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BEST BICYCLE STORE

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

The 27-year-old pedaling specialist is at the intersection of the newly paved Lafitte Greenway and Jefferson Davis Parkway/Bayou St. John bike paths, and the shop allows you to test-ride bikes. The large yellow building makes Bayou Bicycles easy to find, and the 6,000-square-foot showroom ensures a good chance you'll find the bike you want among wide selections of commuters, cruisers, cyclocross, mountain, high-performance and hybrid bicycles. To seal the deal, the shop has Specialized Body Geometry Fit experts, a fancy way of saying they know how to make sure you have the most comfortable ride possible.

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

3. Gerken's Bike Shop
(2803 St. Claude Ave., 504-373-6924; www.gerkensbikeshop.com)

 

BEST JEFFERSON NEIGHBORHOOD GROCERY

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

2. Rouses
(Citywide; www.shop.rouses.com)

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

 

BEST NEW RETAIL STORE

1. TIE: Grandmother's Buttons
(2105 Magazine St., 504-249-5821; www.grandmothersbuttons.com)

TIE: Parish Ink/Red Arrow Workshop
(3926 Magazine St., Parish Ink: 504-304-0430, www.parishink.com; Red Arrow Workshop: 504-309-5304; www.redarrowworkshop.com)

2. Tubby & Coo's Mid-City Book Shop
(631 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-598-5536; www.tubbyandcoos.com)

3. Sopo
(629 N. Carrollton Ave., 504-609-2429; www.soponola.com)

 

BEST NEW ORLEANS NEIGHBORHOOD GROCERY

1. Langenstein's
(1330 Arabella St., 504-899-9283; www.langensteins.com)

2. Robert Fresh Market
(135 Robert E. Lee Blvd., 504-282-3428; 8115 S. Claiborne Ave., 504-488-0536; www.robertfreshmarket.com)

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

 

BEST LOCALLY OWNED BRIDAL SHOP

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

The modern building that houses this bridal boutique, which opened in 2004, foretells the chic and sophisticated merchandise within. The boutique offers a large and meticulously curated selection of wedding gowns, focusing on styles and dresses not found in other local boutiques. The variety includes a range of styles from traditional to Hollywood to modern.

The service is highly personalized and focused on making sure the bride finds dresses she loves for her and her bridesmaids. Don't expect Say Yes To the Dress meltdown dramas here; the shop limits the number of friends and family who can attend selection and fitting appointments. They'll even bug bridesmaids to come in for their fittings so brides don't have to. The staff also helps with accessories for the wedding party, and The Stationer is on site with paper goods.

2. Pearl's Place
(3114 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-885-9213; www.pearlsplace.com)

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

 

BEST HOTEL

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1. Windsor Court Hotel
(300 Gravier St., 504-523-6000; www.windsorcourthotel.com)

There are plenty of reasons for a local to hang out at the Windsor Court Hotel. You could be visiting an out-of-town friend in one of its 316 guest rooms, which recently underwent a $22 million restoration. Perhaps that friend has an extra key that allows you access to the rooftop saltwater pool with sweeping skyline views. Or maybe you want a staycation in a hotel with a CBD address far enough from Bourbon Street to actually feel relaxing. Then there are those who just want to play at being British royalty by taking traditional afternoon tea at Le Salon among sculptures of kings and queens on horseback.

This month, Windsor Court gives an added incentive to visit its swanky Polo Club Lounge: 50 percent of proceeds from its new Elysian Fields Forever cocktail (gin, lime juice, muddled blueberries and strawberries) benefit the St. Bernard Project.

We'll drink to that.

