedgebeautybar.glossgenius.com 4. Square Gold Honeybee Bangle, $89 | Stella & Grace Boutique | 2260 Carey Street in Slidell | 985-265-4412 | stellaandgrace.shop 18 Sophisticated Woman | November 2020

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5 6 8 7 5. Insulated White Wine Chiller & Leather Case, $89, $69 | Niche Modern Home | 1901 Hwy. 190, Suite 3 in Mandeville | 985-624-4045 | nichemodernhome.com 6. Chinese Laundry Davina Snake Bootie, $72 | Jenlyn's Boutique | 315 Lee Lane, Suite 101 in Covington | 985-234-9437 | jenlynsboutique.com 7. Receive an Additional $5 with $20 Gift Certificate | Lola's Art Experience | 2637 Florida Street in Mandeville | 985-778-2020 | lolasartexperience.com 8. "The Christmas Star From Afar" Game, $35 | Olive Patch | 222 N. Columbia Street in Covington | 985-327-5772 | olive-patch-covington.myshopify.com Sophisticated Woman | November 2020 19

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Simone Bruni THE DAY BEFORE Simone Bruni’s cover feature interview, an article about learning to cope with


life’s unexpected turns found its way to her. Particularly attuned to the importance of timing, she took it as a sign for the theme of the day’s discussion. Simone Bruni religiously reflects on how opportunities in the guise of adversity or coincidence have found their way to her and


shaped her life, from social service

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work in early years to creating a local business empire built not on tearing down, but on rebirth.

Demo Diva: Her Own Force of Nature

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ability to recover from difficult experiences, to adapt, move forward and grow. One’s

resilience is said to be a product of personal history, environment and the circumstances of an event. While Hurricane Katrina is the definition of adversity for many New Orleanians including Simone, she demonstrates one of her strongest assets, mindfulness, in wanting to find meaning to see the will of God in seemingly chance occurrences to continually grow in purpose and service. As for her personal history, she is the older sister of two brothers who grew up in New Orleans East with a Brazilian father and New Orleanian mother, and attended Ursuline Academy. “My father grew up in rural Brazil’s farmlands but worked to become a doctor here. His being a minority gave me a different prism through which to see the world. The Ursuline Sisters, with their motto of Serviam, helped develop my moral compass and a mission of altruistic concern for others.” Of her role as a leader, a doer and an adventurer comfortable with being independent but dedicated to family, she says, “I get my strength from God and my parents, and I’m very grateful for my upbringing. The woman I’ve become at 48 is a tribute to them.” Famously known for the bright pink dumpsters and heavy equipment used in her demolition business, the savvy marketer didn’t set out to ascend in a traditionally male industry, but once there, brilliantly used her unique position as an advantage. “As a child I thought I might become a missionary or a nun. I wasn’t a tomboy, I painted my nails,” she laughs. And when she told her very role-traditional father her idea for the business after Katrina rendered her hospitality job moot, "He was totally against it. But people were in such desperation, I was compelled to use those skills and experience working at the Port of New Orleans to take on a dirty job and address the overwhelming need – despite happening to be female. I believe God uses our perceived weaknesses to make us strong.” Successful resiliency is also affected by managing one’s environment. Answering calls to service while attending Loyola University taught her to adapt to difficult surroundings with the courage and strength a purpose greater than oneself provides. Desire Street Ministries, a faith-based education program, had Simone tutoring Carver High School students in some of the city’s most challenging and potentially dangerous urban neighborhoods. Missionary work in a Guatemala orphanage reinforced the lesson of accepting what cannot be changed and focusing on what can be changed. And, ‘coincidentally’, while there she learned to speak Spanish fluently. “My faith armed me with zero fear of ministering to people in areas others were afraid to go. And speaking Portuguese and Spanish was instrumental in building my workforce after Katrina. I want to laud the contribution of immigrants, and the troops of Baptist Church volunteers in rebuilding New Orleans. Counter to my childhood ideas of having to travel the world to serve others, I believe my early experiences weren’t just coincidences but that God used them to strengthen and prepare me in many ways to be part of the rebuilding and alleviation of suffering right here at home.” If the ability to see opportunity in negative circumstances is an indicator of resiliency, Simone has certainly earned her title of Diva. But rather than only taking advantage of the post-Katrina situation, she remains for the long haul, once again interweaving lifelong passions—architecture and trees—into the task at hand of fostering renewal. First fascinated as a schoolchild by the magnificent, storied buildings of Ursuline, some of the oldest in the city where the sisters have consistently ministered during the hardest of times, she was inspired to diversify into a salvage business. Reclaimed Diva Millwork takes heart pine floor joists from old houses and transforms them into tongue and groove flooring and beams. Of her growing enterprise Simone says, “Whether it’s a pandemic, personal issues or business, we have to learn to pivot in order to succeed. There’s always something to salvage. To repurpose this antique wood, hundreds of years old, rather than discard it—this material that we can’t grow again in our lifetimes—was the right move for the company. It promotes sustainability, and it’s a beautiful metaphor about resiliency.” Simone quotes Psalm 1:3 regarding her kindred spirit with trees and her journey to resiliently live by their example—with grounding roots allowing her limbs to reach out, providing support, sustenance and relief for others. “She is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.” Simone Bruni is the owner of Demo Diva and Reclaimed Diva. For more information, call 504-486-4121, email Simone@demodiva.com visit demodiva.com or reclaimeddiva.com. Sophisticated Woman | November 2020 23




