Small Business Spotlight – Episode #77
New Orleans NOLA Boards Shop Display

New Orleans NOLA Boards Shop Display

Emily Manger, Founder of Sweet Olive Soap Works. New Orleans, LA

Emily Manger, Founder of Sweet Olive Soap Works. New Orleans, LA











Small Business Spotlight

Today’s show is our 2nd annual Small Business Spotlight episode in advance of Small Business Saturday. I am joined by two New Orleans entrepreneurs, both with great stories and wonderful products.

Sweet Olive Soap Works

First up is Emily Manger, owner of Sweet Olive Soap Works. Emily comes from a long line of New Orleans soap makers. She also has an interesting connection to one of our sponsors, plus she and I share a passion for sharing our views of New Orleans on Instagram (check out @thecarrolltonian)

You can also find Sweet Olive Soap Works on Instagram (@sweetolivenola).

NOLA Boards

Next is Mandy Simpson, co-owner of NOLA Boards. What started as a one-off cutting board created for a friend to use as a wedding gift has exploded into a full time business. NOLA Boards was featured by Rachel Ray in her 2015 gift guide, and has since become a thriving business that sells all sorts of kitchen supplies and furnishings, made with Louisiana hardwoods.

Follow NOLA Boards on Instagram (@nolacuttingboards).

If you enjoy the discussions with Emily and Mandy, and are looking for gifts with a New Orleans connection, be sure to check out their websites. You’ll find information for where to buy Emily’s soaps and Mandy’s cutting boards and other goods. Use code BEYONDBOURBON when you shop at  NOLA BOARDS and save 15%.

Sponsor: The Old 77 Hotel and Chandlery

When you’re ready to make your plans to visit New Orleans, you’ll need a place to stay! The Old 77 is ideally situated in the Warehouse District, just three blocks from the French Quarter. It features a variety of pet-friendly rooms, the award-winning Compere Lapin restaurant, and more.

You’ll love the location, the rooms, and the food, but the details and the service are what you’ll fall in love with!

To book your room, click here or use code BBOLD77 to save 25% off their regular rates.

You’ll also get a bit of lagniappe, a little something extra. In this case, you’ll receive a $10 credit to be used at Tout La in the hotel lobby – your stop for coffee and a quick bite to eat as you head out to explore New Orleans.

Sponsor: Liz Wood Realty

Are you finally ready to move to New Orleans, but don’t know where to start? Let Liz Wood and her team help you find the right place, whether you plan to rent, or purchase the home of your dreams! New Orleans is a terrific city, but choosing the neighborhood that’s the best fit for you can seem overwhelming. 

Liz makes the process fun and easy, and educates her clients along the way. Reach out to her at and make your dream of living in New Orleans a reality! Phone: 504-236-9685


Thank You

Thanks to Emily and Mandy for joining me on this episode!

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