With eyes fixed on developing style trends and hearts focused on promoting local and global prosperity, the quirky crew at taj boutique handpicks apparel and accessories that patrons can feel good about buying. Staffers outfit bodies with weekly arrivals of threads from brands such as Mystree and brighten homes or upscale treehouses with artwork crafted by local hands. The shop's commitment to good karma is reflected in its sale of fair-trade bracelets fashioned from recycled tire tubes as well as its involvement with a local organization that provides prom dresses to girls in need. Taj boutique's earrings display resembles a silver tree, which invites patrons to pick the ripest pairs or flee from charging, metallic bears, and the staff will special-order pieces to ensure that all shoppers find their jewelry soul mates.
NOLA Bistro & Bar immerses patrons in the sights, sounds, and tastes of New Orleans. Inside the colorful dining room, diners devour alligator bites, blackened catfish, poboys, crawfish ?touff?e, jambalaya and other creole favorites. The Cajun favorites pair with hurricanes?a type of sweet rum cocktail that, along with colorful beads and people walking around with only one shoe, is a mainstay of the French Quarter. NOLA Bistro & Bar feels the most authentic on warm summer nights, when the patio's double doors stay open and live jazz music permeates the air.
Since 1956, Dick's Bar & Grill's welcoming waitstaff and suds-wielding barkeeps have filled bellies with classic American fare and frosty on-tap brews while its patrons socialize over bingo and other activities. Dick's menu brims with savory pub fare, from house-made pizzas ($9.25+) to a breaded pork tenderloin ($6.95+). Wild Turkey bourbon buffalo wings ($7.50) strum twangy tones accompanied by a percussion section of cool blue cheese. Chefs sizzle half-pound beef patties, melt monterey jack and cheddar, and stack crisp bacon slices for the Real Billy burger, sweetened with smoky barbecue sauce ($9.25). Reminisce about the days of barrel-transportation and 30-piece-choir telegrams with a cold draft beer such as local brewer Schell's dark beer ($4.50), Leinenkugel's Honey Weiss ($3.95), or Killian's Irish Red ale ($3.95).
Every time Tiny Footprint Coffee uses a little bit of earth's resources, it also puts a little bit back. Since roasting coffee produces CO2, the staff have taken it upon themselves to donate a portion of the proceeds from every pound of coffee they sell to reforestation efforts in Ecuador. In this sense, they've established their business as a "carbon negative" one?the carbon they produce is eliminated by the trees that are eventually planted. And that's not even getting to the coffee itself. Workers dote on the artisanal beans every step of the way, from the family-owned farms where the coffee cherries are picked to the carefully trained baristas who eventually transform the roasted beans into the perfect cup.
The sharp shooters at Average Joes Archery supply aspiring archers with equipment, including quiet-hunting and target bows from brands such as Strother Archery and BowTech. A 40-yard indoor shooting range with 20 lanes allows shooters to refine their ability to hit a target, thereby improving balloon-animal hunting skills. During parties, approximately 10 kids learn the ropes of archery-themed games and replenish their energy with candy and soda. Leagues for adults and youth provide both camaraderie and practice, meeting weekly for 10 to 12 weeks. The knowledgeable staffers at Joes also supply hunting and fishing licenses and educate up-and-coming archers with group and private lessons. To remedy worn-out equipment, target annihilators may return to Joes for arrow and bow repair, bow tuning, or a replacement bow signed by Cupid.
Bead Basics lavishes jewelers of all skill levels with the necessary equipage and abilities to craft their own bead masterpieces. Instructors string together a monthly calendar of more than 25 classes that teach up to 16 students at a time techniques or specific projects such as Beading Basics, Tila Spiral Bracelet, and Viking Knit. The online catalog's virtual glass cases brim with exquisitely crafted pieces and the requisite tools for shaping bracelets, stringing necklaces, and swapping out the queen's jewels with decoys.