Uptown Living

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From the streetcars that roll down St. Charles Avenue and the allure of Audubon Park to the influence of nearby universities and shop-lined Magazine Street, Uptown New Orleans has its own personality and charm. The businesses of Uptown help define the neighborhood’s vibe and character, serving as residents’ go-to resources for fashion, home décor, gifts and other services that complement the Uptown lifestyle and keep it bustling with activity.


 

Home Décor & Gifts

Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design
1533 Prytania St. • 504-525-7409 • WrensTontine.com

Wren’s Tontine Shade & Design has been a New Orleans family-owned business since 1937, and has thrived in its location on Prytania Street since the 1940s. The shop specializes in window treatments, from all manner of drapery and shades to blinds and shutters and has contributed to the unique style of Uptown homes for generations. The company’s team is known for its expertise and ability to stay up to date on the latest trends and technologies, including motorization.

According to Blythe Wren, Window Treatment Specialists, the increased focus on the home and its furnishings stemming from a year of quarantine has made for a very busy year. The industry is catching up, though, and popular fabrics and grass materials are enjoying faster turn-around times and available stock. 

Rivers Spencer Interiors
3909 Magazine St. • 504-609-2436 • RiversSpencer.com

From antiques to artwork, desks to dining tables, New Orleans Interior Designer Rivers Spencer offers a curated collection of furnishings and décor that reflect her clean-lined, Southern design aesthetic. With her own line of personally designed furniture, Rivers Spencer Home, Rivers offers high-quality, transitional furniture with an updated yet traditional feel that can breathe new life into any room of the home. In addition to furniture and décor, the Magazine Street shop offers gifts, clothing and accessories. 

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Judy at the Rink

Judy at the Rink
2727 Prytania St., Suite 11 • 504-891-7018  JudyAtTheRink.com

With a little something for everyone, Judy at the Rink is a home and gift store chock full of curiosity and color. From clever beverage napkins to items from New Orleans artists and candles and wares from national vendors, this shop within The Rink on Prytania Street packs a wide variety of products into its quaint and welcoming space. 

“We truly believe that the gifts you give and the table you set can be an expression of who you are,” says Martha Claire Breland, Owner. “We love mixing and matching styles to create a special moment in your home or on your table.”

The Rink shopping center – with the bonus of covered parking – is currently undergoing improvements and welcoming a restaurant in the fall. Meanwhile, Judy at the Rink invites guests to its summer sale in mid-June. 

Home Malone
4610 Magazine St. • 504-766-6148 • HomeMaloneNola.com

Located along Magazine Street with another location in Mid-City, Home Malone is known for its inventory of gifts and home décor designed and created by Southern-based artists. Featuring more than 200 artists, the shop is curated with a focus on handmade items and those produced in the USA. From stationary to decorative door hangers, jewelry to ceramic dishes, items featuring the cuisine, flora and fauna of Louisiana are in abundance. 

“We love the neighborly feel of where we are Uptown and have great small business neighbors as well,” says Kristin Malone Johnson, Owner. “Being located next to La Boulangerie, we get a wonderful mix of both residents and tourists alike.” 

Look for Home Malone’s weekend outdoor “Meet the Maker” markets at both locations – these markets allow customers to browse the work of local artisans that may not be carried in the store. 

 

Services

Liberto Cleaners
4814 Prytania St. • 504-897-2161 • LibertoCleaners.com

Serving Uptown since 1932, Liberto Cleaners has been dry cleaning, washing and pressing the suits, dresses, shirts, pants and even household items of Uptown families for generations. 

“We’re just a very neighborhood place – we’re like family,” says Lauren Walter VanCamp, Fourth Generation Owner. “I love getting to see our customers’ kids grow up over the years and catch up on life with every familiar face.”

Offering free pick-up and delivery service, Liberto Cleaners prides itself on being a “green cleaner,” pursuing environmentally friendly procedures, processes and techniques. In addition to laundry and dry cleaning for clothing, the business handles household items such as sheets, comforters, quilts, duvets, pillowcases and down pillows.

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The Flower Shop by Kim Starr Wise

The Flower Shop by Kim Starr Wise
2036 Magazine St. • 504-390-0563 • KimStarrWise.com

Located in Lower Garden District, The Flower Shop by Kim Starr Wise brings floral designer Kim Starr Wise’s colorful creations to residents and businesses Uptown and beyond. According to Kim, the shop operates much like European flower shops, allowing clients to curate their own bouquets of flowers from the display or choose to have the shop team create the bouquets. Kim’s flower selection varies with flowers from all over the world as well as locally grown flowers from New Orleans farmers. 

The Flower Shop now offers bouquet subscriptions. “One of our favorite packages is the Perfect Partner Package – you’ll never miss an anniversary again,” says Kim. Arrangements are available online, in-store, by delivery or via curbside pickup. Orders can be placed in-person, over the phone or online.

 

Fashion & Accessories

Feet First
4122 Magazine St. • 504-899-6800 • FeetFirstStores.com

Accessorizing is the name of the game at Feet First, where Magazine Street shoppers have come to love the one-stop-shop approach of Owner Rachel Patterson.  

“While women’s footwear is our main focus, we have a great selection of handbags, apparel, gift items and locally made jewelry,” says Patterson. 

