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Caliente a “hot” spot for Mexican food craving

Caliente a “hot” spot for Mexican food craving

Ricardo Barraza set an ambitious goal for himself: He wanted to open his own restaurant by the time he was 22 years old. He didn’t miss by much when he opened Caliente Mexican Craving in Central at 23. After finishing high school in Paras, Coahuila, Mexico, Barraza came to the U.S. and worked at restaurants in Pensacola, Fla., Hammond and then Baton Rouge. “I’ve always been in the restaurant business, since I was 17,” said Barraza. “I started washing dishes then worked my way up to busboy, server and then manager. I learned as much as I could about the business.” That knowledge helped him when he moved to...

Make Me Over: upscale style in a boutique-beauty spa

Make Me Over: upscale style in a boutique-beauty spa...

Stephanie McMichael and Natasha Washington have spent their entire careers helping to make people beautiful. Stephanie moved to Zachary from Chicago, and has operated a beauty salon and boutique for 23 years. Tasha has been licensed for 18 years and she also owned a successful salon in Baker. “We were close friends for many years and we always wanted to work together,” said Stephanie. “The opportunity came up for us here because the salon and boutique were not working. We merged our businesses together and we’ve been an awesome team together.” After operating for almost a year as Cater 2 U in the Zachary Commerce Center at the corner...

Pointe Coupee Farmers Co-op strong and growing

Pointe Coupee Farmers Co-op strong and growing

Nearly 48 years ago, a small group of farmers and ranchers in Pointe Coupee Parish decided to pool their resources and formed a co-op in a small house in Lettsworth. The Pointe Coupee Farmers Co-op proved to be successful over the years, providing advantages, benefits and savings for all of them. The Co-op eventually moved to 5087 La. Hwy. 1 in Batchelor in 1968 and today, it continues in that same tradition. It’s still owned by a group of 300 stockholders and serves the tri-parish area of Pointe Coupe, Avoyelles, St. Landry Parishes and attracts customers from the Felicianas and surrounding areas. A co-op works by helping farmers and...

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