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As children, our interests, hobbies and passions define what we want to be when we grow up. Unfortunately, this often does not stay the case when building adult careers. Aspiring astronauts become accountants, inventors turn into electricians, bakers work in…

Lagniappe Records

In the age of Spotify, iTunes and numerous other digital streaming platforms, the owners of Lafayette's Lagniappe Records give customers a refreshingly old-school experience when it comes to discovering new – and vintage – music.

If You Build It, They Will Rum

What began as a wild idea concocted while hunting is now a dream come true for Bayou Rum Distillery president and co-founder Trey Litel and his business partners.

Cajun Couple Wears The Culinary Crown

Though they hail from different parts of Acadiana, the chemistry between husband/wife team Cody and Samantha Carroll has propelled them in the cutthroat Louisiana restaurant scene.

Houma - City of the Year

Strengthened by a robust local economy, high quality of living and blossoming downtown, Acadiana’s eastern jewel exemplifies the best of the true Cajun lifestyle

The Benefit of Beads

While working full-time in Sulphur, 31-year-old Liz Bergeron operates Here and There Boutique, a jewelry business inspired by a mission trip to Kenya.

Houma - City of the Year

Strengthened by a robust local economy, high quality of living and blossoming downtown, Acadiana’s eastern jewel exemplifies the best of the true Cajun lifestyle

The Benefit of Beads

While working full-time in Sulphur, 31-year-old Liz Bergeron operates Here and There Boutique, a jewelry business inspired by a mission trip to Kenya.

Nouvelles Des Villes

JackPot, Once Again Lake Charles Players have been flocking to the new $700 million, 25-story Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino Lake Charles, built by billionaire Tillman Fertitta. It opened with great fanfare, complete with showgirls and state and local officials.…

Twisting the Tastes of Home

A self-professed country boy from Rayne, chef Isaac Toups keeps patrons smiling by blending his caffeinated persona and culinary creativity

Tales From the Swamp

At an age when many artists contemplate putting down their brush, Chauvin’s Dot Tee Ratliff is just getting started on her new career.

Bayou in a Bottle

Cousins John Peterson and Collin Cormier of Lafayette further satisfy their entrepreneurial thirst with Swamp Pop, a locally manufactured soda loaded with the flavors of home.

Good Numbers for Airport

For the fourth year in a row, Louis Armstrong International Airport continues to experience an astounding increase in passenger volume. At the end of 2013, airport statistics reported moving over 9.2 million passengers through its terminals, making an 18 percent…