That One Thing with Kay Charbonnet

That One Thing with Kay Charbonnet

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One of the best ideas I’ve had over the years was coming up with a interesting and authentic way to highlight people who I admire and respect for their purpose, talent, and their dedication to the city we call home.

With that said, our latest “That One Thing” feature brings it all back to one of the reasons why I began writing about NOLA, and that’s its people. There are no better people, for real. Just like most everyone in the world, Instagram is a great source for inspiration, especially when it comes to folks doing great work.

Kay Charbonnet is one of those folks. Founder and owner of Kay’s on Magazine Street (5419 MAGAZINE STREET), she is an absolute inspiration. I stumbled upon her feed from another IHN feature, Sheba Turk, and I was blown away by one of her posts a few months ago that chronicled her story. As a person who has struggled with weight loss through the years, and has always had family whom struggled with it, the video below truly hit home.

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Good Vibes Only 🚫 #ShopKays #DontHate

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I certainly have experienced first hand, especially with my own family, the stuggles of finding a place that’s accepting, warm, welcoming, and empowering. Kay’s message and approach is infectious.

 Kay’s slogan and one of the best mission statements I’ve ever seen in retail. #DontHate

Kay’s slogan and one of the best mission statements I’ve ever seen in retail. #DontHate


“The thing I love most about our city is it’s soul and the history that comes along with that. Also, I find our city can be extremely romanctic and it has an authenticity about it that you can’t find anywhere else.”  


I was thrilled and excited to meet up with Kay recently for a quick shoot around her rad AF shop, and more importantly to take in the strength, power, and warmth she exudes. In a world where there are still people who feel disconnected and unsupported, Kay and her team make it a point to be inclusive and inspirational. We need more places to visit and support that do celebrate diversity.

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