In 1910, Harry Offner opened his first hardware shop on South Rampart Street in downtown New Orleans, setting the foundation for a local network of three retail stores with more than 27,000 items in stock and 90,000 more available through catalogs or the Ace Hardware website. Like a treasured heirloom or the gene for double-jointed elbows, the business has passed through three generations as Harry's grandkids currently mind the store to help homeowners and handy folks find cleaning and painting supplies, lawn-care implements, housewares, and tools from well-known brands. The knowledgeable staff also assists shoppers with a variety of services, from cutting keys and threading pipes to minor household repair jobs performed by licensed and insured handymen.
A high-tech computer tune-up is like a mountain spa retreat or month-long detox for your computer. Over time, the average personal computer accumulates a buildup of dust, viruses, spyware, and pigeon feathers that contribute to loss of power, incorrect shutdowns, and slow-running programs. The computer tune-up works on all these problems, determining the status of available virus protection and scanning for existing threats. Registry files are optimized, and unnecessary temp files, cookies, and unused programs removed. Erroneous start-up files are eradicated like so many reality-show contestants, while service packs and security updates are installed. The technician will also create a backup of your Windows registry and even clean the CD-ROM laser lens for an extra bit of personal polish.
River Ridge Electric helps home owners sleep soundly with a comprehensive safety inspection that identifies any rotten wires, smoldering sockets, or faulty filaments. Savvy electricians inspect the house’s main distribution panel and primary grounding system, as well as the air-conditioner and furnace disconnects, outlets, switches, and more. River Ridge Electric can also help pinpoint any persistent problems currently being remedied by an elaborate Rube Goldberg device that rewinds VHS tapes. Smoke alarms and carbon-monoxide detectors are also examined, ensuring they are up to snuff for an emergency situation.
Go Louisiana Green is a home energy auditing company dedicated to helping our customers lower their monthly energy bill and live a healthier quality of life. By testing a home’s energy efficiency our trained technicians can determine the best possible energy efficiency upgrades for your home and save you money.
For more than three decades, Save Our Cemeteries has preserved the architectural and cultural beauty of historic cemeteries with restoration work, lectures, photography sales, and guided tours of the city's above-ground coffin repositories. At 10 a.m. from Friday through Sunday, cemetery sightseers can take a gander at the oven wall vaults and stone tombs of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, which was founded in 1789 as the burial ground for famous Louisianan revolutionaries, chess champions, and voodoo queen Marie Laveau.
Two years after Hurricane Katrina flooded 80% of New Orleans and damaged more than 200,000 homes, Brad Pitt visited the historic Lower 9th Ward. What he found was a community still reeling from the storm, a lack of progress in rebuilding efforts, and a nation slowly forgetting about the disaster. So Pitt founded Make It Right to build safe, sustainable, and affordable homes in the neighborhood hardest hit by the storm. He called upon 21 world-renowned architects to design 150 climate-adapted, eco-friendly homes. The resulting buildings would not only help rebuild New Orleans, but demonstrate to the world that high-quality, green housing could be made affordably.
Today Make It Right has built 100 LEED Platinum houses for Lower 9th Ward residents and continues to break ground on a new home every month. Each home follows architect William McDonough's Cradle to Cradle design principle, which touts renewable energy and social fairness. The homes are powered by renewable energy and help to improve water quality by using pervious concrete.
But the homes have also served as an experiment in cost-effective eco-friendly building, and Make It Right has made it a point to spread the knowledge gained. Not only has the organization built an open library of resources, but it has taken the lessons learned on the road. In addition to its ongoing work in New Orleans, Make It Right is also working with underserved communities in Missouri, New Jersey, and Montana.
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