It’s New Orleans: Out to Lunch

Hosted ByPeter Ricchiuti

OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. In his 9th year in the host seat, Ricchiuti's learned but uniquely NOLA informal perspective has established Out to Lunch as the voice of Crescent City business. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.

Kid Biz – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

According to government statistics, about 30 million Americans are under 5 years old. That’s a big market. But even in today’s generation of accelerated development, it takes a while before kids want to buy stuff. But little kids sure like to do stuff.

Peter’s guests on Out to Lunch have businesses whose clients are little kids who like to do stuff. Stuff like big kids do. Or even adults.

Bella Bedortha

Bella Brown Bedortha’s business is called Kidding Around Yoga. As the name suggests, it’s yoga for kids. Starting as young as 4.

Marla Miller

Marla McAlister Miller drives what looks like a school bus. But it’s actually a mobile gymnastics studio called Tumblebus.

Both Tumblebus and Kidding Around Yoga are recent businesses that are spreading across the country like Taco Bell.

Bella Bedortha, Marla Miller, Peter Ricchiuti

The toddler market is a hugely expanding demographic. Both Bella and Marla’s businesses are bursting at the seams and ready for expansion.

Photos at Commander’s Palace by Alison Moon.