In 1910, Harry Offner opened his first hardware shop on South Rampart Street in downtown New Orleans, setting the foundation for a local network of three retail stores with more than 27,000 items in stock and 90,000 more available through catalogs or the Ace Hardware website. Like a treasured heirloom or the gene for double-jointed elbows, the business has passed through three generations as Harry's grandkids currently mind the store to help homeowners and handy folks find cleaning and painting supplies, lawn-care implements, housewares, and tools from well-known brands. The knowledgeable staff also assists shoppers with a variety of services, from cutting keys and threading pipes to minor household repair jobs performed by licensed and insured handymen.
Mattress Direct culls a variety of mattresses in textures ranging from firm to plush from brands such as Tempur-Pedic and Serta. Serta's iComfort, for example, evenly distributes support across the body with microsupport gel capsules nestled in its memory foam; a specialized material prevents overheating and the resulting unpleasant lava-chase nightmares. Mattress Direct's stock of bed frames, bed linens, and pillows allow patrons to assemble complete bedroom sets in one trip, and an express delivery service prevents the hassle of renting a moving truck or outfitting each leg of a new bed with a rollerblade.
Catherine and Scott McKearn leave no corner of the world unsearched in their quest to discover artisan furniture builders. The couple frequents faraway destinations in India, Indonesia, China, and Morocco to unearth beautiful solid-wood furniture to import directly to their three shops. In order to save their customers money, they buy pieces wholesale and ship them in 40-foot containers, bypassing both middlemen and price-gun-wielding pirates. Their furniture ranges in style from industrial to French country, and the eclectic selection rotates every few weeks to accommodate new shipments.
Nadeau characterizes its furniture as "with a soul" because it's true artisan work: handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a double-domed glass-door cabinet ($284), or in a hefty, finely trimmed kitchen hutch ($410). Or, display a new moving picture box on a delicately polished TV stand/buffet ($500). Small console tables ($160) and storage chests ($224) come in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau's ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables ($435–$548) and chairs ($80 each).
Prices and selection may vary due to rotating inventory, but pieces are always fully assembled and ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.
Pullen Air Conditioning, Inc.'s experienced technicians have helped keep New Orleans homes temperate and efficient for more than 40 years. Two seasonal inspections, one for air conditioning and one for heating, ensure domiciles maintain comfortable climates and fend off potential invasions from snowmen solicitors or needy sun gods. With the aim of increasing efficiency, staffers clean ignition assemblies, check thermostat calibrations, and inspect evaporator coils for potential problem areas. Tests of safety controls and starting capabilities suss out system difficulties, and a cleaning or replacement of standard air filters keeps oxygen free of contaminants and kamikaze pollen. Moving parts benefit from lubrication, and flushing of the condenser coils and condensation drain sheds unwanted liquid from otherwise stellar systems.
A high-tech computer tune-up is like a mountain spa retreat or month-long detox for your computer. Over time, the average personal computer accumulates a buildup of dust, viruses, spyware, and pigeon feathers that contribute to loss of power, incorrect shutdowns, and slow-running programs. The computer tune-up works on all these problems, determining the status of available virus protection and scanning for existing threats. Registry files are optimized, and unnecessary temp files, cookies, and unused programs removed. Erroneous start-up files are eradicated like so many reality-show contestants, while service packs and security updates are installed. The technician will also create a backup of your Windows registry and even clean the CD-ROM laser lens for an extra bit of personal polish.
Big Easy Lawn is a premiere full service commercial and residential landscaping company serving the greater New Orleans area. You will find our staff professional, courteous, and eager to serve your needs. Superb lawn maintenance, shrub care and yard treatments can improve your property value, why trust one of your biggest
A family owned retailer of Fine Jewelry, China, Crystal and Silver for over 100 years.
Every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hotel Furniture Liquidators opens its 6,500 square feet of labyrinthine warehouse space to the public so that you can treasure hunt through stacks of slightly preowned furniture. Keep fillet of snowman from going bad with a refrigerator and icemaker ($150) topped handsomely with a $15 lamp, or give relatives a floor-free slumber option by stocking a sturdy sleeper couch ($165). Bibliophiles can find the ruminating womb they long for in an upholstered chair and ottoman ($60), and washer/dryer combos go for $245 as long as customers agree not to bring about nuclear catastrophe by separating the two. Peaceful standing armies of credenzas, desks, end tables, start tables, and banquet linen add a cozy touch to any room. To get the jump on other buyers, scan some of Hotel Furniture Liquidators' current liquidation inventory beforehand.
