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Hieux Boil Seafood House to open in former Namese spot on Tulane Avenue

By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger Hieu Doan was at a crossroads. It was the middle of July 2020 when the owner of Namese, the beloved Vietnamese restaurant on Tulane Avenue, announced the restaurant’s closure. Like so many other businesses, the popular spot for pho had become a victim of the coronavirus pandemic. “We were forced Read More…

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Ginaware opening for weekend ‘Carnival Costume Lite’ sale

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger This weekend, Ginaware will hold its Carnival Collection sale. In the times of COVID-19, it will be a bit more chill than in the past. But fans can still expect all the tutus, corsets, vintage float rider costumes, robes and capes — everything shiny, frothy and colorful and ready to Read More…

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With beads and stuffed throws languishing on the shelves, Mardi Gras Spot gets creative

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger As a company that supplies Carnival parade riders with their throws, Mardi Gras Spot, also known as Plush Appeal, on Toulouse Street had to pivot and get creative to serve customers this unique Carnival season. The Mid-City warehouse-like shop has found alternative ways to help Carnival krewes celebrate Mardi Gras Read More…

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Park Island Brew opens during pandemic because ‘people needed a place to go’

By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger Park Island Brew Coffee House, on Gentilly Boulevard across from the Fair Grounds Race Course, is all about family and neighborhood. Kevin Davis, a 7th Ward resident, owns the building that houses Park Island Brew. He and his business partner, Chachera Brantley, first had the idea to open the coffee Read More…

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Home Malone’s ‘Ice Cream Truck’ float a sweet spot on North Carrollton

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger Home Malone has installed its storefront float, “Ice Cream Truck,” in keeping with the Mid-City Krewe of House Floats’ theme “Truck Parades.”  Kristin Malone created this “Ice Cream Truck” float with some help from another Mid-City business, Stronghold Studios. Stronghold fabricated the silhouette “revelers,” also popularly known as “Throw Me Read More…

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All that glitters: NOLA Craft Culture is riding out the year of no parades

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger “You can’t keep a good New Orleanian out of a costume or from glittering,” said Lisette Constantin, co-owner of NOLA Craft Culture. Now in its second year, the shop is nestled in a Mid-City residential neighborhood. The house where NOLA Craft Culture is located on South Solomon Street just off Read More…

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Pagoda Café opening its doors after 10-month hiatus

  By Marielle Songy, Mid-City Messenger Pagoda Café, the breakfast, lunch and coffee hot spot on Bayou Road and Dorgenois Street, is set to reopen on Thursday (Jan. 21). The 7th Ward café has been closed since March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Owner and manager Shana Sassoon made the difficult decision to temporarily shut Read More…

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Hope floats: Festival cancellations almost killed Stronghold Studios. Then house floats offered a lifeline.

By Jeanne D’Arcy, Mid-City Messenger The pandemic nearly shut down Stronghold Studios in Mid-City. As the sub-contracted art department of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Stronghold was in mid-production for the 2020 festival when the COVID-19 restrictions hit. The 25-year-old company makes the façades for the Jazz Fest food booths, the stage headers Read More…