Apr 242018
 

Cecile Tanguis of NOLA Couture

Cecile Tanguis, owner of NOLA Couture, started her company with 10 brightly patterned ties and a desire to celebrate New Orleans’ icons. From ties, to dog collars, to prints, to a new women’s ready-to-wear line, Cecile and her team’s vibrant patterns are as recognizable as the icons on her pieces. We sat down with her to discuss the story behind the brand and how she continues to grow NOLA Coutures’ diverse offerings.

Name: Cecile Tanguis
Store: NOLA Couture
Since: Founded 2006, 528 St Peter St. opened in 2012, 3308 Magazine St. opened October 2017

What ignited the spark in you to start your business?
I grew up in New Orleans but lived in San Francisco for a while working in design and merchandising at Gap’s corporate headquarters. After Katrina, I decided to come home and help out. Those few months turned into much longer, and I ended up quitting my job out west and moving home. At that point I was trying to figure out how to do something good for the city—I went to local grocery stores and bought from local shops trying to help our businesses come back. Continue reading »

Mar 272018
 

The site plan of the proposed Starbucks store on South Claiborne Avenue. (via City of New Orleans)

A Starbucks drive-through coffee shop is planned for the corner of South Claiborne and Washington avenues, across from the Magnolia Marketplace shopping center, according to plans pending before the City Planning Commission today. Continue reading »

Mar 202018
 

The former Zara’s property at 2042 Prytania Street, following extensive renovations. (photographed in April 2017 by Google Maps)

The controversial request to rezone the former Zara’s building on Prytania Street back to the land-use category that would allow a grocery with alcohol sales will return to the New Orleans City Council this week, according to Thursday’s agenda. Continue reading »

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Mar 202018
 

Liz Maute Cooke of Lionheart Prints

In big bold letters on the window of Lionheart Prints’ Magazine shop it says, “Kind, Brave, and Fun.” Those positive vibes echo throughout the shop filled with laugh-out-loud cards and the perfect nick-nack you never knew you needed. We sat down with Liz Maute Cooke to learn more about her bold designs and her evener bolder business moves.

Name: Liz Maute Cooke
Store: Lionheart Prints
Since: January 2013

What ignited the spark in you to start your business?
It started with a series of career disappointments. When I graduated college in 2008, I realized the dream they sold you in high school to work hard, get through school, and then you’ll have a job waiting at the end of the tunnel wasn’t true. I majored in advertising, which is the first thing to get cut in hard times, and I couldn’t find a position in my field. I worked a lot of random part time jobs at a restaurant, a montessori school, a chocolate shop, and a stationery store. I learned so many different skills that I would have never have pursued if I had gotten that dream job out of college. But I was depressed, I didn’t have any friends, I was in a new city [Houston], I felt helpless—it was truly a low point in my life. Continue reading »

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Mar 152018
 

A rendering of the Drive Shack golf facility under consideration at the former Times-Picayune site at Howard Avenue.

The Drive Shack golf facility under consideration for the former Times-Picayune site on Howard Avenue would require tearing down the old newspaper building completely, but the owners of the property say they are committed to preserving the massive murals inside. Continue reading »

Mar 132018
 

via StayLocal

StayLocal, Greater New Orleans’ independent business alliance, presents “Your Marketing Game Plan,” a workshop series where local experts will offer their marketing insights. The sessions take place on Wednesdays, March 14, 21, and 28 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Ashe Power House Theatre (1731 Baronne St.).

This three-part series is for local businesses across all industries. Attendees will hone their marketing approach, learn proven strategies to make an impact on customers, and gain resources to turn business goals into reality. Continue reading »

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Mar 132018
 

The Smashburger restaurant on Magazine Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After months of negotiations with neighbors about seat counts and parking space, the owners of Superica restaurant have decided against moving into the Smashburger space on Magazine Street and are withdrawing their application before the City Planning Commission today, their representatives said. Continue reading »

Mar 062018
 

A rendering by Bell Architecture of the Framework building exterior on Magazine Street showing the central arcade leading to the courtyard in the rear. (via city of New Orleans)

A large new commercial development planned for a vacant lot on Magazine Street in the Lower Garden District will include a number of new businesses around a central courtyard, with a new wine bar from the owner of Tujague’s as the first announced tenant. Continue reading »

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Mar 062018
 

The former Times-Picayune building at 3800 Howard Avenue (photographed in August 2016 by Google Maps)

The former Times-Picayune building on Howard Avenue (between Uptown and Mid-City) has been vacant for about two years, but a potential investor is seeking to change the industrial building into a hub for entertainment, golf, and food.

Drive Shack, a New York-based offshoot of American Golf, has plans to renovate the 62,000 square-foot press building into a large-scale golf entertainment facility.  The tenant is seeking a planned industrial district zoning for the site, and neighbors are invited to learn more before it heads to the City Planning Commission.

 

Read the full story by Claire Byun on Mid-City Messenger here.

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Feb 272018
 

Étouffée, Gumbo, and Red Beans and Rice with Chops created by Eat NOLA Noir chefs (photo credit Erica M. Durousseau, co-founder of Eat NOLA Noir)

As Black History Month comes to a close and the concurrent, much-needed addition of a “Black Restaurant Week” winds down, I have pondered the lack of celebrated minority chefs in our little hamlet of Uptown New Orleans.

The discouraging results after searching memory, calling fellow habitual diners, and ultimately an internet hunt, is that in a city whose famed culinary prowess is shaped by its black cultural contributions, we don’t have nearly enough celebrated, household name, black chefs or black-owned restaurants, past or present.

Other than iconic Tremé Chef Leah Chase of Dooky Chase fame, what other black chef pops into the New Orleanians’ dining-centric mind? Continue reading »

Feb 242018
 

Sailor’s Cross Tattoo and Gallery, located at 5010 Freret Street (Riley Katz, Loyola Student News Service)

By Riley Katz, Loyola Student News Service

Founder and co-owner of Sailor’s Cross, Alejandro “Bear” Sedaca (Riley Katz, Loyola Student News Service)

Sailor’s Cross Tattoo and Gallery showcases and sells art from around the country while letting customers design a work of art they can wear forever.

Founder and co-owner of Sailor’s Cross Alejandro “Bear” Sedaca said art and tattoos go hand in hand, and he was surprised to find no other tattoo parlor/art gallery officially existed when he opened Sailor’s Cross. He said combining the two into a single location on Freret Street would help stress the new meaning of tattoos in modern context. Continue reading »

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Feb 222018
 

Three Local Black Chefs hit LOT 1701 for Eat NOLA Noir Restaurant Week

by Kristine Froeba

Eat NOLA Noir’s New Orleans Black Dining Week continues with its pop-up division—Pop-Up NOIR—in a continuation of its Black History Month celebration of local black culinary talent.

This Friday night (Feb. 23), three minority chefs are the feature at “Beats & Bites”, a fundraiser presented by Eat NOLA Noir in conjunction with the HBCU Material Culture Conference, a multi-cultural conference presented by Dillard and Tulane Universities. Continue reading »

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Feb 162018
 

Cherry Espresso Bar (via Facebook)

Cherry Espresso Bar, the coffee shop that opened nearly two years ago in a former firehouse on Laurel Street, now hopes to become a full service restaurant with alcohol sales, according to documents filed with the city. Continue reading »

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Feb 152018
 

A rendering of the exterior of the Subway sandwich shop planned for Magazine Street.
(image via city of New Orleans)

A Subway sandwich shop is seeking permission to become the latest fast-food operator on Magazine Street, with plans to open the corner of unit of a strip mall near Valence Street, city documents show. Continue reading »

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