Longtime customers, family and friends gathered at A. Bryan’s Jewelers on Johnston Street to celebrate Bryan and Angie Spallino’s 23 years in business. A. Bryan’s got its start in 1988 in a 200-square-foot building with no inventory and very little working capital. Bryan slowly built the inventory, making all of the jewelry himself, and eventually moved into his beautiful Johnston Street store — where he offers popular designer lines like Simon G., Gucci and Mastini, in addition to continuing to manufacture some of his own pieces. Champagne toasts, chocolate covered strawberries and other desserts were enjoyed by all, especially the lucky few who won door prizes of great jewelry.
A shocked Mike Coluzzi entered Tsunami’s upstairs dining room to shouts of “surprise!” and “Happy Birthday!” The burly 50-something-year-old blushed profusely as close friends and co-workers greeted him with hugs and kisses and showered him with gifts and humorous cards. Tsunami’s mezzanine dining room became a favorite spot when Mike and wife Jean started dating and remains a fitting venue for any celebration.
|Wanda Lormand, Velta Cormier-
Courville and Heather Williams
|Bryan Spallino and Frankie Russo||Steve Spallino, Flora Young and Charlotte Simpson|
|George and Claire Guidry||Harvey Hains and Myrtis Ashley||Sandy Hayes and Cecile Spallino|
|Flora Young, Bryan Spallino, George Marks and Angie Spallino||Timmy Leblanc and Bryan Spallino||Robert John and Angie Spallino|
Sandy and Mitch Landry’s gorgeous estate was the perfect setting for the Evening of Wine, Music & Merriment celebrating Chorale Acadienne’s 31st Season. Sandy prepared the exquisite cuisine herself, including a creamy hot lump crabmeat dip, brie glazed with fresh apples and praline sauce, a fabulous torte and Bananas Foster over ice cream. As Chorale Acadienne’s enchanting board members poured wine, members Lee Cooke, Cindy Habetz and Patsy Bienvenu (of the duo Smooth Like That) serenaded guests, accompanied by gifted pianist Karyn Laing, with a medley of spirituals, opera and standards. A highlight was hostess Sandy Landry’s belting out a version of “Cabaret” that would have made Liza proud!
|Ricky and Chris Broussard, and Barry
and Julie Bleichner
|Ken Soignier, Mike Coluzzi, John Occhipinti
and Mike Johnson
|Cindy Soignier, Jean Coluzzi and Liz Johnson
(front row); Ken Soignier, Mike Coluzzi, John
Occhipinti and Mike Johnson
|Cindy and Ken Soignier|
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Louisiana is drowning, quickly.
Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.
State education officials are preparing to release performance scores for public schools and public school districts.
Saints coach Sean Payton is starting a new week by emphasizing, repeatedly, the many good things he noticed during New Orleans' latest loss.
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Oscar de la Renta dies; Pistorius sentenced; World Series begins and more national and international news for Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
We will be offering our recommendations on the constitutional amendments tomorrow.
Three bedroom in Lawtell or two bedroom in Rayne
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The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings that dismissed the lawsuits against BP and other companies involved in the worst U.S. offshore oil spill.
White registration is down by 7,700 voters while black registration has shot up by 7,100 voters.
Even though it had been rumored for months, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu finally pulled the trigger recently on a major campaign shakeup that moved control over to a few Big Easy insiders.
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Louisiana's health department says it will seek law changes to stop billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests.
An investment group led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets will buy the Louisiana power company Cleco for $3.4 billion.
It wasn’t the historic slashes to higher ed funding or the ensuing tuition spikes that recently had LSU’s student body and faculty riled up in collective outrage.
"I feel it is appropriate to speak up when there are topics that are being bandied about with little or no factual data to back them."
Will $400 be enough for the re-election campaign of LPSB's Hunter Beasley to overcome two years of holding our school system hostage and hurting the education of our children all because of a personal dislike of the superintendent?
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said Friday he expects his playing status in Detroit to be decided by coach Sean Payton on Sunday, shortly before the game.
Two bedroom cottage in Lafayette or three bedroom traditional in Erath
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Lawmakers have sidestepped a decision on whether they accept claims from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration that the state closed last year's books with a nearly $179 million surplus.
Coming off the high of a fourth quarter comeback against Tampa Bay and a helpful bye week, linebacker Junior Galette sees a real turnaround coming for New Orleans' struggling defense.
Former President Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party's most popular surrogate this fall, is heading to Louisiana early next week for a campaign rally with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Time and again you hear people say DA Mike Harson is unbeatable because he's doled out political favors over the past 20 years. But a new lawsuit could end that speculation.
We welcome nominations from readers and leaders throughout the business community in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
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Ebola is kind of terrifying if you watch too much Fox News and CNN. Especially Fox, which makes everything look terrifying because, well, War on Christmas and Obama and all.
Local developer’s Lake Charles Gardens LLC purchases buildings and leases; land still owned by Dugas family.