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.
Local retailers give a city a sense of place, setting it apart from the next big exit off the interstate. In Baton Rouge, we’re fortunate to have several much-loved local retailers who, in some cases, have spent generations serving Baton Rouge shoppers with quality products.
Manuel Martinez is a well known fixture in Baton Rouge for his sartorial style and for his Corporate Boulevard storefront, Martinez Custom Clothier, which sells Manuel’s custom made suits, shirts and sports coats., as well as ties, shoes and other men’s fashion accessories. Manuel doesn’t just dress the gentlemen of Baton Rouge, his clients come from all over the world.
Tom Olinde is the owner of Olinde’s Furniture, a family owned business that has been serving Baton Rouge since the company was founded by Tom’s grandfather more than 120 years ago. Tom came up in the business working under his father, the late J.B. Olinde, and has helped it grow and prosper amidst much competition, from other brick and mortar stores and today the internet and national chains. Olinde’s also owns and operates all seven Ashley stores in Louisiana, including one here in Baton Rouge.