For 36 years, The Tinder Box has supplied puffing enthusiasts with more than 150 pipes and fine cigars from brands such as Davidoff, Padrón, and Arturo Fuente. Friendly on-staff tobacconists expertly navigate patrons to the store’s walk-in humidor, where a showcase of premium cigars for the novice and connoisseur and cardboard cutouts of Humphrey Bogart age to complexity. After perusing pipes by brands such as Ardor and Savinelli, customers can transport olfactory cavities to the Dominican Republic with the robust aromas of Arturo Fuente cigars ($3.35–$10.85 each).
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.
Jeff's Haberdashery swathes gentlemen in stylish, comfortable attire fit for any occasion or social situation, including casual wear by Joe's Jeans, Tommy Bahama, and Citizen, and formalwear by Coppley and Canali. Keep feet fashionable with a pair of Ova Da Fut socks ($40), or add flare to closets with a Robert Graham buttondown, replete with colorful patterns and long sleeves to cover up ill-advised elbow tattoos ($148). For occasions that require a refined look, such as weddings or inaugural post-office visits, drape torsos in a lightweight Coppley sport coat ($795), a Talia sport coat (up to $500), or a Canali suit imported from Italy ($1,695). Jeff's provides free tailoring for any purchased items, ensuring sport coats and dress pants fit like a masterfully modified glove.
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.
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).