Named Innovator of the Year in 2007 and 2008 by New Orleans City Business magazine, The Occasional Wife offers solutions for organizing, planning, and de-cluttering everyday life. Their stylish, cleverly-designed organizational merchandise comes in surrounding-appropriate incarnations for every room in the house, even the hard-to-sort kids' rooms and messy oubliette. Tools of the trade include the grassy organizer, whose pointed blades of glory hold pens, rulers, toothbrushes, or real blades of grass. For the migratory mess, The Occasional Wife offers portable solutions such as the Envirosax blue bird bag, an eco-friendly shopping bag that eliminates the need for more than 2,500 plastic bags during its tyrannical, plastic-fisted reign ($10.50). Odds and ends avoid a dusty end behind the couch with the bamboo expandable bath org, a multi-compartment tray that keeps angry nail files away from low-down, two-timing cuticle pushers ($23.00).
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.
Camp Bow Wow's certified staff dog-sits in large indoor and outdoor play areas in which pups are free to frolic with friends or surveil their own tails. Each of Camp Bow Wow's daycare counselors is a professional in canine first aid and behavior and is adequately trained to diffuse doggy dangers. Camp Bow Wow's experts categorize dogs into play groups based on size, demeanor, and brain power, so pets may engage in fair matches of Trivial Pursuit.
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.