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.
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).
Dais Apparel's stylish staffers drape male figures in tailored linens and wools. Vittorio Vico neckties ($35) loop through starched collars to enhance a formal ensemble with golden swirls, gray stripes, or the full fractional expansion of pi. Patrons can exude elegance in a midnight black Baroni suit ($595) with angular lapels that fold neatly across a crisp, Giorgio Inserti linen shirt ($49). The shop's cream-colored walls and glossy wooden floors nod to the minimalist décor, which spotlights the boutique's well-constructed apparel and celebrity mannequins.
The Dinner Station assists those with little time to plan, shop and prepare meals by offering delicious dinners made with high-quality ingredients. Customers can opt to assemble their own meals in The Dinner Station's cozy kitchen or have the friendly staff do the assembling instead. Avoid the hassle of shopping, dicing, slicing, roundhouse karate kicking, and cleaning up with The Dinner Station's simple online sign-up form and prep-time registration calendar. After selecting a meal assembly time, hungry patrons can choose from 12 different meal packages, available in half-size (three servings) and full-size (six servings) portions, such as one full-size dish ($27) or four half-size dishes ($54). Next, pick from a variety of nutritious meals from a menu that changes monthly, just like the facial expression of Theodore Roosevelt on Mount Rushmore. Tantalize taste buds with options such as the chicken Parmesan and spaghetti marinara or the Creole pork tenderloin and rice. Once the ready-to-cook meals are fully assembled, they are ready to be lovingly swathed in plastic for future ingestion, freezing, or proudly displaying on a mantle.
Helmed by mother-daughter team Nealy and Bab Beach, Chez Rivage outfits its fashion-forward followers for all modish moods and occasions. Shoppers browse dazzling designer items from 29 different labels, including 7 For All Mankind, Rock & Republic, and Hale Bob. Many of the items Chez Rivage stocks have been worn by celebs and fashionistas alike, and the boutique's handpicked selection of stunners comprise categories for all seasons, styles, and Magic 8 Ball forecasts. Adorners can drape themselves with glittering jewelry or a totable handbag (accessories start at $15) to strut cityscapes in style, or they can pick up a breezy dress, an on-trend top, or form-flattering jeans (clothing starts at $28) for a pet with bipedal aspirations. The boutique also offers personal shopping services for clotheshorses in need of apparel assistance. Much like property boundaries along the San Andreas fault, Chez Rivage’s selection is ever-shifting, but patrons can track the weekly arrivals of new merchandise through the Facebook page.
Scrubs Unlimited's hangers and shelves are stocked with 20,000 medical-attire options by renowned brands such as Barco, Cherokee, Urbane, and Landau. Hands pull matching Cherokee scrubs tops and pants over torsos and hips ($15.99–$21.99), and the Grey's Anatomy line by Barco combines style and function in apparel such as the mock wrap top ($33.99). A banded bouffant surgical cap equips foreheads with a sweatband but doesn't hinder dramatically wiping sweat from brows ($16.99), and pavement pounders slide into medical footwear fashioned from washable leather that boasts a slip-resistant sole and moisture-absorbing lining ($78.99). Professionals don fun duds in an assortment of fall- and winter-themed prints, as well as threads designed specifically for dental offices, schools, and underwater clinics.