Mar 202018
 

Liz Maute Cooke of Lionheart Prints

In big bold letters on the window of Lionheart Prints’ Magazine shop it says, “Kind, Brave, and Fun.” Those positive vibes echo throughout the shop filled with laugh-out-loud cards and the perfect nick-nack you never knew you needed. We sat down with Liz Maute Cooke to learn more about her bold designs and her evener bolder business moves.

Name: Liz Maute Cooke
Store: Lionheart Prints
Since: January 2013

What ignited the spark in you to start your business?
It started with a series of career disappointments. When I graduated college in 2008, I realized the dream they sold you in high school to work hard, get through school, and then you’ll have a job waiting at the end of the tunnel wasn’t true. I majored in advertising, which is the first thing to get cut in hard times, and I couldn’t find a position in my field. I worked a lot of random part time jobs at a restaurant, a montessori school, a chocolate shop, and a stationery store. I learned so many different skills that I would have never have pursued if I had gotten that dream job out of college. But I was depressed, I didn’t have any friends, I was in a new city [Houston], I felt helpless—it was truly a low point in my life. Continue reading »

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Jan 302018
 

Billy Miller and Rachel Reed of Hinge Salon

Hinge Salon is the new business on the block, but they bring a world of experience and inspirational passion to their cozy space. Owners Billy Miller and Rachel Reed have been working in the industry for over 30 years combined and decided to open their Magazine Street salon to focus on their clients needs. They seek to be a resource and help their clients create savvy fashion choices that makes them feel great.

Name: Billy Miller and Rachel Reed
Store: Hinge Salon
Founded: June 2017

What ignited the spark in you to start your business?
Billy: When I came back to New Orleans after the storm I knew salons would be reopening and building their teams. I set forth to create a hub to train and prepare stylists to be on the floor in a few months. That training “school” concept didn’t quite work out so we opened up a teaching salon called Urban Angels in 2006. We had a lot of fun with it! Continue reading »

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Jan 292018
 

The NOLA Messenger team will be back on talk radio with Oliver “O.T.” Thomas for The Good Morning Show on WBOK 1230AM. Tune in tomorrow morning (Jan. 30) from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and hear us talk about recent stories of interest, including:

  • Special elections in March
  • New leadership in City Council
  • AirBnB issues & updates
  • School & school board news, and more

Joining O.T. this time will be Robert (Uptown), Claire (Mid-City), and Tyree (Gentilly).

Got questions for us?
Leave comments below or call us on air at (504) 260-9265

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Jan 162018
 

Deborah Schumacher of Slim Goodies Diner

On the front cover of Slim Goodies’ menu it says, “We’re here to stay & stand by New Orleans, come hell or high water.” That attitude is a way of life at this Uptown diner. Owner Deborah Schumacher is dedicated to serving her guests and community great food and lots of love! We sat down with Deborah to learn more about the secret ingredient to her business’s success.

Name: Deborah Schumacher
Store: Slim Goodies Diner
Founded: 2002

What ignited the spark in you to start your business?
My partner and dear friend Kathleen “Kappa” Horn and her brother, Raymond Horn, started the business in 2002. If fact, the pictures in the main dining rooming are her family photos. Kappa owned a retail shop in the French Quarter and decided to open Slim Goodies Diner to bring the American-Creole breakfast “Diner” concept to Uptown. Continue reading »

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Jan 122018
 

Saints Feasts, Playoffs, and homemade King Cake!

Gerald and Missy Young Duhon #saintscooking (via Missy Young Duhon’s Facebook Page)

Can we get a #WhoDat?
The Black and Gold are back in the playoffs, and locals are talking about more than just Kamara’s yardage. What’s cooking this Sunday is a hot topic as New Orleanians plan to watch the game from home. Viking’s fans can have their frozen chicken wings, brat dogs, and bagged chips, but the Ain’ts aren’t having it.

Saints fans have oiled the jambalaya pots, chilled the Abita, and connected the gas-line to the burner. Epiphany’s passing the week before the playoffs guarantees King Cakes are ordered—or better yet, about to be baked. Yes, it’s crawfish and King Cake season in NOLA. Continue reading »

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Jan 022018
 

Baakir Tyehimba and family, Black Star Books and Caffe

What Black Star Books and Caffe offers doesn’t fit on a menu. Sure, there’s coffee and food, but you’ll also find art, music, books, life lessons, and even a business incubator. Owner Baakir Tyehimba created this space for people to enrich their lives through education, entrepreneurship, and community. We sat down with him to find out why he infused his coffee shop with so much culture.

