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Little River Inn scores big in voters’ eyes BY HOPE RURIK

best place for portions 1ST: Little River Inn. 2ND: Bon Creole Seafood. 3RD: Duffy’s Diner. 3RD: Pearl House Restaurant. OTHER LITTLE RIVER AWARDS 1ST: Best Place for Steak. 1ST: Best Place for Prepared Seafood. 1ST: Best Place for Gumbo. 1ST: Best Place for Desserts. 1ST: Best Place for Business Lunch. 1ST: Best Place for Dining Atmosphere. 1ST: Best Wait Staff. 1ST: Best Waiter/Waitress (Nelda Dauphine). 2ND: Best Waiter/Waitress (Dianne Segura). 2ND: Best Place for Red Beans & Rice. 2ND: Best Place for PoBoys. 2ND:Best Place for Home-Style Cooking. 2ND: Best Place for Salad Bar. 2ND: Best Place for Coffee. 2ND: Best Place for Kids Food.

ori and Richard Hurst celebrate more than a dozen Best of the Teche awards for 2013, including best portions. Little River Inn is no stranger to the “Best of the Teche,” but this year owner Richard Hurst said the restaurant may have beaten its record. The restaurant claimed a haul of 16 total awards, including first for its portion sizes. The Best of the Teche is an unscientific, fun survey meant for readers to give their opinions of the best people, businesses, places and things in the Teche Area. Hurst said making sure people get their money’s worth when it comes to the main course is important. “We try to keep people from having to eat a lot of fillers,” he said, adding there might be fewer fries or hush puppies in favor of the main dish. Hurst’s grandfather started Poor Boy’s See scores, page 17

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family and restaurant staff. Lori Hurst said she tries to keep up with all of the employees and what’s happening outside of work. “We try to build relationships and understand that life happens,” she said. Lori Hurst said some members of the waitstaff have been with the company since Richard’s father was still overseeing opera-

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onesty, reliable service and timely service are three of the reasons many people voted for this year’s Best Auto Mechanic, Larry Louviere of Loreauville. “He’s honest. That’s the No. 1 reason. Two … he takes care of me. Three … and quick turnaround,” Tommy Ronsonet of Loreauville said about Louviere, a veteran mechanic and owner of Dugas Auto Repair Inc., 833 Center St. in New Iberia. Ronsonet, 60, isn’t surprised at all by the winning choice among

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2 Best of Teche 7.25.13 t’s been a steady progression of growing and improving since Matthew Musso took over L&M Pharmacy in 1996, Musso said, paving the way for a Best of the Teche award for Best Pharmacy. Robert Musso, Matthew Musso’s father, started the pharmacy in 1957. His wife died in childbirth three years later. Robert Musso said he had a new pharmacy, four babies and wasn’t a good business man. “(Matthew) really built this business up,” Robert Musso said. “He’s the real reason L&M Pharmacy is

1st: L&M Pharmacy. 2nd: Soileau’s Pharmacy. 3Rd: CVS (Parkview). HM: Ackal’s Pharmacy. where it is today.” At nearly 83 years old, Robert Musso said he still works half-days at the pharmacy five days a week. He said he thinks the pharmacy received the award for the way it treats it’s customers. “We treat our customers with respect and kindness,” he said. “We do all the things a pharmacy should do. Plus we have

Matthew Musso has maintained some traditions, like compounding, while adding new technology to eliminate error and increase efficiency. “Compounding is a small percentage of our total sales, but it’s a needed service,” Matthew Musso said. He said there are a broad range of products that can be specially formulated to individual needs from anti-inflammatories to hormone replacement therapies. Musso said he’s also hope rurik / the daily iberian the only pharmacy with a matthew musso carries on ScriptPro robotic dispense the family tradition at L&m system. Once a prescription is entered into the pharmacy. system, the medication is automatically counted, fair prices.”

bottled and labeled. Musso said pharmacy technicians recount the bottles, but the system cuts down on error. During the last 16 years, there’s been annual growth of 10 percent or greater, Musso said. “In this growing period, we’ve come up short in a lot of areas,” he said. “But we’re constantly trying to improve services.” Musso said he takes pride in helping people and has a strong staff led by Bridget Peltier, a 15-year employee, and includes Tina Bourque, who’s been a pharmacy technician with the store for 31 years. “Without them, I

wouldn’t be able to do any of what I’m doing,” Musso said. “They really go out of their way.” Behind the counter, there’s plenty of banter between the technicians and management, but technician Chelsea Kinsey said the team is serious about customer service. “We’re eager to help customers,” she said. “We make it a top priority to please all our customers.” L&M took second in the category last year for Best of the Teche, which is an unscientific, fun survey meant for readers to give their opinions of the best people, businesses, places and things in the Teche Area.

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Sky and Steel Ranch, and his employees use pickup trucks for the businesses. He has been getting his fleet repaired by Louviere for 30 years, a period in which Louviere was a mechanic 24 years before buying the business 5 1/2 years ago from retiring F.J. Dugas, the founder. With so many pickup trucks on the road and many being used heavily, most of the problems involve brakes and electrical systems, he said. “I have a fleet of about a dozen trucks. We do deliveries within about a 150-mile radius. Larry does all my trucks,” he said. “It’s not just Larry. It’s the whole group. All the employees are concerned and they keep files on all my trucks.” Louviere, 56, modestly gave credit to his staff of five mechandon shoopman / the daily iberian ics — nephew Warren Louviere, Larry Louviere credits his staff of mechanics for winning. Ben Lopez, Malcolm Mitchell, FroM PAgE 2

Jimmy Segura and Elmore Savoy — and office workers Sharon Bonin Hebert and Donna Derouen Pontiff, as well as his wife, Connie Judice Louviere, the company’s bookkeeper. Of course, there are the aforementioned reasons, too, why customers keep returning if they encounter problems with a vehicle, or multiple vehicles, as in Ronsonet’s case. “I tell it like it is. I tell them the truth, not what they want to hear. I’m honest with them. They seem to appreciate that,” Louviere said. “And I have the best crew. The shop owner gets the credit but the people who are technicians deserve more credit than I do. “I work hard. I like the challenge. I don’t like to do things second best. I like to get it right.” Louviere — an avid hunter and fisherman who has a camp with friends under a big pavilion along

Butte La Rose Canal near Henderson, where he goes “every chance I get” — said he started working as a mechanic at a young age at Gondron’s Garage in Loreauville. His brother Loto Louviere Jr. was a 15-year-old mechanic there at the time and needed a hand, he said. After he married Connie, he worked five years at her father’s farm, also doing mechanic work on farm equipment. Then his mechanic career took him to LeBlanc & Broussard, then to Bayouland Motors in Lafayette, before he started working at Dugas Auto Repair Inc. The personable man, quick with a smile, was pleased with the title Best Auto Mechanic. “I appreciate that and accept accept it as an honor because it’s difficult. Mechanics usually have a bad reputation. I work hard to make sure that doesn’t happen over here,” he said.

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n 1ST: Angela Scott, branch manager for Van Eaton & Romero. 2ND: Zonnie Labry,Van Eaton & Romero. 3RD: Karl Rouly,Van Eaton & Romero. Scott said she tries to make every client feel special. “I really try to treat every client as if they were a member of my family. I know how important finding a home is to them, and I make it as important to me as it is to them. I really love what I do,” she said. Scott has worked as a real estate agent for seven years and the branch manager since early this

“I help them as much as they help me. We’re a team,” she said. Van Eaton & Romero CEO Bill Bacqué said Scott’s prior experience as a legal assistant for a real estate attorney proved vital to her success as an agent. “Armed with that kind of knowledge as far as what’s appropriate as far as paperwork and contracts has served her immensely,” he said. When Scott expressed her lee ball / the daily iberian interest in the branch manZonnie labry, left, and angela scott of Van ager job, Bacqué said she was chosen because of her qualieaton & romero say vote is an honor. fications and personality. “Her background plus her leadership qualities and personality … ultimately her qualifications won year. The New Iberia office has 26 agents, and she said the group works together.

out. She’s been a wonderful agent and an excellent manager,” he said. Bacqué said Van Eaton & Romero’s success is a combination of the agents and the company’s beliefs and attitudes. “Even though we may be the best at what we do, we humbly acknowledge that none of us are the best that we can be. We need to strive to be the best. But even in achieving that, we all need to understand that all of us as human beings have so much more potential than where we are, no matter where we are,” he said. Bacqué said the company members strive to always challenge themselves and “be the best that we can be.” “That value has taken this company great distances … We are blessed to have the caliber of people associated with us,” he said.

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t is difficult to refer to someone at least 6 feet tall as a “jolly old elf,” but local pharmacist Andy Soileau has played that role for about 34 years now. When not in his Santa outfit or running his New Iberia pharmacy, Soileau, 62, might be seen helping out in some other way. He’s a noted cook with several Gumbo Festival titles he’s helped with at the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff. He’s a key member of the Kiwanis Club and its annual pancake supper having built the heavy-duty grills on which thousands of pancakes are cooked. He has even led a United Way “construction team” to help remodel a few homes, skills he learned putting himself through college. “Andy has been a longtime supporter of the United Way’s efforts in Iberia Parish,” said Corleen Rouly, executive director of United Way of Iberia. “In addition to a Fast Track Givery for our

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Teche. He soon joined the New Iberia Jaycees and through friendships he developed began his decades of volunteerism. “The people of New Iberia have been good to me,” Soileau said. And Soileau has been good jeff zeringue / the daily iberian them, even in Andy Soileau’s volunteerism started soon after his arrival here in 1975. difficult times. Carol Whipp, executive director of the Iberia Parish Council on Aging, said in the 13 years she has been associated with the organization, campaign, he has served as one of our volunteers to call on during our annual campaign to solicit contributions.” Since his arrival in New Iberia in 1975, Soileau has offered himself to the community in so many ways, it must be why The Daily Iberian’s readers selected him Best Community Volunteer in this year’s Best of the Teche survey. It is an annual, nonscientific survey of what respondents believe are the best people, places, businesses and services in the Teche Area.

Soileau is a native of north St. Landry Parish and went to Northeast Louisiana University, now the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He developed a friendship with two other pharmacy students, one from Franklin and the other from Scott. He and his wife, Donna, with encouragement from his friends, decided New Iberia would be a great place to settle down as the three could continue their friendship and weekly gettogethers for card games. It didn’t take long for Soileau to dive into life in the Queen City on the

Soileau has cooked his Christmas gumbo for 250300 seniors. One year, Soileau’s father died shortly before the event. “The day after the funeral, Andy was there cooking the gumbo,” Whipp said. “His dad often cooked with him. I guess it was a tribute to his dad.” When meals were served, Soileau would often don his Santa suit for Council on Aging event. It is a role he enjoys playing after having been coaxed into play Santa Claus for a local nursing home, which turned into five nursing homes each season and has extended into a 34-year stint. He also has appeared

as the jolly old St. Nick for Club Scouts packs and Boy Scout troops, even for the annual Christmas parade for the city and the Rotary Club’s annual program for the foster children of New Iberia. With talents in cooking, home repairs and being jolly for young and old alike, he has done a lot of work for the community. He said nothing he has done has been particulary difficult, but there is one thing this community volunteer finds hard to do. “Saying ‘No’ is the hardest thing for me,” Soileau said. Maybe that’s why Soileau was the only one listed as this year’s Best of the Teche Community Volunteer.

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appliances into furniture, and the younger generation opened the New Iberia store in 1989. The Fotis bought a lot and built a new store in 2000 at the current location, 1302 E. Admiral Doyle Drive. “We were renting where we were,” Carlo Foti said of the decision to build the new store. “The shopping center (where the previous store was located) was changing, and not really in the direction we wanted it to be.” Mom Anna Foti (known as Mrs. Canary) is still involved with the store, traveling with Carlo to do a lot of the accessory and

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deliver the same thing from the warehouse. Foti Fur niture sells what’s on the floor and brings something new onto the sales floor to display. That appeals to a lot of shoppers who can see new items when they are shopping instead of the same things, he said. “I think what keeps our store interesting above a lot of stores is we always change,” Foti said. “Nine times out of 10, if you wait three weeks, four weeks, you’re going to come in and see a lot of different merchandise on the floor.” The store also keeps things fresh by having a decorator come in about every quarter to redo the

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ress at the restaurant for about six years and can recognize the regulars. “Everybody is friendly and tries to make the customers happy,” she said. “We try to bring the food as fast as possible.” She said the waitstaff knows people frequent the restaurant with one primary goal: to eat. She said some of the most popular items on the menu are the fajitas — steak or chicken

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taco enchilada plate — two tacos, two enchiladas, refried beans and Spanish rice. The restaurant also features a vegetarian version of its fajitas. Izaguirre said after almost half a century running Tampico locations, he’s confident about the food. “It’s the best in South Louisiana,” he said. Although the Best of the Teche is an unscientific, fun survey meant for readers to give their opinions of the best people, businesses, places and things in the Teche Area, Izaguirre’s customers seem to agree with him.

