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People to Watch in the Capital Region for 2017


It only takes one person, one idea to make a difference. At 225, we are fortunate to start off every new year by highlighting those game-changers. This year, we’ve got 19 locals to celebrate.

Whether they are making astronomical discoveries about our universe, reinvigorating a football team, advocating for civil and social change in our city or opening trendy new food concepts, they are each making Baton Rouge a cooler, better place to live.

We couldn’t be prouder to share this city with them.


Profiles by Mark Clements, David Jacobs, Benjamin Leger, Kayla Randall, Meg Ryan, Jennifer Tormo and Kaci Yoder

Portraits by Collin Richie


Click the links below to read each person’s story.

Asleigh Gnat, LSU Gymnast

Ashleigh Gnat, 11.22.16, People To Watch


Pedram Taheri, Owner of Pedram Couture

Pedram Taheri, 12.7.16, People To Watch


Clark & Whitney Gaines, Owners of White Star Market

Clark & Whitney Gaines, People to Watch, 12.5.16


Jordan Hefler, Photographer

Jordan Heffler, People to Watch, 11.29.16


Gary Chambers Jr., Community Activist and Publisher of The Rouge Collection

Gary Chambers, People to Watch


James & Lina Jacobs, Co-owners of Magpie Cafe

Lina & James Jacobs, 11.29.16, People To Watch


Dima Ghawi, Motivational Speaker and Leadership Coach

Dima Ghawi, People to Watch


Dr. I. Steven Udvarhelyi, President and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Steve Udvarhelyi, 11.22.16, People to Watch


Brik Allen, Fashion Designer

Brik Allen, People to Watch


Jennifer Maggio, Founder of the Life of a Single Mom Ministries

Jennifer Maggio, 11.20.16, people to watch


Gaby González, Spokesperson for LIGO, LSU Physics and Astronomy Professor

Gaby Gonzales, 12.8.16, People To Watch 2017


Garret Graves, U.S. Representative, 6th Congressional District of Louisiana

Garrett Graves, People To Watch, 12.9.16


Debby Gaudet, Owner of Debby Gaudet’s Screen Actors Studio

Debbie Gaudet, People To Watch, 11.29.16


Vidalia, Musicians

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Ed Orgeron, LSU Football Coach

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These articles were originally published in the January 2017 issue of 225 Magazine.


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