2. Roosevelt New Orleans
(130 Roosevelt Way, 504-648-1200; www.waldorfastoria.hilton.com/roosevelt)

3. The Ritz-Carlton New Orleans
(921 Canal St., 504-524-1331; www.ritzcarlton.com)

 

BEST NORTHSHORE NEIGHBORHOOD GROCERY

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

2. Fresh Market
(1816 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, 985-674-4105; www.thefreshmarket.com)

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

 

BEST ANTIQUES STORE

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

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

3. Dop Antiques
(300 Jefferson Highway, Building 1, 504-373-5132; www.dopantiques.com)

 

BEST BAKERY

1. La Boulangerie
(4600 Magazine St., 504-269-3777)

2. Haydel's Bakery
(4037 Jefferson Highway, 504-837-0190; www.haydel-bakery.com)

3. Maple Street Patisserie
(7638 Maple St., 504-304-1526; www.maplestreetpatisserie.com)

 

BEST SPECIALTY FITNESS CLUB

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1. Barre3
(The Paramount, 611 O'Keefe Ave., 504-371-5297; 5235 Magazine St., 504-301-3082; www.barre3.com)

There is good reason 2015 was hailed as "the year of the barre," with the workout growing in popularity in New Orleans. Barre3 is where Gambit readers like to go for classes that combine ballet barre exercises with yoga and Pilates moves. (Second place winner Pure Barre uses similar routines). The regimen may sound trendy, but it provides a surprisingly intense workout. Barre3 opened its second location in the CBD's South Market District development in May.

2. Pure Barre
(3923 Magazine St., 504-342-2208; www.purebarre.com)

3. Higher Power NOLA
(514 City Park Ave., 504-302-7497; www.higherpowernola.com)

 

BEST BARBERSHOP

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

2. Modern Men Barber Shop
(7701 Hampson St., 504-309-7103; www.modernmenbarbershop.com)

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

 

BEST DENTIST

1. Kellie Axelrad
(New Orleans Childrens Dental Center, 6264 Canal Blvd., Suite 1, 504-833-5528; www.nolachildrensdental.com)

2. Kim Tolar
(Tolar Family Dentistry, 2502 Napoleon Ave., 504-891-1880; www.tolarfamilydentistry.com)

3. Leslie Gottsegen
(2633 Napoleon Ave., 504-891-5000)

 

BEST HOSPITAL

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

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

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

 

BEST CAKE MAKER

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

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

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

 

BEST CAR DEALERSHIP

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

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

2. Lakeside Toyota
(3701 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 504-833-3311; www.lakeside-toyota.com)

3. Mercedes-Benz of New Orleans
(3727 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-456-3727; www.mbofno.com)

 

BEST LOCALLY OWNED CHILDREN'S STORE

1. Magic Box Toys
(5508 Magazine St., 504-899-0117; www.magicboxneworleans.com)

2. Pippen Lane
(2930 Magazine St., 504-269-0106; www.pippenlane.com)

3. Le Jouet
(1700 Airline Drive, Metairie, 504-837-0533; www.lejouet.com)

 

BEST CONSIGNMENT SHOP

1. Swap Designer Consignment
(3030 Severn Ave., 504-373-6051; 5530A Magazine St., 504-324-8143; 7716 Maple St., 504-304-6025; www.swapboutique.com)

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

3. Prima Donna's Closet
(927 Royal St., 504-875-4437; 1206 St. Charles Ave., 504-522-3327; www.primadonnascloset.com)

 

BEST COSMETIC SURGERY CLINIC

1. Khoobehi & Associates
(3901 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-779-5538; 4500 Magazine St., 504-304-1248; www.khoobehi.com)

2. Hedgewood Surgical Center
(2427 St. Charles Ave., 504-895-8610; www.drcalvinjohnson.com)

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

 

BEST DAY SPA

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

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

3. Belladonna
(2900 Magazine St., 504-891-4393; www.bella-donnadayspa.com)

 

BEST HAIR SALON

1. Paris Parker
(Citywide; www.paris-parker.com)

2. Blo Blow Dry Bar
(5530 Magazine St., 504-570-6101; www.blomedry.com)

3. Keith Noonan Salon
(Old Metairie Village Shopping Center, 800 Metairie Road, Suite O, Metairie, 504-482-1866; www.keithnoonansalon.net)

 

BEST DERMATOLOGIST

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

2. Deirdre Hooper
(Audubon Dermatology, 3525 Prytania St., Suite 501, 504-895-3376; www.audubondermatology.com)

3. Jessica "Coller" Ochsner
(Metairie Road Dermatology, 2323 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-831-6633; www.metairieroaddermatology.com)

