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Best of New Orleans 2014: Goods & Services 

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BEST NEW RETAIL STORE

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1. H&M
418 N. Peters St., (855) 466-7467; www.hm.com @hm
Not so long ago, New Orleanians had to visit other states if they wanted to shop at this Swedish retailer, which meant blocking out a shopping day in the itinerary and packing extra bags for the haul. Even sleepy suburb towns like Waterbury, Connecticut had the chain long before New Orleans did. But when H&M opened its multilevel, 32,000-square-foot French Quarter location last November, those days came to a much-anticipated halt. The gleaming, affordable-yet avant-garde darling of frugalistas worldwide features women's, children's, plus-size, sports and men's apparel, lingerie and accessories departments. Though it teased anxious customers by postponing its grand opening from Halloween to mid-November, this newcomer still managed to stand out in a year that saw a number of much-heralded grand openings. Better late than never.

2. Costco
3900 Dublin St., (504) 484-5220; www.costco.com @costco

3. TIE: West Elm
2929 Magazine St., (504) 895-2469; www.westelm.com @westelm

3. TIE: Neiman Marcus Last Call
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, 500 Port of New Orleans Place, (504) 522-4269; www.lastcall.com @lastcallnm


BEST JEFFERSON NEIGHBORHOOD GROCERY

1. Dorignac's Food Center
710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-8216; www.dorignacs.com @bestisbetter

2. Langenstein's
800 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-6682; www.langensteins.com @langensteins

3. Zuppardo's Family Supermarket
5010 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-1150; www.zuppardos.com


BEST NEW ORLEANS NEIGHBORHOOD GROCERY

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1. Langenstein's
1330 Arabella St., (504) 899-9283; www.langensteins.com @langensteins Walk in for a last-minute paper towel fix, walk out with a stuffed artichoke or twice-baked potato. The small city grocery is a one-stop shop for household odds and ends and Louisiana produce and seafood, not to mention comfort foods to go.

2. Canseco's
3135 Esplanade Ave., (504) 322-2594; 5217 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 218-8426; www.cansecos.com

3. Lakeview Grocery
801 Harrison Ave., (504) 293-1201; www.lakeviewgrocery.com


BEST NORTHSHORE NEIGHBORHOOD GROCERY

1. Acquistapace's
125 E. 21 st Ave., Covington, (985) 893-0593; www.acquistapaces.com

2. Columbia Street Natural Foods
415 N. Columbia St., Covington, (985) 893-0355; www.columbiastreetnaturalfoods.com @columbiastfoods

3. Saia's Super Meat Market
2225 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 626-9724


BEST ANTIQUES STORE

1. M.S. Rau
630 Royal St., (504) 523-5660; www.rauantiques.com

2. Greg's Antiques
1209 Decatur St., (504) 202-8577; www.gregsantiques.net @gregsantiques

3. Dop Antiques
300 Jefferson Highway, (504) 373-5132; www.dopantiques.com


BEST BICYCLE STORE

1. GNO Cyclery
1426 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 861-0023; www.gnocyclery.com

2. Bayou Bicycles
3530 Toulouse St., (504) 488-1946; www.bayoubicycles.com

3. Mike the Bike Guy
4411 Magazine St., (504) 899-1344; www.mikethebikeguy.com


BEST CONSIGNMENT SHOP

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1. Swap
115 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 875-2206; 5530A Magazine St., (504) 324-8143; 7716 Maple St., (504) 304-6025; www.swapboutique.com @swapboutique
Yeah, thrift stores are great and all, but sometimes, a girl needs a dressing room. And designer labels that aren't buried in a sea of garage sale rejects, maybe some Chanel, Jimmy Choo and Diane von Furstenburg. A posh boutique environment with friendly and knowledgeable attendants wouldn't hurt. If the purchase could leave zero carbon footprint, that would be great. And what if customers could somehow monetize their shopping experience ... maybe by selling their own gently used apparel there? While we're talking pipe dreams, how about having boutique locations in Uptown, Riverbend and Metairie, just so nobody has to drive too far to get there? Oh! Even better! Make their merchandise available on eBay (stores.ebay.com/swapboutique) so you can shop whenever the urge hits! OK, it's a pretty tall order ... but I bet such an upscale consignment shop would be voted number one by Gambit readers four years in a row. Just putting that out there.