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DR. DANIELA EVERSGERD'S mission at Allure Dental is to redefine the dental experience and restore trust to patients with phobias. Dentistry runs in her bones and growing up in Brazil, Eversgerd saw plenty of smiles. Her mom is a pediatric dentist and an orthodontist, so she witnessed first hand how dental health can impact lives. Most visits to the dentist don’t involve a cozy blanket to snuggle up with, noise-canceling headphones, warm peppermint-scented towels and Netflix OnDemand. But then again, Dr. Eversgerd isn’t like most dentists. From the moment you step into Allure Dental’s boutique-like office, it’s evident that no detail has been overlooked. Custom designed chairs and a large chandelier greet patients in the waiting room, and luxurious leather chairs offer a comfortable visit in the exam rooms. Even the name of her practice was carefully crafted. “Allure means fascinating in French,” she explains. “We want our patients to have fascinating smiles.” Eversgerd ensures that her patients receive only the highest quality materials. “Whatever I put in their mouth is going to last a long time,” she said. Her office uses the latest technologies such as CAD-CAM crowns, soft tissue lasers, and digital imaging and x-rays. “My patients usually nap while I’m making their crowns,” she laughed. “They love it.” Patients who go through extensive treatments such as root canals and crowns are sent home with a batch of homemade soup. Even after 18 years, Eversgerd still loves being a dentist. “I love seeing families and people of all ages, from kids to the elderly,” she said. “I find joy in changing people’s lives.”

Daniela Eversgerd, DMD

Allure Dental is located at 1901 US-190, Suite 14 in Mandeville. For more information, call 985-951-2220 or visit alluredentalhealth.com.

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Cocktails & Conversation WRITTEN BY JAN WINDHORST




