LA SPCA's Adoptables
Editor's Note: Growing up in New Orleans one things for sure; you get to meet and know very interesting people. I had the pleasure of knowing Allen prior to him becoming a famous musician and I can say that he hasn't changed much.
To this day he remains the same humble passionate soul I knew in my younger years. Fame has not gone to his head at all.
InthekNOwla.com recently sat down with Allen and this is what he had to say.
What was it like growing up in New Orleans? What were your early influences?
"My family. My mother, my father. I grew up in a very musical family. My mom studied music, she did musical theater, my father went to Juilliard in New York. I also had two uncles that were professional musicians. They didn't throw music on me, I grew up around it, I was immersed in it. It was inevitable that I would become a musician."
What instruments do you play?
"Well I primarily play Saxophone and Clarinet. I dabble on Flute, not very well but I can get the job done. Mostly the woodwind instruments as opposed to the brass instruments. I also play a little piano. Although most of my work is done on the saxophone, I also have an equal passion for the Clarinet."
We recently sat down with Kristine Pichon of K'pich Designs—a clever play on her name. A local fashion designer and entrepreneur, Kristine stems from a long line of creative family members with deep roots in fashion, culture, and tradition.
She was exposed to the arts as a child being given her first sewing machine at the age of only 5 years old. She was greatly influenced by her grandmother and great-grandmother who were heavily into designing, sewing, and creating beautiful custom garments, wedding dresses, and even professional costumes for Universal Studios.
Over the years of watching her family bring simple materials to beautiful fruition, Kristine honed her artistic skills and abilities though she had not thought of pursuing them professionally yet. It wasn't until upon entering Xavier University to study Fine Arts that a professor introduced her to hands on fashion design for the New School Parsons School of Design. It was at this moment that she decided she would pursue a career in the fashion industry because of her love and passion for the craft. In 1998 she moved to New York to study fashion and later went on to receive her Masters in the field. After graduation in 2003, she moved back to New Orleans and began developing the idea for her own line of custom fashion apparel, K'pich. Combined with her exposure to the sometimes "crazy" world of fashion and her own cultural influences, Kristine returned home with a renewed sense of
creativity and a broadened eye for design.
Kristine has big dreams for K'pich and we see why. Offering couture pieces of clothing as well as accessories, Kristine is bringing something new to the city of old and hopes to inspire and promote the arts among our youth. She has been working diligently to revitalize our small business economy by working exclusively with local shops while building a formidable reputation of being a "must see" designer. Art is her passion and when she emerges with new works, her love for fashion can be seen shining through. She brings not only quality to the table, but also a profound sense of pride in knowing that she poured her all into every masterpiece that she is contracted to design.
Some of Kristine's favorite things to do in New Orleans include, you guessed it, eating, patronning new local businesses, spending time with family, and being involved in anything that has to do with uplifting New Orleans, whether that be a local cause or charity or the various volunteer opportunities. She enjoys a variety of activities, but remains focused on her goals and aspirations for K'pich.
One of the things that she wishes to improve in the city is the removal or rebuilding of many of the condemned properties left over after the storm. Here we are 4 years later, and while we have seen some progress, there is still much to be done. "There's too much red tape," she says. "There's too much money in this world not to be able to take care of the things that should be priority. We need leaders that make informed decisions about spending. I'm patient, but I wish things would move a little faster." We couldn't agree more Kristine.
(InthekNOwla) -- NEW ORLEANS | Could you imagine New Orleans without her small businesses? Just a vast land of corporations and big businesses with no ties to or knowledge of the people or culture. Luckily, however, New Orleans is an oasis for small businesses. Whether you’re making healthy beverages like Renee Brown of Bayou Brew Wellness Tea, writing love notes to the city like Robert Fogarty of Dear New Orleans, or creating your own fashion line like Ayo Scott of NOYO Designs, us New Orleanians love to have things that are all our own.Unfortunately, it’s not always so easy to start that small business. Like everything else, you need money (and a lot of it)...money for an office, employees, supplies, marketing, advertisements, etc. And most of us aren’t just sitting on a lump of cash to use and instead have to "figure out" how to get that money.
Welcome back to InthekNOwla.com's Entrepreneur Spotlight! We showcase the up and coming local talent that New Orleans has to offer and talk with these local professionals about their business ventures, goals, and aspirations. This time, we decided to get a little healthier with Renee Brown of Bayou Brew Wellness Tea.
Renee Brown is no stranger to the wellness industry with her background knowledge of holistic medicine and herbal and massage therapy. The first inklings of Bayou Brew began as the health of her father, musician Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, started to decline. She would concoct various teas mixed with fruit and herbs for his different health aliments. However, at the time, she didn't realize that could turn these recipes into a lucrative business venture.
Welcome back to InthekNOwla.com's Entrepreneur Spotlight! We showcase the up and coming local talent that New Orleans has to offer and talk with these local professionals about their business ventures, goals, and aspirations. This time, we sat down with the husband and wife team, Barrett and Tracey Wiley, of Cleaning Concierge.
Cleaning Concierge, LLC is a full service cleaning company. They specialize in providing green cleaning solutions for commercial and residential environments in order to provide healthy and productive living and working spaces.
The idea for Cleaning Concierge came about when Barrett started looking into the world of self employment. His goal was to come up with a sustainable business that would fill a need in the community while also providing a service. For their wedding anniversary, Barrett decided to give their house a thorough cleaning and BAM! The idea for a cleaning company hit him. Barrett explained, "I started cleaning the house using the traditional chemicals and cleaners, you know bleach and stuff like that. In every room every fifteen minutes or so, I had to walk outside to get some fresh air. That put me on the quest to find out more about green cleaning, so I started doing research. I'd buy a product from Walmart or something and like a kid, I'd be at home trying it out, spraying it and smelling it and experimenting with different products and applications. I decided to give it a try and make green cleaning my entrepreneurial endeavor."