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Keys To Your Castle 

Gambit's 2012 Welcome Home Resource Guide to buying, building, remodeling or redecorating your house, lawn and garden

We live in a wonderful place for creating a home that is exactly what you want and need it to be, whether you're a first-time homebuyer, a do-it-yourself renovator or plan to build a new home. You can find businesses in the area to supply everything needed for home improvements large and small, inside and outside — from art to landscaping, custom woodwork to window shades, and lots in between. Businesses and organizations in the guide are arranged by the type of products or services rendered. There's also an alphabetical index of businesses listed and where to find their information.

Courage, homeowners. There also are lots of experts who can help you make the right choices (from paints to architectural plans) — or do the work for you. Happy home improvements!



Mayan Import Company
3000 Magazine St., (504) 269-9000; www.bigeasytobacco-
Find a range of gifts at this tobacconist, which specializes in cigars, pipe tobacco, imported cigarettes, pipes and smoking accessories. Humidified locker rentals are available.


Air Conditioning/Heating

Authentic Air LLC
207 Liza Court, Montz, (504) 421-2647;
The central air conditioning, heating and ventilation contractor installs central air-conditioning/heating systems and ductless split systems, as well as furnace and air conditioner repairs, air duct system replacement and seasonal maintenance. Its emergency repair service is available 24 hours a day.

Comfort Engineered Systems
2323 Bainbridge Road, Suite 109, Kenner, (504) 602-6648;
Comfort Engineered Systems is a full-service air-conditioning, ventilation, heating and refrigeration contractor for commercial and residential projects. The business also integrates renewable energy installation and service.

Mike Rougee Air Conditioning and Heating
1241 27th St., Kenner, (504) 441-6453;
An array of brands of residential air-conditioning, heating and ventilation equipment are available, as well as installation, maintenance and repair services. Same-day service has been standard since 1960.

Superior Aire Inc.
1100 24th St., Suite V, Kenner, (504) 465-0688
Trane and Carrier are the featured product lines at Superior Aire, which sells, installs and services high-efficiency air-conditioning and heating systems.


Antiques/ Vintage

Antiques and French Polish
505 Jefferson Ave., (504) 896-2588
Fine antiques and furniture are for sale. The business also provides French polishing services, as well as repair and restoration of all furniture.

British Antiques
5415 Magazine St., (504) 895-3716
A showplace for English, French and Asian antiques, this Uptown store offers furniture, home decor, accessories and gifts. The shop can gift wrap and ship purchases.

Bush Antiques
2109 Magazine St., (504) 581-3518;
Antique beds from the last four centuries are exhibited in vignettes throughout 12 rooms of the store. Merchandise includes continental furniture, mid-century pieces, architectural elements, ironwork, lighting and religious artifacts.

Dop Antiques
300 Jefferson Hwy., (504) 231-3397;
European antiques and decorative accessories are the main business at Dop Antiques, which receives a new container of merchandise from Europe every month. Selections include furniture, mirrors, lighting, rugs, building materials and more.

Dunn & Sonnier Antiques
2138 Magazine St., (504) 524-3235;
Dunn & Sonnier displays its offerings of antiques and objets d'art from around the world in a shop with a European atmosphere.

Loisel Vintage Modern
2855 Magazine St., (504) 899-2444;
Mid-century furnishings, accessories and lighting are available, including a large selection of designer pieces.

Magazine Antique Mall
3017 Magazine St., (504) 896-9994
One of the oldest and largest antique malls in New Orleans, this Uptown store has more than 40 vendors selling an array of items such as books, furniture, art, pottery, bric-a-brac and jewelry. Antiques from many time periods are sold.

Medium Rare
3950 Magazine St., (504) 899-2113;
There's a large selection of Mardi Gras collectibles from as early as 1905 and a collection of Victorian mourning jewelry at this multi-dealer antique, vintage and miscellany store, which also has items such as clocks, books and postcards.

