LaShield Irvin is the proud owner of Raymond Brown Dry Cleaners, a business she opened to spur commerce in the neighborhood she calls home.
Born in the Lower Ninth Ward, Irvin was influenced by her former husband’s father, Raymond Brown Sr., to become an entrepreneur. His vision to own a business came to fruition in the 1970s with the opening of a hair salon, which Irvin now owns and operates. Attitudes of Beauty is located in the back of the dry cleaners. Irvin also runs a snowball stand attached to her business for a one-stop, family friendly spot.
Irvin operates the dry cleaning store with her daughters, Paris and Palaire, to show them what it takes to run a business.
Also a minister, Irvin makes it clear that all of her success is due to her strong faith when she says, “I can only give the credit to God.”
Being an inspiration to her children and her clients motivates Irvin to come to work every day. She explains how she wants her clients “to come in as customers and leave as entrepreneurs.” Her goal is to encourage others to get out and get the job done themselves and not wait for an opportunity to come to them.
Irvin describes herself as a “people worker.” After Hurricane Katrina, she says she spent countless hours helping neighbors and friends gut their homes in the Lower Ninth Ward.
Irvin’s goal as an entrepreneur is to serve as “a beacon of hope” to her community and pass down an inheritance for “my children and my children’s children” so they will have a leader to look up to and a matriarch to be proud of.
Open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday, Raymond Brown Dry Cleaners is located at 4035 N. Claiborne Ave. Earning 5 stars on Google reviews for great customer service, quick assistance, and a welcoming atmosphere, it is clear that the people know good work when it is presented.
In fact, the Bywater Neighborhood Association posted on their Facebook account about how excited its members are to “finally have a great dry cleaners in the community.”
If you are looking for a place where to get your dry cleaning done, your hair done, and a juicy snowball all at a great price, Raymond Brown Dry Cleaners is the place to be.
For more information, please call 504-948-4228.