Though he wanted to fly ever since he was a young boy, life kept coming between Raja Gharazeddine and his dream. Finally, at age 30, he managed to earn his private-pilot’s license, despite juggling extra jobs and overtime hours. Today, the Gold Seal–certified flight instructor channels his lifelong love of aviation to guide students toward certifications such as recreational-pilot licenses, private-pilot licenses, and instrument ratings.
He and his team of dedicated instructors work with pupils on individual timelines, using comprehensive syllabi and a wealth of flight sources to carefully track every student's progress. Acadian Aviation’s resources also include a four-plane fleet, whose Cessna 172 and three Pipers suit novice flyers looking to enrich their skills before operating larger aircraft. When not soaring skyward, Raja invites his students to open houses where aviators in all stages of training discuss aspects of flying such as tips for racing against pelicans.
Mattress Direct culls a variety of mattresses in textures ranging from firm to plush from brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Serta. Serta's iComfort, for example, evenly distributes support across the body with microsupport gel capsules nestled in its memory foam; a specialized material prevents overheating and the resulting unpleasant lava-chase nightmares. Mattress Direct's stock of bed frames, bed linens, and pillows allow patrons to assemble complete bedroom sets in one trip, and an express delivery service prevents the hassle of renting a moving truck or outfitting each leg of a new bed with a rollerblade.
With a wide selection of furniture and home décor, W. Home Furnishings Store helps turn houses into homes, giving nest builders the tools to construct contemporary and comfortable cribs. Domicile designers peruse major brands, such as Candice Olson for Norwalk and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, plus luxury bedding from Bella Notte and Ecomfort, updating dated dwellings by choosing from a wide selection of chairs, sofas, bedding (starting at $250), lamps (starting at $125), drapery ($45–$95), and more. Use today's deal to renovate residences, ridding rooms of loud plaid couches and lamps that know too much about what you did last summer
Bistro du Cayenne’s, nestled within the homey walls of the Holiday Inn Lafayette, doles out a savory menu of Cajun-, Creole-, and soul-fare-inspired cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. During dinner hours, patrons warm up organic food processors with appetizers of breaded and fried alligator bites or a crabtini brimming with lemon-oil-covered crab meat and fresh mangos. The étouffée piles buttery veggies and a choice of crawfish or shrimp on a soft bed of white rice, and the captain's platter lines up a seaworthy roster of maritime delicacies including fried frog legs, stuffed crab, and oysters. Beer and wine selections cheer on comestibles as they speedily navigate esophageal highways, and desserts such as old-fashioned bread pudding drizzled with hot rum sauce inspire plans to cover all future meals in rum.
Olinde's helps dress up domiciles with a broad array of furnishings fit for any style or purpose. Beautify your boudoir with a stylish cedar chest, or opt for a set of bunk beds to keep sandmen from always knowing your exact whereabouts. The Hillsdale Lake View bar stool ($99.99) adapts the body pedestals popularized by taverns while removing the threat of a pink-elephant stampede. Televisions (available at the Baton Rouge location only) let their owners pair America's favorite contact sport––sitting––with its favorite spectator sport, watching spectator sports.