Dec 062016
 
The steamed mussels on the small plate menu paired with Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ and a side of potato/ turnip gratin. (Photo by Dannielle Garcia)

The steamed mussels on the small plate menu paired with Lagunitas Brown Shugga’ and a side of potato and turnip gratin. (Photo by Dannielle Garcia)

By Danielle Garcia

While the Freret Beer Room’s primary focus is all in its name, the new restaurant’s 16 craft beers on tap are also meant to be paired with a full lunch and dinner menu from a chef who’s served in some of the city’s most celebrated restaurants.

“We aim to marry good food and good beer,” owner Eli Gay said. “We’re sort of presenting beer in a way that you would see wine at most restaurants.” Continue reading »

Dec 062016
 
Danielle Leighton of Spa Savoir Faire

Danielle Leighton of Spa Savoir Faire

With over 20 years of experience, the staff at Spa Savoir Faire is dedicated to providing every guest with the utmost quality of service. This cozy, uptown spa will remind you just how wonderful a little pampering can be. They offer a range of services, from massages to waxing, and the experts at Spa Savoir Faire promise you’ll leave with a sense of restoration and empowerment.

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.

ShopkeeperDanielle Leighton
ShopSpa Savoir Faire
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Nov 282016
 
Lein Doan and her husband, Chef Hung Nguyen are part of the new management team at TruBurger on Oak Street. (Photo by Danielle Carbonari)

Lein Doan and her husband, Chef Hung Nguyen are part of the new management team at TruBurger on Oak Street. (Photo by Danielle Carbonari)

By Danielle Carbonari, Loyola Student News Service

Veteran managers of the celebrated Vietnamese restaurant Magasin have bought Tru Burger on Oak Street, but while they plan to add a few new twists, they said they primarily intend to stay true to its founder’s original vision. Continue reading »

Nov 232016
 
A rendering of the proposed apartment development was on display at Monday's meeting of the Coliseum Square Association. (photographed by Claire Byun, UptownMessenger.com)

A rendering of the proposed apartment development was on display at Monday’s meeting of the Coliseum Square Association. (photographed by Claire Byun, UptownMessenger.com)

Lower Garden District residents have mixed emotions about the 211-unit apartment complex proposed to replace a former grocery store, but some are just appreciative it’s not a big-box retail store. Continue reading »

Nov 222016
 
Tippy Tippens of Goods That Matter

Tippy Tippens of Goods That Matter

What is there not to love about Goods That Matter? The shop offers an incredible selection of philanthropic and environmentally conscious products that will have you feeling all of the good-feels knowing your dollar is not only supporting local talent, but also going to support local humanitarian endeavors. They’re conveniently located above Church Alley Coffee, so grab your favorite cup of grinds and make your way up to the shop.

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Nov 212016
 

By Dannielle Garcia, Loyola Student News Service

Kyle Huling, the vice president of Urban South, serves beers to a line of customers. On Friday Nov. 11, Urban South Brewery celebrated the expansion of their brewery after being in business for just 7 months (Photo by Dannielle Garcia).

Kyle Huling, the vice president of Urban South, serves beers to a line of customers. On Friday Nov. 11, Urban South Brewery celebrated the expansion of their brewery after being in business for just 7 months (Photo by Dannielle Garcia).

Before the prohibition era, New Orleans prided itself on being the “Beer Capitol of the South.” Now, with five breweries and more on the way, those days may be returning.

