Cake Face Soaping

Robert Morton / It's New Orleans

In four years Lauren Thom has taken Fleurty Girl from a bedroom in the front of her house on Oak Street to five stores citywide. 

John Blancher bought a run-down bowling alley to use as a catering hall. When he started booking bands, and drinkers and dancers also became bowlers, he'd accidentally created a phenomenon that he called Rock 'n' Bowl.