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Summer Along Metairie Road

Blossoming with business

Mike Lirette

For those who love to shop in the greater New Orleans area, there’s no lack of neighborhoods or streets to visit. And while tourists know well the differing allures of Magazine, Royal and Julia streets, there’s another area of town that locals love for its convenience, friendliness and variety. Metairie Road has the vibe of a family-driven neighborhood and winds you beneath oaks and over railroad tracks – making you feel like you’re in a small town rather than five miles from the Superdome and downtown New Orleans. With a mix of budding businesses and generations-old storefronts, the area features a little of everything.

Located steps from Metairie Road’s central railroad crossing is Relish, a home goods boutique that Owner Beth Harris enjoys filling with light, airy products that give the store a peaceful, calming feel. Harris travels to Paris twice a year to buy items for the store, focusing on unique products you don’t typically find in New Orleans. With bedding, furniture, women’s clothing, gifts and home décor, the store gives customers plenty from which to choose including Mathilde M fragrances – the French excel at fragrances, according to Harris – and Bella Notte’s garment-dyed luxury linens. Additionally, Moss Studio’s American-made upholstered chairs and sofas are a big hit.

Relish celebrated its one-year anniversary in July, and Harris is looking forward to the store’s future on Metairie Road, where her family has business roots. In addition to the brick-and-mortar store, customers can shop Relish online and follow the latest additions on Instagram (@ShopRelish).

Located next to Relish and also celebrating a year of success on Metairie Road is Barre3, which has additional locations Uptown and downtown. Barre3 offers an approach to exercise that, according to owner Kendall Carriere, empowers individuals to adapt postures and develop body awareness for lasting results.
 



JADE

324 Metairie Road / 875-4420 / JadeNOLA.com



Workouts at Barre3 build strength and flexibility for optimal body balance, which goes beyond losing weight and increasing muscle tone.

“When we stand tall with ease, a positive chain of benefits happens beyond what we see in the mirror,” she says. “With body balance comes improved digestion, increased energy, minimized risk of injury, a clear mind and a healthier and happier way of life.”

With its neighborhood vibe and family feel, the Metairie Road location of Barre3 is mostly attended by locals, and the studio offers a kids’ play area that members enjoy for free.

Also grouped in the cluster of shops at 600 Metairie Road is I’Land PediSpa, which is also coincidentally celebrating a year in business this month. A dual hair and nail salon, I’Land PediSpa is a one-stop shop for pampering and freshening up your look. With a focus on all-natural products, the salon offers a menu of about 10 different manicures and pedicures. According to Owner Maily Tran, one of the most popular options is The Olive, which incorporates olive oil for a rich, moisturizing experience and afterglow.

“Everyone has a different reason for coming into the salon. So, in creating the menu I wanted to accommodate what they want,” says Tran. To that end, some mani/pedi services focus more on nails while others focus more on moisturizing or massaging. According to Tran, the hair salon is also accommodating, and stylists will do their best to fit in walk-ins to the nail salon who are looking for a quick trim or blowout before heading back into their routine.

A few feet up the road is another popular Metairie Road shopping center, Old Metairie Village, anchored by a bustling post office flanked by restaurants and boutiques. Boudreaux’s Jewelers is situated here, nearest to Metairie Road, and has been operating in the area since 1985, after it relocated to Metairie from downtown New Orleans. A full-service jeweler, Boudreaux’s Jewelers is excited this summer to be debuting the Omega line of watches. A premier Swiss watchmaker featuring precise movements, Omega offers a wide range of sport, dress and casual watches for men and women.

“Omega is also the official timekeeper of the Olympic games; the official watch of NASA and the space program; the first watch on the moon; and the ever-popular James Bond 007 watch,” says fourth-generation jeweler and Lead Designer Brandon Boudreaux.

Boudreaux loves Metairie Road for its casual, laid-back nature compared to the French Quarter or Magazine Street. “It is the perfect environment for us to be able to focus one-on-one with each client and give them the time and attention they deserve, whether they’re buying a $50,000 diamond or just in for a free cleaning of their jewelry,” he says.
 



