Brooke Foster moved to New Orleans on a whim in 2010. Following culinary school in Atlanta, Foster had difficulty finding the right opportunity to really start her career. "I decided to quit my job and pack up as much as I could fit into my car and move to New Orleans." Read more

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Cristina Perez is more than just a singer. The former Victory Belle is the mother of Oscar, her three-year-old son with a rare genetic disease. She's become a fierce disability advocate and uses her original music to "give a louder voice to mothers of children with disabilities and rare dise… Read more

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Alexis Korman founded Big Easy Bucha, the South's leading kombucha brand, in 2015 with her husband Austin. Before, she was an editor at Wine Enthusiast Magazine, a writer for USA Today and other publications. She covered all things food, drink, and travel trends. "Clearly launching a kombuch… Read more

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Aimee Helms started milling at Bellegarde Bakery after answering a Craigslist ad for a full time baker. It was 2016 and milling was something that was completely new to her. Founded by Graison Gill in 2012 (who was also new to baking), Bellegarde Bakery has grown immensely. A storefront open… Read more

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Hilary Beane, a jewelry designer from Los Angeles, has called New Orleans home for the past two years. Specializing in handcrafted jewelry, the designer is particularly passionate for pearls—Tahitian, South Sea, and specialty Freshwaters—and can create pieces in an array of metals and stones. Read more

Caitlin Carney wears many hats at Marjie's Grill, a neighborhood eatery serving "Southeastern Asian Southern Fare." She opened the restaurant with her partner Marcus Jacobs, and the cuisine—which changes daily—is inspired by the couple's travels throughout Asia and the local bounty of the Lo… Read more

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When Dr. Anne Mitchell, DACM moved to New Orleans in July 2019, she was in pursuit of warmth, soul, community, and joy. She moved from Chicago after finishing Chinese medical school and opened her practice, which specializes in women's health, in November 2019. Pearl Grace offers private acu… Read more

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While Maya Taylor may not hail from New Orleans, this is the place she calls home. The choreographer grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and lived in New York for a decade before finding New Orleans six years ago. Her time is split between the Big Easy and Los Angeles, where she choreographs for musi… Read more

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Leah Sarris knows that starting the morning off with a nutritional meal is key. Sarris is NOCHI's Executive Director and was previously stationed at Tulane University’s Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine, where she served as the Director of Operations and Executive Chef.  Read more

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Kathleen Currie started Smoke Perfume & Co. in 2013. The initial launch featured one fragrance combining vetiver, citrus, and jasmine. Today, her collection includes four perfumes, plus body oils and a glycerite. Her products are all natural, ethically sourced, unisex, and are stocked at… Read more

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Not many people have the opportunity to merge their many passions into their career. Margaux Krane is one of the lucky ones. She's the Director of Brand and Communications at the New Orleans Museum of Art, which combines her love of social media, digital marketing, and art history. Krane's p… Read more

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Working on Saturdays in the Fall has become the new normal for Emily Villere Dixon. She's in her eighth season as the coordinator of offensive operations for the LSU Football team, while also serving as a multi-media reporter for LSUsports.net. On a weekly basis, she interviews head coach Ed… Read more

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Juggling work, family, and self-care isn't for the faint of heart. Maureen Stevens, an interior designer and stylist, says she's still mastering the art. Stevens splits her time between New Orleans and Austin, and is actively working on her 150-year-old Marigny home in between client project… Read more