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Student Activists: Elana Perriott

hgf “Activism has provided me with a better insight into the lives of those I’ve encountered. Through conversations with individuals of different backgrounds, I’ve gained an understanding of their cultural experiences,” says Elana Perriott, a senior at St. Mary’s Dominican…

What's Hot | Finishing Touches

pdf A minimalist white bud vase, with a touch of cheeky personality in hand-painted gold facial features, perks up any bookshelf. Relish, 600 Metairie Road, 309-3336, RelishNewOrleans.com   A set of gold cocktail forks make a darling addition to a plate…

Changemakers | Kathryn L. Reynolds

Designed to help ease the global housing crisis, a new approach to homebuilding recently launched in New Orleans. Kathryn L. Reynolds, a sustainable real estate developer, and Steven Bingler, the founder and CEO of Concordia Architects, decided to create more…

Changemakers | Nita Gassen & Judy Schott

Two women have taken their business idea from the Mandeville Market all the way to Shark Tank, the reality TV show focused on entrepreneurs. Here is what Nita Gassen and Judy Schott have to say about launching their company Better…

Student Activists: Amari Knighten

“It is important to be involved in your community, because if we don’t, then who will? If you want something to happen, then you should work on your part to make it happen,” says Amari Knighten, a senior at Archbishop…

What's Hot | Spring Accessories

Not even a dreary day can rain on the foot parade of a pair of bright yellow Joules rain boots with bumblebee accents. Feet First, 4122 Magazine St., 899-6800, FeetFirstStores.com  Do some art gallery window browsing through a pair of…

What's Hot | Home Decor

You get a little thrill every time you discover a decorative accent that will fill a particular nook in your house in just the right way. Perk up your abode with unique, personal accents and décor that aim to delight…

Changemakers | Catherine Todd

Drawing on a lifetime of art appreciation, Catherine Todd realized that New Orleans needed a single place where locals and visitors alike could fall in love with the city’s art scene. After a fortuitous meeting with fellow artist and businessperson…

Student Activist | Tess Fouchi

“I think it’s important to be involved in one’s community in whatever capacity you’re able. I strive to be a role model for others and encourage them to use whatever resources and passions they have to help give back, too,”…

Changemakers | Candice Huber

Fulfilling a lifelong goal to run a bookstore, Candice Huber opened Tubby & Coo’s in 2014. With a focus on science fiction, fantasy, queer and diverse books (including children’s books), the shop promotes inclusivity for authors and readers alike. A…

Student Activist | Sean Michael Cursain

“Being involved in my community matters to me because it allows me to have a say in what kind of world I want to live in and hope my small actions may inspire others to do the same,” says Sean…

ChangeMakers | M-Tisha Dillon-Hall

Looking for a way to cope with postpartum depression following the birth of her child in 2016, M-Tisha Dillon-Hall began painting to relax and calm her mind. In time, she decided to help others find solace through artistic expression as…

For the Garden | Planting seeds

Krystle Sims-Cameron’s first experience growing food was a plum tree. At age 6, she planted a plum pit in the corner of her yard. “My mom told me that it was pointless to plant it,” she says. “Years later, on…

Student Activist | Maya Johnson

“I feel I’ve gained a voice to speak up about the injustices occurring across the nation and the world. I’ve learned the importance of being educated about topics that affect different groups of people,” says Maya Johnson a senior at…

Young Bloods | Josh D’Arcangelo

Sometimes the right idea comes along at just the right time. When Josh D’Arcangelo and Stuart Seiler decided to start a nonprofit benefiting New Orleans, they settled on the idea of providing computers and internet access to students in need…

Student Activist | Carina Ruth Swonger

“It is by touching the lives around us that we change the world. There are always people who need us in our own neighborhood,” says Carina Ruth Swonger, a senior at Archbishop Chapelle High School. During her junior year, Swonger…

Young Bloods: Jasmine Araujo

During the COVID-19 outbreak in the Greater New Orleans area, Jasmine Araujo noticed that people living unhoused were being neglected and left to their own devices during the quarantine. Araujo quickly mobilized a group of educators and activists who were…

Young Bloods: Rabbi Katie Bauman & Evelyn Turner

As a growing coalition of congregations and community-based organizations, Together New Orleans is a new nonprofit dedicated to affecting real change in our city. A more localized version of Together Louisiana, one of the largest grassroots organizations in the state,…

A Magazine Adventure

Fashion & More Starting on the far end of Magazine Street, near Audubon Park, PERLIS has long been selling high-end Southern fashion for men, ladies and children. Perlis is a hot spot in spring for one of the South’s most…

Youngbloods: Connie Uddo

One organization is dedicated to restoring the New Orleans tree canopy in a fun, spirited way that fits the city’s vibe. Originally founded by Monique Pilie as Hike For Katreena, the NOLA Tree Project was created to help replant the…

What's Hot: Spring Fashion Accessories

1. Carry all of your essentials in a tassel accented, hand-woven crossbody. Hola Guava, HolaGuava.com 2. A Paris-made cuff bracelet with an interchangeable silk scarf makes for an ideal double-your-delight accessory. Relish, 600 Metairie Road, 309-3336, RelishNewOrleans.com 3. Keep your…

What's Hot: Home Décor

1. Pretty up your hallway with a ninepetal stainless steel magnolia sculpture. Home Malone, 629 N. Carrollton Ave., 524-8352; 4610 Magazine St., 766-6148; HomeMaloneNola.com 2. A lightbearer table lamp, with a poised hand to light the way, makes for a…

YOUNG BLOODS: Danielle Wright 

As a social worker in a local high school, Danielle Wright saw first-hand how many young people in the New Orleans area were exposed to trauma at a young age. These adverse experiences negatively impacted their academic success in school,…

Julia Street with Poydras the Parrot

Dear Julia, I was parking my car in the lot of 2645 Toulouse Street, in front of the SBP building and adjacent to the Broad Theatre. It’s a spot I park in frequently. Today’s rain revealed a white placard in…

Learning From Being a Mom

Mothering suited Jennifer Williams so well she relayed the skills she learned raising three children into a second career – awarding-winning middle school teacher. Big-time award-winning, in fact. After  15 years using natural nurturing techniques teaching 6th and 8th grade…

Philanthropic Fun: Collections for Charity

The Salvation Army hosted the “SOUPer Bowl,” their major annual fundraising event to support the Army’s Programs and Services fighting poverty and homelessness in New Orleans. This year’s event raised over $100,000. The evening began with a welcome reception in…

Young Bloods: Todd Wackerman

While working as a science teacher in New Orleans, Todd Wackerman faced a common dilemma: lab materials are often outside the school’s budget. To help other educators facing a similar issue, Wackerman created the STEM Library Lab, an equipment share…

What's Hot: Mardi Gras

1. Even your parade eyewear will have pizazz with a pair of Francis Klein frames, handmade in Paris and embellished with petite crystals. Art & Eyes, 3708 Magazine St., 891-4494, ArtAndEyesNewOrleansLA.com 2. Decorate well and do good with a silky bead…

Young Bloods: Benjamin Gordon

Combining philanthropy with a flair for fashion, one local sock company is making a positive difference. By purchasing a pair of socks from New Orleans-based Ell & Atty, shoppers can help give back to the local community as well. Benjamin…

What's Hot: Beauty

1. Put your best face forward by using a Rose Quartz facial roller from Slow North to massage the lymphatic system and improve firmness, circulation and fine lines. Home Malone, 629 N. Carrollton Ave., 324-8352, HomeMaloneNola.com. 2. While ordinary cotton…