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home feature WHAT SAYS ‘THE BIG EASY’ more than sitting amidst local artworks in the parlor of your Creolecottage-inspired home, cocktail in hand, planning your next culinary adventure while listening to some of the best martini music ever recorded? To Paula and Rich Adamcewicz, building their dream home to exemplify the lively local lifestyle hails their love of all things New Orleans more exuberantly than a Gallier Hall toast on Fat Tuesday. Always wanting to reside in the city, ‘one day’ became a reality when, on the way to their son Austin’s track meet at City Park, they spied a narrow lot perfectly proportioned for the shotgun-style, double-gallery cottage they had seen in Cottage Living Magazine years back. Fortuitously forward thinking, they had kept that issue as inspiration for the style that combines European and Caribbean influences and laid out the floor plan, only needing a draftsman to finalize their open-concept vision despite the narrow layout. As French influence dictates, the airy entry parlor is designed to be welcoming and relaxing. “We included three large windows for light and to allow the outdoor surroundings to be an element of the timeless, New Orleans style,” says Paula. “We love to sit in here with a glass of wine after a hard day’s work and forget our worries. This room was just made for cocktails and conversation.” Vivid greenery contrasts the light color scheme which includes a chic, antique chest and custom antique settees, newly covered in linen with embellished fabric by Patti and Courtney Brondum of Southern Luxe Interiors. The mother-daughter team was called in to coordinate and refresh the interior of the build that began approximately five years ago. Patti explains that both Rich and Paula work in the medical field and while both have excellent taste, they sometimes disagree. “We’re good mediators for them. We were able to do our thing during COVID while they were busy at work.” Patti continues that she and Courtney brightened the look with a light, soothing color palette and transitional style—classic with a little contemporary thrown in. The parlor also parades the Adamcewicz’s personal flair. Along with Lilly, their little Maltese who conveniently matches the décor, the couple enjoys the white, gold and grayish blues of Ali Giles’ abstract art; a mixed-medium, white crystal piece by Amber Ivy; a rug of rectangular, colored cowhide in shades of gray to ground the room; and Aiden Gray’s distressed wood and metal chandelier entitled “Italian Wedding” as the crowning piece. Sophisticated Woman | November 2020 27

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As guests progress through the hall on wide-

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plank hardwood towards the kitchen, they’ll see an homage to the previous family home by artist Marc Hatfield and enter the realm of another of the couple’s passions—the local cuisine. Paula says that she and Rich embrace the area’s amenities by often walking to nearby restaurants and festivals, but with the pandemic, her husband has taken to cooking every day with the help of the commercial grade stove and full-sized refrigerator and freezer. The cooking area is open and follows the established light color scheme with white cabinetry, gold cup pulls and two windows flanking the stove for sunlight, countertops of Carrara marble and elongated, irregular subway tile. The artwork here, however, grows more vivid and takes on a festive music and seafood theme. A white and gold crawfish on gray by Brad Budge representing Paula’s favorite food gives way to a fish painting in pastel blues and greens acquired on a trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia. Sentimental value Jazz Fest posters add more color and bold design, but the big fish resides in the dining area and is a Martin Welch painting in gold and shades of deep, bright blue entitled Happy Tuna. Upstairs, the theme of color and materials

"We love to SIT IN HERE with a glass of wine after a hard day’s work and FORGET OUR WORRIES. This room was just made for


continues with Carrara tile, a white claw-foot bathtub and family heirloom accents, such as an antique table adorned with dragon heads in metal. Southern Luxe kept with soothing colors but suggested furnishings that take on a more contemporary feel, including a modern chandelier of hanging shells in the bathroom and gold-framed artwork in the bedroom. Amidst eclectic furniture and décor that all hold meaning, the item in the house that seems to garner the most affection is the parlor’s gold and mirrored bar cart. Perhaps, because it holds libations for which their beloved city is famous, and that help fuel lively conversations. Maybe, because it holds a photo of Dean Martin, the longstanding embodiment of good music and good times and Rich’s favorite crooner. (Paula explains that the small photo was a compromise, and that if Rich had his way, Dino’s likeness would take up a whole wall.) Most likely, it’s a favorite because it mirrors the spirit of the home’s design and reflects, both literally and figuratively, the motto of the city—Let the good times roll! Southern Luxe Interiors is located at 19380 N. 2nd Street in Covington. For more information, call 504-416-9825 or visit southernluxeinteriors.com. SophisticatedWoman Woman||November November2020 2020 29 29 Sophisticated

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The year has turned its circle, The seasons come and go. The harvest is all gathered in, And chilly north winds blow.