2. Buffalo Exchange
3312 Magazine St., (504) 891-7443; www.buffaloexchange.com@buffaloexchange

3. Prima Donna's Closet
701 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 835-1120; 927 Royal St., 504-875-4437; 1206-1212 St. Charles Ave., (504) 525-3327; www.primadonnascloset.com@primadonnanola


BEST CAKE MAKER

1. Swiss Confectionery
747 St. Charles Ave., (504) 522-7788; www.swisscakes.net @swisscakesnola

2. Haydel's Bakery
4037 Jefferson Highway, (504) 837-0190; www.haydelbakery.com @haydelsbakery

3. Gambino's Bakery
300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, (504) 391-0600; 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 885-7500; www.gambinos.com @gambinosbakery


BEST DENTIST

1. Dr. Leslie Gottsegen
2633 Napoleon Ave., Suite 610, (504) 891-5000

2. Dr. Jack Devereux
Jr. and Dr. Phuong Nguyen Devereux Nguyen Orthodontics, Citywide; www.dn4smiles.com

3. Dr. Susan Lebon
2633 Napoleon Ave., Suite 605, (504) 899-5400


Best bakery

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1. La Boulangerie
4600 Magazine St., (504) 269-3777 A crispy at the ends, puffy in the middle croissant from La Boulangerie makes the most humid day in New Orleans feel a little more like a Parisian afternoon. Be careful walking by — the smell of butter and sugar will snatch passersby and entice them to devour pastries.

2. Haydel's
4037 Jefferson Highway, (504) 837-0190; www.haydelbakery.com @haydelsbakery

3. Gambino's
300 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, (504) 391-0600; 4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 885-7500; www.gambinos.com


BEST BARBERSHOP

1. Aidan Gill For Men
550 Fulton St., (504) 566-4903; 2026 Magazine St., (504) 587-9090; www.aidangillformen.com

2. Golden Shears
6008 Magazine St., (504) 895-9269

3. TIE: Algie Hailey's Barber Shop
603 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-1827

3. TIE: Magazine Street Barbershop
4224 Magazine St., (504) 267-7823; www.magazinestbarbershop.com


BEST BODY PIERCING/TATTOO PARLOR

1. Electric Ladyland
610 Frenchmen St., (504) 947-8286; www.electricladylandtattoo.com @eltnola

2. Downtown Tattoos
501 Frenchmen St., (504) 266-2211; www.downtowntattoosnola.com @downtowntats

3. Mid City Voodoux Tattoos
140 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 278-1465; www.voodoux.com @voodouxtattoos


BEST CAR DEALERSHIP

1. Lexus of New Orleans
8811 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 207-3100; www.lexusneworleans.com @lexusneworleans

2. Lakeside Toyota
3701 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 833-3311; www.lakesidetoyota.com @toyotalakeside

3. Royal Honda
5600 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-2277; www.royalhonda.com


BEST BLOW-DRY BAR

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1. Blo
5530 Magazine St., (504) 570-6101; www.blomedry.com @bloheartsyou
Oh, Blo, there are so many reasons you blo us away: your sleek, stylish setting, the Champagne you offer customers, your clever wordplay (I admit it; I stole "blo us away" from a "tress fund baby" who works there) ... but none so much as the glossy, movie-star coifs you bequeath unto mere mortals. An international blow-dry bar chain that opened its New Orleans location in 2013, Blo caters to on-the-go women who want to look like they just stepped out of a salon without spending the whole day there. Walk-in and after-hours appointments are available, and you're in and out in an hour. There are no other salon services: just blow-outs, which aren't cheap when you consider the style only lasts until your next shampoo. However, thanks to hairdresser alchemy and potent hair products, a 'do from Blo looks good for at least two to three days. A blowout may cost $40, but snapping the perfect #Iwokeuplikethis selfie sans bedhead is priceless.

2. Just Blow Dry at H2O
441 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 835-4377; www.h2osalon-spa.com @h2osalon_spa

3. BLEU, A Blowdry Bar
701 Metairie Road, Suite 112-2A, Metairie, (504) 309-5999; www.bleuablowdrybar.com @bleuablowdrybar


BEST DAY SPA

1. Belladonna Day Spa
2900 Magazine St., (504) 891-4393; www.belladonnadayspa.com @bebelladonna

2. Earthsavers
Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 140, Metairie, (504) 835-0225; The Premier Center, 3414 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 674-1133; 5501 Magazine St., (504) 899-8555; www.earthsaversonline.com @earthsavers

3. Woodhouse Day Spa
796 E. I-10 Service Road, Slidell, (985) 641-7772; 4030 Canal St., (504) 482-6652; www.thewoodhousedayspas.com @thewoodhousespa


