Celebrate Local: Party Pics from The Scout Guide New Orleans Volume 12 Launch Party

Megan Uram, Isabel Balart, Taylor Morgan, Ralph Mahana

Step into the heart of New Orleans local business scene as we recap the soirée that marked the launch of Volume 12 of The Scout Guide New Orleans. On the evening of January 28th, the elegance of The Windsor Court Hotel provided the perfect setting for a memorable celebration. As the city’s premier hotel, we proudly toasted the The Windsor Court’s 40th and its unwavering commitment to supporting our small business community, as we unveiled our annual city guide and the businesses scouted by Taylor Morgan and Isabel Balart, Owner/Editor and Assistant Editor, respectively. Joining the Windsor Court in 40 years of business are Dunn & Sonnier, Lynn Morgan Realtors, and Neal Auction Company, all four of these businesses share a 12 year partnership with The Scout Guide New Orleans.

“What color is the cover?” is probably the number one question we hear throughout the year. But, we use this launch event with members to unveil this secret and give them the opportunity to view the guide before it hits the streets. Red couldn’t have been a more fitting color for two reasons: its a brand color for both The Scout Guide and The Windsor Court, and ruby also marks the celebratory color of 40 years. Even InStyle Magazine remarks, “red is everywhere, and we would add, especially on the streets in New Orleans. You can now find The Scout Guide New Orleans, displayed prominently in the best boutiques along Magazine Street, in fine restaurants featuring various cuisines, hotel rooms, and even Louis Armstrong International Airport.

Ryan Berger, Mary-Martin Roth, Taylor Morgan, Richard Roth, Amanda Berger

This book celebrates many milestones, announces new businesses, and new ownerships. Ralph’s on the Park, La Petite Grocery, Wedding Belles and Febe mark 20 years, while St. Roch Market, The Basketry, and Kid Gloves announce new ownership. Southern Hotel celebrates 10 years with the announcement of their new venue The Greenwood, in Covington, Louisiana, and the Rink announces several new additions to their beautiful space. Stone Insurance, a family owned business, tops everything by commemorating 105 years. This beautiful book closes with a tribute to Central Grocery, sponsored by ACMS, Inc., the people who helped to bring this icon back to life in the wake of Hurricane Ida. Needless to say, its a must-read, and you can find your complimentary copy using our map, proudly sponsored by New Orleans & Company.

New Orleans Skyline from The Windsor Court

This special event celebrated the vibrant energy of New Orleans, with experiences curated by local luminaries. From crystal ball readings courtesy of Trixie Minx Productions to live paintings by Abigail Reller Art, it was truly an interactive event. Soul Project NOLA added the warmth to the January poolside party. New connections were forged and great fun was had by all despite the chilly temperature.

To us, a business is Scouted because it provides a unique, one-of-a-kind offering with an exceptional level of service and a dedicated owner. We all have options when it comes to choosing where we spend our dollars, and we can assure you that you will be glad you supported these fine New Orleanians. Read more about all the reasons why these businesses earned a spot in The Scout Guide Volume 12.


Venue: The Windsor Court
Florals: Dunn & Sonnier
Music: Soul Project NOLA
Interactive Art: Abigail Reller Art
Entertainment: Trixie Minx Productions
Photography: Trevor Mark Photography

Watch our launch party reel here and the national coverage here, and enjoy the party pics below.