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.
A local business since 1950, Jefferson Feed's 24,000-square-foot store teems with premium pet, lawn, and garden supplies. Rolls of verdant sod and select Woerner turf options wait to be cut and delivered to customers' lawns by a convoy of delivery trucks, and fountains, statues, and planters stand ready to garnish gardens. Hefty bags encase pet food from more than 20 premium brands such as California Natural, EVO, and Purina, and a slew of 60 different types of aquariums can house fish and reptiles or imprison misbehaved pet rocks. The store also partners with local animal shelters and rescue groups to offer dog and cat adoptions, and its onsite team of groomers gussies up four-legged friends with premium Capstar products.
Since 2006, the landscaping pros of Gardens of Enchantment have brought their commercial and residential clients’ landscaping visions to life through a variety of services. The landscapers fertilize, aerate, and weed lawns, of course, but they also provide full landscaping makeovers. These overhauls might consist of installing irrigation systems to keep grass’s thirst quenched, or they might involve adding lighting systems that highlight the yard’s attractiveness when the homeowner’s association shuts the neighborhood’s retractable dome.
Lifelong artist John F. Porter embraces functional art. This has him crafting pieces, such as wall decor, bookshelves, and cabinets, out of discarded items he finds in old homes and buildings, such as cypress moldings, windows, and doors. These pieces are what fill Nola Recycled, a shop brimming with unique furniture, home decor, and gifts.