Culture

Old Schwegmann store on Broad Street could become fresh food hub

Nola.com

August 13, 2012

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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.

MAYOR LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES FRESH FOOD RETAILER INITIATIVE LOAN FOR CIRCLE FOOD STORE

City of New Orleans

August 2, 2012

Filed under: Culture, Environment

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Hope Enterprise Corporation and The Food Trust announced major funding from the New Orleans Fresh Food Retailer Initiative (FFRI) for the historic Circle Food Store. The Circle Food Store, located at 1522 St. Bernard Avenue (corner of St. Bernard and North Claiborne Avenues), was first incorporated in 1938 and for years was a pillar of the community before it closed following Hurricane Katrina. The total estimated cost for The Circle Food Store to re-open is $9.2 million, with the FFRI offering a loan of $1Million, with a forgivable amount of $500,000. The FFRI loan will allow the store to re-open. This project will create an estimated 75 new jobs, many directed to residents of the Seventh Ward and bordering Treme neighborhood.

City Council fast-forwards approval of Costco project

The Uptown Messenger

July 2, 2012

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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.

Creative Capital’s Core Curriculum Workshop

Humid Beings

January 20, 2012

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Creative Alliance of New Orleans is currently accepting applications for Creative Capital’s Core Curriculum Workshop presented on March 9-11, 2012. This one of a kind opportunity has been described as a “crash course in self-management, strategic planning, fundraising and promotion” for artists of all creative genres.

Cash Mobs Promote Spending (and Socializing) Locally

The New York Times

December 20, 2011

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Looking for a way to spend your dollars locally during the holiday season? Want to go out for a drink and a snack afterwards? A “cash mob” may be just the ticket.

A Town in New York Creates its Own Department Store

New York Times

November 28, 2011

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The residents of Saranac Lake, a picturesque town in the Adirondacks, are a hardy lot — they have to be to withstand winter temperatures that can drop to 30 below zero. But since the local Ames department store went out of business in 2002 — a victim of its corporate parent’s bankruptcy — residents have had to drive to Plattsburgh, 50 miles away, to buy basics like underwear or bed linens. And that was simply too much.

Is the demand for mobile daily deals over?

Mobile Marketer

September 7, 2011

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Consumers have an appetite for daily deals and businesses see the potential, but with the overwhelming amount of companies jumping on the mobile offers bandwagon, relevancy will be the key challenge in keeping the hype afloat.

Hotel Monteleon turns 125

GoNola.com

September 1, 2011

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The Hotel Monteleone is a French Quarter landmark celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Its unmistakeable sign, the Carousel Bar and rooftop pool explain why it’s one of the premier destination hotels for tourists and professionals, and it has a rich history behind it making it the beacon of hospitality it has become. The hotel is a great example of the impact that Italian immigrants have had on New Orleans in general and the French Quarter in particular.

Wal-Mart's Ready to Do Battle

CNN Money

April 12, 2011

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Wal-Mart, stung by an embarrassingly long sales slump, is finally ready to do something about it.

The End of Credit Cards is Coming

CNN

January 26, 2011

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While companies have been experimenting with contactless mobile payments for years, 2011 is expected to be the year the technology really takes off. That’s because millions of phones capable of making contactless payments are expected to be shipped out in 2011.