OUT TO LUNCH finds Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel combining her hard news journalist skills and food background: conducting business over lunch. Baton Rouge has long had a storied history of politics being conducted over meals, now the Capital Region has an equivalent culinary home for business: Mansur’s. Each week Stephanie holds court over lunch at Mansur’s and invites members of the Baton Rouge business community to join her. You can also hear the show on WRKF 89.3FM.
If you drive around Baton Rouge, chances are you’ve had your car washed at Benny's Car Wash. The locally owned company has 14 locations around the area and is as well known for its quick oil changes and B Kwik convenience stores as it is for its automated car washes, which can be had for as little as $4.
Justin Alford is a member of the third generation of the Alford family, which owns the car wash chain. Starting out way back in the 1940's, Benny’s was a world leader in the automated car wash biz. Today they're still ahead of the curve, selling car wash machinery to other car wash businesses across the country.
Jeff Cobb knows a thing or two about cars. More than 30 years ago Jeff walked away from his job with an engineering firm to turned a hobby into a livelihood, opening a full service Exxon Gas Station and Auto Repair Shop on South Acadian thruway. Today, the gas station is gone but Jeff Cobb Auto Works is well known as one of Baton Rouge’s true experts in repairing high end vehicles.
Whether you get around Baton Rouge by car or bus you've no doubt noticed all the giraffes around town. On the bus benches that seem to have popped up everywhere.
The man behind the giraffe and the benches is entrepreneur Brooke Barnett, founder of Giraffe Advertising.