Labors of Love

Gone Fishin’

  Yesterday my Facebook page blew up with friends posting photos of their fathers and sharing treasured stories of paternal love. I was not particularly close to my father, but my grandfathers hold a truly tender place in my heart.…

Sew Wonderful

  “My hands have always provided for me,” says Denise Taylor, owner of Mes Amis Quilt Shop. When Taylor was a young girl, her grandmother made her stay inside during the heat of the day and taught her how to…

Happy Hour Hunting

Eschewing the corporate corner offices and Brooks Brothers suits, an entrepreneurial triumvirate strategize their next moves en plein air beneath a blue pop-up tent in an Uptown courtyard. Cary Greenwood, Noah Stambovsky and Sam Stein are the team behind Drinker’s Edition, an app that connects…

Ice Cream Outside the Norm

  When he lived in San Francisco, Rahn Broady cooked professionally. Now in New Orleans, he’s turned his talents to gardening, teaching and making tasty ice cream — Broady is the owner of The New 7th Ward Ice Cream Speakeasy.…

¡Vamonos NOLA!

  Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo, and celebration that typically involves cerveza, chips, salt-rimmed glasses of margaritas and much jubilation. ¡Vamonos NOLA!, a Spanish language program celebrates all Latin holidays equally. They offer play-based language learning programming, which includes camps,…

A Bibliophile's Delight

  “We’ve heard about used bookstores, but we’d never seen one,” is what Steve Lacy, owner of Dauphine Street Books, often hears as young people wander into his business to escape the French Quarter’s verve and bustle. Upon entering the…

Conquering Water

  Randy Newman’s song, “Louisiana 1927” pretty much sums up New Orleans’ interminable challenge with having just way too much water. “Louisiana, Louisiana. They’re tryin’ to wash us away.” And as the sea levels continue to rise, we continue to…

Bamboo King

Three years ago, in a completely haphazard fashion, Mark Sanders built a burgeoning business with only $100 and the engrossing desire for a bit of privacy. His business, Ninth Ward Nursery, is a small-scale garden center specializing in tropical plants,…

Chef Isaac Toups

  Chef Isaac Toups’ energy is a bit like a toddler’s who’s chugged two lukewarm Mountain Dews and munched three bags of pop rocks. He seems always a breath away from some piquant smart-ass remark and he’s inescapably charming. Most…

New Orleans Street Gallery Project

Without traffic lights and stop signs, navigating one’s way around New Orleans could be even more hazardous than it is. Often, where there are traffic lights there are utility boxes containing all the transformers, timers and equipment that make a…

When Nature Calls

Benjamin Franklin High School cheerleaders, dance squad, majorettes and their support staff deemed Eve Peyton, Franklin’s communications and marketing coordinator, a bit of hero the other week because she drew up a map that clearly showed every available restroom along the…

Hats Off

In the late 1870s, a young ambitious lad delivered hats walking from a St. Charles Avenue hat store to customers in the Garden District. Within a few years, the same young man moved up to cleaning and brushing fedoras and…

Life Changing App

Walter Gugenberger, owner of Flow Digital, a full-service software development company, likes nothing better than solving complex problems. “I love what I do, and I think I’m good at it,” he says. “I compare it to playing with digital LEGOs.”…

Sweet Smell of Success

When Emily Manger bought her house in New Orleans’ Riverbend neighborhood, her father advised her to begin the renovation by first fixing the rickety porch or painting the house’s dingy interior. But the first thing Manger did was plant a…

Give in to the Glitter

A bit of glitter takes absolutely anything from boring to brilliant in one shiny second. In New Orleans, this ubiquitous accoutrement is completely synonymous with our oh-so-many celebrations, parties and parades. Now, three vibrant women have created a store that…

The Quarter Stitch

The Quarter Stitch, a small three-room store, is satisfyingly settled into the French Quarter just a stone’s throw from Jackson’s Square.  The store has solidly stood the test of time as this year marks its 50th anniversary. In a riot…

The Laurel

  Recently the New Orleans City Council took the first step toward cutting back on the number of short-term rentals allowed to operate in the city, moving forward with a plan that would require owners to live on the site…

Another Good Year

  Another year of balancing accounts, keeping up with trends, ordering inventory, satisfying  clients, and being your own boss (for better or worse) is in the books as we have bid adieu to 2018. For another year, I’ve had the…

Stairlifts of Louisiana

Dorothy Egan loves nothing more than staying busy. She spends her days doing dishes, baking cookies and folding laundry. At age 93, however, with several discs in her back damaged, causing her constant pain and stopping her from walking, doing…

Heavenly Bakery

  Donuts, pastries and pies: two sisters, Trinise Proster and Antoinette Bradford, are slowly building a sweet dream one step at a time on the corner of Elysian Fields and Filmore. Lawrence Bakery “Mr. Wedding Cake” and Gambino’s once used this…

John Gendusa Bakery

  Boston has its brown bread and San Francisco has its sourdough, but nothing beats New Orleans’ delicious French bread or poor boy bread. It’s the very heart and soul of any decent poor boy sandwich. And no one does…