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Oral Histories

The SFA oral history program documents life stories from the American South. Collecting these stories, we honor the people whose labor defines the region.


Dwayne Janise

Janise’s Supermarket

Janise’s Grocery is an old family business in Sunset, Louisiana, but their recently-constructed location is still too new to appear on GPS map systems. There was a new road cut for construction, they explain, and it hasn’t been mapped yet. Janise’s is right off the highway and easy to find, though, so hungry travelers should not hesitate to set out with a map.

Larry and Emma Janise started the store in 1974, and today son, Dwayne, and daughter, Lori, run the family business. The full service grocery store that looks much like any other to a customer walking through the front door, but hiding in the back corner is a deli counter laden with thick links of spicy boudin. Not a fan of boudin links? Buy a pack of boudin balls – sold in threes, piping hot, perfect for a snack on the road. The convenient finger foods are actually more popular than boudin links, say the Janise’s, because they’re easier to eat while you drive.

The Janise family keeps customer service a priority, and they credit good employees with the success of their grocery. Their boudin recipe is a variation on their mother’s rice dressing, which was always a family favorite a holiday meals. They describe their boudin as “spicy, but no too spicy…just right.” Customers agree.

Date of interview:
2009-02-19 00:00

Mary Beth Lasseter

Mary Beth Lasseter

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