Jun 282016
 
Sarah Celino of Bella & Harlow

Sarah Celino of Bella & Harlow

The Shopkeeper Stories series shares the vision and personality of New Orleans business owners. 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.

While drainage system improvements and road construction make “shopping local” a bit more challenging in the short term, the critical improvements mean our city will be safer and stronger for generations to come. We hope you are inspired and continue to shop small and shop local—even if it takes a little extra time! Continue reading »

Jun 282016
 
Mojo Coffee Roasters’ Demian Estevez and Debra Dunn (left) of Ignatius Espresso Bar & Cafe celebrated Mojo’s 10 year anniversary in May. (Courtesy of Mojo Coffee Roasters)

Mojo Coffee Roasters’ Demian Estevez and Debra Dunn (left) of Ignatius Espresso Bar & Cafe celebrated Mojo’s 10 year anniversary in May. (Courtesy of Mojo Coffee Roasters)

Mojo Coffee Roasters has partnered with the owners of Ignatius Eatery to create Ignatius Espresso Bar & Cafe at 3121 Magazine Street. The transition will bring cappuccinos, manual, cortados, and more made with local small-batch roasted Mojo Coffee. Continue reading »

Jun 162016
 
Ellen and Darryl Cortello stand behind a counter made of salvaged wood at Luca Eats. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Ellen and Darryl Cortello stand behind a counter made of salvaged wood at Luca Eats. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After more than three decades operating restaurants in New Orleans, Darryl Cortello knew exactly what he wanted from his next endeavor — something small — so the closed little restaurant on Cohn Street in Carrollton stood out as a perfect match.

“I love the space. I love small,” Cortello said Thursday afternoon, his third day open for lunch at Luca Eats. “We wanted to keep the menu really, really small, and do it really, really well.”

Luca Eats operates in the renovated building that formerly housed Roman Pizza at 7329 Cohn Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Luca Eats operates in the renovated building that formerly housed Roman Pizza at 7329 Cohn Street. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

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Jun 162016
 
City Councilman Jason Williams rides the Krewe of Freret parade on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilman Jason Williams rides the Krewe of Freret parade on Napoleon Avenue. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The courtyard of Dat Dog on Freret Street will be named the official gathering place for the Krewe of Freret in a dedication ceremony today that will also serve as a membership drive for the krewe and a fundraiser for the Son of a Saint organization. Continue reading »

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Jun 142016
 
(vis StayLocal!)

(via StayLocal)

StayLocal, Greater New Orleans’ independent business alliance, will host NOLA Know-How, an event to showcase business-to-business (B2B) companies. The free event takes place on Thursday, June 16 at the People’s Health New Orleans Jazz Market and will feature TED-style talks by local business thought leaders based on the theme “Survival of the Fittest”.

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Jun 142016
 
Gisele Cosma, Owner of Rye Clothing

Gisele Cosma, Owner of Rye Clothing

The Shopkeeper Stories series shares the vision and personality of New Orleans business owners. We hope you are inspired and continue to shop small and shop local—even if it takes a little extra time!

Greater New Orleans’ citizens are arguably the most flexible people in the country. We take turns with our fellow drivers on narrow cobblestone streets, we know the secret route to get to our house during parade season, and boil water advisories keep us on our toes. These are just a few quirks that make us curious to outsiders and unite us as New Orleanians.

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Jun 012016
 

The Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Merchants & Business Association will host First Fridays on the Boulevard this Friday, June 3. The monthly event features art exhibits, live music, food and drink specials from restaurants, and more, starting in the afternoon.

(via ochaleyblvd.org/first-fridays/)

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May 312016
 
The mural adjacent to the new Magnolia Marketplace retail center on South Claiborne. (photo via City of New Orleans)

The mural adjacent to the new Magnolia Marketplace retail center on South Claiborne. (photo via City of New Orleans)

Stacy Head

Stacy Head

Development on South Claiborne Avenue has made significant strides in recent years, but more attention is needed to quality-of-life issues of crime, blight, panhandling and litter in order to attract more retail investment to the corridor, City Council members said. Continue reading »

May 312016
 
Co-Owners, Desiree and Juliet

Co-Owners, Desiree and Juliet

Greater New Orleans’ citizens are arguably the most flexible people in the country. We take turns with our fellow drivers on narrow cobblestone streets, we know the secret route to get to our house during parade season, and boil water advisories keep us on our toes. These are just a few quirks that make us curious to outsiders and unite us as New Orleanians.

Another reason for us to band together is coming to a road near you! We will be facing drainage system improvements and road construction for the next five years. Funds from FEMA as well as our Department of Public Works have been designated. Projects have been mapped through 2019, and we need to stay flexible (as we do) in the name of long-term infrastructure improvements!