BEST DERMATOLOGIST

1. Dr. Mary Lupo
145 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Suite 302, (504) 777-3047; www.drmarylupo.com @drlupo

2. Dr. Nia Terezakis
3800 Houma Blvd., Suite 310, Metairie, (504) 454-2997; www.niaterezakismd.com

3. Dr. Deidra Hooper
Audubon Dermatology, 3525 Prytania St., Suite 501, (504) 895-3376; www.audubondermatology.com @audubonderm


BEST FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

1. Chase
Citywide; www.chase.com

2. Whitney
Citywide; www.whitneybank.com

3. Capital One
Citywide; www.capitalone.com


BEST FLORIST

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1. Villere's
750 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, (504) 833-3716; www.villeresflowers.com Walking into the Metairie florist feels a lot like walking into the fairy garden in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, with roses and irises and blues and pinks filling every corner. Villere's has been arranging flowers for every occasion since 1969 and is consistently voted New Orleans' favorite flower maker.

2. Federico's
815 Focis St., Metairie, (504) 837-6400

3. Nola Flora
4536 Magazine St., (504) 891-3333; www.nolaflora.com@nolaflora


BEST HEALTH CLUB

1. New Orleans Athletic Club
222 N. Rampart St., (504) 525-2375; www.neworleansathleticclub.com @thenoac

2. Elmwood Fitness Center
Heritage Plaza, 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 475, Metairie, (504) 832-1600; 200 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite 112, Kenner, (504) 739-1600; One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 1300, (504) 588-1600; Elmwood Plaza Shopping Center, 1200 S. Clearview Parkway, Suite 1200, Harahan, (504) 733-1600; www.elmwoodfitness.com

3. Franco's
100 Bon Temps Roule, Mandeville, (985) 792-0200; 2116 Magazine St., (504) 218-4637


BEST HOTEL

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1. The Roosevelt New Orleans
130 Roosevelt Way, (504) 648-1200; www.therooseveltneworleans.com @theroosevelt_no
In 2009, when the Fairmont Hotel reopened as the Roosevelt — the name by which it had been known through most of the 20th century — old-line New Orleanians cheered at the return of the storied Blue Room, the restoration of the Sazerac Bar and an overhaul of the lobby that brought it back to its early 20th-century glory. Among the modern improvements was the opening of Domenica, a John Besh restaurant where Chef Alon Shaya's wood-fired dishes were an immediate hit. (Domenica is also the winner of this year's Best Happy Hour.) The Roosevelt also has a large place in American cocktail history — while neither the Sazerac nor the Ramos gin fizz were invented at the Roosevelt, both drinks were popularized there, and Huey Long, who served as both Louisiana governor and senator, frequently lived at the hotel and helped spread the word of the Ramos gin fizz.

2. Hotel Monteleone
214 Royal St., (504) 523-3341; www.hotelmonteleone.com @hotelmonteleone

3. Windsor Court
300 Gravier St., (504) 523-6000; www.windsorcourthotel.com @windsorcourt


BEST HOSPITAL

1. Ochsner
1514 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, (504) 842-3000; www.ochsner.org @ochsnerhealth

2. Touro Infirmary
1401 Foucher St., (504) 897-7011; www.touro.com @touroinfirmary

3. East Jefferson General Hospital
4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie, (504) 454-4000; www.ejgh.org @ejhospital


BEST DRY CLEANER

1. Liberto Cleaners
4814 Prytania St., (504) 897-2161; www.libertocleaners.com

2. Young's
905 Harrison Ave., (504) 872-0931; 6227 S. Claiborne Ave., (504) 866-5371; www.youngsdrycleaning.com

3. Deluxe Dry Cleaners
5325 Canal Blvd., (504) 488-7733; www.deluxecleanersnola.com @deluxecleannola


BEST GARDEN STORE

1. Perino's Garden Center
3100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-7888; www.perinos.com @perinos

2. Harold's Indoor & Outdoor Plants
2900 St. Claude Ave., (504) 947-7554; www.haroldsplants.com

3. The Plant Gallery
9401 Airline Highway, (504) 488-8887; www.theplantgallery.com


BEST LOCALLY OWNED BOOKSTORE

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1. Octavia Books
513 Octavia St., (504) 899-7323; www.octaviabooks.com @octaviabooks
There are more books out there than hours in a lifetime, so how to curate a reading list to make the most of a reading life? The folks at Octavia Books will help you do just that, whether its breaking down an esoteric classic or recommending the latest crime noir.

