ALL IN THE FAMILY
With the help of his extended family, wife Reem (not pictured) and his children – (from left) Hadi, 4, Hadeel, 11, Mohammad, 9, and Mahdi, 5 – Salem cleaned up and began rebuilding only a month after the storm. By Nov. 15, American Fashions was open in time for the Mardi Gras season, though business to this day hasn't bounced back entirely, he tells PEOPLE. "I look around and I'd say New Orleans is only back about 20 percent," he says. "We need everyone back."