Neighborhood Biz

Think Local, Drink Local

  Seven Three Distilling Company takes being a local business to an entirely new level: this producer of fine spirits is named after the 73 officially-designated neighborhoods in New Orleans. And their products all continue the theme, from Bywater Bourbon…

Turning Data Into Action

  “Data matters now more than ever, particularly with the amount of information available on the internet,” said Lamar Gardere, executive director of The Data Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to gathering facts about the southeast Louisiana region and presenting…

The Kitchen of Liberty

  Two self-evident truths: one, young people – particularly of color – face plenty of challenges in today’s New Orleans. Two, the hospitality industry – particularly the restaurant sector – faces plenty of challenges hiring and keeping staff in today’s…

Thinking Outside the Square

  With cash transactions comprising an ever-shrinking percentage of customers’ payments, it is more important than ever for business owners to be sure that their credit card payment processing is tailored to their needs and as low-cost as possible. Yet…

The Long Green Mile (or Two)

  To say that the Lafitte Greenway is a well-kept secret would be an overstatement, given that an estimated 1000 people use it daily. However, major physical enhancements as well as new programs have been unveiled during the pandemic period,…

The Power of Parkway

  Jay Nix never planned to own the most iconic po’boy shop in the universe. Back in the early 1990s, Nix, who was working in construction at the time, bought a nice little house on North Hagan Street right off…

Entertainment With A Punch

  What began right after Hurricane Katrina, has been on hiatus during the pandemic, and celebrates its 50th anniversary tomorrow night? If you answered “Friday Night Fights”, treat yourself to a ringside seat! The brainchild of Mike Tata, the fights…

The Healing Power of Art

  “Art is like an antidote,” proclaimed Pamela Bryan, owner and founder of Octavia Art Gallery. “I feel that art has played a major role in taking out some of the anxiety and sadness that the pandemic has brought into…

Spicing Up the Business

“The pandemic has forced everyone in the food service industry to get creative,” observed Vince Hayward, the fourth-generation owner and CEO of L.H. Hayward and Company. “We went from having a healthy amount of business to almost zero.” In a…

Making the Westbank the Best Bank

  For an organization celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, the Algiers Economic Development Foundation has a remarkably low profile – just like that often-overlooked area of the city that it serves. Executive Director Kelsey Foster is working to raise…