Gift giving is not a task I take lightly, partly because I love my family and friends and partly because I’m a perfectionist. This year I have a new requirement for my gift hunt — getting all local gifts.
During the busiest shopping period of the year, more shoppers are turning to locally owned stores to purchase gifts.
Locally-owned Satsuma Maple, which specializes in serving locally sourced food, opens a second location in Uptown.
MID-CITY, NEW ORLEANS—
Without Hubig’s Pies, how are New Orleanian’s getting their satisfaction?
Folks are heading to Bud’s Broiler to eat their fried pies, which share some striking similarities to the world-famous Hubig’s Pies.
The nonprofit Broad Community Connections has purchased the former Schwegmann Giant Super Market building at 300 N. Broad St., and plans to create a “fresh food hub” to spur redevelopment along the Broad Street corridor. Plans call for a grocery store, a culinary and life-skills training program for at-risk youth, a teaching kitchen and other health- and wellness-related tenants.
After a presentation by Costco officials on Thursday morning, the New Orleans City Council enthusiastically and unexpectedly took a vote to approve the Carrollton Avenue project and grant the wholesale retailer’s design requests.
Talks with Costco Wholesale Corp. were under way for more than a year before the major retailer made its commitment to come to New Orleans official, and incentives to deal with increased costs of building to federal flood elevation requirements were critical, city officials say. The store, which is expected to open in fall 2013, will be the first in Louisiana and will bring a much-needed big box store to New Orleans.
With a few recent retail wins, economic development officials and real estate professionals say that the prospect for getting more national stores into New Orleans is looking up. In May, after months of speculation that the shopping club Costco Wholesale Corp. would come to New Orleans, the city officially announced the retailer’s plans to open at the former Carrollton Shopping Center in 2013. On Wednesday, the New Orleans Business Alliance and the Downtown Development District announced that Major League Baseball hat retailer New Era Cap Co. Inc. will open a flagship store on Canal Street before the 2013 Super Bowl, adding New Orleans to an impressive list of cities around the globe.
“It’s just like it was. It’s the same way we’ve served people, and the same way we’ve loved people since we opened in 1965.”
That’s Tommy Tommaseo’s succinct assessment of what patrons will find when his family’s Rocky and Carlo’s restaurant reopens its doors Tuesday (May 29) at 11, just in time for lunch service.
Collections of sales taxes and other fees in Jefferson Parish dropped nearly 7 percent in February from a year earlier, a “rather large decrease” that the Sheriff’s Office attributed primarily to the “continuing stagnation of the local economy.”