Louisiana Wholesale Florists, Inc. was founded in 1961 to service the floral needs of the growing community of florists in Louisiana. Bill Broussard, Joel Hebert and Jim Durio were key players in forming this co-operative organization.
They recruited a Board of Directors consisting of themselves, Hazel Gosselin, Vincent Drago, Paul Boagni, L.J. Hines, Hattie Martin, Mrs. Lynn Daughenbaugh, Harry Mey, Jr., and Leila Graham. Articles of Incorporation, By-Laws, and Stock Certificates were approved and signed. All the florists in the area were then invited to a stock subscription drive meeting. Mr. James “Red” Darby agreed to sign on as the first Manager of the Co-Operative.
In 1962, Mr. Merlin Leger was hired as the General Manager of the Co-Op. Mr. Leger continues to serve in this capacity today. Cindy Comeaux is the Business Manager. Michael “Mike” Howerton is the Manager of the Lafayette location. Anthony Ashy is the Assistant Manager of the Lafayette Location. Mike and Anthony, along with Pam Cotham, are the Purchasing Agents for Fresh Flowers. Pam also assists Kayla Trahan, Sheryl Falcon-Bearb and Bobbie Breaux in the Sales department. Cindi Babineaux is the Shipping and Receiving Manager in Lafayette. Kathy Trahan is the Purchasing Agent for hard goods and floral supplies.
A second warehouse was opened in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1970. Richard “Rick” Hill is the Manager of the Baton Rouge location. Ann Lemoine is the Purchasing Agent for hard goods and floral supplies. Rick works along with Kristy Davis as the Purchasing Agents for Fresh Flowers. Kristy, along with Betty Jo Smith and J.W. Smith, work in the Sales department.
The current members of the Board of Directors for LA Wholesale Florists, Inc. are as follows: Harry “Bubba” Mey III, President; Douglas Wax, Vice President; Anne Sattler, Secretary; Todd Steele, Treasurer; Chris Allen, Kerney Broussard, Suzan Dyson, Jeffery Manuel, Samuel Marino Jr., Rodney Nero, Melanie Ourso, and Annette Taylor are Board Members.
Lamar Advertising Company is the nation’s leading Out of Home advertising provider. We specialize in outdoor advertising and have been offering our clients innovative solutions for over 100 years.
Founded in 1902, Lamar Advertising Company (Nasdaq: LAMR) is one of the largest outdoor advertising companies in the world, with over 357,500 displays across the United States and Canada. Lamar offers advertisers a variety of billboard, interstate logo, transit and airport advertising formats, helping both local businesses and national brands reach broad audiences every day. In addition to its more traditional out of home inventory, Lamar is proud to offer its customers the largest network of digital billboards in the United States with over 3,600 displays.
Sarah Campbell is a renowned wedding expert having launched multiple wedding businesses. In her early 20’s Sarah found her calling in the wedding industry and founded a thriving event planning firm. From that experience she saw a need in the industry for a high-end florist serving Annapolis and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Seeing this need, she launched Intrigue Design & Décor, concentrating on weddings and social events up and down the East Coast. Sarah has become a leader in the industry being called upon by a variety of media sources such as NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX as well as a number of magazines, blogs and newspapers. Mostly recently, you've seen her competing on Netflix's design competition show, The Big Flower Fight! Sarah’s excitement for weddings and her passion for design is apparent the moment you meet her. She openly shares her talent and knowledge through speaking, workshops and classes designed specifically for the wedding industry.
Clegg's Nursery is a locally owned garden center that has been flourishing in Baton Rouge, Louisiana since its initial start by Mr. Sam Clegg in 1955. Mr. Sam and his wife Effie, who together shared a strong passion for gardening and a will to succeed, began their humble business by selling a few plants on an empty lot on Florida Boulevard. In 1968, they set root at 274 North Donmoor with their first official garden center and continued to thrive.
In 1981, Mr. Sam and Mrs. Effie sold the business to their son Marshall, who dug even deeper into the nursery industry. By 1982, Marshall opened the second Clegg’s store on Siegen Lane, a year later he spread his roots further when he opened the third nursery on Greenwell Springs Road.
