As we have said before, our jewelry gets to go to so many fabulous places! But today we have New Orleans on our minds. We want to share some of our favorite spots in the Big Easy and some retailers we have there as well! The mix of Southern elegance and French influence is what makes New Orleans culture so unique. It also happens to make for some fabulous jewelry as you can see!
Oysters are on about every menu in NOLA and top the list of quintessential New Orleans fare. These photos taken on Susan’s oyster plates remind us of being served a delicious plate after a long (but SO worthwhile) wait at Acme Oyster House. We highly recommend it to anyone visiting the city.
When planning a trip to New Orleans, you’ll find the list of charming hotels almost endless- they do not lack in hospitality. One of our favorites is the newly renovated Roosevelt hotel- just a short walk from the French Quarter. This Waldorf Astoria property is 123 years old, and has always been fabulous, which is why when they renovated it in 2009 they wanted to embrace the luxurious feel the hotel had in the 1930’s and 1940’s- using as many original materials as they could.
The mosaic tile seen on the floor of the lobby below was original to the hotel, but had been covered up with carpet for years. They we able to restore it, bringing back the original magnificence of the hotel.
A visit to the Roosevelt hotel should definitely be on your list. You can have a cocktail in the Sazerac bar (said to be the home of the first mixed drink), enjoy a meal in one of their restaurants (the Domenica pizza is to die for!) and then shop our jewelry and other goods in their gift shop.
Beyond the Roosevelt Gift shop, our jewelry can be found in many New Orleans hotspots. We wouldn’t dream of going to the Big Easy without spending time in Jackson Square, in the heart of the French Quarter. We recommend starting the day there with some decadent beignets and coffee at the Café du Monde and then walking it off while doing some shopping nearby. Pop in to the Louisiana State Museum gift shop to find our jewelry and see the 1850 House- believed to be the oldest apartment building in the United States.
1850 House Museum Store
523 Saint Ann Street • New Orleans, LA 70116
While you’re in the French Quarter, have a leisurely lunch at Galatoire’s on Bourbon Street, a New Orleans landmark since 1905. It will be a meal you won’t forget (unless you stay on Bourbon street too long)!
Also topping our list of favorite restaurants in New Orleans is Commander’s Palace, which can be found in the Garden District. You can take a street car from the French Quarter for the scenic route. It has been known for it’s refined atmosphere and upscale creole cuisine since the 1880’s! The gorgeous parlor room can be seen below. Don’t miss the 25¢ martinis during weekday lunch! And if you’re there on Sunday there is nothing more New Orleans than their Jazz brunch.
After lunch take a short stroll around the corner to shop our jewelry at Judy at the Rink, an upscale gift shop and art gallery in the heart of the Garden district. Here you can find local artist’s original works as well as fine gifts and decorative accessories.
Judy at the Rink
2727 Prytania St • New Orleans, LA 70130
While in the Garden District, we highly recommend Magazine Street especially for the art and antique lover! It is 6 miles of exquisite antique shops, eclectic clothing stores, and fun restaurants. Many fun shops can be found in the adjacent Uptown area too, like Perlis, where you can find our jewelry alongside their high-end designer clothing from brands such as Southern Tide, Vineyard Vines, and even their own brand famously trademarked with a crawfish.
6070 Magazine Street • New Orleans, LA 70118
The New Orleans Museum of Art, or the NOMA, is a premier art museum destination that can be found in the Lakefront area. It houses 46 galleries and has been called one of the top art destinations in the South. We also recommend heading the gift shop to find the Susan Shaw collection!
New Orleans Museum Gift Shop
1 Collin Diboll Circle • New Orleans, LA 70124
We can’t talk about New Orleans art without mentioning the Rodrigue studio. It happens to be a personal favorite of the Shaw family as you can see in the photo below taken in Susan’s home.
George Rodrigue developed the famous icon from Cajun folklore and, while his paintings include other symbols in cajun culture, the blue dog is by far the most recognizable. The studio in the French Quarter sure gives a new meaning to “How much is that doggie in the window?”
So much to do in this wonderful city we couldn’t possibly list it all! So where are your favorite New Orleans spots?
I know we will be cooking a fabulous cajun meal at home (out of our cookbook from the famous Brennan’s restaurant) just to tide us over until our next visit to the Big Easy. Oysters Rockefeller anyone?
Susan Shaw Jewelry