Originally from Connecticut, Nancy has led a peripatetic life with never a dull moment, living in Haiti for 18 years after college, then Washington, DC, followed by Virginia.
After leaving Haiti, where she had owned and run a leather belt factory, she launched a business in Washington called Oh-La-La!, which she operated from 1990 to 2005. She designed and commissioned her own line of painted metal decorative accessories in Haiti, which she sold primarily on the wholesale level, to boutiques, museums, galleries and catalogs. She also sold one-of-a-kind art on a website, which she does to this day. Please visit www.ohlalahaitianart.com!
Nancy had made friends from old Mandeville on the “show circuit” with Oh-La-La!, and was more enamored of it each time she visited, enjoying the warm embrace of its cadence and culture and its proximity to New Orleans. The opportunity for her to make this serendipitous move finally presented itself last year, and she has recently settled happily into a little home in old Mandeville. Her dogs enjoy walking her on the lakefront and she also loves to be able to hop on her bike and pedal along while enjoying the sunset on the ever-glorious lakefront.
She had been actively looking for a new business venture, and when she had the opportunity to buy the store in May, she thought about it long and carefully, for at least 15 seconds, and a deal was struck! This was a perfect fit (no pun intended) as she has always been a lover of fine clothes of the natural fiber, art-to-wear variety, and has been in the business of buying and selling for decades. She has jumped in feet first and relishes the challenges of this new, albeit hair-raising, adventure!