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Contents In This Issue

tyle &Beauty S 6 DIY Tricks for Jewelry Organization 8 How to Wear Pink 10 Products that Beauty Insiders Swear By

Wining &Dining 13 – 27 Cover Story:



Places &Faces 28 Romantic Getaways 32 Olympic Athletes 33 The Pretty Cavaliers 34 Loom Life Shoe Company

Home &Family Taking Care of 37 – 45 Special Section: your Teeth 46 48 50 51

The Latest Trends in Window Treatments Valentine’s Dates on a Budget Home Builders Association: Annual Home Show Wands & Whimsy: Magical Memories for Children


Mind &Body 54 – 63 Special Feature: HEART TALK

Money &Career 58 10 Tips for Young People to Establish Good Credit 66 8 Steps to Ace Your Next Job Interview 68 Navigating A Career Change

Regular Features

12 36 39

First Person with Chris Meaux Who’s News By the Numbers: Dental Health

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Happenings McNeese Corral Business Buzz Solutions for Life

58 Managing Editor


Thrive is designed for people focused on living a happy, healthy life, one that is balanced, full of energy and contentment. Thrive readers want to make the most of every day and to be successful in all areas of their lives – family, health, home and career. 4

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Submitted articles and photos are welcome. Thrive assumes no responsibility for unsolicited materials and does not guarantee any submissions.

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DIY Tricks for Jewelry Organization Lurking in the depths of most jewelry boxes is the dreaded necklace clump: that knot of seldom-worn necklaces latched onto one another in tangles that take hours to unravel. And if the necklace clump isn’t bad enough, the jewelry box is also where pairs of earrings go to separate and bangle bracelets break away from their peers and start a solo act. Honestly, dumping jewelry into one big box probably isn’t the best way to store it. If you’re tired of fighting your favorite pieces free every morning, try these simple tips for getting jewelry organized.

by Emily Alford

Pinup Tray chic The same trays that keep your silverware separated are great for jewelry as well. Pick up some cheap utensil dividers and give your jewelry a designated space in a dresser drawer. Ice trays also make great storage dividers for rings and earrings.

One of the simplest ways to keep necklaces from getting tangled is to store them vertically and turn them into an elegant addition to your bedroom décor. Just hang a few pieces of corkboard and drape necklaces over pretty pins. You’ll keep your dangly jewelry organized and turn your baubles into wall art.

In plain sight To avoid searching for a stray earring when you’re already running ten minutes late, keep your most-worn pieces right on top of your dresser. Avoid losing them and give your dresser a mini-makeover in the process by grabbing a few unique bowls, ring stands, or even china saucers to give each well-loved ring, bracelet and necklace its own space. Another cute dresser-top storage option is to buy an artist’s palette from a craft store and use the separate compartments to divvy up your everyday jewelry.

Foam party If you’ve got a ton of jewelry, get rid of the clutter by moving it into an inexpensive plastic storage bin with sliding drawers, since they’re usually the perfect height to stash out of sight in a closet or under the sink. To avoid a disorganized ball of stray earrings and forgotten bracelets, line each drawer with foam and pin items in neat rows, just like you would on the corkboards.


And if you’re tired of tangling with your necklaces every morning but don’t have the time, energy, or space to invest in an intricate organization system, you can always drape stray necklaces across a dresser mirror to give a bedroom a glamorous oldHollywood look while also keeping your jewelry neat and orderly. Talk about multi-tasking! Thrive Magazine for Better Living

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YOU’RE BLUSHING! How to Wear Pink and Still Look Like an Adult

by Emily Alford

In February, we celebrate Valentine’s Day, which means bouquets, boxes of candy, and a lot of pressure to dress up for a dinner date in a way that’s romantic without seeming silly. Pink often gets a bad rap as a color reserved only for little girls, but it’s actually a great shade for looking festive on Valentine’s Day. Here are a few ways women can look sexy and stylish in pink.

Mix and match

It’s all in the accessories There’s no reason pink has to be the main focus of a Valentine’s Day outfit. Pink is a versatile color for accessories and can add a bit of fun to an otherwise basic look. Try adding a skinny, hot pink belt to a solid-color work dress or carry a cute millennial pink bag to dress up a day-to-evening look. A pair of pink tassel earrings can make just about any outfit party ready.

Pink doesn’t have to be matchy-matchy. In fact, wearing an all-pink ensemble can start to look a little too much like a princess-themed birthday party. But a pink blazer paired with a black turtleneck or a flirty pink skirt with a neutral beige sweater are great ways to make wardrobe staples feel special and give them a new infusion of style in the process.

Toughen up There’s nothing more daring and fun, fashionwise, than to mix and match different styles. Pink is traditionally seen as a “girly” color, so it’s unexpected, yet effortlessly cool-looking to pair pink with edgy, menswear-inspired pieces. A romantic pink dress with a hardware-heavy leather jacket looks like the best of both worlds, contrasting soft and hard.

Blush ain’t bashful One of the hottest shades of pink in the fashion world right now is barely even pink. Blush, which is a muted shade that’s almost a neutral, is all over the runways and department store racks. It’s incredibly versatile and looks great on nearly every skin tone, so it’s the perfect pink for people who don’t think they can pull off pink. Try a blush coat over a simple black dress or even a pair of blush heels to lighten up an otherwise dark look.

Though pink sometimes gets a bad rap, it’s a fun color with plenty of interesting and versatile shades. A pink look for Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to mean bubblegum or wild neon (though it can, if that’s what makes you feel good). If February is your favorite month, brighten it up by going all in for feel-good color! 8

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Products that Beauty Insiders Swear By by Emily Alford

The beauty industry thrives on change, and every new season brings some hot new product -like unicorn highlighter or matte liquid lipstick -- that becomes all the rage for a few months and then disappears into the bottom of the makeup drawer, never to be seen again. However, some tried and true cosmetics, both high-end and drugstore brand, never seem to go out of style.





Maybelline Great Lash Mascara It’s a classic piece of beauty trivia that a tube of Great Lash is sold every 1.7 seconds, and there’s a reason so many people swear by the iconic pink and green tube. Great Lash is thick without being clumpy, and the brush provides really good coverage. Plus, Great Lash doesn’t smear the way other drug store mascaras can. For five bucks, it’s an unbeatable value.




Bare Minerals Foundation The cosmetic brand that got their start on late-night infomercials is now a staple of department stores and Sephoras nationwide. And for good reason. Bare Minerals is foundation for people who hate foundation. It’s easy to brush on, totally blendable, thick enough to cover acne, and light enough to leave users looking barefaced. Though Bare Minerals is a bit pricey, fans say it’s worth every penny.




Urban Decay Naked Eye Shadow Palette The racy name actually refers to the subtlety of the shades in Urban Decay’s cult favorite eye shadow collection. The Naked palette’s nude hues range from shimmery champagne to smoky gray, and the sheer formula means the collection is perfect for everyday wear but also buildable for special nighttime looks.




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Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Gloss Though the packaging and the name suggest Baby Lips is intended for children, these balms are for anyone who loves soft lips with a subtle hint of color. They’re ultramoisturizing without being greasy and give lips a just-bitten tint that’s perfect for a more natural look.

MAC Ruby Woo Red Lipstick On the opposite end of the spectrum, there’s absolutely nothing subtle about MAC’s Ruby Woo, and that’s just what fans of a bold red lip love about it. Ruby Woo is the little black dress of fire engine red lipsticks; it looks great on nearly every skin type. Plus, MAC’s rich formula means the shade goes on easy and stays put for ages, making it long-wear without being dry or cakey.

CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion It seems like no visit to the dermatologist is complete without a receiving a plastic bag full of a dozen sample size bottles of CeraVe moisturizer, and that’s more than just good PR on the brand’s part. Professionals swear by CeraVe because no matter the skin concern—dryness, acne, combination, or eczema—CeraVe’s gentle but powerful moisturizer never causes flare-ups and heals even the flakiest skin. It’s good for face and body, which makes it a better value than many overpriced “facial” moisturizers that cause irritation in some skin types.

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Of course, settling into a beauty routine is all about testing until we find our own favorites. Since everyone’s skin and preferences are different there’s no one product that works for everyone. Finding a musthave product is simply a matter of finding something that truly works for you.


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Southwest Louisianians love a lot of things, and food is often near the top of most everyone’s list. Fortunately, we have enough variety of eateries to satisfy everyone’s cravings! This month, we highlight that variety, celebrate the culinary diversity of our region, and maybe encourage you to try a restaurant you’ve never experienced before. Please know, these are only a very small sample of the many fantastic restaurants in the Lake Area.

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FOOD by John O’Donnell

Since the late 1500’s, the United States has had a long history of immigration from the continent of Asia and with them came such wonderful and mouthwatering fare as egg rolls, dumplings, pho, sushi, and chicken tika marsalla. Long endeared in our country for its exotic spices, unconventional ingredients, and restorative qualities, Americans first fell in love with Asian food during the California Gold Rush in the 1850’s. The rumors of gold nuggets that drew thousands of American East Coast hopefuls to California during the Gold Rush also resonated across the Pacific with the merchants of Asia, particularly Canton in South China. For centuries, this Chinese port city had been a hub of international trade and its entrepreneurs saw an opportunity in San Francisco Bay. These optimistic people came to the United States and went into the lucrative business of providing services to miners by doing manual labor, and opening grocery stores, hardware stores, and restaurants. At the time the U.S. had what could be described as a fledgling hospitality culture, while Asia had centuries of experience in restaurant culture. The concept of restaurants specializing in Asian cuisine was a hit and it wasn’t long

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before there were Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Indian, Thai, and Mongolian restaurants from coast to coast, even here in Louisiana. In Southwest Louisiana that rich tradition of Asian culture continues with these amazing eateries.

JoJo’s China Bistro, hailed

by as The Best Chinese Food in the state of Louisiana, is known for perfecting Chinese favorites like steamed dumplings, orange chicken, and hot and sour soup. In contrast to the typical Chinese buffets, the traditional white table cloth sit down atmosphere at JoJo’s is indicative of the thoughtful care they put in to preparing and plating their dishes.

Asia Chef’s Special Sushi

1732 W Prien Lake Rd.

La Pho Bar and Grill is

making waves as the new place on the block for the national dish of Vietnam, Pho. Pho (pronounced fuh) is a Vietnamese soup consisting of broth, rice noodles, herbs and meats like beef or chicken. In addition to serving staples like lo mien, fried rice, and vermicelli, La Pho gets creative with traditional pho by adding pho options that include roasted duck, brisket, and BBQ pork. 1756 W Prien Lake Rd. LA Pho Deluxe Noodle Soup


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India has a diverse and historic cultural cuisine that varies from region to region throughout the vast subcontinent. Raja’s Curry Kitchen features a variety of dishes from the different corners of India. While offering delicious meat dishes like lamb boti, chicken reshmi kebabs, and goat curry, Raja’s vegetarian dishes also shine. Their Aalo Baigan (curry eggplant), bhinid masal (okra curry) and mixed vegetable plates offer Lake Charles diners a thrilling new experience not to be found elsewhere in the region. 3821 Ryan St.

Wasabi Japanese Sushi and Grill. We would be remiss if this

list didn’t include a fantastic sushi restaurant. Sushi is the Japanese preparation of specially prepared rice combined with varied ingredients. Wasabi thrills with it’s delicious sushi, and gets creative with their rolls and the ingredients within them. For instance, their Louisiana Roll is a tempura fried roll featuring Cajun style shrimp, crawfish, bell pepper, onion and celery (the Cajun trinity). Where else are you going to find a sushi roll reminiscent of a seafood gumbo? 3905 Ryan St. Local food truck favorite Hi-Licious Street Kitchen is popular in part because of the unreserved friendliness of its proprietor, Hali. With a rotating menu of Vietnamese, Filipino, Chinese, and Korean food, all made with fresh ingredients, you’re guaranteed to find something to please everyone. Try the Crab Rangoon, spicy shrimp, and don’t miss the fried dumplings. Find Hi-Licious on Facebook for daily locations. One of the oldest eateries on this list, Peking Garden has been familyowned and serving Hunan style Chinese food to Lake Charles since 1984. Voted best Chinese restaurant in 2012, the Huang family continues to provide delicious food and remains a local favorite. Several items on the menu are named for long time regular

customers. Popular dishes include John Polk Shrimp, long life noodles, and catfish special, but what they’re really known for are their large, savory egg rolls. One order of Peking’s egg rolls dipped in their sweet and sour sauce could be a meal in and of itself. Celebrating? Try their tiki style cocktails like the mai tai, or a romantic flaming volcano for two, a large strong and sweet drink for two people, set alight and served with two straws. 2433 Broad St. If you’re looking for a little taste of everything Asian, check out Asia at L’Auberge Casino Resort. Serving everything from Korean BBQ to sushi, Asia has the most extensive menu on this list and offers diners a wonderful contemporary dining atmosphere. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a shot of warm sake. Equipped with a drive-thru, Wok D’lite is a convenient, affordable Asian option for those in a hurry and on the go. Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because Wok has a drive-thu, their food sacrifices deliciousness for speed. Their menu boasts a mouthwatering array of Asian classics like Chicken Chow Mien, Broccoli Beef, and Moo Goo Gai Pan. Try them out for a lunch on the go, or dine in for a quiet dinner. 339 E Prien Lake Rd. Today there are more Asian-American restaurants currently in operation in the United States than there are McDonalds, KFC’s, Pizza Huts, Taco Bells and Wendys combined. When Americans are asked to rank their favorite types of restaurants, Asian places often come out on top, lending credence to the idea that Asian food is as much a part of the American dining experience as burgers and fries. Here in Southwest Louisiana, these establishments are fine additions to this growing culinary tradition.

