Heather Elizabeth Designs!
“Ain’t Dere No More Affirmation Bracelet” by Heather Elizabeth Designs
Heather Elizabeth Designs – Ain’t Dere No More!
This week’s pod is a departure for NOLA History Guy Podcast – it’s an interview! Been wanting to get this started for a while now. Heather and I were brainstorming a couple of weeks ago about tying promotion of my books with her ADNM jewelry, nightlights, and other items. I bought a Zoom H5 digital audio recorder a few weeks back. It’s incredibly portable, and the built-in mics are so good, many podcasters use the Zoom mic as their primary microphone, connected to a computer. So, I told Heather that we needed to sit down and talk history. This lady researches her pieces and knows her stuff.
What we did for the pod was to go around her “Ain’t Dere No More Affirmation Bracelet” and talk about the places represented by the various logos. It was a fun conversation. Here’s a brief run-down:
You’re already singing the jingle. Admit it, you know you are.
Pontchartrain Beach t-shirt from New Orleans Public Service
Heather and I decided we need to do a full episode together and talk about Pontchartrain Beach. We’ll do that in May or so, since that’s when Da Beach opened every year. New Orleans Public Service not only has a Pontchartrain Beach t-shirt, but it features the Art Deco-style entrance to the Zephyr, the wooden roller coaster that was the amusement park’s signature ride.
Falstaff Brewery, now the Falstaff Apartments (courtesy Flickr user “Falstaff Tulane Broad”
A long-time New Orleans landmark, the old brewery is now the Falstaff Apartments, at 2600 Gravier Street.
K&B Drug Stores, by John Epstein.
Everybody’s got a K&B story or four. We shared some of ours. This will definitely be another pod at some point. The photo here is the cover of John Epstein’s wonderful book, K&B Drug Stores, from my publisher, Arcadia.
D. H. Holmes
800 block of Canal Street, 1864 featuring the D.H. Holmes Dry Goods Store
Daniel Henry Holmes opened his dry goods store in 1842, and it became a New Orleans fixture and landmark. The building is still there, as a hotel.
Schwegmann Brothers Giant Supermarket, 2701 Airline Highway, in 1954. (courtesy NOLA.com)
“Makin’ Groceries, Schwegmann Style” – the photo is of the Schwegmann’s Heather talks about, not the smaller store on Airline that I remembered. Ann Maloney of Da Paper did a nice article on The People’s Grocer: John G. Schwegmann (2017, Neutral Ground Press, $20). The article has a bunch of other great Schwegmann’s photos.
JAX Brewery, the Moonwalk, and a Riverfront Streetcar (Infrogmation photo)
The Fabacher family’s brewery, located across the street on Decatur from Jackson Square.
Krauss – The New Orleans Value Store
Krauss – The New Orleans Value Store by Edward J. Branley
My latest book! It’s available for pre-order on Amazon.com now, and will be in local shops on September 25th. Heather has the logo as it was used regularly by the store on the bracelet. The book’s cover is reversed to make the store’s name stand out a bit more.
Sacred Heart brass-and-silver cuff, from Heather Elizabeth Designs (Edward Branley photo)
In addition to Heather’s ADNM bracelet, I could not take my eyes off her latest piece, a brass and sterling cuff with a Sacred Heart charm set in it. Heather’s an Academy of the Sacred Heart girl, and I’m a Brothers of the Sacred Heart boy!
New Orleans Public Service and LA46 – great t-shirts and a great store and venue
Beyond Bourbon St – Mark Bologna’s fantastic podcast
The Station – coffee shop on Bienville at N. Alexander Streets
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