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.
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.
Chris Davis, licensed massage therapist and owner of Twin Souls Healing Massage Therapy, located inside LA Tanning, has worked with a wide variety of clients, including a gymnastic troupe and football players. His Swedish and deep-tissue massages help athletes ease aches resulting from games, practices, or carb-loading sessions. Davis's work also treats everyday clients whose playing fields are ergonomic office chairs. He pushes tension from their upper shoulders, where lactic acid tends to build, and encourages clients to drink plenty of water after massages to help flush out toxins.
Tassels dangle from a boldly patterned mini dress, barely grazing the kneecap. Shoulders peek through the slitted sleeves of a floral-patterned top. Intricately detailed and feminine, Rachelli’s collection of apparel strikes a delicate balance between flirty and professional, unlike the flirty-skewed wardrobes of most presidents. In addition to dresses, tops, and jeans, the shop’s fashionistas stock eye-catching accessories, such as jewel-studded platforms and gold necklaces.
Each of the three Vertage Clothing boutiques promises the same thing: a large, colorful inventory of items, in all price ranges, for women who are both stylish and sensible. Resident stylists curate the stock of designer pieces, which include fashions from Seychelles, Tulle, and Free People. In the winter, cozy up with warm knits, or get ready for spring and summer with colorful dresses, exotic prints, and light blouses that flow when you’re standing in front of the AC unit.
At Sportspectrum, athletes equip themselves for impending swim meets and trail-way treks with brand-name athletic apparel from Nike, Brooks, Asics, Speedo, and Oakley. The shop's sprawling 8,000-square-foot sales floor abounds with racks of specialized clothing and competitive mannequins able to easily clock five-minute miles. Athletes peruse walls lined with running shoes and recline in red leather seats before being roused from their reveries with coolers of Gatorade.