Sep 122011

The Freret Business and Property Owner Association will hold its quarterly meeting at 5:15 p.m. tonight at the Neighborhood Housing Services building, 4525 Freret St. Among the agenda items are working with Neighbors United on blight issues, a Loyola community service project, trash and planters on the sidewalk, and new businesses on the corridor.

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Sep 122011

Owen Courrèges

Of the myriad conveniences of daily life, there are many I could do without.  If tomorrow you told me that I had to use a wood burning stove instead of a microwave, I wouldn’t starve to death.  If you said AM radio was “good enough” and killed FM and Satellite radio, I could certainly make do.

However, just because you can live without something doesn’t mean you should have to.  One thing that we are constantly being urged to give up in our daily lives is simple but crucial – plastic shopping bags. Continue reading »

Sep 122011

Fast, professional, and hassle-free: that’s what men can expect when they come to New Deal Hair Salon. Randy Spitler, a native New Orleanian, has been cutting men’s hair for over 35 years, and knows exactly what men need when it comes to their hair. Time is valuable, which is why Randy offers a high-quality haircut at a minimum of time and cost. Men’s haircuts are only $22, and you can be in and out and back to work in less than half an hour.

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Sep 112011

Firefighters mop up after a fire Saturday night in the 7900 block of Forshey. (Robert Morris,

Firefighters extinguished a blaze at an abandoned Gert Town home Saturday night for at least the third time in recent months, they said, as residents worried about their safety near the frequently igniting building. Continue reading »

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Sep 102011

Lusher Charter School's lower-school campus on Willow Street, where the old playground has been removed but an upgrade to the play equipment is planned in the spring. (Robert Morris,

They say good things come to those who wait: Elementary students at Lusher Charter School’s Willow Street campus started the school year without a playground, but the equipment slated to replace it this spring is expected to include a zip line. Continue reading »

Sep 102011

Great news for all you Hurricane Head fans — NOLA Til Ya Die is now on Facebook and Twitter! Check out the NOLA Til Ya Die pages for news, discounts, new merchandise, and other promotions — and to celebrate the launch, NOLA Til Ya Die is offering a 10% discount with the use of the promo code “UptownMessenger”. Just enter it into the promo code field with your order to receive your discount, and start sporting your local style today!

Founded in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, NOLA Til Ya Die espouses a positive message celebrating how much we love to live here. Free domestic shipping is available for all items, and all major credit cards and PayPal are accepted. To place your order, and to show the city you love some love back, visit

Sep 092011

One Uptown-based lawmaker will face three opponents in his newly drawn district in the Oct. 22 election, while the rest of the area’s legislative delegation appears likely to return to Baton Rouge without a re-election fight. Continue reading »

Sep 092011

An architect's rendering of the Pine Street view of the rear of the Audubon Charter School expansion.

With plans finalized for a mid-winter move to a temporary location in Gentilly, Audubon Charter School is now moving forward with preparations for renovations to its Broadway campus. Continue reading »

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Sep 092011

Christy Lorio (photo by Leslie Almeida)

OK, I’ll admit it. When it comes to groceries, all bets are off. The one thing that my husband and I splurge on every week is food. We don’t dump out the contents of our wallets at expensive department stores, we don’t drive fancy cars, and I can’t tell you the last time I was in a casino, but damn can we get busy in the grocery store. Taleggio cheese? Check. Ice cream made from goat milk? Oh, yeah, now you’re talking. Continue reading »

Sep 092011

Education is hard work – whether you’re a teacher, a student, or anything in between, The Retreat New Orleans knows how much time and effort you put into your job. That’s why The Retreat offers a special discount on all its services – hair, facials, waxing, massages, mani/pedis, and makeup – for students and teachers. Normally, students receive 10% off every Tuesday, and teachers receive 10% off all week long. But to welcome you back to school, the Retreat is offering that 10% student discount (with valid ID) for the entire month of September. Now that’s a perfect day to relax after a long day in class!

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

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Sep 082011

Marigold Pascaul and Charlotte Ordeneaux wear black and gold fleur de lis and feather headbands, while cheering for the Saints at Tracey's on Magazine Street last season. (Sabree Hill/

Football season is finally here. Why not start the season off right by watching the Saints take on Green Bay tonight down in the Irish Channel, at Tracey’s!  Tracey’s Original Irish Channel Bar has 18 plasma TVs perfect for watching any football game.  There’s also a full menu featuring the Best Roast Beef Po-Boy on Earth along with great appetizers like wings, cheese fries and boudin balls.

Continue reading to find out more and to view some photos from a Saints viewing party last season at Tracey’s.

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