Dombourian Oriental Rugs has bought, sold, cleaned, and repaired decorative floor coverings for more than a century. The showroom displays everything from antique Persian specimens from the 1890s and new oriental rugs made of angora wool to handmade 2'x3' rugs imported from India ($170–$225) and 3'x5' handwoven pieces ($225–$325). Professional rug cleaning, available for customer drop-off ($2.50/sq. ft.) or with pickup and delivery service ($3/sq. ft.), evicts dirt, dander, and inexplicable crop circles from floor décor. The shop's expert scrubbers employ a time-honored process, hand-washing rugs with soap and water before hanging them for a thorough air dry, which preserves the color and integrity. Dombourian also sells rug pads, which help curb potentially painful pratfalls and keep absconder carpets from escaping with drop-off ($2/sq. ft.) or pickup and delivery service ($3/sq. ft.).
Nadeau characterizes its furniture as "with a soul" because it's true artisan work: handcrafted from wood rather than mass-produced from gasket pylons. Showcase fine china and live gerbils in a double-domed glass-door cabinet ($284), or in a hefty, finely trimmed kitchen hutch ($410). Or, display a new moving picture box on a delicately polished TV stand/buffet ($500). Small console tables ($160) and storage chests ($224) come in a myriad of stains and colors, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind. Nadeau's ever-changing inventory includes a variety of sturdy dining room tables ($435–$548) and chairs ($80 each). Prices and selection may vary due to rotating inventory, but pieces are always fully assembled and ready to welcome any tuckered torso or mound of toothbrushes.
Orient Expressed populates its jam-packed shelves with everything from antiques to memorable gifts, as well as its own line of hand-smocked children’s clothing. Resulting from a complex process of fabric design, pattern creation, and actual smocking, which can take up to 20 hours per piece, a wide range of heirloom-quality smocked dresses, such as the checked lavender sundress with flowers ($56), class up special events and imaginary tea parties. A customizable burp cloth ($8.50, additional $10 for monogram and design) stands out on a shower-gift table and a pair of monogrammed boys' plaid shortalls ($40) toe the line between dressy and casual, like a flannel tuxedo.
The pet-loving technicians at Invisible Fence of New Orleans specialize in keeping man's best and furriest friends corralled, and happily so. Whether surrounding homes with a subterraneous containment system or setting up an indoor PetFree area, the techs design pet zones that match each owner's interests, then conduct training sessions to help dogs, cats, and dogs disguised as cats overcome their wanderlust. Invisible Fence's territory encroaches on the domains of bark control and behavioral training as well, and its efforts to improve the lifestyle of animals leads it straight into the world of pet doors, toys, heated wellness beds, and self-cleaning litter boxes.