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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Apr 082019
 

A rendering of the proposed Rouses on Freret Street by JMR+H Architects. (via City Planning Commission)

Freret area residents can expect to shop at a neighborhood Rouses Market in the spring of 2020, according to estimates from a Rouses spokeswoman.

After easily clearing its major hurdles with the city, the Thibodaux-based supermarket chain is at least 10 weeks out from applying for a building permit, Marcy Nathan of Rouses Markets said. This timetable is in line with the company’s original estimates of an August 2019 start date for construction and a June 2020 opening.

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Apr 052019
 

photo by Per/se Media Group

The Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show came to New Orleans last weekend, and it didn’t leave without supporting a local shop after tragedy. According to reports, the show director James Bronner and CEO of Kalaidescope Hair, Jesseca Dupart, raised $10,000 for Unity-1 Beauty Supply and Hair Salon.

The Broadmoor shop was the site of a car crash and three-alarm fire on March 20 which caused several fatalities, injuries and extensive property damage. Continue reading »

Mar 292019
 

Dennis Sigur trims Corey Russell’s hair inside Dennis’ Barber Shop at 4615 Freret street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

By Emily Carmichael, Uptown Messenger

People line the walls of Dennis’ Barber Shop. On one side, framing the long mirror running its length, there are pictures, some faded, mixed in with an assortment of clippings — an old Times-Picayune cover of Mardi Gras Indians, a Fortier High School flag. On the opposite side, they rotate through a litany of chairs, none of which stay empty for long.

“People will get a hair cut, get up and sit back down,” said Stan Norwood, a longtime barber at the shop, as he put the finishing touches on Beth Oubre’s hair. Oubre has come to the shop every Wednesday for the past 20 years.

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Mar 262019
 

Leah Chase, long-time chef at Dooky Chase’s restaurant in the 6th Ward, gives a speech before accepting the 2019 InnovatHER award during an event at NOLA Brewing on March 26. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

By Zach Brien, Uptown Messenger

Leah Chase has been working in what is now Dooky Chase’s restaurant since the 1950s. She still works in the kitchen today, at 96. On Tuesday, she accepted the first 2019 InnovatHER award, presented by TruFund Financial services, honoring her legacy as a female entrepreneur and business owner.

The award was presented at a press conference by TruFund Financial Services where they announced their participation in the Wisdom Fund, a national loan fund targeted to women entrepreneurs. The event was held at NOLA Brewery. Continue reading »

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Mar 202019
 

Preliminary rendering of the Carrollton Courthouse redevelopment (courtesy of Waggoner & Ball)

The City Council rejected an appeal Thursday from a neighborhood group wanting to send the Carrollton Courthouse renovation plans back to the Historic District Landmarks Commission, but it could put the design for an assisted living facility in the historic building back on the drawing board anyway.

The Maple Area Residents Inc., or MARI, objected to the commission’s “conceptual approval” of the developer’s plans, citing concerns with the additions to the original building. Continue reading »

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Mar 142019
 

The Dew Drop Inn remains vacant at 2836 LaSalle St. in Central City, as it has since 2005. (Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger file photo)

By Nicholas Reimann, Uptown Messenger

The future of the historic Dew Drop Inn on LaSalle Street in Central City is once again in doubt, after a deal to restore the dilapidated former music hall fell through.

Ryan Thomas, owner of real estate development company Peregrine Interests, said a difficulty getting investors for the planned two-story development with a hotel, museum and restaurant — along with a music venue — is what held up the deal that was set to close Dec. 30.

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Mar 122019
 

Plan for the lot at 1213 Magazine St., as provided in the NPP notice to neighbors.  (Verges Rome)

By Jesse Baum

Heirloom Properties, the owner of multiple short-term rental properties, is seeking to transform an empty Lower Garden District lot into a two-suite boutique hotel

The lot stands at 1213 Magazine St., between Thalia and Erato streets. Heirloom, its owner, runs 25-30 short-term rental properties, including one directly next door to the 1213 Magazine lot.

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