Sep 282017

On the heels of reports that short-term rental advocates plan to seek looser regulations on AirBnB hosting and similar services, affordable-housing advocates convened a meeting Wednesday night to announce their own policy goals restricting the same services — setting up a major election-year fight for the next mayor and City Council. Continue reading »

Sep 272017

An early rendering of the facade of the two-story expansion of the University Shell on South Claiborne Avenue. (image by Professional Designs Group)

The plan to expand the University Shell gas station on South Claiborne Avenue received a positive recommendation from the City Planning Commission on Tuesday, sending it on to the City Council for a final decision over neighbors’ requests for more time to consider the proposal. Continue reading »

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Sep 222017

How to spur economic development on traditional business corridors like South Broad Street – and how to make sure it benefits longtime local businesses, instead of only transplants – formed the topic of debate for nearly a dozen candidates for mayor of New Orleans on Thursday afternoon. Continue reading »

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Sep 202017

The century old Fine Arts Theater at Baronne and Constantinople Street. (Robert Morris,

Recent repairs at the century-old Fine Arts Theater on Baronne Street have nearby neighbors enthusiastic that the grand building may soon be due for redevelopment, they said Wednesday night. Continue reading »

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Sep 192017

Chipotle plans to open its first New Orleans location in the former Radio Shack at 2801 Magazine Street in the Garden District. (Robert Morris,

The imminent arrival of fast-growing Chipotle chain burrito restaurant on Magazine Street — plunging directly into competition with beloved local Latin restaurants — has local residents beginning to explore legislation that might limit the influx of national brands on the uniquely Uptown New Orleans thoroughfare.

“No one comes to New Orleans to see Veterans Avenue,” said Coliseum Square Association member Frank Cole. “I don’t want to see an Arby’s on Magazine Street.” Continue reading »

Sep 142017

The McDonald’s on South Carrollton (via Google Maps)

A customer at the McDonald’s on South Carrollton placed an order Wednesday night, then changed it at the last minute and — in the minor moment of counter-service uncertainty that ensued — grabbed money out of the register and ran away with it, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Sep 142017

Please join the South Broad Business Coalition, a group of small business owners along the S. Broad corridor, for a Mayoral Candidates Forum on Thursday, September 21 at 4 p.m. at the Rhodes Pavilion, 3933 Washington Ave.

The questions posed to the candidates will focus on economic and workforce development, economic inequality and wealth disparities, and public safety (crime and water management). Continue reading »

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Sep 122017

Starbucks plans to open a new Freret Street location in the former Village Coffee building in 2018. (file photo)

The new Starbucks planned for the former Village Coffee building at the Uptown entrance to the Freret Street commercial corridor is scheduled to open in “early 2018,” according to the real-estate agents that negotiated the deal. Continue reading »

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Sep 112017

Mayoral candidate Troy Henry gestures toward Audubon Riverside Neighborhood Association president Mary Fanning Horaist (far left) during a meeting Thursday night. (Robert Morris,

The key to addressing New Orleans’ social problems is by focusing on the economy, and the best way to do that is an aggressive focus on attracting Fortune 500 companies to relocate to the city, mayoral candidate Troy Henry told an Uptown neighborhood group late last week — arguing that his background in business uniquely qualifies him for the job. Continue reading »

Sep 072017

The building at 940 Louisiana Avenue. (via Google Maps)

A logo for Love Kreme on social media. (via @love_kreme on instagram)

A new Artesian ice-cream parlor called “Love Kreme” is planned for a Louisiana Avenue corner building in the Irish Channel, and the owners are hosting a meeting with neighbors next week to discuss their plans. Continue reading »

Sep 052017

Beatrix Bell of Beatrixbell Handcrafted Jewelry & Gift

Beatrixbell Handcrafted is a jewelry design studio and gift shop located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Historic Algiers Point only three blocks from the ferry terminal. This gift boutique features curated items with an emphasis on local treasures and handmade wares.

Artist and owner Beatrix Bell makes all the jewelry in house, and can be found in her attached studio making each piece of jewelry by hand. Her pieces pair mixed metals with exotic stones, rich patinas, enamels and vintage elements to create unique and unexpected designs.

Name: Beatrix Bell
Store: Beatrixbell Handcrafted Jewelry & Gift
Since: 2017

What ignited the spark in you to start your business?
My jewelry business has been my full time job for over 10 years. I predominantly sell wholesale to gift shops and boutiques nationwide as well as setting up under EZ-up tents and at pop ups. After doing that for some time, I wanted to create a permanent space to showcase my entire line of jewelry as well as including wares from other Louisiana based artists and entrepreneurs. Continue reading »

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Sep 012017

839 Jackson Avenue (via City of New Orleans)

A request to rezone two properties at Jackson Avenue and Laurel Street to allow them to become legal short-term rentals passed the City Council last week, but only after a heated discussion about the ongoing impact of AirBnB-type vacation rentals on the city’s housing stock. Continue reading »