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Downtown Living: May 2015


Community: The Wild Life Reserve wins Downtown NOLA Arts-Based Business Pitch.

DowntownLivingNov2013The Downtown Development District offers its deepest congratulations to the 2015 winner of the Downtown NOLA Arts-Based Business Pitch. During New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, the Pitch was awarded to The Wild Life Reserve — a local fashion and brand incubator that helps creatives from all over the world to brand, launch and develop their own businesses.

“We would like to say thank you to the DDD for the nomination and the award,” says Tabitha Bethune, co-founder of The Wild Life Reserve. “We are so thankful for the opportunity to win the Downtown NOLA Arts-Based Business Pitch.”

The Arts-Based Business Pitch is aimed at locating and nurturing entrepreneurs in the creative, architecture, technology, digital media, or film and entertainment fields that have a sustainable, arts-based project or product that benefits Downtown New Orleans. The DDD, in addition to other downtown partners, awarded The Wild Life Reserve a prize package that included capital to launch their business, plus pro-bono legal, accounting, marketing and real estate services valued at over $25,000. downtownnola.com, thewildlifereserve.com, ideavillage.org

Business: Nominations are open for the 4th Annual Downtown NOLA Awards.

The DDD has recently begun accepting nominations for the 4th Annual Downtown NOLA Awards, an annual ceremony dedicated to recognizing and appreciating extraordinary achievements by Downtown businesses, residents, organizations, property owners and workers. During the Sept. 18 luncheon, the DDD will celebrate five honorees that you, the citizens of New Orleans, nominate! Nominees have to meet certain criteria to be considered for the award. Register your nomination at downtownnola.com.

Art: Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition
What began as a vision by New Orleans native Michael Manjarris has become a reality with Sculpture for New Orleans. Funded by The Helis Foundation and supported by The City of New Orleans Department of Parks and Parkways, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the University of New Orleans Foundation and the Weisner Donation, Manjarris’ city-wide sculpture exhibition continues to grow.

Just recently, admired sculptors from around the country, including Dean Ruck from Houston, Greer Farris from Arkansas, and Carole Feuerman and Boaz Vaadia from New York, have recently added their artistic visions to the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition. The DDD is pleased and honored to have such prestigious works enriching our city streets and hope they inspire a new generation of local artists of every medium to make their dreams and aspirations come to life. sculptureforneworleans.org

Dining: Blaze Pizza opens at The Paramount.

Blaze Pizza, the “fast-fire’d” California pizza chain, has opened its first Louisiana location in The Paramount. Touting exceptional quality at “lightening fast speed,” Blaze Pizza features pies made to order from fresh, “made-from-scratch dough” — like the Art Lover with artichokes and ricotta, the Veg Out with zucchini and Gorgonzola, and the White Top with a cream sauce and applewood-smoked bacon. And whether you build your own pie or you opt for a salad, Blaze Pizza features a nutrition calculator for every item on the menu and detailed allergen information. blazepizza.com

Transportation: Downtown welcomes Enterprise CarShare.

Downtown New Orleans is finally jumping into the car-sharing game that’s been sweeping the nation. Enterprise CarShare will be one of the first players based out of The Park, the $21.3-million development being constructed on the corner of O’Keefe Avenue and Girod Street in the new South Market District. Enterprise CarShare is a car-sharing program that allows the user to reserve a car by the hour for one all-inclusive price. enterprisecarshare.com