It's hard to miss the strikingly unconventional residence of artist James Michalopoulos. Just off Frenchmen Street in the Marigny, the facade of the one-time commercial structure is an industrial confection of trompe l'oeil elements, from wooden shapes that mimic structural bolts to blocks of bold colors suggesting the solidity of stone.
As a rum maker I’m passionate about the fermentation and distillation process, and I’ve set out to make an incredible rum. The drive is great and the hard work is fruitful. Old New Orleans Rum’s 20th anniversary King Creole has just been named the highest rated rum in America and equal to the best in the world according to the American Beverage Tasting Institute. What is the most fun part of your job? It’s a wonderful thing to make something that’s beautiful or poignant. It’s a great feeling to release something that will give others continual pleasure. What makes it less cool? Time pressures to stay up and complete a work, and the pressures to expand the business aspects.
By Jackie Borchardt, New Orleans Homes at Lifestyles
Frenchmen Street hosts a nightly party for hipsters, tourists, and anyone else thirsty for good music and a lively vibe. Local musicians, artists and luminaries feel at home in the scene – and it is home for artist James Michalopoulos, who sometimes strolls around the block, glass of wine in hand, to get some fresh air and inhale that energy.