What's in store: BC Kitchen and Bath

Bin Hang opened the store opened in 2005
If you're one of the many New Orleanians who resolved to renovate your kitchen or update your bathroom this year, BC Kitchen & Bath (3939 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-456-0513; www.bckitchenbath.com) offers consultations, custom design and installation services and lifetime warranties on products. Owner Bin Hang opened the store in 2005, and has specialized in cabinets and countertops for contractors, designers and homeowners.

What's in store: NOLA Boo

The Metairie Road store is a love letter to all things New Orleans
"Boo" is a term of endearment in the South, says Monica St. Pierre, New Orleans native and owner of gift and apparel boutique NOLA Boo (517 Metairie Road, Suite 200, Metairie, 504-510-4655; www.facebook.com/shopnolaboo). The term is appropriate for the name of St. Pierre's shop, because its merchandise is a love letter to all things New Orleans.

What's in store: Fisher & Sons Jewelers

The jewelry store opened in 1977
"Every piece of jewelry has a story behind it," says Chloe Fisher Bares of Fisher & Sons Jewelers (5101 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, 504-885-4956; www.fishersonsjewelers.com). There's also a story behind the family-owned jewelry shop that she helps operate.

What's in store: St. James Cheese Company

The cheese shop and cafe has Uptown and Warehouse District locations
As far as specialty shops go, St. James Cheese Company (641 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-304-1485; 5004 Prytania St., 504-899-4737; www.stjamescheese.com) may be as niche as a shop can be. The stores offer a vast assortment of ripe cheeses — the passion of owners Danielle and Richard Sutton.

What's in store: Ted's Smokehouse BBQ

Ted Williams has been honing his barbecue chops for more than 20 years
Texas-style barbecue is churned out every day at Ted's Smokehouse BBQ (3809 Williams Blvd., Kenner, 504-305-4393). Owner Ted Williams earned his barbecue chops more than 20 years ago while managing a Luther's BBQ in the greater New Orleans area.

What's in store: Nordic Kitchens & Baths

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.

What's in store: Specialty Italian Bistro

If you're looking for classic Italian comfort food, this West Bank spot has a menu for you. Specialty Italian Bistro (2330 Belle Chasse Highway, Gretna, 504-391-1090; www.specialtyitalianbistro.com) is a family-owned restaurant that brings Old World Italian food into the modern age.

What's in store: Ben's Burgers

From Bud's to Ben's
Sometimes change can be hard to swallow, but at Ben's Burgers (2008 Clearview Parkway, Metairie, 504-889-2837; www.eatatbens.com), the bite is tasty. Ben Collier took ownership of the Metairie Bud's Broiler location in 2012 and left the franchise in 2016, then renamed the restaurant.


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