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Friday, March 17, 2017

New Orleans Fashion Week events March 18-24

Posted By on Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 12:39 PM

Confetti poppers marked the end of Lisa Iacono's 2014 Dreamcar Collection runway show. - PHOTO BY GEOVANNI VELASQUEZ (WWW.BLACKANDGEAUXLD.COM)
  • Photo by Geovanni Velasquez (www.blackandgeauxld.com)
  • Confetti poppers marked the end of Lisa Iacono's 2014 Dreamcar Collection runway show.

New Orleans Fashion Week (NOFW) takes the city by the stilettos March 18-24, with a full slate of events for fashion lovers of all ages and genders. NOFW brings together budding and established designers from all over the country, with a focus on homegrown talent from the Gulf South, and provides a chic setting for networking, mentoring and — of course — shopping. The group's mission is "to foster and support economic growth by raising attention to the talents of southern designers, beauty professionals, photographers and models," and the dream is realized this month with a parade of fashion shows, demonstrations, pop-up boutiques and panels.

Red carpet events and runway shows are March 22-24 at the Civic Theater, with Luxe Marketplace pop-up stores at 5:30 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 as well, and shows start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $35 for upper-level general admission to $300 for a 3-day VIP pass, and are available here. The fashion fun doesn't stop there though — here's some info about attendant events.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Local artisans Mark and Ann-Marie Derby get national spotlight on Handcrafted America

Posted By on Fri, Mar 3, 2017 at 10:00 AM

Mark Derby of Derby Pottery & Tile demonstrates how he casts his handmade tiles in front of the Handcrafted America film crew. - COURTESY OF SIMONE MCDOWELL OF INSP
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  • Mark Derby of Derby Pottery & Tile demonstrates how he casts his handmade tiles in front of the Handcrafted America film crew.

Handcrafted America is a cable TV show dedicated to showcasing artisans around the country that still make things the old-fashioned way, by hand. Each episode features three artisans that are arguably the best in their trade, interviewed by host Jill Wagner in their own workspaces. Wagner takes an immense pride in introducing viewers to the makers of crafts mundane (brooms) and elaborate (chess sets hand carved from Hawaiian Koa wood).

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Nordstrom Rack celebrates its grand opening at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6

Posted By on Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 11:24 AM

Nordstrom Rack celebrates its grand opening with giveaways and live music.
  • Nordstrom Rack celebrates its grand opening with giveaways and live music.

Nordstrom Rack
 (The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, 500 Port of New Orleans Place, Suite 245, 504-930-3870), which sells Nordstrom merchandise at steep discounts, celebrates its grand opening at 8 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6. At two stories and 35,000 square feet, it will be the largest store in The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk.

"We are thrilled to bring this store to the market," says Frank Quinn, Senior General Manager. "It was the most requested store, and it is unique to New Orleans in terms of lines they carry at discounted prices. You may be able to find some of those brands at a full-price department store, but you won't find them discounted anywhere else in New Orleans."

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Fair Trade clothing line Passion Lilie opens in Bywater

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2016 at 1:54 PM

The new summer 2016 collection is for sale at Passion Lilie. - KATIE SCHMIDT
  • KATIE SCHMIDT
  • The new summer 2016 collection is for sale at Passion Lilie.
Passion Lilie (3207 Burgundy St., 504-408-1279), a Fair Trade, eco-friendly women's clothing and accessory line designed in New Orleans by owner Katie Schmidt, celebrated the grand opening of its Bywater storefront this month. It replaces Bon Castor, a gift shop which occupied the retail space from 2012 through spring 2016. 

Prior to opening the storefront, Schmidt sold her eco-friendly cotton garments at art markets, festivals and more than 50 stores throughout the U.S. "We had a small workshop in the back of a store but needed more room for design and inventory space," Schmidt says. "This opportunity came up in Bywater, and it was perfect."