 

BEST PLACE TO GET YOUR CAR FIXED

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1. Wren's Collision Center
(4321 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-895-2614; www.facebook.com/wrensfriends)

You're in a wreck — where are you taking your car? Finding a trustworthy auto shop is never an easy task, least of all when the need is unexpected and urgent. Gambit readers steer toward Wren's Collision Center on Tchoupitoulas Street. Just a few yards away from Tipitina's, the shop offers body work, collision repair and custom paint jobs out of a distinctive baby-blue building. Wren's also offers detailed repair estimates, and it's open Saturdays — because you're never more likely to be in a fender-bender than precisely when you don't have time for it.

2. Kehoe Automotive Repair
(5000 Freret St., 504-897-5050)

3. Uptown Auto Specialist
(501 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-866-8392; www.myuptownauto.com)

 

BEST GARDEN STORE

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

2. Harold's Plants
(1135 Press St., 504-947-7554; www.haroldsplants.com)

3. Urban Roots
(2375 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-522-4949; www.urban-rootsnola.com)

 

BEST DRY CLEANER

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

2. Young's
(905 Harrison Ave., 504-872-0931; 5357 Franklin Ave., 504-288-8381; 6227 S. Claiborne Ave., 504-866-5371; www.youngsdrycleaning.com)

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

 

BEST LOCALLY OWNED T-SHIRT STORE

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1. Dirty Coast
(2121 Chartres St., 504-324-6459; 5631 Magazine St., 504-324-3745; www.dirtycoast.com)

Since it opened in 2004, Dirty Coast has become a bona fide New Orleans pride movement cloaked in the guise of a T-shirt shop. "Be a New Orleanian wherever you are" is perhaps its most familiar slogan, but cleverly worded and designed shirts printed with phrases like "Save the Sazerac," "Jazz is democracy" and "Let's eat lunch and talk about dinner" convey our city's quirks without a trace of NOLA-ier-than-thou attitude.

The locally owned, designed and produced clothing brand recently launched a new store in the Marigny. "That store will host different pop-up events, and food truck nights," says Dirty Coast manager Chris Marroy. "It also is home to our 'local's corner'— highlighting unique brands and gifts born in the New Orleans area."

2. Fleurty Girl
(Citywide; www.fleurtygirl.net)

3. Storyville
(3029 Magazine St., 504-304-6209; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-266-2433; wwww.storyvilleapparel.com)

 

BEST LOCAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTION

1. Whitney Bank
(Citywide; www.whitneybank.com)

2. IberiaBank
(Citywide; www.iberiabank.com)

3. Capital One Bank
(Citywide; www.capitalone.com)

 

BEST FLORIST

1. Villere's Florist
(750 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie, 504-833-3716; www.villeresflowers.com)

TIE: 2. Harkins the Florist
(1601 Magazine St., 504-529-1638; www.harkinsneworleans.com)

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

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

 

BEST SMOKE SHOP

1. Dos Jefes
(5535 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-891-8500; www.dosjefes.com)

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

3. Up In Smoke
(2101 Maga-zine St., 504-899-0005; www.upinsmokenola.com)

 

BEST HEALTH CLUB

1. Elmwood Fitness Center
(Citywide; www.elmwoodfitness.com)

2. New Orleans Athletic Club
(222 N. Rampart St., 504-525-2375; www.new-orleansathleticclub.com)

3. Jewish Community Center
(5342 St. Charles Ave., 504-897-0143; www.nojcc.org)

 

BEST LOCALLY OWNED JEWELRY STORE

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

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

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

TIE: 3. Symmetry
(8138 Hampson St., 504-861-9925; www.symmetryjewelers.com)

 

BEST LIQUOR STORE

1. Martin Wine Cellar
(714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 504-896-7300; 3827 Baronne St., 504-899-7411; www.martinwinecellar.com)

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

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

 

BEST PERSONAL TRAINER

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

Personal trainer Diane Manganello has tried-and-true advice for clients at the private personal training studio SimplyFit: "Find something you can keep up with the rest of your life. Not something you'll do in the beginning for two months and drop out. And: eat everything in moderation." Naturally, she encourages everyone to consider hiring a trainer. "Even people who know what they are doing, it adds motivation," she says. "If [you] cannot hire a trainer, then take a group fitness class." On her own time, Manganello loves skiing and snowboarding — which, living in Louisiana, means she also enjoys travel.

