Refinery Children's Consignment Boutique keeps tikes trendy with gently worn fashions and quality-assured toys, furniture, and accessories from more than 5,000 consigners. Girl's smocked dresses ($27) adorn females in fashionable rumples while boy's boutique john johns ($20) provide youthful gentlemen with chic one-piece overalls. On-the-move parents can utilize the convenience of a BabyBjörn carrier ($26), which provides padded shoulder straps that firmly secure infant passengers during long walks, trips to the zoo, or base-jumps from the roof. Graco strollers ($45) impart a smooth ride for hauling giggling freightage, and Fisher Price cradle swings ($60) rhythmically oscillate dozers during naptime. Training tots can also hop into various activity sets including Evenflo ExerSaucers ($35 each), which come stocked with vibrant entertainment such as rattlers and color-coded periodic tables.
In 1976, Robert Cullen expanded his existing toy store, Cullen's Playland, opening the first Cullen's Babyland location to supply parents-to-be with kid-rearing necessities. Today, Cullen's has stores in both Baton Rouge and Lafayette and continues to offer imaginative toys and essential baby items ranging from car seats and strollers to bedding and cribs. In each expansive showroom, customers can peruse a wide selection of goods from makers including Chicco, Britax, and Baby's Dream.
Nicole Hall, a third-generation master jeweler, spent years creating and repairing fine jewelry before opening Buckingham Jewelers with her husband, Simon. To forge custom pieces, she works closely with customers to understand their vision before sketching ideas and compiling a small mound of precious stones and gems. Most of her designs are bold statement pieces, such as a necklace of diamonds circling a pale-green opal. When clients want to include family heirloom stones or enhance existing jewelry, Nicole draws from her repair experience to carefully renovate their precious items. She even welds with a laser to avoid potential heat damage from soldering or outsourcing the job to an amateur fire-swallower.
In addition to Nicole's custom pieces, she and Simon carefully curate their shop's display cases with bold European jewelry. Hard-to-find pieces from Orit Schatzman, a handmade line in Israel, glisten alongside Danish Skagen watches. They also carry Angelique de Paris's colorful resin bangles, which are fashioned with sterling silver, vermeil, and gemstones, and have been featured in In Style and Harper's Bazaar.
Sandra Mitchell, Clarke Jewelers' master jeweler and owner, grew up watching her father repair watches, jewelry, and guns in his jewelry shop. The fascinated youngster decided to attend jewelry school and has been repairing and custom designing baubles for 35 years, recently with the help of her daughter Nicole, a master jeweler who specializes in repairing sterling silver, a difficult metal other jewelers are afraid to touch. In addition to their handiwork, they stock high-quality fine jewelry and trendy items, including bridal sets by Gabriel & Co., Citizen Eco-Drive watches, and sterling-silver bangles, rings, and halos.
We entered the jewelry business in 1971 with the opening of our first store in Mobile, Alabama. We expanded by opening stores in Mobile and in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Bill retired in the late 1980's, Joel went on to open several locations in Jackson, Mississippi. Today Joel Clarke & Sons in owned and oper
Within Everything Formal's family-owned walls, a stock of more than 1,000 designer dresses and tuxedoes is available for rent or purchase. Staffers tap into their wealth of knowledge to expertly alter garments, ensuring that long hems don't trip brides and that French cuffs get paired with brie-flavored cufflinks. Their inventory of tuxes and dresses suits a multitude of occasions—such as pageants, military balls, and weddings—and boasts brand names including Tony Bowls, Prima Donna, and Tiffany.