French Quarter Shopping Featured Stories

Cigars and the Good Life in the French Quarter

Photo by Trevor Mark Cigars may not be native to Louisiana, but they have certainly taken firm root in the city’s celebrated culture of indulgence. The traditional finale to a rich meal, the cigar is also used to mark an important event such as the birth of a child or the completion of...Read More

How to Dress for Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras Mode by David Fary Costumes are to the Carnival season as peanut butter is to jelly - frankly, they’re indispensable. If you’re in New Orleans for the Mardi Gras (or the Carnival time that precedes it) and need a little costume inspiration before the height of parade season,...Read More

French Quarter One-of-a-Kind Series: Uncommon Scents

By: Tara McLellan Top to bottom: Hové Parfumeurs Owner Amy van Calsem Wendel, Perfumed strips each featuring hand-blended Hové scents, Hové room scents and scented candles. When visiting Hové Parfumeurs in the heart of the French Quarter there are two things you can be sure of - the...Read More

Quarter Top Hats: Kabuki Design Studio

By: Tara McLellan A Small Selection of Designs from Kabuki Design Studios' Owner & Designer Tracy Thomson For milliner and accessories designer Tracy Thomson, her artistic career has truly come full circle in New Orleans. "Hats basically start out as circles. Circles to me represent...Read More

French Quarter One-of-a-Kind Series: An Enlightening Experience at Bevolo Gas and Electric

By: Tara McLellan A wide range of unique hand-crafted gas & electric lanterns from Bevolo Drew Bevolo, third generation owner of Bevolo Gas and Electric, is unlike most business owners. Sure, he can give you the facts and figures of last month’s sales, what designs the company...Read More

Back to Her Roots: Spiritual Sustenance, Insight and Healing at Erzulie’s

By: Tara McLellan Top to bottom: The 'Root Queen' Anna Parmelee; Erzulie's Authentic Voodoo shop in the French Quarter Anna Parmelee may have been known for many titles throughout her life - broadcast media professional, advertising executive, licensed airplane pilot - but her favorite...Read More

Fashion Forward in the French Quarter

By: Tara McLellan Whether you're already a diva or a diva in training, a chic chick or a trendsetter, a deal spotter or a vintage collector, New Orleans has the girl gear for you. From rock star to pretty princess, glamour girl to tomboy, in a town that truly embraces the individual, these...Read More

Hat Shopping in the French Quarter and Nearby

Photo courtesy of Fleur de Paris on Facebook Themed weddings. Mardi Gras balls. Thanksgiving at the racetrack. Afternoon tea. New Orleans offers no shortage of opportunities to don your finest hat—and thanks to its costume culture and over-the-top reputation, you can be sure that there’s...

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5 Essential New Orleans Record Stores

LA Music Factory photo by Infrogmation of New Orleans on Flickr Yes, you could fire up Spotify to stream your favorite New Orleans musicians—but the warmth, crackle and hiss of vinyl has so much more personality. (Not to mention that the beautifully designed sleeves can double as wall art.)...

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Shopping for Discovery and Surprise

Photo by Trevor Mark In the battle against strip malls and generic chain operations, it seems like the merchants of New Orleans’ French Quarter can claim victory. Personality and individuality prevail here, and diverse, often family owned and operated retail establishments line the...

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French Quarter Shopping: The Best Perfumeries

New Orleans is often compared to a bewitching but temperamental woman. If that analogy is apt, then she’s also a perfumed one. From delicately fragrant honeysuckle and sweet olive to ghostly night-blooming cereus, floral scents hang heavy in New Orleans’  humid, subtropical air. They are...

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Photo courtesy of Trashy Diva on Facebook It’s often said that a stroll through the French Quarter is like stepping back in time. Whether you’re viewing 18th-century buildings like the St. Louis Cathedral, or taking in 1940s-era music at a jazz club, it’s easy to feel transported to a...

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French Quarter Shopping: One-of-a-Kind Stores

Photo by Selena N.B.H. on flickr. Shopping in the French Quarter runs a long gamut of opportunities: from high end chain retail in at The Shops at Canal Place to magical spell components at a voodoo-for-tourists shop located down a small back alleyway. You’ll find just about every version...

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By: Jyl Benson Top to bottom: M.S. Rau's Chevy Chase sideboard. Sideboard Detail. Antique Pistols from Cohen & Sons. A Shopper Browsing a Display of Antique Armaments In the mid-1800s furniture maker Gerrard Robinson of Newcastle, England, was oddly inspired to dedicate six years...

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By: Jyl Benson Retro-Vintage-Estate-Antique. By any name it's dazzle to die for... While the practice of wooing women with jewels may offend some gals, they probably aren’t from New Orleans. Throughout the ages Southern women have typically responded with great zeal to gemstone-laden...

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By: Jyl Benson One of the Quarter's specialty music stores, the Louisiana Music Factory The lack of formality that pervades New Orleans’ live music scene also distinguishes the city’s most rewarding retail music shops, most of which are located within blocks of one another in the French...

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By: Jyl Benson Since 1929, the Bottom of the Cup has been offering coffee, tea and psychic guidance Many local facets associated with alternative belief systems can be traced to the days of slavery when a myriad of faiths amalgamated into what is commonly regarded as voodoo, which came to...

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