Rare Finds
1231 Decatur St., (504) 568-1004;
Rare Finds specializes in small, one-of-a-kind antiques and gifts, including pottery, absinthe spoons, artwork, glassware, lamps, tin photos, books, New Orleans collectibles, jewelry and more. The store offers three-month, interest-free layaway.

Rehab Vintage Home
2855 Magazine St., (504) 899-6221
Vintage furniture, lighting and home accessories from the mid-20th century are the specialties, as well as textiles, collectible cameras, radios, vintage jewelry and more.

Silk Road Collection
4700 Tchoupitoulas St. (by appointment only), (504) 894-8540;
Antique furniture from China, Tibet and Mongolia is complemented by a range of home accessories at this warehouse and e-commerce business, which also offers custom-built furniture.

Treasures Found LLC
124 Erlanger St., Slidell, (985) 707-4805;
The Slidell shop offers a wide range of antique furniture, glassware, art, collectibles and gifts.

Architecture/Interior Design & Decorating

Ashley Hall Interiors Ltd. Inc.
832 Howard Ave., (504) 524-0196;
Since 1967, this full-service interior design firm and furniture store has provided space planning, decorating services and decor for residences and businesses. It offers one-of-a-kind accessories, lighting, furniture, rugs, custom draperies and a large selection of fabrics.

Bell Architects
755 Camp St., (504) 596-2355;
Focusing exclusively on residential properties, Bell offers a full range of architectural services for new construction and renovations.

Brian Gille Architects Ltd.
810 Union St., Suite 330, (504) 581-2220;
Historic renovations, restorations for creative reuse and new residential constructions are among the specialties of this design-oriented architectural firm. Other services include space planning, sustainable design techniques and designing outdoor living spaces.

Chet Pourciau Design
3652 Magazine St., (504) 522-2438;
The design studio and furniture boutique offers a full slate of interior decorating services including fabric selection, upholstery, staging and more. The showroom has furniture, lighting, home accessories and gifts.

Creative Spaces & Elements LLC
5418 Magazine St., (504) 621-7187;
Residential and commercial design services include space planning, interior architecture, project management and interior design. The business handles projects from design to construction and builds custom wardrobes and closets.

DesignTech Residential Planners
112 Innwood Drive, Suite C, Covington, (985) 871-7211;
Residential house plans with no wasted space is the promise of Design Tech, which has designed plans for St. Tammany Parish raffle houses for more than a decade.

Dunleith Designs
1537 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 272-0879;
Interior designer Ken Rogers brainstorms ideas with his clients, then incorporates those ideas into a decorating plan. His studio's showroom displays antiques, home furnishings a range of accessories and gifts.

365 Canal St., Suite 3150, (504) 561-8686;
Contemporary design solutions in New Orleans architecture is the focus of this firm, which also specializes in sustainability and urban planning.

Farr + Huson Architects
127 Camp St., Suite 400; (504) 525-1456
The firm of James M. Farr and Louis G. Huson has 40 years of experience in new construction, adaptive reuse, renovations and historic preservation and offers architectural design and construction documentation.

HMS Architects APC
1515 Poydras St., Suite 2680, (504) 636-3434;
Specializing in commercial projects, particularly the performing arts, the arechitectural and interior design firm offers a full range of services, including feasibility studies, planning and design, space planning, permitting, construction documents, landscape design, project management and administration, sustainable strategies, historic renovations and adaptive reuses. HMS also provides 3-D modeling, visualization and rendering for hospitality, education, industrial, health care, governmental and other projects.

Interiors & Extras
324 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 835-9902;
Complete interior design services and art consultations are available at this business, which has a showroom recently transformed into an art gallery. The business provides everything needed for home improvement projects including building materials, fabric, drapery, furniture, art and accessories.

Jahncke & Burns Architects
3516 Magazine St., (504) 899-6271;
Historic renovations and restorations, adaptive reuse and traditional and modern architectural designs are specialties of this full-service architectural firm. It also provides master planning and design services for residential and commercial projects.

John C. Bose Consulting Engineer LLC
2113 Octavia St., (504) 866-9941;
Engineering design and structural plans for new construction and renovations are available for commercial and residential clients. Restoration and renovation of historic homes is a specialty.

