Elegant French decor isn't limited to those lucky enough to reside in the French countryside. Maison de Provence gives everyone in search of French-styling interesting options that generally don't saturate the marketplace. For instance, Maison de Provence's owner, Terri Goldsmith, carefully selects and imports 18th and 19th-century pieces from France, Italy and Sweden to give her clients access to truly unique items. Other things they happen to carry are tables and chairs, painted chests and wardrobes, and accessories along with custom upholstered furniture.
Funrock'n is a store that offers as much fun to its customer as its name implies. This Magazine Street gift and novelty shop caters to adults who are young at heart with fun gifts, fashion accessories, costume pieces, and toys. Funrock'n also carries a large selection of iron-on transfers. Transfers include vintage designs, original designs, and designs that show off New Orleans spirit along with Saints themes for those want to support their boys in black and gold.
Carte de Vins stocks a wide range of varietals from around-the-world at price points to suit almost any budget. Knowledgeable employees are always on-hand to provide high-end wine service to every customer, no matter what he/she is looking to spend. Furthermore, they are always willing to help pick a wine with a particular flavor profile, recommend a personal favorite, or suggest a pairing to match your meal. Check Carte de Vins's website for special tastings and a schedule of future wine events. - Bethany Culp
Designer styles don't have to break the bank. Designer Discount gives shoppers the opportunity to grab the latest fashions by famous name designers at discounted prices. Additionally, this Metairie shop stocks clothing, shoes, jewelry, and accessories by designers like Diane von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Cavalli, and Tory Burch at prices half of those of area competitors. In addition to designer items, Designer Discount shoppers will find black and gold accessories. - Bethany Culp
Treasures for the home and garden from the French and English countryside won't require a trip across the Pond. Aux Belles Choses carries a large collection of carefully selected domestic items. The shop's inventory includes vintage enamelware and kitchen accessories, table linens, kitchen towels and garden accessories. Many home decor and garden articles of Aux Belles Choses are also available from their website. -Bethany Culp
Make a statement in your home with a handcrafted piece of wood furniture. Truly unique handcrafted pieces by artist and furniture-maker Shaun Wilkerson are on display and available for purchase at Wilkerson Row. This quaint Magazine Street shop showcases tables, chairs, armoires, dressers, beds and nightstands from Shaun Wilkerson's furniture collection. In addition to wood furniture, Wilkerson Row stocks a variety of decorative home accessories and pieces of art sure to compliment any of the pieces in the Wilkerson collection. -Bethany Culp
Situated in the heart of the French Quarter, the Idea Factory offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase truly one-of-a-kind gifts. The shelves of this shop are lined with handcrafted wooden toys, games, musical instruments and collectibles designed to run on the power of the mind - no batteries required. Additionally, the Idea Factory stocks office accessories, jewelry, clocks and boxes carved from hard and exotic woods. Each piece is beautifully finished so that even the most entertaining toys and practical office accessories look like true works of art.
While large chain pharmacies may dominate the landscape these days, there are still a few family owned drug stores on the map that hold their own. Royal Pharmacy is among those final few. Located at the corner of Royal Street and Ursuline Avenue, this French Quarter pharmacy provides French Quarter residents and ailing visitors with all of their traditional drug store needs. Stop in Royal Pharmacy to pick up over the counter medications, basic drug store goods, prescription medications, or a treat from the soda fountain. -Bethany Culp
Collectible Antiques is a hidden gem of French Quarter, located of Decatur Street. The quaint little shop has a bit of everything - collectibles, vintage pieces, hard-to-find antiques and lots more! The eclectic inventory boasts of a wealth of knickknacks, trinkets, furniture and such that will give you an impression that you're navigating through your Meemaw's belongings. Every little piece here has a story to tell, and if you like stories, Collectible Antiques is just the place for you. The prices are quite alright and the staff is pretty helpful to get you exactly what you want. This is also a fantastic place to go for present hunting. Drop in to acquire something charmingly vintage and unique!
Shopping for little ones is made easy at Mignon for Children. This Garden District Boutique in The Rink shopping complex provide shoppers with a large selection of children's apparel, toys, gifts, and books. Parents and friends of fashionable babies and toddlers will enjoy the selection of casual and dressy clothing and accessories from top children's brands. Additionally, Mignon for Children provides a vast selection of gift options with their collections of well-known children's books, unique toys, and New Orleans-inspired pieces. -Bethany Culp
Gifts from Judy's at the Rink are sure to impress any lucky recipient. This Garden District gift shop, located in The Rink Shopping Center, features a variety of fun and classy gifts for many occasions. Collections of home decor, accessories, paper goods, and gift items suit the needs of those shopping for any event from a wedding to a Mardi Gras gift. Many of the gifts available at Judy's at the Rink can be personalized with the recipient's name or initials. The variety of the collections also provides a variety of options for any budget. - Bethany Culp