Business & Technology

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Out To Lunch: Earth Orbit And Beyond

Jay Monroe, Bobby Savoie and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

 

Sure, New Orleans business is doing better than it has in decades (if not ever)... but in your wildest imaginings it's unlikely you've had any idea that "the sky's the limit" has, in the last few years, gone from being a visionary fantasy to an aerospace reality. While many are still evoking the New Orleans credentials of being the birthplace of jazz and the cocktail, two extraordinary local businessmen are giving us, literally, a whole new world to brag about.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Out To Lunch: Bra Strap 'N Shades

Lisa McKenzie and Stirling Barrett.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Just when you think there's nothing new under the sun, along comes Lisa McKenzie and Oohla Bra, her New Orleans company that turns underwear into outerwear. Oohla Bra has over 65 designer bra straps — strings of pearls, beads and sparkling delights that switch places with the regular strap on your convertible or strapless bra, transforming your everyday bra strap into a work of art.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Out To Lunch: Water Works

Sarah Mack, Peter Ricchiuti and Webster and Lacey Pierce.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Oceanfront property is desirable, unless the ocean is meant to be hundreds of miles from your front door. Webster Pierce Jr. is the inventor of a hunk of plastic called the Wave Robber. Anchored off the coast of rapidly disappearing Louisiana, it upends the natural process of waves washing away land by robbing them of their power, but unlike a traditional breakwater, siphons the silt out of the wave to create new land.

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Flood Insurance
7:18 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

House Approves Measure To Ease Flood Insurance Hikes

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 8:17 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

The House overwhelmingly passed legislation last night to undo flood insurance reform that Congress passed less than two years ago. When homeowners started calling lawmakers about sharp premium hikes, both chambers moved swiftly to ease the pain.

NPR's Ailsa Chang reports.

AILSA CHNAG, BYLINE: In 2012, Democrat Maxine Waters of California put her name on a bill that was meant to help the National Flood Insurance Program dig itself out of huge debt. Last night, she said she made a big mistake.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Out To Lunch: Look Like A Million Bucks

Betsie Gambel, Josh Mayer and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Eric Murrell / It's New Orleans

Would you like an article about yourself in the New York Times? Betsie Gambel can make that happen. Would you like to own Mardi Gras? Josh Mayer will take care of that for you.

Peter, Josh, and Betsie delve into PR, branding, marketing, advertising, NOLA Mad Men & Women, and lend their substantial skills to startup business Clear the Clutter.

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Out To Lunch
12:04 am
Sun February 23, 2014

Out To Lunch: Paper Or Plastic

Jonathan Bertuccelli and Jonthan Schudmak.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

New Orleans is a city torn between upholding traditions and embracing change. In this Tale of Two Jonathans, Jonathan Bertuccelli's Studio 3 creates centuries old papier mâché art in the form of elegant Mardi Gras floats, while Jonathan Schudmak's NOLA 3D Printing creates our plastic future. 

In the Pay It Forward segment of the show Peter, Paper Jonathan and Plastic Jonathan weigh in on how best to expand the already successful promotional product company Safeguard.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Out To Lunch: Brides N' Blooms

Bonnie Broel and Peter Ricchiuti.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Did you know New Orleans is America's second favorite spot for destination weddings? There's a whole industry built on folks coming here to get hitched.

At the heart of it are two New Orleans icons: House of Broel and Harkins the Florist. John Harkins and Bonnie Broel join Peter Ricchiuti for a lunch time chat that swings from brides on their wedding day to wives doing things with floral preservative — other than preserving blooms.

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Lee Circle
7:30 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Louisiana ArtWorks Building To Become Culinary Institute

The Louisiana ArtWorks building on Lee Circle has sat vacant for years, but will now become a culinary institute.
Downtown Development District

 

A brand new culinary institute has been approved for the site of the former Louisiana ArtWorks building on Howard Avenue. The New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute won the bidding over two other competitors.

Tyler Bridges of The Lens talked with WWNO News Director Eve Troeh about the details of the $6 million deal.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Out To Lunch: NOLA Baby

Dana Keren, Latona Giwa, Angelle Missios and Peter Ricchiutti.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Latona Giwa from Birthmark Doula Collective breaks down the A-B-C-sections of the NOLA baby biz. Angelle Missios, NOLA Birth Photographer, is there to capture baby's first breath and first Facebook post.

In the Pay It Forward segment of the show Peter, Angelle and Latona take a look at The Elmer Group's Nerium.

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Out To Lunch
11:38 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Out To Lunch: Fleurty Rock'n

Lauren Thom and John Blancher.
Credit Robert Morton / It's New Orleans

In four years Lauren Thom has taken Fleurty Girl from a bedroom in the front of her house on Oak Street to five stores citywide. 

John Blancher bought a run-down bowling alley to use as a catering hall. When he started booking bands, and drinkers and dancers also became bowlers, he'd accidentally created a phenomenon that he called Rock 'n' Bowl.

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