Boudreaux’s Jewelers

701 Metairie Road / 831-2602 / BoudreauxsJewelers.com



Pass a few storefronts up from Boudreaux’s, and you’ll happen upon About Face of New Orleans, which is all, quite literally, about the face. Offering professional makeup services, skincare services and cosmetic and skin care lines for all types of skin and faces, About Face of New Orleans is enjoying its fourth summer on Metairie Road where, in the midst of seasonal heat, clients come in seeking services such as the Repechage Facial after a beach vacation, makeup lessons to update summer looks and Eyelash Extensions for those too busy to apply makeup. Popular summer products include St. Tropez Tanning, Tan Towels, Brush on Block, ColoreScience and Glo Minerals Moisturizing SPF 30 Sunscreen.

“We love being located on Metairie Road, mainly for the community we’re in,” says Owner Lindsay Benoit. “Our local customers are one-of-a-kind, down to earth and supportive. All of the businesses in the area also support one another, which makes the community that much stronger.”

A few blocks up from Old Metairie Village you’ll find the new location of HiBrow Beauty Bar, which recently moved from Sierra Court and offers a number of services including facials, body waxing and lash extensions, while specializing in brow shaping.

“I really think Metairie Road is the place for fashion and food, and I love that health-focused options like barre, yoga and spin classes are here,” says esthetician and Owner Lauren Prats. “There is so much charm and character – that’s my favorite part of Metairie Road.”

HiBrow is popular for its signature wax and brow shaping, but will also be offering 100 percent custom facials for clients this summer.

“We have products that include peels, dermaplanning and plant-based skincare designed to feed and nourish the skin,” says Prats.

Head back across the railroad tracks toward New Orleans and you’ll find more of Metairie Road’s treasures. And within those treasures, you may find treasure hunters, as is the case with Hiller Jewelry.

“After 40 years of operating as a retail jewelry store, we’ve transitioned our business back to how my grandfather and great-grandfather did business,” says Vice President Lisa Biderman Jacobs. “We work one-on-one with our customers in an office on Metairie Road, giving them the personal attention they deserve when shopping for jewelry.” As private jewelers, Hiller helps clients find the perfect diamond or piece they’re seeking. The company will celebrate 100 years in 2018.

Jacobs grew up in Old Metairie and has always valued the area for its wealth and diversity of products and services – from groceries to fine jewelry and high-end clothing to hardware. “For me, shopping on Metairie Road or Magazine Street is preferable to a mall or department store because you’re usually dealing with small, independent businesses, where the product you are looking for is unique and one of a kind,” she says.
 



Barre3

600 Metairie Road / 301-2017 / Barre3.com



Opened initially in Canal Place in 2011, JADE was moved by Owner Jennifer Rabalais to Metairie Road in 2014 to serve as a one-stop shop for home décor needs with furniture, accent tables, lighting, bedding and linens and specialty objects, with a focus on providing character and personality. Located within an old home, JADE has a 4,500-square-foot showroom allowing for a much larger selection than most Uptown interior design and furniture stores.

JADE will host its annual Sidewalk Sale at the end of summer, displaying hundreds of home items at up to 80 percent off. Rabalais recommends following the store on Facebook and Instagram for details on the sale.

Inch your way closer to the Orleans Parish line, and you’ll find The Linen Registry, a stalwart of the Metairie Road scene. Celebrating 20 years this year, The Linen Registry specializes in fine linens for the bed, bath and table along with home accessories, gifts, loungewear and Bridal Registry services.

“Our goal is to design beautiful, sophisticated bedding that will look good and fit your bed properly for the long run by doing in-depth consultations before our customers ever make a purchase,” says Owner Lee McKee.

August brings back-to-school business to The Linen Registry, as families get their rising college students prepared for a new chapter in life with down bedding, bed linens and monogrammed towels.   

Speaking of new chapters, The Linen Registry now enters its third decade on Metairie Road. “When I opened The Linen Registry in 1997, McKee says, “Metairie Road had a significant retail presence, but over the past 20 years I’ve watched that presence blossom into an entire shopping destination, and I’m proud to have been a part of that!”


(Not Pictured)

About Face of New Orleans
701 Metairie Road / 304-1556 / AboutFaceNOLA.com
 

Hi-Brow Beauty Bar
2007 Metairie Road / 325-2222 / HiBrowNOLA.com
 

Hiller Jewelry – Private Jewelers
433 Metairie Road, Suite 204 / 837-8200 / HillerJewelry.com
 

I’Land PediSpa
600 Metairie Road, Suite C / 267-7259 / iLandPediSpa.com
 

The Linen Registry
200 Metairie Road, Suite 102 / 831-8228 / TheLinenRegistry.com
 

Relish
600 Metairie Road, Suite B / 309-3336 / RelishNewOrleans.com
 

 

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