Getting all the business owners and key players downtown together is no small feat, but Downtown Development Authority's David D'Aquin managed to plan quite a party. About 200 attendees packed the Acadiana Center for the Arts June 9 for the unveiling of plans for new developments downtown. The crowd got a glimpse of the plans for Jefferson Street Apartments, to be located across from Keller's Bakery. (Party Girl may have to relocate there to continue keeping a close eye on the party scene.) The excitement continued with Amy Waguespack and her theater troupe performing in the Art House and Renella Rose Champagne and Edison Figg singing in the small gallery. And the spread of food from almost every restaurant downtown was just overwhelming! Eggplant casserole from Dwyer's, fried plantains from Guamas, petit fors from Keller's, turkey and sausage jambalaya from T-Coon's ' all in one evening. Party Girl wasn't the only one in the food line though. Henry Florsheim, Kimberly Schuler, Berry Kemp, Jennifer Grand, Ben Berthelot and Melanie Lewis also had a great time, and Michele Ezell sure got a workout carrying trays of Tsunami sushi back and forth from the kitchen. David tells me more networking events are planned for downtown. I'll see y'all there!
Deserving a big congratulations is Chorale Acadienne, which recently received the Governor's Arts Award for Outstanding Small Arts Organization and had the honor of singing at Carnegie Hall. The group gathered for a cocktail party at Carolyn French and Mike Huber's home in Fernewood to celebrate, before heading to the Big Apple. Patsy Bienvenue and several other vocalists gathered around the piano for a small preview of what was to come. Upon arriving in New York City, Chorale packed the concert hall, and the group received a standing ovation for its performance. Party Girl suggests another cocktail party to celebrate!
Party On! ' PG
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
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Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.