Finding your passion is a funny thing. Some people are born with it. Others find it later in life. Some struggle to find it at all. And then there are those whose passion is created out of struggle and adversity.
In a perfect world envisioned by local artist and entrepreneur Diane Lundeen, owner of full-service boutique pet store Petcetera NOLA on Magazine Street, there would be no homeless, abused or neglected animals in the New Orleans area and beyond.
At a time when dyslexia wasn’t widely understood, Sally Guidry’s sister struggled tremendously with school. Guidry accompanied her family to countless tutoring and behavioral psychology appointments and found herself intrigued by the process.
The easel was covered in dust. For almost a decade, Kristen Catalano Schenck’s professional painter’s easel — a gift from her parents — sat stashed in the closet of her childhood bedroom, while she pursued other avenues in retail and as a professional trainer after graduation at the University of New Orleans.
After a week in a coma, college freshman Brittany Grunberg woke up to find that bacterial meningitis had barely spared her life but that it had taken both of her legs below her knees. She wasn’t angry, but she was frustrated.
With a disabled grandmother as his only guardian, Titus Perkins was forced to become the leader of his household at a very young age. “I was cooking since I was 6 or 7, standing in a chair to reach the stove, while [my grandmother] was in her wheelchair,” Perkins says.
Born in Orange County, California, Nicholas Busciglio was blessed with a childhood of privilege. Dazzled by the allure of Hollywood, Busciglio first sought to enter the world of filmmaking and attended the prestigious private Christian college Chapman University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in film production.
Since appearing in a General Motors magazine as a toddler, Michael George Lizanich II has been an avid admirer of the automobile. “I’ve always been a car guy,” he says. “I’m only 21 years old, and I’m currently on car No. 20!”
Catching the Rhythm – Growing up as an Army brat constantly on the move, Heidi Malnar discovered stability, passion and a love for movement when her parents first enrolled her in dance at the tender age of 3. Almost instantly she felt drawn to the rhythm and would seek out dance classes regardless of where […]
Le Petit Theatre has been a New Orleans institution for a century as of this month, but, with a fresh group of staff members, including associate producer and education director Clayton Shelvin, the theater is providing local talent with opportunities they can’t always find elsewhere.
If any New Orleans local or visitor has wondered what craft cocktails are all about, they can head over to DrinkLab and its next-door neighbor Victory, both of which are owned by bartender, entrepreneur and craft cocktail connoisseur Daniel Victory.
There’s nothing like adding a little beauty to the world, and, for nearly 30 years, the team at H2O Salon and Spa in Metairie has been committed to making customers look and feel their best — from the inside out.
Four years ago, Jessica Zanca had what she calls “an eye-opening experience” that started her on a path to physical and emotional transformation that would eventually put her on stage during bodybuilding competitions.
“We’re not perfect, but we’re in this together,” says Madeline Spiers, cheering on the students in her cycling class at Tour Cycle Studio. It’s a boutique cycling studio that she recently opened in the Warehouse District.
Like most experienced sommeliers, Ray Gumpert, wine director at Emeril’s New Orleans, is just as comfortable — and enthusiastic — talking about a rare, exclusive wine as he is about an affordable, everyday bottle.
New Orleanians are fortunate to have a variety of leisure activities to fill weekends and holidays, and when one grows tired of food festivals, live music and ever-flowing cocktails, the tranquility of a slower-paced lifestyle is only a short drive away.
“What’s the point of living if you can’t have fun?” That’s a question that will probably ring true with many New Orleanians, but for Dr. Gary Menszer, vice chairman of the cardiology division at East Jefferson General Hospital, it’s not only the title of a song he wrote, it’s also a sort of mantra.
It’s not often that people are able to turn their passion into a career, but Dr. Robert Hancock, board-certified veterinary surgeon and director of South Paws Veterinary Specialists, is one of those fortunate few.
Shirley Herstein’s Steinway & Sons piano has been with her for more than six decades. From her childhood home in Philadelphia, it has traveled with her across the country as she followed her husband, Harvey, during a stint with the Navy, before settling in New Orleans, where it has survived — just barely — multiple […]
There are apps available today to make us healthier, smarter, more organized, more informed and more connected. Whatever you need, you guessed it, there’s an app for that. And thanks to Koby Sackey and Dennis Bourn, now there is even an app to make us feel safer!
Dennis Pearse was born and raised in New Orleans. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Tulane University, later receiving his master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La.
An optimistic entrepreneur sees the world through New Orleans-colored glasses. Stirling Barrett, founder of KREWE du optic, grew up in New Orleans and began his career in the art world early. “While I was in high school, I fell in love with art,” Barrett says. “It wasn’t my first introduction to the darkroom, but it […]
Meet the muse behind an iconic New Orleans recipe. You’re probably familiar with Crawfish Monica. Arguably the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival’s most famous dish, its creamy, spicy flavor has heralded spring in New Orleans for decades.
Terrance Osborne’s star is rising over Jazz Fest again this year. Artist Terrance Osborne painted 50 coconuts in preparation for his ride in this year’s Zulu parade. He knew the Mardi Gras Day parade crowd would be rowdy — but he wasn’t prepared for just how eager some parade-goers would be to get their hands on […]