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Friday, May 30, 2014

Gambit TV: Bridal trends for New Orleans weddings

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 10:56 AM

June is almost here, and this week's issue of CUE (inside Gambit) is all about weddings.

CUE editor Missy Wilkinson appeared on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News with Sally-Ann Roberts to talk all things bridal:


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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Crowds come out to celebrate the Riverwalk's reopening

Posted By on Thu, May 22, 2014 at 1:58 PM

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.”

Leaders from the Howard Hughes Corporation celebrate the opening of The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk with huge crowds.
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  • Leaders from the Howard Hughes Corporation celebrate the opening of The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk with huge crowds.

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.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk opens May 22

Posted By on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 10:35 AM

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.

An artists rendering of the centers renovated interior
  • An artist's rendering of the center's renovated interior


Monday, March 17, 2014

Gambit TV: Stone jewelry in this month's CUE magazine

Posted By on Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 11:02 AM

CUE editor Missy Wilkinson appeared on the WWL Eyewitness Morning News today to show Laura Buchtel some of the one-of-a-kind stone pieces being made by New Orleans jewelers and artisans.

To see the whole spread and find out where to get the look, pick up a copy of CUE, tucked inside today's issue of Gambit.

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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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.

Under the jump: more from the market and a slideshow of images ...

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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
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  • 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
  • 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

JEANIE RIESS
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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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