Shop Talk: Martha Claire Breland
Owner, Judy at the Rink
What is your role at Judy at the Rink? As a small business owner I get to do all the fun stuff. I’m the buyer, merchandiser and sales associate. I do the marketing, deliveries and all the paperwork, too.
What are some of the favorites at the store? My favorites right now as we move into spring are Beatriz Ball and Juliska melamine products. I have three young kids, so having a beautiful, functional piece of serveware that won’t break easily is key. I also love all of the dinner napkins from Honey+Hank, they’re going to be perfect for crawfish season.
Do you sell any specialty items? We take a lot of special orders for custom double old fashions, custom art and glasses. We work closely with our local artists to provide unique items for our customers.
What are some of the items you sell at the store? We have a little bit of everything. We have more traditional wedding registry lines like Juliska, Casafina, Vietri, Simon Pearce, Annie Glass and Beatriz Ball. We have fun jewelry, handbags, candles and lots of art.
Do you support any local artists? We have lots of local artists. We work with Lorraine Gendron, Steve Hasslock, Ridge Walker Glass, Monique Perry, Amanda Talley, Jan Salzer, Gary Schiro, Johnston Burkhardt, Gary Zoller, Laura McClendon, CC Gotz and many more.
Is there a gift registry available? We are working on getting the registry online, but we have an in-store registry. We also deliver locally at no charge.
What is the best thing about your store’s location? The Rink is a beautiful building with so much charm and character. It can be your one-stop shop for gifts, books, linens, jewelry, coffee, interior design and children’s clothing. We have great stores in The Rink and covered parking.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know about your store or your business? The previous owner of Judy at the Rink established a strong customer following and I am so grateful for Kay’s guidance over the past six months. We have maintained the incredible customer service and unique gifts Judy has always been known for, in addition to adding new lines.
Judy at the Rink, 2727 Prytania St., 891-7018, JudyAtTheRink.com