When we moved back to Magazine Street we found a new shop had opened up on our block. To our delight, it is a kid friendly, dog friendly, vintage lovin mama friendly shop.
Here's a bit of Ragdoll.
The shop owner is Rachel (left) and her part time shop keeper (right) is Jade. Both are very sweet and lovely ladies.
I asked Rachel to write a little bio so I could share it with you. A story always makes everything more interesting. Here's Rachel:
I moved to New Orleans in July of 2011 to open my shop. We opened the doors October 12th. I graduated college in December of 2010 and was planning my business my last year of college. I'm 23 years old, and live right off Magazine Street a few blocks down with my boyfriend and my little yorkie-mix pup, Roxy.
I chose New Orleans after visiting here in 2010 for a birthday trip with my best friend. I fell in love with the city that weekend, and decided this was where I wanted to open my shop. I've always loved oldies music and the styles from the 1950's: home decor, diners, mid-century furniture, & especially the fashion! I wanted my shop to be a place where you could listen to your favorite oldies songs while shopping unique clothing at an affordable price... so that's what I did! I pretty much thought up my dream boutique in my head and then tried to recreate it as best as I could.
As far as what I love about New Orleans, it's a place where people love to eat, drink, and be themselves... which are pretty much my three favorite things in life (not necessarily in that order :)). Also, my vintage-themed store seemed to fall right into place in the New Orleans market. All the pieces just fell into place, and here we are!
The kids and I love popping into the shop, the lure of fragrant handmade soaps fill the air and even fills the sidewalk leading up to her shop. Henry likes to run through the racks hiding like a ninja, his green frog boots giving him away every time. Greta loves to admire and handle all of the jewelry. She picked this foxy one out for a giveaway.
Would you like it?
Leave a comment on this post and just before we leave New Orleans we'll choose a winner at random. Of course.
Rachel didn't ask me to write about her shop. I decided to because we found it a delight and a very pleasant place to visit on our walks. It feels nice to walk into a shop and someone knows who you are, especially when you're feeling lonely in a new city. We don't stop in as much anymore since we have a car and walk less, but we are happy it's there and pop in when we can.
I asked Rachel if she'd like to sell my New Orleans illustrations in her shop. She said yes.
Have a great week, everyone!