If exploring indie boutiques in New Orleans is high on your list of IRDC to-dos, you’ll want to choose Magazine Street for your NOLA Inspiration Tour on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 6. Of the four self-guided tours we’ve mapped out for attendees, Magazine St. has the most concentrated pockets of locally owned retail—from clothing and accessory shops with a celeb following to unique lifestyle concepts and artisan studios.
Like Magazine Street’s Whole Foods Market store, a remake of a former streetcar barn, many of the six-mile corridor’s indie gems occupy century-old bank buildings, shotgun-style houses and other historic structures that ooze New Orleans charm. Among the intriguing spaces along Magazine St.:
Trashy Diva, three side-by-side boutiques created by a clothing, lingerie and jewelry designer whose distinctive vintage styles have won the hearts of NOLA fashionistas and garnered a Hollywood fan base
Derby Pottery & Tile, a working studio specializing in authentic reproductions of the iconic letter tiles embedded in New Orleans sidewalks
Scriptura, a stationery store and letterpress studio where antique presses print NOLA-centric cards and invitations created by in-house designers and illustrators (who also hand-letter fabulous chalkboard signage throughout the store)
Hazelnut, a gift boutique co-owned by NOLA-born, Mad Men actor Bryan Batt, featuring items made from, and upholstered in, the store’s signature toile fabrics depicting scenes of New Orleans
Sunday Shop, a lifestyle store designed to evoke “the feeling of a perfect Sunday” with sights, sounds and smells that soothe the senses, including a build-your-own-bouquet flower bar
Stay tuned to the IRDC Newsbrief for more NOLA Inspiration Tour previews, including the Warehouse/Arts District.