There’s certainly plenty to peruse in New Orleans’ shopping malls and local outposts of national chain stores, but where the city really shines is in its locally owned businesses. New Orleans-based stores exude the city’s unique sensibility, and they also featuring goods by local makers and ones based in the U.S., making these stores perfect for one-of-a-kind gifts – and special things to treat yourself with, of course.
This month we’re going to highlight some of our favorite stores. The city is filled with special shops around every corner but these are just a few that we love, starting with places where you can outfit your abode and find other covetable objects.
5+ New Orleans Stores for Home Goods and More
For luxurious, artisanal gifts for others or yourself: Walk into Loomed NOLA – located inside The Rink, which houses other local merchants, including the cozy Garden District Books – and get struck with the urge to roll around in the store’s luxurious textiles (don’t actually do this). The store works directly with Turkish families to source soft, beautiful hand-woven textiles including pestamels, known as “Turkish towels.” You can also find kitchen towels, scarves and throw blankets here. This store is perfect for special wedding and shower gifts, or for things that add a worldly and comforting touch to your life.
For the multitasker: Want to go somewhere where you can find vintage housewares, colorful bicycles and grab a cup of iced coffee? A tiny storefront on N. Rampart Street, right outside the French Quarter across from Armstrong Park, houses the women-targeted bike retailer Dashing, home goods from NOLA Drift and the coffee counter Arrow Café. This vintage-tinged mishmash makes the space look like the home of a cool-in-an-unassuming-way friend.
For the eco-conscious: Spruce does specialize in sustainable and Fair Trade-certified goods, but beyond that this store and design studio is just plain cool. With a style that’s globetrotting but with a love for New Orleans designers, and modern yet cozy, Spruce has goods of all sizes for the home as well as some jewelry and accessories. Have a cosmopolitan, conscious friend? Shop for her here.
For your funkier friends, head next door to UP/Unique Products. Recycling artists Mark Kirk and Heather Macfarlane have been turning one man’s trash into works of art you’ll treasure since 1999.
For the eclectic: For someone who keeps up with latest design blogs but loves some Old World touches, perch. has one of the best mixes of old and new in any of New Orleans’ décor stores. Whimsical accessories, mirrors with gilded details, retro servingware, and bright textiles coexist harmoniously in the storefront, a renovated New Orleans double shotgun home. You’ll see why perch. is constantly singled out by publications all over world as a must-stop shop.
We couldn’t resist listing a few more of our favorite New Orleans stores!