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MANGIA BENE! italian Whether for a romantic dinner for two, a lunchtime business meeting, or a festive group party, The Villa, situated in a beautifullyrestored historic space, is the perfect spot to gather. Mike Sperandeo and his staff serve a memorable gourmet mix of Italian and continental cuisine prepared with modern flair. Casual dining in an elegant setting, at its best. 324 Pujo St.

Tony’s Pizza has had a

loyal customer base since 1968. While known for

specialty pizzas cut into small squares, they also serve great pasta dishes, salads, and po-boys. 335 E Prien Lake Rd.

Joe’s Pizza and Pasta is

the premier Italian restaurant in the Sulphur area. They serve delicious traditional pasta dishes like spaghetti and meatballs, manicotti, and baked ziti. Regular customers swoon over the bread knots and herbpacked olive oil dipping sauce.

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been the flagship Mexican restaurant in Lake Charles since 1976. Burritos, tacos, quesadillas and all the fare expected from a Mexican restaurant – it’s all there. And few customers can resist their regionallyfamous chili con queso dip. 2510 Ryan St.

Tia Juanita’s Fish Camp serves a unique

combo of Tex-Mex and Cajun cooking. Boudin quesadillas, anyone? They also whip up a fabulous Sunday Brunch. 723 Ryan St.

El Paso Mexican Grill

is the new chico on the block. They serve their tacos piled extra high with beef, chicken, shrimp or pork, with all the condiments on the side. Good standard Mexican fare and friendly service.

Rosita’s likely serves the most authentic Mexican fare in SWLA. The menu is extensive and written in Spanish, with English translation. The Sulphur business recently opened a second store on the east side of Lake Charles.

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Cadillac Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar at Golden Nugget Lake Charles. They specialize in tapas to share, and their signature dishes include fajitas, tacos al carbon, the Cadillac Mexicana burger, and enchiladas.


While their menus may vary slightly, these restaurants all have one thing in common. Margaritas!

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greek & Lebanese

Southwest Louisiana is hooked on the culinary traditions of the Middle East. Exotic spices like cumin, paprika, and saffron tease our taste buds and keep us coming back for more. We can’t get enough of kabobs, hummus, tabbouleh, shawarma, gyros, lentils, kibbie, falafel, stuffed grape leaves, and more. Don’t forget the ouzo for an after-dinner digestif! Most everyone has a go-to Middle-Eastern restaurant. Try these places and choose your own favorite! Toga Grill, 4439 Nelson Rd., Zeus, 409 West Prien Lake Rd., and Cousin’s Lebanese Cuisine, 2612 Kirkman St.

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HOLY TRINITY, BATMAN! Hollier’s Hamburger Steak


Hollier’s Cajun Kitchen is renowned for their daily all-you-can-eat buffets. Midweek is particularly popular for “Big Meat Wednesdays.” Better go there hungry! 1709 Ruth St, Sulphur.

Mama Reta’s Kitchen

serves fried chicken, gumbo, and other Southern

comfort staples. Mama Reta always has a friendly smile on her face. Soul food! 345 Broad St.

Hackett’s Cajun Kitchen caters to those

who seek boudin, sausages, and hearty traditional plate lunches without the frills. Just good food. 5614 Gerstner Memorial Blvd.



Mellow Mushroom’s House Special Pizza

Pizza-lovers, heads up! The brand new Mellow Mushroom is slated to open February 12. This franchise, with nearly 200 parlors across the country, was founded in 1974 by three Georgia Tech hippies. Considered “craft pizza,” menu options include Kosmic Karma, the Maui Wowie, the Funky Q. Chicken, as well as appetizers, burgers, hoagies, salads, and desserts. While heavily geared to kids, (cue the entertaining brand-specific cartoon characters) the concept also appeals to adults, with two full-service bars (one indoor and one in their courtyard) and 48 taps for a great beer selection.

Pizza Artista brought a new concept to Lake Charles in 2016 when it introduced its watch-while-theymake-it-your-way brand with over 70 different ingredients, from crusts to finishing touches. Oh, the choices! 420 W Prien Lake Rd.

Whoop-D-Deaux is a new pizza delivery/take out place in Iowa and is getting rave reviews. In addition to pizza, they also serve Braided Garlic Bread, Double-Baked Stuffed Potatoes, Beignets and more. 401 S. Thomson, Iowa.

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When you think about sandwiches in SWLA, po-boys immediately come to mind. Darrel’s is the quintessential sports bar and po-boy shop. People come from far and wide for a Darrell’s Special. Messiness at its best! 119 W College St.

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BENEFITS OF seasonal EATING by Angie Kay Dilmore

Most of us eat food in season without even realizing it. In summer, when we need more hydration, we naturally crave juicy watermelons, peaches, tomatoes, and other foods high in water content. In winter, our palates turn to heartier fare such as apples, pears, and squashes. But if we are more intentional about eating seasonal foods, we discover even more benefits.

Better flavor and quality – Food in season is often grown closer

to home. Less time traveling means the food is fresher with less spoilage.

More nutritious – Even though fresh produce is no longer physically

on the plant, it is still alive and continues to “breathe.” This process, called respiration, breaks down stored organic materials, such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and leads to loss of food value, flavor, and nutrients. Produce will lose heat from this respiration as well as moisture, which is another way nutrients are lost. Warm, dry air can speed this process considerably, so keeping produce cool and moist is beneficial in most cases. Ripeness and the timing of harvest affect the nutrition value of produce. For example, vitamin C level is highest when a tomato is picked ripe from the vine. Enzymes in action also decrease the nutrition of a fruit or vegetable. When you cut open an apple or banana, the browning is a sign of enzymatic activity and a loss of nutrients.

Diversifies our diet – Eating foods in season can increase the

variety of foods you eat. This broadens your culinary palate and exposes you to dishes and ingredients you may not have otherwise explored.

It’s economical -- When you buy produce in season, you buy

food that’s at the peak of its supply, and costs less to farmers and distribution companies to harvest and transport to your grocery store.

Environmentally friendly – Food is naturally

“greener” when it doesn’t travel halfway across the country or even the world before it arrives on your plate.

Can foster a better sense of community – Buy local, and

you’ll have a better chance at getting foods that are seasonal, fresh, and support local farmers and businesses in your community. Get to know the vendors at farmers’ markets. Ask them questions about their products, like when were they harvested and how to cook them. Join a local food co-op or a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project (or other fresh food delivery service.) Many of those farms and businesses also offer organic or sustainable options if you’re looking for them.


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Many area chefs incorporate seasonal foods into their always-evolving menus. From upscale eateries to pop-up cafes and health food bars, food preparers understand the value of using seasonal ingredients.

Ember Grille and Wine Bar is well-known for its

seasonal cuisine. Chef Brock Granger agrees that seasonal products are at the height of flavor and more cost effective. And this allows him to be even more creative in his kitchen. “Eating with the seasons allows us to keep evolving in the way we look at ingredients,” he says. We have to look at each ingredient and figure out how to get the most from it. We may look to nature for inspiration or use modern techniques to present the ingredient in a new light.” Chef Brock says winter menu items should include hearty earthy flavors. For example, currently in his Seared Scallops dish, he pairs fresh scallops with a parsnip puree, black truffles, and a winter mushroom ragout. For the finishing touch, he tops the dish with fried sage and more shaved black truffles.

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Heather Hamilton of Garden Path Grocery sees many benefits to using locally-grown foods in season. She says the practice ensures fruits and vegetables are at their peak freshness and flavor when they are ripened on the plant. It’s a perk to local farmers, as well. “Purchasing from local farmers enables us to better know how things are grown and keeps our dollars local,” says Hamilton. During winter, she sources greens and cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and cauliflower from Tall Grass Farms and uses these ingredients in her dishes, such as the wildlypopular Buddha Bowls.

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HOW SWEET IT IS by John O’Donnell


essert . . . that sweet and wonderfully indulgent course that concludes the meal and sends diners into a blissful sugar coma. The promise of cakes, tarts, cookies, gelatins, pastries, ice creams, pies, and puddings has encouraged children to eat their vegetables, boosted adults through a tough day, helped to celebrate occasions and holidays, and has been the literal cherry on top of a wonderful meal. Although the word “dessert” originated from the French word “desservir”, which means “to clear the table,” human consumption of anything sweet dates back much further than such delicacies as the macaron, éclair, and crepe. Treats like dried fruit and honey were eaten, and even used as offerings to gods, as far back as the dawn of civilization, but dessert didn’t really take off until sugarcane was refined and crystalized in India around 500 BCE. Mass production and refinement allowed sugarcane to be transported more easily and it wasn’t long before sugar became a staple of cooking around the globe. In the past few centuries, we’ve had plenty of time to perfect confections, and in Southwest Louisiana we’re no stranger to sugarcane and are fortunate to have some great sweet treats in our neck of the woods. Here are just a few of our local favorites.


In addition to a fantastic menu of sandwiches and soups, the Bekery prides itself on fresh baked goods. Everything at the Bekery is made the day it is served, and they have a rotating menu with a variety of flavors of perfectly warm, gooey cookies, scones, muffins, and brownies that you can dip into a cup of hot locally-roasted Acadian coffee. Want something cold? The Bekery also serves creamy Gelato that you can enjoy in their beautiful outdoor patio. 206 W 11th St. One of the go-to treat shops in Downtown Lake Charles is Pops and Rockets. Locally made by hand, often with locally-sourced ingredients, the level of freshness and flavor sets the ice cream served at Pops and Rockets apart from any other ice cream. The menu includes creative dessert combos such as serving any of their amazing ice cream flavors between two freshly-baked cookies to create a delectable sandwich, or mixing fresh chunks of cinnamon rolls into a serving of ice cream. Want something unique? Try one of their seasonal favorites like King Cake Ice Cream. 104 W Pujo St. Located in Sulphur, Amber’s Cake Creations is known for creating extraordinary cakes that could be mistaken for works of art. Beautiful birthday cakes shaped like a princess castle or comic book hero, party cakes created to look like boiling pots of crawfish, groom’s cakes sculpted into a cooler full of fish, wedding cakes that take your breath away, as well as classic cakes like King Cakes are all in a day’s

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work at Amber’s. Cupcakes are also on the menu. Fruit cupcakes made with chunks of fresh fruit, banana pudding cupcakes, and classics like German chocolate are all affordably-priced and baked fresh daily. Not in the mood for cake? Try their lemon bars or chocolate-dipped strawberries. 121 S Huntington St, Sulphur. Have a gluten sensitivity? That doesn’t mean you can’t get something sweet to eat in Southwest Louisiana. O’Neills Gluten-Free Goodness makes sure that those seeking gluten-free options can come, shop, taste, and not have to worry about a thing. Lauren and Jesse O’Neill started O’Neills doughnuts in the kitchen of their apartment because they were frustrated with a lack of gluten-free breakfast treats. After perfecting their creations at the Charlestown Farmers Market in Lake Charles, they opened a brick and mortar store on Alamo Street. In addition to unique doughnuts like Vanilla Pistachio, they serve other breakfast options like “doughscuits” (a sandwich made with two doughnuts). 421 Alamo St. Frequently found at the Cash and Carry or Charlestown Farmers’ Markets, Diana’s Cake Confections is all about oldfashioned baked goods made with natural ingredients. Diana’s cheesecake bars, unicorn cookies, and oatmeal cream pies are all delicious, but her beautiful, varied, and colorful macarons are a farmers’ market favorite. Stop by and grab something sweet while you shop, or choose a large order to take home for the family.