Along with those experiencing personal inconveniences and dissatisfactions, our local businesses on these routes are taking a hard economic hit. New Orleans businesses need to feel our support and the impact of local dollars now at this critical time of business disruption because they are the backbone of our city’s culture, economy and character. Continue reading »

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May 242016
 
Fire damage can still be seen at the building at 4712 Magazine, now slated for demolition. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Fire damage can still be seen at the building at 4712 Magazine, now slated for demolition. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A large Magazine Street building heavily damaged in a fire earlier this year has been approved for demolition, but neighbors and City Council members say they intend to remain involved in the rebuilding plans against any large, “big box” style developments in its place.

Meanwhile, a separate request to tear down part of a historic home just off the Freret corridor for a driveway split the City Council and failed amid concerns that the character of the streetscape might be altered for the purposes of an investment property. Continue reading »

May 182016
 
Owners Demian Estevez and Angee Jackson (photo by Randy Schmidt)

Mojo Coffeehouse Owners Demian Estevez and Angee Jackson (photo by Randy Schmidt)

Mojo Coffeehouse will celebrate a decade in business with a “10 Years and Still Here” Sidewalk Party from 4 to 7 p.m. this Sunday, May 22. The coffee shop invites the community to come and celebrate its anniversary and hear an expansion announcement at its flagship location, located at 1500 Magazine Street.

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May 172016
 
Julie Joffrion of All Inclusive Health

Julie Joffrion of All Inclusive Health

Greater New Orleans’ citizens are arguably the most flexible people in the country. We take turns with our fellow drivers on narrow cobblestone streets, we know the secret route to get to our house during parade season, and boil water advisories keep us on our toes. These are just a few quirks that make us curious to outsiders and unite us as New Orleanians.

Another reason for us to band together is coming to a road near you! We will be facing drainage system improvements and road construction for the next five years. Funds from FEMA as well as our Department of Public Works have been designated and projects have been mapped through 2019, and we need to stay flexible (as we do) in the name of long-term infrastructure improvements!

Along with those experiencing personal inconveniences and dissatisfactions, our local businesses on these routes are taking a hard economic hit. New Orleans businesses need to feel our support and the impact of local dollars now at this critical time of business disruption because they are the backbone of our city’s culture, economy and character. Continue reading »

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May 132016
 
(Google Maps)

(Google Maps)

The site of Belladoggie, the doggie day care and boarding company, will be converted into apartment buildings with one small retail space on the ground floor, according to records filed with the city. Continue reading »

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May 042016
 
A promotional photo from the recent Crawfish Festival at NOLA Brewery. (via NOLA Brewery on Facebook)

A promotional photo from the recent Crawfish Festival at NOLA Brewery. (via NOLA Brewery on Facebook)

NOLA Brewery won initial approval from city planners recently on its plan to add a permanent space for live music in its new taproom area. Continue reading »

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May 032016
 
(via Alliance Française)

(via Alliance Française)

Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans will host “La Brocante”—a rummage sale featuring jewels, toys, collectibles, and more from fifteen vendors—this Saturday, May 7 from 2 to 6 p.m. The free event will include pétanque contests for kids and adults, a raffle, a food truck (Petite Rouge Café Camionnette), and face painting in the garden at Alliance Française.

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May 032016
 
Zohreh Khaleghi of The Flaming Torch

Zohreh Khaleghi of The Flaming Torch

Greater New Orleans’ citizens are arguably the most flexible people in the country. We take turns with our fellow drivers on narrow cobblestone streets, we know the secret route to get to our house during parade season, and boil water advisories keep us on our toes. These are just a few quirks that make us curious to outsiders and unite us as New Orleanians.

Another reason for us to band together is coming to a road near you! We will be facing drainage system improvements and road construction for the next five years. Funds from FEMA as well as our Department of Public Works have been designated and projects have been mapped through 2019 and we need to stay flexible (as we do) in the name of long-term infrastructure improvements!

Along with those experiencing personal inconveniences and dissatisfactions, our local businesses on these routes are taking a hard economic hit. New Orleans’ businesses need to feel our support and the impact of local dollars now at this critical time of business disruption because they are the backbone of our city’s culture, economy and character. Continue reading »

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May 022016
 
(via magazinestreet.com)

(via magazinestreet.com)

The Magazine Street Merchants Association, along First NBC Bank, will host the 6th Annual Magazine Street Champagne Stroll this Saturday, May 7. Participating shops will stay open until 9 p.m., and the event will feature live music, complimentary refreshments, store sales and discounts, and more on Magazine Street. Continue reading »

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