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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Record Store Day parties, events and sales in New Orleans April 22

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 2:00 PM

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The 10th annual Record Store Day returns Saturday, April 22 with a ton of limited releases and events held at record stores worldwide.

Participating Record Store Day stores in New Orleans are Euclid Records, Louisiana Music Factory, The Mushroom, NOLA Mix Records, Peaches Records, Sisters in Christ and Skully'z Recordz. But stores citywide are holding special events and sales to mark the occasion. Official Record Store Day participants took the "Record Store Day Pledge," meaning the stores will carry the "spirit of Record Store Day" and sell official Record Store Day releases in the store and not gouge the prices or hold them to sell online.

There are several local releases on this year's list, including a double LP from Allen Toussaint (The Allen Toussaint Collection) and triple LP singles collection from The Meters (Message from The Meters — The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977). Among other highlights: a Prince 7" picture disc, Sun Ra's Janus, Cinewax and Light in the Attic's Psychic Migrations compilation, Spacemen 3's Recurring, and Vangelis' Blade Runner soundtrack reissued for the film's 35th anniversary on a picture disc. Take a look at the full list here.

Here's a look at local record store events on April 22.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Haspel's Laurie Haspel Aronson talks seersucker, tradition and innovation

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 11:00 AM

The Haspel factory as it once stood on the corner of Broad Street and St. Bernard Avenue. - PHOTO COURTESY OF HASPEL
  • Photo courtesy of Haspel
  • The Haspel factory as it once stood on the corner of Broad Street and St. Bernard Avenue.

In 1909, Joseph Haspel Sr. opened Haspel, a textile factory specializing in lightweight men’s suits. Haspel — known colloquially as “the Factory” by neighbors and workers — was located at the intersection of Broad St. and St. Bernard Ave. until production moved to Tylertown, Mississippi, where it stayed until the brand was bought out by the Palm Beach Company in the late 1970s.

Joseph Haspel saw a niche in the market for manufacturing suits that could withstand the heat and the humidity of the New Orleans summertime — suits for working men of all color collars. He once famously went for a swim in the Atlantic Ocean, fully clothed in one of his suits to demonstrate its ability to withstand moisture. Reportedly, he hung the suit up to dry, and threw it back on for an evening engagement. The suit retained its silhouette, and Haspel was on the fashion map.

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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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