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New to Downtown Lake Charles, Charleston Bistro is serving up lunch, dinner, cocktails, and desserts in the lobby of the old Charleston Hotel on Pujo and Ryan. In addition to a variety of baked goods, Charleston offers a chance to double your dessert as a night cap. A large selection of signature “Sweet Drinks” like their tiramisu martini, truffle espresso, and a margarita made with cotton candy give patrons a chance to have something different to satisfy their sweet tooth. 900 Ryan St. ONeil’s Doughscuit

Family owned and operated since 1989, Pronia’s Deli and Bakery has made Cajun/Italian fusion cuisine a food staple in Lake Charles, but what

they’re really famous for are their moist, full-flavored cakes. Made with a rich, buttery, cream cheese icing prepared from scratch, their cake flavors are self-described as “old fashioned.” Can’t decide on a flavor? Don’t worry. Pronia’s specializes in tiered cakes and can put a different flavor in each layer. 3021 Kirkman St. Thanks to our collective culture providing a variety of different foods and flavors, we live in a place of sugar joy. Whether you’re eating to cap off a great meal, beginning a multicourse meal, or just enjoying a treat after a hard day, there’s no shortage of incredible desserts in Southwest Louisiana.

It’s not just any bakery. We stonegrind the highest quality wheat from family farmers in Montana. That scratch made, farm-to-table method is what makes our bread & goodies truly healthy AND taste different from anything else. The same approach makes its way into our cafe sandwiches and salads. We also make our spreads and dressings in house also from the freshest ingredients. Our bread on our sandwiches makes the “outside” as good as the “inside!”

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Pronia’s Deli and Bakery is a locally owned business who has been in Lake Charles for over 20 years! We specialize in many delicious sandwiches and other deli items along with many bakery items such as cakes, cupcakes, baklava, cannoli and more! Monday – Friday: 10am-5:30pm Saturday: 10am-1:30pm Sunday: Closed 3101 Kirkman St | Lake Charles (337) 478-0785

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Chris Meaux incorporated the immensely popular Waitr app along with four ambitious college students in December 2013. Waitr, if there’s anyone out there who doesn’t know, is an on-demand restaurant delivery order application. After a year of development, Waitr was on the App Store. That first year, they processed 57,000 orders. Today, they manage 57,000 orders in two days. In four short years, the company soared from concept to a multimilliondollar company that employs over 3,000 people in six states, 150 cities, 3,600 restaurants, and three million app users. How does this happen? Meaux’s story is one of perseverance, vision, innate optimism, and unrelenting determination. Entering the budding world of technology as a computer salesman in college, he has worked for various companies in Dallas, Silicon Valley, and Europe, and has initiated a handful of his own start-ups. He was a finalist for the 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Gulf Coast area. And yet, he’ll tell you (and his employees) “we’re not successful yet.” Thrive recently sat down with Meaux in his brand new super-cool Lake Charles office in the Historic Calcasieu Marine Bank Building, where he talked about his early job experiences, the importance of listening, and the significance of starting a tech firm in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

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I grew up Estherwood, Louisiana. My dad was in the banking business. We lived out in the country, and I raised and showed livestock, did some rodeo. I had planned to go to school to become a veterinarian. But when I got to LSU in 1986, all that changed. I was around a lot more city folks, I joined a fraternity, and I decided business was what I wanted to pursue.

What were some of your earliest jobs, and how did they prepare you for where you are today? Other than selling lemonade, which probably every kid does, the first time I had an inkling that I liked business was when my sister and I sold Christmas cards and gift wrap door-to-door to earn prizes. I held several jobs throughout high school, but what I loved most was the selling part. One of my first jobs was as a car salesman.

What led you to the technology sector? In 1987, I met Michael Dell, who had started Dell Computer from his dorm room. He had just opened an office and was on his way to becoming a big company. I saw what he had done and I thought, I can do that, too. So I started building computers while at LSU and selling them to small businesses. My company was called CM Computer. While still in school, I started working at Computerland in Baton Rouge, where I sold Apple, IBM, and Compac. Computerland brought on a new lower-end home computer by Hyundai and I began selling those. Hyundai recruited me right out of college to work for them in Dallas.

What ultimately led you to establish Waitr App? A friend of mine had bought the Swashbuckler’s indoor football team. He wanted me to run the operations of the team. That’s what brought me to Lake Charles. I did that for three seasons, but ultimately, it didn’t work out. So I was trying to figure out what

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to do next. I briefly tested a concept called Meauxs2Geaux. I never rolled it out, but I had the plan, and that was the basis for what is now Waitr. There’s an event called Start-Up Weekend. They’re held all over the world, and at that time (2013) the next available event was in Gainesville, Florida. I went to pitch my idea, which I initially called Foogle (Food + Google.) Before I got my turn to pitch, another guy pitched a similar idea. He called it Waitr. Rather than pitch my idea, I joined his team; me and four other guys. Out of 20 presenters, we won the competition. Two of the five on the team weren’t interested in pursuing the idea, but I knew I was going back to Lake Charles to make Waitr a reality. The other two guys, Addison Killebrew and Evan Diaz De Arce, who were students at the University of Florida at the time, agreed to join me and are two of Waitr’s cofounders. Once back in Lake Charles, I contacted McNeese professors and asked them if they could recommend any computer programmers. This is how I found Adam Murnane and Manuel Rivero, the fourth and fifth co-founders. I incorporated the company on Dec. 5, 2013. We set up in the SEED Center and immediately started working on the software for Waitr. The following April, we won the McNeese Business Pitch Competition, which gave us six months free rent in the SEED Center. In January 2015, we put Waitr on the App Store.

Were there kinks and hurdles to overcome initially and how did you manage that? There were big ones. Our first challenge was getting restaurants in Lake Charles to sign on. We had to convince them. Getting the first five restaurants to sign on, so users would have choices, almost never happened. But we didn’t give up. Once we had several restaurants on board, the second challenge was getting them customers. We went door-to-door, handed out flyers at events, convinced the restaurants to put flyers in to-go orders. We did a television commercial on KPLC. Slowly, people started to use it. But for a while, we thought it was going to fail.


Wining & Dining | RESTAURANT GUIDE You started Waitr in the SEED Center. How did this business incubator contribute to the success of Waitr?

recognize an idea that has merit and find the right people who can help me carry it out and make it a reality.

Prior to the Florida competition, someone had invited me to tour the SEED Center soon after it opened. When I walked into the building, my first thought was, Wow, this is a great place to do a technology start-up. We had access to office equipment and resources. It gave us a meeting space to bring clients. It gave us credibility.

What other advice do you have for budding entrepreneurs?

What has surprised you the most throughout the evolution of Waitr? The biggest surprise to me was that Waitr took off as quickly as it did in Lake Charles. We said, if we can make Waitr work in Lake Charles, we can make it work anywhere. You don’t have to be in Silicon Valley to create a technology company. You can do it Lake Charles, Louisiana. We did it.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned over the years?


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There have been many, but I’ll tell you about two. Someone recently told me that I’m a “humble founder,” meaning I was willing to listen. That’s a new phenomenon for me since starting Waitr. I used to think I knew everything. And I’d never listen. But if you listen to people, especially those older and wiser, you’ll get valuable information that can help you avoid mistakes. The second important lesson is this: If you’re going to start a technical company, you need technical co-founders – people who have a vested interest in the success of the business. One of my strengths is my ability to

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Find a mentor and be willing to listen to them.

Did you have a career mentor? I never knew how to go about finding a mentor, but I did have my father. I watched him go through struggles, but he always kept a positive attitude about what was next. He taught me to set goals, achieve them, and set new goals. He works for us now.

How do you spend your free time? I used to love to play golf, but I don’t play it much anymore. I try to spend my free time with family. My wife and I are empty-nesters and we’ll become grandparents in June. But otherwise, I don’t spend my free time doing anything exciting. I probably spend most of my free time thinking about the future of Waitr.

What’s on your bucket list? Honestly, I’ve done a lot of things, I’ve traveled a lot of places. So my bucket list is simply to live long enough to see my grandchildren grow up and do whatever they want to do.

What’s next for Chris Meaux? Professionally, I want to expand Waitr by 150 cities this year. I want Waitr to do well for its investors, its employees, for my family, and for Louisiana and its communities. And I want to help other companies do what we’ve done and be successful.

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Getaways by Deborah Hacker Serra

Louisiana is blessed with so many wonderful celebrations that sometimes we let a few important ones slide. This year Valentine’s Day is the day after Mardi Gras and it falls on Ash Wednesday, which might tempt you to simply give a card to that special someone. Don’t let Cupid’s special day pass unacknowledged. Be bold! Reserve a special get-away with the one you cherish. Normally, a list of nearby get-aways would feature New Orleans hotels or B & Bs, but because they’ll be cleaning up after weeks of celebration, we’ll give our friends west of the Sabine a little love instead. After all, they’re still in the midst of hurricane recovery. And who among us can’t relate to that? All properties listed are up and running and eager to hear from you. And depending on your mode of transportation, each suggestion is a tank of gas, or less, away. We’ve also included some Louisiana places you may not have considered.


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HOUS TON & GA LV ES TON Hotel Galvez and Spa (Left) 2024 Seawall Blvd. Galveston, TX 409-765-7721 The Sweet Escape package includes your room, sparkling wine, and breakfast for two. A weekday package runs from $179 to $219 and a weekend package will run $289 to $329. The Galvez is part of Galveston lore; a very special place to celebrate one another. Remember to book some spa time, too. The Tremont House (Above) 2300 Mechanic Row Galveston, TX 409-763-0300 Proposing this Valentine’s? Here’s your venue! The Tremont offers a Marry Me engagement package that includes a night in the beautiful Belmont Suite, champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, a vase of six roses, a 30-minute carriage ride through the Galveston Historic District, dinner for two at the Galvez Bar and Grill, and after dinner, back to the suite to enjoy a Rose Petal turndown service and breakfast in bed the following morning. Whew! What a way to propose! (this must be booked directly through the hotel) Already married? Don’t tell! Just book the package and enjoy. Hotel ZaZa Museum District 5701 Main St. Houston, TX 888-880-3244 Just saying ZaZa out loud brings a smile, but check out this unique hotel and the memories will keep you smiling. The Valentine’s Package offers a choice of a breakfast package or a dinner and breakfast package both which include the romantic 5 Senses of Love Turndown special. How could you say no to that? Breakfast is a $40 credit and adding dinner is a $150 dinner credit and $50 room service breakfast credit. The Museum District location features rooms in the main building but there are also wonderful poolside bungalows, villas, and a suite for around $450.

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Hotel Icon (Above) 220 Main St. Houston, TX 844-204-7664 Once the Union National Bank in downtown Houston, this fabulously restored property features the bank’s original vault. Depending on the room you choose, there are clawfoot tubs, garden tubs, and in-room jaccuzi tubs. The Icon’s Kiss and Tell romance package features your room, a dozen red roses, a half dozen chocolate covered strawberries, breakfast, and complimentary parking. Kiss and Tell indeed! Hotel Derek (Above right and right) 2525 West Loop S Houston, TX 713-961-3000 This is ‘the’ hotel for the very famous, and those checking out the very famous. It’s a hot boutique property with surprisingly affordable rooms, plus rooms that will take a bit more green to get you in. Feeling naughty? The Fifty Shades of… package ($149) offers a chilled bottle of Rose Champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. After a night on the town (the Galleria is just up the street!) or an evening at the on-sight Revolve Kitchen and Bar restaurant (think craft cocktails) or Tap and Pour, you’ll find a rose petal-strewn bed with turndown service and breakfast in bed in the morning.


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DON’ T F ORGE T LOU ISI A NA! There are so many iconic places to stay in Louisiana. If you don’t have time for a major get-away, each of these spots provides something a bit different than a classic hotel stay. Loyd Hall Plantation 292 Loyd Bridge Rd. Cheneyville, LA (16 mi. south of Alexandria) 318-776-5641 The history of this incredible old plantation will take your breath away. Nearly lost to the ages and then rescued, this place has a wonderful story. There are five cottages and two luxury suites from the mid $100s to around $300. A light breakfast is offered. Sometimes B & Bs can be a little “close” when it comes to accommodations. Loyd Hall cottages are private, as are the suites. Make sure you get the tour, or at least talk with the caretakers about the history of the house and the property.

