Etc. EditorialTechno-Romantic  
Artist and gallery owner, Thomas Mann of Thomas Mann I/O (which stands for Insightful Objects) describes his art as “techno-romantic jewelry objects.” He believes his work to be on the cutting edge of contemporary jewelry; in fact, this month Thomas Mann I/O will be showcasing a wide variety of items, including the “hearts and hands” jewelry, as Mother’s Day gifts. “We strive to have something for everyone but our clientele is primarily female customers who are college educated professionals,” says Sales Manager Helen Redmann.

This year, the gallery is celebrating its 20th anniversary. “We have become a sophisticated professional business which promotes the work of an internationally recognized artist and we also represent other artists in his field,” says Redmann.  
Mann says his goal is to provide New Orleans with a location that will expose customers to a major selection of handcrafted and unique jewelry and home accessories by artists from around the world. And here’s a good reason to check it out for Mother’s Day gifts – Mann describes his gallery as “Creative, energetic and inventive.”

Information, 1810 Magazine St., 581-2111,

Etc. EditorialThe Esplanade – a new experience
The Esplanade at City Park Apartments has undergone changes in the past several years. While it was once a residence for senior citizens, the complex now includes a much younger crowd. Situated near the New Orleans Museum of Art on Bayou St. John, the complex offers, in addition to a vibrant setting, several state-of-the-art amenities. “We provide high-end residential apartments with a 24-hour concierge service,” says Leslie Bemis, who manages the 441-unit property.

The apartments have ceiling fans, kitchens are outfitted with appliances and the building itself includes a pool, fitness center, business center, community room, cabana and a clubhouse that’s available for party rental.

“Our spaces run from 510 to 1,485 square feet and we have studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. We have a wonderful mix of clients and families who live here,” says Bemis. “It is a wonderful community in which to live and enjoy all the frills and still feel grounded and comfortable.” 

Other conveniences at The Esplanade include a grocery store, a hair salon and a brand new restaurant that opening month. “There’s a real sense of home here and our staff is very talented and eager to make our residents feel happy,” says Bemis. “The Mid-City neighborhood is alive and thriving. Our location is perfect for the urbanite.”

Information, 3443 Esplanade Avenue (at Moss Street), 822-3353,