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5 (+1) Shops For Unique Souvenirs Or Just Cool Things In New Orleans

August 30th, 2007 · No Comments

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New Orleans has no shortage of awesome little shops. Most owned by the locals. The only problem is hunting them down. But if you just let yourself meander around the city (I focused on the French Quarter and a small section of Magazine Street), you’ll bump into a bunch that are worthy of your cash. Here are a few that I liked:

Kulture Vulture Kids- 539 Dumaine St- Cute little clothes for badass babies. Like a “Boys Don’t Cry” Cure onesie. Or an “I’m already smarter than him” shirt with Bush’s face on it. If you just recently had a baby or know someone who has, and you want that baby to be the dopest in the day care, this is your store. And don’t worry if you’ve outgrown soiling your diapers. Turns out they’ve got a big kids shop too!

House of Lounge- 2044 Magazine St.- An elegant, low-key lingerie store. No Fredrick’s of Hollywood tackiness, or Victoria’s Secret faux couth. Just pretty little skimpies worthy of their place of honor covering your private parts. I bought something called Nippies! Fun.

Winky’s- 2038 Magazine St.- This is one of those cute, ironic hybrid shops where everything inside is full of sass. A mixture of clothing, toys, shoes, housewares and crap you don’t need, but is cool. I didn’t end up buying anything, but if I lived here, I’d definitely stop in and buy stuff in the future.

Voodoo Authentica- 612 Dumaine- Don’t feel shy walking inside. This cute shop stocks all your voodoo needs: dolls, gris-gris, potions, beauty products and assorted gifts. At the time I visited, they weren’t doing readings, but the delightful woman working there helped point me in the direction of master Voodoo Priest, John T.
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Rodrigue Studio- 721 Royal St.- Yes, it’s Blue Dog. If you don’t like Blue Dog, you won’t like this gallery. I was indifferent to him until I went inside and saw all the cool post-Katrina Blue Dog paintings. Very cool.

Steadfast Brand- 14 S. Magnolia Ave., Ocala, FL 34474- Hey, wait a minute, this seems like a long way from New Orleans. Well, you’re right, it is. We met the owners of this rad-assed clothing store during 2 of our 3 nights at Lafitte’s. I took a look at their site and loved all the tat-culture inspired clothing for men and women. Their products are sold in dozens of stores nationwide (and the UK, crazy) Maybe even in a store near you. Check it.

Tags: New Orleans · Shopping · USA

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