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Homegrown Hammond: Robin Chauvin
Madison Chauvin
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Homegrown Hammond: Robin Chauvin

In an old town like Hammond, Louisiana, families have been brought up in their local area and representing this community for many years.

They have continued the deep roots and twining culture of Hammond by serving us with a smile at each of their welcoming businesses. The Hammond DDD would like to introduce the business owners that were born and raised here, only to grow up and own a business in our beautiful, historic Downtown through a segment called Homegrown Hammond. Sit back and enjoy a stroll through Hammond’s history lane.

How long has your family been in Hammond?

  • Almost all of my life, over 50 years.

What high school did you go to and when did you graduate?

  • Hammond High, 1979! Go Tors! From there I went to Southeastern and studied business.

How did you start your business?

  • It all started last Valentine’s Day when I stopped by the Covington location on the way from work to pick up some treats and noticed the sign on the door that said they would be closing both locations in two weeks. I loved the shop and got in touch with the owner in the middle of my Valentine’s dinner and ultimately convinced her to sell it to me. There was a tight ten day window that I had to get all of the legalities and logistics figured out, and everything came together so perfectly! It was a sign this was the right decision.

What is your favorite memory in Hammond?

  • When I was a little girl my family and I sat in the same seats, in the same pew every Sunday at Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Then after, we would go to my grandmother’s and have tea and little cakes and drink from her fine china. Church is probably a big part of many people from Hammond’s childhoods and lives.

What is your favorite thing to do in Downtown Hammond?

  • Eat and drink! And we have a lot of that! Our favorite spots are La Carreta, Eddie’s Frozen Custard and of course, Hammond’s “family bar,” The Crescent!

How long has your business been open?

  • This location of Cupcake Concept opened on Hot August Night of 2017, so about seven months now.

What are you looking forward to from Hammond in 2018?

  • I really love all the improvements being made to make Hammond or Downtown especially more walking friendly and adding to our little unique spots. I’m really looking forward to the installation of the bike rack project, I think it’s a fabulous idea and I really hope I can get one in front of my store!

Why have you stayed in Hammond this whole time?

  • The people! Hands down, the people of Hammond have the biggest hearts and are so loving and supportive. When I say I could pick up the phone right now and call ten people and none of them would hesitate to help me, I mean it!  
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