Every year we make our New Year’s resolutions, and every year we break them (don’t judge, you know we are all guilty of it). But we are calling it now: this is the year we will finally stick them out. 

Check out our 2018 resolutions below and see just how we plan on keeping them going all year long. 

  • Exercise more – Catch us every Monday at Magpie for Mindful Monday and every Tuesday jogging around downtown with Happy’s Running Club. Every other day of the week, you can find us hustling for that muscle at local gyms like TreadBR and Iron Tribe Fitness. 
  • Eat healthier – We plan to shop ’til we drop at the Red Stick Farmers’ Market where we will only pick out the freshest, most nutritious ingredients for our homecooked meals. Pro tip: check out HealthyBR for days local markets are open, healthy recipes and advice on how to live a healthier life in the Capital Region. 
  • Do more good deeds – Baton Rouge offers so many ways to get involved and help our community. This year, we are making it our goal to get more involved with a few of our favorite community organizations like The Walls ProjectThe Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. 
  • Meet new people –  Our favorite way to meet new people is at Forum 35 events. Whether it’s a social, a monthly lunch or a committee meeting, there is always someone new to meet within the organization. If you are looking to meet new people too, we suggest joining a club. Look over BRAC’s list of community organizations and clubs to find the perfect group for you. 

No matter what your 2018 goals are, we wish you a happy, happy new year! 

Flavor of the Week: The 2018 Culinary Scene

You better muster up a big appetite because Baton Rouge is expecting many new restaurants in 2018. 

The highly anticipated food hall White Star Market is set to open early this year and feature vendors like Gov’t Taco, Mouton, Chow Yum Phat and more (you’ll have to plan a whole week of lunches here just to make sure you try everything). Sports bar and grill The Bengal Taproom is also expected to open early in the year, taking over the former location of the Draft House and offering a new hotspot to the downtown area – after-work drinks, anyone?! And another shop we can’t wait to open is Cane & Fig Artisan Bakery which will feature artisan breads, croissants and pastries… yes please! 

Check out 225 Magazine’s list of other restaurants you can expect in 2018 and be sure to add them to your must-try list. 

Workin’ It: Baton Rouge Area Tour Guide

If you love Baton Rouge and know the ins and outs of the town, we’ve got the perfect job for you. 

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber is seeking a Tour Guide to join the organization’s Talent Development department. This role is responsible for familiarizing newcomers or people considering a move to the Baton Rouge Area with the community. The Tour Guide will conduct tours of the city, showcasing the thousands of amenities it offers. Tours take place Monday – Friday in the hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The position will be paid by the hour.  

This position requires candidates to have a valid driver’s license and car insurance. Candidates must also (obviously) love Baton Rouge and know their way around town.  

Does this sound like a job for you? For more information, email talent@brac.org. 

In the “Workin’ It” section of the newsletter we feature exciting job opportunities and/or professional organizations in the Baton Rouge Area. The positions featured are from companies who are BRAC investors and not necessarily positions at BRAC. For more information about the job, employer or organization, email talent@brac.org. 

My Baton Rouge: Get Connected

This year, get connected to the community, meet someone new, and try something different by signing up for Connect. 

Connect is the Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s community-connector platform which matches long-time locals with newcomers to acclimate them with the city. The platform allows for two types of participants: City Guides and Pathfinders. City Guides are trusted locals, community-connectors and champions of the Baton Rouge Area. Pathfinders are Baton Rouge Area newcomers. Through a series of quick surveys, City Guides and Pathfinders answer questions about themselves. Using that information, City Guides are matched to Pathfinders and then invited to meet-up, swap stories and chat about the community. It’s the perfect program for anyone looking to develop deeper roots in their community and those just bursting at the seams with love for Baton Rouge.  

A community that welcomes everyone and embraces new connections: That is my Baton Rouge. 

In the “My Baton Rouge” section of the newsletter, we feature people or events that help tell the story of Baton Rouge. To submit an idea, email talent@brac.org. 

Out on the Town

  • Stories in Art, January 5, bring the kids to this program designed to support reading and art making (perfect for children aged 0-6)
  • MLK Festival of Service, January 13, join the Walls Project as they paint murals, plant gardens, repair fences and more during their annual service event
  • First Annual Louisiana Street Food Festival, January 13, celebrate Louisiana’s street food culture by snacking on over 20 Louisiana street vendors’ creations
  • Forum 35 New Member Social, January 17, network with young professionals and enjoy a drink or two at Hayride Scandal

For more local events, visit the Life in BR Events Page.