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Friday, May 18, 2018

What's next for Canal Furniture Liquidators after the April 23 fire

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2018 at 3:05 PM

Owner Holis Hannan poses in front of Canal Furniture Liquidators. This photo was taken the day before the store burned down on April 23. - PHOTO COURTESY HOLIS HANNAN
  • PHOTO COURTESY HOLIS HANNAN
  • Owner Holis Hannan poses in front of Canal Furniture Liquidators. This photo was taken the day before the store burned down on April 23.

On the morning of April 23, the warehouse containing Canal Furniture Liquidators was engulfed in flames. Store owner Holis Hannan had a 9 a.m. meeting scheduled that day to discuss a hotel liquidation.

“At 5 a.m., I was watching the building burn,” she says. “By 10 a.m., I was in that hotel doing that liquidation.”

When asked if there’s been an outpouring of support from the community since the fire, Hannan’s response is heartening.

“There has been. It’s been humbling,” Hannan says. “I’ve had a lot of people — a lot of customers — wanting to be behind us. One of my customers actually donated two months of warehouse space, so I was able to get up and running again as quickly as I have.”

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

New Orleans record stores celebrate Record Store Day 2018

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 6:00 PM

PHOTO BY DAVE DYET
  • PHOTO BY DAVE DYET

Record stores worldwide open their doors for the 11th annual Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21, with dozens of limited edition releases, reissues and other exclusive singles and full lengths.

New Orleans stores getting some of those releases and throwing daylong parties are Euclid Records, Louisiana Music Factory, The Mushroom, NOLA Mix Records, Peaches Records, Sisters in Christ, Skully'z Recordz and The White Roach.

Among New Orleans-centric releases are History of Soul's New Orleans Soul '67 compilation and a 10-inch picture disc featuring the Wynton Marsalis Septet with Willie Nelson for "Night Life" and "I'm Gonna Find Another You." Tank and the Bangas also release their Verve debut, the live EP Live Vibes, pressed on yellow vinyl. Other releases of note: a 40th anniversary reissue of Chris Bell's "I Am The Cosmos" and "You And Your Sister" single, Parquet Courts' "Mardi Gras Beads" and "Seems Kind of Silly" 7-inch, a box set from Run the Jewels (who are also this year's Record Store Day ambassador ), Beat Happening covers from Mac DeMarco and Shamir, and Brian Eno and Kevin Shields' "The Weight of History" and "Only Once Away My Son." Peep the whole list here.

Here's what's happening in New Orleans this year:

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Volunteering at WrestleMania Axxess: one man's story

Posted By on Tue, Apr 10, 2018 at 2:47 PM


Robb Roemershauser
  • Robb Roemershauser
I first met Robb Roemershauser in 2007; he was the maestro behind the Aboveground Zine Library, a vast archive of self-published periodicals that was one of many wonders within 511 Marigny before that building's tragic yuppification.

Robb's an inveterate collector, but he's also a dedicated volunteer. He volunteers for the Crescent City Classic, for festivals and for special events. If there's something big in town, he's likely donating his labor to it.

When WrestleMania 30 came here in 2014, Robb volunteered for Axxess, WWE's WrestleMania fan experience. To provide the inside scoop on the life of an Axxess volunteer, Robb agreed to a debriefing at Waffle House following his first volunteer shift Thursday night.


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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Dynamo Toys, woman- and LGBT-friendly adult accessories shop, opens on St. Claude

Posted By on Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 4:12 PM

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With its robin's egg-blue walls and colorful merchandise displayed inside a converted St. Claude Avenue shotgun, Dynamo Toys & Supplies (2001 St. Claude Ave.) could be any New Orleans boutique — until you notice the iridescent purple harnesses, or the rack of leather floggers, or the library of books with titles like 50 Shades of Kink and Naked at Our Age (Talking Out Loud About Senior Sex).

After more than four years of preparation, which included pop-up events and sex-positive workshops throughout the city, partners Hope Kodman and Nico Darling have opened what they say is the city's first adult accessory and toy store designed by — and for — women. The shop offers a curated selections of products meant to enhance the sex lives of clients of all genders, in a clean, welcoming space that is the opposite of seedy or cheesy Bourbon Street sex shops.

"We want to be a space ... that people would be proud to come into, and be seen leaving with a bag in hand," Kodman says. "[Where people] won't feel intimidated, and simply feel like they can talk."

