A new restaurant at 2001 St. Charles Avenue called Nolé is now open in the Garden District. Created to celebrate the similarities between Latin America and New Orleans, the restaurant is a partnership between Al Copeland, Jr. and Chef Chris Lusk. Lusk previously helmed kitchens at Cafe Adelaide, the Caribbean Room and Restaurant R’Evolution, and currently also works at The Steakhouse inside Harrah’s Casino. Nolé is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and brunch on Sundays, with a happy hour seven days a week from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
A new boutique kickboxing studio called Kick is now open at 4525 Freret Street. Situated just a few doors down from Bar Frances in the Freret neighborhood, KICK is a unique concept that focuses on kickboxing but also integrates fitness elements from HIIT, barre, Pilates and yoga styles for a full-body workout. Kick is the latest venture by Melissa Burbank, owner and publisher of Natural Awakenings Magazine New Orleans and NOLA Fitness Magazine.
CarMax, Inc., the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, has opened a new store in Kenner; the company’s first in the New Orleans area and fourth in the state. CarMax Kenner is located at 1601 32nd St. and has the capacity to stock approximately 340 used vehicles of nearly every make and model. Customers can also request transfers of almost any vehicle to this store from other CarMax locations throughout the country.
Churchill Technology & Business Park
The Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO) unveiled its master plan for the Churchill Technology & Business Park in late February when it was approved for adoption by the JEDCO Board of Commissioners. The Churchill Technology & Business Park is located on a 480-acre stretch of land on the West Bank of Jefferson Parish. It is currently home to JEDCO, JEDCO’s Conference Center and Business Innovation Center, the Delgado Community College River City Site and Advanced Manufacturing Center, and the Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy, a top-performing magnet school emphasizing STEAM curriculum. JEDCO and architectural firm for the project, Perkins+Will, are aiming to attract a variety of tenants to the site, with uses ranging from flex and office space to commercial and residential offerings.
Leading travel agency franchise Dream Vacations is expanding its footprint in the Gulf Coast and is seeking potential new franchise owners. The company has been ranked the No. 1 franchise for veterans by Entrepreneur, Forbes and Military Times and has the highest franchisee satisfaction ranking among all franchises in the travel and hospitality industry according to Franchise Business Review. New franchisees can open their home-based business for less than $10,000 and work anywhere in the world with an internet connection
On March 5, Orange Lake Resorts, home to the Holiday Inn Club Vacations® brand, announced its acquisition of The Maritime, a luxury apartment building originally built in 1893 as New Orleans’ first skyscraper. The historic building is being purchased from Timeshare Acquisitions Real Estate, LLC, which acquired the property from Maritime Building, LLC. Following renovations, the property will join the 26 timeshare resorts in the Holiday Inn Club Vacations brand portfolio as the company’s first urban property and New Orleans location. Orange Lake Resorts will begin renovations in May and expects to welcome guests in early 2020. Once the property is renovated and branded, it will contain 105 one- and two-bedroom villas, ranging in size from 496 to 1,110 square feet.
Hancock Whitney Financial Center
On March 15, Hancock Whitney celebrated the official grand reopening of its newly-renovated Mandeville financial center at 3201 U.S. Highway 190. In addition to exterior and interior enhancements, the Mandeville location feature a new drive-up ATM, which replaces what was formerly a walk-up unit, and an interior that includes an updated teller line for faster transactions and a new elevator for easier access to second-floor offices.