OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.
Photo by Rick Lineberger
Just when you think there's nothing new under the sun, along comes Lisa McKenzie and Oohla Bra, her NOLA company that turns underwear into outerwear.
Oohla Bra has over 65 designer bra straps - strings of pearls, beads, and sparkling delights that switch places with the regular strap on your convertible or strapless bra, transforming your everyday bra strap into a work of art.
Lisa's sparkling straps are in more than 300 stores nationwide and on the shoulders of women all over the country. From our brief survey at Commander's Palace over lunch, every woman who sees one wants one. Even the chef at Commander's was enchanted and couldn't keep his hands off Lisa's bra strap. As an Out to Lunch listener you get 20% off a bra strap by entering the code "Out To Lunch" when you check out at OOhla Bra.
Stirling Barrett is undaunted by the dark (glasses) overlords that are Rayban, Persol and Sunglass Hut. In defiance of mass production and marketing, Stirling, a visual artist, founded Krewe du Optic, a New Orleans sunglass company.
Stirling designs the glasses in New Orleans, giving them locally inspired names like Toulouse, LGD, and The Fly. The glasses are manufactured in Italy using high end lenses and frames and shipped around the world.
In the Pay It Forward segment of the show Peter, Lisa and Stirling weigh in on the bug business, namely Jeff Addison's Pied Piper Pest Control.