In 1999, Marshall sold the business to Scott Ricca of Baton Rouge and Tom Fennell of Watson, two Clegg’s managers who had worked with Marshall since 1983. Both Scott and Tom have succeeded in keeping Clegg’s Nursery growing—they opened a fourth location in November, 2000, on Highway 16 North, between Denham Springs and Watson.
The two owners branched beyond retail business in 2003 when they opened a wholesale growing operation. Clegg’s Color Division, the most recent addition to the nursery, hosts over 40,000 square feet of commercial greenhouses and an experienced growing staff who enables the retail stores to provide customers with some of the best locally grown bedding plants in Baton Rouge.
Alvarez Construction Company, one of Louisiana's largest production home builders, was founded in 1991 by the late Jairo Alvarez. Alvarez led an inspirational life of hard work, vision, and courage, building the company from the ground up together with his family. Today, their mark of excellence shines through in new home developments across a four-parish region. Newest communities include Willows at Bayou Fountain and Fieldstone Park in East Baton Rouge, Deer Trail in St. Tammany, The Sanctuary at Juban Crossing and Cella Gardens in Livingston, and Ironwood Estates and Grove at Ascension in Ascension Parish. Often, a customer who buys one home in an Alvarez community will seek out another Alvarez-built home when they need to relocate or right size their home. In addition to building hundreds of homes each year, this family-owned and operated business has helped raise millions of dollars for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through building the St. Jude Dream Home. According to Carlos Alvarez, President, Alvarez Construction Company is committed to providing quality new construction and value to its homeowners and fellow Louisianans.
Clover Creative Agency, a boutique female led marketing firm, was founded in 2016 by Baton Rouge local Amy Vandiver Dighton. Starting out as a freelance graphic designer, Amy quickly grew her skill set to match her natural marketing and creative vision. In 2019, she brought on Kim Meadowlark and together they offer a unique variety of services to help small to medium size businesses grow. Growing by word of mouth and hard work Clover has become a rival competitor to larger marketing firms across the country. Clover is happy to provide the branding, media coverage, social media, and event coordination for The Flower Fest as it is Amy's vision come to life!
Ninth Ward Nursery, LLC is the only garden center in New Orleans that specializes in bamboo. We offer a variety of bamboos and other tropical plants that will add an exotic touch to any garden.
Ninth Ward Nursery, LLC is a New Orleans plant nursery specializing in a variety of bamboos and tropical plants. Founded in 2015, we work with a variety of residential and commercial clients on landscaping, landscape design and plant maintenance on a monthly contract basis. We are open by appointment until spring 2021. You can also find us at pop-up plant sales and markets throughout New Orleans.
Silk Screen Shop is a family owned Silk Screening business that has been in business since 1968 and was the first silk screening business to open in Baton Rouge. As a family owned business, Frank Peabody started out of his house and it grew into our location which is now about 10,000 square feet.
We offer screen printing, embroidery and any type of promotional item with your logo. We pride ourselves on offering competitive prices and quality work. We do work for many businesses in the area including LSU, Varsity Sports, Tabasco, Tony’s Seafood, La. Fish Fry, CES, also many of the schools in the area.
We are so excited to be a part of this festival and provide quality tanks and t-shirts to help everyone celebrate and raise funds for St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Bridget Tate is co-owner and founder of Capital City Lighting. She has been lighting up the capital city and surrounding areas since 2014 as a Lighting Stylist and connoisseur. Bridget works with homeowners, architects, interior designers, contractors, entrepreneurs and restauranteurs to select and curate lighting based on their application, style and budget. Throughout her work in lighting design, Bridget has been blessed with lasting friendships and dedicated clientele. Her work on stunning projects and award winning lighting design has put her stamp on the Greater Baton Rouge area.
Bridget's four children, ages 22-15 and husband of 24 years, Martin, light up her life every day.
Designer, Teacher and Floral Enthusiast, Diane Mouton is the owner and energy behind Fat Cat Flowers in the beautiful city of New Orleans. In addition to running a successful event floral and design business, Diane is a dynamic part of the floral community fostering fellowship and collaboration through education, events and daily practice.