Stocked with everything from bib sets to highchairs, Smudgenola equips parents with the necessary provisions for keeping tots happy and fashionable. On-the-move toddlers can ride in style inside the cozy fabric of a baby sling($40), which holds up to 36 pounds, letting moms and dads go hands-free during neighborhood strolls or impromptu rugby scrums. Boys' rompers ($20) come hand-stitched in support of teams such as the Saints and LSU, and headbands ($5), purses ($20), and other girls' accessories adorn little ladies. A vibrantly colored highchair-to-go($25) allows dining dumplings to snack from anywhere, and a florid bib set($20) protects duds from pudding leaks and applesauce attacks flung from rival strollers.
Packed with party supplies and gifts, Whimsy has a special knack for inflating handheld blimps of all kinds. Helium addicts can peruse the shop's lengthy catalogue, grabbing an over the hill balloon ($2.99) to celebrate a relative's birthday or successful mountain climb. A floating eyeball balloon ($7.99) thanks optometrists for a job well done, and a 3-D dirigible bumblebee, lobster, frog, or turtle ($9.99 each) lets pet lovers practice their nurturing skills and trick-training abilities. Whimsy takes orders by phone, email, or fax.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
With more than 50 years in the business under its belt, Banting's Nursery continually colludes with Mother Nature to smuggle extra oxygen into the air with an array of fresh plants. Twig and vine enthusiasts looking to foray into gardening will delight in exploring a wide selection of adoptable flora, from citrus trees and tomato plants to colorful flowers. The shop's knowledgeable shrubologists can explain the sunlight preferences and water lifestyle choices of beauties ranging from the tropical hibiscus ($12.95 for a 3-gal.) to the plumbago ($5.95 for a 1-gal.). Three gallons' worth of knockout roses ($19.95) double as a flying-fisted home security system, and the fragrant, pale-petaled frost-proof gardenia rolls its eyes blithely at winter's advances ($14.95 for a 3-gal.).
Offering a head-spinning variety of cups and other party-planning accessories, Party Cup Express sees to it that rambunctious revelers let loose with remarkable receptacles in hand. Tailgate in style with a set of 25 16-ounce black-and-gold souvenir cups emblazoned with the fleur-de-lis ($10), craft memorable baked goods with a crawfish cookie cutter ($3.95), or keep beverages frosty with a set of six Water Meter coozies ($6). Dazzle passing pedestrians and increase the chances of picking up a hitchhiking Drew Brees with a Saints Super Bowl Champions license plate ($5).
Primary Digital Imaging's photo retouchers enhance and preserve images in a variety of formats. Family portraits, graduation pictures, and snapshots of appetizing breakfasts can be resized and transformed from physical slides or images ($2) and negatives ($3) into digital files on a DVD. Order prints of digital files in lustre, silk, or pearl finishes to fit neatly on a bedside table ($1.84–$2.21 for 3.5"x5"), fireplace mantel ($9.33–$11.20 for 10"x12"), or life-size cake ($135.88–$163.06 for 30"x40"), with sizes ranging up to 30"x10'.