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 »

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 »

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 »

Sep 082016
 
A rendering of the interior of Piccolo Gelateria (courtesy of Ross and Ria Turnbull)

A rendering of the interior of Piccolo Gelateria (courtesy of Ross and Ria Turnbull)

Hot on the heels of the opening of Bar Frances, the tenants in two major new developments on Freret Street are quickly being revealed as signage goes up for a new gelato shop, a pizza restaurant, a veterinarian’s office, a juice bar with an Asian garnish and a women’s boutique. Continue reading »

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Sep 072016
 
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StayLocal will hold two sessions on how businesses and organizations can utilize Instagram for social media marketing. The two sessions will take place on Thursday and Friday, September 8-9 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and will feature ‘Camp Counselors’ Mary Kate Hutchinson and Angela Trumbaturi of FSC Interactive. Continue reading »

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Sep 062016
 
Lula Restaurant Distillery co-owner and head chef Jess Bourgeois pauses during construction this week on the former Halpern's Furnishings Store on St. Charles Avenue. The distillery's copper still is being delivered this week, and the restaurant is expected to open in early November. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Lula Restaurant Distillery co-owner and head chef Jess Bourgeois pauses during construction this week on the former Halpern’s Furnishings Store on St. Charles Avenue. The distillery’s copper still is being delivered this week, and the restaurant is expected to open in early November. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

This week, a massive copper CARL still from Germany arrived on a ship at the Port of New Orleans, and it will soon become the centerpiece of Lula Restaurant Distillery, the unique new restaurant under development in the former Halpern’s Furniture Store on St. Charles Avenue.

The restaurant, however, is the first step in the planned redevelopment of the entire block into a major expansion of the Prytania Park Hotel, part of a wave of boutique hotels opening around New Orleans outside the French Quarter and Central Business District. Continue reading »

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Sep 022016
 
Members of the Junior League of New Orleans pack up supplies for delivery to Baton Rouge. (via Facebook)

Members of the Junior League of New Orleans pack up supplies for delivery to Baton Rouge. (via Facebook)

Businesses and organizations on Freret Street have been individually responding to the Baton Rouge-area flooding for the past two weeks, and now they are uniting their efforts to focus on providing for families’ babies and pets that other relief efforts may not reach.

Michelle Ingram of Zeus' Place smiles with a furry passenger rescued from shelters in the flood zone. (via Facebook)

Michelle Ingram of Zeus’ Place smiles with a furry passenger rescued from shelters in the flood zone. (via Facebook)

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Aug 252016
 
The corner of St. Charles Avenue and Melpomene Street, slated to become a temporary parking lot for Lula restaurant. (via City of New Orleans)

The corner of St. Charles Avenue and Melpomene Street, slated to become a temporary parking lot for Lula restaurant. (via City of New Orleans)

A conceptual drawing of Phase I of the Avenue Oaks Hotel on St. Charles at Melpomene. (courtesy of Wayne Troyer, Studio WTA)

A conceptual drawing of Phase I of the Avenue Oaks Hotel on St. Charles at Melpomene. (courtesy of Wayne Troyer, Studio WTA)

The Halpern family that owns the property on St. Charles Avenue that will become Lula Restaurant Distillery and, later, the expanded Prytania Park Hotel is seeking permission to convert a vacant lot into temporary parking for patrons and customers while development is underway. Continue reading »

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Aug 252016
 
Surveillance images of several men accused of stealing from area pharmacies. See below for details and larger photos. (via NOPD)

Surveillance images of several men accused of stealing from area pharmacies. See below for details and larger photos. (via NOPD)

New Orleans police are looking for the public’s help in identifying a number of men caught on surveillance video stealing from Uptown pharmacies — including one who fended off security with a syringe, and another who targeted the deoderant aisle, authorities said. Continue reading »

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Aug 172016
 
TJ Quills on Maple Street has been relieved of a $1,000 monthly fee for security patrols in the neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

TJ Quills on Maple Street has been relieved of a $1,000 monthly fee for security patrols in the neighborhood. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

TJ Quills bar on Maple Street will no longer have to pay a $1,000 monthly fee toward security patrols in the surrounding neighborhood, the city’s alcohol board ruled on Tuesday. Continue reading »

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Aug 152016
 
A po-boy and fries from Fat Boy Pantry. (via the restaurant's Facebook page)

A po-boy and fries from Fat Boy Pantry. (via the restaurant’s Facebook page)

The new ice cream and sandwich shop from root beer heiress Hillary Barq, Fat Boy Pantry, has opened in the Lower Garden District, and chef Isaac Toups will convert the Purloo space in Central City’s Southern Food and Beverage Museum into Toups South. Continue reading »

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Aug 102016
 
The building at 8201 Oak Street will house Simone's Market, opening in fall 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The building at 8201 Oak Street will house Simone’s Market, opening in fall 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Simone Reggie, co-owner of Simone's Market planned for Oak Street, speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. (via City of New Orleans)

Simone Reggie, co-owner of Simone’s Market planned for Oak Street, speaks to the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. (via City of New Orleans)

Simone’s Market, the new grocery store slated to open on Oak Street this fall, easily won approval to include packaged alcohol among its aisles Tuesday evening from the City Planning Commission. Continue reading »

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Aug 062016
 

High-concept sandwich shop Turkey and the Wolf opens today on Jackson Avenue; Cuzco Peruvian Cuisine has opened on Freret Street, where the “Freret Beer Room” is planned for later in the year, and the Magazine Street restaurant Saveur has closed and reopened under the new name Tryst. Continue reading »

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Aug 042016
 
The building at 8201 Oak Street will house Simone's Market, opening in fall 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The building at 8201 Oak Street will house Simone’s Market, opening in October 2016. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Simone’s Market, a new specialty neighborhood grocery store focusing on Louisiana products, is planned to open in October in a vacant building on Oak Street, and the owners will appear before the city next week seeking permission to sell packaged alcohol there. Continue reading »

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Jul 272016
 
The Hooka House cafe at 1908 Magazine Street is on track to extend its legal operating hours until midnight on weekends. (via City of New Orleans)

The Hooka House cafe at 1908 Magazine Street is on track to extend its legal operating hours until midnight on weekends. (via City of New Orleans)

The Hookah House Cafe on Magazine Street is on track to extend its legal operating hours until midnight on weekends, after overcoming an unusual objection from the building’s owner. Continue reading »

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Jul 262016
 
Shopkeeper Belinda Wharton and Cassie

Shopkeeper Belinda Wharton and her dog Cassie

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: Belinda Wharton
Zen Pet Retail & Grooming
Since 2013

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