Cypress Bend Resort (Left) 2000 Cypress Bend Parkway Many, LA 318-590-1500 Cypress Bend offers a spa, sauna, golfing, fabulous views, and a Romance Special! The special features a deluxe room and breakfast for two in the dining room. There is also a Stay and Play package for golfers which includes a premium room, a round of golf, and breakfast, plus a Great Fishing Package that features one-time entry to Cypress Bend park, a cooler bag packed with ice, and room accommodations. This place has a little something for everyone with very reasonable prices. Grosse Savanne Lodge 1730 Big Pasture Rd. Lake Charles, LA 337-598-2357 Not only a destination for world class hunting and fishing trips, Grosse Savanne offers a B & B option that includes a fivecourse dinner and continental breakfast. Views from the screened porches or the wildlife tower are spectacular as are the sunrises and sunsets. This is a true Southern experience and one of those splurges you will not soon forget. (B & B options are not available during waterfowl hunting season)

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OLYMPIC ATHLETES All eyes will be on Seoul this month as the world’s greatest athletes compete in the 2018 Winter Games. While it’s great to enjoy watching the games, there are actually some important lessons we can learn from Olympic athletes. Steve Siebold, a former professional athlete, psychological performance coach, and author of 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class, offers these ten tips for success from Olympians.

THEY NEVER STOP LEARNING. Olympic athletes are at the top of their games because they spend so much time practicing, watching replays of their performance, and strategizing with their coaches. If you want to be the best at something, commit yourself to being a student for life.

THEY COMPARTMENTALIZE THEIR EMOTIONS. In other words, Olympic athletes have the ability to put aside anything else going on at that very moment, and focus only on the task in front of them: winning the gold.

THEY OVERCOME OBSTACLES. When most people run into an obstacle, they seek escape. Olympic athletes push forward when this happens and learn all they can from the challenge. Facing adversity is a part of success.

THEY KNOW VERY GOOD IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH. For the average person, to be classified as very good is something to be proud of. For Olympians, not so much. They want to be the best. Don’t settle for mediocrity. Why be happy with the bronze or silver when you can go for the gold?

THEY THINK BIG. Ask most people what they’re thinking at any given time, and you might be surprised to learn how many think about just getting by. That’s called selling yourself short. If you ask an Olympian if they think they will win the gold, they would all tell you “yes.” They fully believe in themselves and their abilities, and nothing you could say will talk them out of it. They think big and therefore get big results. THEY KNOW CONSCIOUSNESS IS CONTAGIOUS. Olympic athletes live together and spend so much time together because consciousness is contagious. Your level of success in any area of your life is most likely the same as the people you spend the most time with. If you want to be better at something, get around people who push you to greatness. THEY ARE CONSISTENTLY GREAT. The reason Olympians are so consistent is because their actions are congruent with their thought processes. They have a clear mental picture of what they want, why they want it, and how to move closer to their target objective.


THEY ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. Olympic athletes are held accountable on many levels. Most people have no means of accountability or a support system in place when it comes to what they’re trying to accomplish. Whether it’s losing weight, making more money, or anything else, being held accountable changes everything. THEY KNOW IT’S THEIR DESIRE THAT COUNTS. Olympic athletes know winning isn’t everything. It’s wanting to win that counts. Olympians have a “whatever it takes” attitude. They’ve made the decision to pay any price and bear any burden in the name of victory. THEY ARE COMEBACK ARTISTS. While most people are demoralized by setbacks and defeat, Olympians know that large scale success is based on a series of comebacks. Emotionally speaking, they don’t understand the concept of giving up. On the physical plane, they have perseverance. On the mental plane, they have toughness. On the spiritual plane, we call it artistry.

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The Pretty Cavaliers by Lauren Atterbery Cesar

Amy Kerwin and Ashley Gatte, the honeyed, twining voices behind the duo The Pretty Cavaliers, met at church in 2012 and quickly recognized within each other a musical chemistry that was beautifully fostered within their supportive, tight-knit community. Amy describes herself as a “blonde, eccentric, haphazard soprano on the piano,” while Ashley is a “stunning brunette alto, calm and willful on the guitar.” Together these kindred spirts have been making breathtaking music for five years, while enjoying a lot of laughter and the fruits of their hard work. You may know them by their former name, Elms District. They got their start, Amy explains, “When someone approached me and offered to help kick start a music venture, and I accepted knowing I wanted Ashley to help me. Because we had some financial support from the man who encouraged me to take that leap of faith, we were able to start recording and traveling without many of the hurdles that new bands experience.” During the past five years, the duo has been solidified through working together in moments of fatigue, hearing each other at their best and worst, and eating Lunchables and drinking Redbulls on the road. Inspired by bands like Simon and Garfunkel, The Beatles, America, and Chicago, they’ve gone on to create beautiful music that can be found

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through nearly any digital media outlet like Pandora, Spotify, iTunes, YouTube, and Amazon. It is no surprise that last year their song “Journey On” got picked up to be in the show “Criminal Minds” on CBS. Don’t let their success fool you. These artists embody every sense of the word. They turned down working with a major record label because they believe their dreams are better when their loved ones are in them, staying true to themselves, their music, and their families. Amy’s husband is fond of saying, “We give up what we love for what we love more,” but they are not giving up music. Instead, they are focused on creating opportunities locally in the community that has fostered them. When asked about their name change from Elms District to The Pretty Cavaliers, Amy explains, “The name change was sort of a rebirth for us. Our first EP was very spiritually focused. Our music now is not without that influence, but we are covering a broader range of topics. There was a folly whenever people asked us if we played ‘Christian music.’ There’s an attempt to disenchant and separate from secular or globalized music that seems contrary to the very core of what I believe Christianity to be. I think we just decided we were okay reaching outside of that sphere but we needed those who followed us and had strong, sacred feelings

towards it to have a heads up that our new music would be breaking molds and, albeit apologetically, may be stepping on toes while breaking this new ground. We wanted to reflect the real messiness of life and relationships, and our attempts to follow a God we believed in, despite sometimes making wrong turns along the way.” Ashley asks their listeners to,

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“Please keep an open mind as we release new music. I think a huge lesson we have learned is to embrace change and be inspired by it! Change allows for creative growth.” Amy and Ashley are using that growth to speak honestly through their music to long-time fans and new listeners, while looking forward to what the future holds for their sound.


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LOOM LIFE a New Shoe Company that Weaves Product Together with Purpose Mark McCormick spent over twenty years in the corporate shoe industry, finding success in high level management positions with companies such as Stride Rite, Keds, and Sporto. But something in his career life was missing. “Once you reach a certain level of success in your profession, you start redefining what success really looks like,” McCormick says. “It had been my desire for several years to one day create my own shoe line and have the opportunity to approach business based on my own values and ideals; to focus more on the quality of the product and the impact they have on people’s lifestyle.” In other words, “People over profits.” A Pittsburgh native whose career took him to cities as far-flung as Dallas, Boston, and Denver, McCormick moved his family back to Sulphur, his wife Debbie’s hometown, in 2013. Early last year, he made the break from big business, and in December 2017, he and business partner Charley Brown started their new company, LOOM, a footwear business that donates 10% of their profits to the Maasia Beaded Project in Kenya, created through the charitable arm of Custom Safaris. Through the program, women are given the supplies and business education needed to create bracelets and necklaces to sell at local markets. They’re taught to be self-sufficient and self-sustaining. “This general principle of alleviating poverty by facilitating self-sufficiency is something we wanted to make a cornerstone of the LOOM culture,” McCormick says. McCormick and Brown share the desire to do both business and life differently and to see the impact of their business decisions first hand. LOOM’s three corporate values, Honesty and Transparency, Ownership and Accountability, and Influence over Income, define them. “We are less concerned with attributes like price and more inspired to design product that connects with consumers who value lifestyle brands with a story,” says McCormick. Their business tag line. “Believe in the weave,” ties together the innovative shoe fabric and the notion of weaving LOOM values into their company culture.


On his philanthropic mindset, McCormick says it’s not enough to do well for oneself. We are meant to reach out and help those around us. “I was raised to put a little something in the collection plate every Sunday, but Deb taught me how to put a face around charity. She’s been the driver of that philosophy in my life, in the lives of our three sons, and even our dog Maddie, whom she rescued along the side of the road.” LOOM LIFE recently debuted two products including a sneaker called Voyage, made with a fabric woven so tightly, it offers a remarkable amount of flexibility and stretch, yet the fabric’s buoyancy helps maintain its original shape. It’s touted as the perfect travel shoe. They even sell pairs with a carabiner so you can easily clip them to your backpack or purse and go. It’s comfortable, lightweight, and washable. Their Sparkle slip-on boot was originally designed as a fashionable way for dancers to find relief after hours in the studio or competition, but they discovered that all generations and demographics are gravitating to the boot. “It’s fashionable enough to wear out yet comfortable enough to use as slippers at home,” says McCormick. In the near future, LOOM will introduce more women’s shoes and their first men’s styles, as well. “The men’s shoes will be perfect for this area of the country because, like our other shoes, they will have memory foam insoles but they will also have a wool insole that keeps the moisture away and the upper of the shoe will allow airflow. No socks required,” added McCormick. Currently, LOOM shoes are only offered through their website,, but McCormick plans to partner with a few independent retailers later this year, as well as several large on-line retailers. “We look forward to growing into an international lifestyle brand. Our background is in footwear but the discovery of this material could be applied to many different concepts. We even have some furniture ideas!” McCormick says. To learn more on their charity, visit www. To read more about LOOM’s story, see their website,

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Stockwell Sievert Law Firm Names Two Partners Stockwell Sievert Law Firm is pleased to announce that Stephen D. Polito and Ross M. Raley, both senior associates, have joined the partnership. Stephen concentrates his practice in banking, bankruptcy, and general business and commercial litigation. Ross concentrates his practice in litigation, labor and employment, oil and gas transactions, and general business and commercial litigation.

Occupational Therapist, Kelli Moore, achieves Hand Therapy Certification

Occupational Therapist, Kelli Moore, recently achieved a Hand Therapy Certification from the Hand Kelli Moore Therapy Certification Commission (HTCC). The nationally recognized certification makes Moore one of only three certified hand therapists in Southwest Louisiana. Two of these three therapists work at Lake Charles Memorial Outpatient Rehabilitation. A therapist has to have at least three years’ experience with over 4000 hours in direct hand therapy practice before they can take the certification exam. The passing rate of the exam was only 58 percent. For more information on this hand therapy rehabilitation, talk to your doctor or contact Lake Charles Memorial Outpatient Rehabilitation at (337) 494-2556.


Memorial Medical Group Orthopedic Surgeon Brett Cascio, MD recently earned his board recertification in orthopedic surgery Dr. Brett Cascio and subspecialty recertification in orthopedic sports medicine by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Both certifications are valid through 2029. Dr. Cascio is the medical director of Sports Medicine at Lake Charles Memorial, and specializes in sports medicine and the arthroscopic treatment of ACL reconstructions, rotator cuff tears, and hip, knee & shoulder pain and injuries. His office is located at 4345 Nelson Road, Suite 201. His office number is (337) 494-4900.

Local Student Achieves Top ACT Score John W. Noble III, son of John and Lucinda Noble and a senior at St. Louis High School in Lake Charles, earned the highest possible ACT composite score John Noble of 36. On average, only around one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. In the U.S. high school graduating class of 2017, only 2,760 out of more than 2 million graduates who took the ACT earned a composite score of 36. The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science, each scored on a scale of 1-36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. The score for ACT’s optional writing test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score. The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement exam that measures what students have learned in school. Students who earn a 36 composite score have likely mastered all of the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in firstyear college courses in the core subject areas. ACT scores are accepted by all major fouryear colleges and universities across the U.S.

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Lestrapes Honored with Professional of the Year Award Debra Lastrapes was honored with the 2017 Professional of the Year Award. A proven leader and role model in offering experience, expertise, development Debra Lastrapes and community service to advance the Human Resource profession. Debra is employed at Calcasieu Refining as Human Resources Manager. She earned her PHR Certification in 2005 and her SHRM-CP in 2016. Since becoming a member of ICHRMA she has held numerous board positions, currently serving as Treasurer. She has been actively engaged in the Women’s Commission of SWLA since 2004, serving as President of the organization in 2012. In addition, she currently serves on the LiveWell board as Advisory Council. Debra has recently been selected to serve on the Local Heart Foundation board as Director of Community Relations.