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goes pretty often for the Burrito Alegre (Happy). The burrito is stuffed with either beef or chicken and topped with chili and cheese. Of course, she said, the margaritas also are very good. Izaguirre said his margaritas and his food are good for the same reasons: quality ingredients and consistency. In addition to the food, which the restaurant website boasts is lighter and features more mesquite grilling, Izaguirre said the service and atmosphere keep people coming back. He said his staff is about evenly divided between longtime employees and newer faces. Santa Casarrubias said she’s been a wait-

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grandparents think highly enough of us, and they’re satisfied with us, that they say, ‘Look, just go check Foti’s.’ We have to go by our reputation. We have to stand behind what we sell. And that means a lot.” Walter Henry, who has worked at Foti Furniture for 23 years as a manager and salesman, said being a local business appeals to customers. Having been in New Iberia for nearly 24 years now has helped gain a lot of trust. “And then we do service our customers,” Henry said. “We try as hard as possible to take care of all our customers.” Foti, 47, said he and older brothers Gerard and Peter grew up in the furniture business, starting off putting knobs on furniture when they were young and eventually took over the business from their father, Lawrence — known to all as “Canary” — and even listed as such in the phone book. Canary Foti, who died in 1991, had expanded his father’s business from See furniture, PaGe 13

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n 1ST: Delta World Tire. 2ND: Patin’s Tire and Car Care Center. 3RD: Winmill Tire. now have 16 stores. That’s shows that we’ve been successful in what we do.” That customer service is one of the reasons that Delta World Tire was chosen as the Best Place to Buy Tires and Service in The Daily Iberian’s annual Best of the Teche survey. The Best of the Teche is an unscientific survey meant for readers of The Daily Iberian to give their opinion of the best people, businesses, places and things to do in the Teche Area. But Delta World Tire is more than just tires. The offerings include brakes, struts, shocks and front end parts, along with preventaitive maintence services such as tuneups and oil changes, as well as an industrial side that takes care of semi trucks and the agricultural

industry as well. And of course, great service. “You have to take care of the customer each and every time,” said Broussard. “You can go anywhere to buy tires but it comes down to customer service and that’s what we strive to do our best at, to give good customer service.” Patin’s Tire and Car Care Center was second and Winmill Tire was third on the list of Best Places to buy tires/service. Broussard said that Delta World Tire opened in New Iberia in the 1970s originally at a location on St. Peter. The business has been at its Center Street location for the past 25 years. Much of the store’s business comes from repeat customers and from family members of repeat customers. “Typically, when you take care of one famiy member, you get the entire family,” said Broussard. “That’s what we strive for.” Broussard added that one of the highlights for the company was the fact that the store was able to

service customers during the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. “We were able to stay open and take care of the emergency vehicles because there were many blowouts and other tire problems,” said Broussard. “We kept them going and as power slowly came back we were able to take care of more and more people and kept the store open.” It’s that level of service that has been a major part of Delta World Tire’s success and will continue to be in the future. “We’re going to keep doing what we do best, take care of the customer,” said Broussard. “You can’t forget your basics.”

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made the decision to go full time in 2011,” said Dugas. Now Dugas is catering events for more than 400 guests, from weddings to corporate events and private parties. He also provides delivered take-out orders for small group events and family gatherings. “I didn’t expect the business to take off as fast as it did,” he said. As chef, Dugas is responsible for cooking most of the 55 items on the menu ranging from main dishes, dips, appetizers, soups, sweets and miscellaneous items. His praline chicken, beef brisket, signature golden punch, Italian cream cake and carrot cake are among his customers’ favorites. Dugas attributes much of the fast growing success of his business to family members who work with him. The business has become a family affair. Sonya Dugas works along the side of her husband and their daughter Stacia Begnaud. The couple’s other daughter Katie Defelice quit her full-time job to serve as manager of the business and event coordinator. “My daughters’ husbands and my two sisters-in-law and their husbands also help out so it really is a family business. It is a lot of hard work, but when we are all together it makes it nice,” said Dugas. Defelice, who has a degree in fashion merchandising, said her job as an event coordinator gives her a creative outlet. “It is a pleasure getting up in the morning and coming to work to a job

After working as a diesel mechanic and electronic technician, Brent Dugas has found his true niche in life. n you love,” she said. Defelice said the catering service puts emphasis on customizing each wedding to the bride and groom’s individual taste and working within a couple’s budget. “Good food is essential when you’re catering an event, but so is the presentation. We focus on detail and make sure everything is coordinated,” said Defelice. “We offer that personal touch and peace of mind knowing that if something goes wrong we are there to handle it. There are times when you have to improvise on the spot if something doesn’t go as planned.” After working as a diesel mechanic and electronic technician, Dugas has found his true niche in life. “Before making the decision to open a full-time catering service, I prayed a lot. Now, I am doing what I really like. I owe it all to God. He guided me and brought me where I needed to be,” said Dugas. Peltier’s Catering and Art of Eating Catering tied for second place in the survey and Teche Area voters selected Cajun Tidbits Catering as the third place winner.

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all have 50 million things to do, but I try to do the best that I can,” she said. Toups said she thanks the customers, lets them know she’s available and tries to educate them on the other services the bank provides. She humbly said people wait in line to see her because they simply like someone who knows what they want. “I’ve been here so long, and they don’t have to tell me everything over and over again,” she said. Although the job is stressful, Toups said she enjoys it. “You can’t let your customers know it’s stressful. You have to go with the flow, but that’s with every job. You have to do what you do to be successful. When you close those doors and you know you did everything you could to help the customers, that feels good,” she said. The tellers at Chase Bank on North Lewis Street received second place, and the tellers at Teche Federal on North Lewis Street placed third. However, the “friendliest bank tellers” category was a close race, with only three votes separating first and third place.

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ince 1938, when the first store opened in New Orleans, Delta World Tire has striven to give customer service the No. 1 priority, which goes a long way in explaining how the company has remained strong and has been able to expand to 16 stores in South Louisiana and southern Mississippi. “That’s probably our greatest success, starting with our first store in New Orleans, then expanding to our second store in Houma, then our third store in New Iberia, then the fourth store in Lafayette,” said Shane Broussard, who manages the New Iberia store with his brother Ricky. “Being able to grow to where we

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For The Little Ones he tellers at IberiaBank on Admiral Doyle were voted “friendliest bank tellers” in The Daily Iberian’s annual “Best of the Teche” survey. Branch Manager Russ Cantrelle said the staff is a good group of people. “Our whole staff truly cares about the customers, and it shows on how they interact and how they treat people,” he said. Best of the Teche is an unscientific, fun survey meant for readers to give their opinions of the best people, businesses, places and things in the Teche area. Noonie Toups, Karen Davis, Jackelyn Battin, Heather Touchet, Melissa Chatman, Kylie Viator, JuJu Stansbury and Fedora Fontenot are the seven tellers at the Admiral Doyle branch. Two of the tellers have a combined 79 years with the bank — Noonie Toups has been with IberiaBank for 43 years, and Karen Davis has served for 36 years, Cantrelle said. “The tenure of my staff speaks volumes, what they do for the bank and for our customers,” he said. Cantrelle said people will wait in line an hour to have Toups or Davis wait on them. “We try to be good. I recognize them when they open the door. I let them know that we’re here for them,” Toups said. Toups said she tries to do extra for her customers. “If they are upset, if I can go the extra mile to help them, that’s what I do. We BY MCKENZIE WOMACK

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crabs and crawfish, owner Vu Tran said. He said those are the three main types of seafood the restaurant boils, but it also began serving dungeness crabs and snow crabs last year. “Since we’ve been doing the dungeness and the snow crab, we’ve been doing pretty decent with those in case we run out of local crabs here or we don’t have any in season,” he said. “They kind of make up for it.” Tran said all of the prodLee baLL / the daiLy iberian at Jane’s seafood Jazzmin dockery serves boiled shrimp and crabs to petrino Rogillio, ucts are bought wholesale, but they are local products from left, Jonah potier, Kaylan dupre and donna dupre. from local fishermen. He readers’ selections for the things in the Teche Area. seafood specific to the best people, places and Jane’s Seafood serves Gulf area, such as shrimp, See seafood, Page 9

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places and things in the Teche Area. “It definitely makes us want to strive harder for next year,” Wadsworth said. “The store is all about the customers, and I think that’s what makes us unique. We just focus on customer service. That’s what we’re here for.” Wadsworth said a lot of the wine and liquor prod-

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been going to the restaurant for years, and her favorite menu item is the boiled crawfish. “The friendly atmosphere and great seasoning sets them apart from other seafood restaurants,” she said. “Their seasoning is just right, not too salty and just enough spice.” Tran said the popularity of the seafood shifts with the seasons. If crawfish are in season, piles of the crustacean will be sold per night, but shrimp are sold year round, he said. “We deal with a ton of each. Whatever is in season, that’s what everyone is going to eat,” he said. “They’re really neck and neck.” He said the restaurant does not try to carry crawfish year round because it does not sell any crawfish that has been

frozen or imported. “Whatever we can get that is fresh and local we’ll serve,” he said. Tran said it’s a great feeling and an honor to be recognized by Teche Area residents as the best place for boiled seafood. “Given this award, especially in the South where seafood is the main thing people eat, shows the customers appreciate us,” he said. “We appreciate the business that they’ve given us all these years, and we will continue to provide the quality seafood they’ve been enjoying.” The restaurant also earned the second place spot for the best place to buy prepared seafood. “It shows us how well we’re doing that way we can keep up,” he said. “It’s motivation to always improve.”

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want us to go and I think that’s what makes us successful.” Wadsworth said he tries to locate and carry as many different types and origins of beer possible. Beers from Germany, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Belgium and China line the shelves of the market, and the store also carries all varieties of beer from Samuel Adams, New Belgian Brewing and Abita Brewing Co. “We really, really focus on diversifying our beer,” he said. “We try to get in beer from every corner of the world that we can, as well as every corner of the U.S. We try to be as global as possible.” Wadsworth said even though he enjoys finding foreign alcohol, local products are equally as important to the business, including beer from Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville and Parish Brewing in Broussard.

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“Local products are very important to us, and we definitely carry everything local,” he said. The market also placed in a plethora of other categories including first for check out service, second for best place to meet people, second place for best place to purchase meat, third for french bread, third for best boudin and third for specialty meats. Wadsworth said he often tells customers the store is their store. He said the customers are the driving force behind the business and the store’s job is to supply what they want. “Without the customers we don’t have a store. If you follow that theory there is no way that you can lose,” he said. Joyce Boudreaux, owner Buddy Boudreaux’s mother, said she thinks the customers make the business successful, but so do the dedicated employees. “It works both ways,” she said, “they’re good to us and we’re good to them.”

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providers, our entire team is dedicated to addressing every single one of our patients needs, with the intent of making them feel like a VIP, and doing it with a smile!” said Suzette Hulin, Chief Operations Officer of Iberia Urgent Care. One of the unique things about the VIP treatment at Iberia Urgent Care is that it doesn’t stop after the clinician leaves the room. If patients require out patient testing, the team at Iberia Urgent Care arranges for these test to be carried out at the facility of the patient’s choice. And patients receive a follow up phone call within 72 hours from a caring staff member to make sure they are feeling better. But no one is as happy as the kids who are patients at Iberia Urgent Care. At the conclusion of their visit, they get to put a painted hand print on the wall of the pediatric room, and then sign it. The really little kids also get to pick a treat from the “treasure chest” in the nurse’s station. A visit to Iberia Urgent Care’s facebook page reveals multiple post by very happy customers.

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Whether your two year old woke up with a fever, you twisted your ankle getting out of your bathtub, or granny got poison ivy working in her flowerbed, Iberia Urgent Care has become the preferred modern medical facility in the New Iberia / Teche region. With no appointment necessary, x-ray onsite, and wait times less than 50 minutes, customers have raved about their experience at Iberia Urgent Care since they opened their doors 1 year ago. One of the primary reasons Iberia Urgent Care is the first choice people make when deciding where to go for their healthcare needs is because of the company’s commitment to ensuring each and every patient experiences an incredible and positive ! WOW ! experience. “From the moment a customer walks into our location on Lewis Street in New Iberia, they are made to feel like one of our family. From the friendly receptionist who offer you cold bottled water or a complimentary cold drink, to the compassionate nursing staff and medical

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places and things in the Teche Area. “It definitely makes us want to strive harder for next year,” Wadsworth said. “The store is all about the customers, and I think that’s what makes us unique. We just focus on customer service. That’s what we’re here for.” Wadsworth said a lot of the wine and liquor prod-

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been going to the restaurant for years, and her favorite menu item is the boiled crawfish. “The friendly atmosphere and great seasoning sets them apart from other seafood restaurants,” she said. “Their seasoning is just right, not too salty and just enough spice.” Tran said the popularity of the seafood shifts with the seasons. If crawfish are in season, piles of the crustacean will be sold per night, but shrimp are sold year round, he said. “We deal with a ton of each. Whatever is in season, that’s what everyone is going to eat,” he said. “They’re really neck and neck.” He said the restaurant does not try to carry crawfish year round because it does not sell any crawfish that has been

frozen or imported. “Whatever we can get that is fresh and local we’ll serve,” he said. Tran said it’s a great feeling and an honor to be recognized by Teche Area residents as the best place for boiled seafood. “Given this award, especially in the South where seafood is the main thing people eat, shows the customers appreciate us,” he said. “We appreciate the business that they’ve given us all these years, and we will continue to provide the quality seafood they’ve been enjoying.” The restaurant also earned the second place spot for the best place to buy prepared seafood. “It shows us how well we’re doing that way we can keep up,” he said. “It’s motivation to always improve.”

