Jan 212020
 

Lee Long Jr., 20

By Emily Carmichael, Uptown Messenger

The visitation and burial service for Lee Long Jr., a 20-year-old junior at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was held this past Saturday at St. Andrew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church.

On a GoFundMe page for Long’s funeral expenses, donor Camren Boudousquie describes Long, an architecture student, as “one of the most humble and and honest persons I have ever met.” Another donor, Chyna Chauvin, says simply: “Thank you for the tequila shots.” Continue reading »

Jan 182020
 

By Christian Willbern, Loyola University New Orleans

College and other patrons packed Bruno’s Tavern on Maple Street. (via Bruno Tavern’s Facebook Page)

As the LSU Tigers paraded down Victory Hill on Saturday, Uptown restaurant and stores still basked in the influx of cash from Monday night’s football game. LSU’s national championship win against Clemson gave a boost to the local economy, especially to businesses that kept the drinks coming.

“Keep in mind that all the Baton Rouge kids are all driving down here. We got a 50% increase in sales just on Monday alone,” said Broadway Food Store manager Kal Ghalbatar. “It was crazy.”

“Probably 80% of our customers were not regular customers. Most of them were from Baton Rouge or out of state,” he continued. “Although it was hectic, the people coming in were the best, especially the Tigers fans.” Continue reading »

Jan 012020
 

The owner of the building at 700 Josephine wants to rezone the property back to commercial use. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A request to rezone a long-shuttered corner store on Josephine Street back into commercial use is raising questions among neighbors in the Lower Garden District, who say the lack of a specific tenant and the wide range of possible uses create the potential for trouble on a vulnerable residential block. Continue reading »

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Dec 302019
 

State Rep. Royce Duplessis (front, holding certificate) and others present Levelset with two resolutions from the House of Representatives and Governor’s Office in honor of its work to support the New Orleans tech industry. (via Business Wire)

by Christian Willbern, Uptown Messenger

Levelset, based in the Lower Garden District, is an example of the fast-growing tech industry in New Orleans.

Since 2006, New Orleans has seen “more than 45 high-tech startup or subsidiaries,” which resulted in “the creation of more than 20,000 jobs,” according to U.S. News.

Levelset provides a cloud-based payment and management platform for the construction industry, in an effort to cut through the slow pay cycles, burdensome paperwork and costly disputes in a what has been a relatively low-tech industry. Continue reading »

Dec 132019
 

Prytania Theatre (via City Planning Commission)

The Prytania Theatre may be a single-screen movie house in a multiplex world, but there is one movie-house trend it does want to join: serving alcohol.

The treasured Uptown institution got one step closer to that goal this week with approval from the City Planning Commission of a zoning change that could allow the theater to add adult beverages to its menu of drinks and snacks. Continue reading »

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Dec 062019
 

Milton and Allyson Hernandez, with Benji, stand in front of a vintage cooler that will be used to store wine. (Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger)

By Sue Strachan, Uptown Messenger 

For Allyson and Milton Hernandez, the dream of opening a wine shop just off Oak Street started fermenting back in June.

“We live in the neighborhood and didn’t see anything like it,” said Milton Hernandez, with Allyson Hernandez adding: “We thought ‘why not us.’” Continue reading »

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Dec 052019
 

Shoppers at the Rouses on Tchoupitoulas Street are met with a mountain of 112,000 avocados in the produce department Wednesday. (Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger)

By Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger

The world record for the largest display of a Mexican fruit has been set by a Thibodaux-based grocery chain’s Uptown store on Tchoupitoulas Street.