Name: Baakir Tyehimba
Store: Black Star Books and Caffe
Since: Founded in 2010

What ignited the spark in you to start your business?
My wife and I started an African-centered homeschool to offer a quality education to students without burdening parents with tuition costs. To sustain ourselves while we did this, we decided to open up a business. We chose a coffee shop because it’s the type of space that brings communities together and creates an atmosphere where good thought and conversation flow. Continue reading »

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Dec 152017
 

Brigtsen’s Roast Duck a l’Orange with Dirty Rice & Louisiana Citrus Sauce and Pan-Roasted Pork Chop with Roasted Autumn Vegetables & Apple Cider Pan Gravy. (photo by Katherine Kimball, katkimballphoto.com)

Brigtsen’s, one of our most esteemed restaurants is among the few Uptown to commemorate the Creole tradition of le Réveillon de Noël.

“Many of our guests have made a visit to Brigtsen’s for Réveillon part of their own Holiday tradition. There is a festive air and a shared joy in our dining rooms. It’s really quite beautiful,” Chef Frank Brigtsen said.

During the colonial period, the French Catholic meal began after a full day of religious observance and abstinence ending in Midnight Mass, or “la Messe de Minuit”. After midnight, the solemnity ended, and le Réveillon celebration, or “the eve”, would begin. Continue reading »

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Dec 122017
 

Jonathan Walker of The Station Coffee Shop and Bakery

He makes coffee. She bakes pastries. You get to enjoy the delicious results. Jonathan and Megan Walker, owners of The Station Coffee Shop and Bakery, admit to having a crush on their Mid-City building for years and just this year opened the doors for the new shop. The Station stands as a purple highlight in the neighborhood and is already a staple for many local residents. We sat down with Jonathan Walker to hear about his experience as a freshly-brewed entrepreneur.

Name: Jonathan Walker
Store: The Station Coffee Shop and Bakery
Since: February 2017

What ignited the spark for you to start your business?
I’ve been working in coffee since I graduated college, which is pretty common for people who graduate with an English degree. And I love it!My wife always wanted to be a baker and used to work at Angelo Brocato’s. We live about four blocks away and have always loved this building. It was sort of a dream of ours to buy it and open shop.

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Dec 052017
 

A sample of the email addresses that subscribed to MidCityMessenger.com. (image by UptownMessenger.com)

While the tales of Russian intrigue embroiling Washington may seem far from the potholes and politics of New Orleans, the country’s mysterious interest in the news landed right at home this week when thousands of new subscribers with Russian email addresses signed up for the daily headlines from our sister site at Mid-City Messenger. Continue reading »

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Nov 152017
 


Inspired​ ​by​ ​ABC’s​ ​​Dancing​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Stars​,​ ​the​ 8th​ ​Annual​ ​Young​ ​Audiences​ ​​Dancing​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Arts​ ​gala​ ​will​ ​feature​ ​local​ ​community​ ​leaders​ ​competing​ ​on the​ ​dance​ ​floor​ ​with​ ​professional​ ​dancers​ ​for​ ​the​ ​coveted​ ​People’s​ ​Choice​ ​Award.​ ​The​ ​​​gala​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​at​ ​The​ ​Civic​ ​Theatre​ ​on Friday,​ ​December​ ​1​ ​from​ ​7​ ​to​ ​11 p.m.​ ​starting​ ​with​ ​a​ ​red​ ​carpet​ ​reception​ ​and​ ​cocktail​ ​hour. Festivities​ ​include​ ​a silent​ ​auction,​ ​an​ ​open​ ​bar,​ ​fine​ ​fare,​ ​and​ ​entertainment.

The best part? All​ ​proceeds​ ​from​ ​the​ ​gala​ ​will​ ​support​ the ​Young​ ​Audiences​ ​afterschool​ ​and​ ​summer​ ​arts​ ​education programs.​

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Oct 242017
 

Zach Foster of Blue Dot Donuts

Before you even open a box of a dozen donuts from Blue Dot Donuts, you can smell the sweet, warm pastries calling.

When you finally crack the top open, you can see the intense colors of assorted donuts freshly baked and frosted—these are not your average donuts. Like jelly in a donut, New Orleans culture is injected right into the heart of Blue Dot Donuts.

Name: Zach Foster
Store: Blue Dot Donuts
Since: Founded in 2011

What ignited the spark in you to start your business?
Well technically, the business had already started when I bought it. I was the head baker six months after the store opened in 2011. Then, this last March, the owners decided to retire and gave me first dibs on buying the business, and I took them up on it.

Read the full story on MidCityMessenger.com here.

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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 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 242017
 

Kellie Thorn, from Atlanta, mixes two cocktails at Hi Hat Cafe. The 3rd annual Freret Street Block Party, the closing event of Tails of the Cocktail, included drinks at seven different restaurants from Jena to Soniat Street. (Zach Brien, UptownMessenger.com)

Seven bars on Freret Street between Jena and Soniat Streets offered specialty cocktails as part of the third annual Freret Street Block Party. The block party is the closing event for New Orleans’ annual Tails of the Cocktail event. Some participating venues featured bartenders from out of town.

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