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2nD: Russell Snoddy (Arceneaux Ford)

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1st: Gene Nora (Arceneaux Ford)

want us to go and I think that’s what makes us successful.” Wadsworth said he tries to locate and carry as many different types and origins of beer possible. Beers from Germany, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Belgium and China line the shelves of the market, and the store also carries all varieties of beer from Samuel Adams, New Belgian Brewing and Abita Brewing Co. “We really, really focus on diversifying our beer,” he said. “We try to get in beer from every corner of the world that we can, as well as every corner of the U.S. We try to be as global as possible.” Wadsworth said even though he enjoys finding foreign alcohol, local products are equally as important to the business, including beer from Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville and Parish Brewing in Broussard.

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1st: Dugas Auto Repairs

2nD: Carroll Boudreaux (State Farm)

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1st: Jimmy Champagne (Allstate)

3rD: Lynzi Landry (Courtesy Automotive Group)

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2nD: Auto Services LLC

HM: Vice’s Barber Shop n Best Place for woMen’s HaIrcut 1st: Clyde’s Hair Design 2nD (tie): I Love Lucy; Ryan Michael Salon HM: Studio 902 n Best Place for cHIlD’s HaIrcut 1st: Clyde’s Hair Design

3rD: Alfred Ackal (State Farm) 3rD: Musson-Patout Automotive

2nD: Ryan Michael Salon

HM: Stephanie Moore (State Farm)

One such post reads… “I want to say THANK YOU so much for caring for my son the way ya’ll did!!! Thank God it was not his appendix. But the fact that ya’ll cared enough to TAKE the TIME to call us while at the hospital to check on him means a lot!!!!! I will recommend to everyone to go to ya’ll!! THANK YOU AGAIN!!!!!! In addition to regular urgent care services, Iberia Urgent Care also offers full service occupational medicine. “We offer everything from drug screens to pre-employment physical exams to worker’s comp cases to cover all aspects of occupational medicine. Our clinicians have experience with and an in-depth

understanding of issues regarding the dynamic between OSHA and Occupational medicine.” Says Clayt Hulin, founder and owner of Iberia Urgent Care.

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3rD: Karl Rouly (Van Eaton & Romero)

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1st: Billy Landry (J.P.Thibodeaux)

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“Local products are very important to us, and we definitely carry everything local,” he said. The market also placed in a plethora of other categories including first for check out service, second for best place to meet people, second place for best place to purchase meat, third for french bread, third for best boudin and third for specialty meats. Wadsworth said he often tells customers the store is their store. He said the customers are the driving force behind the business and the store’s job is to supply what they want. “Without the customers we don’t have a store. If you follow that theory there is no way that you can lose,” he said. Joyce Boudreaux, owner Buddy Boudreaux’s mother, said she thinks the customers make the business successful, but so do the dedicated employees. “It works both ways,” she said, “they’re good to us and we’re good to them.”

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providers, our entire team is dedicated to addressing every single one of our patients needs, with the intent of making them feel like a VIP, and doing it with a smile!” said Suzette Hulin, Chief Operations Officer of Iberia Urgent Care. One of the unique things about the VIP treatment at Iberia Urgent Care is that it doesn’t stop after the clinician leaves the room. If patients require out patient testing, the team at Iberia Urgent Care arranges for these test to be carried out at the facility of the patient’s choice. And patients receive a follow up phone call within 72 hours from a caring staff member to make sure they are feeling better. But no one is as happy as the kids who are patients at Iberia Urgent Care. At the conclusion of their visit, they get to put a painted hand print on the wall of the pediatric room, and then sign it. The really little kids also get to pick a treat from the “treasure chest” in the nurse’s station. A visit to Iberia Urgent Care’s facebook page reveals multiple post by very happy customers.

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Whether your two year old woke up with a fever, you twisted your ankle getting out of your bathtub, or granny got poison ivy working in her flowerbed, Iberia Urgent Care has become the preferred modern medical facility in the New Iberia / Teche region. With no appointment necessary, x-ray onsite, and wait times less than 50 minutes, customers have raved about their experience at Iberia Urgent Care since they opened their doors 1 year ago. One of the primary reasons Iberia Urgent Care is the first choice people make when deciding where to go for their healthcare needs is because of the company’s commitment to ensuring each and every patient experiences an incredible and positive ! WOW ! experience. “From the moment a customer walks into our location on Lewis Street in New Iberia, they are made to feel like one of our family. From the friendly receptionist who offer you cold bottled water or a complimentary cold drink, to the compassionate nursing staff and medical

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2ND: Sheila Molbert (Let’s Travel Inc.) 2ND: Doerle’s Air Conditioning & Heating

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oiled seafood is a hot commodity in South Louisiana, and all chefs have a different way of preparing the delicacies. Residents in the Teche Area agree Jane’s Seafood and Chinese Restaurant has a knack for it and voted it the best place to buy boiled seafood. The 22-year-old restaurant earned first place in the Best of the Teche category, ahead of secondplace winner Seafood Connection, third-place winner T Bob’s Seafood and honorable mentions

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crabs and crawfish, owner Vu Tran said. He said those are the three main types of seafood the restaurant boils, but it also began serving dungeness crabs and snow crabs last year. “Since we’ve been doing the dungeness and the snow crab, we’ve been doing pretty decent with those in case we run out of local crabs here or we don’t have any in season,” he said. “They kind of make up for it.” Tran said all of the prod-

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2ND: Super 1 Foods

2ND: Lowe’s Home Improvement

3RD: Fabian’s for Flowers

1st: A&A Appliance Center

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3RD: Winmill Tire 3RD: ABC 123 Daycare 2ND: Patin’s Tire & Car Care Center

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3RD: Teche Federal Bank (North Lewis branch)

3RD: T.J. Maxx

1st: Paul’s Flower & Plant Shop

2ND: Rudy’s Reliable Cleaners

2ND: Chase (North Lewis branch)

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you love,” she said. Defelice said the catering service puts emphasis on customizing each wedding to the bride and groom’s individual taste and working within a couple’s budget. “Good food is essential when you’re catering an event, but so is the presentation. We focus on detail and make sure everything is coordinated,” said Defelice. “We offer that personal touch and peace of mind knowing that if something goes wrong we are there to handle it. There are times when you have to improvise on the spot if something doesn’t go as planned.” After working as a diesel mechanic and electronic technician, Dugas has found his true niche in life. “Before making the decision to open a full-time catering service, I prayed a lot. Now, I am doing what I really like. I owe it all to God. He guided me and brought me where I needed to be,” said Dugas. Peltier’s Catering and Art of Eating Catering tied for second place in the survey and Teche Area voters selected Cajun Tidbits Catering as the third place winner.

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made the decision to go full time in 2011,” said Dugas. Now Dugas is catering events for more than 400 guests, from weddings to corporate events and private parties. He also provides delivered take-out orders for small group events and family gatherings. “I didn’t expect the business to take off as fast as it did,” he said. As chef, Dugas is responsible for cooking most of the 55 items on the menu ranging from main dishes, dips, appetizers, soups, sweets and miscellaneous items. His praline chicken, beef brisket, signature golden punch, Italian cream cake and carrot cake are among his customers’ favorites. Dugas attributes much of the fast growing success of his business to family members who work with him. The business has become a family affair. Sonya Dugas works along the side of her husband and their daughter Stacia Begnaud. The couple’s other daughter Katie Defelice quit her full-time job to serve as manager of the business and event coordinator. “My daughters’ husbands and my two sisters-in-law and their husbands also help out so it really is a family business. It is a lot of hard work, but when we are all together it makes it nice,” said Dugas. Defelice, who has a degree in fashion merchandising, said her job as an event coordinator gives her a creative outlet. “It is a pleasure getting up in the morning and coming to work to a job

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service customers during the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. “We were able to stay open and take care of the emergency vehicles because there were many blowouts and other tire problems,” said Broussard. “We kept them going and as power slowly came back we were able to take care of more and more people and kept the store open.” It’s that level of service that has been a major part of Delta World Tire’s success and will continue to be in the future. “We’re going to keep doing what we do best, take care of the customer,” said Broussard. “You can’t forget your basics.”

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industry as well. And of course, great service. “You have to take care of the customer each and every time,” said Broussard. “You can go anywhere to buy tires but it comes down to customer service and that’s what we strive to do our best at, to give good customer service.” Patin’s Tire and Car Care Center was second and Winmill Tire was third on the list of Best Places to buy tires/service. Broussard said that Delta World Tire opened in New Iberia in the 1970s originally at a location on St. Peter. The business has been at its Center Street location for the past 25 years. Much of the store’s business comes from repeat customers and from family members of repeat customers. “Typically, when you take care of one famiy member, you get the entire family,” said Broussard. “That’s what we strive for.” Broussard added that one of the highlights for the company was the fact that the store was able to

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all have 50 million things to do, but I try to do the best that I can,” she said. Toups said she thanks the customers, lets them know she’s available and tries to educate them on the other services the bank provides. She humbly said people wait in line to see her because they simply like someone who knows what they want. “I’ve been here so long, and they don’t have to tell me everything over and over again,” she said. Although the job is stressful, Toups said she enjoys it. “You can’t let your customers know it’s stressful. You have to go with the flow, but that’s with every job. You have to do what you do to be successful. When you close those doors and you know you did everything you could to help the customers, that feels good,” she said. The tellers at Chase Bank on North Lewis Street received second place, and the tellers at Teche Federal on North Lewis Street placed third. However, the “friendliest bank tellers” category was a close race, with only three votes separating first and third place.

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he tellers at IberiaBank on Admiral Doyle were voted “friendliest bank tellers” in The Daily Iberian’s annual “Best of the Teche” survey. Branch Manager Russ Cantrelle said the staff is a good group of people. “Our whole staff truly cares about the customers, and it shows on how they interact and how they treat people,” he said. Best of the Teche is an unscientific, fun survey meant for readers to give their opinions of the best people, businesses, places and things in the Teche area. Noonie Toups, Karen Davis, Jackelyn Battin, Heather Touchet, Melissa Chatman, Kylie Viator, JuJu Stansbury and Fedora Fontenot are the seven tellers at the Admiral Doyle branch. Two of the tellers have a combined 79 years with the bank — Noonie Toups has been with IberiaBank for 43 years, and Karen Davis has served for 36 years, Cantrelle said. “The tenure of my staff speaks volumes, what they do for the bank and for our customers,” he said. Cantrelle said people will wait in line an hour to have Toups or Davis wait on them. “We try to be good. I recognize them when they open the door. I let them know that we’re here for them,” Toups said. Toups said she tries to do extra for her customers. “If they are upset, if I can go the extra mile to help them, that’s what I do. We

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‘i find we sell to generations of families, from the grandparents to the parents to their kids coming up that are just starting out.’ carlo foti Grandson of store’s founder n they’re really happy with their furniture.’ “New generations are coming in, and I love seeing that. I love seeing that the parents and the

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also said the clothes are timeless. “The clothes we carry is stuff that’s never going to go out of style. A smock dress never goes out of style. You can carry it on generation to generation if you take care of it. In 20 years, someone can put on that outfit and it’s not outdated or out of style,” Courtney Segura said. Sharon Segura ran the store in her home for five years and then moved to a location on Parkview Drive. Her store is now located in the middle of action on Main Street. Cortni Segura said moving to Main Street has definitely helped the store. “The atmosphere of Main Street has brought out the store so much. We tripled, if not more, the size of the store. The move definitely helped sales, and it brought it different clients. The feel of Main Street shopping is great. It’s a separate feeling

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grandparents think highly enough of us, and they’re satisfied with us, that they say, ‘Look, just go check Foti’s.’ We have to go by our reputation. We have to stand behind what we sell. And that means a lot.” Walter Henry, who has worked at Foti Furniture for 23 years as a manager and salesman, said being a local business appeals to customers. Having been in New Iberia for nearly 24 years now has helped gain a lot of trust. “And then we do service our customers,” Henry said. “We try as hard as possible to take care of all our customers.” Foti, 47, said he and older brothers Gerard and Peter grew up in the furniture business, starting off putting knobs on furniture when they were young and eventually took over the business from their father, Lawrence — known to all as “Canary” — and even listed as such in the phone book. Canary Foti, who died in 1991, had expanded his father’s business from

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tiffani Gomez, baby daniel broussard and raquel broussard dine at tampico’s. ress at the restaurant for about six years and can recognize the regulars. “Everybody is friendly and tries to make the customers happy,” she said. “We try to bring the food as fast as possible.” She said the waitstaff knows people frequent the restaurant with one primary goal: to eat. She said some of the most popular items on the menu are the fajitas — steak or chicken