Duplantier Fine Framing's art wranglers corral wayward images from masterpieces to family photos within the bounds of their well-wrought custom frames. Preserve a 16”x20” or 18”x24” piece between the sleek lines of basic metal moulding, with premium glass and foam-core backing to ensure comfortable displays for well-appointed portraits or oversize lottery checks (pieces start around $100). Prints 14”x18” earn well-deserved breathing room with spacers between the print and glass, the extra air adding unmated buoyancy to newborn pastels. Although prices fluctuate based on size, selection, and Brazil's watercolor harvest, every frame is custom-made, by hand using state-of-the-art equipment, ensuring that memorabilia stays attractively preserved for years to come.
River Ridge Electric helps home owners sleep soundly with a comprehensive safety inspection that identifies any rotten wires, smoldering sockets, or faulty filaments. Savvy electricians inspect the house’s main distribution panel and primary grounding system, as well as the air-conditioner and furnace disconnects, outlets, switches, and more. River Ridge Electric can also help pinpoint any persistent problems currently being remedied by an elaborate Rube Goldberg device that rewinds VHS tapes. Smoke alarms and carbon-monoxide detectors are also examined, ensuring they are up to snuff for an emergency situation.
For more than three decades, Save Our Cemeteries has preserved the architectural and cultural beauty of historic cemeteries with restoration work, lectures, photography sales, and guided tours of the city's above-ground coffin repositories. At 10 a.m. from Friday through Sunday, cemetery sightseers can take a gander at the oven wall vaults and stone tombs of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, which was founded in 1789 as the burial ground for famous Louisianan revolutionaries, chess champions, and voodoo queen Marie Laveau.
Eclectic Home fills houses with singular, fun furniture, culled from around the world and previously featured on MTV Cribs. Prices and inventory change depending on the time of year and the moods of Zeus, but current selections include such gems as pillows by Trina Turk's 2011 collection ($98–$175). Patrons can light a gloomy room with an ornate lamp ($125–$350), available in enough shapes and colors to suit any theme, or keep abodes fresh with fragranced candles and room oil diffuses from Seda France and Voluspa ($20–$32). For more examples of decoration domination, Eclectic Home's website includes a lengthy portfolio, highlighting every bit of owner Penny Francis' handiwork. Eclectic Home also contributes cultural heritage to the nearby Oak Street Association, an organization whose mission is preserving the surrounding neighborhood's history and sense of humor.
Mike’s Hardware's second-generation home-improvement gurus have been helping handymen plumb, paint, and re-wire for nearly thirty years. A veritable toolbox for home improvers, Mike’s extensive product list includes hardware classics, such as locks and fasteners, as well as more obscure items, such as hard-to-find faucet parts and the mystical drill press of Arabia. Embrace odd jobs with the 6-in-1 Enderes screwdriver ($4.79) and buck up blunt blades with the [AccuSharp] (http://www.accusharp.com/) knife and tool sharpener ($9.99). Yard fanatics and ex-entomologists seeking revenge can take up arms with Kill-A-Bug concentrate ($14.95/8 oz.), and garden guardians can whack encroaching weeds and giant-enraging beanstalks with trimmer line ($2.39/40' roll). In addition to heaps of tools and household supplies, Mike’s carries bagged goods including sand, gravel, and concrete, which may come in handy for setting backyard basketball poles or encasing mobster shoes for posterity.
Orient Expressed populates its jam-packed shelves with everything from antiques to memorable gifts, as well as its own line of hand-smocked children’s clothing. Resulting from a complex process of fabric design, pattern creation, and actual smocking, which can take up to 20 hours per piece, a wide range of heirloom-quality smocked dresses, such as the checked lavender sundress with flowers ($56), class up special events and imaginary tea parties. A customizable burp cloth ($8.50, additional $10 for monogram and design) stands out on a shower-gift table and a pair of monogrammed boys' plaid shortalls ($40) toe the line between dressy and casual, like a flannel tuxedo.