Feb 232017
 

Green Tea owner Yung Lau pauses from final touches on the new building’s interior. The restaurant opens Friday at the corner of Napoleon and Louisiana. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Green Tea restaurant’s new building overlooks the corner of Napoleon and South Claiborne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two years ago, Yung Lau could scarcely believe that his Green Tea restaurant at the edge of the Garden District was about to be displaced by a national pharmacy chain in a city as in love with mom-and-pop eateries as New Orleans.

The CVS did indeed move in, but on Friday, Lau will reopen Green Tea in a brand-new building that is being hailed as another landmark in the continuing redevelopment of another major Uptown corridor, South Claiborne Avenue. Continue reading »

Feb 232017
 

Robbery at Hickory and Short. Not shown: robbery on Olive between Fern and Lowerline. (map via NOPD)

One man was robbed of his keys at gunpoint Wednesday night on Hickory Street by a would-be carjacker who could not drive his standard-transmission vehicle, and another man was robbed of his belongings on Olive Street a few hours later, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Feb 232017
 
Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

As LaToya Cantrell and others step up their pace for the 2017 race for mayor of New Orleans, political insiders wonder if the best way for the Landrieu family to hold on to their power and the associated riches is to elect former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu as New Orleans’ next mayor. Continue reading »

Feb 232017
 

The Mystic Krewe of Nyx rolls on Magazine Street on Wednesday, Feb. 22. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Mystic Krewe of Nyx shared their favorite dance steps on dozens of floats that filled the Uptown route on Wednesday night.

The Mystic Krewe of Nyx “Make the Sign of the Purse” float towers over Magazine Street on Wednesday, Feb. 22. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 232017
 

Riders on the Druid “NOLA Speed Camera Dash” float throw beads to Magazine Street crowds on Wednesday, Feb. 22. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The Krewe of Ancient Druids gave the Olympics a satirical New Orleans twist on Wednesday night as they kicked off the second week of 2017 Mardi Gras parades.

The Druid “NOLA Speed Camera Dash” float rolls on Magazine Street on Wednesday, Feb. 22. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Feb 222017
 

The former firehouse at Annunciation and Terpsichore is proposed to become the “Gris Gris Social Aid and Pleasure Club.” (image via City of New Orleans)

Since he first discovered the existence of New Orleans’ social aid and pleasure clubs six years ago, Uptown resident and documentary film maker Trent Robinson has been trying to figure out how to create one of his own.

He may finally have his chance, he told members of the Coliseum Square Association on Monday night. He’s applied for a license to run the newly-envisioned Gris Gris Social Aid and Pleasure Club out of an old firehouse, located on 907 Terpsichore Street in the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

Feb 212017
 

Robbery on South Saratoga. Not shown: Robbery at Josephine and Rev. John Raphael Way, the former LaSalle Street. (via NOPD)

One man was robbed of his wallet at gunpoint Monday night and, about three blocks away along Josephine Street, another had his car taken by an armed robber who allowed him to retrieve his instruments first, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Feb 212017
 

Children read and play at a holiday fundraiser for Lycee Francais in 2011. (file photo by Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The governing board of Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans voted Monday night to dedicate another $10,000 to the legal fight against a lawsuit before the state Supreme Court that seeks to deem funding for some charter schools unconstitutional. Continue reading »

Feb 212017
 

Tanik Ahmed of Who Dat Beauty Supply

Walking in to Who Dat Beauty Supply is like walking into your dream closet. This cosmetics shop, located at the intersection of Louisiana Ave and Carondelet offers an array of hair products, makeup, and an assortment of jewelry and apparel. If you are looking for a shop that is on top of fashion trends, stop in and check out the goods in stock; they will be sure to having you feeling great – inside and out.

Locally owned businesses infuse New Orleans neighborhoods with their unique character, and are a big part of why we want to live, work, eat and shop here. The Shopkeeper Stories series shares the vision and personality of New Orleans business owners.

Name: Tanik Ahmed
Shop: Who Dat Beauty Supply
Since: 2007 Continue reading »