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Skip ‘N Whistle, 8123 Oak St., 504.862.5909
Before opening this swank shop filled with vintage and new clothing, jewelry and one of a kind T shirts, Chris Reams and Anne Warren took a trip out West. There, they uncovered a treasure trove of men’s vintage Levi’s 501s and 517s, perfectly lived in Frye boots, antique belt buckles and a cardboard box filled with surplus leather cases made to fit police handcuffs but sized just right for iPhones and iPods. The vintage finds fill the upstairs, while flirty dresses, locally made jewelry and designer denim command the downstairs. The vibe is California cool meets urban cowboy, with a heavy dose of New Orleans flavor to spice things up. The store opened just a few weeks ago on the recently repaved Oak Street. (It must be said, the street is so smooth, so blessedly free of potholes and litter that it’s almost unnerving to New Orleans drivers). Warren’s sharp eye has the shop looking like a movie set, while Reams is the designer behind the Ichabod’s line of graphic T shirts, messenger bags and glassware. He was one of the first to reproduce the retro store logos (K Schweggman’s) as well as cheeky graphics on custom dyed T shirts and bags. Check out his designs, or come up with your own and have it printed in house.
This venerable children’s shoe store has been fitting little feet since 1949. But there is nothing old school about the shop’s newest incarnation. Closed for nearly four years after Hurricane Katrina, Sanford Goldstein recently reopened Barry’s, the store started by his father and uncle and named after his first cousin. Traffic on this construction choked road has been a nightmare. But hang a left just off the highway, and you’ll arrive in an oasis of calm, miles away in ambiance from the honking horns and screeching brakes. Stonecreek Club Spa, a 52,000 square foot, 14 acre luxury fitness and tennis center, threw open its doors earlier this summer but just recently pulled back the curtain on its spa. The spa at Stonecreek Club and Spa.
The serene spot overlooking a relaxation garden is open to club members and nonmembers. Services run the gamut, from manicures and pedicures to languid massages, facials and peels, body wraps and skin treatments. Vegan and organic product lines Osea, Astara, Buddha Nose and Spa Ritual are used in the services. Though the place is new from the ground up, Stonecreek feels like it sprang straight from the landscape. The club has an upscale earthiness: Natural light pours through wide windows and pine and cedar ceilings blend with views of native plants, cypress trees and ponds outside. The overall effect is a well calculated stress free mental escape, a stone’s throw from the hustle and bustle just outside its door.
Whimsy, 1915 Hickory Ave., Harahan, 504.273.5900
This adorable new party supply store is aptly named. You just can’t help but grin when you glance at the whimsical products on display. Clever cocktail napkins have irreverent and laugh out loud wording (“I Gave Him the Skinniest Years of My Life,” “Who Invited All the Tacky People?”). A ceramic dinosaur cake server comes with the cutest dino candle holders. A bridal area is filled with fun shower favors. Whimsy
Posh paper plates come in zebra patterns. A tween section is kitted out in colorful photo albums, picture frames and affordable children’s gifts. Spend a few minutes here, and you’ll want to gather up your girlfriends for an impromptu party. Marcelle Perez opened the shop because she loves to throw birthday parties, barbecues and gather friends around her table. “It’s my niche,” she said. “I’m following Oprah’s advice: ‘Do what you love.'”