OUT TO LUNCH finds creative business consultant Aileen Bennett conducting business Acadiana style: over lunch. Each week Aileen invites guests from Acadiana's business community to join her. Beyond the foundations of the Acadiana economy - oil, cuisine, music - there is a vast network of entrepreneurs, small businesses, and even some of the country's largest companies who call Acadiana home. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the wider Acadiana business community. You can also hear the show on KRVS 88.7FM.
We hear a lot about how manufacturing in the United States has declined over the past couple of decades. And we hear an equal amount of talk about various plans to bring it back.
Some parts of the Acadiana economy are tied in to the national economy. And some, well, just aren’t. Like Faulk’s Game Calls.
In what used to be the family home, the 4th generation of the Faulk family have been making duck and goose calls for neaarly 90 years. This is one product that is not being outsourced to China. But, perhaps surprisingly, you’ll find Faulk’s Game Calls all around the world including Russia and, ironically, Turkey.
The Marketing Director of Faulk’s Game Calls is founder Clarence Faulk’s great grandson, Canaan Heard.
If things go well for Teresa Rymer, her great grandaughter might be sitting at a table like this 90 years from now telling the story about how the family is still making Stethies.
Stethies are customized, personalized stethescopes. The ubiquitous piece of medical equipment that’s draped jauntily around doctors’ necks on TV and that’s held against your chest when you’re in the doctor’s office.
Teresa is not a medical equipment technician, she’s an entrepreneur and a creative designer who has come up with the idea of putting designs on stethescopes’ rubber tubing. So that when you go to the doctor she might raise your heart rate by using a stethescope that has the Atlanta Falcons logo on it. Or Mickey Mouse, or Elvis… the possibilities are endless.