2. Maple Street Book Shop
7523 Maple St., (504) 866-4916; www.maplestreetbookshop.com @fightthestupids

3. Garden District Book Shop
The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., (504) 895-2266; www.gardendistrictbookshop.com @gdbookshop


BEST LOCALLY OWNED CHILDREN'S STORE

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1. Pippen Lane
2930 Magazine St., (504) 269-0106; www.pippenlane.com @pippenlane
Leaving home is never easy. Last spring, Pippen Lane did exactly that, vacating its longtime location at 2929 Magazine Street. Luckily for the business and shoppers, it didn't travel far ... just across the street. Airy and bright, with picture windows offering views of Magazine Street, the location is new, but customers will find the same whimsical assortment of children's clothing, shoes, toys, accessories and furniture they've come to love. There are all sorts of clothes, ranging from trendy graphic T-shirts to traditional embroidered smock dresses. Opened by owner Anna Beth Goodman in 1998, the store may soon see an influx of second-generation shoppers, as now-adult customers return to outfit their offspring. Multigenerational appeal is the hallmark of many New Orleans favorites, as is winning a Best of New Orleans readers' poll. Congratulations, Pippen Lane. You've grown up so fast.

2. The Magic Box
5508 Magazine St., (504) 899-0117; www.magicboxneworleans.com @magicboxtoys

3. Little Miss Muffin
244 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 833-6321; 766 Harrison Ave., (504) 482-8200; www.shoplittlemissmuffin.com @shopmissmuffin


BEST CROSSFIT GYM

1. Crossfit NOLA 504
540 N. Cortez St., (504) 861-0610; www.crossfitnola.com @thecrossfitnola

2. Big Easy Crossfit
2401 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 407-0834; www.bigeasy-crossfit.com @bigeasycrossfit

3. Elmwood Fitness Center
Heritage Plaza, 111 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 475, Metairie, (504) 832-1600; 200 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite 112, Kenner, (504) 739-1600; One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St., Suite 1300, (504) 588-1600; Elmwood Plaza Shopping Center, 1200 S. Clearview Parkway, Suite 1200, Harahan, (504) 733-1600; www.elmwoodfitness.com


BEST LIQUOR STORE

1. Martin Wine Cellar
714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, (504) 896-7300; Village Shopping Center, 2895 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 951-8081; 3500 Magazine St., (504) 894-7420; www.martinwinecellar.com @martin_wine

2. Elio's Wine Warehouse
6205 S. Miro St., (504) 866-1852; www.elioswinewarehouse.com @eliosneworleans

3. Dorignac's Food Center
710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., (504) 834-8216; www.dorignacs.com @bestisbetter


BEST LOCAL BUSINESS THAT SHOULD GO NATIONAL

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1. Fleurty Girl
Citywide; www.fleurtygirl.net @fleurtygirl
Is the rest of America ready to don T-shirts emblazoned with crawfish and pledge allegiance to a fleur-de-lis spangled flag? You seem to think so. With 22,000-plus Twitter followers and 84,000-plus Facebook likes, Fleurty Girl has spawned a Fleurty congregation ready to convert nonbelievers nationwide. If that seems like a tall order, let's not forget the T-shirt juggernaut's humble origins: owner Lauren Thom launched her business as a single mother of three with a tax refund and a dream. What started as a small business with a limited run of T-shirts now includes shoes, fashion accessories, home items, soap, music and books, all with NOLA flair. Revolutions have started with a lot less. Maybe the entire country will root for the New Orleans Saints someday ... or at least wear T-shirts that say they do.

2. Rouses Markets
Citywide; www.shop.rouses.com @rousesmarkets

3. Dat Dog
601 Frenchmen St., (504) 309-3362; 3336 Magazine St., (504) 324-2226; 5030 Freret St., (504) 899-6883; www.datdognola.com @datdognola


BEST COSMETIC SURGEON

1. Dr. Kamran Khoobehi
3901 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 779-5538; 4500 Magazine St., Suite 1, (504) 304-1248; www.khoobehi.com @drkhoobehi

2. Dr. Calvin Johnson
Hedgewood Surgical Center, 2427 St. Charles Ave., (504) 895-7642; www.drcalvinjohnson.com

3. Dr. Michael Moses
1603 Second St., (504) 895-7200; www.drmoses.com @mosesplasticsur


BEST HAIR SALON

1. Paris Parker
4900 Prytania St., (504) 891-8874; www.parisparker.com @parisparker

2. H2O Salon & Spa
441 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 835-4377; www.h2osalon-spa.com @h20salon_spa