Lewis Named VP/ Commercial Lender For JD Bank JD Bank has turned to an experienced banking professional to strengthen our commercial lending division at the Highway 14 branch Mark F. Lewis in Lake Charles. Mark F. Lewis has 25 years of banking experience and has been hired as Vice President and Commercial Lender. In this role, Lewis will oversee commercial and small business lending and business development in the Southwest Louisiana area. For more information, visit

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Taking Care of your


Are you up to date on your dental exams? According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 92% of adults age 20-64 have had at least one cavity at some point. Yet only 65% of Americans visit a dentist regularly. The truth is, dental health is important. In this month’s special dental section, we bring you the latest on tooth disease prevention and treatment, new diagnostic technology, cosmetic enhancements, and dental sedation.

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Four Tips for a Healthier Mouth

You may not know it, but your mouth is your first line of defense against harmful bacteria. Sure, you can brush twice a day and try not to eat giant Toblerone bars, but there are many ways to keep your mouth fresh, clean, and healthy.

1 Stick to the two-minute rule. Too many people give up brushing their pearly whites after 30 seconds, but that’s not long enough to keep your teeth clean.

“The American Dental Association strongly recommends brushing for at least two minutes,” said Dr. Tim Robinson of Robinson Dental Group Family Dentistry. “Two minutes gives you enough time to take care of all your teeth, and not just the front ones.” Having trouble sticking to two minutes? Try listening to a short song or even pull up a short YouTube video to keep your attention for 120 seconds.

2 Floss properly.

If you’re not flossing or if you’re improperly flossing, you could be letting damage build up in your mouth, no matter how much you brush. Bacteria, food particles, and plaque get stuck between teeth, where your toothbrush simply can’t reach. “Use a long enough piece of floss—at least 12 inches long,” said Dr. Robinson. “You want to make sure you aren’t using the same four-inch section over and over. You’re simply reinserting the bacteria you just removed.”

and replace 3 Clean your brush.

Your toothbrush is surprisingly easy to keep clean. Skip the $50 sanitizing solutions or containers for your brush. Keeping your brush in a cover can actually breed new bacteria. Simply thoroughly rinse it after use and let it air dry. Make sure to avoid sharing your toothbrush with others as well. Don’t forget to change your toothbrush every few months, especially after you’ve been sick. Your brush’s bristles can wear down after three or four months and won’t be as effective to clean with.

snacking, or at 4 Limit least snack healthy.

Snacking in the middle of the day— hours from your next brushing session— can give the bacteria in your mouth the fuel they need to breed. Crackers and baked chips seem healthy, but they are the easiest to get wedged between teeth and in your molars’ crevices. “Most of all, stay away from snacking at night after you’ve brushed your teeth,” said Dr. Robinson. “Letting food and sugar stay on your teeth all night allows plaque to flourish in your mouth.”

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Dental Health 40% 78% 6 By the Numbers Percent of Americans who have had at least 1 cavity by age 17.

Number of years flossing once per day can increase your lifespan.

Percent of tooth surfaces left uncleaned if you do not floss.

38.5 Average number of times a woman smiles per day.

Number of seconds the average person brushes.

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The year commercial floss was first manufactured.

Number of Americans who suffer from some form of periodontal gum disease.

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Number of types of bacteria that can make up dental plaque.

The average amount of money left by the tooth fairy in 1950.


Number of fillings the average adult has.

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Dental Diagnostics

Making your Trip to the Dentist a Whole Lot Easier Comfort and convenience; two words that didn’t previously come to mind when visiting the dentist, but times have changed. Advancements in dental technology, especially in the diagnostic realm, have made it much easier to be in that dental chair. From faster restorative procedures to improved cavity detection, dentists can diagnose and treat problems more quickly and accurately. “As technology changes how we do things in everyday life, it’s also improving the world of dental care. We can provide so much more than we could in the past,” explains Jeffery Hennigan, DDS, with Lake Area Dentistry. “We’re using exciting options that just weren’t available five or ten years ago. The difference it makes in the patient’s time and improved experience is revolutionary.” For example, getting a crown put on a tooth was once a multi-visit endeavor. Between getting the impression made using that squishy, gel-like substance, to having the actual crown created, took weeks. Now, it can be done in a single visit. Computer-assisted design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) are now used for Chairside Economical


Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic, or CEREC®. The crown is designed, created, and positioned in the mouth within minutes. “The CEREC® 3D software allows us to make a 3D model of the new tooth. Then, we match the patient’s tooth color to the precise shade of ceramic and use the milling unit to create the crown. It’s fitted, polished, and bonded into place,” says Dr. Hennigan. “There are no temporary crowns and return visits. The patient is on their way after one visit, start to finish.” Oral diagnostics are also now high-tech. Dr. Hennigan says his office uses intraoral cameras and digital radiographs to spot issues in the earliest stages, when they are most treatable. An intraoral camera, which looks like an oversized pen, has a camera that takes high-resolution images inside the mouth which can be displayed on the monitor. Digital radiographs are captured by sensors in the mouth and then projected instantly on a computer screen for the dentist and patient to see. In addition to this, Dr. Hennigan’s office utilizes 3D panoramic imaging to

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provide a three-dimensional rendering of a patient’s teeth and jaw structures. “It gives the patient a view of what we’re seeing, letting us discuss what’s going on as they see the images on the monitor,” he explains. On the horizon, the dental world is abuzz with the possibility of pinpointing susceptibility to various oral problems based on genetics and physiology so they can be prevented, essentially pre-treating to avoid the issue altogether. This, and other advancements, are still being tested, but it’s safe to say dental technology is already making that dental visit easier than ever. As more high-quality information is available, dental experts can make more accurate diagnosis and provide treatments that are faster, more reliable, and more convenient. Lake Area Dentistry is located at 700 W McNeese St., Lake Charles. Call 337-478-8470 for more information or to make an appointment.

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3D panoramic imaging is one of the latest dental developments. This technology and software, available at Lake Area Dentistry, allows for quick and accurate dental scans of the entire mouth in order to locate problem areas with minimal hassle.

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Straight Talk about Early Orthodontic Treatment

by Kristy Como Armand

In the past, the dreaded nicknames of “tin grin,” “brace face” and “metal mouth” were all too common on high school campuses. Today, many teens have completed their orthodontic treatment before they even enter high school. Most people associate braces with the teenage years, but children today are more likely to get braces at an earlier age, according to Dr. Craig Crawford with Crawford Orthodontics. “While orthodontics can improve a smile at any age, there is an optimal time period to begin treatment, and in many cases this time period is when a child is in their pre-teens.” The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that all children have an orthodontic evaluation no later than age seven. Dr. Crawford says by this age, most children have a good mix of baby and adult teeth, which enables us to make a good assessment. “By no means are we saying that most children need to get braces at this early age. Braces are not usually recommended until most of a child’s adult teeth have erupted. But this initial exam will allow us to spot any potential problems that may exist, even if your child’s teeth appear to be straight. Many orthodontic problems are easier and less complicated to correct earlier, rather than later.” For example, orthodontists can direct extractions of baby teeth which may allow adult teeth to come in straighter, possibly


preventing the need for braces altogether. As a child gets older, regular examinations can monitor growth and development as needed, with any needed treatment recommended at the appropriate time. Dr. Crawford explains that there are some situations in which young children do require orthodontic treatment. This is referred to as “interceptive orthodontics,” and typically involves interventions that begin before a child starts first grade. “At this age, tooth development and jaw growth have not been completed, so certain conditions are easier to address.” He says that interceptive treatment can be used to create room for crowded, erupting teeth, create facial symmetry by influencing jaw growth, reduce the risk of trauma to protruding front teeth, preserve space for un-erupted permanent teeth, and reduce treatment time with braces, among other benefits. Dr. Crawford says his 3-D i-CAT imaging system is extremely helpful with interceptive orthodontics – no more messy impressions. The new imaging technology and modeling systems provide us with very accurate and complete images for diagnosis and treatment planning. The system allows us to not only see current alignment and teeth, but also to more precisely predict limits of tooth movement and bony support and perform 3-D treatment simulations. We’re eliminating a lot of the guess work in

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treatment planning,” adds Dr. Crawford. When braces are needed in younger children, Dr. Crawford says manufacturers have worked to make the process more fun, with brightly colored alastics, the tiny rubber bands that hold the wires to the braces. “Kids can choose alastics to match their favorite colors, school uniforms, team colors, a holiday color scheme, etc,” says Dr. Crawford. “This helps keep the kids excited about the treatment.” For some teens, clear aligners may be an option. This system uses aligners made of a medical grade clear plastic, which are custom-made for each patient and move teeth incrementally, in a process similar to conventional braces previously available only for older teens and adults. Dr. Crawford says Clear aligners are not only more aesthetically appealing to teens, but are also often a better fit for their busy lifestyles, which are typically filled with sports, music, and other activities. The good news is that as more and more children get braces, embarrassment is less of a concern than it was in the past. And with earlier treatment, older teens can not only have a great smile, but also one less thing to worry about in their high school years. For more information about braces at any age, call Crawford Orthodontics at (337) 478-7590 or visit

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LAST Modern trends in cosmetic dentistry offer convenient, comfortable options

by Victoria Hartley-Ellender

Technology has transformed modern life in many ways, and the field of dentistry is no exception. Technological advances have streamlined traditional dental practices and expanded the possibilities for a variety of cosmetic procedures that brighten smiles and eliminate signs of aging, all while easing anxiety and turning dental phobia into a thing of the past. Dr. Mai Tran, DDS, of Oak Park Dental, specializes in both general and esthetic dentistry, including veneers, crowns and bridges, complete and partial dentures, endodontics (think root canals) and teeth whitening. According to Dr. Tran, rapidly expanding advances in available technologies are making each visit to the dentist simpler and quicker, with more options available than ever before.

uncomfortable. We are pleased to utilize digital impressions to eliminate the need for messy impressions,” Dr. Tran said. While this technology can make the experience more comfortable for any patient, it is especially good for patients who gag easily. The digital impression system is less invasive than traditional impressions and molds, and it provides extremely accurate impressions.

BOTOX® and Dermal Fillers

Dr. Tran is certified for BOTOX® and dermal fillers, including Juvederm®. BOTOX in dentistry can be used for several maladies, including reduction of gum size. “Instead of having major surgery to remove gum tissue, we inject Botox directly and reduce the gums,” Dr. Tran said. Oak Park Dental offers services to reduce lines and wrinkles all over the face. BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxinA) is a medication that is injected into the muscles of areas including the brow to smooth frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet. “BOTOX can help you to look younger, calmer, and more alert. Our dentists may recommend BOTOX as a great choice to help you regain a

more youthful appearance and boost your self-confidence,” Dr. Tran said. In addition, BOTOX can be used to reduce migraine headaches, lessen excessive sweating, and treat a TMJ disorder. BOTOX involves no incisions, stitches, or surgery, so you can resume your daily routine directly following your appointment. Juvederm® treats fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin. Dermal fillers are injected into the area around the nose and mouth to smooth wrinkles, lines, and folds. This restores the natural volume and contours of the face and provides a more youthful appearance. “Dermal fillers help to diminish facial lines and restores fullness in the face,” Dr. Tran said. “

UV Light

Another popular procedure in cosmetic dentistry is teeth whitening using UV light that can bleach impurities within one hour. Oak Park Dental provides multiple whitening procedures, both in-office and at home, for patients to choose from. For more information about cosmetic procedures, contact Oak Park Dental at 337-478-3232.





One procedure that has changed drastically in recent years is crown making. Digital impression technology provides a modern, comfortable way to take precise impressions of the mouth. “If you have ever had to have a traditional impression or mold taken when you have visited the dentist in the past, you know that they can be unpleasant and

your smile again with clear aligners,your first step towards sharing the radiant you’ve always wanted. This treatment can fit your budget and your lifestyle. We accept most insurance and flexible benefit plans, and offer affordable, convenient payment plans. Show off that smile!

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Sedation for Dental Procedures Helping patients overcome deep-seated anxiety in the dentist’s chair

by Victoria Hartley-Ellender


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If you are someone who suffers from dental phobia, you are not alone. More than half of the U.S. population relates to feeling anxious about going to the dentist. According to some surveys, an estimated 10 to 20 percent of people avoid going to the dentist altogether due to dental phobia.

