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.
Serving the guise-disguising needs of both the public and New Orleans-based film professionals, Southern Costume Company transforms patrons by outfitting them in hundreds of captivating costumes. Skim through the 9,000-square-foot studio and wall-to-wall racks of festive finery and period-inspired garb, many of which have been culled from Hollywood wardrobe collections. Dress up as your favorite American revolutionary for this Fourth of July, become a heck-raising harlequin for Mardi Gras, or surprise your nephew by coming to his bar mitzvah dressed as a Roman gladiator. Should questions arise about bothersome buttons or how best to evoke the style of runways past, knowledgeable staff members are on hand to arrange assistance on the floor or in the comfort of a private dressing area.
Founded by an ambitious Russian immigrant in 1921, Haase's maintains its steady stream of business by satisfying a niche market?one for old-fashioned customer service and refreshingly classic styles in footwear and children's apparel. Experienced fitters help shoppers of all ages find the best shoes for their feet, taking into consideration length, width, arch shape, and style. Popular brands in attendance include Keds, Clarks, Nike, Sperry Top-Sider, and Teva. In the section of the store geared toward young folks, parents find age-appropriate apparel and accessories for their little loved ones, from newborn babies to boys size 14 and girls size 6X. In addition to everyday sweaters, pants, bibs, pajamas, and blankets, the children's section proffers fancier outfits for kids to wear to christenings or interviews on late-night talk shows. Haase's also offers monogramming services, helping to transform simple items such as solid aprons and canvas tote bags into thoughtful custom gifts.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Most popular offering: NOLA Bikinis
Pro Tip: Reinvented and excellent vintage condition. There?s only one, so get it?don?t regret it.
Good for Kids: Yes
Walk-ins Welcome: Yes
From within his shop on Decatur Street, artist Lalo Flores bends metal and sets stones to create unique jewelry pieces. Copper bracelets and strung-pearl necklaces hang alongside handmade shoulder bags. The shop also offers group and private classes, where clients can master every step of the jewelry-making process.