Aug 072019
 
Tiffany Netters, 504HealthNet, Healthy Hospitality Initiative

Tiffany Netters (center), Executive Director of 504HealthNet, speaks at the Healthy Hospitality Initiative launch event on Tuesday, August 6, alongside Councilmember-At-Large Jason Williams (left) and District B Councilman Jay H. Banks (right). (photo by Justen Williams, 343 Media)

Mayor LaToya Cantrell and the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation (NOTMC), in partnership with 504HealthNet, have launched a program to provide New Orleans hospitality workers access to high-quality, affordable health care at over 50 sites around the city.

The new Healthy Hospitality Initiative debuted on Tuesday, August 6, after tourism and health care agencies collaborated with hospitality workers over the past year to ensure the program addresses their needs. Continue reading »

Jul 292019
 

via StayLocal!

StayLocal! will host a business-themed trivia night and business showcase on Wednesday (July 31) to connect local independent businesses. The night will test knowledge of treasured New Orleans businesses, legendary brands and their founders, and questions about Amazon.com.

Trivia Night takes place at Port Orleans Brewing Company, 4124 Tchoupitoulas St. The B2B showcase and networking hour starts at 5:30, while trivia begins at 6:30 p.m. Continue reading »

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Jul 252019
 

The Brothers Three Lounge at 4520 Magazine St. hasn’t served drinks since Saturday, July 20, the day its owner died. (Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger)

Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger

Brothers Three Lounge, long known as the Magazine Street dive bar with low ceilings and a mustard-yellow exterior, is closed until further notice following the death of its owner.

This weekend, a sign was placed in the door simply saying, “closed until further notice” and below those words “sorry.” A padlock made sure the door was kept shut. Continue reading »

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Jul 192019
 

An architect’s rendering of the retail development planned for the corner of State and Magazine Street. (image courtesy of Sherman Strategies)

The new development planned for the former gas station site at the corner of State and Magazine Street needs city approval for its parking plan, and will go before the City Planning Commission next week to request it, city documents show. Continue reading »

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Jul 102019
 

Molly’s Rise and Shine, 2368 Magazine St. (via City Planning Commission)

For the past six months or so, Molly’s Rise and Shine on Magazine Street in the Irish Channel has been charming patrons with its inventive take on morning cuisine. Now, alongside the dash of irony and generous serving of millennial nostalgia, the popular spot is on its way to serving booze to wash down the Whirled Peas on Toast or Grand Slam McMuffin. Continue reading »

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Jun 242019
 

The former Norwegian Seamen’s Church, also called the Scandinavian Jazz Church, on Prytania Street will be turned into a wellness center. (via City Planning Commission)

The City Council last week approved the zoning change that will allow a wellness center in the former Norwegian Seamen’s Church, while promising to add some requirements for the business and property owners.

The wellness center will be owned and operated by three sisters, Diana Fisher, Deborah Peters and Kendall Wininger, who are Lower Garden District residents. It will include offices for physicians and therapists, a health club with fitness classes in the former chapel and in the outdoor pool, and a carryout health-food restaurant. Continue reading »

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Jun 202019
 

The Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar includes a courtyard area.  (via Facebook)

The Claret Wine & Cocktail Bar is officially opening with a ceremony today in the Framework building, although the Lower Garden District spot has been serving patrons since May. Continue reading »

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Jun 172019
 

The upscale sweet shop Sucré unexpectedly and permanently closed its doors on Monday. Customers stopping in for a morning pastry were greeted with a stark sign on the door: “Permanently closed. Sorry for the inconvenience.”

The company known for its colorful macaroons and other whimsical creations posted this message on its website, in simple black and white: Continue reading »

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Jun 132019
 

The former Brown’s Dairy complex has gone on the market. (Danae Columbus)

Danae Columbus, opinion columnist

Local and national real estate developers are excited by this week’s announcement that the former Brown’s Dairy complex — just uptown of the Pontchartrain Expressway and one block off St. Charles Avenue — is now for sale. According to listing agent Matthew Eaton of Re/Max, this 200,000-square-foot parcel presents the largest infill development opportunity to hit the New Orleans market in recent years. Continue reading »

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Jun 082019
 

Sponsored by Korman Gerrity Real Estate

I’m Joe Gerrity, local businessman, investor and Real Estate Broker. For my “Yo Joe!” column, I’ll be answering your real estate questions as well as providing market information and housing statistics.

