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|
Friends and family will celebrate Spider's life in September.
Saints safety Jairus Byrd has rarely been so eager to hit and be hit, if only to reassure himself that his surgically repaired back is as healed as doctors believe.
Jindal privatized nearly all the LSU hospitals without waiting for federal officials to sign off on financing arrangements that rely on millions of federal Medicaid dollars.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and her main Republican challenger, Congressman Bill Cassidy, verbally sparred as they officially signed up on the opening day of qualifying for Louisiana's November election.
Superintendent tells crowd he'd just emerged from a four-hour meeting with the attorney hired to investigate him.
A hint of game day glam
The start of the three-day qualifying period for November’s elections has so far yielded 10 official bids and one new announcement from candidates seeking a seat on the school board.
The eagerness shown earlier this week by Lafayette Parish School Board president Hunter Beasley upon receiving a findings report from the special attorney investigating Superintendent Pat Cooper quickly faded once his fellow board members started asking for copies.
It’s been just over four months since attorney Barry Domingue committed suicide the morning before he was to stand trial for a second day in the federal Curious Goods case, leaving his fellow attorney/co-defendant Daniel Stanford with a temporary mistrial and awaiting his day in court.
Candidates for Louisiana's Nov. 4 election must officially sign up for the ballot this week.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's effort to derail Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards was halted Tuesday by a state judge who said the governor's actions were harmful to parents, teachers and students.
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram isn't letting a humbling start to his pro career lower his opinion of what he can still accomplish in the NFL.
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Gov. Bobby Jindal believes the last-minute passage of a pension hike for his state police superintendent, Col. Mike Edmonson, was improperly handled, according to the governor's office.
Four bedroom colonial or three bedroom traditional home
Brittan Bush joins Liskow & Lewis, Blake David installed as the Third District Member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s board of governors, and Simien & Miniex announces 2014 scholarship winners.
“In some cases, we’ve found that these parts are nothing more than used junk yard parts. In others, we’ve found them to be foreign knock-off parts of questionable quality.”
The relaxed fan
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As the courts hash out the attempts to preserve and shelve Common Core in Louisiana, a group of six state lawmakers are planning an Aug. 22 trip to Oklahoma to meet with their counterparts and strategize for the 2015 regular session.
While hopes are high for turnout this fall, a new report from the Center for the Study of the American Electorate suggests that Louisiana's midterm face-offs may amount to nothing special in terms of votes cast.
The attorney hired by the Lafayette Parish School Board for a special investigation of Superintendent Pat Cooper has submitted his final report, though it may be another week before the findings are made public.
IberiaBank and LHC Group are presenting co-sponsors of the popular luncheon.
Hub City Cycles hits the ground running through small-business center opportunity.