New Orleans culture is so dynamic that each neighborhood, and many streets alone have their own subculture. On this episode of GoNOLA Radio, our hosts Lorin Gaudin, Mikko, and George Ingmire delve into Magazine Street, where almost every individual block has its own unique vibe. This charming six mile strip is made up of New Orleans restaurants, shops, and homes that run from the Garden District, through Uptown and along the Irish Channel, all the way to Audubon Park.
Each pocket of Magazine Street is distinct, for example the stretch around Jackson Street have grouped together and formed the “Green District” because of their emphasis on green and sustainable products and practices. From Napoleon Street to Louisiana Street is a strong visual arts presence, and the shops and galleries in this spot banded together and were given a cultural arts tax free shopping designation, so art lovers can really score in this area.
Our special guest on the show has made her New Orleans boutique, Feet First, home in that same visual arts spot. Co-owner and Magazine Street Merchants Association member Evie Poitevent stops by to talk with our hosts about the flourishing business scene along Magazine Street and some of the best places to shop and eat along the way. Restaurants like La Petite Grocery, Coquette, Baie Rouge, Magasin Café, and Saucy’s pair beautifully with the many shops of local entrepreneurs and retailers, and not to mention hot music spots like Le Bon Temps Roule. From clothing stores to art galleries, and thrift stores to antique stores, variety is the spice of Magazine Street shopping life. With only a few carefully ingratiated national chain stores, Magazine Street has really been able to retain that traditional mom and pop feel and uniquely New Orleans personality.
Poitevent also talks about the next generation of retailers and how they have brought new life and energy to Magazine Street shopping. In-store events, trunk shows, and block parties are common and feature some of the best New Orleans food and music. Magazine Street special event Art For Art’s Sake is coming up October 5 and along with the music, shopping, and drinking, will feature a complimentary shuttle that runs up and down Magazine so you can really take advantage of the full scope of all the street has to offer. Also, holiday shopping along Magazine is the greatest, and Merriment on Magazine is back December 1, when the stores are all decked out in holiday cheer as they feature refreshments and fun, and stay open late!
For a full day of New Orleans fun, grab a one day RTA Jazzy Pass for $3 and hop on and off the Magazine bus line (11) so you can eat, drink, and shop all day long!
GoNOLA Radio is a free New Orleans podcast hosted by Sunpie Barnes, Lorin Gaudin, George Ingmire and Mikko about the food, music and culture of the Crescent City. Subscribe to GoNOLA Radio on iTunes or download to your mobile device on Stitcher. GoNOLA Radio features music by Cale Pellick.