John C. Williams Architects LLC
824 Baronne St., (504) 566-0888;
Architecture, interior design, space planning, building evaluations, code analysis, sustainable design, historic preservation, tax credit applications and more are available from this LEED-certified firm.

Jo Ann Kostik Interior Designer LLC
(504) 832-0522
Remodeling and new construction of kitchens and baths is the focus of the design studio, which also sells bedding, flooring, wall coverings, Hunter Douglas products and custom draperies.

Lee Ali Interiors
1800 Magazine St., (504) 525-2747;
"Classical avant-garde" is how interior designer Lee Ali describes her aesthetic, and she focuses on creating interiors that are distinctive and timeless. Ali offers a full range of services, including space planning, color consultation, styling, accessorizing and selecting interior finishes. She says her experience allows her to develop a wide range of looks and work efficiently.

Lee Catchings Designs
5370 Laurel St., (504) 616-4922
Interior decorating services by Lee Catchings are available.

LuluBelle Design
4212 Magazine St., (504) 655-7579
From party planning to room makeovers and other design projects, LuluBelle works with the things a client has to achieve the the look they want. The shop also sells furniture, wall coverings, home decor, accessories, custom upholstery and drapery.

Modern Market
3138 Magazine St., Suite C, (504) 896-2206;
Architectural and interior design services are available at this modern furniture and lifestyle store, which focuses on innovative and emerging product designs.

Montgomery Roth Architecture & Interior Design
400 Poydras St., Suite 1720, (504) 568-1240;
Architecture, interior design services and purchasing products for residential and commercial projects are the firm's specialties. It works on new construction, renovations and additions.

Sherry Haydel Ltd.
350 Broadway St., (504) 866-0195;
Sherry Haydel offers interior design consultations; designs custom, one-of-a-kind and limited-edition items for homes and offices, creates decorative finishes and custom designs furniture.

Queen on the Scene
530 Huso St., (504) 312-3032
Through repurposing, Queen on the Scene helps clients save money and achieve the look they want in their home by using as many furnishings and decorative items they already have as possible. If a client needs to purchase anything, Queen on the Scene will do the shopping and charge only the amount on the purchase receipt.

Urban Architecture
125 Stafford Place, (504) 521-6171;
The full-service architecture and interior design firm provides design services for residential and commercial renovations and new construction projects. The firm employs passive sustainable practices when possible to keep construction costs as low as they can possibly be.


Art Galleries/Framing Services

Art'ique Shoppe
4818 Prytania St., (504) 891-1348
Besides art and a large selection of vintage New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival posters, this shop offers custom picture framing and custom-framed mirrors. Picture frames are custom cut and built with museum-quality mouldings in a range of styles for photographs and works of art.

Carol Robinson Gallery
840 Napoleon Ave., (504) 895-6130;
Showcasing contemporary and regional artists, this gallery offers a diverse array of art including paintings, sculpture, ceramics and art furniture.

Deity Arts of the Extreme Orient
830 N. Rampart St., (707) 480-3900;
There's a wide variety of Asian-themed merchandise from around the world, including Buddhas and sacred figures, wood and bone carvings, paintings, jewelry, shadow puppets, home decor, books and antiques. Many items are handmade and one-of-a-kind. Industry discounts are available.

Galerie Severn
3501 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-5361;
There's an extensive selection of frames at this gallery, which provides custom framing services as well as original art on canvas and paper, limited-edition artworks and more.

Heritage Scenes
1329 Apple St., Metairie, (504) 885-1329;
Prints, giclees on canvas and decorative tiles are all available with New Orleans scenes and nostalgic themes.

LeMieux Galleries
332 Julia St., (504) 522-5988;
Paintings and fine art fill the walls in this Warehouse District gallery, which has 30 years of experience. Art and framing consultations are available, as well as conservation-quality custom framing.

617 Bienville St., (504) 558-0505;
Artworks displayed at this art gallery are created by artist James Michalopoulos. The shops sells paintings, giclees, limited-edition prints, posters, books and jewelry.