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Bookstores celebrate New Orleans Independent Bookstore Day May 7

Posted By on Sun, May 1, 2016 at 2:54 PM

TRACIE MORRIS SCHAEFER
  • Tracie Morris Schaefer

New Orleans takes a better-late-than-never approach to Independent Bookstore Day. While booksellers in other cities will fete themselves on Saturday, April 30, local stores dodge the dreaded Jazz Fest conflict by postponing their celebration until Saturday, May 7. If you feel like you can never have too many books, here's our roundup of literary-minded activities to take part in.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Expanded Hong Kong Market offers bulk produce, liquor and more

Posted By on Wed, Mar 9, 2016 at 4:45 PM

Hong Kong Market offers an array of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese foods and more.
  • Hong Kong Market offers an array of Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese foods and more.

Hong Kong Market (925 Behrman Road, Gretna, 504-394-7075) gained a reputation for its extensive selection of Asian foods, particularly Vietnamese items. It has expanded in size and offers a greater array of ethnic specialty items, bulk produce and wine and spirits.

“Our Hispanic section, the Indian food, Caribbean — everything’s grown,” says Sean Lyons, a San Francisco bail bondsman who moved to New Orleans last June to spearhead the renovation for his sister-in-law, Hong Kong Market owner, Jennifer Campbell. “We’re now a one-stop shop.”

The market added 11,000 square feet of display space, including a walk-in produce cooler. Alongside banh mi and other prepared foods, there are Taiwanese drinks, exotic fruit smoothies and more. It also has increased its “American” department.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Maple Street Book Shop to stay open — at least for a while longer

Posted By on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 at 11:21 AM

Gladin Scott announced Maple Street Book Shop will remain open through spring.
  • Gladin Scott announced Maple Street Book Shop will remain open through spring.

Maple Street Book Shop
owner Gladin Scott had planned to hold a clearance sale after Christmas, but it's taken on a new purpose. In early October, Scott announced the bookshop would close at the end of the year. But that news spurred a wave of support that has enabled him to keep the store open.

"It started as a wake, but it turned into a celebration," Scott says.

Scott announced Sunday the store would remain open and held the sale as a thank you to customers. The store is using proceeds to buy new inventory, ordering new releases and scheduling events for coming months, he says.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Maple Street Book Shop to close at end of 2015

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 1:56 PM

Gladin Scott is a longtime customer and owner of Maple Street Book Shop. - COURTESY MAPLE STREET BOOK SHOP
  • COURTESY MAPLE STREET BOOK SHOP
  • Gladin Scott is a longtime customer and owner of Maple Street Book Shop.

Maple Street Book Shop owner Gladin Scott announced the store will close at the end of 2015.

"With dwindling sales, it's tough to keep open a bookshop that isn't self-sustaining," he said.

Scott said changing technology contributed to the difficulties of keeping the shop open.

"I think technology has changed the way people read and buy books," he said.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

New Orleans: We're getting a Trader Joe's (well, Metairie is)

Posted By on Wed, Jul 8, 2015 at 4:33 PM

CREATIVE COMMONS/MIKE MOZART
  • CREATIVE COMMONS/MIKE MOZART

Much-loved grocery chain Trader Joe's will be opening its first New Orleans-area location next year, according to a report from WWL-TV:
The Los Angeles-based grocery store company announced it is opening a store at the corner of Veterans and N. Labarre in Metairie. The store will open in the second half of 2016.
The news still isn't on the company's web page where it lists upcoming openings. WWL-TV reported the store will not open until late 2016.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Girl down: Big Freedia's memoir hits ... as does "Big Freedia in Your Pocket"

Posted By on Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 3:58 PM

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Popular New Orleans bounce artist Big Freedia’s memoir, Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva, officially goes on sale today. The Queen Diva's autobiography deals with her upbringing and the “relationship between her personal life and her career as an artist,” according to a summary on the Octavia Books website. Freedia will be appearing at Octavia Books (513 Octavia St.) on Fri., July 10 at 6 p.m., where she will be reading from the book and signing copies.

Also available for sale this week is a new product called “Big Freedia In Your Pocket,” a small plastic soundboard that, when pressed, emits some of Big Freedia’s catchphrases (a la "Cajun in Your Pocket" and "Mr. Okra in Your Pocket").

Among the familiar Freedia-isms are “You already know!” “Release your wiggle!” and “Big Freedia, Queen Diva, you besta believa!” The gadget is available on the Fleurty Girl website for $10. 


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