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.
Some of us embark on a career path and we’re set for life. But sometimes one career unexpectedly leads to another. Or prepares us for another in ways that we don’t quite see at first.
Take Dr. Meredith Warner.
Dr warner is an orthopedist with a practice in Baton Rouge, Warner Orthopedics and Wellness, that she opened in 2013. Meredith's career dealing with bones and joints has led her to a second enterprise – this one, entrepreneurial. Meredith has created a special shoe for people with plantar fasciitis. She calls it the Healing Sole. It’s a flip flop that helps people suffering from the painful heel condition. Meredith spent five years designing her shoe and even went to business school to learn the business side of selling and marketing it. In 2015, it went on the market and today it’s on store shelves and on the internet.
Jamie Miller Carruth’s career has also taken interesting twists and turns. Jamie spent more than two decades in education, and was principal at Highland Elementary here in Baton Rouge for more than 13 years. But just one month after retiring in 2016, Jamie embarked on a new career - in the lawn care business. Principal Carruth became a franchisee for U.S. Lawns, a rapidly growing national company that provides grounds care for a variety of commercial clients throughout the capital region, and Jamie is loving her new life!
As inspirational as it is informative, this is a great insight into Baton Rouge entrepreneurial business.