During steamy summer months, one can lose their appetite for shopping. In an effort to lure shoppers in, many local retailers crank up the AC and pump it out through open doors, while others offer hard-to-resist seasonal specials to stimulate sales. You’ll find dozens and dozens—and dozens—of great stores to explore around the city. Here are 10 of the coolest to get you started.
Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights
The shop: Bevolo has four French Quarter locations. You’ll see its handcrafted copper lanterns being made at 316 Royal Street, and find equally elegant home accessories just next door.
The get: Can’t fit a gas light in the overhead bin? Take home a New Orleans map-embossed oyster-shell ornament instead.
The Cajun Hatter
The shop: The cypress-tree knees rising from the floor and depictions of small-town New Iberia dotting the walls hint at self-made milliner Colby Hébert’s Cajun country roots.
The get: Custom-made “swamp chic” headwear, incorporating natural elements such as alligator skin, beaver felt and rabbit fur.
The shop: This popular T-shirt shop serves as a keeper of Crescent City culture. NOLA-centric books, greeting cards, soaps (Spanish moss, seersucker), candles and enamel pins (Sazeracs, po’boys) make easy-to-pack souvenirs.
The get: Select T-shirt designs are also available on canvas.
The shop: Its plain white walls and minimalist décor provide the perfect backdrop for designer Stirling Barrett’s way-cool eyewear. Chill with complimentary “frosé,” while choosing which style best fits your face.
The get: Barrett’s signature St. Louis collection was inspired by the city’s wrought-iron balconies.
The shop: One of the city’s oldest antiques dealers also ranks as one of the nation’s largest. At 25,000 square feet, it’s easy to spend hours exploring the stellar collection of 18th- and 19th-century art, jewelry and collectibles.
The get: Searching for a circa-1820, English mahogany dining table that seats 32? You’ll find it here.
Madame Aucoin Perfume
The shop: The legacy of Madame Mamie O. Aucoin, “the oldest perfumer in the South,” lingers on, thanks to her great-grandnephew, Joseph Caillouet, who recently reopened the shop in her former French Quarter residence.
The get: Artisanal fragrances for both sexes, such as Ormonde Jayne and Eight & Bob.
The shop: This small space overflows with “functional art”—i.e, handcrafted cutting and serving boards fashioned from local woods—along with hand-carved spoons, wine-bottle holders and regionally sourced edible items (honey, bitters, etc.).
The get: The Wild CHOP-itoulas board, made from sinker cypress walnut, maple and cherry.
The shop: Located in a former Woolworth’s still with its original luncheonette counter, this long-popular vinyl vendor also offers cassettes, CDs and occasional in-store performances.
The get: Records, of course, both new and vintage, along with offbeat gift items like Big Freedia prayer candles.
The shop: What started with the purchase of a dog collar while on vacation in Portugal has morphed into an eco-conscious industry, now with offshoots in Florida and New Mexico.
The get: Anything fashioned from cork—bags, shoes, aprons, umbrellas, jewelry…and, yes, even dog collars.
The shop: Seersucker may be synonymous with Southern summer style, but this local, family-owned company is fast redefining the idea of Crescent City cool with its line of bamboo-blend “elevated essentials for everyday comfort.”
The get: Easygoing active wear “for every day, every shape and every activity.”