Urban South, open for only seven months, just celebrated its expansion. The brewery had a ribbon cutting ceremony for new tanks in their Tchoupitoulas Street home on Friday, Nov. 11. Continue reading »

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Nov 172016
 
Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser speaks Monday at the kick-off of Tulane University's new ByWater Institute fellowship program. (photo by Paula Burch-Centano, courtesy of Tulane University)

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser speaks Monday at the kick-off of Tulane University’s new ByWater Institute fellowship program. (photo by Paula Burch-Centano, courtesy of Tulane University)

Danae Columbus

Danae Columbus

Speaking Monday at the kick-off of Tulane University’s new ByWater Institute fellowship program, Lt. Governor Billy Nungessser said that President-Elect Donald Trump will create jobs and economic opportunities in Louisiana, especially in the oil and gas industry. “President Trump is going to be good for business in Louisiana,” said Nungesser. Continue reading »

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Nov 112016
 
(via broadmoorimprovement.com)

(via broadmoorimprovement.com)

The Broadmoor Improvement Association (BIA), along with local nonprofit Fund 17, will sponsor a workshop for aspiring entrepreneurs. The free workshop will take place on Monday, November 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center, located at 4300 South Broad Street.

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Nov 112016
 
Gladin Scott looks up behind a pile of books on Oct. 24, 2016. Behind him are sticky notes with numbers of frequent customers and authors that he has compiled from his years as owner. (Photo by Dannielle Garcia, Loyola Student News Service).

Gladin Scott looks up behind a pile of books on Oct. 24, 2016. Behind him are sticky notes with numbers of frequent customers and authors that he has compiled from his years as owner. (Photo by Dannielle Garcia, Loyola Student News Service).

By Dannielle Garcia, Loyola Student News Service

On utility poles throughout the university area, stapled sheets of paper plead to “Help Save Maple Street Book Shop!”, the book store that has been operating there since 1964 and, yet again, faces an uncertain future. Continue reading »

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Nov 082016
 

heartandsole1Recently celebrating its one year anniversary, Heart and Sole is gaining popularity in the boutique scene. The shop, located on Prytania Street, is just a stone’s throw from the great eateries and entertainment in the area. You’ll find the perfect opportunity to knock out some early holiday shopping, and make sure to shop their local goods section!

Name Donna Wilhelm
Store Heart and Sole
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Oct 252016
 
Robert Brunet & Eric Ramstead of Prytania Theatre

Robert Brunet & Eric Ramstead of Prytania Theatre

Nestled on scenic tree-lined Prytania Street, you will find the oldest movie theatre in New Orleans. For over a century, it has inspired many unforgettable movie experiences. Make it a date and enjoy the latest movie in a wonderfully vintage setting.

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.

Shopkeepers: Eric Ramstead & Robert Brunet
Store: Prytania Theatre
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Oct 242016
 
The suspect in the robbery of Uptown Beauty on Friday, Oct. 21. (via NOPD)

The suspect in the robbery of Uptown Beauty on Friday, Oct. 21. (via NOPD)

Kenneth Barnes (via NOPD)

Kenneth Barnes (via NOPD)

A beauty supply store, a gas station and a sandwich shop along the Carrollton corridor were each the locations of robbery incidents over the weekend, but police have identified a wanted serial robber as a suspect in one and released a surveillance photo from another.

The first robbery took place around 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, at Uptown Beauty at 8200 South Claiborne Avenue, police reports show. A man with a gun walked into the store from a rear entrance, put a gun to the cashier’s abdomen, and took $600 from the register, the reports state.

The gunman — whose image was caught on security camera — was described as a thin, 5-foot-7 black man in his early 20s with a dark skin tone and a thin mustache, the report states.

(map via NOPD)

(map via NOPD)

Around 8 p.m., the Shell Gas Station at 600 South Carrollton was robbed by a man wielding a box cutter, according to the report in that case. Investigators have identified the suspect as 47-year-old Kenneth Barnes, who was already wanted in four other armed robberies of businesses along the Carrollton corridor from March to September, police have said.

Around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, a man with a box cutter made another robbery attempt at the Jimmy John’s restaurant at 7600 Maple Street, police said. When he confronted the employees there, however, they all ran out of the store, and he left without getting any money, the report states.

Anyone with information in any of the three cases above is urged to call the NOPD Second District station at 658-6020 to speak to a detective, or CrimeStoppers at 822-1111 to leave an anonymous tip that could be eligible for a cash reward.