3. Rocket Science Beauty Bar
640 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 218-8982; www.rocketsciencenola.com


BEST LOCALLY OWNED SPORTSWEAR STORE

1. Massey's Professional Outfitters
509 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 648-0292; 816 N. Highway 190, Covington, (985) 809-7544; 3131 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 885-1144; www.masseysoutfitters.com @masseysoutfitrs

2. Varsity Sports
2021 Claiborne St., Mandeville, (985) 624-8200; 3450 Magazine St., (504) 899-4144; www.varsityrunning.com @varsitysportsla

3. Black & Gold Sports Shop
70 Park Place, Covington, (985) 867-8004; 2106 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-1974; www.blackandgoldsports.com @black_goldsport


BEST PLACE TO BUY FURNITURE

1. Hurwitz-Mintz
1751 Airline Drive, Metairie, (504) 378-1000; www.hurwitzmintz.com

2. Doerr Furniture
914 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 947-0606; www.doerrfurniture.com

3. Nadeau
2728 Magazine St., (504) 891-1356; www.furniturewithasoul.com @nadeaunola


BEST LOCALLY OWNED BRIDAL SHOP

1. Wedding Belles
3632 Magazine St., (504) 891-1005; www.weddingbellesstationer.com

2. The Bridal Boutique by MaeMe
3331 Severn Ave., Suite 102, Metairie, (504) 266-2771; www.mae-me.com

3. Town & Country
1514 St. Charles Ave., (504) 523-7027; www.townandcountrybridal.com


BEST STORE FOR VINTAGE CLOTHING

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1. Funky Monkey
3127 Magazine St., (504) 899-5587; www.funkymonkeynola.com
Funky Monkey opened in 1997, long enough ago that the clothing exchange store has seen certain styles go in and out of fashion and circle back to land on its vintage resale racks: platform boots, crop tops, mini-backpacks and rompers are among the current inventory. But the retro offerings also include everything from 1980s acid-washed denim and 1970s floral peasant gowns to 1940s novelty print dresses. There's also new clothing, shoes and accessories that only look vintage, and a stable of menswear. Funky Monkey's costume assortment goes far beyond the typical drugstore pirate-in-a-bag (though you'll find that, too): think vintage ballet costumes, Mardi Gras krewe member tunics and sequined belly dancer garb. All year long, placid Styrofoam heads gaze down at the merchandise from their top-shelf perches, each topped with a rainbow-hued wig. The mishmash of vintage, new and costume items might seem eccentric anywhere else, but in New Orleans, where a costume collection occupies a sizable part of any New Orleanian's closet, it's a source of inspiration.

2. Buffalo Exchange
3312 Magazine St., 504-891-7443; www.buffaloexchange.com @buffaloexchange

3. Miss Claudia's
4204 Magazine St., 504-897-6310; www.missclaudias.com


BEST VETERINARY/ANIMAL CLINIC

1. Metairie Small Animal Hospital
101 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 835-4266; 5040 W. Esplanade Ave., (504) 455-2345; www.msah.com @msah101

2. Prytania Veterinary Hospital
4907 Prytania St., (504) 899-2828; www.prytaniavet.com

3. Magazine Street Animal Clinic
3458 Magazine St., (504) 891-4115; www.magazinestreetanimalclinic.com


BEST SMOKE SHOP

1. Herb Import Company
711 St. Peter St., (504) 525-4372; 712 Adams St., (504) 861-4644; 5055 Canal St., (504) 488-4889; www.herbimport.com @theherbimport

2. Ra Shop
758M E. I-10 Service Road, Slidell, (985) 649-7262; 2198 Florida St., Mandeville, (985) 674-1644; 3812 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 889-8436; 8128 Oak St., (504) 864-8288; www.rashop.us

3. Mayan Import Co.
3000 Magazine St., (504) 269-9000; www.bigeasytobacconist.com @mayanimports


BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT

1. Katie Witry
Witry Collective; www.katiewitry.com @katiewitry

2. Kyle Moity
Coldwell Banker TEC Realtors, 103 Beau Chene Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 845-2001 @kylemoity

3. Bryan Francher and Leslie Perrin
Francher Perrin Group, 1820 St. Charles Ave., (504) 891-6400; www.francherperrin.com @francherperrin


BEST THRIFT STORE

1. Goodwill
Citywide; www.goodwillno.org @goodwillnola

2. Bloomin' Deals Thrift Shop
4645 Freret St., (504) 891-1289; www.jlno.org @jl_bloomindeals

3. Red, White & Blue
605 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, (504) 393-1072; 5728 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, (504) 733-8066; www.redwhiteandbluethriftstore.com


BEST SWEET SHOP

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1. Sucre
3025 Magazine St., (504) 520-8311; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-2277; www.shopsucre.com @sucreneworleans The sweet boutique gives new meaning to the term "eye candy" with pastry chef Tariq Hanna's confections, which are almost as lovely to behold as they are to eat. Macarons are always popular (he designs seasonal versions), as well as a host of chocolates, pastries and more.

