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).
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).
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.
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).