If the paintings, sculptures, dolls and ephemera at the newly opened La Madama Bazarre gallery (910 Royal St., 504-236-5076) look ready to rock, there's a reason for that. The gallery owner and many of its artists are also rock musicians.
"I met [all these artists] in the New Orleans music scene around '94, '95," says owner Jennifer Kirtlan, a bassist who played with Hazard County Girls. "We could never play in a rock band together, because three of us play bass, so this is something fun we could do together."
Kirtlan's roster of artists includes Sean Yseult, a White Zombie alum who now plays with Star & Dagger; Molly McGuire, a bassist who has recorded with Frank Black, Queens of the Stone Age and others; Christy Kane, a singer/guitarist with Hazard County Girls; Jimmy Descant, a tour manager, guitar tech and sound engineer; and Johnny Brashear, who has played with Rock City Morgue.
West Elm Opening Preview
Contemporary home furnishings retailer West Elm (2929 Magazine St., 888-922-4119) opens at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 24. A subsidiary of Williams-Sonoma, the store offers furniture, bedding, home accessories and lighting, all designed by an in-house team or handcrafted by international artisans. Eleven Lousiana-based artists have products in the Magazine Street store, the brand's 59th location and first in Louisiana.
"We feature a ton of local makers," says public relations manager Kendall Coleman. "We are working in 15 different countries to create the products you see here ... we embrace indigenous crafts and work with the makers to develop our designs."
Coleman says consumers are increasingly focused on where their food, clothes and cosmetics come from. "That conversation carries over to the home," she says. "[West Elm] has rugs woven in India, pottery from the Phillipines. ...[Customers] want to be able to tell the back story."
The store's 9,000+ square feet (which once housed a filling station) have been renovated with local touches. A display of flattened horns hangs behind the register counter and reclaimed shutters and pressed tin tiles decorate the walls and ceiling.
"West Elm is focused on becoming a part of Magazine Street," says West Elm creative director Vanessa Holden. "The building is so fantastic; the installations are so particular to the market and the local selection is incredibly exciting. There is a great design community here we want to be a part of."
The store offers free design services and will host workshops and craft nights. The first 300 customers to spend more than $50 at its grand opening (10 a.m. Thursday, July 24) receive a free tote bag by The Grove Street Press.
Residents of the greater New Orleans area can have more than 1,000 types of wine, liquor or beer delivered to their homes with no service charges or minimum orders. The "Wine on Wheels" service, offered by Pearl Wine Company, is available noon through midnight six days a week.
"I think no one should ever go without a great bottle of wine," says Pearl Wine Company owner Leora Madden. "My whole premise was making it convenient, not just with the type of service that it is, but by making delivery free and not putting minimums on delivery."
Madden opened her 4,000-square-foot wine and spirits shop in the American Can Company in early 2013. The store stocks more than 600 wines, more than 400 liquors and more than 300 beers. All are available for delivery. Wines start at $5.99 per bottle, and Madden says customers haven't abused the no-minimum order rule.
"Nobody has ever said, 'Bring me a $1.50 beer,'" she says, laughing. "They are courteous in that way. People definitely tip."
Madden says her customers often include stay-at-home parents who don't want to bring their kids into liquor stores or party hosts whose booze reserves have run dry. She saw the need for the service when she found herself in a similar situation.
"I often had times where I was having a get-together or dinner party and we would run out of wine," Madden says. "If you are hosting, you can't leave the party. So I always thought, 'Gosh, it would be really great to have a delivery service right now.'"
Orders can be placed online or by calling 504-483-6314.
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk (500 Port of New Orleans Place) celebrates its grand opening today, just in time to kick off Memorial Day weekend. Having undergone an $80 million renovation, the 250,000-square-foot outlet mall is the latest in a spate of downtown retail development projects, which includes the recently opened H&M and Tiffany and Co.
“New Orleans is seeing a retail boom across the city and The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk is more proof of that success,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu stated in a press release. “Riverwalk symbolizes the attractiveness of our city to investors and national brands; it shows the growth of our economy by creating 1,600 permanent jobs and supports the revitalization of our riverfront by adding a remarkable retail experience for both residents and visitors.”
The first outlet collection located in a downtown area, the Riverwalk brings more than 1,600 jobs from 75 national and local retailers including Coach Factory Store, Coach Men's Factory Store, Forever 21 and Last Call by Neiman Marcus.
“Today is the culmination of thinking big and collaboration,” said David R. Weinreb, chief executive officer of The Howard Hughes Corporation. “The redevelopment represents the imaginative thinking that is one of the cornerstones of The Howard Hughes Corporation. The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk’s transformation is helping secure the city’s growing reputation as a fashion destination for locals and visitors that is as vibrant and exciting as the City of New Orleans.”
To celebrate, Gambit and Riverwalk have partnered for Indulge at the Riverwalk, a special shopping event from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 23. There will be after-hours shopping, discounts, drinks and refreshments. The Junior League of New Orleans will collect clothing donations. Tickets are free, but attendees must register online.
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk opens at 9:30 a.m., May 22, the Howard Hughes Corporation announced. The riverfront property is the nation's first downtown outlet center. It is expected to create approximately 700 full- and part-time jobs.
“Our redevelopment and repositioning of this symbolic riverfront property will deliver a distinct mix of retail and entertainment offerings unmatched in the region,” Howard Hughes Corporation president Grant Herlitz stated in a press release. “Beyond the impact of these compelling options for locals and visitors, we are pleased to be a part of the continued revitalization of New Orleans.”
The facility is undergoing a $70 million renovation that will expand its footprint by 50,000 square feet to nearly 250,000 square feet. Virtually all the space is leased by a mix of national and local retailers including Coach Factory Store, Coach Men’s Factory Store, Forever 21 and Last Call Studio by Neiman Marcus. The complete list of tenants can be viewed here.
There will be a job fair in April. The store's grand opening kicks off with a ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 22 in Spanish Plaza. There will be festivities throughout the weekend. Shoppers can sign up now for the Riverwalk Rewards Club to receive updates and be entered in a $10,000 grand opening sweepstakes.
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