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Cruisin' the Crescent

People flock to New Orleans to experience all sorts of things, such as jazz, food and cocktails, but we often forget one other gem New Orleans has to offer, and that’s our wide abundance of antiques. Though the street that most people associate with the French Quarter is Bourbon Street, just one street over is Royal Street, which has been referred to as the “antique mecca of the South.” It is littered with shops filled with gorgeous treasures from all over the world. From furniture to jewelry to art, you can find just about anything.

Someone new to Royal Street might partner “antiquing” with a serious, stuffy event where you need to look like you’re ready to spend a lot of money. Having recently perused the shops on Royal Street, I found it was quite the opposite. From Waldhorn & Adler to Keil’s to M.S. Rau, everyone was very welcoming and encouraged me to poke around.
I don’t know many other cities where it’s acceptable for someone to pop in and out of antique shops with a sazerac from the Hermes Bar in your hand. But that’s New Orleans for you; it doesn’t matter if you came from Galatoire’s or Laffite’s Blacksmith Shop, you’re going to feel welcome most places you go.

Most of these antique shops are over 100 years old, and family owned and run. They have instilled the same attitude toward their antiques for generations. Whether you’re looking for a $10,000 chest of drawers or a $50 bauble, they’re selling history. How fitting to have such an collection of history for sale on such an historic street. Remember though, don’t have too many cocktails before you shop, because if you break it, you buy it!

Cruisin' the Crescent
Ashley, Taylor and Lynn Morgan with Deborah Mooney

Jane Scott Hodge’s new book, Linens: For Every Room and Occasion, hit the shelves April 1 with a big splash. Linen lovers gathered at Leontine Linens, Hodge’s store on Magazine Street, for a book signing party to celebrate the big debut. Guests sipped champagne and noshed on nibbles from La Petite Grocery while perusing the lovely linens designed by Jane Scott Hodge herself. The book, which is a guide to living and entertaining with fine textiles, features over 200 color photos of bedding, bath and table linens.

The annual “Good Shepard School Golf Tournament” was held this year at the Audubon Golf Course, with Royal Honda serving as the title sponsor. More than 100 golfers played in the tournament and enjoyed the picture-perfect day as well as food sponsored by Acme Oyster House, the Marriott Business Center and Sportsbeat Pub.
In conjunction with the tournament, Good Shepard held a $10,000 giveaway raffle for which it sold more than 200 tickets. In addition to Royal Honda, the event was also sponsored by Bellwether Technology, Whitney Bank and Entergy New Orleans, among others.

Cruisin' the Crescent
Jessica White, Barbara Diano, Holly Adams and Carol York
Cruisin' the Crescent
Ryan Leopold, Daniel Weidner, Rookie Leopold and Regan Leopold
Cruisin' the Crescent
 Doug Stokes, Jimmy Dunn, Tripp Roy and Adam Gros

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