Mar 272017
 

Propeller has selected the 16 businesses who will participate in its Growth Accelerator, a 3-month program designed to help them maximize their financial sustainability and increase their capacity to tackle city-wide disparities in food, water, health, and education.

The class of entrepreneurs includes familiar names like Circle Food Store, New Orleans’ first African-American owned full service grocery store and local sustainability leader LifeCity, along with emerging businesses like Bluefin Data, a data company pioneering a tool to simplify data reporting between the seafood industry and the government. Continue reading »

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Mar 242017
 

Verret’s Lounge at 1738 Washington Avenue, photographed in April 2016 (via Google)

Joanne Close, shown in her presentation to the Alcohol Control Board last month, wants to buy Verret’s Lounge from its current owner. (via City of New Orleans)

Verret’s Lounge on Washington Avenue may be in line for a new proprietor with a new wine-oriented focus, but first its owners are asking the city to release the establishment from a requirement for a security guard put in place after a man was fatally shot inside the bar last year. Continue reading »

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Mar 212017
 

A limousine pulls up to the Il Mercato venue for an event in late October 2016. The venue offers valet parking, but says very few patrons use it because they arrive in for-hire cars. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

With for-hire cars like Uber and Lyft becoming the predominant mode of transportation for their customers, Il Mercato event venue on Magazine Street plans to dramatically reduce the amount of valet parking it provides based on a new agreement with its neighbors. Continue reading »

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Mar 142017
 

Katarina & Jessica of Dance Quarter

Dance Quarter was founded by 3-time World Swing Dance Champion Nathalie Gomes. The multi-use space, which is also available for events, is nestled within a historic firehouse located just off Louisiana Avenue. Their mission is to provide recreational dance opportunities for everyone, regardless of age, size, or experience. They offer classes from Swing & Lindy Hop to Argentine Tango & Hip-Hop.

If you’re looking for an energetic environment to learn a few new dance moves or host a fun event, Dance Quarter has much to offer.

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Mar 062017
 

Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation is a New Orleans-based nonprofit organization that helps launch social ventures to address local challenges. We’re a 501(c)3 dedicated to supporting social innovation in New Orleans with the mission to grow and support entrepreneurs who tackle social and environmental disparities.

We’re Hiring!

Propeller is looking for new faces to join our staff of diverse entrepreneurs and stakeholders. This is a chance to be part of a powerful community working together for a more equitable future where everyone can lead healthy, fulfilling lives free of racism, poverty, and other systems of oppression.

Click below to learn more about our available positions. Continue reading »

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Mar 022017
 

The Rotary Club of Mid-City New Orleans will celebrate their annual International Women’s Day – New Orleans with a brunch at Propeller, located 4035 Washington Ave. The event, themed “Be Bold For Change”, takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, and will feature three woman presenters, local entertainers, and brunch catered by local women-owned businesses.

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Feb 232017
 

Green Tea owner Yung Lau pauses from final touches on the new building’s interior. The restaurant opens Friday at the corner of Napoleon and Louisiana. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Green Tea restaurant’s new building overlooks the corner of Napoleon and South Claiborne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Two years ago, Yung Lau could scarcely believe that his Green Tea restaurant at the edge of the Garden District was about to be displaced by a national pharmacy chain in a city as in love with mom-and-pop eateries as New Orleans.

The CVS did indeed move in, but on Friday, Lau will reopen Green Tea in a brand-new building that is being hailed as another landmark in the continuing redevelopment of another major Uptown corridor, South Claiborne Avenue. Continue reading »

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Feb 222017
 

The former firehouse at Annunciation and Terpsichore is proposed to become the “Gris Gris Social Club.” (image via City of New Orleans)

Since he first discovered how New Orleans’ social aid and pleasure clubs exist in the city through zoning laws six years ago, Uptown resident and documentary film maker Trent Robinson has been trying to figure out how to create one of his own.

He may finally have his chance, he told members of the Coliseum Square Association on Monday night. He’s applied for a license to run the newly-envisioned Gris Gris Social Club out of an old firehouse, located on 907 Terpsichore Street in the Lower Garden District. Continue reading »

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Feb 222017
 

The Whitney Bank branch at 1320 St. Charles Avenue will close in the coming months. (photo via Google Maps)

Whitney Bank will close its St. Charles Avenue branch in the Lower Garden District as part of its acquisition of nine First NBC branches — including one about a mile away. Continue reading »

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Feb 212017
 

Tanik Ahmed of Who Dat Beauty Supply

Walking in to Who Dat Beauty Supply is like walking into your dream closet. This cosmetics shop, located at the intersection of Louisiana Ave and Carondelet offers an array of hair products, makeup, and an assortment of jewelry and apparel. If you are looking for a shop that is on top of fashion trends, stop in and check out the goods in stock; they will be sure to having you feeling great – inside and out.

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.

Name: Tanik Ahmed
Shop: Who Dat Beauty Supply
Since: 2007 Continue reading »

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Feb 102017
 

A rendering of Miel Brewery, planned for Sixth Street near Tchoupitoulas. (courtesy of Bahareh Rana Javadi
at Concordia architecture)

Miel Brewery Taproom logo (via mielbrewery.com)

A New Orleans-area couple with experience brewing beer around the country plans to open Miel Brewery on Tchoupitoulas later this year, part of an emerging Uptown New Orleans “brewery corridor” that has beer enthusiasts excited but some Irish Channel neighbors concerned. Continue reading »

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Feb 092017
 
The former Times-Picayune building at 3800 Howard Avenue (photographed in August 2016 by Google  Maps)

The former Times-Picayune building at 3800 Howard Avenue (photographed in August 2016 by Google Maps)

The former Times-Picayune building on Howard Avenue is under consideration for redevelopment as a “major amusement facility,” and its new owners received the first step of approval Tuesday from New Orleans city officials toward the rezoning that would allow such a project. Continue reading »

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Feb 082017
 
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)

Marc Robert, owner of the former Robert grocery site on Annunciation Street, speaks to the City Planning Commission on Jan. 25, 2017. (via City of New Orleans)

The plan to redevelop the former Robert grocery site on Annunciation Street into a 211-unit apartment complex will now proceed to the City Council for a final decision, after it narrowly passed the City Planning Commission amid technical concerns about its height and density. Continue reading »

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Feb 082017
 

The LEAD Community Training Program is a workshop series by The Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) designed to empower its participants in the areas of Leadership, Engagement, Advocacy, and Development, for which the program is named. The seven-week program plans to teach participants skills in community organizing, advocacy, public policy, and land use and development.

The registration deadline for the 2017 LEAD program is Friday, Feb. 10.

For more information, see the full story from Gentilly Messenger.

LEAD students (LEADers) from a previous year (via foundationforlouisiana.org)

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