Daren & I were both humbled & honored to be chosen as one of New Orleans Magazine’s “People to Watch 2016!” What a whirlwind of a year it has been for us! We opened our first brick & mortar store, NOLA BOARDS, in March & were welcomed with open arms by New Orleanians in our new home on Magazine Street. NOLA BOARDS was born out of using scraps from New Orleans Woodworking projects & has now turned into the go-to store for handmade kitchen, bar & dining products. We also host a number of local artisans & support their craft which gives us great joy.
Also this year, we moved from our tiny boutique wood shop under our home into a 5,000sf warehouse, sent our daughter off to college (yikes!), & survived a pretty gnarly car accident! “Determined” is the word of the year. We are so excited to show our beloved city everything we’ve got & continue to restore, rebuild, & grow New Orleans right along with you!
An excerpt from the New Orleans Magazine article:
Husband-and-wife team Daren Sumrow and Mandy Simpson own NOLA BOARDS, a business that stems from their passion to build high-quality handmade wooden culinary tools, countertops and furniture for kitchens, bars and dining rooms. “Cooking and eating is something we all do, and the best times with friends and family always seem to involve a meal,” says Mandy, a former social worker. “We build our products to reflect a time when things were made to last.” The couple has four kids between them, ranging from ages 13 to 22, and opening up their brick-and-mortar shop earlier this year on Magazine Street was a dream come true. They also ship their products to every state and to Canada and will be expanding distribution even more this fall.
Daren has been a woodworker his whole life. “Growing up in Northern California gave me a profound appreciation for the Earth’s beauty that’s been here for millions of years before us,” he says. “It’s been a real privilege to expose the inner beauty of some amazing woods to show the rest of the world why we woodworkers do what we do as a profession.”
Click here to see the whole story on New Orleans Magazine’s website