Before the prohibition era, New Orleans prided itself on being the “Beer Capitol of the South.” Now, with five breweries and more on the way, those days may be returning. Urban South, open for only seven months, just celebrated its expansion. The brewery had a ribbon cutting ceremony for new tanks in their Tchoupitoulas Street home on Friday, Nov. 11. “It’s a relatively small town but I think it’s really a town that embraces local products.
On utility poles throughout the university area, stapled sheets of paper plead to “Help Save Maple Street Book Shop!”, the book store that has been operating there since 1964 and, yet again, faces an uncertain future. The only thing that differentiates the store from another house on the block is the green sign in front, partially blending into the bushes, that reads “Maple Street Book Shop” and the sale cart of books on the porch. Since its inception, the book shop was passed down to three different owners before it landed in the hands of Gladin Scott, its current caretaker. Before he became the sole owner of the shop in 2013, Scott was a loyal customer from when he was 17. Last year Scott announced he was closing the bookshop after 51 years in business.
The Broadmoor Arts and Wellness center opened its doors last year with the purpose of offering affordable developmental programs and activities to New Orleans residents. Located on the second floor of the former St. Matthias school on General Taylor Boulevard, the center is one of four main anchors founded through the Broadmoor Improvement Association. There is also the South Broad Community Health Center, the Andrew H. Wilson Charter School and the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center. “What’s really wonderful is we try to provide wellness programming for not only just the Broadmoor neighborhood, but New Orleans in general that’s going to enhance quality of life,” said Elaine Looney, program director for the Wellness Center.
Gasa Gasa teamed up with Beaucoup Juice to launch its newest attraction this weekend with the opening of Sonic Juice. Gasa Gasa, Freret Street’s music and arts venue, opened the juice bar in its courtyard with drinks from Beaucoup Juice. The local juice bar and smoothie shop recently closed its storefront on Freret Street. The company stays in business by catering private events and festivals. The new courtyard juice bar is called Sonic Juice and offers alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages including sno-balls, daiquiris made from fresh fruit, and other frozen and non-frozen options.