Orchards have shared their treasures, The fields, their yellow grain. So open wide the doorway, Thanksgiving comes again! Available at Nest Curated Home

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WHEN FALL ARRIVES so do family gatherings. The changing of the seasons means the changing of colors, along with your home's dĂŠcor. Traditional autumn colors of orange, brown and tan blend perfectly with soothing neutrals and festive metallic finishes. Rustic touches with modern influences create a comfortable and cozy, yet contemporary feel. From table accents with touches of gold to distressed paint finishes and accents of greenery, showcasing your own personal style is what's on trend for this season. Mix textures. Mix finishes. Pick a color theme. Pick an accent piece. It's all about your unique touch and taste. Create memories and give thanks with friends and family this holiday season as you make your surroundings special. Home dĂŠcor provided by Nest Curated Home in Mandeville and Niche Modern Home in Mandeville. Visit their stores for more design ideas and gift items. Support local retailers and shop local! Nest Curated Home is located at 3441 E. Causeway Approach, Suite C in Mandeville. Call 985-951-2142 or visit nestcuratedhome.com Niche Modern Home is located at 1901 Highway 190, Suite 3 in Mandeville. Call 985-624-4045 or visit nichemodernhome.com Available at Niche Modern Home

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Common Estate Planning Myths­—Busted! WRITTEN BY CHRISTIE TOURNET


hard and desire to create a

better future for our family. But, have you made comments similar to the common myths below? Common Myth 1: I am not wealthy; so, I do not need an Estate Plan. For many, estate planning is not based solely on minimizing estate taxes. Rather, estate planning can: 1) insure you pass property to your intended beneficiaries (default law may not match your intentions), 2) alleviate burdens upon family members, and 3) appoint trustees and guardians for children or beneficiaries with special needs or concerns. Common Myth 2: I am young. I do not need an Estate Plan. Most often, younger parents are most in need of an estate plan. For example, an estate plan can take up issues such as guardianship of minor children in the event of a sole custody award, or a common accident involving the natural parents. And, parents can appoint someone to have oversight of a minor child’s inheritance. Common Myth 3: If I have passed, why should I care about what happens? Estate planning includes planning for long term care while you are living. Specifically, an accident or illness could impede your ability to handle normal affairs, such as paying bills, obtaining loans, and making healthcare decisions. And, without this proper planning, your family members could be forced to implement an interdiction proceeding, an expensive legal process where a judge must determine incapacity and appoint a formal guardian. Admittedly, estate planning can require you to consider some difficult scenarios. But, completing your estate plan and checking your beneficiary designations provide valuable peace of mind.

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Christie Tournet & Associates, LLC, provides estate planning, estate administration and commercial law services. The practice is located at 1795 W. Causeway Approach, Suite 103A in Mandeville. 985-951-2177, tournetlaw.com.


Treat The Signs Of Aging Without The Scars WRITTEN BY MICHELE COOPER, MD

ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY make this an exciting time for looking and feeling younger, while avoiding the scalpel. These services are cutting-edge and are creating a stir nationally. The first procedure, Morpheus 8, is performed in-office after topical numbing medicine is applied. The device is a small handpiece that oscillates needles into and out of the skin quickly, while delivering radiofrequency heating of the deeper layers of the skin resulting in increased collagen production. The RF heating causes skin contraction which sets this procedure apart. This is not a one and done procedure, usually requiring three treatments set three to four weeks apart. Redness is usually gone in 24-48 hours. The next three procedures are similar, but different hand pieces are used for different areas and levels of tightening or fat reduction needed. These devices are Accutite, Facetite, and Bodytite. These are minimally invasive and require numbing medicine to be injected into the skin, not just a topical treatment. The Bodytite and Facetite, may require mild sedation as well. Small cannulas are placed under the skin and RF heating is used to tighten the skin, and at higher energies, to melt fat. The recovery is quick compared to surgical procedures but does require a compression garment for two to three weeks. This method is used to lift and tighten areas like the lower eyelids, face and jowls, submental fat, lifting the neck, abdomen, arms, inner thighs, knees, hands, and labia. These procedures can treat signs of aging with no scars. They can also be used to make the scars for some procedures, like facelifts, shorter. The results have been better than I thought possible without a scar and I encourage you to find out what these devices can do for you.

