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Good Eats Kitchen, a prepared meal service located in Lafayette’s Oil Center, is partnering with Myrtle Place Elementary to raise money for a walking trail around the school.
Through the rest of the year, Good Eats Kitchen customers can round up their total to help support the Walking Trail Project.
“Giving back to the community is important to our mission. We are always looking for new opportunities to support Acadiana,” said owner and chef Boyer Derise. “We felt giving back to a local school’s walking trail, which will instill in our youth the importance of movement to their overall health and wellbeing, was a good fit with our company’s mission.”
Derise, who is from Delcambre, started Good Eats Kitchen in 2016. The business provides chef-driven, ready-to-eat meals.
Good Eats Kitchen is located at 1116 Coolidge Street, Suite F.
Three women-owned businesses win grants from United Way
Women United, a group associated with the United Way of Acadiana, awarded microgrants for women-owned businesses in Acadiana.
The program received 211 applications. The chosen businesses were Eat Fuel Fleurish, a meal prep service; CPR 2 Geaux, a CPR and first aid training service; and the Attakapas Collective, a store showcasing products from Acadiana artisans.
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“We are so thrilled for these women and their businesses,” said Carlee Alm-LaBar, president and CEO at United Way of Acadiana. “Women United and United Way of Acadiana are all about creating opportunities for a better life. Helping to create opportunities for women entrepreneurs to succeed in our community is an important pathway to financial stability and security.”
Tony Chachere’s and Rotolo’s partnering on new pizza
The Opelousas-based Tony Chachere’s is working with Rotolo’s Pizzeria, based in Baton Rouge, to create the Rotolo’s Creole it! pizzas.
For a limited time, Rotolo’s is using Tony’s spices, marinades and mixes on new menu items, like the Breakfast Pizza, Cajun Boil Pizza, Cajun Hot Brown Pizza, Jalapeño Popper Calzone and Bloody Mary Calzone.
“As we celebrate 50 years, we want to find unique ways to highlight the flavors of Tony’s while partnering with other Louisiana companies throughout the year,” said Celeste Chachere, director of marketing and public relations for Tony Chachere’s. “Sprinkling Tony’s on your favorite slice is something people do all the time, and we thought this partnership with Rotolo’s was the perfect way to surprise and delight people with a unique taste experience.”
Former federal courthouse officially reopens as apartment complex
After five years and numerous delays brought on by hurricanes and the pandemic, the apartment complex built into the old federal courthouse building was finally unveiled Thursday.
The project was led by developers E.J. Krampe III, Nelson and David Weinstein, who purchased the 80-year-old courthouse complex for $1.4 million from Lafayette Consolidated Government in 2018. During the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Krampe and others praised the communal effort to revitalize the property, which was one of the largest and most-noticeable blighted properties in Downtown Lafayette.
The apartment complex, called the Lofts at the Municipal, is now leasing.
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Walmart raising pay for Louisiana truck drivers
Walmart is increasing the pay for its private fleet of truck drivers, including around 285 drivers in Louisiana. The company said it is also creating a new fleet development program to train new drivers.
With the raise, drivers can now make up to $110,000 in their first year with the company.
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