Acadiana Business

Make a Mark

by Patrick Flanagan

Local pieces and logo-emblazoned corporate gifts

Louisiana sweet pepper jelly from E's Kitchen

The proof is in the pudding when it comes to business and there's no better time to show that your business is on top of the game than gift time. The holidays provide a chance to send clients a token of appreciation that will stay with them long after the trees are hauled to the curb.

Bow ties from Brother's on the Boulevard

For a classic approach try the never fail pieces at Pieces of Eight. Manager Nicole Perea says by early October she was already placing orders both traditional and modern.

"One is a traditional ice bucket and the other is one that looks like a tree trunk," she says.

Customized cutting board from E's Kitchen

While wine buckets and trays that are engraved are a timeless approach, Perea says most businesses are looking to set themselves apart however they can.

"If you want it personalized it needs to be now and if you want a lot of one item they will sell out. The sooner the better," she says.

At Brother's on the Boulevard items like Happy Socks - a wild and colorful take on the dress sock - can work for men or women for a quirky gift basket idea. Try dapper bow ties for clients that may like a flavor of the Southern gent and for women Echo touch gloves that can be worn while using a smart phone are perfect for the clients who face icy temps. Customize all of them speak to your business with a logo monogram.

Happy Socks from Brother's on the Boulevard

At Absolutely Monogramming on Kaliste Saloom items range from clothing to portable ice chests and cups, all of which can be customized with logos or messages clients will look at throughout the year.

E's Kitchen can whip out a never-fail custom piece with your business logo.

"The cutting boards can get customized quickly and be done in a week," says owner Paul Ayo.

They have a locally produced section that can provide Louisiana-centric eats like jam.

"The Reve Coffee and Louisiana sweet pepper jelly are great especially if you're sending it out of town. People love getting things that are Louisiana flavor," Ayo says.
If it's the flavor of Cajun Country you want to leave with clients think of Cajun Food Tours, which can be a fun memory that will last after the last étouffée plate is licked clean. The company hits six hot spots in Acadiana on a 14-person tour. Combine your company and that of a client for an afternoon of local eats and bonding.

If looking for the perfect gift for those who like the spirits try Acadiana's first microdistillery - Rank Wildcat Spirits - where Sweet Crude Rum is a nod to Lafayette's love of drink and the oilfield. No matter the client, a variety of pecans at Cane River Pecan Company show off local nuts that come classic or chocolate covered and in tins and bundles that include a variety of delicious eats from cookies to pralines. Bonus: Get in your order early enough and they can customize your tins with a logo or greeting or both.

Reve Coffee from E's Kitchen