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THANK YOU he Daily Iberian’s annual contest for Best of the Teche has concluded, and For the Little Ones in New Iberia has won for “best place to buy children’s clothes.” Sharon Segura of Loreauville started For the Little Ones in her home in 1984. The store sells children’s clothes and toys for infants up to age 12. She said she knows most of her customers. “I pretty much know everyone that comes into the store. I feel we have a friendly attitude. We treat others the way you’d like to be treated, and we put God first,” she said. Segura, 59, said her love THE DAILY IBERIAN BY MCKENZIE WOMACK

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Sky and Steel Ranch, and his employees use pickup trucks for the businesses. He has been getting his fleet repaired by Louviere for 30 years, a period in which Louviere was a mechanic 24 years before buying the business 5 1/2 years ago from retiring F.J. Dugas, the founder. With so many pickup trucks on the road and many being used heavily, most of the problems involve brakes and electrical systems, he said. “I have a fleet of about a dozen trucks. We do deliveries within about a 150-mile radius. Larry does all my trucks,” he said. “It’s not just Larry. It’s the whole group. All the employees are concerned and they keep files on all my trucks.” Louviere, 56, modestly gave credit to his staff of five mechanics — nephew Warren Louviere, FroM PAgE 2

Jimmy Segura and Elmore Savoy — and office workers Sharon Bonin Hebert and Donna Derouen Pontiff, as well as his wife, Connie Judice Louviere, the company’s bookkeeper. Of course, there are the aforementioned reasons, too, why customers keep returning if they encounter problems with a vehicle, or multiple vehicles, as in Ronsonet’s case. “I tell it like it is. I tell them the truth, not what they want to hear. I’m honest with them. They seem to appreciate that,” Louviere said. “And I have the best crew. The shop owner gets the credit but the people who are technicians deserve more credit than I do. “I work hard. I like the challenge. I don’t like to do things second best. I like to get it right.” Louviere — an avid hunter and fisherman who has a camp with friends under a big pavilion along

Butte La Rose Canal near Henderson, where he goes “every chance I get” — said he started working as a mechanic at a young age at Gondron’s Garage in Loreauville. His brother Loto Louviere Jr. was a 15-year-old mechanic there at the time and needed a hand, he said. After he married Connie, he worked five years at her father’s farm, also doing mechanic work on farm equipment. Then his mechanic career took him to LeBlanc & Broussard, then to Bayouland Motors in Lafayette, before he started working at Dugas Auto Repair Inc. The personable man, quick with a smile, was pleased with the title Best Auto Mechanic. “I appreciate that and accept accept it as an honor because it’s difficult. Mechanics usually have a bad reputation. I work hard to make sure that doesn’t happen over here,” he said.

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n 1ST: Angela Scott, branch manager for Van Eaton & Romero. 2ND: Zonnie Labry,Van Eaton & Romero. 3RD: Karl Rouly,Van Eaton & Romero. Scott said she tries to make every client feel special. “I really try to treat every client as if they were a member of my family. I know how important finding a home is to them, and I make it as important to me as it is to them. I really love what I do,” she said. Scott has worked as a real estate agent for seven years and the branch manager since early this

“I help them as much as they help me. We’re a team,” she said. Van Eaton & Romero CEO Bill Bacqué said Scott’s prior experience as a legal assistant for a real estate attorney proved vital to her success as an agent. “Armed with that kind of knowledge as far as what’s appropriate as far as paperwork and contracts has served her immensely,” he said. When Scott expressed her lee ball / the daily iberian interest in the branch manZonnie labry, left, and angela scott of Van ager job, Bacqué said she was chosen because of her qualieaton & romero say vote is an honor. fications and personality. “Her background plus her leaderyear. The New Iberia office has 26 agents, and she said the group ship qualities and personality … ultimately her qualifications won works together.

out. She’s been a wonderful agent and an excellent manager,” he said. Bacqué said Van Eaton & Romero’s success is a combination of the agents and the company’s beliefs and attitudes. “Even though we may be the best at what we do, we humbly acknowledge that none of us are the best that we can be. We need to strive to be the best. But even in achieving that, we all need to understand that all of us as human beings have so much more potential than where we are, no matter where we are,” he said. Bacqué said the company members strive to always challenge themselves and “be the best that we can be.” “That value has taken this company great distances … We are blessed to have the caliber of people associated with us,” he said.

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t is difficult to refer to someone at least 6 feet tall as a “jolly old elf,” but local pharmacist Andy Soileau has played that role for about 34 years now. When not in his Santa outfit or running his New Iberia pharmacy, Soileau, 62, might be seen helping out in some other way. He’s a noted cook with several Gumbo Festival titles he’s helped with at the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff. He’s a key member of the Kiwanis Club and its annual pancake supper having built the heavy-duty grills on which thousands of pancakes are cooked. He has even led a United Way “construction team” to help remodel a few homes, skills he learned putting himself through college. “Andy has been a longtime supporter of the United Way’s efforts in Iberia Parish,” said Corleen Rouly, executive director of United Way of Iberia. “In addition to a Fast Track Givery for our

Teche. He soon joined the New Iberia Jaycees and through friendships he developed began his decades of volunteerism. “The people of New Iberia have been good to me,” Soileau said. And Soileau has been good jeff zeringue / the daily iberian them, even in Andy Soileau’s volunteerism started soon after his arrival here in 1975. difficult times. Carol Whipp, executive director of the Soileau is a native of campaign, he has served north St. Landry Parish and Iberia Parish Council on as one of our volunteers went to Northeast Louisi- Aging, said in the 13 years to call on during our anshe has been associated ana University, now the nual campaign to solicit with the organization, University of Louisiana at contributions.” Since his arrival in New Monroe. He developed a friendship with two other Iberia in 1975, Soileau has offered himself to the pharmacy students, one from Franklin and the other community in so many from Scott. He and his wife, ways, it must be why The Donna, with encouragement Daily Iberian’s readers from his friends, decided selected him Best ComNew Iberia would be a great munity Volunteer in this place to settle down as the year’s Best of the Teche three could continue their survey. It is an annual, friendship and weekly getnonscientific survey of togethers for card games. what respondents believe It didn’t take long for are the best people, places, st businesses and services in Soileau to dive into life in the Queen City on the the Teche Area.

Soileau has cooked his Christmas gumbo for 250300 seniors. One year, Soileau’s father died shortly before the event. “The day after the funeral, Andy was there cooking the gumbo,” Whipp said. “His dad often cooked with him. I guess it was a tribute to his dad.” When meals were served, Soileau would often don his Santa suit for Council on Aging event. It is a role he enjoys playing after having been coaxed into play Santa Claus for a local nursing home, which turned into five nursing homes each season and has extended into a 34-year stint. He also has appeared

as the jolly old St. Nick for Club Scouts packs and Boy Scout troops, even for the annual Christmas parade for the city and the Rotary Club’s annual program for the foster children of New Iberia. With talents in cooking, home repairs and being jolly for young and old alike, he has done a lot of work for the community. He said nothing he has done has been particulary difficult, but there is one thing this community volunteer finds hard to do. “Saying ‘No’ is the hardest thing for me,” Soileau said. Maybe that’s why Soileau was the only one listed as this year’s Best of the Teche Community Volunteer.

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t’s been a steady progression of growing and improving since Matthew Musso took over L&M Pharmacy in 1996, Musso said, paving the way for a Best of the Teche award for Best Pharmacy. Robert Musso, Matthew Musso’s father, started the pharmacy in 1957. His wife died in childbirth three years later. Robert Musso said he had a new pharmacy, four babies and wasn’t a good business man. “(Matthew) really built this business up,” Robert Musso said. “He’s the real reason L&M Pharmacy is

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n 1st: L&M Pharmacy. 2nd: Soileau’s Pharmacy. 3Rd: CVS (Parkview). HM: Ackal’s Pharmacy. where it is today.” At nearly 83 years old, Robert Musso said he still works half-days at the pharmacy five days a week. He said he thinks the pharmacy received the award for the way it treats it’s customers. “We treat our customers with respect and kindness,” he said. “We do all the things a pharmacy should do. Plus we have

Matthew Musso has maintained some traditions, like compounding, while adding new technology to eliminate error and increase efficiency. “Compounding is a small percentage of our total sales, but it’s a needed service,” Matthew Musso said. He said there are a broad range of products that can be specially formulated to individual needs from anti-inflammatories to hormone replacement therapies. Musso said he’s also hope rurik / the daily iberian the only pharmacy with a matthew musso carries on ScriptPro robotic dispense the family tradition at L&m system. Once a prescription is entered into the pharmacy. system, the medication is automatically counted, fair prices.”

bottled and labeled. Musso said pharmacy technicians recount the bottles, but the system cuts down on error. During the last 16 years, there’s been annual growth of 10 percent or greater, Musso said. “In this growing period, we’ve come up short in a lot of areas,” he said. “But we’re constantly trying to improve services.” Musso said he takes pride in helping people and has a strong staff led by Bridget Peltier, a 15-year employee, and includes Tina Bourque, who’s been a pharmacy technician with the store for 31 years. “Without them, I

wouldn’t be able to do any of what I’m doing,” Musso said. “They really go out of their way.” Behind the counter, there’s plenty of banter between the technicians and management, but technician Chelsea Kinsey said the team is serious about customer service. “We’re eager to help customers,” she said. “We make it a top priority to please all our customers.” L&M took second in the category last year for Best of the Teche, which is an unscientific, fun survey meant for readers to give their opinions of the best people, businesses, places and things in the Teche Area.

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1ST: Little River Inn. 2ND: Bon Creole Seafood. 3RD: Duffy’s Diner. 3RD: Pearl House Restaurant. OTHER LITTLE RIVER AWARDS 1ST: Best Place for Steak. 1ST: Best Place for Prepared Seafood. 1ST: Best Place for Gumbo. 1ST: Best Place for Desserts. 1ST: Best Place for Business Lunch. 1ST: Best Place for Dining Atmosphere. 1ST: Best Wait Staff. 1ST: Best Waiter/Waitress (Nelda Dauphine). 2ND: Best Waiter/Waitress (Dianne Segura). 2ND: Best Place for Red Beans & Rice. 2ND: Best Place for PoBoys. 2ND:Best Place for Home-Style Cooking. 2ND: Best Place for Salad Bar. 2ND: Best Place for Coffee. 2ND: Best Place for Kids Food.

Riverside Inn in 1932 in Lafayette, which moved to Broussard in 1977. Richard and his sister Elaine opened a second restaurant in 1988 in New Iberia. In 2011, Richard and his wife Lori took over full operation of both restaurants. “We’re working harder, but we’re enjoying it more,” Lori Hurst said. Richard Hurst said he’s been working more at Riverside Inn while Lori holds down the New Iberia restaurant. Today, customers walk into the New Iberia Main Street restaurant and are greeted with dozens of photos — the Hursts, their

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ori and Richard Hurst celebrate more than a dozen Best of the Teche awards for 2013, including best portions. Little River Inn is no stranger to the “Best of the Teche,” but this year owner Richard Hurst said the restaurant may have beaten its record. The restaurant claimed a haul of 16 total awards, including first for its portion sizes. The Best of the Teche is an unscientific, fun survey meant for readers to give their opinions of the best people, businesses, places and things in the Teche Area. Hurst said making sure people get their money’s worth when it comes to the main course is important. “We try to keep people from having to eat a lot of fillers,” he said, adding there might be fewer fries or hush puppies in favor of the main dish. Hurst’s grandfather started Poor Boy’s See scores, page 17

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tions at Riverside Inn. “It would be off to go to work and not see some of these faces there,” she said. Waitress Nelda Dauphine has been with the restaurant for about 12 years, Lori Hurst said, and has racked up “Best Waitress” awards nearly every year. “On Saturdays, everybody comes in and wants Nelda,” she said. “She gets

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FROM PAGE 16

1ST: Little River Inn. 2ND: Bon Creole Seafood. 3RD: Duffy’s Diner. 3RD: Pearl House Restaurant. OTHER LITTLE RIVER AWARDS 1ST: Best Place for Steak. 1ST: Best Place for Prepared Seafood. 1ST: Best Place for Gumbo. 1ST: Best Place for Desserts. 1ST: Best Place for Business Lunch. 1ST: Best Place for Dining Atmosphere. 1ST: Best Wait Staff. 1ST: Best Waiter/Waitress (Nelda Dauphine). 2ND: Best Waiter/Waitress (Dianne Segura). 2ND: Best Place for Red Beans & Rice. 2ND: Best Place for PoBoys. 2ND:Best Place for Home-Style Cooking. 2ND: Best Place for Salad Bar. 2ND: Best Place for Coffee. 2ND: Best Place for Kids Food.

