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Nurturing the Soul of New Orleans

To quote the Grammy- and Oscar-winning keyboardist, singer, and composer Jon Batiste, “New Orleans is the soul of America.” Its cultural mosaic, shaped by African, French, Spanish and Creole influences, is celebrated worldwide. The Crescent City’s unique cultural tapestry is…

Top Real Estate Influencers

It’s happening, but it’s much more expensive. Those seven words very succinctly describe the current market in real estate and construction. While supply costs still remain higher than pre-pandemic levels, they have been joined by a plethora of other increases.…

Modern Social Club Common House to Open in New Orleans in 2024

NEW ORLEANS — Common House will open in New Orleans in early summer 2024. In partnership with Adventurous Journeys (“AJ”) Capital Partners, Common House will take over the former Louisiana Children’s Museum space at 420 Julia Street.  Constructed in the…

Food Services Company to Expand St. John the Baptist Parish Facility

RESERVE, La. – From Louisiana Economic Development: National Meat and Provision Company, a nearly 100-year-old family-owned food service company whose clients include such iconic Louisiana restaurants as Brennan’s and Commander’s Palace, announced it is investing more than $437,600 to expand…

Dr. Kathy Johnson Named UNO President

NEW ORLEANS — On Sept. 14, the board of supervisors for the University of Louisiana System voted to name Dr. Kathy Johnson the eighth president of the University of New Orleans. “I am so thrilled by this news, almost lost…

Al Copeland Foundation Auctioning Rare Ford Mustang for Charity

BILOXI, Miss.  – The Al Copeland Foundation, in partnership with the Seauxing Seeds Foundation, will auction off an ultra-rare 2007 Saleen Parnelli Jones Edition Ford Mustang to raise funds for cancer clinical trial programs and the patient assistance fund at…

Cantrell Nominates Anne Kirkpatrick to Lead NOPD

NEW ORLEANS – On Sept. 11, Mayor LaToya Cantrell selected Anne Kirkpatrick to be the next superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department.  "Following an extensive, nationwide search, I am grateful that Anne Kirkpatrick has accepted the opportunity to lead…

New Orleans Redevelopment Authority to Auction Vacant Lots

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – The New Orleans Redevelopment Authority will host an online-only auction of 100-plus vacant residential lots in New Orleans. The properties have a minimum bid price of $4,000 each. The auction will take place from 8…

Inaugural NOLA Coffee Festival Set for Sept. 15-16

NEW ORLEANS — More than 50 exhibitors, including 25 coffee roasters and brands from across the Gulf South, will gather for the NOLA Coffee Festival Sept. 15-16 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. “Coffee Fest is a great…

Felipe’s Partners with Tulane Quarterback Michael Pratt

NEW ORLEANS – Felipe’s Taqueria announced that it has partnered with Tulane University quarterback Michael Pratt for the 2023-2024 football season.  “Michael is a familiar face to our Uptown team. He was ordering a burrito one afternoon, and we started…

Breeze Offers Big Sale on Fares to and from New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS – Through Sept. 7, Breeze Airways customers can get a 50% discount off the base fare of one-way or roundtrip flights to and from New Orleans for travel before March 7, 2024. From New Orleans, Breeze offers nonstop…

Federal Student Loan Interest Has Started Accruing Again

NEW YORK (AP) — Interest on federal student loans has started accumulating again after a three-year pause because of the COVID-19 pandemic. You still have at least another month before you'll need to start paying back your loans, so don't…

Is Downtown Looking Up?

In the post-pandemic era, factors like remote work, historic tax credits and an appetite for entertainment are shaping the way people use the city’s commercial center to live, work and play. One of the region’s leading…

Hyundai Donates $100K to Children’s Hospital New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Children’s Hospital New Orleans has announced a $100,000 Impact Award from Hyundai Hope on Wheels that will support more than 1,000 children from Louisiana and the Gulf South who are cared for by the hospital’s…

Canal Place Welcomes Indigo Boutique

NEW ORLEANS — Indigo Boutique is now open at Canal Place.  The shop offers a variety of women’s clothing and provides personal styling services. “We’re thrilled to bring a new clothing boutique to Canal Place,” said Mark Gianquitti, the mall’s…

News of New Globalstar CEO Boosts Stock Price

COVINGTON, La. — Covington-based satellite operator Globalstar, one of the area’s few publicly traded companies, has named Paul Jacobs as its CEO. The former Qualcomm boss and Silicon Valley hot shot will replace David Kagan, who is retiring after about…

PortSL Signs Agreement with Ukraine Sea Ports Authority

RESERVE, La. — On Aug. 29, the Port of South Louisiana (PortSL) and Ukraine Sea Ports Authority (USPA) signed a memorandum of understanding, launching a cooperative alliance directed at technical guidance toward planning, development, construction, administration, and operation and maintenance…