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

3. Donald Duke
(New Orleans Athletic Center, 222 N. Rampart St., 504-525-2375; www.neworleansathleticclub.com)

 

BESTLOCALLY OWNED BOOKSTORE

1. Octavia Books
(513 Octavia St., 504-899-7323; www.octaviabooks.com)

2. Maple Street Book Shop
(7529 Maple St., 504-861-2105; www.maplestreetbookshop.com)

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

 

BEST HOME REMODELING COMPANY

1. Ransdell Restorations
(728 St. Philip St., 504-525-3216)

2. Parker Construction Group
(20 Fairview Court, Metairie, 504-287-1404)

3. Cain Construction & Designs
(2310 Perdido St., 504-302-1850; www.cainneworleans.com)

 

BEST LOCALLY OWNED LINGERE SHOP

1. Trashy Diva Lingerie Boutique
(712 Royal St., 504-522-8861; 2044 Magazine St., 504-522-5686; www.trashydiva.com)

2. Basics Underneath
(5513 Magazine St., 504-894-1000; www.basicsunderneath.com)

3. Bonjour Lingerie
(4214 Magazine St., 504-309-8014; www.bonjourlingerie.com)

 

BEST PLACE TO GET A MASSAGE

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

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

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

 

BEST SWEET SHOP

1. Sucre
(622 Conti St., 504-267-7098; 3025 Magazine St., 504-520-8311; Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-834-2277; www.shopsucre.com)

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

3. Bittersweet Confections
(725 Magazine St., 504-523-2626; www.bittersweetconfections.com)

 

BEST PET BOARDING/DAY CARE BUSINESS

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1. Canine Connection
(4920 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-218-4098; www.canineconnectionnola.com)

Need a play date for your dachshund, an air-conditioned playground for your Yorkie or pool time for your pooch? Gambit readers say paws down, Canine Connection offers special attention for your four-legged family members. The business provides day care with climate-controlled play areas and outdoor playgrounds with misters, canine play equipment and a doggie pool (we're not talking about a plastic baby pool). Pets can be boarded in suites (some with an outdoor patio and webcam), a cage-free area, kitty condo or in a crate. Boarded pets have access to the day-care facilities. While they're there, you can have them bathed and groomed, and pick up toys and treats at the on-site store, Canine Culture.

Canine Connection sponsors fundraising events including Barktoberfest, Dog Day Afternoon, Howling Success and Toasts & Tails benefiting local animal welfare groups. It also operates the NO Fleas Market, a resale store that donates a portion of its proceeds to local animal rescue groups and shelters.

2. Camp Bow-Wow
(2731 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-891-3647; www.campbowwow.com)

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

 

BEST REAL ESTATE AGENT

1. Ashley Lengsfield
(Latter & Blum Realtors, 2734 Prytania St., 504-444-2655; www.ashleylengsfield.latter-blum.com)

2. Katie Witry
(Gardner Realtors, 1820 St. Charles Ave., Suite 110, 504-891-6400; www.katiewitry.com)

3. Debby Valentino Counce
(Latter & Blum Realtors, 504-430-7663; www.debbycounce.latter-blum.com)

 

BEST STORE FOR VINTAGE CLOTHING

1. Funky Monkey
(3127 Magazine St., 504-899-5587; www.funkymonkeynola.com)

2. Miss Claudia's Vintage Clothing & Costumes
(4204 Magazine St., 504-897-6310; www.missclaudias.com)

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

 

BEST SUPERMARKET

1. Rouses
(Citywide; www.shop.rouses.com)

2. Whole Foods
(300 N. Broad St., Suite 103, 504-434-3364; 3420 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-888-8225; 5600 Magazine St., 504-899-9119; www.wholefoodsmarket.com)

3. Winn-Dixie
(Citywide; www.winndixie.com)

 

