In 1910, Harry Offner opened his first hardware shop on South Rampart Street in downtown New Orleans, setting the foundation for a local network of three retail stores with more than 27,000 items in stock and 90,000 more available through catalogs or the Ace Hardware website. Like a treasured heirloom or the gene for double-jointed elbows, the business has passed through three generations as Harry's grandkids currently mind the store to help homeowners and handy folks find cleaning and painting supplies, lawn-care implements, housewares, and tools from well-known brands. The knowledgeable staff also assists shoppers with a variety of services, from cutting keys and threading pipes to minor household repair jobs performed by licensed and insured handymen.
The licensed massage therapists at Let Me Pamper U keep torsos lithe and limber with the relaxing strokes of a Swedish massage. Using a mixture of oils and lotions, stress-eradicating staffers glide hands over dorsal extremities to work out muscles' knots and rag dolls' tightly wound braids. A combination of rolling motions, pressured kneads, and percussive chops breaks up painful fiber adhesions, and the resulting increase in circulation enhances the mental and physical relaxation. Get one massage for a single-serving dose of dozing, or grab the two- or three-pack to hold onto the promise of tranquility for the foreseeable, non-post-apocalyptic future.
The professional consultants at Compass Furniture for Kids have been steering bewildered patrons through a labyrinth of contemporary and traditional styles, finishes, and fabrics for nearly 35 years. Their kids-only outpost ensures that youthful nests avoid emptiness by filling them with furnishings from top brands, including NE Kids, Ashley, Serta, and Young America. The large showroom, which covers more than 12,000 square feet of the world, helps decorators envision the final floor plan, displaying entire sets arranged as if they were already in the home. If morning brings your kids the frustration of having to wrestle an onslaught of rebellious springs give up on bedding altogether and pledge allegiance to a sofa ($299+). Tables start at $79 and come in a variety of styles, including bedside bureaus that are great for supporting knickknacks or dream journals filled with advice for taming wild dreams.
David Art Center, in business for more than four decades, stocks a deluge of quality art supplies from name brands including Liquitex, Winsor & Newton, Daler-Rowney, and PrismaColor. Located just a few minutes from downtown New Orleans, the art-savvy staff also helps visitors to dress up artwork, photography, and two-dimensional dolls with a selection of more than 1,000 styles of moldings and mats, custom-cut glass, and dry-mounting materials.
Pullen Air Conditioning, Inc.'s experienced technicians have helped keep New Orleans homes temperate and efficient for more than 40 years. Two seasonal inspections, one for air conditioning and one for heating, ensure domiciles maintain comfortable climates and fend off potential invasions from snowmen solicitors or needy sun gods. With the aim of increasing efficiency, staffers clean ignition assemblies, check thermostat calibrations, and inspect evaporator coils for potential problem areas. Tests of safety controls and starting capabilities suss out system difficulties, and a cleaning or replacement of standard air filters keeps oxygen free of contaminants and kamikaze pollen. Moving parts benefit from lubrication, and flushing of the condenser coils and condensation drain sheds unwanted liquid from otherwise stellar systems.