Wayback Machine – City Business Article from December of 2005

While scouring the net for Lower Decatur Street news, this historical right-after-Katrina gem popped up from the City Business magazine. Some of you may not have seen it, so it is posted here for all to enjoy.

Business owners on Lower Decatur Street have been relying on each other to stay afloat. The strip of stores sits behind the French Market, a top tourist attraction. Rhonda Findley and David Gordin own Funrock’n, which sells vintage and retro T-shirts, toys, tin lunch boxes and features a $1 joke rack. Findley says if they can get customers into their store, they can promote other stores on the street. This is a hard-core group of small-business owners, said Findley.

They article also says:

Angel also owns Chi-wa-wa Ga-ga, a clothing store for small- breed dogs. Fiorella’s Cafe, known for its world famous fried chicken, is next to Funrock’n. The Artist’s Market, which features work by local artists, including paintings, photos, jewelry and sculptures, is across the street from the French Market. Le Garage specializes in vintage military surplus, collectibles and other New Orleans themed items. Rock & Roll Collectibles features the largest selection of vintage vinyl in the city. Most businesses on Lower Decatur reopened shortly after Hurricane Katrina. We’ve been open since Sept. 5, said Jan Burrows, owner of The Artist’s Market. Mainly we had relief workers and some locals but not too many.

Read the whole City Business article here.

$2 Mimosas, Poinsettias, and Bloody Marys

The diabolical little caffine elves at Cafe Envie are at it again.  What better way to lure people to your place than cheap booze with breakfast.  Just in time in for the merriment surrounding Southern Decadence they’ve unveiled their latest special offering.

Breakfast is served 7am-2pm at 1241 Decatur Street (corner of Barracks).  They also have Gourmet coffee drinks, sandwiches, pasteries, desserts, and a full bar with some of the tastiest absinthe in the French Quarter.

Good only through August 30 – September 4.

Memorial Service for Katrina Animals

The Louisiana SPCA, the New Orleans Musicians Clinic and St. Anna’s Episcopal Church sponsor a jazz funeral march, interfaith service and reception to honor lost pets and celebrate the bonds that unite people and their animals. The march begins at Esplanade Avenue and Decatur Street, 5 Sun., proceeds to St. Anna’s at 1313 Esplanade Ave., with music by the Treme Brass Band and the Storyville Stompers. The public is invited to bring photos or remembrances of their pets but are requested not to bring animals. Call 415-3514 or 368-5191, ext. 202.

From The Times-Picayune

Hello Lower Decatur Street!

Welcome to Lower Decatur Street’s new home on the internet. Built upon the WordPress blogging platform it has some pretty amazing features. Out of the box it supports posting of articles by many authors (even at a specific point in the future), an RSS feed, and loads of themes for customization. Hopefully it will attract authors, content, and finally visitors.

Today we’ve set up the basic site, added links to some merchants on Lower Decatur Street (look to the right), categorized the links, and fleshed out most of the about page.

Next up will be the addition of more authors, photographers, and editors.

Together we can promote our neighborhood to the city as well as the rest of the world.