Because you live in Baton Rouge, you might be familiar with the Albert King lyric, “Everybody wants to go to Heaven but nobody wants to die.” We want to stay alive as long as we can, and we keep finding new ways to do it. On this edition of Out to Lunch we’re talking about two of the newsest and most popular: CBD, and Orange Theory Fitness.

Heather Carter is owner of Mountain Pure CBD, a Baton Rouge-based company that produces and sells a line of CBD products designed to cure everything from back pain to ADD. Heather and her friend, Marjorie Ourso, started the company in 2017. In the years since, they’ve expanded into a distribution and online retail business that sells their growing-product line in doctors’ offices, boutiques, coffee shops, nutritional stores and more.

Elle Mahoney is the franchise owner and Louisiana Area Representative for Orange Theory Fitness, a boutique fitness concept that’s taking the local market and the country by storm. Orange Theory offers 60-minute group interval workouts that combine cardio and strength-training with smart science – pushing participants into “the orange zone,” where their heart rates are pumping and they’re burning the maximum amount of calories. Elle opened her first Orange Theory in Town Centre in Baton Rouge in 2016, a year after her first Louisiana location. Since then, elle has opened 10 more locations around the state, and two in Florida. Orange Theory is the fastest growing boutique fitness concept in the U.S. and, believe it or not, the fastest growing franchise in history.

Photos over lunch at Mansurs On The Boulevard by Karry Hosford.

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