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|
A peppercorn sauce and side of creamy sweet potatoes perfect for an evening out
Family owned Baton Rouge milk and ice-cream producer aims to put PR nightmare behind it.
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The percentage of Louisiana high school students graduating within four years increased for the third year in a row in 2013, the state Department of Education said Friday.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is trying to curb unintended consequences of a law that boosted the borrowing the state can do before hitting its debt ceiling.
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For Jennings-based JD Bank, IberiaBank’s buyout of Teche Federal couldn’t have come at a better time.
Catholics are decrying a recent Louisiana Supreme Court decision that reaches into the most sanctified of church places, the confessional booth.
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Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says a south Louisiana flood board member who supports the board's environmental lawsuit against the oil and gas industry has reached the end of his term.
A memorial ride is being held Sunday in memory of cyclist Lon Lomas, who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver early Monday.
KLFY TV10’s longtime anchor and investigative reporter Chuck Huebner has responded to his recent termination from the station, confirming that his departure was a long time coming.
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Emmy nominations announced; immigration compromise possible; FTC sues Amazon and more national and international news for Friday, July 11, 2014.
Grab this Friday special at everyone’s favorite Saint Street sandwich stop
Stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, who played detectives tracking a ritual killer, nominated for best drama actor. "Treme" and "Coven" get nods, too.
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Education leaders are seeking to broker a compromise with Gov. Bobby Jindal on the standardized tests used in public schools next year.
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Despite the bizarre fake handgun incident that ultimately led to his resignation, former Lafayette Regional Airport Aviation Director Greg Roberts will escape prosecution.
The Lafayette Police Department setup a roadblock in Freetown this afternoon after a body was discovered inside a nearby antique shop.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has scheduled a July 17 meeting with Education Superintendent John White to try to negotiate a compromise in their dispute over testing tied to the Common Core education standards, the governor's office announced Wednesday.
Beloved artist and former professor died Tuesday night after a brief illness.
The council approved an introductory ordinance two weeks ago watering down the zoning ordinance. If it approves it as a final ordinance on Tuesday, well, anyone can put up a sign in their yard or at their business for any future election.
Seared Ahi tuna, greens and a spicy Asian sauce ready for lunch Downtown
Poor TV10, once a ratings juggernaut among Lafayette television-news consumers, reduced now to doddering among its ceramic cat collection in a musty TV parlor, muttering about the good old days as it adjusts the afghan on its lap.
Undergarments for every style