Harry’s Ace Hardware to close after 63 years on Magazine Street


The owners of Harry’s Ace Hardware, Cary Becker and Kelly and Scott Fox, announced Thursday (Dec. 2) that their iconic hardware store will close after 63 years serving New Orleans’ do-it-yourselfers at 3535 Magazine St., and over 100 years in business in New Orleans. Harry’s Ace Hardware will close its doors in the second quarter of 2022, the company said in a press release. “We want to thank our long-term customers and our loyal employees and ensure that they have plenty of notice about this change,” Becker said. “They have been the heart and soul of Harry’s from the day we opened our doors so many years ago,”

The building at 3535 Magazine has a storied history, dating from its beginnings as a car dealership.

Viewpoint: Progressives show mainstream clout in the sheriff’s race

With the Dec. 11 runoff election just nine days away, the candidates and the political action committees behind them are wasting no time getting out their last-minute messages — mostly in the form of attacks. Though not officially on the ballot, the construction of an 89-bed special needs jail is at the heart of this year’s competition between Sheriff Marlin Gusman and former Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson. Gusman won 48% of the vote in the primary while Hutson ran second with 32%.  

With the Sheriff’s Office still under the federal consent decree, U.S. District Judge Lance Africk’s posturing has made it clear: build a special needs jail from scratch and commit the resources to operate it or face the consequences. It’s hard to disagree in public with a federal judge.

Police blotter: Three carjackings, four purse snatchings, an armed robbery

Uptown neighborhoods saw a rash of carjackings and purse snatchings in the past week. Four of the eight robberies and carjackings reported took place in the Irish Channel, and five of the eight victims were 60 or older. Carjackings in Lower Garden District, Irish Channel

A carjacker got into a pickup truck that was left running in the Irish Channel early Wednesday (Dec. 1). The owner, a 63-year-old man, stepped away from his pickup in the 400 block of Philip Street at about 4:15 a.m. When he returned, he found the man inside.

Man shot to death in Hoffman Triangle

A man was shot to death Tuesday night (Nov. 30) in the Hoffman Triangle neighborhood, the New Orleans Police Department reported. NOPD Sixth District officers responded to shots fired in the 3800 block of Washington Avenue just before 9:10 p.m. Officers discovered an adult male with a gunshot wound. Medical responders pronounced him dead at the scene. The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office will determine the official cause of death and release the victim’s name upon completion of an autopsy and the notification of family.

Police arrest suspect in July triple shooting that killed a woman

The NOPD’s Homicide Unit and Violent Offenders Warrant Squad arrested Dalton C. Bennett Jr., 22, on Wednesday (Nov. 24) in the investigation of a July homicide and triple shooting in Central City. During a search of the location where Bennett was apprehended, detectives secured four assault rifles, five handguns, several bags of narcotics and a large amount of cash and ammunition. Bennett is accused of opening fire at a group of people gathered on Rev. John Raphael Jr. Way and Josephine Street just after 10 p.m. on July 20. Danyell Fox, 38, was struck by the gunfire that also injured a 34-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man.

Holiday markets and events make the yuletide bright across Uptown neighborhoods

A wide variety of markets in Uptown neighborhoods give you the chance to find the perfect Christmas gift for family and friends while supporting local artists and businesses. Plus, browsing a market is more fun than shopping online or in the big-box stores. If you want to forget about the shopping and just sit back and enjoy the festive spirit, you can take in a concert inside one of Uptown’s resplendent churches. A list of markets and other holiday events is below. Christmas markets


Shop local on Small Business Satuday

Making shopping local your holiday tradition, beginning with Small Business Saturday on Nov. 27. Shopping small can be a big deal, and not only because you avoid the crowds and frenzy. When consumers make the choice to shop small and support local businesses, purchases have thee times the impact, according to StayLocal.org.  That’s because funds recirculate in the local economy longer. Here’s some deals you can find local businesses.

Three teens are arrested in armed carjackings after police chase

The New Orleans Police Department on Monday (Nov. 22) arrested three juveniles in the investigation of an armed carjacking in the Freret neighborhood. At 12:55 p.m., NOPD Second District officers responded to a call of an armed carjacking at Freret and Soniat streets. The victim, a 32-year-old woman, was robbed of her black Mazda vehicle at gunpoint by three male teenagers. The carjackers reportedly fled in the victim’s vehicle, followed by a white Volvo SUV that had been reported stolen in an Uptown armed carjacking incident the previous day.

Creole Oyster Dressing like your grand-mère used to make

Oyster dressing, or farci d’huîtres, served with turkey was already an established tradition in 19th century New Orleans. “Nothing is more elegant or recherché than an Oyster Dressing,” reads the original “Picayune Creole Cookbook,” published in 1901. “Oyster stuffings are favorite Creole dressings for turkeys.”

Our family’s Thanksgiving tables yield oyster dressings with only the slightest variations, the Creole-French-Spanish, the Creole-Irish-Italian and the Creole-French-German version. They all look and taste the same to me, except one. That one included beef.