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All About Men in June’s Issue

Every June, in honor of Father’s Day, Sophisticated Woman shines the light on the men in our lives. We are featuring prominent men in the community from legal, financial and insurance professionals to local restaurateurs, builders, renovators, medical professionals, personal service providers and more. Featured on this month’s cover, our Enterprising Man, Greg Troyer of …

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Greg Troyer

Enterprising Man Greg Troyer

Greg Troyer: Building an Empire Why do certain people seem to always excel in their endeavors? Is it luck? Timing? Talent? Entrepreneur Magazine lists several characteristics that the most successful businesspeople share. Among them are vision, focus, passion, lifelong learning, hard-working, integrity and gratitude. When talking to Greg Troyer about his ultra-luxury home building enterprise, …

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Enterprising Woman Jessica Robicheaux

Enterprising Woman Jessica Robicheaux: Bushels & Pecks Photography

Picture Perfect The adage, “The eyes are the windows to the soul,” has been credited to many including Shakespeare, da Vinci and Cicero. But no matter who said it first, it’s an ageless truth that Jessica Robicheaux has made her life’s work. Jessica is part artist and part philosopher, but foremost a mom who began …

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Angela Cox Williams: On Her Own Terms

Enterprising Woman Angela Cox Williams In the early 90s, Angela Cox Williams was dating her high school sweetheart and studying speech therapy at USL in Lafayette (now ULL). Deep down, though, she felt the need to seek something more. Now, from her well-appointed, Slidell law office, Angela recalls those uncertain times. “I struggled to split …

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Melissa Mitrik Enterprising Woman

Enterprising Woman Melissa Mitrik

Daring to Dream Beauty. It’s all around us if we know where to look, but more importantly, if we learn how to experience it. Enterprising Woman Melissa Mitrik feels beauty while connecting with locals over a cup of exquisite European coffee during overseas travels. She’s found beauty in empowering an underestimated woman to reach full …

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Enterprising Woman Tricia Wood Thomas

Enterprising Woman Tricia Wood Thomas

Enterprising Woman Tricia Wood Thomas When Enterprising Woman Tricia Wood Thomas opened her specialty boutique in November of 2019, she knew her combination of life experience and professional training would mix beautifully to help empower women and make them shine on the most important days of their lives. What she couldn’t have known was how …

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Hilary Walker: Kidz Klub House

Life Lessons A SELF-MADE WOMAN, Hilary Walker’s life is a continually blossoming adventure, the product of lessons learned and a deep-rooted desire to share the wealth of her knowledge and experience with others. With multiple businesses including three locations of Kidz Klub House, Hilary runs one of St. Tammany’s largest female-owned businesses and is proud …

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Enterprising Woman Katie Toups: Spreading Her Wings

Enterprising Woman Katie Toups: The Blue Heron Group powered by Anchor South Real Estate   A NORTH AMERICAN NATIVE tradition declares, the Blue Heron brings messages of self-determination and self-reliance. This elegant soul represents an ability to progress and evolve with grace. The heron’s long thin legs reflect that one doesn’t need massive pillars for …

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Enterprising Woman: Simone Bruni

Demo Diva: Her Own Force of Nature   THE DAY BEFORE Simone Bruni’s cover feature interview, an article about learning to cope with life’s unexpected turns found its way to her. Particularly attuned to the importance of timing, she took it as a sign for the theme of the day’s discussion.  Simone Bruni religiously reflects on …

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Samantha Bates, AIFD – Thinking Beyond The Bouquet

WHAT MUSE BECKONS from the lush landscape of Louisiana to Samantha Bates? What creations does it call forth and what sense of home does it offer to her? As a decorated artist with growing national acclaim, Samantha could live anywhere and utilize her range of extraordinary talents in a variety of ways, but expressing herself …

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Enterprising Woman Ellen Creel – Natural Born Leader

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Creel describes a childhood lacking in wealth but not spirit. “Our parents instilled in us two things – maintaining a strong faith and the necessity of college education. Mom’s question wasn’t if we were going, but where. Excelling was our way out.” And excel she did. Creel earned a National Merit …

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Enterprising Woman Tina Aust: It’s the Lemur Things in Life

AS DAWN BREAKS over Madagascar, the forest comes alive with wild, glowing eyes searching for the perfect place to bask in the sun before beginning the dance that dates back over 60 million years. Wails waft through the tamarind trees calling the troupe together for their morning forage. And as lemurs begin their daily ritual, …

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