Intercontinental New Orleans (444 St. Charles Ave., 525-5566; www.new-orleans.intercontinental.com) has undergone renovations and now offers a full range of food service, including breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday champagne jazz brunch at the Veranda restaurant (reservations recommended); breakfast, lunch, snacks and coffee at the Sweet Car, and drinks from 5 p.m. to midnight at Pete's Pub.
Make Up Art Cosmetic Studio & Day Spa (7736 Maple St. 862-0005) now carries Glo Mineral makeup, which heals and protects the skin with antioxidants, pharmaceutical-grade titanium and zinc, and 100 percent sunblock. Favored by beauty professionals and plastic surgeons, even people with rosacea, acne and oily skin can wear Glo Mineral without it aggravating their conditions or clogging their pores. Watch for Make Up Art's addition of another new line of makeup from J. Lo's makeup artist, Scott Barnes, in about a month.
The New Orleans Craft Mafia, 13 female artisans committed to helping New Orleans' recovery, has debuted an online store where shoppers can buy handmade products including New Orleans-inspired goods, jewelry, clothing, accessories, decorative accents and more. To view items for sale, visit www.neworleanscraftmafia.com.
Rubensteins (102 St. Charles Ave., 581-6666; www.rubensteinsfashion.com) recently was named a Style Leader by Harper's Bazaar magazine, placing the New Orleans store among the top 100 best specialty stores in America. It also was named Best of Class by Esquire magazine. The selections were made by editors of the magazines and other industry figures.
Yvonne LaFleur (8131 Hampson St., 866-9666; www.yvonnelafleur.com) has a selection of special hats for Mother's Day gifts as well as her signature floral scents that come in perfume, luxurious soaps and powders.