Owner Shawn Kelley on "Charlie's"
Charles Seafood (8311 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, 504-405-5263; www.charlesseafood14.com), sometimes referred to as "Charlie's," has been owned and operated by southern Louisiana natives Shawn and Patti Kelley since November 2013. Shawn met his wife Patti 29 years ago, and they have been working in the restaurant industry together since.
Royal Street's "full-scale supermarket and party supply store"
In 2000, entrepreneur Benny Naghi purchased a warehouse in Faubourg Marigny that formerly was a place to clean tanks used in offshore ventures. His vision for the building was entirely different than its previous purpose, focusing on the festivities of New Orleans.
Jeanne Emory, owner of Bra Genie (2881 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985-951-8638; www.thebragenie.com), DRAWS ON her many years in the bra industry to make women feel their best. Born and raised in Michigan, Emory graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in fashion merchandising and has been working in the bra industry since 1999.
Chronos (3200 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, 504-267-4549; www.chronosbhw.com) is locally owned and operated by Drs. Mace Scott and Miguel Aguilera.
In 2000, entrepreneur Benny Naghi purchased a warehouse in Faubourg Marigny that formerly was a place to clean tanks used in offshore ventures. His vision for the building was entirely different than its previous purpose and focused on the festivities of New Orleans.
The eyebrow makeup trend Called microblading got its start in Asia and has steadily gained popularity in Europe and the U.S., says Dina Bassman, owner of Brow Design by Dina (541 Julia St., 504-909-4696; www.browdesignbydina.com). The technique uses a very thin blade to cut hairline strokes in the skin along the eyebrow, then adds pigment to mimic a thicker brow.
Thirty-three years ago, Paul Cosma opened Uptown Auto Specialist (501 River Road, Jefferson, 504-866-8392; www.myuptownauto.com) in the Riv-
erbend section of New Orleans behind Cooter Brown's bar. Recently, he relocated to a larger space at the intersection of Industrial Avenue and River Road in Jefferson.
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Kelly Ruddy left Mississippi for Minnesota. She had been laid off from her job in the corporate world and was caring for dogs on the side when her friends suggested she start a business.
Growing up, Katrina Greer, owner of The French Library (3811 Magazine St., 504-267-3707; www.thefrenchlibrary.com), says she always had her head buried in a book. After obtaining her bachelor's degree of commerce with a specialization in retail and marketing, she was "amped" to combine her love of reading with a business venture.
climate is T-shirt friendly most of the year, so it's a fitting place for a T-shirt of the month club. Jackie and John Abston started the NOLA T-Shirt Club (www.nolatshirtclub.com) about a year ago.
Even people who never visit Chez Pierre French BAKERY (2901 David Drive, Metairie, 504-267-5839; 3208 Clearview Parkway, Metairie, 504-467-3176; www.chezpierreneworleans.com) may have tasted one of its confections. For 15 years, Chez Pierre has catered events at venues citywide, including the Superdome, Smoothie King Center and the National World War II Museum.
At Salon D NOLA (317 Burgundy St., Suite 14, 504-581-3490; www.salondnola.com), owner and stylist Dianna Thomas-Weder and her employees offer services ranging from makeup applications and blowouts to hair coloring. The team shares a common goal: make every client feel more beautiful than they did when they arrived.