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ortunately, there are some amazing options available that can ease anxiety for patients and provide an easy, more comfortable dental experience. Dr. Michelle Swift Corcoran, DDS, family dentist in Lake Charles, said that sedation dentistry is one of the most effective ways to combat dental phobia, and can be utilized in a variety of ways depending on the procedure and the patient’s individual needs. “There are various levels of sedation offered to dental patients,” Dr. Corcoran said. “Some common reasons for sedation include young children, dental-phobic patients, medical concerns, and surgical procedures.” Dr. Corcoran considers safety and the comfort of her patients to be her top priority. Her staff utilizes a variety of tools and techniques in tandem with sedation dentistry to make dental procedures seamlessly pleasant for the patient. The most common form of

sedation in dentistry is Nitrous Oxide inhalation, also known as laughing gas. “Many patients prefer to be relaxed during dental procedures and the simplest way to achieve this is by inhaling the laughing gas. The patient feels back to normal shortly after removing the gas,” Dr. Corcoran said. Another popular option is oral sedation, when the patient takes a prescribed sedative before the procedure. “The effects of oral sedation are longer lasting, so the patient feels groggy after the procedure is completed,” Dr. Corcoran said. Oftentimes, oral sedation is used for procedures that require long operation times. During more lengthy procedures, the patient is able to relax and leave the procedure without being worn out from the experience. More complex dental procedures including extensive rebuilding procedures that normally require

multiple visits can often be performed in fewer appointments with oral sedation. For people who may feel reluctant to try cosmetic or restorative dental work, it can be done much easier and more comfortably with oral sedation. Sedation dentistry also provides an option for people who refuse to visit the dentist for even routine maintenance. For the most extreme phobias, some dentists offer IV sedation. During this procedure, the patient comes into the office and an IV is administered into their arm to put them “asleep” for the procedure. Overall, there are many options available for patients who feel apprehensive about going to the dentist. “You can have the smile you always wanted without the discomfort of anxiety,” said Dr. Corcoran. For more information, call Dr. Corcoran’s office at 337-478-2960.

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Dress to Impress The Latest Trends in Window Treatments


by Lauren Atterbery Cesar

ebruary is a month filled with fun and excitement including Mardi Gras celebrations and Cupid’s favorite holiday. But after packing away the last of the Christmas decorations, Mardi Gras beads, and Valentine’s Day candy hearts, you may find yourself wanting a way to refresh your home décor. New window dressings are a small change that can make a big impact in your home. There is no better way to elevate your style than to draw the eyes of your guests to a perfectly-placed curtain or plantation shutter. Phyllis White, owner of Budget Blinds in Lake Charles, shares the latest in trends this year; and that includes motorized blind features. “Motorization has become a standard, not a luxury,” says White. Motorized blinds let you lose the messy operating cords and allow your home to be safer for pets and children, while simply making life easier. You gain streamlined privacy with the touch of a button, and motorized blinds can work in any window, especially those out of reach. White also reminds customers that Roman shades and interior plantation shutters never go out of style and are an easy, timeless way to impact any living space. Roman shades can be


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created with either neutral or colorful, eyecatching fabrics, and can change the look of a space with minimal effort. She says her company has partnered with Design Ink to produce custom color and design fabrics in different weaves that are then sent to her workroom. “This will be the hottest trend this year with soft treatment design.” When deciding to make changes to a home, White recommends customers first determine what fits within their budget. Window treatments come at a wide range of price points. According to White, blinds are usually within the starting price point, followed by honeycombs and roller shades. Roman shades follow, with shutters and drapery typically falling into a higher price point. However, a smaller window with a composite shutter can often be the same price as a Roman shade. Although their name is Budget Blinds, they offer much more than just blinds, including custom draperies and bedding. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 337-4362323 or go to their website,


Since its founding, we have proudly served the Lake Charles community by offering high quality and stylish window coverings for any occasion. Our goal is simple: to provide you with the best products and services in order to enrich your home environment. Our lavish selection of window treatments includes shutters, blinds, draperies and shades. Regardless of the window’s size or shape, you can rest assured we will have a customized window coverings solution ready for you.

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Valentine Dates on a Budget by Lauren Atterbery Cesar

Being in love does not have to mean breaking the bank when celebrating with your special someone on Valentine’s Day. Besides, stepping outside of the ordinary dinner date might win you some creative points with your beau or belle, and it will definitely keep Cupid on his toes.


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Have a game night with friends. Dust off the games that

have been sitting in your hall closet for the past ten years, pair them with a bottle of wine and a king cake, and you’ve got a recipe for some good times and great memories together.

Celebrate early with Mardi Gras festivities. On February

Take in a sporting event. For eight to ten dollars a

13th, for a ten-dollar admission fee per adult, you and your date can catch a chicken at the 38th Annual Iowa Chicken Run at the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 503 East Highway 90. Doors open at 8:00 a.m., and the parade rolls at 10:00 a.m. The captain blows his whistle at different houses and the participants dance to zydeco music in hopes of collecting ingredients for a gumbo. If they are successful, a chicken is thrown into the air to be caught. The chicken run concludes with a zydeco dance at the KC hall.

Do lunch instead of dinner. Let’s face it, Valentine’s evening

Make the night sweeter with delicious desserts. Instead of

person, you and your date can cheer the McNeese Cowgirls on to victory against Central Arkansas on Valentine’s Day. The game starts at 6:30, and rooting for the Cowgirls is an exciting, memorable way to spend a few hours together. is one of the most popular times to have a dinner date, and it is also one of the most expensive. However, many restaurants have a lunch menu that is similar to their dinner menu, and the prices are more reasonable. Another upside of having a Valentine’s lunch is that you may not have to fight the evening crowd.

Visit an art gallery. The Gallery by the Lake, located at 106 West

Pryce Street, is hosting a Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler exhibit until March 30, 2018. This exhibit will focus on Mardi Gras masks, costumes, and festivities. 1911 Historic City Hall has three unique exhibits this month. Botanical Art and Illustration from the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, through March 24. Freeing the Gesture, by Donald Martiny, through March 3. And The Personal is Political – Portraits of Louisiana Second-Wave Feminists, by Dr. Janet Allured and Dr. Carrie Chrisco, through Mar. 3. Both these galleries close at 5:00 p.m. on weekdays, so plan accordingly.

going to a restaurant for a full meal, just order dessert. You may even choose to restaurant hop and try the desserts at several different establishments. To up the fun quotient, create a rating system and rank the desserts using categories you’ve decided upon. Post your favorites on social media so that your friends can share in the enjoyment, or simply keep your findings a sweet secret.

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Home Builders Association Presents

Annual Home Show Have a home improvement project in mind? Maybe you’re looking to buy or build a new home? The Home Builders Association (HBA) of Southwest Louisiana will hold its 27th Annual Home Show Saturday, Feb. 24, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 25, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Krystle Blue, Executive Officer for the SWLA Home Builders Association said, “This year’s show will feature innovative companies who provide both products and services that deal with every aspect of the home owning, building, and remodeling experience. With over 175 booths displaying products for every area of the home, you will find everything you need to make your dream


home come true.” The event will also showcase the latest samples in flooring, appliances, countertops, lighting fixtures, and more. Each booth will be staffed by experts ready to help you bring together the pieces needed to perfect the home you’ve always wanted. “This is a great time of year for individuals to come see what our local contractors and vendors have to offer,” said Jody Guidry, 2018 President Home Builders Association of SWLA. “If you’re thinking of building or in the process, the home show is the perfect place for you. Buy and support local.” Admission is $6 per person. Children 11 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

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Wands & Whimsy

Creating magical memories and priceless opportunities for children

by Victoria Hartley-Ellender

Chris and Christy Jones of Lake Charles are transforming anxiety and uncertainty over their son’s future into magical experiences for children throughout Southwest Louisiana. The couple’s son, Bain, now 14 years old, was diagnosed with Autism and Apraxia (a motor speech disorder that makes it hard for children to speak) at a young age. The couple decided to proactively build a career opportunity for Bain by forming Wands & Whimsy, a one-of-a-kind birthday and event party planning company. “Being new to the ‘special needs’ world, it never occurred to us that we would have to start making transitional plans for Bain early. We needed to have an idea of our plans for him after high school so that they could get him ready for some type of vocational skill,” said Christy Jones, Bain’s mother. After years of therapy, Jones said that Bain has reached milestones that far surpass what his doctors predicted. As Bain entered middle school, the family began actively brainstorming about future career options, and they developed a list of several viable possibilities for Bain to explore and pursue. “We thought of many he could do with a good level of independence and be pretty good at it. We just did not feel he would be happy doing those things,” Jones said. Then, the couple had an idea that sparked the magic of Wands & Whimsy. “One day, my husband said, ‘I wish we could just move to Florida. Bain would be so happy to work at Disney World.’” Bain has a special love for traveling, February 2018

but Disney World is his absolute favorite place to visit. “It occurred to me that we could bring the magic of fairy tales to life by providing an experience right here in Lake Charles,” Jones said. The Jones family hopes that Wands & Whimsy will provide a fulfilling place to work where Bain can bring the magic of fairy tales to children in Southwest Louisiana. “We would love to employ several people with special needs, and we have some ideas of how we can make that happen as the company grows,” she said. Right now, Wands & Whimsy specializes in real life fairy tale characters, fun, and entertainment for children’s birthday parties. In the future, the company will offer seasonal events for boys and girls to experience multiple characters in one funfilled setting. “We have participated in parties with children of all ages. We have brought superhero characters and princesses and fairies to life for little boys’ and girls’ parties. Everyone always has so much fun,” Jones said. At each event, Wands & Whimsy offers a meet and greet with real life characters, photo opportunities, and activities including line dances, singa-longs, and makeup and fingernails. The princess parties include a formal proclamation, a certificate of coronation, and the guest of honor wears a crown. For more information about Wands & Whimsy, visit their Facebook page, Wands & Whimsy, or email,

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Lake Charles Toyota Hosts Family & Youth Legislative Breakfast

Lake Charles Toyota proudly presents the 2017 Family & Youth Legislative Breakfast to be held February 6 from 7:30-9am at L’Auberge Casino Resort. Meet one-on-one, with the Southwest Louisiana Legislative Delegation to discuss issues affecting our lives, our businesses, and our community. Legislators will discuss with members of Children & Families Action Network (CFAN), Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA, and members of the community, issues related to children and families. Invited legislators are: State Sen. Dan Morrish, State Sen. Ronnie Johns, State Rep. Mike Danahay, State Rep. AB Franklin, State Rep. Johnny Guinn, State Rep. Mark Abraham, and State Rep. Stephen Dwight. Tickets are available at $30 per person, or $220 to reserve a table for 8.

20th Annual Connections Count! Professional Development Conference Scheduled

L’Auberge Casino Resort- Lake Charles is proud to host the 20th Annual Connections Count! Professional Development conference on February 22 -23. The Connections Count! Professional Development Conference is an opportunity for professionals from all over Louisiana and beyond to explore, expand, and share critical knowledge and expertise for the benefit of children, youth, and families. To register for the conference, or become a sponsor of this event, visit or call (337) 436-9533.

Louisiana Winter Beer Festival

If you enjoy a good brew, make your way to the Historic Calcasieu Marine National Bank Building for the 4th Annual Louisiana Winter Beer Festival on Saturday, February 24 from 1-5 p.m. This beer-tasting event will feature over 100 different craft beers of the highest quality from a variety of American brewers, including Louisiana favorites and local brews from Crying Eagle Brewing Company. The event will showcase special releases and unique brews. Several of the brewers will have beers special to the festival, providing a unique opportunity for those who attend. In addition to beer sampling, the event will feature live music and a variety of food from local vendors. For more information on the festival, Lake Charles Beer Week events and to purchase tickets, visit

Visit or call (337) 436-9533 for more information or to register.


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Holden’s Hope Forever 5K & 1 Mile

The Holden’s Hope Forever 5K and 1 Mile run are scheduled for April 14 at Walnut Grove Development gathering area on the lawn. The mission of Holden’s Hope is to support families of children who have long medical stays in the NICU and families who are coping with miscarriages, stillbirths or the loss of an infant. This race is a special one as it’s also a memory walk/run for families who have lost an infant. The event will also include music, fun jumps, face painting and a balloon release ceremony to conclude the event. For registration information and a schedule of events, visit the organization’s Facebook page: Holden’s Hope. Pre-registration deadline is March 29.

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McNeese Offers Prometric Testing on Campus

McNeese Receives Donation from Phillips 66

Phillips 66 has donated $25,000 to the McNeese State University College of Engineering and Computer Science through the McNeese Foundation. On hand for the presentation are, from left, Richard G. Harbison, Phillips 66 plant manager, Dr. Nikos Kiritsis, dean of the college, Megan Hartman, Phillips 66 public relations director, and Richard H. Reid, vice president for university advancement and executive vice president of the McNeese foundation.

