It’s no small feat to sustain a long and happy marriage. Just like it’s no small thing to build a successful business – or two or three – with the same, trusted business partner. So to do all of that with the same person is nothing short of amazing.
Most of us cannot imagine what life would be like if our spouse was also our business partner. Or if our business partner was also our spouse. In some instances it can be a disaster. But it can, apparently, also be the magic bullet; the secret to success.
Take, for example, Misti and Brumby Broussard.
Misti and Brumby have been married for nearly two decades, are parents to two children and co-owners of one of Baton Rouge’s most popular food businesses, BLDG 5. BLDG 5 is a marketplace, eatery and patio that specializes in seasonally inspired food in a unique, funky location under the Perkins Road Overpass.
Misti and Brumby have a successful track record founding and running small businesses. Before they moved back to Baton Rouge in 2015, they owned an upscale furniture and retail shop in San Diego where they lived for 12 years. They sold the store to a celebrity chef before relocating here. But it wasn’t their first brush with celebrity. Both Misti and Brumby were in the film industry and, in fact, met on the set of “America’s Sweethearts” before becoming restaurateurs.
Misti has a degree in speech communication and marketing but worked in film production and as a costume designer. Brumby worked in various roles on 30 films and spent three years as an assistant to Julia Roberts. As if that isn’t interesting enough he was trained professionally as a chef, right here in Louisiana at the Louisiana Culinary Institute.
Out to Lunch is recorded live over lunch at Mansurs on the Boulevard. Photos by Erik Otts. And check out more lunchtime conversation with another Baton Rouge business couple, Ann and Greg Milnick.