Michele Cooper is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Mandeville. For more information, call 985-626-6136 or visit michelecoopermd.com. Sophisticated Woman | November 2020 33

GALUGHER'� Cuisine




509 S. Tyler Street, Covington, La 985-892-9992

Turkey Thyme Risotto Gallagher's on Front St. is now open in Slidell Serving St. Tammany Parish with

only the finest USDA Prime and Certified Angus Beef and the largest selection of fresh Gulf Seafood on the Northshore.



2-3/4 to 3-1/4 cups chicken broth

1. In a small saucepan, bring broth to a

1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms 1 small onion, chopped

simmer. Keep hot. 2. In a large non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onion and garlic and sauté until tender for

1 garlic clove, minced

about 3 minutes.

1 cup uncooked arborio rice

3. Add rice and thyme. Cook on medium

1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme

and stir for 2 minutes.

1/2 cup white wine or additional broth

4. Add in wine. Reduce heat to a simmer.

1-1/2 cups cooked turkey breast, cubed

Cook and stir until wine is absorbed.

2 tablespoons Romano cheese, shredded

5. Add in the reserved hot broth 1/2 cup

1/4 teaspoon salt

has been absorbed after each addition,

1/4 teaspoon pepper

at a time, cooking and stirring until broth the rice is tender but firm to the bite, and risotto is creamy. This will take about 20 minutes. 6. Add remaining ingredients. 7. Cook and stir until thoroughly heated.

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Be Sure To Get Your Shots!

HAVE YOU HAD your shots yet? Keep your spirits up as you won't be able to resist these infectious elixirs. From sweet and spicy to crisp and cool, these sensational shooters can help cure what ails you!

It's Just A Shot Away

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

2 ounces c​ offee liqueur 2 ounces Irish cream liqueur 2 ounces o ​ range liqueur Espresso beans

4 Maraschino cherries 1¼ ounces grenadine 1½ ounces pineapple juice 2½ ounces cake-flavored vodka

Pour the coffee liqueur into the shot glasses. Float Irish cream liqueur on top by pouring it slowly over the back of a bar spoon. Then slowly float the orange liqueur on top using the spoon. Garnish each with an espresso bean. Serves 4.

Distribute the grenadine evenly among four shot glasses. Add the pineapple juice and cake-flavored vodka to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain and slowly pour into each of the shot glasses. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry. Serves 4.

Hey Man, Nice Shot

Shot Through The Heart

6 ounces citrus vodka 1½ ounces Blue Curaçao 1 ounce lemon juice 2 teaspoons sugar Lemon Wedges

¼ tablespoon coarse kosher salt ½ teaspoon smoked paprika 5 ounces Bloody Mary mix, chilled 2½ ounces spicy vodka Celery sticks for garnish

Rim a chilled shot glass with a lemon wedge and dip it into sugar. Pour citrus vodka, Blue Curaçao and remaining lemon juice into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into chilled shot glasses. Garnish with a lemon wedge. Serves 4.