Riverside Inn in 1932 in Lafayette, which moved to Broussard in 1977. Richard and his sister Elaine opened a second restaurant in 1988 in New Iberia. In 2011, Richard and his wife Lori took over full operation of both restaurants. “We’re working harder, but we’re enjoying it more,” Lori Hurst said. Richard Hurst said he’s been working more at Riverside Inn while Lori holds down the New Iberia restaurant. Today, customers walk into the New Iberia Main Street restaurant and are greeted with dozens of photos — the Hursts, their

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ori and Richard Hurst celebrate more than a dozen Best of the Teche awards for 2013, including best portions. Little River Inn is no stranger to the “Best of the Teche,” but this year owner Richard Hurst said the restaurant may have beaten its record. The restaurant claimed a haul of 16 total awards, including first for its portion sizes. The Best of the Teche is an unscientific, fun survey meant for readers to give their opinions of the best people, businesses, places and things in the Teche Area. Hurst said making sure people get their money’s worth when it comes to the main course is important. “We try to keep people from having to eat a lot of fillers,” he said, adding there might be fewer fries or hush puppies in favor of the main dish. Hurst’s grandfather started Poor Boy’s See scores, page 17

Congratulations Gene and Russell 2ND PLACE

2013

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‘We try to build relationships and understand that life happens.’ Lori Hurst Little River Inn co-owner

■ family and restaurant staff. Lori Hurst said she tries to keep up with all of the employees and what’s happening outside of work. “We try to build relationships and understand that life happens,” she said. Lori Hurst said some members of the waitstaff have been with the company since Richard’s father was still overseeing opera-

tions at Riverside Inn. “It would be off to go to work and not see some of these faces there,” she said. Waitress Nelda Dauphine has been with the restaurant for about 12 years, Lori Hurst said, and has racked up “Best Waitress” awards nearly every year. “On Saturdays, everybody comes in and wants Nelda,” she said. “She gets

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excited every year.” As for the more than a dozen awards with the restaurant’s name, Richard Hurst said the restaurant team has been concentrating on more consistency in its food and more The Hursts ‘try speed in its service. The couple give its restaurant staff a lot of credit for what the business has been able to achieve. “It’s team work,” Lori

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erything here. It’s always fresh,” she said. Garb said she likes that the store carries the locally he produce section n grown items because those of Super 1 Foods is 1ST: Super 1 Foods. items are likely fresher stocked full of or2ND: Teche Area Farmer’s than out-of-state items. The ganic veggies and greens, Market; Winn-Dixie. produce department also inbushels of fresh fruit and 3RD: Joyce’s Supermarket. cludes a section of presliced several varieties of readyOTHER SUPER 1 FOODS fruits and vegetables, all of to-eat treats. AWARDS which are equally as fresh, he Produce manager Stoney Romero said the store 1ST: Best Place for Bakery Items. said. Customers can shop for maintains the department, 2ND: Best Checkout Service. fruit trays, vegetable trays, keeps the products fresh and 2ND: Best Place to Buy Wine shredded carrots, watermelon slices and mushrooms. offers competitive prices in and Liquor. Romero said it is a lot of the city. Customers agreed 3RD: Best Place to Buy Meat. work to keep the products and voted the store the No. 3RD: Best Seafood Market. fresh and presentable. Each 1 place to buy fresh produce 3RD: Best French bread. in the Teche Area. 3RD: Best Place for King Cakes. day the staff rotates the items, restocks the shelves Super 1 Foods placed and makes sure all of the he said. Romero said it is ahead of Winn Dixie, the Teche Area Farmers Market important the store carries products are fresh and ready to buy, he said. and Joyce’s Supermarket in those items because cus“That’s important for tomers often request them. The Daily Iberian’s Best of us. We want people to “We try to get everything the Teche, an annual unscientific survey where readers the customers need,” he said. walk in and see it look Rose Garb of New Iberia like a picture,” he said. cast their votes for their Romero, who has said she has purchased favorite people, places and worked with produce for her produce from Super 1 things in the Teche Area. Foods since the store opened more than 20 years, said it The store carries a large variety of products, including in the city because it consis- feels good to have the comorganic fruits and vegetables, tently carries fresh food. She munity support. He said said she often buys bell pep- the employees contribute pre-made items and hispers and onions at the store, largely to store’s success, panic foods, Romero said. especially because they but it’s her go-to store for The store also carries excel at customer service. items that are locally grown, all produce. The store has “That’s our No. 1 priorthe freshest produce in including cantaloupes, ity,” he said. “We just try eggplants, squash, zucchini, the city, she said. to do the best we can.” “I buy just about evbell peppers and cucumbers, THE DAILY IBERIAN

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t’s been a steady progression of growing and improving since Matthew Musso took over L&M Pharmacy in 1996, Musso said, paving the way for a Best of the Teche award for Best Pharmacy. Robert Musso, Matthew Musso’s father, started the pharmacy in 1957. His wife died in childbirth three years later. Robert Musso said he had a new pharmacy, four babies and wasn’t a good business man. “(Matthew) really built this business up,” Robert Musso said. “He’s the real reason L&M Pharmacy is

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n 1st: L&M Pharmacy. 2nd: Soileau’s Pharmacy. 3Rd: CVS (Parkview). HM: Ackal’s Pharmacy. where it is today.” At nearly 83 years old, Robert Musso said he still works half-days at the pharmacy five days a week. He said he thinks the pharmacy received the award for the way it treats it’s customers. “We treat our customers with respect and kindness,” he said. “We do all the things a pharmacy should do. Plus we have

Matthew Musso has maintained some traditions, like compounding, while adding new technology to eliminate error and increase efficiency. “Compounding is a small percentage of our total sales, but it’s a needed service,” Matthew Musso said. He said there are a broad range of products that can be specially formulated to individual needs from anti-inflammatories to hormone replacement therapies. Musso said he’s also hope rurik / the daily iberian the only pharmacy with a matthew musso carries on ScriptPro robotic dispense the family tradition at L&m system. Once a prescription is entered into the pharmacy. system, the medication is automatically counted, fair prices.”

bottled and labeled. Musso said pharmacy technicians recount the bottles, but the system cuts down on error. During the last 16 years, there’s been annual growth of 10 percent or greater, Musso said. “In this growing period, we’ve come up short in a lot of areas,” he said. “But we’re constantly trying to improve services.” Musso said he takes pride in helping people and has a strong staff led by Bridget Peltier, a 15-year employee, and includes Tina Bourque, who’s been a pharmacy technician with the store for 31 years. “Without them, I

wouldn’t be able to do any of what I’m doing,” Musso said. “They really go out of their way.” Behind the counter, there’s plenty of banter between the technicians and management, but technician Chelsea Kinsey said the team is serious about customer service. “We’re eager to help customers,” she said. “We make it a top priority to please all our customers.” L&M took second in the category last year for Best of the Teche, which is an unscientific, fun survey meant for readers to give their opinions of the best people, businesses, places and things in the Teche Area.

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Sky and Steel Ranch, and his employees use pickup trucks for the businesses. He has been getting his fleet repaired by Louviere for 30 years, a period in which Louviere was a mechanic 24 years before buying the business 5 1/2 years ago from retiring F.J. Dugas, the founder. With so many pickup trucks on the road and many being used heavily, most of the problems involve brakes and electrical systems, he said. “I have a fleet of about a dozen trucks. We do deliveries within about a 150-mile radius. Larry does all my trucks,” he said. “It’s not just Larry. It’s the whole group. All the employees are concerned and they keep files on all my trucks.” Louviere, 56, modestly gave credit to his staff of five mechanics — nephew Warren Louviere, FroM PAgE 2

Jimmy Segura and Elmore Savoy — and office workers Sharon Bonin Hebert and Donna Derouen Pontiff, as well as his wife, Connie Judice Louviere, the company’s bookkeeper. Of course, there are the aforementioned reasons, too, why customers keep returning if they encounter problems with a vehicle, or multiple vehicles, as in Ronsonet’s case. “I tell it like it is. I tell them the truth, not what they want to hear. I’m honest with them. They seem to appreciate that,” Louviere said. “And I have the best crew. The shop owner gets the credit but the people who are technicians deserve more credit than I do. “I work hard. I like the challenge. I don’t like to do things second best. I like to get it right.” Louviere — an avid hunter and fisherman who has a camp with friends under a big pavilion along

Butte La Rose Canal near Henderson, where he goes “every chance I get” — said he started working as a mechanic at a young age at Gondron’s Garage in Loreauville. His brother Loto Louviere Jr. was a 15-year-old mechanic there at the time and needed a hand, he said. After he married Connie, he worked five years at her father’s farm, also doing mechanic work on farm equipment. Then his mechanic career took him to LeBlanc & Broussard, then to Bayouland Motors in Lafayette, before he started working at Dugas Auto Repair Inc. The personable man, quick with a smile, was pleased with the title Best Auto Mechanic. “I appreciate that and accept accept it as an honor because it’s difficult. Mechanics usually have a bad reputation. I work hard to make sure that doesn’t happen over here,” he said.

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n 1ST: Angela Scott, branch manager for Van Eaton & Romero. 2ND: Zonnie Labry,Van Eaton & Romero. 3RD: Karl Rouly,Van Eaton & Romero. Scott said she tries to make every client feel special. “I really try to treat every client as if they were a member of my family. I know how important finding a home is to them, and I make it as important to me as it is to them. I really love what I do,” she said. Scott has worked as a real estate agent for seven years and the branch manager since early this

“I help them as much as they help me. We’re a team,” she said. Van Eaton & Romero CEO Bill Bacqué said Scott’s prior experience as a legal assistant for a real estate attorney proved vital to her success as an agent. “Armed with that kind of knowledge as far as what’s appropriate as far as paperwork and contracts has served her immensely,” he said. When Scott expressed her lee ball / the daily iberian interest in the branch manZonnie labry, left, and angela scott of Van ager job, Bacqué said she was chosen because of her qualieaton & romero say vote is an honor. fications and personality. “Her background plus her leaderyear. The New Iberia office has 26 agents, and she said the group ship qualities and personality … ultimately her qualifications won works together.

out. She’s been a wonderful agent and an excellent manager,” he said. Bacqué said Van Eaton & Romero’s success is a combination of the agents and the company’s beliefs and attitudes. “Even though we may be the best at what we do, we humbly acknowledge that none of us are the best that we can be. We need to strive to be the best. But even in achieving that, we all need to understand that all of us as human beings have so much more potential than where we are, no matter where we are,” he said. Bacqué said the company members strive to always challenge themselves and “be the best that we can be.” “That value has taken this company great distances … We are blessed to have the caliber of people associated with us,” he said.

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t is difficult to refer to someone at least 6 feet tall as a “jolly old elf,” but local pharmacist Andy Soileau has played that role for about 34 years now. When not in his Santa outfit or running his New Iberia pharmacy, Soileau, 62, might be seen helping out in some other way. He’s a noted cook with several Gumbo Festival titles he’s helped with at the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff. He’s a key member of the Kiwanis Club and its annual pancake supper having built the heavy-duty grills on which thousands of pancakes are cooked. He has even led a United Way “construction team” to help remodel a few homes, skills he learned putting himself through college. “Andy has been a longtime supporter of the United Way’s efforts in Iberia Parish,” said Corleen Rouly, executive director of United Way of Iberia. “In addition to a Fast Track Givery for our

Teche. He soon joined the New Iberia Jaycees and through friendships he developed began his decades of volunteerism. “The people of New Iberia have been good to me,” Soileau said. And Soileau has been good jeff zeringue / the daily iberian them, even in Andy Soileau’s volunteerism started soon after his arrival here in 1975. difficult times. Carol Whipp, executive director of the Soileau is a native of campaign, he has served north St. Landry Parish and Iberia Parish Council on as one of our volunteers went to Northeast Louisi- Aging, said in the 13 years to call on during our anshe has been associated ana University, now the nual campaign to solicit with the organization, University of Louisiana at contributions.” Since his arrival in New Monroe. He developed a friendship with two other Iberia in 1975, Soileau has offered himself to the pharmacy students, one from Franklin and the other community in so many from Scott. He and his wife, ways, it must be why The Donna, with encouragement Daily Iberian’s readers from his friends, decided selected him Best ComNew Iberia would be a great munity Volunteer in this place to settle down as the year’s Best of the Teche three could continue their survey. It is an annual, friendship and weekly getnonscientific survey of togethers for card games. what respondents believe It didn’t take long for are the best people, places, st businesses and services in Soileau to dive into life in the Queen City on the the Teche Area.

Soileau has cooked his Christmas gumbo for 250300 seniors. One year, Soileau’s father died shortly before the event. “The day after the funeral, Andy was there cooking the gumbo,” Whipp said. “His dad often cooked with him. I guess it was a tribute to his dad.” When meals were served, Soileau would often don his Santa suit for Council on Aging event. It is a role he enjoys playing after having been coaxed into play Santa Claus for a local nursing home, which turned into five nursing homes each season and has extended into a 34-year stint. He also has appeared

as the jolly old St. Nick for Club Scouts packs and Boy Scout troops, even for the annual Christmas parade for the city and the Rotary Club’s annual program for the foster children of New Iberia. With talents in cooking, home repairs and being jolly for young and old alike, he has done a lot of work for the community. He said nothing he has done has been particulary difficult, but there is one thing this community volunteer finds hard to do. “Saying ‘No’ is the hardest thing for me,” Soileau said. Maybe that’s why Soileau was the only one listed as this year’s Best of the Teche Community Volunteer.