2. Angelo Brocato
214 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-0078; www.angelobrocatoicecream.com

3. Blue Frog Chocolates
5707 Magazine St., (504) 269-5707; www.bluefrogchocolates.com @bluefrogchoc


BEST LOCALLY OWNED RECORD STORE

1. Louisiana Music Factory
421 Frenchmen St., (504) 586-1094; www.louisianamusicfactory.com @lmfnola
This local music staple recently moved from its Decatur Street location to its new larger home on Frenchmen Street, where music fans can buy the records of the artists performing only a few steps away. The store's dedicated local inventory covers all genres and is a crate digger's dream for obscure local finds and for an education on Cajun folk and the roots of R&B. Check its online calendar for free in-store performances.

2. Peaches
408 N. Peters St., (504) 282-3322; www.peachesrecordsneworleans.com

3. Euclid Records
3301 Chartres St., (504)f947-4348; www.euclidnola.com @euclidnola


BEST LOCALLY OWNED MEN'S CLOTHING STORE

1. Perlis
Jax Brewery, 600 Decatur St., Suite 104, (504) 523-6681; 1281 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 6, Mandeville, (985) 674-1711; 6070 Magazine St., (504) 895-8661; www.perlis.com @perlisclothing

2. Rubensteins
102 St. Charles Ave., (504) 581-6666; www.rubensteinsneworleans.com

3. Jeff's Haberdashery
3321 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 455-5207; 4100 Gen. DeGaulle Drive, (504) 393-7074; www.jeffshaberdashery.com


BEST PLACE TO BUY A WIG

1. Fifi Mahony's
934 Royal St., 525-4343; www.fifimahonys.com @fifimahonys
Staffed by a platoon of pastel-haired beauties who joke about being bordello co-workers in a former life, this glitter-dusted shop in a 19th-century French Quarter townhouse is home to a fantastic assortment of wigs ranging from sleek, everyday bobs (favored by customers with thinning tresses or bad hair days) to towering Technicolor bouffants festooned with mums, peacock feathers or the occasional unicorn horn. The hairpieces make ideal cornerstones for show-stopping costumes — but should the wig inventory somehow fail to inspire, custom creations are limited only by customers' imaginations (past orders range from a red Queen of Hearts bouffant to a Marie Antoinette-esque 'do topped with a miniature ship). The staff is happy to share tricks of the trade when it comes to properly wearing wigs and provides customers with equally over-the-top nails, hair, lashes and lips: the boutique also houses a hair and nail salon and offers a signature cosmetics line and fantastic accessories designed by locals.

2. Wig World
3515 18th St., Metairie, (504) 887-5353; www.wigworldonline.com

3. Uptown Costume & Dancewear
4326 Magazine St., (504) 895-7969; www.uptowncostume.com @uptowncostume


BEST PLACE TO GET WAXED

1. Earthsavers
Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 140, Metairie, (504) 835-0225; Premier Centre, 3414 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 674-1133; 5501 Magazine St., (504) 899-8555; www.earthsavers- online.com @earthsavers

2. Waxing the City
4121 Magazine St., (504) 899-1500; www.waxingthecity.com/neworleans @waxingthecity

3. Belladonna Day Spa
2900 Magazine St., (504) 891-4393; www.belladonnadayspa.com @bebelladonna


BEST SHOPPING MALL

1. Lakeside Shopping Center
3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-8000; www.lakesideshopping.com @shopatlakeside

2. The Shops at Canal Place
333 Canal St., (504) 522-9200; www.theshopsatcanalplace.com @theshopsatcanal

3. The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk
Port of New Orleans Place, (504) 522-1555; www.riverwalkneworleans.com @riverwalknola


BEST LOCALLY OWNED JEWELRY STORE

1. Mignon Faget Galleries
The Shops at Canal Place, 333 Canal St., first level, (504) 524-2973; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-2244; 3801 Magazine St., (504) 891-2005; www.mignonfaget.com @mignonfaget

2. Aucoin Hart
1525 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 834-9999; www.aucoinhart.com

3. Adler's
722 Canal St., (504) 523-5292; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 523-5292; www.adlersjewelry.com @adlersjewelry