Combine kosher salt and paprika in a shallow dish. Rim the shot glasses and dip into salt mixture. Combine Bloody Mary mix and vodka in a pitcher. Serve in prepared shot glasses. Garnish with celery sticks. Serves 4. Sophisticated Woman | November 2020 35

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A Full Service Veterinary Hospital Including: Surgery Preventative Care Bathing Boarding AAHA Accredited Fear FreeTM Certified Class IV Therapeutic Laser Therapy

Help Us Make Thanksgiving Day Special for a Homeless Cat or Dog WRITTEN BY SUSIE KAZNOWITZ, NHS DIRECTOR OF MARKETING


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THANKSGIVING IS A time for us to set aside our worries and take a moment to be grateful for all that we have. Regardless of what life throws our way, many of us are lucky enough to have food, water, shelter and all of the familiar comforts of our daily lives. When you and your loved ones gather together this year to eat and give thanks, please take a moment to remember the many animals in our community that are not so fortunate. Here at the Northshore Humane Society, we are saving more homeless cats and dogs than we ever have before. The cost to provide food, proper medical care, housing and more to all of our animals has a significant impact on our nonprofit organization.

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thousands of neglected and abandoned animals

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each year, but we can’t do it alone. This holiday





season, we need your support! On average, it costs $13.90 to feed a homeless animal for a month. While seemingly insignificant, with over 200 animals under our care at our adoption facility and in foster homes, your donation makes a true difference. Together we can help make Thanksgiving Day extra special for a homeless dog or cat. Please consider joining our cause and giving back this holiday season!

Larry Breazeale & Brittany Breazeale Owners, TCB Cleaning Inc. 36 Sophisticated Woman | November 2020

For more information, contact the Northshore Humane Society at 985-892-7387 or visit northshorehumane.org.

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We’re working to create a healthier tomorrow! Whether you or a loved one are in need of a flu shot, flu test, or COVID-19 test, we’re here for you. Together we can slow the spread of flu and COVID-19!


JUST WHEN YOU thought gardening was over for the year, think again! November is an excellent time to plant a variety of greenery. Planting shrubs in November affords root systems to become fully established before summer’s heat. Nurseries are more quiet this time of year and staff can more readily answer questions. Thoroughly prepare the bed prior to planting. Set containers on top of the soil to ensure the proper spacing of all plants before digging. Dig a gently-sloped, cone-shaped hole slightly wider than the container and only deep enough so that the root ball top is either level with the soil surface or just below it. A hole exactly matching the container makes it more difficult for roots to spread out naturally. Firmly push soil with your hands around the root ball. Water thoroughly after all plants are set, and



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occasionally after that if the weather is dry. Adding several inches of mulch, like pine straw, helps keep the newly planted areas weed-free. Remember to pull mulch of any sort a few inches away from the root ball to avoid rot. No fertilizing until spring. Choose from the following shrubs that are best planted this time of year: Sasanqua, Sweet Olive, Camellia, Gardenia,Yews, American Beauty Berry, ‘Shoal Creek’ Vitex is an LSU Super Plant For instant color, choose chrysanthemums with their vivid hues of gold, yellow,

Monday-Friday 8am-8pm Saturday-Sunday 8am-5pm

burgundy and white. A hallmark of the fall season, chrysanthemums, commonly


which are best suited for planting in the ground or grown in a container after the

referred to as mums, are available as two types. First are the mounding garden variety, season transitions to winter. Then there are florist types which are typically used as corsages, or arrangements, such as for All Saints Day, and meant to be recycled in your compost after the occasion. Select mums that are mostly buds, or not fully opened. Be mindful there is a substance in mums that is toxic to curious animals. While not a favorite of deer or rabbits, it could be toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. Regularly deadhead and prune hard in January for a full fall flush as new growth emerges from the roots. Happy Growing!

