Jun 072017
 

(image via Facebook)

A half dozen generally acclaimed restaurants in Uptown neighborhoods from the Lower Garden District to Central City to Carrollton — Noodle & Pie, Primitivo, Mat & Naddie’s, The Irish House, Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar and Three Muses on Maple– announced that they would close during the month of May. Continue reading »

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Jun 052017
 

Dat’s Grocery on Magazine Street (via Orleans Parish Assessor’s office)

A developer has received tentative approval to tear down the Dat’s Grocery on Magazine Street, but city officials said that actual demolition work cannot begin until he has filed development plans with the Historic District Landmarks Commission. Continue reading »

May 302017
 

Darrin and Charlotte Piotrowski of Rent-A-Nerd, Inc.

Rent-A-Nerd, Inc. founded in 1997, provides efficient, proactive, and honest IT services to businesses in the Greater New Orleans area. With a highly skilled and certified team of technicians, they are able to perform services both in-store, onsite, and even remotely. They are your IT staff without the overhead!

Shopkeeper: Darrin and Charlotte Piotrowski
ShopRent-A-Nerd, Inc.
Since: 1997

What ignited the spark in you to start your business?
Darrin: In the mid-90’s I was working for PC Warehouse, which sold custom built computers. When the computers needed to be serviced, people had to lug in these big, huge computers because the company didn’t provide on-site service. Continue reading »

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May 122017
 

A black cat with green eyes sits with his owner in the waiting room of Low Cost Animal Medical Center. (Photo by Tristan Emmons)

By Tristan Emmons, Loyola Student News Service

Low Cost Animal Medical Center has opened its doors in Gert Town with a nonprofit mission in mind. The full service, three-doctor veterinary practice provides affordable care to pets and their owners in New Orleans. Continue reading »

May 102017
 

Pedestrians walk past the vacant lot at 1476 Magazine Street in 2011 . It is now slated to become a bed-and-breakfasts staffed by artists who live on site.
(UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

An artist-run bed-and-breakfast is one step closer to fruition in the Lower Garden District after approval for a zoning waiver. Continue reading »

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May 082017
 

Maple Street Book Shop owner Gladin Scott looks up behind a pile of books in October 2016. The store will close in June, he announced today.
(UptownMessenger.com file photo by Dannielle Garcia, Loyola Student News Service).

(photo via Maple Street Book Shop)

After 53 years in business, Maple Street Book Shop will close its doors for the final time on June 17, the owners announced Monday morning. Continue reading »

May 032017
 

A rendering of the front entrance of Children’s Hospital on Henry Clay after renovations are complete in 2020. (image via Children’s Hospital)

Children’s Hospital has begun construction on the new parking garage on its newly acquired State Street campus, launching the first phase of what will eventually be a dramatic transformation of the institution’s profile on Henry Clay Avenue, officials told neighbors Wednesday night. Continue reading »

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May 022017
 

Shopkeeper Becky Fos of Gallery B. Fos (click to enlarge)

The ethereal colors that cover the walls of Gallery B. Fos create an uplifting, playful environment that imbues the vitality of New Orleans. Artist Becky Fos colors the familiar with a vibrancy that captures pure energy and joy. The entire experience is heightened by gallery manager Courtney and her socialite French Bulldog, Leo. Their spirited personalities match the art on the walls. Gallery B. Fos has a piece of art for everyone that will surely make you smile.

Shopkeeper: Becky Fos
Shop: Gallery B. Fos
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Apr 122017
 

The Cafe Freret building, photographed in March, is receiving structural repairs as the owner looks for a new restaurant tenant. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

The building that was home to Cafe Freret for 11 years until the end of 2015 is now undergoing structural renovations as its owner seeks a new restaurateur to take over the space. Continue reading »

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Apr 112017
 

Bill DiPaola of Dat Dog

Something just pulls you into Dat Dog. Maybe it’s the bright colors and catchy signs, or the delicious food and craft beers, or the cheery staff and welcoming atmosphere. There is no mistaking that this local business captures, in its essence, all that is great about New Orleans.

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: Bill DiPaola
Store: Dat Dog
Since: 2011 Continue reading »

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Mar 302017
 

The first floor of the building at 2723 South Broad Street is slated for a microdistillery called “Broad Street Cider & Ale.” (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A new micro-distillery called Broad Street Cider & Ale in one of the Green Coast Enterprises buildings near Washington Avenue received initial approval from city officials on Tuesday. Continue reading »

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 »