This namesake young visionary has been the driving force behind the fresh, technological exhibitions and events created by the Solomon Group. His company opened just a few years ago, but has accomplished some major feats with creating, designing, and inventing exhibitory concepts at The National WWII Museum, The Presbytere, The Mercedes Benz Superdome, and other museums and shows across the state and south. Their fascinating, informative, and entertaining concepts include the fabrication of the new Train Car Experience at the WWII Museum where guests board a train headed to basic training before they are shipped to battlefields Europe and Asia. Gary Solomon is native to New Orleans, having attended NOCCA before getting a theater degree in New York. He returned home and brought tech-savvy, modern ideas with him.
- Sylvain, 625 Chartres St. – I don’t know how to cook so I always eat out. It opened a few years ago and has been one of my favorites.
- The World War II Museum, 945 Magazine St. – I sunk my heart into it for the last five years. It’s one of my favorite places to bring friends when they come into town. Personally and professionally, it’s been a great family project. I’m really proud of what they’ve been able to do for the city, and to have them is such a key part of our culture here.
- Bayou St. John, Midcity-Lakeview – I grew up on Bayou St. John. I feel like we’re a city centered around water, but there are few opportunities in New Orleans to be on water. Bayou St. John cuts through the middle.
- The Civic Theater, 533 Baronne St. – It’s historic, it’s the oldest theater in New Orleans, and it has a modern look to it. It’s been a really wonderful adventure I’ve had the last couple of years.
- Fulton Alley, 600 Fulton St. – It’s pretty cool, something you wouldn’t have seen in New Orleans before. It’s been a go-to spot lately.