A Prometric Testing Center is now available in Southwest Louisiana through the Office of Testing Services at McNeese State University. The center - located in Suite 210C in the Burton Business Center – is open from 8am-6pm Monday through Saturday by appointment. McNeese’s Testing Services now offers academic and professional licensure and certification exams through Prometric Testing, according to Andrea Burton, McNeese’s testing officer. Prometric, a wholly owned, independently operated subsidiary of Educational Testing Service, pioneered large-scale computer-based testing and assessment more than 20 years ago. Among the hundreds of exams offered are the CPA exam, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority exam, Louisiana Insurance and Louisiana Construction exams, the American Petroleum Institute exam as well as the GRE and TOEFL exams. For more information about the Prometric Center or McNeese’s testing services, call (337) 475-5181 or visit

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HEART TALK If your heart is healthy, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about it. But it’s there, of course, performing the vital task of pumping blood throughout your body every second of every day. It beats about 100,000 times a day, and even when you’re at rest, your heart is working hard. That’s why taking proper care of it is so important. If your heart or the arteries that supply it with blood become damaged, its ability to do its job will suffer. That means investing a bit of time thinking about your heart—and how you can best protect it—is well worth the effort. Read on to find out what you can do to take care of your heart and how to know as soon as possible when something’s not quite right.


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SLEEP like a baby

AGAIN. Over time, some of us lose our natural ability to sleep well. Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, insomnia and narcolepsy interfere with getting quality sleep. Our sleep specialists at the Sleep Disorder Center of Louisiana can diagnose and treat over 80 types of sleep disorders. If you’re having difficulty getting a good night’s sleep, call us for an appointment and sleep like a baby again.

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Prevention & Early Detection Is Key by Andrea Mongler According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in every four deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease. Most of those can be attributed to coronary heart disease. Also known as coronary artery disease, or CAD, it’s caused by a buildup of cholesterol and other substances in the arteries that can eventually block blood flow. Unfortunately, many people don’t even know they have CAD until after they suffer a heart attack. But it is possible for CAD to be detected in an earlier stage. That’s crucial because early detection enables CAD patients to make lifestyle changes and start treatments that can control the disease and reduce their risk for complications. The key for early detection is to undergo regular screening tests — usually at your primary care doctor’s office — that detect CAD risk factors. “There are multiple risk factors for CAD,” says Muhammad Atif Jadoon, M.D., an internal medicine physician with Lake Area Physicians. “That’s why it is important to have annual wellness exams even if you are not having any problems.”


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The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends these heart-health screenings: • Blood pressure. Your doctor should check your blood pressure at every regular visit or at least once every other year if your blood pressure is below 120/80. • Cholesterol. Jadoon says it’s reasonable to have your cholesterol checked once a year, though the AHA says every four to six years is okay if you aren’t at high risk for heart disease and stroke. • Weight/body mass index. This should be checked at your regular health care visits. • Waist circumference. Your waist circumference should be checked as needed (your doctor can make the call) if your BMI is at least 25. • Blood glucose test. At least once every three years. • People who are at increased risk of developing CAD may be monitored more closely by their doctors. Those at higher risk include smokers and anyone with family members who’ve had the disease. Having high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol can also increase your risk.

Many of those factors are controllable, however. As Jadoon says: “The most important thing to do is minimize those risk factors. No smoking, get regular exercise, adhere to a healthy diet, and maintain a healthy weight. If you have diabetes, you should aggressively control it as well as high blood pressure and cholesterol.” But if screening tests indicate a problem and your doctor does suspect CAD, he or she may recommend any of several tests to confirm the diagnosis. These include: • An electrocardiogram, or EKG. This is a simple, painless test that records the heart’s electrical activity and can show signs of heart damage. • Stress testing. During a stress test, you exercise to increase your heart rate. The test can detect abnormal changes in your heart rate, heart rhythm, or blood pressure. • Echocardiography. Sometimes simply called echo, this test uses sound waves to create a moving picture of your heart that can reveal poor blood flow and areas of the heart that aren’t working correctly. • Chest X-ray. X-rays also provide pictures of your heart.

• Blood tests. These will detect abnormal levels of fats, cholesterol, and other substances in your blood. • Coronary angiography and cardiac catheterization. During this test, a doctor will insert a thin tube into a blood vessel and thread it up to your coronary arteries. A dye is sent through the tube, and X-rays are taken while the dye is flowing through your arteries. This lets the doctor study the flow of blood in your heart and blood vessels. Just remember that although early detection of heart disease can protect your future health and maybe even save your life, preventing it in the first place should be the ultimate goal.

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Healthy Heart Tips you may not be aware of by Andrea Mongler

You’ve heard it all before — eat a nutritious diet, exercise, drink alcohol in moderation, and don’t smoke to help keep your heart and body healthy. It’s true, all these things are important. There’s a reason, after all, that they’re recommended time and time again. But they aren’t the only steps you can take to keep your heart healthy.


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Here are a few lesser-known heart health tips. Now you know! Get a flu shot. The flu is hard on your

heart. It involves a lot of inflammation, which can in turn increase the risk of heart events. But some research has found that getting the flu shot lowers the odds of having a heart attack or stroke. This is especially important for anyone who has heart disease. Though the shot’s effectiveness varies from year to year, it’s best to get one anyway. Thirty or 40 percent effectiveness is certainly better than nothing, and if you do come down with the flu, you may have milder symptoms if you’ve been vaccinated.

Get adequate sleep. “Your overall

sleep quality is extremely important,” says Brett Goodwin, M.D., an interventional cardiologist at Imperial Health. “Getting eight hours of sleep at night will reduce stress levels and blood pressure over time.” That’s key because high blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease. If you believe you are getting enough sleep but you’re still chronically tired and/or you snore, particularly if you’re overweight, you should be tested for sleep apnea, which Goodwin describes as a “really

underdiagnosed and underrecognized disorder.” Basically, it occurs when the airway repeatedly becomes blocked during sleep. Apnea patients are at increased risk for heart attack and other complications, so getting tested and treated is important.

Avoid secondhand smoke. You

know you shouldn’t smoke, but is it really harmful to be around other people while they’re smoking? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts it this way: “There is no risk-free level of exposure to secondhand smoke.” Health conditions associated with secondhand smoke exposure include coronary artery disease and stroke. If someone in your household is a smoker, encourage them to quit — for their health, as well as your own.

Limit your intake of sugar and refined grains. When it comes to eating right to protect your heart, we hear a lot about limiting fat, cholesterol, and sodium. But did you know your intake of sugar and refined grains matters, too? Limiting the number of sweets you eat seems obvious,

but you should also watch your intake of white bread, white pasta, and white rice. These items have been refined, meaning the fiber, which your body needs, has been removed. Basically, you’re left with carbohydrates but not the good stuff. Whole-wheat breads and pastas and brown rice are much better options. Speaking of food, Goodwin recommends the Mediterranean diet. This involves eating primarily plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, and lentils. You don’t have to give up meat entirely though. Poultry and fish should be eaten at least twice a week but red meat limited to a few times a month. The diet also involves replacing butter with fats such as olive or canola oil and using herbs and spices rather than salt. Red wine in moderation is fine. “Many studies have found that people who eat a Mediterranean-style diet have an increased lifespan because their overall risk of dying and their risk of dying from cardiovascular causes is decreased,” Goodwin says. Sounds like it’s worth a shot!

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Act FAST to Detect Stroke Each year, about 800,000 people in the United States suffer strokes. Some are mild, but others cause permanent disability and even death. When a stroke happens, it usually happens fast, with no warning, catching the stroke sufferer and those around them off guard. But it is key that they react quickly, getting medical help as soon as possible. Doing so decreases the chances of brain damage or disability. Here’s why: Some strokes are caused by a ruptured blood vessel in the brain, but the large majority result from a blood


clot that blocks an artery in the brain. The “gold-standard” treatment for these artery-blocking strokes is a medication called tissue plasminogen activator, or tPA. It works by dissolving the clot, which allows blood to flow normally to the brain once again. But here’s the thing about tPA: Stroke patients have a limited time frame in which to receive it. The cutoff ranges from three to four and a half hours after the first symptoms occurred. Research has shown that if too much time passes between stroke onset and treatment with tPA, the drug is no longer safe for

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patients, as it could increase the chances of bleeding in the brain or even death. Jon Gray, MD, the ER medical director at Lake Charles Memorial Health System, says it’s common for stroke patients to come to the ER when the window of time for tPA to be safely administered has passed. “Many people who are having a stroke think their arm is just asleep and it will be fine later,” Gray says. “They don’t realize that their arm or face or speech not working properly is actually a stroke symptom.”

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The good news is that it is possible to recognize a stroke right away, making it feasible to get needed medical treatment in time. According to the American Heart Association, you should remember the acronym FAST: • Face drooping. Is one side of the face drooping or numb? Is the person’s smile uneven or lopsided? • Arm weakness. Is one arm weak or numb? When the person tries to lift both arms at the same time, does one of them drift downward? • Speech difficulty. Is the person’s speech slurred? Are you having trouble understanding them? Are they unable to repeat a simple sentence?

“Stroke symptoms can be very subtle, but we want people to know that if they are experiencing any of the FAST symptoms, it might be a stroke,” Gray says. “If they get to us on time, we can reverse that, but if they wait too long, it might be too late.” Make note of the time when you first noticed symptoms; the emergency responders and the hospital staff will want to know. Keep in mind that not every stroke patient has the same symptoms. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of the above symptoms — even just one of them — assume it could be a stroke and get help

right away. Additional symptoms can include sudden confusion, numbness or weakness in one leg, trouble seeing, difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance, and a severe headache. Also, stroke patients should not take aspirin before seeking medical help, as doing so could be dangerous depending on the type of stroke. Finally, remember that although not every stroke is preventable, many are. Eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, limiting alcohol intake, and avoiding smoking are important steps to take to keep your stroke risk to a minimum.

• Time to call 911. Don’t wait. Tell the operator you think the person is experiencing a stroke.

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Winter Weather and Varicose Veins by Taylor Trahan Henry

For Southwest Louisiana, the cold weather is almost a treat. It’s the perfect excuse to whip up a gumbo or gather with friends around the fire. But this winter, we’ve already had a bigger than normal serving of extreme cold, and we have at least another month to go. For those with varicose veins, a condition in which veins enlarge and become painful due to the excess pressure in the vascular system of the legs, harsh winter temperatures could present some challenges in managing the condition. The news is not all bad, according to Dr. Carl Fastabend, founder and medical director of the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana and Louisiana’s only full-time, comprehensive vein specialist. “Cold temperatures can cause veins to shrink, making it easier for the valves inside the veins to function properly. This could mean fewer cramps and swollen ankles for some people.”


However, winter weather typically leads to an increase in symptoms for many with varicose veins. During and after the holidays, weight gain is common. More weight means more work on the part of your legs to get blood back to the heart. Dr. Fastabend says it’s easy to talk yourself out of an outdoor run or even venturing out to the gym in cold weather. “If it’s cold out, try to stay active indoors,” he says. “This will keep the valves actively pumping blood through the veins.” When the temperature drops, there is sometimes a temporary change in atmospheric pressure. “That change can cause your circulatory system to, in general, become less efficient, which can further aggravate issues with the veins,” says Dr. Fastabend. This is also something to monitor if your winter travel plans take you to the slopes. Another concern in colder weather is

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its effect on the skin. Dr. Fastabend says dry, cold weather can contribute to dry skin on the legs and even a rash, which leads to itching of varicose veins. He says it’s a good idea to apply moisturizing lotion regularly to avoid this. To manage your symptoms, Dr. Fastabend recommends pampering your veins a little during the winter months. “Elevate your legs for 30 minutes before going to bed, stretch throughout the day, and massage your ankles and lower legs whenever you can,” he says. Another best practice is to eat high-fiber foods, which are great for your circulation. While winter weather can exacerbate symptoms, the reality is that varicose veins are painful and unsightly year-round. For more information on treatment options, contact the Vein Center of Southwest Louisiana at 337-312-VEIN or visit

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Money & Career


Tips for Young People to Establish Good Credit

As a young person, you’ve probably wondered how to best protect and build your credit. It seems that everything these days requires you have a good credit rating. From rental applications to buying a cell phone, your credit score comes up with some frequency. Stepping into the world of loans, credit cards, and payments can be daunting. Follow these tips to help you establish your credit, build it, and avoid damaging it!


by Keaghan P. Wier

Make Your Payments on Time

The best thing you can do for your credit? Make all of your payments on time – even those that aren’t on a credit card. While many of your monthly bills may not factor into your credit score, any bill can impact your score if the bill is delinquent and sent to a collections agency.