mayor's note



I AM TRULY blessed and honored to represent the great people of the City of Mandeville as their mayor. Having been in public service for the past eight years as a councilman, I am humbled to be in this new leadership position. It is a new day for Mandeville. I have several goals as mayor, but my first and most important is improving communications: good relationships start with good communications - with our citizens, our local businesses, our new city council, and our team of employees. I ran on a platform of “Lead By Listening.” As Anthony Robbins has said, “To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as our guide to our communications with others.” My hope going forward is that through effective communications we will be stronger as a team and will accomplish great things for our City. Having taken office on August 28th, two months late due to election schedule changes because of COVID-19, and with zero transition period, my term started out as a baptism by (rapid) fire of four tropical events---Laura, Sally, Beta and Delta. (Many thanks to our dedicated employees who are well versed in storm preparations and to Clarence Powe of the St. Tammany Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness for his assistance during this unprecedented time of weather events.) We are currently focused on

St. Tammany Corporation Honors Senator Sharon Hewitt as Champion of Economic Development with Recognition for Service to St. Tammany Parish Chris Masingill, St. Tammany Corporation CEO, is pleased to announce that St. Tammany Parish Development District, at its September Board of Commissioners meeting, honored Senator Sharon Hewitt as a St. Tammany Champion of Economic Development. The award recognizes her service to the parish during the 2020 First Extraordinary Legislative Session and the 2020 Regular Session. Senator Hewitt continues to provide ongoing support of resources and tools for business retention, expansion, and attraction at the state level, and champions sustainable economic development in St. Tammany Parish as a valued partner of St. Tammany Corporation. Her efforts to secure additional funding to local entities has also provided St. Tammany Corporation with critical resources to continue economic development activities while the local economy experiences ongoing effects and impacts of the pandemic. Says Hewitt, “I am humbled to be recognized by the St. Tammany Corporation for my support of economic development in our parish. Not only does a healthy economy generate tax revenue to fund needed services for our community, but it also creates jobs for our citizens that allow them to better provide for their families. I look forward to continuing to partner with St. Tammany Corporation to bring new opportunities to our parish.” “We are grateful to have Senator Hewitt representing our community in the state legislature. I sincerely appreciate her guidance, leadership, and sound advice as it relates to economic development priorities and initiatives,” said Masingill. “We started our St. Tammany Champions of Economic Development campaign in May 2019 to highlight the importance of economic development in St. Tammany and to honor public servants, business and community leaders who support job growth, wealth creation and the efforts of St. Tammany Corporation. Senator Hewitt is very deserving of this honor.” “Senator Hewitt is a leader in the state delegation who values the role of economic development at the local, regional, and state levels,” stated Marty Mayer, St. Tammany Parish Development District Board President. “She fosters collaboration amongst stakeholders and partners to build coalitions as a tireless leader in workforce development, talent retention, and STEM education.”

building a new administration, with an operational and efficiency audit soon to begin.

Ribbon Cuttings

With hurricane season waning, let’s hope for a quiet fall. Our city offers many outdoor attractions to enjoy in the cooler weather. Please come enjoy all that Mandeville has to offer during this pleasant time of year.

The City of Mandeville offices are located at 3101 E Causeway Approach in Mandeville. For more information, visit cityofmandeville.com .

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November Calendar


St. Tammany In-Person & Virtual Events



Northshore Humane Society BOO-sterthon $75 package includes: vaccinations, a heartworm test for dogs and deworming for kittens. Other low-cost services available. Northshore Humane Society, 20384 Harrison Avenue, Covington, 985-892-7387, clinic@nshumane.org

Wine & Dine with Hospice - Virtual 6–8 pm, $250 Basic Tasting Package (age 21+ only), Held via Zoom, winemakers will explain each brand live. 985-643-5470, thehospicehouse.org

5 Pull! for the St. Tammany Chamber Sporting Clay Tournament 8 am, $600 per team, Covey Rise Lodge, 24009 Singing Waterfall Road, Husser, 985-892-3216, sttammanychamber.org Chillin’ at the River: The DAT Band 5–7:30 pm, Free, Bogue Falaya Park, 213 Park Drive, Covington, 985-892-1873, covla.com

