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
When you think of a business that’s based on franchising, you probably think of places like Subway and McDonalds. But there are many more. There are over 750,000 franchise outlets in the U.S.
Some of them might surprise you. Like Barre 3. They’re workout studios that combine ballet barre with yoga and Pilates.
There are 3 Barre 3 studios here in New Orleans, all owned by Kendall Carriere.
Jeff Anderson is owner of the local franchise for Budget Blinds. Jeff didn’t set out to be your local blind supplier. His path to window treatments meandered through business landscapes that include the wide-open spaces of Montana and the stock exchange.
Like blinds, and people, franchising comes in a wide range of shapes and sizes. On this edition of Out to Lunch, Peter Ricchiuti talks to Kendall and Jeff about why they chose franchising and how it's working for them.