Out to Lunch

OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.

Photo by Rick Lineberger

The Incomparable Magazine Street July 18, 2019

We assume people like to visit New Orleans for the food and music. Which they do. But most music is at night. And there’s only so many hours a day you can eat.

If you visit Magazine Street on any given day you’ll find tourists shopping alongside locals on almost every block of the 6 miles of stores that stretch from the Lower Garden District to Uptown.

Magazine Street has been a commercial backbone of New Orleans since the city’s inception. The street’s contribution to our economy is as colorful as it is important. And it’s chronicled in a new book, The Incomparable Magazine Street.

John Magill

Its author, historian John Magill, joins Peter Ricchiuti for this edition of Out to Lunch at Commander's Palace

Desiree Petitbon

Desiree Petitbon is a board member of the Magazine Street Merchants Association and co-owner of Basics Underneath, one of the oldest stores on the street, and Basics Swim and Gym, one of the newest.

Desiree's first-hand observations about the changes of both shoppers and shop-owners along Magazine Street over the past two decades and John's centuries-long historical perspective provide insights into where both local and nationwide retail trends are heading. 

John Magill, Desiree Petitbon, Peter Ricchiuti

Photos by Alison Moon.

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