6 Olde Towne Crawl 5–10 pm, Free, 2200 Block of Carey Street, Slidell, 985-285-9215, facebook.com/OldeTowneSlidell

6-7 Gulf States Quilting Association Biennial Quilt Show 10 am–5 pm, $10 per day or $15 for 2-day pass, The Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Boulevard, Slidell, 985-781-3650, gulfstatesquilting.org

12 Chillin’ at the River: Boogie Falaya 5–7:30 pm, Free, Bogue Falaya Park, 213 Park Drive, Covington, 985-892-1873, covla.com

13 Learn Digital Painting & Color Workshop 10–11 am, Free, St. Tammany Parish Library, 844 Girod Street, Mandeville, 619-779-0409, lawsofcolor@gmail.com

13-14 Music from The Who’s "Tommy" 8 pm, $27.50-45, Cutting Edge Theater, Masks Required, 767 Robert Boulevard, Slidell, 985-649-3727, cuttingedgetheater.com

14 Hammond Regional Arts Center: ARTisTRY Classes 10 am-Noon ages 6-12, $10 members, $15 Nonmembers; 1 pm–3 pm ages 13+, $20 members, $25 Nonmembers, Hammond Regional Arts Center, 217 East Thomas Street, Hammond, Reservations suggested, 985-542-7113, hammond-regional-arts-center.square.sit

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Covington Three Rivers Art Festival - Virtual

Northshore Cajun Dance

10 am-4 pm, Free, Shop 50 juried artists via CTRAF Facebook page, 985-373-5271, facebook.com/Threeriversart

7 pm, $10-12, Abita Springs Town Hall, 22161 Level Street, Abita, 504-583-8603, northshorecajundancers.com

Olde Towne Slidell Art Market 4–9 pm, Free, 2238 First Street, Slidell, 985-285-5613, greenoaksapothecary@yahoo.com Second Saturday Art Walk 6–9 pm, Free, Historic St. John District, Covington, 985-892-1873, covla.com

26 New Orleans City Park Celebration in the Oaks: Opening Night 6–10 pm Thursdays, 5 pm Saturdays & Sundays, $19-175, Tickets must be purchased online, See website for more info. Enter New Orleans City Park off Wisner onto Friedrerchs Avenue, celebrationintheoaks.com

Community Markets


The Giddy Up Market. 10:30 am–Noon, Giddy Up Folsom, 82292 Highway 25, Folsom, 985-260-5060, giddyupfolsom.com

EVERY WEDNESDAY Covington Farmers Market. 10 am–2 pm, Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire Street, Covington, covingtonfarmersmarket.org

EVERY THURSDAY & SATURDAY Lafitte Street Market. 4–8 pm Thursdays, 9 am–1 pm Saturdays, 698 Lafitte Street, Mandeville, facebook.com/LafitteStreetMarket/

EVERY SATURDAY Covington Farmers Market. 8 am–Noon, 609 N. Columbia Street on side lawn of the Covington Police Department, covingtonfarmersmarket.org Hammond Farmers Market. 8 am–Noon, corner of W. Thomas Street and S.W. Railroad Avenue, Downtown Hammond, 985-277-5680, dddhammond.com Camellia City Market. Open for to-go service. 8 am–Noon, 1808 Front Street, Slidell, 985-640-7112, camelliacitymarket.org Mandeville Trailhead Community Market. 9 am–1 pm, Mandeville Trailhead Cultural Interpretive Center, Food Vendors Only. 985-624-3147, mandevilletrailheadmarket.com Pearl River’s Honey Island Art & Farmers Market. 10 am–2 pm, 64378 Highway 41, Pearl River, 985-807-4447


Abita Springs Art & Farmers Market. 11 am–3 pm, Abita Trailhead, Drive-thru and pedestrian service, 985-892-0711 ext. 7, market@abitaspringsla.gov Madisonville Makers Market. 10 am–3 pm, Madisonville Playground & Park, 1007 Pine St., Madisonville, madisonvillemarket.com Sophisticated Woman | November 2020 41




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