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tiffani Gomez, baby daniel broussard and raquel broussard dine at tampico’s. ress at the restaurant for about six years and can recognize the regulars. “Everybody is friendly and tries to make the customers happy,” she said. “We try to bring the food as fast as possible.” She said the waitstaff knows people frequent the restaurant with one primary goal: to eat. She said some of the most popular items on the menu are the fajitas — steak or chicken

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THANK YOU he Daily Iberian’s annual contest for Best of the Teche has concluded, and For the Little Ones in New Iberia has won for “best place to buy children’s clothes.” Sharon Segura of Loreauville started For the Little Ones in her home in 1984. The store sells children’s clothes and toys for infants up to age 12. She said she knows most of her customers. “I pretty much know everyone that comes into the store. I feel we have a friendly attitude. We treat others the way you’d like to be treated, and we put God first,” she said. Segura, 59, said her love THE DAILY IBERIAN BY MCKENZIE WOMACK

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also said the clothes are timeless. “The clothes we carry is stuff that’s never going to go out of style. A smock dress never goes out of style. You can carry it on generation to generation if you take care of it. In 20 years, someone can put on that outfit and it’s not outdated or out of style,” Courtney Segura said. Sharon Segura ran the store in her home for five years and then moved to a location on Parkview Drive. Her store is now located in the middle of action on Main Street. Cortni Segura said moving to Main Street has definitely helped the store. “The atmosphere of Main Street has brought out the store so much. We tripled, if not more, the size of the store. The move definitely helped sales, and it brought it different clients. The feel of Main Street shopping is great. It’s a separate feeling

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grandparents think highly enough of us, and they’re satisfied with us, that they say, ‘Look, just go check Foti’s.’ We have to go by our reputation. We have to stand behind what we sell. And that means a lot.” Walter Henry, who has worked at Foti Furniture for 23 years as a manager and salesman, said being a local business appeals to customers. Having been in New Iberia for nearly 24 years now has helped gain a lot of trust. “And then we do service our customers,” Henry said. “We try as hard as possible to take care of all our customers.” Foti, 47, said he and older brothers Gerard and Peter grew up in the furniture business, starting off putting knobs on furniture when they were young and eventually took over the business from their father, Lawrence — known to all as “Canary” — and even listed as such in the phone book. Canary Foti, who died in 1991, had expanded his father’s business from

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you love,” she said. Defelice said the catering service puts emphasis on customizing each wedding to the bride and groom’s individual taste and working within a couple’s budget. “Good food is essential when you’re catering an event, but so is the presentation. We focus on detail and make sure everything is coordinated,” said Defelice. “We offer that personal touch and peace of mind knowing that if something goes wrong we are there to handle it. There are times when you have to improvise on the spot if something doesn’t go as planned.” After working as a diesel mechanic and electronic technician, Dugas has found his true niche in life. “Before making the decision to open a full-time catering service, I prayed a lot. Now, I am doing what I really like. I owe it all to God. He guided me and brought me where I needed to be,” said Dugas. Peltier’s Catering and Art of Eating Catering tied for second place in the survey and Teche Area voters selected Cajun Tidbits Catering as the third place winner.

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made the decision to go full time in 2011,” said Dugas. Now Dugas is catering events for more than 400 guests, from weddings to corporate events and private parties. He also provides delivered take-out orders for small group events and family gatherings. “I didn’t expect the business to take off as fast as it did,” he said. As chef, Dugas is responsible for cooking most of the 55 items on the menu ranging from main dishes, dips, appetizers, soups, sweets and miscellaneous items. His praline chicken, beef brisket, signature golden punch, Italian cream cake and carrot cake are among his customers’ favorites. Dugas attributes much of the fast growing success of his business to family members who work with him. The business has become a family affair. Sonya Dugas works along the side of her husband and their daughter Stacia Begnaud. The couple’s other daughter Katie Defelice quit her full-time job to serve as manager of the business and event coordinator. “My daughters’ husbands and my two sisters-in-law and their husbands also help out so it really is a family business. It is a lot of hard work, but when we are all together it makes it nice,” said Dugas. Defelice, who has a degree in fashion merchandising, said her job as an event coordinator gives her a creative outlet. “It is a pleasure getting up in the morning and coming to work to a job

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service customers during the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. “We were able to stay open and take care of the emergency vehicles because there were many blowouts and other tire problems,” said Broussard. “We kept them going and as power slowly came back we were able to take care of more and more people and kept the store open.” It’s that level of service that has been a major part of Delta World Tire’s success and will continue to be in the future. “We’re going to keep doing what we do best, take care of the customer,” said Broussard. “You can’t forget your basics.”

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industry as well. And of course, great service. “You have to take care of the customer each and every time,” said Broussard. “You can go anywhere to buy tires but it comes down to customer service and that’s what we strive to do our best at, to give good customer service.” Patin’s Tire and Car Care Center was second and Winmill Tire was third on the list of Best Places to buy tires/service. Broussard said that Delta World Tire opened in New Iberia in the 1970s originally at a location on St. Peter. The business has been at its Center Street location for the past 25 years. Much of the store’s business comes from repeat customers and from family members of repeat customers. “Typically, when you take care of one famiy member, you get the entire family,” said Broussard. “That’s what we strive for.” Broussard added that one of the highlights for the company was the fact that the store was able to

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all have 50 million things to do, but I try to do the best that I can,” she said. Toups said she thanks the customers, lets them know she’s available and tries to educate them on the other services the bank provides. She humbly said people wait in line to see her because they simply like someone who knows what they want. “I’ve been here so long, and they don’t have to tell me everything over and over again,” she said. Although the job is stressful, Toups said she enjoys it. “You can’t let your customers know it’s stressful. You have to go with the flow, but that’s with every job. You have to do what you do to be successful. When you close those doors and you know you did everything you could to help the customers, that feels good,” she said. The tellers at Chase Bank on North Lewis Street received second place, and the tellers at Teche Federal on North Lewis Street placed third. However, the “friendliest bank tellers” category was a close race, with only three votes separating first and third place.

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he tellers at IberiaBank on Admiral Doyle were voted “friendliest bank tellers” in The Daily Iberian’s annual “Best of the Teche” survey. Branch Manager Russ Cantrelle said the staff is a good group of people. “Our whole staff truly cares about the customers, and it shows on how they interact and how they treat people,” he said. Best of the Teche is an unscientific, fun survey meant for readers to give their opinions of the best people, businesses, places and things in the Teche area. Noonie Toups, Karen Davis, Jackelyn Battin, Heather Touchet, Melissa Chatman, Kylie Viator, JuJu Stansbury and Fedora Fontenot are the seven tellers at the Admiral Doyle branch. Two of the tellers have a combined 79 years with the bank — Noonie Toups has been with IberiaBank for 43 years, and Karen Davis has served for 36 years, Cantrelle said. “The tenure of my staff speaks volumes, what they do for the bank and for our customers,” he said. Cantrelle said people will wait in line an hour to have Toups or Davis wait on them. “We try to be good. I recognize them when they open the door. I let them know that we’re here for them,” Toups said. Toups said she tries to do extra for her customers. “If they are upset, if I can go the extra mile to help them, that’s what I do. We

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been going to the restaurant for years, and her favorite menu item is the boiled crawfish. “The friendly atmosphere and great seasoning sets them apart from other seafood restaurants,” she said. “Their seasoning is just right, not too salty and just enough spice.” Tran said the popularity of the seafood shifts with the seasons. If crawfish are in season, piles of the crustacean will be sold per night, but shrimp are sold year round, he said. “We deal with a ton of each. Whatever is in season, that’s what everyone is going to eat,” he said. “They’re really neck and neck.” He said the restaurant does not try to carry crawfish year round because it does not sell any crawfish that has been

frozen or imported. “Whatever we can get that is fresh and local we’ll serve,” he said. Tran said it’s a great feeling and an honor to be recognized by Teche Area residents as the best place for boiled seafood. “Given this award, especially in the South where seafood is the main thing people eat, shows the customers appreciate us,” he said. “We appreciate the business that they’ve given us all these years, and we will continue to provide the quality seafood they’ve been enjoying.” The restaurant also earned the second place spot for the best place to buy prepared seafood. “It shows us how well we’re doing that way we can keep up,” he said. “It’s motivation to always improve.”

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2nD: Russell Snoddy (Arceneaux Ford)

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want us to go and I think that’s what makes us successful.” Wadsworth said he tries to locate and carry as many different types and origins of beer possible. Beers from Germany, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Belgium and China line the shelves of the market, and the store also carries all varieties of beer from Samuel Adams, New Belgian Brewing and Abita Brewing Co. “We really, really focus on diversifying our beer,” he said. “We try to get in beer from every corner of the world that we can, as well as every corner of the U.S. We try to be as global as possible.” Wadsworth said even though he enjoys finding foreign alcohol, local products are equally as important to the business, including beer from Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville and Parish Brewing in Broussard.

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1st: Dugas Auto Repairs

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3rD: Alfred Ackal (State Farm) 3rD: Musson-Patout Automotive

2nD: Ryan Michael Salon

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One such post reads… “I want to say THANK YOU so much for caring for my son the way ya’ll did!!! Thank God it was not his appendix. But the fact that ya’ll cared enough to TAKE the TIME to call us while at the hospital to check on him means a lot!!!!! I will recommend to everyone to go to ya’ll!! THANK YOU AGAIN!!!!!! In addition to regular urgent care services, Iberia Urgent Care also offers full service occupational medicine. “We offer everything from drug screens to pre-employment physical exams to worker’s comp cases to cover all aspects of occupational medicine. Our clinicians have experience with and an in-depth

understanding of issues regarding the dynamic between OSHA and Occupational medicine.” Says Clayt Hulin, founder and owner of Iberia Urgent Care.

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“Local products are very important to us, and we definitely carry everything local,” he said. The market also placed in a plethora of other categories including first for check out service, second for best place to meet people, second place for best place to purchase meat, third for french bread, third for best boudin and third for specialty meats. Wadsworth said he often tells customers the store is their store. He said the customers are the driving force behind the business and the store’s job is to supply what they want. “Without the customers we don’t have a store. If you follow that theory there is no way that you can lose,” he said. Joyce Boudreaux, owner Buddy Boudreaux’s mother, said she thinks the customers make the business successful, but so do the dedicated employees. “It works both ways,” she said, “they’re good to us and we’re good to them.”

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providers, our entire team is dedicated to addressing every single one of our patients needs, with the intent of making them feel like a VIP, and doing it with a smile!” said Suzette Hulin, Chief Operations Officer of Iberia Urgent Care. One of the unique things about the VIP treatment at Iberia Urgent Care is that it doesn’t stop after the clinician leaves the room. If patients require out patient testing, the team at Iberia Urgent Care arranges for these test to be carried out at the facility of the patient’s choice. And patients receive a follow up phone call within 72 hours from a caring staff member to make sure they are feeling better. But no one is as happy as the kids who are patients at Iberia Urgent Care. At the conclusion of their visit, they get to put a painted hand print on the wall of the pediatric room, and then sign it. The really little kids also get to pick a treat from the “treasure chest” in the nurse’s station. A visit to Iberia Urgent Care’s facebook page reveals multiple post by very happy customers.

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Whether your two year old woke up with a fever, you twisted your ankle getting out of your bathtub, or granny got poison ivy working in her flowerbed, Iberia Urgent Care has become the preferred modern medical facility in the New Iberia / Teche region. With no appointment necessary, x-ray onsite, and wait times less than 50 minutes, customers have raved about their experience at Iberia Urgent Care since they opened their doors 1 year ago. One of the primary reasons Iberia Urgent Care is the first choice people make when deciding where to go for their healthcare needs is because of the company’s commitment to ensuring each and every patient experiences an incredible and positive ! WOW ! experience. “From the moment a customer walks into our location on Lewis Street in New Iberia, they are made to feel like one of our family. From the friendly receptionist who offer you cold bottled water or a complimentary cold drink, to the compassionate nursing staff and medical

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places and things in the Teche Area. “It definitely makes us want to strive harder for next year,” Wadsworth said. “The store is all about the customers, and I think that’s what makes us unique. We just focus on customer service. That’s what we’re here for.” Wadsworth said a lot of the wine and liquor prod-

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been going to the restaurant for years, and her favorite menu item is the boiled crawfish. “The friendly atmosphere and great seasoning sets them apart from other seafood restaurants,” she said. “Their seasoning is just right, not too salty and just enough spice.” Tran said the popularity of the seafood shifts with the seasons. If crawfish are in season, piles of the crustacean will be sold per night, but shrimp are sold year round, he said. “We deal with a ton of each. Whatever is in season, that’s what everyone is going to eat,” he said. “They’re really neck and neck.” He said the restaurant does not try to carry crawfish year round because it does not sell any crawfish that has been

frozen or imported. “Whatever we can get that is fresh and local we’ll serve,” he said. Tran said it’s a great feeling and an honor to be recognized by Teche Area residents as the best place for boiled seafood. “Given this award, especially in the South where seafood is the main thing people eat, shows the customers appreciate us,” he said. “We appreciate the business that they’ve given us all these years, and we will continue to provide the quality seafood they’ve been enjoying.” The restaurant also earned the second place spot for the best place to buy prepared seafood. “It shows us how well we’re doing that way we can keep up,” he said. “It’s motivation to always improve.”

