The Bead Shop's quaint exterior leads charm-builders into a trove of potential adornments, lined with yarns, beads, and premade pieces. Artisan customers craft their one-of-a-kind trinkets by stringing beads from different parts of the world on a well-traveled necklace (averaging $10–$15). Earrings (averaging $5) turn auditory organs into mountings for cephalic chandeliers, bearing glimmering finials crafted from pearls and semiprecious gemstones. Compose and unveil a wrist- or ankle-hugging accouterment or triforce pendant with elements made from a range of other beguiling materials, from wood to crystal.
Big Easy Scooters facilitates half- and full-day excursions throughout New Orleans with name-brand scooter rentals from Aprilia, Genuine, and Kymco. Equipped with helmets and accidental-damage insurance, guests can guide themselves through the historic French Quarter, pausing for glimpses of celebrity-owned residences and sprinklers that spray Sazerac. In addition to rentals, Big Easy Scooters sells previously owned and new scooters including classic models and agile Kymcos.
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.
Nola's Ark is that shop you love and hate you missed! It's that shop you would drive halfway across town to in rush hour traffic because you know you're gonna get the perfect gift! We have children's apparel & shoes, tons of babies goodies, and toys galore! Did we mention our unique, one-of-a-kind gift items?
Rachel Roberts took a leap of faith when she moved from Memphis to New Orleans to open RagDoll, a boutique-clothing store that pays homage to the 40s, 50s, and other iconic decades of American fashion. According to an article on NolaDefender.com, Roberts was inspired by how much the people of New Orleans love their city, along with their enduring appreciation of the past. To pay homage to that tradition, she turned her second-floor French Quarter location into a charming space with mint green walls, original artwork, decor dating back to the 50's, a jukebox, and an original Andy Warhol Elvis Presley. An old-timey porch offers shoppers a place to chat or model new finds for passersby.
And her clothes—which Fodor's called both "chic" and "affordable"—are no less eye-catching. She specializes in procuring vintage women's dresses and separates, and showcases Volker Wandering dresses made with vintage patterns and fabric. Roberts nods to contemporary designers by including boutique brands from England and Canada, and displaying a variety of handmade accessories and home decor. She’s also on hand to help guests channel their inner Audrey Hepburn with a black satin Estelle dress, or their inner Audubon Society member with an owl-baubled bobby pin that she made herself.
Located on a quaint street in the heart of New Orleans, The Revival Outpost aims to export its unique and vintage styles to wardrobes around the world. Since 2011, it has kept its shelves packed with a collection of vintage men's and women's clothing that, much like a chameleon at a tie-dye convention, never stops changing. Many of the shop's items are influenced by certain eras, appearing as though they're plucked straight from the roaring ‘20s or the casual ‘90s. In addition to carrying name-brands, the shop also supports local and US-based designers, so it is helping bolster the economy as it handpicks a wide selection of indie styles.
Many of these styles are culled from the store's buy, sell, and trade program. Seven days a week, customers can can bring in their own clothing in exchange for up to 40% store credit, and, on select days, cash or magic beans.