With temperatures rising, sometimes we need a little something extra to lure us out of the house in summer. If the weather’s got you feeling lethargic, a summer special may be just what the doctor ordered. Local businesses are always looking to go the extra mile for locals and visitors to New Orleans in summer, whether they’re restaurants introducing exciting new menus or luxury apartment buildings looking to fill their spaces with new and friendly neighbors. The world is your oyster in summer—so plan a staycation, go out shopping with friends, tackle that home project, or leave work a little early for a decadent Friday happy hour. Enjoy the best of New Orleans this summer by taking advantage of what businesses are offering to help beat the heat in July. 

Apartment Living

Lumina Apartments

Set in vibrant and stylish Mid-City and just steps away from the Lafitte Greenway, Lumina Apartments offers luxurious and spacious living spaces with sleek, modern amenities. Both one- and two-bedroom floor plans feature high ceilings and contemporary finishes, with designer touches including vinyl plank floors, spacious walk-in closets, pendant lighting and granite countertops.

Got a roommate? The Lumina offers the space you need—huge bedrooms with walk-in closets and double-hung shelves and chef-inspired kitchen with a custom designed table make Lumina your best choice for sharing costs without sacrificing space or style. Spread out even more by grabbing your laptop and heading to the posh clubroom, or work in the lounge with free Starbucks coffee. A resort-inspired pool and onsite 24-hour gym add to the luxury apartment allure.

With popular restaurants and shops just a short walk away, Lumina is nestled in the heart of a thriving and active community. For more information and to set up an in-person or virtual tour, visit LuminaMidCity.com or call 504-608-5778. 

The Delaneaux Apartments

All the luxury and amenities of Mid-City’s Lumina are now available in the Lower Garden District with The Delaneaux Apartments. This modern living community is designed to cater to your busy schedule and to ensure comfort, convenience and relaxation when you return home.

Chef-inspired kitchens feature sleek, stainless steel appliances and custom island dining tables, and each floor plan is accented with contemporary finishes that set these spaces above all the rest. Amenities unique to The Delaneaux include a movie theater, a grand two-story clubroom and a resort-inspired pool, allowing residents to savor the rich history of their neighborhood whether inside their apartments or spending time with neighbors in communal spaces.

The elegance of these spaces combines the beauty, distinction, and originality that make New Orleans an exceptional place to live with modern comforts and exquisite touches that create an unrivaled residential experience. For more information or to sign up for the VIP waiting list, call 504-841-9900 or email delaneauxmgr@greystar.com.


Art Exhibitions

The Helis Foundations Sponsors A Free Day At The Ogden Museum
The Helis Foundations sponsors a free day at the Ogden Museum

Art & A/C presented by The Helis Foundation

Beat the heat with Art & A/C presented by The Helis Foundation! As an extension of its “Art for All” program, The Helis Foundation has partnered with three New Orleans cultural institutions to provide free days during one of the hottest months of the year. Every Sunday in July, Louisiana residents can stay cool and enjoy FREE admission to Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Contemporary Arts Center.

The Helis Foundation’s “Art for All” program offers free admission on select days year-round, including Ogden Museum of Southern Art on Thursdays, New Orleans Museum of Art and New Orleans Botanical Garden on Wednesdays, Contemporary Arts Center on Sundays, and the Louisiana Children’s Museum on the second Sunday of every month.

Learn more about Art for All and Art & A/C at TheHelisFoundation.org. 


Home Design & Restoration

Southern Refinishing

Are you considering replacing your worn or stained old bathtub? Restoring/refinishing is likely a better option. With traditional replacement, the biggest issues often arise in removing the old tub. Parts of the bathroom tile, walls and floor must be torn away, and the location of the old plumbing is often incompatible with the new. The cost of the new tub, new floor and wall materials, tiles, lumber, and labor can run into thousands of dollars and mean dirt, noise, and the hassle of days or weeks of work.

With the refinishing/restoration process from Southern Refinishing, your worn out fixtures and tile can be restored to their original luster—or even a new color—in less than a day, sparing you from the downtime and hassle of replacement. The process can save you up to 80 percent of the cost of replacement and give you the bathroom of your dreams.

A local, trusted company, Southern Refinishing has the equipment and expertise to work with any fixture. Get a customized quote today by calling 504-348-1770. Visit SouthernRefinishing.com for a gallery of projects and additional information.


Dining Out


Welcome the summer season—and now Sunday brunch—with delicious food and wine shared together at Briquette, the celebrated seafood destination from restaurateur Anna Tusa, Owner of New Orleans Creole Cookery. With Briquette, Tusa puts seafood and contemporary coastal cuisine at the center of the dining experience. Briquette is also known locally for its enthusiasm for high quality, often hard-to-find wines and spirits and recently won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its discerning, expansive wine list.

Bubbly Briquette Brunch started in spring and features bottomless mimosas and rosé along with specialties like Crawfish Hash, Shrimp & Grits, Bananas Foster Waffles, Chicken & Waffles, and the Brunchin’ Burger. Eye openers like bourbon milk punch and Briquette Bloody Marys add to the Sunday flavor. For more info, call the restaurant or follow it on Facebook.

Briquette is currently open for dinner Thursday-Sunday, 3 p.m. until close, and for brunch on Sundays, 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Briquette is located at 701 S. Peters Street in the Warehouse District. Book your table today by calling the restaurant at 504-302-7496 or via OpenTable.


Summer Shopping

Diamonds Direct

July means summer is in full sizzle, and engagements and weddings are on the rise. As the world returns to a more normal sense of life, Diamonds Direct in Metairie is helping celebrate all of life’s sweetest moments. 

Visit Diamonds Direct July 14th-18th for an exclusive 20 percent savings on engagement settings, wedding bands, and more. It’s the perfect time to browse favorite styles, make a wish list, or take home a little something for yourself or a loved one. Escape the heat with a cool glass of champagne in the showroom, and allow the store’s Diamond Experts to help you find that one-of-a-kind piece at any price point. This offer only lasts July 14th-18th, so mark your calendars, bring your loved one, and enjoy some summer shopping fun. 

To begin browsing now, visit diamondsdirect.com or stop by the store at 3230 Severn Avenue in Metairie, open Monday through Saturday.