BEST LOCALLY OWNED MATERNITY SHOP

1. Baby Bump
2917 Magazine St., Suite 102, (504) 304-2737; www.nolababybump.com @nolababybump

2. Zuka Baby
2122 Magazine St., (504) 596-6540; www.zukababy @zukababy

3. Angelique Baby
5519 Magazine St., (504) 899-8992 @angelique_kids


BEST LOCALLY OWNED WOMEN'S BOUTIQUE

1. Trashy Diva
Citywide; www.trashydiva.com @trashydiva

2. Hemline
605 Metairie Road, Suite B, (504) 309-8778; 609 Chartres St., (504) 592-0242; 3308 Magazine St., (504) 269-4005; www.shophemline.com

3. Blink
3260 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 883-8054; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-2820; 5419 Magazine St., (504) 889-4970; 70360 Highway 21, Covington, (504) 893-0003; www.shopblinkboutique.com @blinkboutiques


BEST LOCALLY OWNED SHOE STORE

1. Feet First
200 Metairie Road, Suite 102, Metairie, (504) 324-9124; 526 Royal St., (504) 569-0005; 4122 Magazine St., (504) 899-6800; www.feetfirststores.com @feetfirststores

2. Phidippides Footwear
6601 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-8900

3. Haase's Shoes and Young Folks Shop
8119 Oak St., (504) 866-9944; www.facebook.com/haases


BEST SUPERMARKET

1. Rouses
Citywide; www.shop.rouses.com @rousesmarkets
"You're either local or you're not" is a motto at Rouses, which has kept that credo in mind since its genesis in 1923 as a company that provided Louisiana produce to stores all over the country. The first Rouses grocery store opened in 1960 and the company moved into the New Orleans area in 2007 (it opened stores in Covington, Slidell and Mandeville a few years earlier). The Rouse family has focused on Louisiana-produced goods for three generations, and it also offers a wide selection of foods, beer and wine from all over the world.

2. Whole Foods Market
300 N. Broad St., (504) 434-3364; 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-8225; 5600 Magazine St., (504) 899-9119; www.wholefoodsmarket.com @wholefoods

3. Winn-Dixie
Citywide; www.winndixie.com @winndixie


BEST VAPOR SHOP

1. TIE: Calhoun Vapor
3141 Calhoun St., (504) 309-4717; www.calhounvapor.com @calhounvapor

1. TIE: Smoke Cignals
8135 Oleander St., (504) 298-3142; www.smokecignals.com

2. Vapors Inn
4439 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 265-0525; www.vaporsinnnola.com

3. Crescent City Vape
4507 Magazine St., (504) 309-8134; www.crescentcityvape.com @ccvape


BEST LOCALLY OWNED T-SHIRT STORE

1. Fleurty Girl
Citywide; www.fleurtygirl.net @fleurtygirl
With her signature flame-red hair and permagrin, Fleurty Girl owner Lauren Thom has become a local celebrity by putting other New Orleans icons on T-shirts. Thom launched her T-shirt business in 2009. Five years and one tussle with the NFL later, Thom's business has expanded to five locations offering T-shirts, accessories and enough black-and-gold gear to outfit a Who Dat army. But Fleurty Girl's charitable donations are what set the brand apart. When there's a crisis in southeast Louisiana, whether it be the BP oil disaster or a Hubig's pie factory fire, Thomas designs a T-shirt to help raise funds. The New Orleans native's passion is for her city, as a scroll through her Twitter feed will reveal (right now it's full of shoutouts to the New Orleans Saints, Sen. Mary Landrieu and the Red Dress Run). The original Fleurty Girl loves New Orleans, and New Orleans evidently loves her back.

2. Dirty Coast
329 Julia St., (504) 324-6459; 5631 Magazine St., (504) 324-3745; www.dirtycoast.com @dirtycoast

3. Storyville
Citywide; www.storyvilleapparel.com @shopstoryville


BEST PLACE TO GET A MANICURE/PEDICURE

1. Earthsavers
Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 140, Metairie, (504) 835-0225; The Premier Center, 3414 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 674-1133; 5501 Magazine St., (504) 899-8555; www.earthsaversonline.com @earthsavers

