Editor’s Note: The following series “Together in Isolation” is a week-long series curated by Rosalind Kidwell as part of the Digital Research Internship Program in partnership with ViaNolaVie. The DRI Program is a Newcomb Insitute technology initiative for undergraduate students combining technology skillsets, feminist leadership, and the digital humanities.
New Orleans, along with the rest of the world is facing unprecedented challenges amidst the global Coronavirus pandemic. It is easy to get lost in the news cycle with articles that cause fear, sadness, and anger. Though these news reports should not be taken lightly, it’s important to have positive outlets and hear uplifting stories to remind ourselves that we’ll eventually return to normalcy. As such, this curation is bringing together inspiring, hopeful, and promising articles to raise our spirits and remind us what a resilient city we live in.
One of the best ways to support the New Orleans community is to buy from local artists and vendors. Though it’s not the holiday season, there’s never a wrong time to add new art to your home. This article was originally published on November 27, 2017.
My brother shared a bad joke at the Thanksgiving table. “Back in my day,” he told his twentysomething niece and nephew, “we had to walk through 9 miles of shag carpet to change the TV channel.”
But seriously. In the old days, before remotes and touch screens and cursors, viewers and shoppers couldn’t make weighty decisions without putting time, thought and calories into them. No instant gratification, no armchair shopping.
For me, the holiday season has lost a bit of its shine in this DIFH (do it from home) era. There’s something special about getting out there where the blare of holiday carols and the scents of waxy candles and evergreens fill the air. And for those of us who veer toward mom-and-pop over big-box (and don’t most New Orleanians?), the holidays offer the opportunity to savor not only the season, but also the offbeat offerings of our unique city.
I turned to a quartet of the most savvy buyers I know to get some advice on shopping local for the holidays. They are my go-to contacts for all things artistic, clever and au courant.
Meanwhile, if you’re a dedicated cybershopper, don’t apologize. My Amazon Prime account is also up to date. And if you do shop online, consider logging onto smile.amazon.com and selecting Partnership for Action, the NolaVie parent non-profit, as your charity of choice. A percentage of everything you purchase will go to our dedicated mission of covering all things New Orleans. And that makes even electronic purchases give back to NOLA, right?
New Orleans artist and photographer
Top shops for holiday shopping:
Best gift snag:
Handmade journal with a vintage book cover, pages of recycled papers, wallpaper, envelopes, etc made by Eugenie Uhl at the Ogden Museum shop
Not in any-other-city shops:
Avoid the Mall.
This year, I’m shopping at Mary’s Ace Hardware on North Rampart Street.
Interior designer, co-owner of Haven Custom Furnishings
Top shops for holiday shopping:
Because: They all have unique finds with a local flair in any price range.
Best gift ever snagged:
That’s a tough one. Royal Street is a great place for estate deals. I once snagged a vintage Cartier watch for a steal @ Valobra Jewelry.
A shop you wouldn’t find in any other city:
Where else could you match your husband’s Tulane bow tie to his dog’s collar?
I have learned to grab things when I see it because it is slim pickings around here at the last minute.
Fitness guru and editor of The Distillery
Top three favorite places to shop:
Because: Each of these shops offers unique, funky, and boss girl gifts!
Not-in-any-other city shop:
Does any other city have more local pride than New Orleans?
Co-owner, LeMieux Gallery
Top shopping stops: