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Downtown Living: April 2014

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Events: DDD Accepting Nominations for Downtown NOLA AwardsDowntownLivingNov2013The third annual Downtown NOLA Awards luncheon, which recognizes those who have made a positive impact on Downtown New Orleans, will be held May 16. The deadline to submit nominations is April 18.

The following are the categories for awards:

  • Downtown Inspiration Award: Award presented to a Downtown property owner, business, resident or worker who is a leader, collaborator and evangelist for Downtown development.
  • iMinder of the Year: Awarded to an individual with proven success in one of DDD’s core industries: arts-based businesses, digital media or bio-sciences.
  • Public Safety Awards: Awarded to individuals who help keep Downtown New Orleans one of the safest places in the country. Awards will go to: an individual recognized for their service in keeping their neighborhood safe; a DDD Public Safety Ranger; and a New Orleans Police Department officer.
  • Clean Awards: Awarded to individuals who work 24 hours, seven days a week to make Downtown New Orleans one of the cleanest places in the country, including a DDD Clean Team member and a Downtown Clean Partner.
  • Downtown Brand Ambassador of the Year: Awarded to an individual, organization or event that has embraced and incorporated the new Downtown NOLA brand.
  • Best Third Space: Awarded to a “third space,” i.e. restaurant, bar, coffee shop, green space, etc., that provides a creative environment for iMinders to collaborate, work and network.
  • Best Adaptive Reuse: Awarded to preservationists and owners of homes and businesses who maintain the integrity of Downtown’s historic buildings while modernizing them for adaptive reuse.
  • Best Façade Improvement Project: Awarded to the building owner or lessee who has invested in improving the appearance of a building’s façade. The façade improvement must be a quality renovation that enhances and is consistent with the historical design, materials and architectural character reflected in the original design of the building.
  • Best Public Works Project: Awarded to a federal, state or local public works project that has improved the environment of Downtown NOLA.
  • Best Recycling/Green Project: Awarded to the business or property owner that helps keep Downtown green.
  • Best-Kept Secret: Awarded to a Downtown “gem” that is low-profile, but deserves recognition for its programs, services or amenities.

To submit nominations and for more information, visit downtownnolaawards.com

Beautification: DDD Clean Team
Downtown is one of the cleanest neighborhoods in New Orleans, thanks to the DDD Clean Team. As we do every year, the DDD partnered with the City of New Orleans this year to ensure that locals and visitors to Downtown enjoyed a clean and safe Carnival. The Clean Team provided post-parade cleanup support through Mardi Gras Day, in addition to morning and night crews that cleaned district-wide each day. Up to 30 additional workers provided cleanup of sidewalks, curb lines and side streets along the parade route.

“The DDD and our stakeholders take pride in Downtown NOLA,” said DDD President and CEO Kurt Weigle. “We have a high standard for its cleanliness and safety every day; so, this is why we go the extra mile, bringing in any additional resources needed during events like Mardi Gras to make sure that Downtown New Orleans continues to shine as one of the city’s greatest assets.”

Pig Out & Play: Barcadia
“Good Music. Good Food. Good Friends. Good Times.” Located kitty-corner to the Piazza D’Italia on Tchoupitoulas Street, Barcadia offers everything its name implies and more. This restaurant/arcade invites you to throw off your adult restraints, find your inner child, let your hair down and have fun with everything from a life-sized Jenga game on the patio outside to a long line of ‘80s arcade games at your fingertips for the price of a quarter. Barcadia also features a 5-foot-tall Connect Four, air hockey tables and skeeball machines.

This unique, adult arcade also has over 40 craft beers on tap and a huge menu of tasty eats that will satisfy even the most discriminating palate. Try the “Queso Fundido Nachos” with chipotle chicken, guacamole, pulled pork and bacon, or the “Manager’s Special” — a pastrami and Swiss sandwich with Abita Andygator mustard on marbled rye. Barcadia also features gourmet burgers like “The Brian,” with sharp cheddar, pork belly preserves and housemade pickles. Who’s ready for some fun? barcadianeworleans.com

Shop: The Wild Life Reserve
The Wild Life Reserve recently opened the doors of its brand-new flagship store in Downtown New Orleans at 111 St. Charles Ave. The store is stocked with men’s and women’s clothing from The Wild Life Reserve collection, as well as a ?nely curated collection of local and international designers and heritage brands. The ?agship store’s grand opening will be held on Friday, April 4, from 4 – 8 pm!

It’s because of the store’s respect for history, and its desire to put a focus back on producing quality designer goods, that The Wild Life Reserve was established in 2009. The brand’s focus is to preserve what has been built in New Orleans for the apparel industry, and continue the tradition of making quality goods domestically. The store focuses on educating customers and ensuring brand loyalty, while bringing back customer service to retail by offering free alterations with all purchases. The Wild Life Reserve has made its mission to preserve raw style and to team with other like-minded brands and designers. thewildlifereserve.com