Louisiana Healthcare Startup Secures $1M in Funding

NEW ORLEANS — Nestor, a Lafayette-based healthcare startup, has completed the Idea Village’s IDEAinstitute early-stage accelerator program and secured $1 million in funding.  Nestor was founded by Jordy Davidson and chiropractor Shawn Johnston. The software as service (SaaS) company hopes…

$40M Roof Replacement Underway at Convention Center

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center is replacing 1.9 million square feet of traditional roofing with a new roofing system designed to be energy efficient. The $40 million roof replacement project is part of a…

Harahan Company Releases New Flavor of Frozen Shrimp

HARAHAN, La. (press release) — Prime Shrimp has announced the launch of New Orleans Style BBQ flavored frozen shrimp. The flavor, which combines the tang of lemon butter and Worcestershire sauce with the spice of black pepper and chili flakes,…

US Tightens Some Offshore Oil Rig Safety Rules

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday finalized tighter rules for complex devices meant to prevent catastrophic blowouts on offshore oil and gas drilling rigs, reversing some Trump administration policies and returning to a more stringent regulatory stance…

McEnery Residential Opens New Branch Office in Covington

COVINGTON, La. — McEnery Residential has announced the formal opening of a new office in downtown Covington. Margot Rainold and Molly Koenig lead the company’s Northshore team. “Margot and Molly have been an integral part of McEnery Residential’s continued growth…

Audubon CEO Ron Forman to Retire in 2024

NEW ORLEANS — Audubon Nature Institute President and CEO Ron Forman has announced plans to retire at the end of 2024. Forman has led Audubon Nature Institute through multiple decades of growth. The nonprofit’s attractions include Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium,…

Aldi to Buy 400 Winn-Dixie, Harveys Groceries in Southern US

NEW YORK (AP) — Discount grocer Aldi said Wednesday it plans to buy 400 Winn-Dixie and Harveys supermarkets in the southern U.S. Under a proposed merger agreement, Aldi will acquire all outstanding shares of Jacksonville, Florida-based Southeastern Grocers Inc., the…

Commander’s Palace Releases First Sparkling Wine

NEW ORLEANS — Commander's Palace has announced the launch of Commander's Palace Cuvée Brut, the restaurant’s latest wine project. Produced in partnership with Terres Secrètes and made with grapes from the Mâconnais region of Burgundy, the pinot noir-based sparkling wine…

Announcing Propeller 2023 Impact Accelerator Ventures

NEW ORLEANS (press release) — Propeller has announced the 20 ventures selected for our nationally recognized Impact Accelerator. This program catalyzes transformative social impact by supporting startup and growth entrepreneurs working towards community oriented solutions to our region’s most pressing…

Former LP&L Headquarters in Algiers Point for Sale

NEW ORLEANS — Keller Williams Realty New Orleans is marketing the 80,834-square-foot former LP&L building in Algiers Point for $3,375,000 and an adjacent 1.03-acre parking lot for $1.5 million. “The Louisiana Power and Light Headquarters is an incredible opportunity for…

University of Holy Cross Announces Student Exchange Program

NEW ORLEANS — The University of Holy Cross has announced its first international student exchange program in partnership with the University of San Miguel Arcangel in Honduras. More than 60 Latin American, African and Asian students will have the opportunity…

Airbnb Profit Jumps to $650M in 2Q

NEW YORK (AP) — Airbnb said Thursday its second-quarter profit jumped more than 70% over last summer, to $650 million, as revenue rose on strong bookings for summer-vacation rentals. The San Francisco company said bookings grew 11% over the same…

Fund to Bring Latino Youth to New Orleans for Culinary Education

NEW ORLEANS (press release) — The Emeril Lagasse Foundation has announcednthat the Aarón Sánchez Impact Fund will provide an opportunity for young Latinos to study culinary arts education in New Orleans. Four students will be awarded an Aarón Sánchez Scholarship…

Tulane Study: One Beer a Day Can Increase Blood Pressure

NEW ORLEANS — From Tulane University: Limiting yourself to one alcoholic drink a day may not be enough to avoid detrimental impacts to your health, according to a new study co-authored by a Tulane University researcher. A study published in…

Looking to Become More Efficient and Profitable?

Natalie Barranco has made a successful career out of helping businesses be successful. Barranco is the co-founder of Prime Business Advisory Solutions, a firm that provides executive-type services and expertise such as financing and accounting, internal operations and processes, marketing,…

Bayou to the Rescue

Bea’s Bayou Skincare Beasbayouskincare.com // 866-932-8764 // @beasbayouskincare New Orleans skincare entrepreneur Arielle Brown is taking advantage of a rising wave of consumers interested in all-natural, probiotic products, and embracing a new wave of innovative Black-owned cosmetics lines that provide…

Tulane Supporters Donate $2.75M for New Community Sailing Headquarters

NEW ORLEANS — From Tulane University: Longtime Tulane supporters Libby and Robert Alexander are donating $2.75 million to Tulane Athletics to help Community Sailing New Orleans build a new multipurpose headquarters on Lake Pontchartrain that will expand the organization’s lakefront…