Go Greek's spankin' new location parades all points of pride across a wealth of college-centric textiles, which can be customized with embroidered fraternity, sorority, and school logos. On average, embroidery services cost $15 in addition to the price of the item getting customized, and prices vary depending on size and surface. Declare team spirit while collecting sand dollars with an embroidered beach bag ($19+) or doze on a decorated pillowcase that displays sentimental Greek letters or the falafel of your dreams ($12.95). Spirit shirts send a message with bright and festive designs, allowing wearers to show school loyalty to every passing rival ($24+). Tanning salons can intertwine their logos onto a towel wrap ($40–45) to threaten the sun, and teams, businesses and clubs can advertise their distinction on matching hats ($17.95).
The friendly staff at Martha's Hallmark equips visitors to disperse season's greetings to friends and families with a rotating collection of heartwarming cards, thoughtful gifts, and oodles of LSU-themed merchandise. Their treasure trove of greeting cards takes on a variety of motifs inspired by the holidays and life's momentous occasions, such as high-school graduation or the first time successfully licking one's own elbow. Customers can woo olfactory senses with a perfumed candle from the Tyler Candle Company ($7) or entertain tykes with the Jingle All the Way book accompanied by a dog stuffed animal that barks out the words of the story ($29.95). Patrons can celebrate unwavering school pride with a Louisiana State University picture frame that can proudly display snapshots taken at an LSU football game or engagement portraits with the game-winning football ($32.98).
Beyond Pink & Blue swaddles pint-sized persons in adorable duds from brands such as Peaches and Cream, Bailey Boys, and Haute Baby. Clothing ranges from colorful blouses and floral dresses to leggings and onesie baby jumpers ($25–$75) and a variety of bows that can add a cute finishing touch on children that prefer to dress in gift wrap ($3–$15). Parents can help kids replace candy jewelry with fetching bracelets and necklaces ($7–$25). Meanwhile, young existentialists can take advantage of monogramming services to proclaim their uniqueness or personalize their wares with their favorite multiplication tables.
Step In Style Show Boutique ensconces stylish tootsies in chic footwear from popular brands such as Hot Kiss, Michael Antonio, Dollhouse, OPM, and Anne Michelle, proffering guests myriad heel-protecting choices. Slip into a pair of leopard-print Dollhouse notched heels ($27.99) to elegantly elevate gams by 3 inches while simultaneously striking fear into the hearts of grazing gazelles. Silver Dollhouse wedges ($24.99) wrap bipeds in embossed faux-leather straps studded with jeweled accents, and OPM pumps ($29.99)—available in size 12—cradle soles in supple leather dyed in a range of eye-catching prints.
The Ellis family traces its history of working with plants to the late 1800s, when they operated a pottery-manufacturing company in Texas. Current-generation family members build from their familial expertise at all five of their store locations, spread between Louisiana and Texas. Twice a year, the Ellises travel overseas to identify upcoming horticulture trends decided by UN meetings in The Hague. This has expanded their decorative focus to include all aspects of home décor to complement greenhouses filled with tropical blooms and locally grown shrubbery. Clocks, lamps, and vases score homeowners extra credit in interior-design classes, and fountains and outdoor furniture make gardens hospitable for warm weather. For those who want to get ahead on holiday decorating, they offer an extensive selection of seasonal decor and accents year round. The Ellises encourage creativity with hands-on classes in subjects such as making centerpieces, weaving wreaths, and tying ribbon into perfect bows.