Women Business Leaders: Kelli Caulfield
A true entrepreneur, Kelli Caulfield has built a number of businesses throughout the years. Born in May 1982, in New Orleans and reared in Birmingham from age four, Kelli Caulfield is the daughter of the late Ernest Lee Caulfield, Esq., and Gayle Cunningham Caulfield. She is a 2000 graduate of John Carroll Catholic High School in Birmingham and in 2004 earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in History and Philosophy from Xavier University in New Orleans, and later received a Juris Doctor degree.
Caulfield started a number of businesses in Louisiana before returning to Birmingham and founding Valley St Investments in 2020, a real estate investment trust company. In January 2008 Caulfield incorporated the Ernest Lee Caulfield Foundation, dedicated to her late father and focuses on helping support the intellectual, social and cultural development of disadvantaged youth. In 2011, NOLA Ice was born out of a need to bring more New Orleans culinary flavor to Birmingham.
In 2016 Caulfield continued the New Orleans trend by developing Broad St Peaux Boys, a food truck that specializes in po’boys and Cajun cuisine. That same year she founded The Basement Cafe at City Hall. In 2021, she combined her top two brands into one creating NOLA Ice-Broad St Peaux Boys—which is currently located inside of The Pizitz Food Hall. This year she created Broad St Accents—a company specializing in New Orleans inspired homemade seasonings and sauces. The current expansion plan for NOLA Ice-Broad St is to open a second location early next year.
Caulfield won the 2014 Alabama Media Group’s Entrepreneur of the Year award and in 2018 was a Birmingham Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Recipient.
Caulfield Investment Holdings