I believe the main responsibilities of a Realtor are to add value and facilitate mutually beneficial transactions, and through this column I hope to help the New Orleans community make more informed decisions about their housing future.

Yo Joe! The weather is heating up. How about the Uptown New Orleans housing market?

Similar to the weather: it’s getting hot! When the numbers were finalized, this was actually the busiest April since 2010 — an interesting observation, considering how many people speculate that the local housing market is slowing down. Additionally, April 2019 was the sixth busiest individual month for multifamily home sales in the past 10 years.

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Jun 052019
 

An architect’s rendering of the retail development planned for the corner of State and Magazine streets. (Courtesy of Sherman Strategies)

By Jesse Baum, Uptown Messenger

Construction began on a new building at 6001 Magazine St. on Monday, June 3. The site will soon be home to four retail spaces, including a coffee shop, as soon as the end of this year.

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Jun 042019
 

The vintage lunch counter in the Peaches on Magazine Street was part of an F.W. Woolworth’s store at the site. (Zach Brien, Uptown Messenger)

By Emily Carmichael, Uptown Messenger

Peaches Records operators clarified how they plan to use their conditional use approval to operate as a restaurant and serve alcoholic beverages Monday, June 3, at a Neighborhood Participation Program meeting.

Peaches Records previously told the Uptown Messenger it would operate the historic Woolworth’s lunch counter in their Magazine Street location as a daily restaurant. Continue reading »

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Jun 032019
 

The Scandinavian Jazz Church closed at the end of 2018. (via Orleans Parish Assessor’s Office)

Plans for a wellness center in the former Norwegian Seamen’s Church on Prytania Street won the approval of the City Planning Commission last week, despite a recommendation from the staff planners to deny a required zoning change.

The center is the brainchild of Diana Fisher, Deborah Peters and Kendall Wininger, three sisters who live in the Lower Garden District. “The idea was born out of one sister’s need during a serious illness,” Peters told the City Planning Commission. “Her treatment required her to drive around town seeking help from different practitioners.” Continue reading »

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May 312019
 
Shelley Midura, Your Happy Garden

Despite having multiple hands on deck, Shelley Midura still likes to get her hands dirty.

Your Happy Garden

David Magee rakes up trimmings from a banana tree. Magee, Midura, and the whole team are always looking for ways to help people enjoy their space, whether that means cleaning up a yard or filling an empty one.

“We are creating beautiful, enjoyable green spaces for our clients, and that makes them happy,” said Shelley Midura, owner of Your Happy Garden, a landscaping business servicing most of the Greater New Orleans area.  Midura is the former District A Councilwoman who started Your Happy Garden in 2015, a few years after her Council term ended in 2010.

Midura had enjoyed gardening for years.  “Like many people, I liked working in the dirt,” she said. “Although it can be physically taxing, it’s grounding, it’s very satisfying.”  It was after a weekend of gardening in her Dad’s backyard that she realized that she wanted to find a way to turn her passion into her vocation. Continue reading »

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May 312019
 

The Peaches Records building on Magazine Street is a former F.W. Woolworth store and still has the original counter. (Zach Brien, Uptown Messenger)

By Emily Carmichael, Uptown Messenger

Peaches Records, a long-time stalwart of local music, is looking to try its hand at the culinary scene with the revival of the historic F.W. Woolworth lunch counter in its Magazine Street store.

On Monday, June 3, the record store that helped give Cash Money its start will host a Neighborhood Participation Program meeting at Rosa F. Keller Library in Broadmoor. The meeting is part of a process to gain the city’s approval to serve alcoholic beverages, but Peaches owner Shirani Rea also hopes to use it as an opportunity to introduce the project to the community.

The counter at the Peaches remains in its original location at 4318 Magazine St., a former F.W. Woolworth store. The counter was built in 1940, Rea said, but its historical significance dates to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Continue reading »

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