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click to enlarge The design team at Nordic can customize any kitchen, from appliances and cabinetry to backsplash tiles.

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The design team at Nordic can customize any kitchen, from appliances and cabinetry to backsplash tiles.

Specializing in mid-range to high-end kitchen and bath supply and design, Nordic Kitchens & Baths (1818 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-888-2300; www.nordickitchens.com) serves the New Orleans area, bringing dream kitchens and bathrooms to life. Randy Shaw, who handles custom design, says Nordic has been successful in its more than 20 years in business by keeping things fresh.

 "Our goal is to be a one-stop shop where people can come in and see everything available on that luxury end," Shaw says. He says Nordic carries every luxury line on the market, something that distinguishes it from similar stores in Metairie and New Orleans.

 Nordic's story starts in the mid-1990s when it was located in a strip across from Clearview Mall. The business moved to its current digs a little over six years ago. "It was very important for us to stay on [Veterans Memorail Boulevard]," Shaw says. The current showroom, he says, is about three times the size of the old one.

 With the expansion came more opportunities to develop Nordic's design abilities and product lines. Featured brands of kitchen and bath appliances and fixtures include Sub-Zero, Dacor, Viking and Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet. The store also offers full design and installation services.

 Pizza ovens are trending at Nordic. "Those are really big right now," Shaw says. "And they're not the really big wood burning ones that can take hours to get up to temperature — these heat up in 15 minutes." Shaw says pizzas cook within a few minutes.

 Nordic also hosts in-store events a couple of times a year. "We'll have a chef from Sub-Zero and Wolf come in and do a demonstration," Shaw says. When New Orleans hosted the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, an annual event typically held in cities like Chicago, Orlando and Las Vegas, some attendees were transported to Nordic from the convention center for an exposition.

 The company offers products and services that specifically fit the New Orleans lifestyle, such as outdoor kitchens.

 "Outdoor kitchen design just keeps growing and growing," Shaw says. Nordic got into the market about 12 or 13 years ago, before the trend really caught on. "But now, there's hardly a house being built in New Orleans that doesn't have some kind of outdoor kitchen element," he says.

 Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Shaw has called Jefferson Parish home since he was 5 years old, and he says he wouldn't leave it for the world. The same goes for Nordic Kitchens & Baths. "We do some limited out-of-state work in places like Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia," he says, "but Jefferson Parish is our community."

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