Objets Trouves
3956 Magazine St., (504) 897-5066
More than 3,500 antique prints in a range of sizes are for sale at this art gallery that also offers museum-quality framing and original art. Traditional framing is available as well as frames made from reclaimed items such as window frames, tin panels and fabric.

Rodrigue Studios
730 Royal St., (504) 581-4244;
The world-famous Blue Dog resides here among a variety of canvases painted by George Rodrigue.

Teri Galleries Ltd.
3311 Severn Ave., Metairie, (504) 887-8588;
A fine art gallery with hanging art, sculpture and glass from local and international artists, this business also provides custom framing and shadow boxing. The gallery offers customers a 48-hour trial period with their purchases.


Building Materials/Supplies/Stairs

Crescent Materials Service Inc.
4830 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, (504) 733-2411;
A locally owned business since 1928, Crescent Materials distributes exterior building products, including vinyl and aluminum siding, soffit and accessories, aluminum and galvanized pre-formed gutters, asphalt/fiberglass shingles, metal and slate roofing, and aluminum and vinyl windows. (Window installation is available.) Delivery is free in the metropolitan New Orleans area.

Gabriel Building Supply
510 W. Pine St., Ponchatoula, (985) 386-3525; Family-owned and -operated since the early 1900s, Gabriel Building Supply delivers lumber and has a wide assortment of building supplies, including tools, siding and decorative hardware.

The Green Project
2831 Marais St., (504) 945-0240;
The nonprofit Green Project sells reclaimed and salvaged building materials at low prices to save usable items from being discarded in landfills. The shop usually has paint, doors, hardware, plumbing, lighting, lumber, windows, bathtubs, counters and more. The organization also hosts workshops and environmental education programs.

Liberty Lumber Yard
5383 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 899-6341
Focusing on lumber products unique to older homes, Liberty offers cypress, cedar, poplar, dry pressure-treated pine and cement-bonded wood fiber. Custom moldings and sheetrock also are available.

Orleans Habitat ReStore
2830 Royal St., (504) 943-2240;
Operated by New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, the store offers new and like-new building materials at prices 30 percent to 80 percent below retail. Materials for sale are donated by individuals, businesses and other organizations; 100 percent of the proceeds support Habitat for Humanity projects in the New Orleans area.

2189 Memorial Drive, Alexandria, (318) 448-0405;
Founded in 1923, this family-owned Louisiana company sells wood products that are grown, processed, manufactured and packaged in the state. Products include oriented-strand board, plywood, treated poles and pilings, lumber, and timbers for landscaping and other uses. Forestry management, hunting leases and real estate services also are available.

Stair Depot
1002 Third St., (504) 444-1989;
New stair parts are available, as well as construction, renovation and installation of stairs. The shop works with all types of wood and carries a full line of balusters in six colors.

West End Roofing, Siding & Windows
1420 Sams Ave., Suite 2A, Harahan, (504) 733-9799;
Windows, siding and supplies for residential and commercial roofing, building insulation and waterproofing are sold at wholesale prices. Delivery is available.


Cleaning Services/Remediation

Associated Building Services
LLC 514 Franklin Ave., (504) 265-8484;
This company provides floor care, construction clean-up, pressure washing and general contracting services to office buildings, stores, schools and casinos.

Reliable Disposal Co. Inc.
535 Iris Ave., Jefferson, (504) 835-1696
Offering maritime waste services since 1969, Reliable Disposal also provides portable toilets and holding-tank servicing and roll-off dumpster service.

Russell's Cleaning Services Inc.
3704 Robertson St., Metairie, (504) 832-1546;
In addition to clothing, Russell's cleans area rugs, wall-to-wall carpeting, draperies, upholstery and hard-surface floors. It also sells new rug pads and repairs drapery and rugs. The family-owned business uses green-cleaning processes and has an area rug cleaning plant with specialized cleaning equipment and an automated drying room.

Sam Fazio's Steam Cleaning
236 Empress Court, Madisonville, (504) 283-3000;
Exterior pressure washing and cleaning of commercial kitchen equipment and exhaust systems are the specialties of this pressure-washing and steam-cleaning company.

