Antique chic
You could say Dop Antiques owner Michiel Dop is pretty familiar with the business. While selling antiques in Europe in the 1990s, he met his wife and first visited New Orleans to meet his new in-laws. After several years he and his wife decided to make New Orleans their permanent home and in 2000, Dop made a transatlantic journey for the last time as a visitor to the U.S. That same year, he opened his first antique venture in the Elmwood shopping area. Dop says he’s always had a great love for antiques, and enjoys strolling the numerous, albeit a bit expensive, shops that line Magazine Street. 
“I wanted to be able to sell similar items, but for wholesale prices,” says Dop. And thus Dop Antiques was born. Specializing in 18th-, 19th- and early 20th-century furniture, the large warehouse location also holds pretty garden items and architectural touches such as intricate wooden doors and stained glass windows. Most of his goods are from France, but his vast and varied collection also includes English, Belgian and Dutch pieces. 
“Customers primarily come in here to shop for furniture, but lighting and mirrors are also popular,” says Dop.
Upon moving from Harahan to the store’s current Jefferson Highway location five years ago, Dop says the new warehouse, located on the Jefferson and Orleans Parish border, is more conducive to both receiving items and reaching a larger customer base. 
For this storeowner, the customer is definitely the top priority.  Customers and dealers tell him what they are looking for, and when he receives a new shipment he cherry-picks items according to their taste.
Information, 231-3397, 300 Jefferson Highway #201  – Lilith Dorko

Booking Maple Street
Maple Street Book Shop continues to “Fight the Stupids” with a lineup of intellectually stimulating events all slated for April. On April 4, the shop will host New Orleans author Orissa Arend to sign her book Showdown in Desire: The Blank Panthers Take a Stand in New Orleans, which re-visits the 1970 confrontation between Black Panthers and the New Orleans Police at the Desire Street housing projects. For an event that uses the full expanse of Maple Street, Joseph Boyden – author of the novel Through Black Spruce – will be at the shop on April 18 for a signing, followed by readings from the novel at the PJ’s Coffee down the block. Also, new novels from popular mystery writers Laurie R. King and Walter Mosely will hit the shelves around that time. To help readers prepare for summertime travels, all of the shop’s travel books will be 20 percent off during the whole month. And even with the recent arrival of a competing bookstore to the neighborhood, store owner Donna Allen says the 45-year-old store continues to do well: “We’ve actually seen a little bit of increase in business.” 
Information: 7523 Maple St., 866-491,
– Lauren LaBorde