French Truck Coffee
On Nov. 14, French Truck Coffee opened its fourth café in New Orleans at 2917 Magazine Street, formerly the site of a CC’s Coffee House. The 1,900-square-foot Garden District space includes a courtyard. The local coffee purveyor has already announced that a fifth café will open in the city at 650 Poydras St. in early 2019. French Truck also has locations in Memphis, Tennessee and Baton Rouge.
UMC Food Pantry
In partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, University Medical Center New Orleans has opened a Therapeutic Food Pantry at UMC’s Cancer Center. More than 100 patients had signed up to receive food through the pantry as of the beginning of December. In addition to fresh, nutritious food, the pantry will offer nutrition education and cooking classes, exercise classes, massage therapy, support groups, live music, benefits enrollment assistance and social service referrals.
Clean Course Meals
St. Bernard Parish residents looking to get fit this year now have help with the November opening of healthy café-styled eatery Clean Course Meals and adjoining gym Commit 2B Fit NOLA, located at 1800 East Judge Perez Drive in Chalmette. The café features healthy options for vegans, non-vegans and everyone in between, as well as “grab-and-go” lunches and free internet. The winner of 2018 Startup St. Bernard’s $100,000 grand prize, Clean Course Meals also offers event, corporate and special occasion catering.
American sportswear brand J.McLaughlin has opened its first location in Louisiana at 3954/3956 Magazine St. in New Orleans’ Garden District. The 1,200-square-foot store, housed in an historic Victorian house, will feature a full assortment of women’s and men’s clothing and accessories.
Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers
Sixty years after its founding in New Orleans, Ramsey’s Diamond Jewelers opened the largest diamond store in Louisiana at 701 Veterans Boulevard in Metairie. The 8,400-square-foot store featuring over 2,000 rings celebrated its grand opening Nov. 28. According to WeddingWire.com, 40 percent of couples get engaged between November and February.
Hammond Square Self Storage
Designed to serve the growing population of Tangipahoa Parish, Hammond Square and Stirling Properties celebrated the grand opening of Hammond Square Self Storage, a 93,902-square-foot facility off the corner of US Highway 51 and West Minnesota Park Road. The three-story building includes 626 climate-controlled units and 15 RV/boat storage units, all with gated access. Stirling properties developed the property and will handle daily management.
Longbranch Pathways Program
Outpatient substance abuse and addiction treatment center Longbranch Wellness in Old Metairie will begin accepting adolescent patients this month as part of its newest initiative, the Pathways Program. The first and only program in New Orleans to offer this kind of care to adolescents, Pathways provides after-school, confidential treatment to students dealing with substance abuse through a comprehensive, eight-week program facilitated by licensed mental health professionals.