Neighborhood Biz

The Life of Windowsill Pies

Among other appellations, New Orleans is often described as “the most European city in America.” A particularly tasty example of this cultural claim can be found uptown at 4714 Freret St., in the form of Windowsill Pies. Co-founders and owners…

Excite All Stars

  “We provide a safe place for kids to explore their gifts,” stated Gerald Williams. “We help them find their own landing place.” Williams is the co-founder and CEO of Excite All Stars, which offers a variety of youth programs…

Hell Freezes Over in Bywater

  “I’m from Louisiana, and growing up, my grandmother was always throwing around that phrase ‘a snowball’s chance in hell.’” Hence the name for a now-growing pandemic pop-up, Chance in Hell SnoBalls, explained co-founder and co-owner Kitten. She and her…

Building Houses, Framing Character

  “If you build it, the resources will follow.” This can-do attitude drives the success of both unCommon Construction and its founder and executive director, Aaron Frumin. The organization employs local high school students to build houses, providing on-the-job training…

When Sound Matters

  While many people today opt for the convenience of “Hey Alexa, play ‘Stairway to Heaven,’” true music lovers only listen to their favorite melodies on quality stereo systems. And many of them believe that older equipment – including vinyl…

A Town for Boys AND Girls

Over a full century of service, Boys Town has imprinted itself on the national consciousness in almost Normal Rockwell-like vignettes, of youthful males brought in from the cold for hot soup in front of a roaring fireplace. For Boys Town…

Fighting For Our Future

  Imagine if the state of Delaware suddenly disappeared into the Atlantic Ocean. Sure, Delaware is the smallest of the United States – but it is almost 2000 square miles, its population is about one million people, and among other…

Aiding the Innocent

  Few circumstances in life could be more horrifying than to be imprisoned for a crime one did not commit. But no system is perfect, and it is simply a fact that there are people serving long jail sentences despite…

The Real Movie Experience

  Back in the day, many New Orleans neighborhoods boasted a nearby movie theater, each with its own unique character. But as the big chains moved in and established their glitzy multi-plexes, and television kept many people entertained at home,…

Connecting the Community

  While Chambers of Commerce have been part of the fabric of business communities around the United States for over two centuries, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce is a fairly new entity, having been founded in 2004. Perhaps this…

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…