Brandon Wilfred (via NOPD)

Brandon Wilfred (via NOPD)

Finally, police made an arrest in the Oct. 11 robbery in the 1300 block of Coliseum Street in the Lower Garden District. After investigators identified 25-year-old Brandon Wilfred as the suspect, he turned himself in at the NOPD Sixth District station on Friday, where he was booked on a charge of armed robbery, the report states.

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Oct 242016
 

On Wednesday, October 26th, LCIA is hosting a breakfast workshop, “HR in the AM: Running Out of Time to Comply with New Overtime Rules”. The event, which is open to the public, will take place from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. Small business attorney Terese Bennett will give a presentation outlining new overtime laws.

Significant changes to federal overtime rules take effect on December 1, 2016, raising the salary threshold for exempt workers to $913/week or $47,466 a year. Ms. Bennett will discuss the ins-and-outs of the new rules, including an overview of the Fair Labor Standards Act and options for compliance. She’ll also give attendees a step-by-step checklist to help you prepare for those changes. Continue reading »

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Oct 112016
 
Maggie Covert of WalkingMan Studios

Maggie Covert of WalkingMan Studios

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!

Shopkeeper: Maggie Covert
Shop: WalkingMan Studios
Since 2013
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Sep 272016
 
Sonic Juice, a new courtyard juice bar, is now open at Gasa Gasa. (Haley Pegg, Loyola Student News Service for UptownMessenger.com)

Sonic Juice, a new courtyard juice bar, is now open at Gasa Gasa, located at 4920 Freret Street. (Haley Pegg, Loyola Student News Service for UptownMessenger.com)

By Haley Pegg
Loyola Student News Service

Gasa Gasa teamed up with Beaucoup Juice to launch its newest attraction this weekend with the opening of Sonic Juice.

Gasa Gasa, Freret Street’s music and arts venue, opened the juice bar in its courtyard with drinks from Beaucoup Juice. The local juice bar and smoothie shop recently closed its storefront on Freret Street. The company stays in business by catering private events and festivals. The new courtyard juice bar is called Sonic Juice and offers alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages including sno-balls, daiquiris made from fresh fruit, and other frozen and non-frozen options. Continue reading »

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Sep 232016
 
(via Gasa Gasa)

(via Gasa Gasa)

Gasa Gasa and Beaucoup Juice have joined forces to create “Sonic Juice”, an original courtyard juice bar at Gasa Gasa, located at 4920 Freret Street. The grand opening for the juice bar takes place Friday, September 23 (today) until Sunday, September 25 and will feature performances by Big Freedia, The Tanglers, and more. Continue reading »

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Sep 212016
 

PechaKucha Night is intended to be an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. The New Orleans branch will present PechaKucha Night NOLA Vol. 21 this Thursday, September 22, at the Dryades Public Market, located at 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

(via PechaKucha NOLA)

(via PechaKucha NOLA)

This event is free and open to the public. Doors open for 6 p.m., and slides begin at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading »

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Sep 192016
 
Suspect in August theft from 3600 block of Magazine Street. (via NOPD)

Suspect in August theft from 3600 block of Magazine Street. (via NOPD)

Suspect in Sept. 10 shoplifting at Whole Foods (via NOPD)

Suspect in Sept. 10 shoplifting at Whole Foods (via NOPD)

Detectives are seeking the public’s help identifying two suspects caught on surveillance camera in recent theft cases on opposite ends of Magazine Street, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

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Sep 162016
 
The building at 4310 Magazine Street will become an expansion of Ecole Bilingue, as Peaches Records has now moved into the larger building next door. (image via Google)

The building at 4310 Magazine Street will become an expansion of Ecole Bilingue, as Peaches Records has now moved into the larger building next door. (image via Google)

The former Top Drawer annex building on Magazine Street will become an expansion site for Ecole Bilingue de la Nouvelle Orleans, and the school will hold a meeting tonight to share its plans with neighbors. Continue reading »

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