The building that houses the soon-to-be-closed Home Depot at 500 N. Carrollton Ave. is poised to be absorbed by the Rouses supermarket chain, though not as a grocery store.
The Thibodaux-based grocery chain has plans to buy the building right next door to its Midcity location and lease it to an as yet unnamed tenant, says managing partner Donny Rouse.
“This property is right next door to one of our stores, so we want control over what tenant goes in there,” he says.
Home Depot, which opened a small, temporary, hurricane relief store in the building in Sept. 2006, will close in November. Its lease with the building's current owner ends at the end of the year. Rouses will renovate the 55,000 square-foot property for whatever tenant comes its way. “We’re not going to do anything to it until we know what tenants will go inside of it, but we will renovate it once we know,” says Rouse.
As for leads on who will set up shop, Rouse is tightlipped. “Nothing I can discuss right now,” he says.
The building, previously owned by Carrollton 500 Investors LLC, a division of Victory Investments out of Georgia, was home to Winn-Dixie before Hurricane Katrina. That chain has since moved across the street into the Mid-City Market development.
Today, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk announced its collection of more than 70 stores and restaurants, which includes Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus, Coach Factory On Sale and Forever 21. Now undergoing a $70 million renovation that will expand its footprint by 50,000 square feet, the Riverwalk is the first outlet center in a downtown area and is slated to open in late spring or early summer 2014.
"We are very excited about this catalytic project," says Brenda Canada, director of retail attraction and development at the New Orleans Business Alliance. "It's another sign of the retail growth that is occurring in the city. ... I think it speaks to the fact that the national retailers are very interested in this market."
Renovation of the property began in June. Its entire interior has been demoed, the foundation for the expansion has been poured and steel is being erected for the new mall concourse, says Mark Bulmash, senior vice president of development for the Howard Hughes Corporation. "It will be fresh, airy — a modern retail center," Bulmash says. "There will be nicer finishes than what people are used to seeing in outlet centers."
Does your newly renovated loft apartment lack the sense of history an antique mantel brings? Wish your headboard looked a little bit more like a shotgun house? If so, you're in luck. The Green Project's Salvations fundraiser is underway: More than 40 local artists created 65 pieces of custom furniture and lighting using salvaged items. The pieces will be auctioned off Saturday, Sept. 14 at "a gorgeously green gala spotlighting stunning sustainability," says Christal White, development director for The Green Project, a nonprofit company that sells recycled building materials. Here's a preview of the items and information about the cause.
Why was this event created?
To show construction materials in a different light. To ... turn castoffs into must-haves. And to showcase the creativity [of] talented local artists who ... offer alternatives to dumping usable objects. We want people to walk through the exhibit and wonder, "Why didn't I think of that? I have some of those same things in the shed and didn't know what to do with them!" and "I might be able to make something like that, too!"
•Curbing HIV/AIDS transmission NOLA (C.H.A.T. NOLA), an organization that answers anonymous callers' questions about HIV/AIDS, is hosting a grand opening for its lounge, which will serve as a place where young people can display their talents. There will be door prizes, performances, open-mic and refreshments.
•Researching Your New Orleans Property participants will learn how to trace a property's history using primary sources like city directories and the census.
•At the Community Let's Move Family Health and Fun Fest, there will be music, health screenings, food and activities for kids and grown ups. A mountain bike, 32-inch HDTV, $500 and an iPod Touch will be raffled.
•Our Crowning Glory is a natural hair convention where attendees can learn how to style natural hair, participate in discussions about it and buy products to maintain its health.
•Huey P. Long bridge runners will run the entire span of the Huey, starting in Bridge City and ending on Jefferson Highway. This is the inaugural run, celebrating the widening of the bridge.
•What Maisie Knew is a movie about divorce and custody proceedings, told from a child's perspective. It's based upon a Henry James novel of the same name and Chalmette Movies is the only theater in the state showing it.
Details are below the jump.
The Green Project is giving away light fixtures, cabinets, cabinet doors and a huge selection of other locally reclaimed building materials starting today in its fifth annual Free Week. In addition to free building materials, the store is also giving away free refreshments from local eateries and holding a contest in which one winner will get a year's worth of The Green Project's merchandise.
The daily free refreshment schedule and contest instructions are below the jump.
Gambit special sections editor Missy Wilkinson made her monthly appearance on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News today to show off the new issue of CUE and talk fashion with the ever-fashionable Laura Buchtel. This month's focus: managing to be comfortable without sacrificing style.
A major distinguishing point between mass retail and small boutiques is the presence of a strong point of view. My favorite boutiques function as thoughtfully curated apparel collections as well as self-portraits of their owners. Case in point: Bella & Harlow. The shop's signature dresses feature timeless elements (sheath silhouettes, full skirts, Peter Pan collars) updated with distinctly modern touches (contrasting piping, swallow tattoo-inspired prints). It's easy to imagine owner Sarah Celino, who describes her style as "flirty and feminine, but a little hard around the edges," wearing one — and many days, you can find her in her shop doing just that.
How does Bella & Harlow reflect your style?
It's important for me to love every piece that goes into this shop. Customers can tell when you're passionate about what you sell. I love all of these brands and wear them myself. The store has also surprised me. I ordered a jumpsuit by Miss Patina, never once thinking someone with my proportions could wear it. I tried it on and instantly fell in love. That's a shopping miracle right there: being able to finally wear a style you thought you'd never look good in.
How would you describe your style?
I live for dresses and skirts, but I'll happily pair the sweetest outfit with bullet shell earrings or a bag with handcuffs for straps. I even like mixing spikes and grommets with lace or silk pieces (be careful when doing this with fishnets).
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