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 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 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 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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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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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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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 142017
 

Katarina & Jessica of Dance Quarter

Dance Quarter was founded by 3-time World Swing Dance Champion Nathalie Gomes. The multi-use space, which is also available for events, is nestled within a historic firehouse located just off Louisiana Avenue. Their mission is to provide recreational dance opportunities for everyone, regardless of age, size, or experience. They offer classes from Swing & Lindy Hop to Argentine Tango & Hip-Hop.

If you’re looking for an energetic environment to learn a few new dance moves or host a fun event, Dance Quarter has much to offer.

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. Continue reading »

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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 »

Dec 062016
 
Danielle Leighton of Spa Savoir Faire

Danielle Leighton of Spa Savoir Faire

With over 20 years of experience, the staff at Spa Savoir Faire is dedicated to providing every guest with the utmost quality of service. This cozy, uptown spa will remind you just how wonderful a little pampering can be. They offer a range of services, from massages to waxing, and the experts at Spa Savoir Faire promise you’ll leave with a sense of restoration and empowerment.

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.

ShopkeeperDanielle Leighton
ShopSpa Savoir Faire
Since: April 2012 Continue reading »

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Nov 222016
 
Tippy Tippens of Goods That Matter

Tippy Tippens of Goods That Matter

What is there not to love about Goods That Matter? The shop offers an incredible selection of philanthropic and environmentally conscious products that will have you feeling all of the good-feels knowing your dollar is not only supporting local talent, but also going to support local humanitarian endeavors. They’re conveniently located above Church Alley Coffee, so grab your favorite cup of grinds and make your way up to the shop.

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. Continue reading »

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