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want us to go and I think that’s what makes us successful.” Wadsworth said he tries to locate and carry as many different types and origins of beer possible. Beers from Germany, Ireland, Japan, Australia, Belgium and China line the shelves of the market, and the store also carries all varieties of beer from Samuel Adams, New Belgian Brewing and Abita Brewing Co. “We really, really focus on diversifying our beer,” he said. “We try to get in beer from every corner of the world that we can, as well as every corner of the U.S. We try to be as global as possible.” Wadsworth said even though he enjoys finding foreign alcohol, local products are equally as important to the business, including beer from Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville and Parish Brewing in Broussard.

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3rD: Lynzi Landry (Courtesy Automotive Group)

2nD (tie): I Love Lucy; Ryan Michael Salon

1st: Jimmy Champagne (Allstate)

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2nD: Carroll Boudreaux (State Farm)

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One such post reads… “I want to say THANK YOU so much for caring for my son the way ya’ll did!!! Thank God it was not his appendix. But the fact that ya’ll cared enough to TAKE the TIME to call us while at the hospital to check on him means a lot!!!!! I will recommend to everyone to go to ya’ll!! THANK YOU AGAIN!!!!!! In addition to regular urgent care services, Iberia Urgent Care also offers full service occupational medicine. “We offer everything from drug screens to pre-employment physical exams to worker’s comp cases to cover all aspects of occupational medicine. Our clinicians have experience with and an in-depth

understanding of issues regarding the dynamic between OSHA and Occupational medicine.” Says Clayt Hulin, founder and owner of Iberia Urgent Care.

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n Best real estate

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1st: Gene Nora (Arceneaux Ford)

1st: Angela Scott (Van Eaton & Romero)

2nD: Russell Snoddy (Arceneaux Ford)

2nD: Zonnie Labry (Van Eaton & Romero)

To learn more about the company, visit their website at www.IberiaUrgentCare.com

3rD: Bart Romero (MussonPatout Automotive)

3rD: Karl Rouly (Van Eaton & Romero)

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“Local products are very important to us, and we definitely carry everything local,” he said. The market also placed in a plethora of other categories including first for check out service, second for best place to meet people, second place for best place to purchase meat, third for french bread, third for best boudin and third for specialty meats. Wadsworth said he often tells customers the store is their store. He said the customers are the driving force behind the business and the store’s job is to supply what they want. “Without the customers we don’t have a store. If you follow that theory there is no way that you can lose,” he said. Joyce Boudreaux, owner Buddy Boudreaux’s mother, said she thinks the customers make the business successful, but so do the dedicated employees. “It works both ways,” she said, “they’re good to us and we’re good to them.”

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providers, our entire team is dedicated to addressing every single one of our patients needs, with the intent of making them feel like a VIP, and doing it with a smile!” said Suzette Hulin, Chief Operations Officer of Iberia Urgent Care. One of the unique things about the VIP treatment at Iberia Urgent Care is that it doesn’t stop after the clinician leaves the room. If patients require out patient testing, the team at Iberia Urgent Care arranges for these test to be carried out at the facility of the patient’s choice. And patients receive a follow up phone call within 72 hours from a caring staff member to make sure they are feeling better. But no one is as happy as the kids who are patients at Iberia Urgent Care. At the conclusion of their visit, they get to put a painted hand print on the wall of the pediatric room, and then sign it. The really little kids also get to pick a treat from the “treasure chest” in the nurse’s station. A visit to Iberia Urgent Care’s facebook page reveals multiple post by very happy customers.

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Whether your two year old woke up with a fever, you twisted your ankle getting out of your bathtub, or granny got poison ivy working in her flowerbed, Iberia Urgent Care has become the preferred modern medical facility in the New Iberia / Teche region. With no appointment necessary, x-ray onsite, and wait times less than 50 minutes, customers have raved about their experience at Iberia Urgent Care since they opened their doors 1 year ago. One of the primary reasons Iberia Urgent Care is the first choice people make when deciding where to go for their healthcare needs is because of the company’s commitment to ensuring each and every patient experiences an incredible and positive ! WOW ! experience. “From the moment a customer walks into our location on Lewis Street in New Iberia, they are made to feel like one of our family. From the friendly receptionist who offer you cold bottled water or a complimentary cold drink, to the compassionate nursing staff and medical

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jobs, but Dugas said it was something that just happened. Dugas, 54, always had a flair for cooking, but never realized how much he loved sharing his culinary talents until he began cooking each Wednesday for the Highland Baptist Christian Church evening fellowship and some

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crabs and crawfish, owner Vu Tran said. He said those are the three main types of seafood the restaurant boils, but it also began serving dungeness crabs and snow crabs last year. “Since we’ve been doing the dungeness and the snow crab, we’ve been doing pretty decent with those in case we run out of local crabs here or we don’t have any in season,” he said. “They kind of make up for it.” Tran said all of the prodLee baLL / the daiLy iberian at Jane’s seafood Jazzmin dockery serves boiled shrimp and crabs to petrino Rogillio, ucts are bought wholesale, but they are local products from left, Jonah potier, Kaylan dupre and donna dupre. from local fishermen. He readers’ selections for the things in the Teche Area. seafood specific to the best people, places and Jane’s Seafood serves Gulf area, such as shrimp, See seafood, Page 9

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n 1ST: Delta World Tire. 2ND: Patin’s Tire and Car Care Center. 3RD: Winmill Tire. now have 16 stores. That’s shows that we’ve been successful in what we do.” That customer service is one of the reasons that Delta World Tire was chosen as the Best Place to Buy Tires and Service in The Daily Iberian’s annual Best of the Teche survey. The Best of the Teche is an unscientific survey meant for readers of The Daily Iberian to give their opinion of the best people, businesses, places and things to do in the Teche Area. But Delta World Tire is more than just tires. The offerings include brakes, struts, shocks and front end parts, along with preventaitive maintence services such as tuneups and oil changes, as well as an industrial side that takes care of semi trucks and the agricultural

industry as well. And of course, great service. “You have to take care of the customer each and every time,” said Broussard. “You can go anywhere to buy tires but it comes down to customer service and that’s what we strive to do our best at, to give good customer service.” Patin’s Tire and Car Care Center was second and Winmill Tire was third on the list of Best Places to buy tires/service. Broussard said that Delta World Tire opened in New Iberia in the 1970s originally at a location on St. Peter. The business has been at its Center Street location for the past 25 years. Much of the store’s business comes from repeat customers and from family members of repeat customers. “Typically, when you take care of one famiy member, you get the entire family,” said Broussard. “That’s what we strive for.” Broussard added that one of the highlights for the company was the fact that the store was able to

service customers during the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992. “We were able to stay open and take care of the emergency vehicles because there were many blowouts and other tire problems,” said Broussard. “We kept them going and as power slowly came back we were able to take care of more and more people and kept the store open.” It’s that level of service that has been a major part of Delta World Tire’s success and will continue to be in the future. “We’re going to keep doing what we do best, take care of the customer,” said Broussard. “You can’t forget your basics.”

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made the decision to go full time in 2011,” said Dugas. Now Dugas is catering events for more than 400 guests, from weddings to corporate events and private parties. He also provides delivered take-out orders for small group events and family gatherings. “I didn’t expect the business to take off as fast as it did,” he said. As chef, Dugas is responsible for cooking most of the 55 items on the menu ranging from main dishes, dips, appetizers, soups, sweets and miscellaneous items. His praline chicken, beef brisket, signature golden punch, Italian cream cake and carrot cake are among his customers’ favorites. Dugas attributes much of the fast growing success of his business to family members who work with him. The business has become a family affair. Sonya Dugas works along the side of her husband and their daughter Stacia Begnaud. The couple’s other daughter Katie Defelice quit her full-time job to serve as manager of the business and event coordinator. “My daughters’ husbands and my two sisters-in-law and their husbands also help out so it really is a family business. It is a lot of hard work, but when we are all together it makes it nice,” said Dugas. Defelice, who has a degree in fashion merchandising, said her job as an event coordinator gives her a creative outlet. “It is a pleasure getting up in the morning and coming to work to a job

After working as a diesel mechanic and electronic technician, Brent Dugas has found his true niche in life. n you love,” she said. Defelice said the catering service puts emphasis on customizing each wedding to the bride and groom’s individual taste and working within a couple’s budget. “Good food is essential when you’re catering an event, but so is the presentation. We focus on detail and make sure everything is coordinated,” said Defelice. “We offer that personal touch and peace of mind knowing that if something goes wrong we are there to handle it. There are times when you have to improvise on the spot if something doesn’t go as planned.” After working as a diesel mechanic and electronic technician, Dugas has found his true niche in life. “Before making the decision to open a full-time catering service, I prayed a lot. Now, I am doing what I really like. I owe it all to God. He guided me and brought me where I needed to be,” said Dugas. Peltier’s Catering and Art of Eating Catering tied for second place in the survey and Teche Area voters selected Cajun Tidbits Catering as the third place winner.

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all have 50 million things to do, but I try to do the best that I can,” she said. Toups said she thanks the customers, lets them know she’s available and tries to educate them on the other services the bank provides. She humbly said people wait in line to see her because they simply like someone who knows what they want. “I’ve been here so long, and they don’t have to tell me everything over and over again,” she said. Although the job is stressful, Toups said she enjoys it. “You can’t let your customers know it’s stressful. You have to go with the flow, but that’s with every job. You have to do what you do to be successful. When you close those doors and you know you did everything you could to help the customers, that feels good,” she said. The tellers at Chase Bank on North Lewis Street received second place, and the tellers at Teche Federal on North Lewis Street placed third. However, the “friendliest bank tellers” category was a close race, with only three votes separating first and third place.

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For The Little Ones he tellers at IberiaBank on Admiral Doyle were voted “friendliest bank tellers” in The Daily Iberian’s annual “Best of the Teche” survey. Branch Manager Russ Cantrelle said the staff is a good group of people. “Our whole staff truly cares about the customers, and it shows on how they interact and how they treat people,” he said. Best of the Teche is an unscientific, fun survey meant for readers to give their opinions of the best people, businesses, places and things in the Teche area. Noonie Toups, Karen Davis, Jackelyn Battin, Heather Touchet, Melissa Chatman, Kylie Viator, JuJu Stansbury and Fedora Fontenot are the seven tellers at the Admiral Doyle branch. Two of the tellers have a combined 79 years with the bank — Noonie Toups has been with IberiaBank for 43 years, and Karen Davis has served for 36 years, Cantrelle said. “The tenure of my staff speaks volumes, what they do for the bank and for our customers,” he said. Cantrelle said people will wait in line an hour to have Toups or Davis wait on them. “We try to be good. I recognize them when they open the door. I let them know that we’re here for them,” Toups said. Toups said she tries to do extra for her customers. “If they are upset, if I can go the extra mile to help them, that’s what I do. We BY MCKENZIE WOMACK

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3rD: Alfred Fortier (Fortier Boat Works)

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grandparents think highly enough of us, and they’re satisfied with us, that they say, ‘Look, just go check Foti’s.’ We have to go by our reputation. We have to stand behind what we sell. And that means a lot.” Walter Henry, who has worked at Foti Furniture for 23 years as a manager and salesman, said being a local business appeals to customers. Having been in New Iberia for nearly 24 years now has helped gain a lot of trust. “And then we do service our customers,” Henry said. “We try as hard as possible to take care of all our customers.” Foti, 47, said he and older brothers Gerard and Peter grew up in the furniture business, starting off putting knobs on furniture when they were young and eventually took over the business from their father, Lawrence — known to all as “Canary” — and even listed as such in the phone book. Canary Foti, who died in 1991, had expanded his father’s business from See furniture, PaGe 13

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appliances into furniture, and the younger generation opened the New Iberia store in 1989. The Fotis bought a lot and built a new store in 2000 at the current location, 1302 E. Admiral Doyle Drive. “We were renting where we were,” Carlo Foti said of the decision to build the new store. “The shopping center (where the previous store was located) was changing, and not really in the direction we wanted it to be.” Mom Anna Foti (known as Mrs. Canary) is still involved with the store, traveling with Carlo to do a lot of the accessory and

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deliver the same thing from the warehouse. Foti Fur niture sells what’s on the floor and brings something new onto the sales floor to display. That appeals to a lot of shoppers who can see new items when they are shopping instead of the same things, he said. “I think what keeps our store interesting above a lot of stores is we always change,” Foti said. “Nine times out of 10, if you wait three weeks, four weeks, you’re going to come in and see a lot of different merchandise on the floor.” The store also keeps things fresh by having a decorator come in about every quarter to redo the

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ress at the restaurant for about six years and can recognize the regulars. “Everybody is friendly and tries to make the customers happy,” she said. “We try to bring the food as fast as possible.” She said the waitstaff knows people frequent the restaurant with one primary goal: to eat. She said some of the most popular items on the menu are the fajitas — steak or chicken

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taco enchilada plate — two tacos, two enchiladas, refried beans and Spanish rice. The restaurant also features a vegetarian version of its fajitas. Izaguirre said after almost half a century running Tampico locations, he’s confident about the food. “It’s the best in South Louisiana,” he said. Although the Best of the Teche is an unscientific, fun survey meant for readers to give their opinions of the best people, businesses, places and things in the Teche Area, Izaguirre’s customers seem to agree with him.

