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Live Oaks and Mini Golf

  As coronavirus restrictions ease and those who haven’t been frontline workers cautiously leave their homes, being a tourist in your hometown is more tantalizing than ever. One of New Orleans’ most popular tourist destinations is City Park, and it…

Episode 5: Melinda Bourgeois

  Eager to get away? The travel industry is starting to open back up, but is it safe? What are the most in-demand destinations for New Orleanians right now? When can you expect the best deals? Melinda Bourgeois has owned…

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

  The fight against COVID-19 has been miserable, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Sports are making a comeback. The UFC is holding fights, albeit in empty arena. NASCAR has resumed its 2020 season with races…

Fashionable Masks

  I’ve worn mine to brave the grocery, to visit, but not hug, the grandkids and to comfort a friend, who on Mother’s Day, got a call saying that after a long brutal battle, COVID-19 finally defeated her son. My…

Flying the Socially Distant Skies

  Yesterday, 190,477 people were screened by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at airports nationwide. On the same day last year, 2,312,727 travelers were screened. With companies continuing to limit work trips and leisure trips looking questionable, the precipitous decline…

Biz Talks: Episode 4 – Mark Romig

  In this episode, Rich Collins talks to Mark Romig, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at New Orleans & Company, about the state of tourism, New Orleans & Company's marketing plan and what is in store for the…

Skincare Company Pivots to Hand Sanitizer

Amidst feelings of anxiety, mourning, frustration and uncertainty, the founders of Amber House, a New Orleans-based skincare company, wanted to find something positive to do for the community. “We started to think what good can we offer in this time,”…

Return to Action

  It’s been just two months since the NBA abruptly postponed its season after players tested positive for COVID-19 and leagues around the world followed their lead, but it seems like eons ago that a live game was played. Sure,…

Jefferson Chamber’s Bites for Knights

  To show appreciation for all of the first-responder heroes of COVID-19, the Jefferson Chamber Foundation — a charitable foundation that supports the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce with beautification initiatives, professional development and leadership programs — has created the Bites…

Carpe Diem?

  Following the statewide lifting of the stay-at-home order, New Orleans will begin to open up businesses Saturday at 6 a.m. New Orleans, considered a hot spot for the coronavirus with 6,718 cases and 477 deaths, will have stricter mandates…

Don’t Avoid the ER

By Dr. Charles Muntan     During the pandemic, we have had a steady stream of patients presenting in our ER with possible COVID-19 cases, however we’ve noticed a sharp decline in patients with serious, non-COVID-19 health issues because of…

Biz Talks: Episode 3 – Michael L. Williamson

  With all the talk of opening businesses back up, one thing not being discussed a lot is childcare. According to a recent survey, one-third of childcare providers in greater New Orleans reported that an extended closure will force them…

Live Oak Cafe

  Mother’s Day is traditionally one of the restaurant industry’s biggest days. Last year, Live Oak Cafe was jumping. The music was humming, and wall-to-wall customers were delightfully devouring shrimp and grits, sweet potato bacon Benedict, and raspberry dream pancakes.…

Marquis Matchups

  For the second time in as many weeks, the NFL has provided sports fans with hope amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In late April, the Draft allowed fans a moment of normalcy, as teams added young talent to their rosters.…

Future of Cruising Uncertain

  In the ever-shifting landscape created by the uncertainties of coronavirus, the seascape fares no better. Cruise lines are extending cancelations, suffering financial losses, and New Orleans, the sixth-largest cruise port in the United States, is being directly impacted. Carnival…

Biz Talks: Episode 2 - Mike Siegel

  In our second episode, associate news editor Rich Collins talks to Mike Siegel, the president and director of office leasing at Corporate Realty, about the effects of COVID-19 on the New Orleans real estate market. He shares his thoughts…

Bread & Roses

  I’ve been baking bread for nearly five decades. I love the rhythmic zen of kneading. I have a special bowl for proofing and a dedicated heating pad to aid the process. I enjoy the gentle shaping of the loaves,…