Oct 022014

Smoked Ham with Pecan-Cheddar Spread, Apple and Homemade Pepper Jelly on Baguette

Family-friendly destination voted one of “America’s Best Bakeries” by Travel + Leisure magazine

Attention Mid-City residents: Gracious Bakery + Café is now offering full lunch service on Sundays. Going along with their expanded hours is a new lineup of sandwiches and salads, including the following:

Turkey Breast – House-cooked turkey breast, cayenne-candied bacon, cranberry-orange relish and arugula on oatmeal bread

Pork Braciole – Rolled and sliced pork loin filled with Parmesan, baby kale and garlic aioli on focaccia

Corned Beef – House-brined and slow-cooked with pickled slaw, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on multigrain rye

Roasted Turnip and Sweet Potato Salad On spinach with goat cheese and pecans

Coconut & Passionfruit Cake with Coffee for Dessert

“This is kind of a big deal,” says owner and third-string dishwasher Jay Forman. “I’m partial to the cayenne-candied bacon. Really doesn’t need the rest of the sandwich; it does just fine on its own.” All breads are made daily, in house. Along with the new lunch service, Gracious also offers a terrific line-up of baked goods like their Bruleed Pear Danish, Pretzel Croissants, and Hazelnut “Kermit” Cruffins. Desserts include Pumpkin-Spice Cake and Flourless Chocolate and Raspberry Bouchon Bites. Now open on Sundays until 2 pm, this family-friendly artisan bake shop is helmed by Sucré alumna Megan Forman and has been recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of “America’s Best Bakeries.” Locally roasted French Truck Coffee, specialty Chai and free Wi-Fi round out the neighborhood appeal.

Located in the ground floor of the Woodward Building across from Fox 8 News, Gracious Bakery is open seven days a week and provides business catering to the CBD and Greater New Orleans area with free delivery. For more information, visit them at www.graciousbakery.com or give them a call at (504) 301-3709.
Oct 012014

Inside a new genre bookstore on Carrollton Avenue in Mid-City, walls and shelves are stacked with eye candy for nerds. Sections like “Kills and Thrills,” “Smells Like Teen Fiction” and “Melting Pot” intend to attract science fiction and fantasy lovers, as well as kids. Games are abundant, too, as are zombie tee shirts, action figures and even bow ties.

(Facebook/Tubby and Coo’s)

“We try to be different from other book stores,” says the store’s owner, Candice Huber. “My goal here is to create a nerd mecca.”

The approach is working, Huber says. Even though she’s done very little advertising, business has been steady. She says she’s delighted by the amount of foot traffic she’s seen since her soft opening in August, and she only anticipates the business growing as she formally kicks off with a grand opening starting Fri., Oct. 31. Continue reading »

Oct 012014

LCI Workers’ Comp and LCIA are teaming up with StayLocal and Good Work Network this fall to bring you a social media workshop series, Diving Deeper into Social Media. On three consecutive Wednesdays in October, we’ll take the plunge and dive into a specific social media platform. By focusing our attention on one platform at a time, we’ll ensure that you leave with a deeper understanding of how to effectively use social media for your business.

LCIA-sm-taking the plunge Continue reading »

Sep 302014

Southern University professor Joseph Bouie has been elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives for a district covering some of Mid-City after his single opponent dropped out of the race.

Joseph Bouie (file photo).

The District 97 seat represents parts of Mid-City, Bayou St. John, the Fairgrounds and Gentilly. On Monday night, the Secretary of State’s website confirmed that former candidate and political administrator Eugene Green dropped out.

Bouie is a former chancellor at Southern University who ran unsuccessfully for a the New Orleans City Council seat that Brossett won earlier this year. He also ran for the Orleans Parish School Board in 1992, but has never held office.

On Tuesday morning, Bouie told Mid-City Messenger that he planned to address economic inequality in his district by strengthening workforce development opportunities for residents. According to Bouie, giving residents better paying jobs and long-term opportunities will help decrease some of the other problems that plague the area. Continue reading »

Sep 302014

Several judicial candidates — including Graham Bosworth, attorney and chair of the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization — addressed the Home Defense Foundation on Monday night ahead of the November election.

The Home Defense Foundation describes itself as “a multi-racial group that supports self defense, and comes to the aid of honest citizens.” The forum was held for Criminal District Court candidates. Continue reading »

Sep 302014

The New Orleans Police Department is asking for help finding a man named Melvin Ellis, who police say went missing from his Mid-City home.

Police say Mid-City resident Melvin Ellis is missing (NOPD).

Ellis, 53, was last known to reside in the 4100 block of Palmyra Street, according to Officer Hilal Williams.

He’s described as an African-American male, approximately 6 feet tall and approximately 225 pounds.


Sep 292014

Two suspects are seen robbing a cashier at gunpoint in a store on Airline Highway in late July.

The Magnolia Discount on Airline Highway was robbed Sunday night for the second consecutive day in a row, for a total of six armed robberies at same convenience store in a two-month period, New Orleans police said. Continue reading »

Sep 292014

Members of the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative celebrate their launch on the banks of Bayou St. John in Mid-City (Della Hasselle, Mid-City Messenger).

Last August, architect David Waggoner stood in front of a standing-room crowd at Xavier University, and presented a plan aimed to change the way New Orleanians look at water.

The Water Management Strategy called for a “new era” of stormwater management, utilizing rainfall to help solve problems related to water storage and even land subsidence, a sinking problem that cracks city streets and home’s foundations. If steps weren’t taken to ameliorate the city’s relationship with water, Waggoner said, the mistake would ultimately cost New Orleans $20 billion in increased flood exposure over the next several decades. Continue reading »