Thursday, February 6, 2014

Cheesecake Factory opening at Lakeside Shopping Center May 2014

Posted By on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 11:52 AM

The Cheesecake Factory at Lakeside Shopping Center in Jefferson Parish is slated to open in May 2014, according to a mall press release. The 9,300-square foot restaurant, known for its decor, large portions and extensive menu of cheesecakes and other desserts, will be attached to the mall (unlike Red Lobster) and will feature valet parking.

Lakeside Shopping Center has been making other changes lately, such as opening four new stores (Pandora, The Engraving Company, Well and Janie and Jack) and embarking on a multi-million dollar food court renovation. The state's first Vera Bradley is also opening there this year.
The Cheesecake Factory is opening in Louisiana's Lakeside Shopping Center this May. - THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY
  • The Cheesecake Factory is opening in Louisiana's Lakeside Shopping Center this May.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Stella Maris Middle Eastern cafe and grocery now open in Arabi

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Stella Maris Cafe & Grocery (7555 W. Judge Perez Drive, Arabi, 504-267-7137) opened last week in Arabi, offering Middle Eastern cuisine and groceries. The right half of the building is the cafe, serving several traditional Middle Eastern appetizers, entrees, sandwiches, desserts and beverages. The left half of the building is the grocery, providing a wide array of hard-to-find items like hookah supplies, Laziza and Bavaria non-alcoholic malt beverages, Ziyad brand food products and even fancy candies.
Koulaj is baked phyllo dough stuffed with cheese and topped with honey. - MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY
  • Koulaj is baked phyllo dough stuffed with cheese and topped with honey.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Circle Food Store reopens in the 7th Ward with pomp, circumstance and bell peppers

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Kamara Jones, a cashier at Circle Food Store in the 7th Ward, which reopened this morning for the first time since Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, shows off a bag of the store's signature bell peppers — four for $1. - JEANIE RIESS
  • Kamara Jones, a cashier at Circle Food Store in the 7th Ward, which reopened this morning for the first time since Hurricane Katrina and the federal floods, shows off a bag of the store's signature bell peppers — four for $1.

Before a press conference began in front of the newly renovated Circle Food Store on N. Claiborne and St. Bernard avenues, a handful of cashiers was giggling inside, wearing balloon animals on their heads and making last-minute preparations while customers wandered in and out, poking around the grocery aisles.

Erica Rayford, a 22 year-old 7th Ward native, knew she wanted to work here when she found out the store was reopening. “I used to always come here,” she said, smiling behind the register. “I couldn’t wait for the store to reopen.”

The Treme landmark opened in 1939 as the first African-American-owned grocery store in New Orleans. It closed in 2005 when it was inundated with five feet of floodwater following the levee collapse. City officials and owner Dwayne Boudreaux gathered this morning to cut the ribbon on the historic grocery, which was originally slated to reopen last summer.

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Orleans bridal fashions and wedding trends: CUE's Bride Book on WWL-TV

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM

CUE editor Missy Wilkinson was on the WWL-TV Eyewitness Morning News with Sheba Turk to talk about this month's CUE Bride Book, and brought along some models to show off the latest in wedding gowns.

The Bride Book features stories about wedding dresses; picking a wedding theme; pop-up weddings; engagement rings; and more. Check it out here.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Laser Tag opening in New Orleans East early 2014

Posted By on Fri, Dec 27, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Laser Tag is coming to New Orleans East. - MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY
  • Laser Tag is coming to New Orleans East.

Laser Tag
is opening in New Orleans East in early 2014, where Big Lots was pre-Katrina, in the old Schwegmann Plaza East shopping center on Bullard Avenue between Lake Forest Boulevard and the I-10 Service Road, next to Papa John's Pizza.

To my recollection (please comment below if you remember otherwise), this is the first youth-oriented business to open in New Orleans East since Jazzland opened in 2000.

The walls of New Orleans East's Laser Tag are painted in fun bright colors. - MEGAN BRADEN-PERRY
  • The walls of New Orleans East's Laser Tag are painted in fun bright colors.

Across the street, Walmart is opening where Lakeland Medical Center once stood.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Rouses to buy Mid-City property currently occupied by Home Depot

Posted By on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 11:52 AM


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.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Gambit TV: CUE magazine's fall fashion issue

Posted By on Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 3:38 PM

CUE editor Missy Wilkinson appeared on the WWL-TV Eyewitness Morning News to talk fall fashion with Laura Buchtel: faux-fur, neo-grunge, dark floral patterns, plaids and more. Check it out and pick up a copy of CUE in this week's Gambit.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

New stores coming to the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk

Posted By on Mon, Oct 7, 2013 at 12:19 PM

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."


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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ed Blakely is about to start rebuilding Sydney, Australia — one shopping mall at a time

Posted By on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 10:48 AM


Dr. Ed Blakely watchers know that former Mayor Ray Nagin's "recovery czar" declared mission accomplished on the rebuilding of New Orleans in 2009 and took his metaphorical "cranes in the sky" to Australia, where he now works with the University of Sydney's United States Study Centre (bless their hearts).

But now Blakely has a new challenge. He's teaming up with "urban designer" Ethan Kent to revitalize a shopping mall in the Sydney suburb of Parramatta.

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Friday, September 6, 2013

The Green Project's Salvations fundraiser

Posted By on Fri, Sep 6, 2013 at 11:13 AM

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!"

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