A champion for earth-friendly lifestyles, Cloth Baby encourages diaper wranglers to reduce and reuse with an array of fashionable fabric alternatives to disposables. Boasting bright hues and charming patterns, the shop's tiny garb comes in one-size styles with adjustable snaps, adapting with infants throughout their diaper-donning stages—from about 8 to 35 pounds. Easily machine washed and dried, the variety of cloth pocket diapers ($8), breathable bamboo pocket diapers ($11), and colorful Happy Heinys ($18.95) save parents money over time. Cloth Baby also stocks leak-free diaper covers ($8), Rockin Green’s Classic Rock diaper laundry soap ($13.95), and 4-ounce jars of skin-soothing CJ’s BUTTer ($9). A wet/dry diaper bag jumps to action with sealed compartments ($6), good for separating pungent rabble-rousers from their freshly laundered pals.
An ever-rotating parade of sterling-silver necklaces, bracelets, rings, and brooches glitters and gleams from behind the hardwood display cases at Sandy's Jewelry Box. Peruse the boutique's eclectic collection of blingables including Tibet silver bracelets, which accent delicate wrists or impossibly thick fingers in vibrant hues such as jade, amber, and turquoise ($20–$25). Costume-jewelry bracelets ($14–$18) provide stylish accents to playful disguises, and rhinestone rings ($10–$20) and men's stainless-steel rings ($20) help gentlemen to attain the rugged masculinity of a cowboy covered in rhinestones.
The ocular aestheticians at Klutch Cosmetics enhance peepers of all colors with professional eyebrow and eyelash treatments. Over the course of 10–15 minutes, a waxing wizard gently eradicates excess fringe from brows using an organic wax fused with cocoa for long-lasting hairlessness. Newly groomed brows earn deeper distinction after a sculpting with brow definer and makeup powder. Alternatively, the skilled beauticians luxuriously elongate lashes with extensions applied to the top lids. Four-strand bundles latch onto natural eyelashes with a professional bonding agent, enduring for two to three weeks before cascading from eyelids like mascara after a Super Soaker attack.
Though Fifteen22 Boutique is housed in a historic homestead from the mid-18th century, its antique exterior belies its selection of contemporary designer apparel. Fluorescent lighting spills through floor-to-ceiling windows over the city’s Lower Garden District, where browsers are hard-pressed to find another women’s boutique that caters to the high-end sensibilities of modern professionals and party prowlers alike. Earning plaudits from both the fashion writers at Women's Wear Daily and the curators at InTheNOLA.com's "The Native's Guide to Shopping", the shop connects clients with pieces from leading brands including BCBG, MaxAzria, Ladakh, DL1961 Premium Denim, Blaque Label, and Blank NYC. This commitment to accessible style has also earned the shop recognition from the region's fashion elite; pieces from the boutique recently stalked the runway at New Orleans Fashion Week.
The staff at Alltmont's Fine Custom Framing works with clients to devise unique combinations of frames and archival materials to protect photos, paintings, portraits, and memorabilia. Under the direction of expert framer Jeff Alltmont, Alltmont's Fine Custom Framing encloses wall hangings of all types in elegant, expertly crafted edgings. Within a large, bright workshop and retail space, customers peruse thousands of frame samples that adorn the walls in a single-file parade of right angles, displaying all available custom-frame colors, styles, and sizes. The friendly craftspersons at Alltmont's Fine Custom Framing obligingly advise customers in the process of designing the frame that gives their picture the snazziest hug, including custom mirrors, cork, and chalkboards. Each piece of Alltmont's handiwork is specially fitted to the specific treasure it houses, whether priceless works of art, pride-inducing diplomas and awards, or prized Vincent van Gogh Super Bowl jerseys.