If that sounds strange, here’s another way of saying it — Rouses shipped in 112,000 avocados, and put every single one on display. Continue reading »

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Nov 292019
 

Community Book Center on Bayou Road celebrates Small Business Saturday. (staylocal.org)

On Saturday — between Black Friday and Cyber Monday (make that Plaid Friday and Cider Monday) — local retailers and shoppers celebrate the low-key, hyper-local Small Business Saturday. It’s a national event bringing millions of Americans out to shop for holiday gifts at their favorite small businesses, to explore friendly, creative local shops and to support the local economy. Continue reading »

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Nov 262019
 

A New Orleans-based startup is working to match verified behavioral health treatment providers with patients who need their help. The Trusted Provider Network (TPN) platform is just that: an online network of licensed clinicians across the state, connecting their clients with specialists that would benefit them the most.

According to their website, “TPN offers a local community with a national reach to providers who meet the highest code of clinical services, ethics, and professional standards.”

TPN CEO Trevor Colhoun

CEO Trevor Colhoun, who has a background in capital markets and private equity, saw an opportunity with TPN to fix some of the issues faced when dealing with the behavioral health system.

“Two years ago, I started getting very fascinated with behavioral health. We had some family members go through different aspects of the behavioral health path,” Colhoun said. “It was awful to see the process and how it was occurring. On an advocacy and philanthropic side, we got involved.” Continue reading »

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Nov 202019
 

A rendering shows how the proposed office complex would look on Magazine and Melpomene. (EskewDumezRipple)

By Sharon Lurye, Uptown Messenger

The monthly board meeting of the Lower Garden District Association on Monday featured a presentation on plans for a new office and retail building at 1335 Magazine St.

The three-story building will include features such as meditation areas, a library, co-working space and a two-level terrace — making it stand out as a modern office building. “When you enter this courtyard, the idea is for it to feel like a spa,” said Patrick Schindler, president of Felicity Property Co., the real estate firm behind the project.

But while the presenters promised that the space would be Zen, some audience members at the meeting seemed to think of the building plan was just Zzzz. Continue reading »

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Nov 052019
 

The annual Propeller Pop! fundraising event, featuring popup restaurants and more, returns this Wednesday, Nov. 6. (Propeller Pop! 2018 by Claire Bangser)

According to Propeller: A Force For Social Innovation, the nonprofit has accelerated over 215 entrepreneurs since 2011, and their ventures have created more than 485 jobs and generated over $112 million in revenue and financing.

Propeller will host its annual gala and celebrate social entrepreneurs and innovation in New Orleans this Wednesday, Nov. 6. Continue reading »

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Nov 042019
 
Crescent City Creative Carnial 2018

C4 is an all-day event for creatives of all types to learn, network, and have fun. The second annual event takes place at the New Orleans Jazz Market on Saturday, Nov. 9. (courtesy of Crescent City Creative)

One’s social network can influence important decisions like who they ask for business advice, where they shop and how they listen to music. For professionals in the arts, that network could dictate their standard of living, job consistency or perceived professional value.

On Saturday, one couple will bring together creative business owners, branding strategists, entertainers and more to share industry insights and grow their networks together.

Crescent City Creative Carnival logo

via Crescent City Creative

Crescent City Creative is a nonprofit creative agency based in New Orleans and founded by husband and wife Willard Hill and Quan Lateef-Hill, who want the city’s talent to thrive more.

“We really see New Orleans as this cultural epicenter that is often overlooked as people focus in on New York, L.A., Atlanta and coastal cities,” said Lateef-Hill, a filmmaker and producer. Continue reading »

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Oct 182019
 

The Leidenheimer Baking Co. has operated from the same Central City location since 1904. (UNO archive, City Planning Commission)

By Emily Carmichael, Uptown Messenger

Iconic baguette producer Leidenheimer Baking Co. wants to expand its factory, but some of its Central City neighbors are pushing back.

Leidenheimer, one of the city’s premier providers of po-boy loaves, wants to add 23,436 square feet to its factory at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Simon Bolivar Avenue, doubling its size. The renovations are designed to modernize its space and increase its production capacity.

Public feedback in response to these plans has revealed neighborhood complaints of disruptive after-hours deliveries, noise pollution, air pollution, litter, emission of black soot that stains neighboring buildings, and traffic and parking difficulties. Continue reading »

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