Ever find yourself Uptown (in the Riverbend to be exact) knowing exactly where to get grub – read: Tru Burger, Ninja, Boucherie, Cowbell, Lebanon Café, et cetera – but you haven’t got a clue as to where to kill an extra hour before your next meeting, coffee date, yoga class? Enter: the shopping guide to Oak Street.
Let’s have a short did you know? section. Did you know – Oak Street was originally a separate town incorporated in 1833 and was annexed by New Orleans in 1874? Did you know – Oak Street was at one point one of the most popular streets to see and be seen, shop and eat? Did you know? You can shop everything from hardware to books, interior design to yoga mats, women’s boutiques to kids shoes and apparel?
Oak Street is a destination for fantastic shopping, great food and world-class music. Here’s my shopping guide to the beloved Carrollton neighborhood.
Eclectic Home – Searching for that home accessory that’s going to make you grin from ear to ear whenever you see it in your (fill in the blank) room? Look no further than Eclectic Home. With everything from Lucite accent tables to locally designed pillows, Eclectic Home is easily my favorite design accessory mecca in the city. The store seamlessly blends modern and classic for a truly unique look.
Haase’s – Haase’s has been open for over 100 years. Enough said? Probably. This store should be pronounced a landmark. A great place to take the young ones for their first pair of shoes, Haase’s doesn’t miss a step when it comes to catering to the tykes.
Skip & Whistle – Skip and Whistle is their name, t-shirts are their game. Established in 2009, this t-shirt company does it all from designing their own graphics to working with tried and true New Orleans established brands to create quirky, one-of-a-kind shirts that are both cute and fun.
On The Other Hand – I’ve literally grown up going to (read: playing dress-up in) On The Other Hand. Owner, Victoria is one of the most amazing store owners in town. With an eye for fashion and Champagne taste, OTOH is a second-hand retail experience you don’t want to miss.
Blue Cypress Books – What’s not to love about a locally owned bookstore? The minute you step into Blue Cypress Books, waves of elementary library time wash over you and it’s the best feeling ever. Shop here for great finds and friendly conversation (Zotz coffee shop is a few doors down and it makes for a wonderful afternoon: coffee and books).
Abeille – Owner Meg Stevens O’Reilley has an outstanding eye for amazing fashion at a price that won’t break the bank. Opened almost two years ago and mentioned in every publication from Gambit Weekly to Women’s Wear Daily, Abeille goes above and beyond for the ultimate shopping experience. With an entire shoe store-in-store, Abeille (pronounced Ah-bey) is a must.
Frenchy Gallery – Have you ever met a man who truly revels in New Orleans culture the way French does? Known for getting on stage with performers in a cathartic artistic experience, Frenchy’s pieces speak to both tourist and local in the same, vibrant way.
Photos by Kate Grace Bauer