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 »

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 »

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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May 232019
 

The Dew Drop Inn building at 2836 Lasalle Street in Central City remains vacant. (Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger file photo)

By Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger

Plans to redevelop the historic, dilapidated Dew Drop Inn building on Lasalle Street in Central City into a modern hotel, restaurant and music venue have officially been scrapped.

A deal had been in place late last year that would have seen the 80-year-old, predominantly Jim Crow-era music venue sold to a developer with plans to renovate the two-story, 10,000-square-foot space to include 15 hotel rooms, along with a restaurant, music venue and a museum dedicated to New Orleans music. Continue reading »

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May 202019
 
Cherry Coffee Roasters New Orleans

Cherry Coffee Roasters opened at 1581 Magazine St. in April 2018. The elegant Lower Garden District shop serves coffee roasted in New Orleans. (Zach Brien/Cherry Coffee Roasters)

Lauren Fink, roaster and owner at Cherry Espresso Bar and Cherry Coffee Rosters

It’s been one year since Cherry Coffee Roasters opened shop in the Lower Garden District. What started as a popup at Stein’s Deli in 2013 has grown into two shops, each with its own personality, and each serving locally-roasted coffee.

A neighborhood needs more than just another coffee shop, says owner and coffee lover Lauren Fink. She had worked in the industry for 15 years and saw an opportunity with Cherry to bring her love for taste and flavor to others. “I love experiencing flavors. I find that experiencing food and drink is so special,” Fink said.

With Cherry Coffee Roasters, she explores roasting her own coffee and offering a full and fresh experience. “You don’t need a bunch of money, and you don’t have to go to many places to get a great experience, or a balance in flavor.” Continue reading »

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May 092019
 

via givenola.org

750 local nonprofits received more than 50,000 donations and over $5.9 Million during the 2019 GiveNOLA Day. The Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Center for Philanthropy presented their annual giving event on May 7.

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Uptown’s Louise S. McGehee School, and the Louisiana Children’s Museum received the highest dollar amounts, while GiveNOLA’s Lagniappe Fund, Team Gleason, and McGehee School had the most donors.

Here is a preliminary breakdown of GiveNOLA Day‘s leaderboard. Continue reading »

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Apr 242019
 

via Magazine Street Merchants Association

The Magazine Street Merchants Association will present its ninth annual Magazine Street Champagne Stroll on Saturday, May 11. Over 100 Magazine Street businesses will provide free sparkling wine, with many offering special deals, live music, promotional sales, and art or trunk shows. Continue reading »

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Apr 152019
 

(image via gopropeller.org)

Tonight (April 15th), Propeller will host a fundraiser for Unity-1 Salon and Beauty School to aid the rebuilding efforts of their owners, Beverly and John Smith. The night will include catered refreshments and live music by New Orleans musicians.

Unity-1, a landmark in the South Broad area for 30+ years, caught fire after a car crashed into the building, destroying everything and taking the life of a client.
Apr 122019
 
New Orleans Record Store Day 2019

New Orleans resident Landon Jackson explores the record selection at Peaches Records on Magazine Street Tuesday, April 9. Peaches is one of nine independent record stores in New Orleans participating in Record Store Day 2019. (Photo by India Yarborough)

By India Yarborough, iayarbor@my.loyno.edu
Loyola Student News Service

According to record-store owner Lee Rea, “If art imitates life, then the record shop should be an epicenter for local culture.”

Rea is co-owner, along with his mother and sister, of the mom-and-pop record shop Peaches Records on Magazine Street. Peaches, opened in 1975 by Rea’s father, is one of nine independently owned record stores in New Orleans participating in the 12th annual Record Store Day this Saturday.

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Apr 092019
 

The Dew Drop Inn remains vacant at 2836 LaSalle Street in Central City Nov. 17, 2018, as it has since 2005. (Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger)

Because initial investment plans to redevelop The Dew Drop Inn fell through, a real estate development firm is leading a crowdfunding investment campaign to restore the legendary music venue.

Courtesy of James Lambert Consulting

Peregrine Interests is aiming to turn The Dew Drop Inn into a hub for the Central City neighborhood, with its tentative re-opening scheduled for September 2020. The renovated, two-story venue is planned to include a 14 guest rooms, a pool, restaurant, bar, recording studio and gift shop. Continue reading »

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