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A Year IntheNOLA - A Look Back at 2011

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On March 1, 2010, native New Orleanian Jeff Gonzales launched What started out as just a simple idea has blossomed into what we know as, a hub for all things LOCAL…businesses, events, artists, entrepreneurs, causes, and so on.
As 2011 comes to a close, let’s take a walk down memory lane with the 2011 IntheNOLA Alumni:

 With our Local Entrepreneurs, Jennifer Thomas of Pure Barre New Orleans got us in shape while Niala and Tia Howard of Magnolia Makeup made sure we looked good after our workout. Erica Stacy of NOLA Food Delivery showed us how easy it is to have good New Orleans food delivered right to our houses and NOLA Brewing gave us some awesome beer to eat with that food. Thankfully, Chonchol Gupta and Xavier Cabo of Rebirth Financial helped NOLA Brewing get the money to can that awesome beer and also provide funding for other New Orleans entrepreneurs.
Not to be outdone, our Local Artists were just as busy. Musician David “Profess” Burl, Jr., serenaded us almost every Monday at Melodic Mondays at Clever Wine Bar. Director David S. White of Evil Penguin Films immortalized bounce rapper Katey Red in her first ever video. DJ Soul Sister had us jamming to those classic old school grooves every weekend. Photographer Jerry Moran took everybody who’s anybody’s picture and Wild Wayne kept us up-to-date on everything New Orleans on the radio.
We’re not done with 2011 just yet…
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art took us on an awesome scavenger hunt through the French Quarter with the O-Mazing Race. Christopher Boudy of NewOrleans Tech.Net put the power of technology into the hands of our young people at Teen Tech Day. The Whole Gritty City – A New Orleans Marching Band Film and Brass Roots: The Untold Story of New Orleans Brass Bands told the stories of our young musical geniuses and the trials and tribulations they face. The Green Project’s Salvations 2011 taught us how to reuse and repurpose old materials and 2-Cent TV’s Listen! Literacy and Arts Festival showed young New Orleanians how cool reading is.

Zoo-To-Do at Audubon Zoo and 101 Donations at NOLA City Bark allowed us to support the animals of New Orleans.We made groceries at the newly opened New Orleans Food Cooperative, watched as Juba Kali tore down the competition as a contestant on the Food Network’s series, Food Network Star, and painted like Edgar Degas at Bottles & Brushes at the Degas House.

NOLA Bulls had us up early on a Saturday morning dodging the Big Easy Roller Girls through the French Quarter, Tales of the Cocktail made sure we tried every cocktail known to man, Rising Tide – A Conference on the Future of New Orleans focused our attention on rebuilding our great city, and Madame NOLA made sure we understood the in's and out's of New Orleanian-ness in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Being a New Orleanian.
Almost there…
Sheaux Fresh Sustainable Foods and the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans showed how important eating fresh produce is. Total Community Action’s Total Family Health Fair, the O.C.H. Market, and Vecinos: A Celebration between Neighbors allowed everyone in the community to improve both their minds and bodies.
Geaux Sports Jewelry, New Orleans International Fashion Week, Fashion Week New Orleans, and Illmatix Apparel gave New Orleans the much-needed fashion angle, Festigals: Women’s Weekend Getaway did a great job of showing New Orleans outside of the Bourbon and boobs viewpoint, and Fierce.Fly.Fabulous - The ULTIMATE Naturalista Experience put all the natural-haired beauties into one room during the Essence Festival.
Just a little more…
Bivian “Sonny” Lee, III started Son of a Saint, Maya Galeas of Fleurish NOLA and Krystal Burrell Armstrong of KCJ Makeup Artistry threw an awesome networking event for young entrepreneurs, Respond Against Fear and Violence (RAFA V) hosted RAFApalooza in support of native New Orleanian Rafael Delgadillo, Pass it On Open Mic brought together the best in spoken word, and DaVida Chanel showed us her play writing skills with Hip Hop is Alive.
And the places we ate…lawd have mercy…Dish on Hayne, The Munch Factory, Lemonade Parade, NOLA Eats’ King Cake Tasting Party, and Cupcakes & Co.

Of course, we had a few surprises up our sleeves too! InthekNOwla hosted InthekNOwla LIVE: A Local's Meet and Greet with artist Varion Laurent, singer Arianne "The Creole Cutie" Deruise, and Renee Brown of Bayou Brew Wellness Tea. We also unveiled our new kNOwla Trinity t-shirt™ and the kNOwla Network for all us locals to keep in touch.

And finally, congratulations to Drew Brees of our New Orleans Saints for breaking a seemingly unbreakable record! You stand as an inspiration to us all!!!

And with that we think we covered everybody…or so we hope…
As you can see, InthekNOwla is not slowing down and 2012 promises to be even bigger and better. And since the Mayans have said that the world will be ending on December 21, we gotta get it all in! There’s so many fantastic, interesting, wonderful locals that we can’t wait to talk to!
And with that InthekNOwlians, we say THANK YOU…thank you for a wonderful year...thank you for all of your support and encouragement. We could not do what we do without YOU.

We look forward to serving our wonderful city and her people for many years to come. Happy New Year!

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