Feb 012012
 

Mardi Gras may be en route, but don’t let it overshadow another important holiday coming up. With less than two weeks before Valentine’s, now is the time to make sure you’ve got the perfect gift for that special someone. The ReTreat New Orleans has everything you need to pamper your loved one, whether it’s the service he or she has been talking about, or a gift certificate so they can choose themselves. Gift certificates are available in all denominations, and currently they have an extra bonus attached: spend $100 and receive $10 extra in gift doubloons, for a total value of $110. The gift of luxurious treatment at one of New Orleans’ finest salons: isn’t that so much better than chocolate?

Support your local small business: making New Orleans more beautiful since 2003, the ReTreat is open Tuesday 10-6, Wednesday and Thursdays 10-8, Friday 10-6, and Saturday 9-5. The ReTreat New Orleans is located at 801 S. Carrollton (at Maple). For more information or to book an appointment, call 504-866-7724 or visit their website at www.theretreatneworleans.net.

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Feb 012012
 

The gym is relocating to O.C. Haley. (photo by Jean-Paul Villere for UptownMessenger.com)

Jean-Paul Villere

The invention of gunpowder was an accident. So was plastic. Viagra too. The reinvention of Freret similarly so. Despite decades of best efforts of local government, administration pledges, and the citizenry alike and at large, Freret couldn’t get any measurable play until after Katrina. But to be clear, no one thing has made Freret what it is today. It has taken a village, um, of events, so to speak. But let’s start with the birth of the Freret Street Boxing Gym, established seven years ago. At the time, Freret’s business offerings were basically tattoos, red beans and hardware. Today, as it has been for decades upon decades, the hardware store is still there. But not the tattoos. And not the red beans, either. And, as of the last month, the gym has moved as well — to O.C. Haley Boulevard. Continue reading »

Jan 312012
 

New Orleans police respond to a robbery call at SciHigh on Loyola Avenue on Tuesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A student at The New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School had her keys taken and car stolen from her Tuesday morning at the Loyola Avenue campus by a former classmate who threatened that he was armed, school officials said. Continue reading »

Jan 312012
 

Brian Williams, 32, was the man found fatally shot Thursday inside a home in the 2600 block of Dante Street, authorities told the Times-Picayune.

Major Bonner, 25, was the victim gunned down around 4 p.m. Saturday near Washington Avenue and South Broad Street, the newspaper reported. He was shot multiple times outside a red pickup, and drugs were found nearby, police said in a news release at the time. Continue reading »

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Jan 302012
 

At a meeting in July, City Planning Director Yolanda Rodriguez holds an example of the new signs that will be required for any property requesting a land-use change. (via nolacitycouncil.com)

A well-received new program to notify residents of land-use changes near their homes or property through large signs and public mailings is on hold while the city decides which aspects of it to keep, officials said Monday. Continue reading »

Jan 302012
 

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (via justice.gov)

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will deliver a lecture titled “Protecting ‘The Most Basic Right’: Voting Rights Enforcement in the 21st Century” at noon Friday at Tulane Law School in a free event that’s open to the public, university officials said. Continue reading »

Jan 302012
 

Owen Courreges

Warning: I have just returned from New Orleans Comic-Con. Thus, I have not had a great deal of time to research a column topic. What follows may be a random, flowing stream of consciousness , but without the literary pedigree of James Joyce.

New Orleans Comic-Con. There has never been a more wretched hive of nerd and geekiness. Splayed out across numerous booths are enough comic books, posters, steampunk accessories, unapproachable “booth girls,” fake weapons and aging B-list celebrities to choke a bantha. Continue reading »

Jan 302012
 

Moldaner’s Camera & Imaging is delighted to announce a new photo exhibit going up at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park in the French Quarter! The exhibit, entitled “New Orleans Music Legends,” opens on Thursday, February 2nd, at the National Park Service location at 916 N. Peters in the French Quarter, featuring work by Charles Ted and Andrea Carin Oliphant. Moldaner’s is proud to have printed this great exhibit.

Whether you have an upcoming exhibit or just need some family photos done, Moldaner’s is ranked one of the top camera shops in the Gambit Weekly’s Best of New Orleans poll. Call 504-866-6757 or email moldaners@aol.com for a free consultation to learn more about what Moldaner’s Camera & Imaging can do for you. Limited-time only specials are available by Liking the Moldaner’s Facebook page, or visit the Moldaner’s website at www.moldaners.com for more information.

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Jan 292012
 

It’s chilly out there, so come on in to Fresco Cafe and try the new soup and salad special. For just $9, take your pick of a small Fresco salad (red onion, tomatos, artichokes, mixed greens, balsamic vinegrette dressing) or caesar salad (romaine, shredded parmesan, homemade croutons and homemade caesar dressing) plus your choice of soup of the day: currently, baked potato soup and roasted red pepper gouda. There’s no better or more affordable way to warm up on a cold winter’s afternoon, so come on in and try it today!

Whether you’re looking for a place to grab lunch between classes (Fresco Cafe accepts the Tulane SplashCard and NolaBucks), or need a spot to meet clients or colleagues, Fresco Cafe is the perfect choice. Fresco Cafe is located at 7625 Maple Street, and is open from 11-10 nightly. For more information visit the Fresco Cafe website at http://www.frescocafe.us/, visit their Facebook page, or call 504-862-6363 to place an order. Online ordering is available at http://www.frescoonline.com/.

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