Tom Dunne is one of our “tennis buddies.” He plays a consistant game, and it is always a pleasure to partner with him on the court at our weekend social tennis events, even though we both play left-handed. And by the way, together we even won once a double against the unbeatable “Psychologist” Harold Steinitz . So much for the records. Yesterday, Margarete and I had an invitation to enjoy a totally different Tom Dunne. Tom is a wood turner. He creates anything but everything out of wood. Beautiful wood! Our friends Lee Isaacson & Cynthia Knight invited us to their house on Napoleon Ave. in the honor of Tom Dunne to showcase his beautiful wood art work. It was a tremendous success! Tom sold over 30 pieces of his art in one evening! Tom really loves his art and you can feel it with every object he showed to us. Every piece is indeed unique. We also bought a beautiful wood bowl made of spalted sycamore from Audubon Park. Every piece is produced out of one piece of a tree stump. That´s the kind of wood you can keep forever. And our bowl will get a nice place in our home with a lasting memory of this evening. Thank you Lee & Cynthia for making this happen! You can find more about Tom Dunne´s art on his website “Artistic Wood Turning. com“
Is it an early Christmas 2016 gift or an early announcement of my 50th birthday? Either way, people might be shaking their heads or asking themselves what this is about when they pass by our door at 816 Webster in Uptown, New Orleans…
In fact I as owner of Apps Strategy LLC won the first prize, this beautiful Christmas Wreath, at last night’s Chamber After 5 event which took place at Barbara Coe´s shop “RD Home” at 2014 Magazine Street. Surprisingly and definitely unexpected. It was a lovely evening with interesting conversations, and Barbara was a very generous hostess!
On her “About page” you can learn that Barbara is originally from Texas, and she has lived in a number of places including the New Orleans partner city Caracas, Venezuela and Pennsylvania. Her mother has ancestry in Louisiana, and she remembers visits to the French Quarter, especially Galatoire’s, as a young girl.
Razzle Dazzle, her gift store on 742 Royal Street in the French Quarter, RD Home, and Fischer Gambino at 637 Royal Street offer a great selection of home goods ready for the Christmas season…
Right now they are promoting a 3 day auction at the Acadian Auction House starting tomorrow November 18 at 6:30 pm at 2838 Elysian Fields Ave. Don´t miss the chance to buy Grand New Orleans Interiors at auction prices!
I waited for this moment almost three years. The WAITR app is in town. The first concept of the app was introduced at the LRA 2014 . WAITR wanted originally reduce the waiting time at busy hours in restaurants by offering the option to order in advance via their app. This concept had changed. Now you can order via the app even home delivery and they developed a whole marketing concept to build a further sales channel for restaurants via the app. Where ever you are, the order get delivered! The company started in Lake Charles. Served the local market first and is now established in Lake Charles, Houston, Brazosport, The Woodlands and started this year also in Baton Rouge in February. A Public Relaese was published July 5th: “WAITR GOES LIVE in NEW ORLEANS.” That´s exciting. Last Monday I saw a little sticker at the entrance door of Brick & Spoon. Ardel Guillory recently opened there her branch and we were invited for a party there. The homemade food is delicious, the hospitality is very welcoming. And you can Build Your own Custom Bloody Marys like no other….
This week Margarete saw this sign at the back of a car on the Riverroad and asked herself what is the meaning of GRITS = “Girls Raised In The South” and who is behind it…? Deborah Ford Rogers founded this brand 20 years ago in 1996. You can find more about it at her website or follow her on Twitter. “They’re called Steel Magnolias, Ya-Ya Sisters, and Southern Belles,but at heart they’re just plain GRITS — Girls Raised in the South!” says it all.
Food related branding also catches my interest, of course.
And I also found her book…Some sort of “Renaissance” or status quo? Margarete wasn´t her when this all happened…