BEST PLACE TO BUY WINE

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1. Martin Wine Cellar
(714 Elmeer Ave., Metairie, 504-896-7300; Village Shopping Center, 2895 Highway 190, Mandeville, 985-951-8081; 3827 Baronne St., 504-899-7411; www.martinwinecellar.com)

Remember the cocktail party's golden era, lovingly depicted in Mad Men, The Astronaut's Wives Club and every other TV show that fixes its nostalgic gaze on 1950s and '60s era mid-century modern furniture, salmon molds and vodka gimlets? Martin Wine Cellar does. Opened in 1946 in one half of a double shotgun, the family-owned booze emporium overtook the whole building in the 1950s and now includes locations in New Orleans, Metairie, Mandeville and Baton Rouge.

You'll find beer, spirits, a large, well-stocked deli — and of course, wine. Hundreds of bottles cost less than $12. "If you're looking to try a few things before you buy the right bottle, Martin [Wine Cellar] has free wine tastings every Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.," says marketing manager Sarah Lisotta.

As if that wasn't enough reason to drink, Martin Wine Cellar offers 20 percent off purchases of 12 or more select bottles: the perfect excuse to throw a party (or watch one on Netflix, vino in hand).

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

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

 

BEST LOCALLY OWNED MATERNITY SHOP

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

2. Zuka Baby
(2122 Magazine St., 504-596-6540; 3248 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-407-2700; www.zukababy.com)

3. TIE: The Baby's Room
(1217 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, 504-834-8990)

TIE: Angelique Kids
(5519 Magazine St., 504-899-8992; www.angeliquekids.com)

 

BEST PLACE TO TAKE A YOGA CLASS

1. Wild Lotus
(2372 St. Claude Ave., 504-899-0047; 4842 Perrier St., 504-899-0047; www.wildlotusyoga.com)

2. Reyn Studios
(725 Magazine St., 504-522-3525; www.reynstudios.com)

3. Swan River Yoga
(2940 Canal St., 504-301-3134; Arabi Community Center, 7011 St. Claude Ave., Suite 213, 985-240-9384; www.swanriveryoga.com)

 

BEST VAPE SHOP

1. Crescent City Vape
(1224 St. Charles Ave., Suite B, 504-267-7550; 4507 Magazine St., 504-309-8134; www.crescentcityvape.com)

2. Calhoun Vapor
(3141 Calhoun St., 504-309-4717; www.calhounvapor.com)

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

 

BEST LOCALLY OWNED MEN'S 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)

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

3. Jeff's Haberdashery
(3321 Severn Ave., Metairie, 504-455-5207; Village Aurora Shopping Center, 4100 Gen. De Gaulle Drive, 504-393-7074; www.jeffs-haberdashery.com)

 

BEST LOCALLY OWNED MUSIC STORE

1. Louisiana Music Factory
(421 Frenchmen St., 504-586-1094; www.louisianamusicfactory.com)

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

3. Euclid Records
(3301 Chartres St., 504-947-4348; www.euclidnola.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)

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

3. Black & Gold Sports Shop
(2106 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, 504-834-1974; www.blackandgoldsports.com)

 

BEST LOCALLY OWNED SHOE STORE

1. Feet First
(200 Metairie Road, Suite 102, Metairie, 504-342-9124; 526 Royal St., 504-569-0005; 4122 Magazine St., 504-899-6800; www.feetfirststores.com)

2. Haase's
(8119 Oak St., 504-866-9944; www.haases.com)

3. Trashy Diva
(537 Royal St., 504-522-4233; 2048 Magazine St., 504-299-8777; www.trashydiva.com)

 

BEST PLACE TO BUY FURNITURE

1. Doerr Furniture Store
(444 Port St., 504-943-0110; 914 Elysian Fields Ave., 504-947-0606; www.doerrfurniture.com)

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

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

 

BEST THRIFT STORE

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  • Photo by Cheryl Gerber

1. Bloomin' Deals
(4645 Freret St., 504-891-1289; www.jlno.org)

As its name suggests, Bloomin' Deals offers a premier thrifting experience: an expansive new parking lot, four dressing rooms and frequent special events featuring local designers and stylists set it apart from its peers. A permanent fundraiser for the Junior League New Orleans (JLNO), Bloomin' Deals sells primarily women's clothing and professional wear, but customers also will find men's suits, school uniforms, housewares and sporting goods.

