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.
The old saying "A man’s home is his castle" has never been more true than today. It’s no longer not just enough to provide shelter for yourself and your family, we also want to create a space that reflects our style in which we can live, work, and play. And that also looks really impressive.
Baton Rouge has a long and venerable tradition in Southern vernacular architecture that has evolved over the past 20 years to reflect some of the most exciting new trends in the field. One of those leading the charge is Dwayne Carruth.
Dwayne is the owner of The Front Door Architecture which has designed over 2000 homes in 14 states over the past two decades. Dwayne recently relocated his firm’s offices here in Baton Rouge to a shared creative space he helped develop: 1010 Nic.
While Dwayne is designing residential exteriors, William Evans does interior design.
William is the owner of Abat Jour Interiors and Design. The company has a storefront on Government Street and South Foster Drive, where they sell home accessories and especially William’s extraordinary custom lighting fixtures, lamps and shades.
Rob Chidester creates spaces and places people can only fantasize about living in, because they only exist in the real world for a matter of hours. Though they live on forever in the movies and TV shows for which Rob designs and builds them. Rob is the owner of Royal Cyclops Productions and two giant warehouses filled with props and stage materials that you have to see to believe.
All of Stephanie's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch agree that Baton Rouge is changing, they say "daily." Even if they're exaggerating by half and it's only every other day one thing is for sure - this is not your grandfather's Baton Rouge.