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Friday, January 9, 2015

Shopgirl (and guy) style: Ali McNally and Chris Scheurich of Neon Heart

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 12:54 PM

Stylist and model Ali McNally can add another feather to her cap: boutique owner. Last month, she and husband Chris Scheurich opened Neon Heart (1022 Lowerline St., 504-202-7983, @neonheartshop), where McNally curates an international mix of brands she discovered in her previous life as a beauty editor at London's FIASCO magazine. These include Malin + Goetz products, Valley Eyewear, Minnow Bathers and Bully Boy lingerie, Maria Francesca Pepe and RP/Encore jewelry and Hayley Elsaesser bags.

"I'd already used or worn all of our products before we decided to carry them," McNally says. "This shop is a real labor of love, and I only wanted to sell things I really believe in."

Neon Heart owners Ali McNally and Chris Scheurich (and shop dog Kitty) outside the boutique. - MISSY WILKINSON
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  • Neon Heart owners Ali McNally and Chris Scheurich (and shop dog Kitty) outside the boutique.

What led you to start a business in New Orleans?


Ali: First and foremost, it was love! I met my now-husband back in 2012 when I flew over from the UK to New Orleans to style a music video. I subsequently fell in love with both him and the city and started to feel like it might be the right time to leave London. And so I ended up here. I'd always thought I might like to have a shop one day, so when the space that used to be Homestead became available, we jumped at the opportunity.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

2014: a very fashionable year

Posted By on Fri, Dec 26, 2014 at 12:11 PM

It's hard to believe that just five years ago, New Orleans didn't have a fashion week. Now it boasts two, along with a revitalized local chapter of Fashion Group International and the newly launched Southern Coalition of Fashion and Design. Thanks to these and other organizations, individuals and businesses, 2014 saw our fashion industry step further into the national spotlight. Let's look back...

STORE OPENINGS
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk reopened in grand style after undergoing a $70 million renovation. The gleaming, 250,000-square-foot mall is the nation's first downtown outlet center. National retailers continued to make their presence felt on Magazine Street, when West Elm opened in a space formerly occupied by Pippen Lane (which moved across the street). At The Shops at Canal Place, Armani Collezioni and C. Wonder opened.

Leaders from the Howard Hughes Corporation celebrate the opening of The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk. - ADRIENNE BATTISTELLA PHOTOGRAPHY, LLC
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  • Leaders from the Howard Hughes Corporation celebrate the opening of The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk.


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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Secondhand cookware shop Seasoned opens on Broad Street

Posted By on Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Sometimes, you really need a set of tart tins — but really don't want to pay William-Sonoma, top-dollar price.

The answer might just be Broad Street's latest edition, Seasoned, New Orleans' first store devoted exclusively to the sale of secondhand cookware.


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Monday, December 1, 2014

Stupid Time Machine's parody Urban Outfitters ad draws online outrage — but is it justified?

Posted By on Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 5:49 PM

An image from a parody commercial produced by the New Orleans comedy group Stupid Time Machine. The fake ad for Urban Outfitters skewers the use of Native American imagery and iconography in pop fashion — but not everyone is laughing.
  • An image from a parody commercial produced by the New Orleans comedy group Stupid Time Machine. The fake ad for Urban Outfitters skewers the use of Native American imagery and iconography in pop fashion — but not everyone is laughing.

The New Orleans comedy group Stupid Time Machine released a clever video over the Thanksgiving holiday — it's a fake commercial for Urban Outfitters, which has drawn criticism in the past for some of its controversial clothing lines. Some Native Americans were particularly incensed by the clothing chain's "Navajo" line (which included hip flasks and panties), which seemed to inspire Stupid Time Machine. The website Bustle described it well:
The video opens with some Vampire Weekend-esque, trendy, indie-style, drum-led music, and some “cute” hipsters in eclectic outfits gaily bounding down some stairs in what appears to be a fairly barren industrial area of a city. The voiceover says, “Let us give thanks for a new type of tribe,” as a hipster pushes a Native American guy out of frame, and a purple-haired girl in a pink shaggy coat unfurls an American flag. The video then quickly devolves into a montage of Native American headdresses next to Urban Outfitter’s range of records and record players, American Spirit cigarettes, beaded vests and “honoring heritage by making it sexy”—and making me laugh out loud, because it’s so on point.
(The "fairly barren industrial area of a city" is Crescent Park in the Bywater.) 

Anyway, it's pretty pointed satire about co-opting native cultures ... unless, of course, you take it seriously.

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Friday, November 21, 2014

New underground record store Sisters in Christ opens on Freret Street

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Bryan Funck, left, and Michael Moises in their new Freret Street record store Sisters in Christ.
  • Bryan Funck, left, and Michael Moises in their new Freret Street record store Sisters in Christ.

Vinyl records are large, unwieldy, and, as anyone who’s ever hefted a milk crate full of them knows, very physically present. There was a time when these characteristics seemed like liabilities, but as technology strives to further alienate us from our music, shifting lately from locally stored MP3s to remote, server-dependent streaming, plenty of people crave vinyl’s warm sound, big gatefold covers and hands-on playback. New Orleans has a lot of good record stores, and on Nov. 22 the city gains one more — the underground-oriented Sisters in Christ at 4920 Freret St.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

CUE magazine on WWL-TV: Holiday jewelry

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 5:09 PM

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CUE
editor Missy Wilkinson appeared on the WWL-TV Eyewitness Morning News today with Laura Buchtel to talk about the latest issue of CUE (tucked inside this week's Gambit) and show off some jewelry perfect for the holidays (or for gifts). 


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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Circle Food Store announces anniversary sale with epic video

Posted By on Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 4:52 PM

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As their grand re-opening showedCircle Food Store's second life in New Orleans was going to be anything but quiet. If you need further evidence, just take a look at this insane video they released announcing their 76th anniversary sale.

I don't know about you, but I think this deserves all the Oscars. 


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Friday, August 8, 2014

La Madama Bazarre art gallery opens on Royal Street

Posted By on Fri, Aug 8, 2014 at 1:32 PM

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."

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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.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

West Elm opens a Magazine Street location July 24

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 4:07 PM

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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.

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Pearl Wine Company announces a free wine delivery service

Posted By on Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 5:09 PM

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.

Leora Madden with her wine-mobile.
  • Leora Madden with her wine-mobile.


"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.

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