Bloomin' Deals is a great place to snag a wedding gown, offering a bridal salon of both gently used and brand-new dresses from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. "Every purchase helps others," the website says, and that's no exaggeration. Since 2007, JLNO has awarded more than $274,000 in grants to local organizations. No wonder the group's thrift store is tops in your book.

2. Goodwill
(Citywide; www.goodwillno.org)

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

 

BEST LIBRARY BRANCH

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  • Photo by Infrogmation/Creative Commons

1. Milton H. Latter Memorial Library
(5120 St. Charles Ave., 504-596-2625; www.neworleanspubliclibrary.org)

2. Jefferson East Bank Regional
(4747 W. Napoleon Ave., 504-838-1190; www.jplibrary.net)

3. Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center
(4300 S. Broad St., 504-596-2660; www.neworleanspubliclibrary.org)

 

BEST PLACE TO GET A MANICURE/PEDICURE

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

2. Serenity Nail Spa
(5227 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-895-2346)

3. Cindy's Nail Salon
(1000 S. Carrollton Ave., 504-304-3422)

 

BESTLOCALLY OWNED WOMEN'S BOUTIQUE

1. Trashy Diva
(537 Royal St., 504-522-4233; 2048 Magazine St., 504-299-8777; www.trashydiva.com)

2. Hemline
(605 Metairie Road, Suite B, Metairie, 504-309-8778; 609 Chartres St., 504-592-0242; 2891 Highway 190, Unit B3, Mandeville, 985-778-0906; 3308 Magazine St., 504-269-4005; www.shophemline.com)

3. Hattie Sparks
(714 Adams St., 504-304-5975; 939 Girod St., 504-510-5060; www.hattiesparks.com)

 

BESTSHOPPING MALL

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

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

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

 

BESTPLACE TO GET WAXED

1. Waxing the City
(Elmwood Shopping Center, 1212 S. Clearview Parkway, 504-592-7424, Suite A, 504-592-7424; 4121 Magazine St., 504-899-1500; www.waxingthecity.com)

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

3. Bombshell Waxing
(3343 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-667-6861; 5150 Highway 22, Mandeville, 985-663-1950; www.bombshellwaxing.com)

 

BEST TATTOO/PIERCING PARLOR

1. Electric Ladyland Tattoo
(610 Frenchmen St., 504-947-8286; www.electriclandylandtattoo.com)

2. Downtown Tattoos
(501 Frenchmen St., 504-266-2211; www.downtown-tattoosnola.com)

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

Best place to buy a gift

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

2. Fleurty Girl
(Citywide; www.fleurtygirl.net)

3. Hazelnut
(5515 Magazine St., 504-891-2424; www.hazelnutneworleans.com)

 

BESTPLACE TO GET PHYSICAL THERAPY

1. Magnolia Physical Therapy
(2372 St. Claude Ave., Suite 264, 504-943-8026; 2525 Jena St., 844-733-0279; 3434 Prytania St., Suite 310, 504-309-5460; 5606 Jefferson Highway, Harahan, 504-733-0254; www.magnoliatherapyla.com)

2. Ochsner Sports Medicine
(Citywide, 504-736-4800; www.ochsner.org)

3. Crane Rehab Center (101 River Road, Suite 112, Jefferson, 504-828-7696; pediatric: 8300 Earhart Blvd., Suite 100, 504-866-6990; www.cranerehab.com)

 

BESTveterinary/ animal clinic

1. Crescent City Veterinary Hospital
(524 Jefferson Ave., 504-894-0752; www.crescentcityvet.com)

2. Metairie Small Animal Hospital
(101 Metairie Road, Metairie, 504-835-4266; www.msah.com)

TIE: 3. Maple Small Animal Clinic
(7608 Maple St., 504-866-6316; www.maple-smallanimalclinic.com)

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



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