Funky, inviting Apricot Lane Boutique proffers premium denim, designer bags, and eclectic jewelry. Jeans from brands such as Miss Me or Rock Revival ($78+) enhance the wardrobes of fashionable moms or on-the-go mannequins that have been given a soul, and tops, skirts, and dresses from Luluvia, Urban Behavior, and other chic apparel manufacturers ($16–$80) make trendy style statements. Fashioned by designers ranging from Melie Bianco to Nicole Lee, the boutique’s stylish handbags can hold makeup and other important accessories, such as peregrine falcons. Abounding with bracelets, necklaces, and snazzy beaded handiwork by local artists, the boutiques’ interiors feature decorative touches, as well as fashion-savvy associates who gladly help customers pick out their ideal outfit.
Good Feet shods irregular-footed humans in a wide array of pain-erasing insoles and heel-strengthening orthotics. The store's guru-like team can guide you through the rows of products, and after a personal fitting session, help you choose between inserts such as the conformer support ($49.95) or the ultra-soft hug support ($69.95), which cushions the heel during everyday walking and Double Dutch throwdowns.
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).
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.