Acadiana Profile - April-May 2022

Editor’s Note

In 2019 we published our first installment of Acadiana Trailblazers. The concept was simple: Find Acadianians doing impressive things. Thankfully, that part was simple. It comes as no surprise that there are a lot of people in Acadiana who are…

Trailblazers

Conservation Anne Darrah had rarely volunteered in New Iberia until she got the idea of improving her neighborhood by planting trees. She is a retired designer and art director who won numerous awards for her work at The Times of…

Music Makers

For several years, the Illinois-born singer-songwriter Andrew Bird has been travelling into natural and urban landscapes — the Coyote Gulch canyon of Utah, say, or under the Glendale-Hyperion Bridge in Los Angeles — to compose music that he bases…

A Call to Service

Portraits by Jason Cohen When most of us think of hiring a lawyer, we assume it will cost a lot of money. As a result, some people who need legal counsel may never seek it because they think there will…

Top Lawyers

“Our area’s most respected attorneys, as nominated by their peers within the legal profession. The attorneys in this feature were selected by Professional Research Services (PRS), which conducted an online peer-review survey of area attorneys in Acadiana, Louisiana. Attorneys were…

Magic Tree House

  Architect Chase Marshall Architects, ChaseMarshall.com Designer Mary Beyt, instagram.com/MaryBeyt Cabinets Cajun Cabinets, CajunCabinets.com Woodworks Justin Guillory   It has been a year since moving in, but Bill Finley still opens his kitchen cabinets and closet doors with the…

Sweet Thang of Spring

The Lafayette music-club scene, like its patrons, rarely sits still. Hideaway on Lee has emerged as a homey new hangout in the fertile downtown landscape. Converted from a circa 1905 residence leased by musicians, Hideaway’s growing popularity as a nostalgic…

For Quick Energy

Lafayette Main Squeeze Juice Co. is opening its first Lafayette location as it continues to expand across Louisiana. Local couple, owners Carly and Derek Peterson, are bringing the New Orleans-based company’s nutritionist-designed offerings that include cold-pressed juices and smoothies, juice…

Shock and Aww Yeah

People who love to indulge themselves on meats, seafood and vegetables prepared with strong Cajun-inspired influences know they are at a happy place when visiting the Steamboat Warehouse restaurant in Washington. What diners may not know is that the…

Charlene Richard

In the middle of southwest Louisiana’s prairie, in the village of Richard, is a small cemetery on Charlene Street. Over the years, it has become a place of pilgrimage for those in search of divine intercession. Buried there is a…

Seeing the Forest and the Trees

Acadiana, I have loved you my entire life — your people, your music, your food — but mostly, I love the color of the land, the beautiful restful green of it all and the dense cool shade of your canopy.…

Sizzle Season

Spring is not the only thing in the air. Last evening, a gentle breeze carried the aroma of food cooking on grills. My nose tingled as I tried to determine who was cooking what. Someone was definitely flipping hamburgers. Then…

Medicinal Artistry

“Art for art’s sake” is a popular trope in the art world, but to Lafayette artist Gwendolyn Alexis Richard, art is a place of solace that awakens the imagination to help heal the minds of troubled children and adults.…

Gumbo Glory

New Iberia The World Championship Gumbo Cookoff was recently touted by CNN travel contributor Jen Rose Smith, who named Louisiana gumbo in her “20 of the World’s Best Soups” roundup while plugging the gumbos served at New Iberia’s annual foodie…

Women Who Lead

Acadiana Profile magazine spotlights women who lead Acadiana’s communities and industries with devotion, determination, resourcefulness and innovation   Dr. Michelle Owens Co-owner/Physician/Cosmetic Surgeon Acadia Women’s Health & Cosmetic Surgery Center Dr. Michelle Owens, FACOG, FAACS established Acadia Women’s Health in…