Jim Russell's Records fills eardrums with a wide selection of new and gently used albums available in a variety of listenable formats from collectable vinyl and modern CDs to abandoned cassette tapes and pitch-mimicking macaws. Used cassettes ($3–$5) and used CDs ($5–$10) share shelf space with used vinyl ($5–$10, unless otherwise indicated) and pre-owned 45s ($3+) of rare New Orleans tunes, rock music, and anthologies of equine confidence-boosting mantras from horse whisperers. In addition to strictly audio media, Jim Russell's Records sports a selection of new and used DVDs ($5–$10), record-spinning devices, and video game systems perfect for challenging your roommates to a Mario Kart battle for their shares of the day's vinyl haul.
Since 1952, family-owned-and-operated Al’s Formal Wear has been spiffing up gentlemen for all formal and celebratory occasions. Dudes get dandified by donning Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, or Perry Ellis, to name just a few of the brands on hand, with rentals beginning at $57.99. Look sharp for a transcontinental yacht adventure with the cruise package, featuring a white polyester dinner jacket sure to impress big spenders and scandalize stodgy, traditional butlers ($139.97). Ease into a formal evening with a black silk cummerbund and pre-tied bow, or put on the ritz in a jaunty white fedora (both $39.99).
For more than 25 years, Tyger Gifts' owners, Grace and Marvin Bankston, have equipped fans with team-touting shirts, hats, and novelty items. University supporters can brandish their loyalties with an LSU fleece throw ($24.99) or accessorize the interiors of hatchbacks and battle tanks with logoed purple car mats ($39.99). Printed with spirited detail, a Saints throw blanket swaddles chilled body branches in plush luxury ($34.99), and team-colored desk lamps illuminate playbooks and prison-escape schematics. Baby fans can bundle up in supportive threads such as an adjustable infant’s Saints cap ($9.99) or toddler jerseys displaying the names of Saints stars including Drew Brees and Jeremy Shockey ($35).