Many people ask "What does "Fleur de Lis" really mean"?
Here's the answer.
The Fleur de Lis is a symbol associated with France. "Fleur" means "flower" in French, and "Fleur de lis" roughly translates to "flower of the lily". The fleur de lis (spelled fleur de lys in French) was used in the coat of arms of the royalty of France.
Fleur de Lis was out of town on a gravel road, back in 1946, when my family bought it. It was a cocktail lounge at that time. Some people wonder why an Italian pizza restaurant has a French name. The name of the business was already Fleur de Lis and remained the same even though it became a pizza restaurant.
My grandmother decided to make a small pizza as an appetizer. It was enjoyed so much by the customers she began to sell them. Then she realized they needed to make a larger size. The small pizza was made in pie pans she brought from home. So she brought a cookie sheet and the "square" pizza we are famous for was born. Of course the pizza is actually a rectangle cut into small squares, but everyone loves to refer to them as a square pizza, which is just fine with us.
My parents began to run the restaurant in the 80's. Their goal was to make it a family restaurant where families are welcome to bring their children; an aspect still important to us today.
I became General Manager in the early 90's and now run the business along with my husband Murray as my Manager.
Shaynna, my niece, has been a part of the business since she was just a little girl. She graduated from LSU and is now helping to run the business. She still has a lot of contact with our customers, occasionally working as a waitress and is taking on the responsibilities as our PR manager.
We try to keep everything the same as it always has been. Most importantly the recipe, style and quality of the pizza. We also try to maintain the traditional look of the building both inside and out.
Our employees are an important part of the business and we consider them a part of the Fleur de Lis family.
Since Simple Simon first opened its doors over 47 years ago, we have taken great pride in our reputation for delivering the highest standards of quality, affordability and satisfaction to all of our customers
Villa-Aire Esso opened for business in February of 1966 at 7725 Airline Highway, Baton Rouge. We were open 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the very start. We wanted to let people know we were in the service business. We started to grow into the tire business and soon we had tires outside in tire racks with some 500 tires inside and some in a building we had built.
In 1974 we started looking at the property next door as we had outgrown our service station. In February 1965 we opened Simple Simon Car Care at 7777 Airline Highway. We moved part of the business to the car care center and continued to operate the service station next door. In our first month we did $19,000 worth of business, only a few years later in June of 1982 our Airline store did $207,000 showing us that the Baton Rouge community embraced our way of business.
Simple Simon stores have always done well in Baton Rouge with our success and our good fortune coming from our employees. Our family of employees is the best; they care for other people and have huge hearts. Our customers have always trusted their good judgment.
Thanks for joining our family!
At Neighbors, members pool deposits and then they are loaned out to other members. When a bank makes a profit, it goes to their shareholders. As a credit union, the profit is returned to you, the members. This means that we can pay higher dividends on your savings and offer loans at rates consistently among the lowest in the area.
Neighbors offers the same services available at large national banks including checking, savings, auto, credit card, and mortgage products. We can even help with Investment Services or Business solutions to paint a clearer picture of your financial future. Deposits are federally insured up to $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration and we take pride in being a safe, secure, locally-operated institution. Neighbors' success is due to an unwavering commitment to always be there with the best products, the best service, and best solutions to meet all of your financial service needs.
Retired from Teachers Retirement after 43 years, my husband and I started Fabric Warehouse in 1994 with only 1,000 square feet of rags. After a year we started carrying fabric by the bolt, instead of just by the pound, and enlarged to 3,000 square feet. Word soon got out about our designer fabrics at discount prices and friendly staff, and we were able to grow to 5,000 square feet. I guess word is still getting out, and by the grace of God, we expanded to our new Airline Drive location with 22,000 square feet in November 2009. At this time we purchased the fabric stock from another well known Baton Rouge business, Run of the Mill.
Much of our success is due to our knowledgeable and friendly staff that includes 2 professional design graduates from LSU. They can help you in the store, and in your house to design the perfect room or dream home. Please allow them to take the mystery out of design and assist with all your decorating needs.
We have the largest selection of designer fabrics at discount prices in the south. Additionally our custom designs, trims, drapery hardware, toys, accessories, gifts, and candles, can be seen in homes throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. Please let us help you with all your design needs. We sincerely appreciate our customers and thank you for the past 20 years of support.