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goes pretty often for the Burrito Alegre (Happy). The burrito is stuffed with either beef or chicken and topped with chili and cheese. Of course, she said, the margaritas also are very good. Izaguirre said his margaritas and his food are good for the same reasons: quality ingredients and consistency. In addition to the food, which the restaurant website boasts is lighter and features more mesquite grilling, Izaguirre said the service and atmosphere keep people coming back. He said his staff is about evenly divided between longtime employees and newer faces. Santa Casarrubias said she’s been a wait-

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Sky and Steel Ranch, and his employees use pickup trucks for the businesses. He has been getting his fleet repaired by Louviere for 30 years, a period in which Louviere was a mechanic 24 years before buying the business 5 1/2 years ago from retiring F.J. Dugas, the founder. With so many pickup trucks on the road and many being used heavily, most of the problems involve brakes and electrical systems, he said. “I have a fleet of about a dozen trucks. We do deliveries within about a 150-mile radius. Larry does all my trucks,” he said. “It’s not just Larry. It’s the whole group. All the employees are concerned and they keep files on all my trucks.” Louviere, 56, modestly gave credit to his staff of five mechandon shoopman / the daily iberian ics — nephew Warren Louviere, Larry Louviere credits his staff of mechanics for winning. Ben Lopez, Malcolm Mitchell, FroM PAgE 2

Jimmy Segura and Elmore Savoy — and office workers Sharon Bonin Hebert and Donna Derouen Pontiff, as well as his wife, Connie Judice Louviere, the company’s bookkeeper. Of course, there are the aforementioned reasons, too, why customers keep returning if they encounter problems with a vehicle, or multiple vehicles, as in Ronsonet’s case. “I tell it like it is. I tell them the truth, not what they want to hear. I’m honest with them. They seem to appreciate that,” Louviere said. “And I have the best crew. The shop owner gets the credit but the people who are technicians deserve more credit than I do. “I work hard. I like the challenge. I don’t like to do things second best. I like to get it right.” Louviere — an avid hunter and fisherman who has a camp with friends under a big pavilion along

Butte La Rose Canal near Henderson, where he goes “every chance I get” — said he started working as a mechanic at a young age at Gondron’s Garage in Loreauville. His brother Loto Louviere Jr. was a 15-year-old mechanic there at the time and needed a hand, he said. After he married Connie, he worked five years at her father’s farm, also doing mechanic work on farm equipment. Then his mechanic career took him to LeBlanc & Broussard, then to Bayouland Motors in Lafayette, before he started working at Dugas Auto Repair Inc. The personable man, quick with a smile, was pleased with the title Best Auto Mechanic. “I appreciate that and accept accept it as an honor because it’s difficult. Mechanics usually have a bad reputation. I work hard to make sure that doesn’t happen over here,” he said.

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n 1ST: Angela Scott, branch manager for Van Eaton & Romero. 2ND: Zonnie Labry,Van Eaton & Romero. 3RD: Karl Rouly,Van Eaton & Romero. Scott said she tries to make every client feel special. “I really try to treat every client as if they were a member of my family. I know how important finding a home is to them, and I make it as important to me as it is to them. I really love what I do,” she said. Scott has worked as a real estate agent for seven years and the branch manager since early this

“I help them as much as they help me. We’re a team,” she said. Van Eaton & Romero CEO Bill Bacqué said Scott’s prior experience as a legal assistant for a real estate attorney proved vital to her success as an agent. “Armed with that kind of knowledge as far as what’s appropriate as far as paperwork and contracts has served her immensely,” he said. When Scott expressed her lee ball / the daily iberian interest in the branch manZonnie labry, left, and angela scott of Van ager job, Bacqué said she was chosen because of her qualieaton & romero say vote is an honor. fications and personality. “Her background plus her leadership qualities and personality … ultimately her qualifications won year. The New Iberia office has 26 agents, and she said the group works together.

out. She’s been a wonderful agent and an excellent manager,” he said. Bacqué said Van Eaton & Romero’s success is a combination of the agents and the company’s beliefs and attitudes. “Even though we may be the best at what we do, we humbly acknowledge that none of us are the best that we can be. We need to strive to be the best. But even in achieving that, we all need to understand that all of us as human beings have so much more potential than where we are, no matter where we are,” he said. Bacqué said the company members strive to always challenge themselves and “be the best that we can be.” “That value has taken this company great distances … We are blessed to have the caliber of people associated with us,” he said.

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t is difficult to refer to someone at least 6 feet tall as a “jolly old elf,” but local pharmacist Andy Soileau has played that role for about 34 years now. When not in his Santa outfit or running his New Iberia pharmacy, Soileau, 62, might be seen helping out in some other way. He’s a noted cook with several Gumbo Festival titles he’s helped with at the World Championship Gumbo Cookoff. He’s a key member of the Kiwanis Club and its annual pancake supper having built the heavy-duty grills on which thousands of pancakes are cooked. He has even led a United Way “construction team” to help remodel a few homes, skills he learned putting himself through college. “Andy has been a longtime supporter of the United Way’s efforts in Iberia Parish,” said Corleen Rouly, executive director of United Way of Iberia. “In addition to a Fast Track Givery for our

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Teche. He soon joined the New Iberia Jaycees and through friendships he developed began his decades of volunteerism. “The people of New Iberia have been good to me,” Soileau said. And Soileau has been good jeff zeringue / the daily iberian them, even in Andy Soileau’s volunteerism started soon after his arrival here in 1975. difficult times. Carol Whipp, executive director of the Iberia Parish Council on Aging, said in the 13 years she has been associated with the organization, campaign, he has served as one of our volunteers to call on during our annual campaign to solicit contributions.” Since his arrival in New Iberia in 1975, Soileau has offered himself to the community in so many ways, it must be why The Daily Iberian’s readers selected him Best Community Volunteer in this year’s Best of the Teche survey. It is an annual, nonscientific survey of what respondents believe are the best people, places, businesses and services in the Teche Area.

Soileau is a native of north St. Landry Parish and went to Northeast Louisiana University, now the University of Louisiana at Monroe. He developed a friendship with two other pharmacy students, one from Franklin and the other from Scott. He and his wife, Donna, with encouragement from his friends, decided New Iberia would be a great place to settle down as the three could continue their friendship and weekly gettogethers for card games. It didn’t take long for Soileau to dive into life in the Queen City on the

Soileau has cooked his Christmas gumbo for 250300 seniors. One year, Soileau’s father died shortly before the event. “The day after the funeral, Andy was there cooking the gumbo,” Whipp said. “His dad often cooked with him. I guess it was a tribute to his dad.” When meals were served, Soileau would often don his Santa suit for Council on Aging event. It is a role he enjoys playing after having been coaxed into play Santa Claus for a local nursing home, which turned into five nursing homes each season and has extended into a 34-year stint. He also has appeared

as the jolly old St. Nick for Club Scouts packs and Boy Scout troops, even for the annual Christmas parade for the city and the Rotary Club’s annual program for the foster children of New Iberia. With talents in cooking, home repairs and being jolly for young and old alike, he has done a lot of work for the community. He said nothing he has done has been particulary difficult, but there is one thing this community volunteer finds hard to do. “Saying ‘No’ is the hardest thing for me,” Soileau said. Maybe that’s why Soileau was the only one listed as this year’s Best of the Teche Community Volunteer.

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he produce section of Super 1 Foods is stocked full of organic veggies and greens, bushels of fresh fruit and several varieties of readyto-eat treats. Produce manager Stoney Romero said the store maintains the department, keeps the products fresh and offers competitive prices in the city. Customers agreed and voted the store the No. 1 place to buy fresh produce in the Teche Area. Super 1 Foods placed ahead of Winn Dixie, the Teche Area Farmers Market and Joyce’s Supermarket in The Daily Iberian’s Best of the Teche, an annual unscientific survey where readers cast their votes for their favorite people, places and things in the Teche Area. The store carries a large variety of products, including organic fruits and vegetables, pre-made items and hispanic foods, Romero said. The store also carries items that are locally grown, including cantaloupes, eggplants, squash, zucchini, bell peppers and cucumbers,

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onesty, reliable service and timely service are three of the reasons many people voted for this year’s Best Auto Mechanic, Larry Louviere of Loreauville. “He’s honest. That’s the No. 1 reason. Two … he takes care of me. Three … and quick turnaround,” Tommy Ronsonet of Loreauville said about Louviere, a veteran mechanic and owner of Dugas Auto Repair Inc., 833 Center St. in New Iberia. Ronsonet, 60, isn’t surprised at all by the winning choice among

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2 Best of Teche 7.25.13 t’s been a steady progression of growing and improving since Matthew Musso took over L&M Pharmacy in 1996, Musso said, paving the way for a Best of the Teche award for Best Pharmacy. Robert Musso, Matthew Musso’s father, started the pharmacy in 1957. His wife died in childbirth three years later. Robert Musso said he had a new pharmacy, four babies and wasn’t a good business man. “(Matthew) really built this business up,” Robert Musso said. “He’s the real reason L&M Pharmacy is

1st: L&M Pharmacy. 2nd: Soileau’s Pharmacy. 3Rd: CVS (Parkview). HM: Ackal’s Pharmacy. where it is today.” At nearly 83 years old, Robert Musso said he still works half-days at the pharmacy five days a week. He said he thinks the pharmacy received the award for the way it treats it’s customers. “We treat our customers with respect and kindness,” he said. “We do all the things a pharmacy should do. Plus we have

Matthew Musso has maintained some traditions, like compounding, while adding new technology to eliminate error and increase efficiency. “Compounding is a small percentage of our total sales, but it’s a needed service,” Matthew Musso said. He said there are a broad range of products that can be specially formulated to individual needs from anti-inflammatories to hormone replacement therapies. Musso said he’s also hope rurik / the daily iberian the only pharmacy with a matthew musso carries on ScriptPro robotic dispense the family tradition at L&m system. Once a prescription is entered into the pharmacy. system, the medication is automatically counted, fair prices.”

bottled and labeled. Musso said pharmacy technicians recount the bottles, but the system cuts down on error. During the last 16 years, there’s been annual growth of 10 percent or greater, Musso said. “In this growing period, we’ve come up short in a lot of areas,” he said. “But we’re constantly trying to improve services.” Musso said he takes pride in helping people and has a strong staff led by Bridget Peltier, a 15-year employee, and includes Tina Bourque, who’s been a pharmacy technician with the store for 31 years. “Without them, I

wouldn’t be able to do any of what I’m doing,” Musso said. “They really go out of their way.” Behind the counter, there’s plenty of banter between the technicians and management, but technician Chelsea Kinsey said the team is serious about customer service. “We’re eager to help customers,” she said. “We make it a top priority to please all our customers.” L&M took second in the category last year for Best of the Teche, which is an unscientific, fun survey meant for readers to give their opinions of the best people, businesses, places and things in the Teche Area.

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best place for portions 1ST: Little River Inn. 2ND: Bon Creole Seafood. 3RD: Duffy’s Diner. 3RD: Pearl House Restaurant. OTHER LITTLE RIVER AWARDS 1ST: Best Place for Steak. 1ST: Best Place for Prepared Seafood. 1ST: Best Place for Gumbo. 1ST: Best Place for Desserts. 1ST: Best Place for Business Lunch. 1ST: Best Place for Dining Atmosphere. 1ST: Best Wait Staff. 1ST: Best Waiter/Waitress (Nelda Dauphine). 2ND: Best Waiter/Waitress (Dianne Segura). 2ND: Best Place for Red Beans & Rice. 2ND: Best Place for PoBoys. 2ND:Best Place for Home-Style Cooking. 2ND: Best Place for Salad Bar. 2ND: Best Place for Coffee. 2ND: Best Place for Kids Food.

ori and Richard Hurst celebrate more than a dozen Best of the Teche awards for 2013, including best portions. Little River Inn is no stranger to the “Best of the Teche,” but this year owner Richard Hurst said the restaurant may have beaten its record. The restaurant claimed a haul of 16 total awards, including first for its portion sizes. The Best of the Teche is an unscientific, fun survey meant for readers to give their opinions of the best people, businesses, places and things in the Teche Area. Hurst said making sure people get their money’s worth when it comes to the main course is important. “We try to keep people from having to eat a lot of fillers,” he said, adding there might be fewer fries or hush puppies in favor of the main dish. Hurst’s grandfather started Poor Boy’s See scores, page 17

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family and restaurant staff. Lori Hurst said she tries to keep up with all of the employees and what’s happening outside of work. “We try to build relationships and understand that life happens,” she said. Lori Hurst said some members of the waitstaff have been with the company since Richard’s father was still overseeing opera-

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