The kind staff at Neno's Clothing fashionably girds its guests with a stock of threads from brands such as Buffalo, LTB, and Miss Me. A flowery Gentle Fawn tank top modishly tops off outfits ($35), and a pair of Miss Me jeans covers legs with form-fitting grace, complete with a thick-stitched fleur-de-lis––the international symbol of botany enthusiasts ($98). Light, fluttery garments, such as the 100% silk halter dress ($150) or the ruffled Buffalo scoop-neck dress ($42.50), impart their wearers with stylish, summery flair. In addition to fabric wares, Neno's Clothing spruces up outfits with accessories such as the handmade, glass-enameled copper Saints pendant, which makes for a more elegant, modest neckpiece than a diamond-studded cobra ($90).
Two Sprouts boutique, the offshoot of a flourishing online business, tickles the fancies of adults and kids with a potpourri of personalized paper goods as well as casual clothing and artful gift items. A platoon of customized stationeries showcases regional pride with designs depicting red and green trolleys and the NOLA skyline ($20/10). Meanwhile, elegant fleur de lis note cards ($16/10) soften the blow of scathing letters to the editor or ransom notes. Parents can gussy up kids' heads with floppy sun hats ($20) or send them off to summer internships with briefcases full of gator calling cards ($15/20). Adult tees ($15–$28) outfit men and women for casual activities, such as trips to the grocery store, where customers can make use of Two Sprouts' shopping lists ($8).
With more than 40 years experience in the scuba-diving business, Harry's dedicated scuba instructors guide wannabe wet-suiters through scuba essentials over the course of 90 moistened minutes. For the scuba experience, students need only bring a swimsuit and towel; they'll be outfitted with all the necessary diving equipment on site. Open to divers as young as eight years old, these classes take place in an on-site heated pool, where dive masters teach basic gear functions, underwater breathing, proper safety precautions, and dolphin etiquette. Students will also have free time during the class to flipper about with the instructor.
A local business since 1950, Jefferson Feed's 24,000-square-foot store teems with premium pet, lawn, and garden supplies. Rolls of verdant sod and select Woerner turf options wait to be cut and delivered to customers' lawns by a convoy of delivery trucks, and fountains, statues, and planters stand ready to garnish gardens. Hefty bags encase pet food from more than 20 premium brands such as California Natural, EVO, and Purina, and a slew of 60 different types of aquariums can house fish and reptiles or imprison misbehaved pet rocks. The store also partners with local animal shelters and rescue groups to offer dog and cat adoptions, and its onsite team of groomers gussies up four-legged friends with premium Capstar products.
An affordable and monumental selection of plush beds, sturdy end tables, and stylish home accessories mingles good-naturedly in Ashley Furniture’s wondrous warehouse. Pick up an Aero ivory armless chair ($216.77) and use it to accent your next book-club meeting’s discussion of Lego Star Wars. Augment somnolence with mattress sets from household brands such as Sealy and Simmons and finish flooring your sleep space with a Roarke Masai 5'x8' rug ($162).
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).