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

gae-tana's reopens today

Posted By on Thu, Sep 7, 2017 at 8:59 AM

The newly renovated gae-tana's clothing boutique hosts a three-day grand reopening celebration.
  • The newly renovated gae-tana's clothing boutique hosts a three-day grand reopening celebration.

Longtime Uptown women's clothing boutique gae-tana's (7732 Maple St., 504-865-9625; www.gaetanas.com) reopens at 10 a.m. today after being closed more than three months to repair damage from a one-alarm fire May 19.

Williams Plum Street Snowballs will serve its specialty from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Jewelry artist Suzanne Lossi will be in the store Friday and Saturday, and artist Grant Nelson will paint a canvas on site from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

A highlight of the celebration Saturday is a second-line parade with a brass band. The public is invited to join in as the procession makes its way from Bruno's Tavern (7538 Maple St.) to gae-tana's. The second line starts at 12:30 p.m.

Renovation of the building includes wood reclaimed from the original shop, which has been open for three decades, made into shelves and other display items. The shop's merchandise will remain a variety of classic and trendy apparel, shoes, jewelry, handbags and other accessories.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Frenchmen Art Market to close with a 'second line' July 25

Posted By on Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 2:47 PM

Frenchmen Art Market moves to The Art Garage July 25.
  • Frenchmen Art Market moves to The Art Garage July 25.

Frenchmen Art Market will leave its space with a ceremonial "second line" July 25 after five years as part of the strip's bustling nightlife. The market and its vendors will move to the market's spin-off location The Art Garage on St. Claude Avenue, which opened in 2016. The market announced its closure on social media: "We continued to pay our rent but decided to second line out when the sheriff arrives."

After opening as a pop-up market in 2012, Frenchmen Art Market moved to a permanent space in a lot next to the Spotted Cat. The market grew into a sprawling outdoor bazaar with dozens of local artists and vendors selling clothing, art, jewelry and other handcrafted goods under twinkling string lights and warm bulbs lighting each table.

A farewell "second line" meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, and rolls at 8 p.m. beginning at Frenchmen Street and moving to Royal Street, then Esplanade Avenue, back down Frenchmen to Dauphine Street, then to Elysian Fields Avenue then St. Claude, ending at The Art Garage market at 2231 St. Claude Ave.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

NOLA Boards opens second location in the French Quarter

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 1:43 PM

Daren Sumrow and Mandy Simpson, owners of NOLA Boards on Magazine Street, are opening a second location in the French Quarter Saturday. - PHOTO COURTESY MANDY SIMPSON
  • Photo courtesy Mandy Simpson
  • Daren Sumrow and Mandy Simpson, owners of NOLA Boards on Magazine Street, are opening a second location in the French Quarter Saturday.

NOLA Boards (4304 Magazine St., 504-516-2601; www.nolaboards.com) owners Daren Sumrow and Mandy Simpson open a second location of their flagship store at 519 Wilkinson Street in the French Quarter Saturday, July 1. The shop is one block from Jackson Square and is part of the revitalization of the retail space known as Wilkinson Row. Store hours Saturday are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with a champagne toast at 5 p.m. Shrub District and El Guapo Bitters punch and hors d'oeuvres will be served, and there will be a raffle for a NOLA Boards cutting board and gift card. Select products are 20 percent off.

The new store will carry the same home goods as the Magazine Street location, with an expanded line of foodie jewelry and custom countertop options. Professional knife sharpener Susan Doty will offer sharpening services in-house.

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Pappion Artistry Gallery & Gift Shop grand opening is Saturday

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 1:12 PM

Drink coasters based on designs from Pappion's hand-painted home goods. - PHOTO COURTESY CHRISTINA PAPPION
  • Photo courtesy Christina Pappion
  • Drink coasters based on designs from Pappion's hand-painted home goods.

Pappion Artistry Gallery & Gift Shop (528 Girod St., Mandeville, 504-710-2434; www.pappionartistry.com) celebrates its grand opening 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 1. To commemorate the occasion, owner and artist Christina Pappion's original and custom commissioned paintings are 20 percent off in store. There will also be door prizes, such as drink coasters decorated with iconic New Orleans people and scenery.

GRAPHIC COURTESY CHRISTINA PAPPION
  • Graphic courtesy Christina Pappion

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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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