Only Borrow What You Can Repay

This sets a precedent of being a responsible borrower, and prevents you from ending up over your head in debt. This goes for running up credit card bills and taking out loans – be sure you can make the payments before you incur the debt.

Pay Your Credit Card Balance

Sometimes, you may need to make the minimum monthly payment. While that is acceptable if necessary, it’s much better to pay off the full balance each month. If you only borrow what you can repay, you should be able to do this with no problem.

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Consider Small-Installment Loans Apply for Store Credit Cards Many home goods stores will let you buy something interest-free with a down payment – things like mattresses, televisions, and other appliances. Take advantage of these deals, make regular payments, and build up your credit.

Especially if you’re starting out, store credit cards are a great way to build credit without going through the process of applying for a major card. Various retailers have store credit cards, as do some gas stations and grocery stores.

Get a Secured Credit Card

Keep Old Accounts Open

This is a great way for you to start out. Even eighteen-year-olds can consider these an option with their summer job income. A secured credit card requires a deposit, which becomes your line of credit – you essentially borrow against your own money. However, unlike a debit card, making payments on it does impact your credit. Once you reach a solid credit level, you can apply for a regular, unsecured credit card.

Become an Authorized User

This is especially good for young people whose parents or guardians have solid, established credit. Ask your parents to add you as an authorized user on their account so that you can benefit from the age and stability of their account while you build your own credit.

The longer your credit history, the more financially stable you appear. Leave accounts open and let them age as long as possible.

Limit Your New Account Creation This goes hand-in-hand with the tip above. Opening too many new accounts lowers the average age of your credit lines and can impact your credit score.

Maintaining and building good credit is key to financial success and achieving your goals. Start now with some simple, easyto-implement habits and you’ll see the payoff in the future.

Aim for Lower Credit Utilization Your credit utilization is the percentage of your total maximum line of credit that you use. Aim to use 30% or less for the best credit improvement. Maxing out your cards is unwise and can be difficult to repay on time.

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Steps to Ace Your Next Job Interview

Whether you’re chasing a dream job, sending out applications to multiple locations, or feeling completely clueless about the work market, preparation for an interview is the key to achieving a successful outcome. Before the big meeting, review these tips to increase your confidence and impress your potential new employer.


by Sylvia Ney

1. Research the Business – It doesn’t matter if you’re applying with a large conglomerate, a Fortune 500 company, or a local mom and pop shop – the same principle applies. Visit their website to familiarize yourself with the company . . . their background, mission statement, and statistics on products, clients, and services. Consider sampling some of their products. Read reviews from unbiased sources. 2. Compare Qualifications – When analyzing the job description, do you see knowledge, skills, and abilities listed that you possess? When you review the people who will interview you, or others who work for the company, do you see friends and business associates in common through social media?

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3. Practice Responses – Anticipate questions you may be asked in the interview and prepare appropriate responses. You will likely be asked resume-based, behavioral, and case study questions. Practice telling your story in the best possible way. Be ready to discuss your weaknesses, and always present them with a positive spin by explaining how you’ve worked to overcome them and what you’ve learned in the process. Employers seek honest individuals willing to work towards improving themselves, as well as the job you’re applying for. Also, Google yourself to see what prospective employers might find if they search for you.

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4. Plan Attire – Appropriate and professional dress when interviewing is often considered to be a neutral and conservative outfit such as a suit. Show up well-groomed, freshly ironed, and otherwise as neat as possible. 5. Bring Necessary Materials – Take along extra copies of your resume and references on quality paper, notepad and pen, portfolio or samples of work when relevant, and any personal credentials needed to complete paperwork such as social security number, bank account information, etc. You should also have a list of questions ready to ask your interviewer concerning the company and your job expectations. 6. Interview Time - Plan to arrive a bit early to your interview, as employers notice punctuality. Likewise, waiting room behavior may be reported by workers observing your nonverbal cues

and conversations with others waiting. To project confidence during your interview, smile, make eye contact, and remain attentive. 7. Your Turn – Interviews usually wind down with the opportunity for you to ask your own questions. Asking appropriate questions about the company shows you’ve done your homework. Prospective employers welcome questions such as What, in your opinion, would make me a successful employee? How will my performance be evaluated? What are my opportunities for growth? And When might I hear from you about the position? It’s best to refrain from asking about salary and benefits until you are offered a position or during a second interview. If the interviewer asks you about your preferred salary, turn it around and ask, “What are you willing to pay me?”

8. Follow Up – To seal your best first impression, promptly mail your interviewer(s) a hand-written note, or at the very least, an email. Express that you enjoyed meeting them, thank them for their time and consideration, and say you look forward to hearing from them. Many resources are available to aid in your interview preparation. For more details and tips, check university and business websites such as

We’ve Migrated to Sulphur!

While some big banks are closing and leaving neighborhoods throughout Southwest Louisiana, Lakeside is migrating to new areas to serve you better. We are proud to announce the opening of our new, temporary location on Maplewood Drive in Sulphur while our new banking center is being constructed. Stop by and meet our friendly staff and experience superior, local service. Be sure to ask about our FREE checking and other fee-free services.

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Navigating a Career Change With Patience and Positivity by Keaghan P. Wier

Navigating a career change can be tricky and frustrating. Whether the shift was planned or unexpected, it’s never as easy as you want it to be. Simply changing jobs can be tricky and tiring, but changing careers – especially into a new field or new focus – can be twice as tough! If you are facing a career change, here are some things you can do to ease the transition and get the most from your new adventure.


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Expect the Unexpected

Even the best-laid plans will run into problems. You can expect a career change will be no different. Even if you’ve anticipated this situation, you can rely on the fact that something will come up that will bring you to a screeching halt. It may be that a new job doesn’t come along as quickly as you hoped, your new business takes a bit more legwork than you thought, or maybe you need to relocate. You can’t really do much about this – except anticipate that it will happen, and be prepared to handle it with grace and calmness when it does.

Be Patient With Yourself

Making this kind of shift, especially if it’s several years into your career, can cause a lot of anxiety, frustration, stress, and even grief. If your career shift comes as the result of losing a job, then those emotions will be multiplied. Whatever your unique situation, know that all of these emotions are natural and normal. Be patient with yourself as you embrace change and answer the well-meaning questions of friends and family.

Ask for Advice and Help

Now is not the time to be a loner. Reach out to your personal and professional connections and network. Engage with friends and find a mentor for your new career path. Ask for advice from those with more experience. There’s no need to make this harder than it needs to be by trying to reinvent the wheel!

Take a Deep Breath and Relax This will be difficult. You will get frustrated. You will encounter learning curves. So, take a bit of time to care for yourself and your loved ones. Take a weekend getaway trip before your new job starts. Catch up on sleep, spend time enjoying a hobby, reconnect with friends and family. Taking a deep breath can help your mental and physical health as you enter this new era.

Evaluate Your Values

Now is the time to reevaluate what is most important to you. Do you want more time at home with family? More flexibility in your work schedule? A chance to travel more on business? Lots of upward mobility? Whatever your goals and values, take some time to distill what your non-negotiable stipulations are and go into job interviews with those in mind.

Where you go to stay in the know! Lakeside Bank Expands to Sulphur

Lakeside Bank has opened a new, temporary location at 2594 Maplewood Drive in Sulphur, adjacent to the construction site of their new banking center. The bank broke ground at the site in December and construction is expected to be completed mid-2018. Lakeside’s Sulphur banking center will offer full-service personal and commercial banking services, including free checking and other fee-free services. State-of-art online and mobile device banking technology is available in addition to - not instead of – personalized service. For more information, call (337) 502-4830 or visit www.

Golden Nugget Casino Launches One of a Kind Program

Golden Nugget Casinos announced that 24K Select Club members across its five casinos in Las Vegas, Laughlin, Atlantic City, Biloxi and Lake Charles, can now earn Comp Dollars and Tier Credits in one account, and redeem Comp Dollars across any of its casinos and over 600 restaurants coast-to-coast. As Comp Dollars and Tier Credits accumulate in a centralized account, members will be able

to earn rewards and qualify for higher tiers faster than ever. Each tier level includes more benefits, access and rewards. Members earn Comp Dollars and Tier Credits by playing slot machines or table games. For more information and complete details, please visit

MusicMakers2U Board of Directors Elects Officers for 2018 The MusicMakers2U Board of Directors has elected officers for 2018.

Seated L to R: Vice President Tiffany Jones Guillory and President Huber “Mickey” Smith, Jr. Standing L to R: Secretary Judy Davidson and Treasurer Robin Anderson. Additional 2018 board members are MM2U founder Eva LeBlanc, Greg LeBlanc, Patricia Prudhomme, Beverly Jones, Charla Blake, Kyle Cook, Kathleen Evans and Mary Moore.

With patience, enthusiasm, and a healthy dose of hard work, making a career change can be a chance to renew your energy and engagement with your job. Look at it as a fresh start, take your time, and listen to others.

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Solutions for Life

from Solutions Counseling & EAP by Keri Forbess-McCorquodale, MS, LPC, LMFT, CEAP

Metaphors I Have Known and Loved Remember talking about metaphors and similes in school? I can remember having to hunt out as many as I could find in a story for one class. Geek that I am, I thought it was fun! I have always particularly loved authors that use metaphors; they paint such a picture in my mind! Over the years, I have apparently developed the habit of using metaphors in therapy. I noticed it a few weeks ago when I was giving the same explanation for the third time in as many days. It was not a conscious decision. I really think it was born from desperation – trying to get my clients to understand their behaviors and patterns, while introducing healthier concepts. In the spirit of the Month of Love, here are my favorite metaphors for relationships: Relationships are like a Solar System. Each person in the relationship system is a planet. And each “planet” has its orbit. And each planet’s orbit is dependent on all the other planets in the system. (I know – moons, etc. affect things too, but let’s keep this simple, shall we?) The only way the “system” can maintain itself is if everyone in the system stays in their exact same orbit at all times. If one “planet” shifts, the whole system has to shift in some way. I use this metaphor when I am working with only one person in the relationship. Many people believe you can’t make the relationship better if the whole relationship doesn’t participate in the process. Certainly, it is easier if all parties join in, but it is not the only way. See, if one person makes some changes


and sticks with them, the system must accommodate the change. I’ve watched this very thing happen over and over with my clients. She wants to go to marriage counseling. He refuses (or vice-versa.) So she comes in anyway. As she begins to address the issues in the relationship and make changes in the way she handles things, he balks at first (attempting to keep things the way they have always been) but eventually makes the needed changes on his end (which many times means he ends up heading to my office to see what the heck I’m telling his wife!) Obviously, things don’t always work out. Sometimes the system cannot sustain the change and collapses in on itself. Sometimes the person who made the changes gives up and returns to old ways because they can’t handle all the pressure from the rest of the system. This “becoming healthy” stuff is hard, people! Relationships are like a See-Saw. Remember see-sawing? The only way a see-saw can really work is if you are at equal places on either side. Relationships are like that, too. The further away I think you are on an issue, the further away I have to be on my own side. So, the more laid back I perceive you to be, the more uptight and rigid I have to be to balance things out. I see this played out a lot in parenting situations. One parent is the Commander in Chief while the other parent allows free-for-alls. Each parent feels he/she must maintain their stance in order to keep the children from being damaged – either growing up too rigidly, or growing up too loosely (depending on the parent). I work with the parents to begin inching in. Helping the stricter parent to lighten up and be more playful,

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and helping the loosey-goosey parent tighten up and begin to implement schedules and rules (and children truly need all of the above). As the parents move towards each other on the seesaw, they become a united front. United fronts are not so easily manipulated by children. Relationships are like a Garden. This one is my favorite and the one I use most with couples. It’s so easy for people to look at their relationships and see that they have allowed weeds to enter in because of their neglect. When explaining that marriage is a living, breathing thing that is always either growing or in the process of dying, I see light bulbs begin to go off. Your relationship is a garden that requires tending. You have to plow through issues to make sure you develop good soil so roots can take hold. If you have a “surface” relationship, never truly being connected, having very different values, and/or avoiding dealing with issues, everything you plant may live briefly, but will eventually die just as plants die when they are planted too close to the surface. And it doesn’t matter how good of a job you do preparing your garden’s soil; if you do not pull out the weeds regularly, you will find yourself with a useless garden. Therapy is one way of weeding a garden. Couple time is another. Spending time together to reconnect and remember why you love each other is a must. (Seriously, how long has it been since you two went on a date?!) I hope my metaphors give you some perspective on your relationships – when you are riding your see-saw that’s placed in your garden in your solar system!

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