Oct 142017
 

Attorney Joe Giarrusso delivers his acceptance speech at Cafe Minh on Saturday, October 14. Giarrusso won the race for New Orleans’ city council district A, receiving 65.66 percent of the votes. (Zach Brien, MidCityMessenger.com)

From Mid-City Messenger

Joe Giarrusso, III has clenched the New Orleans City Council District A seat with 65 percent of the vote.

Giarrusso garnered more than 11,000 votes for the seat, beating out five opponents and avoiding a runoff election next month. Aylin Acikalin Maklansky won twenty percent of the vote, with Toyia Washington-Kendrick in third place.

“With a victory like this tonight, it’s not because one person, it’s because of everyone,” Giarrusso said. “If something happens of this magnitude it’s because of the message that you have and the people that you surround yourself with.” Continue reading »

Oct 032017
 

Mark and Brenda Rosenbaum of Rosetree Glass Studio and Gallery

At Rosetree Glass Studio and Gallery, Mark Rosenbaum creates distinctive glass work using 2,000-year-old techniques. Mark has a diverse artistic background including glassblowing, glass casting, ceramics, and jewelry.

His work has been featured throughout the United States in fine craft stores, art galleries, businesses, and homes. Rosetree Glass Studio is the perfect place to find a one-of-a-kind piece.

Name: Mark and Brenda Rosenbaum
Store: Rosetree Glass Studio and Gallery
Since: 1992 Continue reading »

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Sep 152017
 

Candidates for the District A seat on the New Orleans City Council — Joe Giarrusso III, Dan Ring, Tilman Hardy, Toyia Washington-Kendrick, Drew Ward and Aylin Maklansky — debate during a town hall hosted by Carrollton neighborhood groups on Thursday evening. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

City Council District A is home to a plethora of the city’s parks and greenspaces, and their management and sustainability remains an important issue as the city grows. All six District A candidates said they’d fight to keep greenspaces across the city, though they presented different preservation tactics.

Two candidates stressed the importance of zoning ordinances and the city’s Master Plan in protecting current greenspace, while others argued for legislation protecting trees and living plants. Some candidates said they’d look into unifying park management into one entity, if it proves efficient. Continue reading »

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Sep 142017
 

All six City Council District B candidates tackled an array of issues at a candidate forum Tuesday (Sabree Hill/Uptown Messenger).

Short term rental issues have been a touchy subject for years in New Orleans, but as local elections draw near, City Council candidates have their own solutions to common rental complaints.

All six City Council District B candidates tackled an array of issues at a forum Tuesday, including whether City Council’s short term rental ordinance was too restrictive or not tough enough.

Timothy David Ray, educator and musician, noted the rental exemptions granted to the French Quarter which were also chased by residents of the Garden District. Accessory, temporary and commercial short term rentals are prohibited in the Quarter – though some illegal rentals remain – except on a six-block stretch of Bourbon Street. Continue reading »

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Sep 132017
 

Eugene Ben argues for a stormwater management team working under the City Council during Tuesday’s District B forum. From left, candidate Timothy David Ray, Seth Bloom, “Action Andre” Strumer, Ben, Catherine Love and Jay Banks (Sabree Hill/Uptown Messenger).

By Claire Byun
cbyun@nolamessenger.com

All six City Council District B candidates said they’re against a new stormwater management fee proposed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu to help pay for improvements to the city’s troubled drainage system, though most proposed again adding City Council oversight to the Sewerage and Water Board Commission.

Candidates touched on stormwater infrastructure, public safety and short-term rental issues at a forum Tuesday evening hosted by several Uptown neighborhood associations. Most candidates argued for more transparency from the S&WB commission – especially in light of the August flood – though they each had different ideas on how to move forward. Continue reading »

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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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Aug 012017
 

Katherine Hutton of Open Hands

Businesswoman Katherine Hutton is the proud owner of Open Hands located in Central City. Her business offers delicious food and a place to spark up meaningful conversation. Katherine is known for her supper plates and signature crawfish sauce. To keep cool on sunny New Orleans days, she even serves up snoballs. Everyone is treated like family at Open Hands.

Shopkeeper: Katherine Hutton
Shop: Open Hands Cafe
Since: 2014 Continue reading »

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Jul 132017
 

Laurita Dallas & Lilbo of A Touch of Elegance

Founded in 1994, A Touch of Elegance is a beauty and barber salon located in the heart of Central City. Their stylists and barbers cater to all kinds of people and hair types. Whether you are looking for a new hairstyle or a shape up, they know a great haircut can make all the difference.

Shopkeepers: Laurita Dallas & Lilbo
Shop: A Touch of Elegance
Since: 1994

What ignited the spark in you to start your business?
Laurita: When I got out of high school, I didn’t know which way I wanted to go. After having a few different jobs, I made the decision to open up a daycare called Labo Preschool, which my son and I owned for 10 years. Continue reading »

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Jun 202017
 

Simon & Maria of Antiques on Jackson and Simon of New Orleans

Antiques on Jackson’s two distinctive spaces are owned by husband and wife, Simon and Maria, who are always excited to welcome visitors. In the store, the walls and ceilings are filled with beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces with unique stories that transport you to different times.

The open-air art courtyard is home to local artist Simon of New Orleans whose iconic hand-painted pieces and signs can be spotted all around town.

Shopkeeper: Simon and Maria
Shop: Antiques on Jackson and Simon of New Orleans
Since: 1994 Continue reading »

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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 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
Since: February 2015 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 182017
 

No Flying Monkeys

BBQ Amber Beer and Rosemary Shrimp and Grits (Kristine Froeba)

Mid-City’s favorite breakfast and brunch spot, The Ruby Slipper, is now firmly ensconced in the Garden District.

Fans of Bacon-Infused Vodka Bloody Marys and Hollandaise topped Apple-Braised Pork Debris on Buttermilk Biscuits have a new place to add to their brunch queue. That particular Benedict, one of many, is the Eggs Cochon. Continue reading »

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Mar 092017
 

R&B Singer and New Orleans native Ambré Perkins will be performing her first festival show and first live performance of 2017 at this year’s BUKU Music + Art Project. Perkins said she looks forward to playing in front a broader audience that may be seeking to hear artists they’ve never known prior.

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“It’s very open-minded usually,” Perkins said. “So people go there and they’re open to new artists. Actually, that’s probably what they want to see the most, artists that they’ve never heard of and to experience something different.”

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Jan 312017
 

Claudia Baumgarten of Miss Claudia’s Vintage Clothing and Costumes

Carnival has arrived! For many of us, costume planning is an enthralling project that lasts the entire season, and sometimes even the entire year. Miss Claudia’s Vintage Clothing and Costumes is a beacon in the costuming cosmos and offers a medley of vintage and contemporary items for all of your dress-up endeavors.

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 Claudia Baumgarten
Store Miss Claudia’s Vintage Clothing and Costumes
Since 2004 Continue reading »