As part of its Hurricane Katrina Remembrance Discount, local wall-covering design studio Flavor Paper (4213 Chartres St., 944-0447; www.flavorpaper.com) is offering Gulf Coast residents who were impacted by Hurricane Katrina 50 percent off any purchase through Aug. 29.
On Tuesday, July 15, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Paradise Homes of Slidell (573 J.F. Smith Ave., Slidell, 985-960-7777) will host the grand opening of a new manufacturing facility for Gulf Coast ThermoBlock, a local manufacturer of a green building system that uses foam insulation and a patented Internal Bracing System.
New Orleans East has a brand new Lowe's store (5770 Read Blvd., 613-1800) in the location formerly occupied by Lake Forest Plaza shopping center. The home-improvement center features 117,000 square feet of retail sales space and an adjacent garden center.