Sandals are a go-to for New Orleans summers, and Feet First stocks a wide variety from brands such as All Black, Hari Mari, Kork-Ease and Born. Combining comfort and style, inventory at Feet First runs the gamut: casual to formal, flats and heels to booties and boots. 

This month, keep an eye on spring styles that will be going on sale. Meanwhile, the store’s popular clearance room always hosts a great selection of marked down items. 

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SOSUSU Boutique

SOSUSU Boutique
3427 Magazine St. • SoSuSuBoutique.com • @sosusuboutique

A women’s luxury boutique featuring one-of-a-kind items and obscure European brands such as Vivetta, Maticevski, Sara Roka, Fabrizio Viti, Clergerie and Rupert Sanderson, SOSUSU Boutique brings contemporary cosmopolitan flavor to Magazine Street, where Owner Susu Stall enjoys being part of a larger community of great shops and fine dining. The bright and airy store offers shoppers a chic, comfortable destination full of eye-catching items from across the globe. 

Susu recommends keeping an eye on social media for opportunities and sales popping up all the time. With the nearing arrival of fall deliveries, sale items will soon become available. 

PERLIS
6070 Magazine St. • 504-895-8661 • PERLIS.com

Well known for its signature crawfish logo adorned apparel, PERLIS is a specialty retail store with a complete collection of casual and dress attire for men, women and boys. The store is also popular for its gifts and classic summer attire, including seersucker and white linen suits.

“Our Uptown location is in the same block of Magazine Street where it was founded 82 years ago,” says David W. Perlis, President & Co-Owner. “Whether from around the corner or across town, we think customers enjoy the neighborhood feel of our store both inside and out.”

At PERLIS, June’s most significant event is celebrating Father’s Day, and according to David, performance sportswear is the perfect gift this year. From knit shirts and shorts from Peter Millar, Johnnie-O, Southern Tide and Perlis’s Crawfish collection to active lifestyle items from Tasc and Vouri, Perlis makes pleasing Dad a cinch. 

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Art & Eyes

Art & Eyes
3708 Magazine St. • 504-891-4494 • ArtAndEyesNewOrleansLA.com

For ten years, Art & Eyes has brought fashionable, quality eyewear to Uptown from its location on Magazine Street. 

“When the idea of opening a true independent optical shop in New Orleans was born, there was only one location that I knew would be right – it needed to be Uptown but still reachable by downtown folks,” says Start Hagenbring, Owner. 

Art & Eyes exclusively offers independent designers and brands that are largely made in Europe, Japan and America. From classic to cutting-edge, the massive selection of styles is limited to only one pair of each frame, giving customers a true one-of-a-kind look. June is Dot Sale time – many frames will be marked between 20-50 percent off. 

Monomin
2104 Magazine St. • 504-827-1269 • Monomin.com

When architect Rachel Taravella opened her own fashion boutique, she brought her architectural aesthetic to the forefront, naming the store for two fundamental themes of her work: monochromatic and minimal. Featuring affordable luxury clothing in a color palette of blacks, whites and neutrals, Monomin also offers a “Monomini” collection of children’s clothing in sizes newborn to 6T. 

Located in the Lower Garden District, Monomin also stocks accessories such as jewelry, sunglasses, and handbags hand selected from around the world. 

Ballins LTD
2917 Magazine St. • 504-891-4502 • NewOrleansKnitwear.com

Famous for its collection of cotton fashions and classic knitwear, Ballin’s LTD offers summer must-haves that keep you cool and comfortable while sporting a timeless look. From shorts and capris to long pants, short sleeves to cardigans and tunics, Ballin’s LTD’s colorful collection of New Orleans Knitwear is accompanied by designer dresses, tops and bottoms from brands such as Trina Turk, Habitat, Lola & Sophie and Marella. 

 

Activities

Wild Lotus Yoga
4842 Perrier St. • 504-899-0047 • WildLotusYoga.com

Known as “New Orleans’ home for heart-centered yoga and down-to-earth spirituality,” Wild Lotus Yoga has been a longtime resource for mind and body connection for the residents and visitors of Uptown and beyond. According to Seán Johnson, Founder, Wild Lotus instructors love to share yoga in a grounded, accessible, interdisciplinary way that honors these practices’ ability to deepen connection and meaning in our lives. 

“Wild Lotus is one of the longest running yoga studios in the city, and it’s been wonderful to foster longstanding relationships with students that go back almost two decades, while also always creating a welcoming yoga sanctuary for new students and beginners,” says Seán. Offering online and in-person classes, workshops, courses and retreats, Wild Lotus plans to resume offering in-person classes at its Perrier Street studio this month. 

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Port Orleans Brewing Company

Port Orleans Brewing Company
4124 Tchoupitoulas St. • 504-266-2332 • PortOrleans.com

With a host of diverse local beers on tap, Port Orleans Brewing Company offers Uptown residents and visitors a vast indoor and outdoor space for gathering with friends to enjoy brews, food and fun. According to Head Brewer Danny Hollier, the brewery keeps 16 beers on tap for those who like to sample an array or just grab a pint of their favorite brew. From IPAs to sours, lagers to stouts, flagship and seasonal beers cater to every flavor palette. Meanwhile, an in-house restaurant, Avo Taco, serves up tacos, quesadillas, burgers and more. 

With its large courtyard and covered patio seating, Port Orleans has plenty of space to accommodate guests, including kids and pets. New beers come out monthly, stay up to date on the latest via social media (@portorleansbrewingco). 

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