Dec 192013
 
Vesna Maras at Mint Uptown Salon on Dryades Street. (submitted photo)

Vesna Maras at Mint Salon on Dryades Street. (submitted photo)

Meet Vesna Maras, the lawyer turned retailer who has swapped her legalese for an altogether new jargon. Having had a 19-year career as an attorney in California and most recently New Orleans, the pursuit of a budding retail endeavor has nipped at Maras’ heels for the last little while. And after countless hours of wonder that turning to planning and execution, the end result now unveils twofold: enter Mint Uptown Salon, a contemporary neighborhood spa, and Frances & Finch, an adjacent apparel and home goods boutique. Both are located at 4601 Dryades, next to Il Posto Cafe. Continue reading »

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Dec 182013
 

Investigators place evidence cones in the parking lot of the Chase bank at Carrollton and Claiborne after an armored-car guard was fatally shot Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Investigators place evidence cones in the parking lot of the Chase bank at Carrollton and Claiborne after an armored-car guard was fatally shot Wednesday morning. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Investigators fill the parking lot of the Chase bank at Carrollton and Claiborne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Investigators fill the parking lot of the Chase bank at Carrollton and Claiborne. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

A 45-year-old armored-car guard was shot and killed by three men in the parking lot of a bank at South Carrollton and Claiborne avenues Wednesday morning, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Dec 172013
 
City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks at her first re-election fundraiser on Oct. 9. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

City Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell speaks at her first re-election fundraiser on Oct. 9. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

After qualifying for the Feb. 1 city elections ended last week, LaToya Cantrell is the only member of the New Orleans City Council without a re-election battle on her hands.

With her first full four-year term ahead of her, Cantrell said this week that she can give all her focus to her priorities — blight and housing issues, crime and public safety, and, most immediately, revisions to the city’s Mardi Gras parade rules. Continue reading »

Dec 162013
 

Egyptologist Nicholas Piccardo will speak this evening (Monday, Dec. 16) at Tulane University on “Life in an Ancient Egyptian Elite Household,” then head to Baton Rouge for a discussion of digital archaeology on Tuesday, as part of a double-header of lectures through a new collaboration between the Louisiana Art and Science Museum and the American Research Center in Egypt, New Orleans Interest Group. Continue reading »

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Dec 162013
 

Owen Courreges

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again.” 

That’s apparently the motto of the First Spanish American Baptist Church (FSABC), which owns the dilapidated wood-frame building located at 1824 Sophie Wright Place in the Lower Garden District.  Their latest application to demolish the structure was rejected this past Thursday by the Historic District Landmarks Commission (HDLC). Continue reading »

Dec 162013
 

Ashley Machen, Owner and Travel Specialist at Treasure Travel, is launching the first in a series of unique wine & spirits tours called “Adventures by the Glass”.

The inaugural 6-day “Exclusive Napa/Sonoma Wine Tour” will begin May 31, 2014 and will bring the traveler to specially selected wineries off-the-beaten-path, in addition to some notable Napa and Sonoma highlights.

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Dec 142013
 

Announcer Andrew Ward holds up "Market Money" at the 2011 Freretstivus market on Freret Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

Announcer Andrew Ward holds up “Market Money” at the 2011 Freretstivus market on Freret Street. (UptownMessenger.com file photo by Sabree Hill)

The Freret Market’s “Freretstivus” winter shopping bazaar is opening shop at 10 a.m. today (Saturday, Dec. 14) under a sunny sky, in spite of earlier predictions of rain.

After the market, the Freret Clay Center will have a new opening featuring two ceramics artists. Continue reading »

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Dec 132013
 

Stephen Gordon

Stephen Gordon

Reid Stone

Reid Stone

An advocate for Lakeview street repairs and a marketing entrepreneur bring the field of candidates vying for Susan Guidry’s seat on the New Orleans City Council to six when qualifying closed Friday afternoon, but Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell drew no opponents. Continue reading »