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The More You Know

  There is no precedent for the current state of the world and the impact of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Many of us feel we are grasping at straws to know where to begin in the “new normal.” We’ve…

No Stopping Love

What a time we are having! As I write this month’s publishers note (in early March) we are in an all-out virus crisis with events shutting down left and right. My hope is that by the time our April issue…

Chef’s Brigade

Local healthcare workers and first responders are commonly eating out of vending machines and grabbing snacks wherever they can, while, at the same time, restaurants are struggling for business. Looking to provide relief to both groups, local author Troy Gilbert,…

“Hang in there and maintain hope”

  The potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak didn’t really register for many around the world until sports were affected. At first, leagues around the world planned to move forward through the pandemic by playing in empty stadiums. It wasn’t…

Coronavirus Puts Thousands Out of Work

  When the world is in crisis, it’s easy to give in to the feelings of anxiety and fear. Sometimes you need to, maybe for 30 minutes, before you pull yourself back out of that place and refocus on moving…

T-shirts That Give Back

Resilient, resourceful, and ready-for-action are the descriptors for most of us New Orleanians. And nowhere is that more evident than in the teaming of hospitality worker Monica Bourgeois and Blake Haney, owner of Dirty Coast, a community conscious t-shirt business.…

Brady Makes It Personal

  In a week dominated by news of the Covid-19, the beginning of the NFL’s new year broke through disaster coverage to remind us of life beyond the virus. Drew Brees re-signed with the New Orleans Saints, Teddy Bridgewater left…

Communication Is Key

  These are anxious times. We’ve been bombarded by messages, data, scenarios, facts and fictions about COVID-19, a pandemic that doctors and experts have never seen before.  People want to know that their government/management/ownership care about them and their overall…

Irresponsible Rhetoric & March Madness

  Sports, for many of us, have been described as a matter of life and death, but seemingly overnight Wednesday, that point of view was put into perspective when the NBA announced a player had contracted COVID-19 and suspended the…

Coronavirus Disrupts Tourism

  On Monday, the city of New Orleans declared its first presumed case of coronavirus, or COVID-19. There are now at least three such cases in the city being treated at three different hospitals. On Tuesday night, the state of…

Limousine Livery Invests in Luxury

For more years than I care to admit, I’ve traversed this pot-holed city in a variety of beaters — unattractive, high-mileage cacophonous cars. Often, while stuck in traffic on Claiborne Avenue or Veterans Blvd, I’d muse about sitting in a…

Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands

Communicable diseases bring a certain dread to those who work in the tourism and hospitality industry. Since news of Coronavirus, or Covid-19, first made headlines, those who are responsible for the health and safety of travelers and conveners have been…

Digging In

  I grew up in Milwaukee where the coming of spring bursts into one’s life with intoxicating hope and exuberant color. There was never anything subtle about the season. With sun yellow blossoms poking through the winter’s last snow, daffodils…

Back to Work

Mardi Gras is now behind us and French Quarter and Jazz Fest are up ahead, so March is the month things have to happen. This month Idea Village and the Tulane Freeman School of Business will again co-produce New Orleans…

One For The Road

  "Love you #WhoDatNation. Let's make another run at it!" With an Instagram post 10 days ago, Drew Brees announced his intention to return to the New Orleans Saints for the 2020 season. With that, the Saints’ future – at…

Break a Leg

When people travel, they are wise to look for cultural gems off the beaten path. That is especially true for New Orleans and the larger metro region. Ask most locals what they do on a Friday night, and few would…

Revitalizing the New Orleans Chamber

New Orleans Chamber of Commerce's executive vice president and COO, Sandra Lombana Lindquist takes pride in her ability to cultivate and nurture businesses. She knows that she’s chosen the right professional calling – economic development. “I like to see things…