Just because people are savvy with a sewing machine doesn't mean they have eyes for fashion. Luckily, Fabulous Fabric's fashionable staff is more than happy to help customers by doing the design work for them. Whether guests are shopping for new curtains or looking for a fabric to cover a chair or drape around a regal living-room statue, the staff will happily help them shift through the endless bolts of fine-quality home-decor fabrics to choose one that best fits the job. From classic florals, stripes, and textured linens to trendy geometric designs and monochromatic animal prints, the store stocks fabrics to suit any taste or personal style, and there's even a selection of kid-friendly fabrics to give bedrooms and nurseries a playful pop of color. Flat-braid trims lend a finishing touch to DIY pillows and other projects, and those who prefer to leave the needle-and-thread work to a professional peruse a selection of colorful, ready-made curtain panels or speak to the staff about commissioning custom furniture.
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 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.
Zoë's Boutique stocks apparel by brands such as Gypsy Junkies, Lucca Couture, and Vintage Havana at two locations. Shoppers can also find handmade jewelry and Minnetonka boots embellished with beading or leather fringe. The shop's 401 East Texas Street location also carries men's apparel: flannel shirts, skinny jeans, and Saints T-shirts are just a few options.
At Daiquiri Express, rows upon rows of endlessly rotating machines churn out icy, alcohol-laden daiquiris the same way they have for 25 years. Fruity flavors such as margarita, vodka freeze, and white russian pour out of nozzles and into foam cups, which can be ordered to-go. For large gatherings, Daiquiri Express also slings gallon-sized servings.
Silver Moon Jewelry outfits fashion-seekers with a wide array of dazzling, decadent jewelry, handbags, and accessories. From underneath sparkling chandeliers, guests can peruse treasure chests of shiny wrist, neck, and ear adornments, such as the popular Inox Jewelry, a collection of edgy stainless-steel pieces perfect for declaring tough personas and testing out the strength of newly acquired metal detectors ($3.95+). Personality Jewelry bedecks wrists and neck lines with bold, interchangeable, colorful beads ($17.95+) and Rembrandt Charms dangles silver charms from bracelets, allowing guests to immortalize a meaningful sailing trip, a favorite pet, or that time they bought a charm bracelet ($11.95+). Coat extremities in silver with a selection of Artistry, Ltd. jewelry ($45+), or represent a rich Bayou history with artisan silver pieces from Bayou925 ($49.95+).
For 27 years, the troops at A & A Tent Productions have been lending planners essential supplies and equipment and pitching party tents, tossing up canvas creations ranging from bouncy houses to the Budweiser Hotel’s Super Bowl party tent. Clients can rent a popcorn machine ($40), tables ($8+), and chairs ($1.40+ each) to set up for a casual backyard cookout with friends and neighbors, or apply this Groupon toward an inflatable bouncy house ($150+) for a child's or pet porcupine's birthday soiree. A 20'x20' pole tent ($200) dares meterological party poopers to rain on your parade, while an outdoor dance floor ($22/4'x4' section) provides an environment as large as you like for shaking prehensile tails and backside plumage. Prices vary depending on the length of rental; all listed prices are good for one- to three-day rentals.