2. Serenity Spa
614 Canal St., (504) 525-5433; www.serenityspaneworleans.com

3. Amy's Nail Salon
518 Jefferson Ave., (504) 269-2822


BEST PERSONAL TRAINER

1. Nolan Ferraro
Salire Fitness, 4209 Magazine St., (504) 821-4896; www.salirefitness.com @salirefitness

2. Donald Duke
New Orleans Athletic Club, 222 N. Rampart St., (504) 524-0558; www.neworleansathleticclub.com @thenoac

3. Diane Manganello
Simply Fit Gym, 4825 Prytania St., (504) 269-9990; www.simplyfitgym.com


BEST PLACE TO GET A MASSAGE

1. Earthsavers
Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 140, Metairie, (504) 835-0225; The Premier Center, 3414 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 674-1133; 5501 Magazine St., (504) 899-8555; www.earthsaversonline.com @earthsavers

2. Belladonna Day Spa
2900 Magazine St., (504) 891-4393; www.belladonnadayspa.com

3. Massage Envy
Citywide; www.massageenvy.com @massageenvy


BEST PLACE TO TAKE A YOGA CLASS

1. Wild Lotus
4842 Perrier St.; 2372 St. Claude Ave., (504) 899-0047; www.wildlotusyoga.com @wildlotusyoga From the vibrations of your very first "Om" to a strong and active downward dog, the instructors at this Uptown and downtown yoga studio always have your back. Sean Johnson, the studio's owner and founder, and The Wild Lotus Band merge mantras with New Orleans rock 'n' roll, giving the studio extra edge as a leading voice in Kirtan music.

2. Reyn Studios: Power Yoga
725 Magazine St., (504) 717-9982; www.reynstudios.com @reynstudios

3. Swan River Yoga
2940 Canal St.; 2600 Chartres St., (504) 301-3134; 7011 St. Claude Ave., Arabi, (985) 240-9384; www.swanriveryoga.com @swanriveryoga


BEST PET BOARDING/DAY CARE BUSINESS

1. Camp Bow Wow
2731 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 891-3647; 14279 Highway 1085, Covington, (985) 892-9364; www.campbowwow.com @campbowwow

2. Zeus' Place
4601 Freret St., (504) 304-4718; www.zeusplace.com @zeusplace

3. Canine Connection
4920 Tchoupitoulas St, (504) 218-4098; www.canineconnection- nola.com @canineconnecti1


BEST PLACE TO BUY WINE

1. Martin Wine Cellar
714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, (504) 896-7300; Village Shopping Center, 2895 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 951-8081; 3500 Magazine St., (504) 894-7420; www.martinwinecellar.com @martin_wine)

2. Rouses
Citywide; www.shop.rouses.com @rousesmarkets

3. Dorignac's Food Center
710 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-8216; www.dorignacs.com @bestisbetter


BEST PLACE TO BUY A GIFT

1. Fleurty Girl
Citywide; www.fleurtygirl.net @fleurtygirl

2. Little Miss Muffin
244 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 833-6321; 766 Harrison Ave., (504) 482-8200; www.shoplittlemissmuffin.com @shopmissmuffin

3. Hazelnut
5515 Magazine St., (504) 891-2424; 2735 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 626-8900; www.hazelnutneworleans.com @bryan_batt


BEST LOCALLY OWNED LINGERE SHOP

1. Trashy Diva Lingerie
831 Chartres St., (504) 522-8861; 2044 Magazine St., (504) 522-5686; www.trashydiva.com @trashydiva When Trashy Diva owner Candice Gwinn launched her vintage clothing boutique on Decatur Street in 1996, it's unlikely she or anyone else predicted the empire it would spawn. Seven Trashy Diva boutiques now dot the New Orleans landscape, outfitting local women and shoppers from around the world with vibrant, retro-inspired frocks. The perfect underpinnings for achieving a vintage, wasp-waist look reside at Trashy Diva's specialty lingerie shop: custom steel-boned corsets, frilly petticoats, pin-up inspired bra and panty sets and thigh-high pantyhose, to name a few. The stores also host after-hours bachelorette parties and birthday parties with cupcakes, Champagne and burlesque instruction, and women can get fitted for a bra there. Though Trashy Diva's selection skews more toward theatrical '40s and '50s glam (there are more pasties than you can shake a tassel at) than neutral basics designed to disappear under a T-shirt, we suspect that's precisely why you voted it No. 1.

2. Basics Underneath
1281 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 727-9521; 5513 Magazine St., (504) 894-1000; www.basicsunderneath.com

3. TIE: Suzette's
4636 W. Esplanade Ave. Metairie, (504) 888-7722; www.suzettes.com

3. TIE: Bra Genie
2881 Highway 190, Mandeville, (985) 951-8638; www.thebragenie.com

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