A young, contemporary boutique, Glam Junkie’s owners buy their glamorous clothing, shoes, and accessories from 50 different manufacturers, stockpiling an eclectic blend of styles from preppy to punk rock. Fun jewelry such as Bendy necklaces ($17.99) take a cue from Mr. Fantastic, letting amateur designers bend their cosmic-ray exposed neckwear into any shape they desire, and wrap-around Humanity bracelets ($19.99–$39.99) come in a variety of charity-supporting colors. Glam Junkie's gallery of dresses, shirts, jeans, and other accessories forms a veritable treasure trove of styles that range from simple, classy Jersey tees ($32.99) to flirty multihued tunics ($42.99) ideal for keeping cool in the summer or during daily strolls through a volcano.
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.
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.
Since 1952, family-owned-and-operated Al’s Formal Wear has been spiffing up gentlemen for all formal and celebratory occasions. Dudes get dandified by donning Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, or Perry Ellis, to name just a few of the brands on hand, with rentals beginning at $57.99. Look sharp for a transcontinental yacht adventure with the cruise package, featuring a white polyester dinner jacket sure to impress big spenders and scandalize stodgy, traditional butlers ($139.97). Ease into a formal evening with a black silk cummerbund and pre-tied bow, or put on the ritz in a jaunty white fedora (both $39.99).
Serving the guise-disguising needs of both the public and New Orleans-based film professionals, Southern Costume Company transforms patrons by outfitting them in hundreds of captivating costumes. Skim through the 9,000-square-foot studio and wall-to-wall racks of festive finery and period-inspired garb, many of which have been culled from Hollywood wardrobe collections. Dress up as your favorite American revolutionary for this Fourth of July, become a heck-raising harlequin for Mardi Gras, or surprise your nephew by coming to his bar mitzvah dressed as a Roman gladiator. Should questions arise about bothersome buttons or how best to evoke the style of runways past, knowledgeable staff members are on hand to arrange assistance on the floor or in the comfort of a private dressing area.