State Wide Tile Restoration
2115 Robert St., (504) 897-3167
Ceramic wall and floor tile cleaning and restoration services include mold and mildew remediation, removing scale and soap build-up, cleaning shower stalls and restoring or changing floor grout color.

Tech 21 LLC
301 W. Airline Hwy., Laplace, (985) 653-8185;
The mold-remediation process used by Tech 21 employs the same products used in hospitals and is safe on electronics, finished surfaces, clothes and duct work. The company deactivates mold, mold spores, hypa, mycelium, mycotoxins and other toxic compounds. Get 10 percent off remediation services if you mention this listing.

Young's Dry Cleaning
905 Harrison Ave., (504) 872-0931; 6227 S. Claiborne Ave., (504) 866-5371;
Free pick-up and delivery service is a guarantee at Young's, which also provides Oriental rug and drapery cleaning, wedding gown preservation and alterations, and salvage/cleaning of textiles damaged by fire, smoke, water or mold.



Custom Concrete LLC
3728 Charles Drive, Chalmette, (504) 453-1221;
Decorative concrete is available for pool decks, patios, driveways, garages and walks. The company can give existing, regular concrete a new finish as well.

Gator Masonry
970 S. Kenner Ave., Westwego, (504) 431-8151;
Brick, block and stone masonry work is available. The contractor specializes in fireplaces and historic masonry restoration.

Lafarge North Americ
a 3320 Airline Drive, Metairie, (504) 834-3341;
Affiliated with the largest diversified supplier of construction materials in the U.S. and Canada, Lafarge in Metairie specializes in self-consolidating concrete, colored concrete, stamp concrete and more.

Ted Johnson Tile & Stone
3508 Taft Park, Metairie, (504) 417-2697;
Masonry and tile sales, installation and repairs are personally performed and guaranteed by the owner.



A.T.H. Contractors Inc.
3400 Monticello Ave., (504) 309-8894
The general contractor has more than 25 years of experience in renovating and painting historic residences in New Orleans, as well as building additions onto houses.

Bastion Works LLC
2111 S. Gayoso St., (504) 975-1667;
Renovation and restoration of historic homes are the specialties of this design and build company. Bastion Works offers bathroom and kitchen remodeling, small repairs, remodeling and rehabilitation of whole structures.

Build Now
5713 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 373-6962;
Working with clients by navigating paperwork and financing and creating floor plans, the nonprofit general contractor constructs energy-efficient homes with elements of classic New Orleans architecture.

CS & Associate
s 7136 Washington Ave., (504) 484-0575;
The 20-year-old locally owned firm focuses on commercial contracting and construction management, assisting property owners before, during and after a project is completed.

Crescent City Builders LLC
(504) 708-4144
Custom-built homes, renovations and commercial construction are available as well as custom built items for home interiors.

Fastway Drywall and Renovations LLC
1324 Gardenia Drive, Metairie, (504) 905-8239
Residential and commercial construction and home improvements are performed from start to finish. The company specializes in historic renovation, but provides new construction services as well.

Green Coast Enterprises LLC
4164 Canal St., (504) 281-4372;
This real estate developer offers project management, energy-efficient consulting, urban infill and hazard-resilient and green housing.

Guidry Custom Homes Inc.
308 Rio Vista Ave., (504) 613-8209;
Guidry will design and build you a custom home, or construct a new residence from your plans or Guidry's, and the firm promises to stick to the price it quoted.

HMD Contracting LLC
(504) 481-1643
A full range of renovation and new construction services are available through this company.

Husbands for Hire Construction
168 Winnona Drive, Avondale, (504) 401-0343;
Renovations, additions and emergency repairs are a few of the services this handyman-for-hire business provides.

Kerby & Company LLC
2020 Baronne St., (504) 523-6447;
This general contractor performs renovations, remodeling and carpentry, with a specialty in historic buildings.

LA Design and Build
514 Franklin Ave., (504) 218-4918
New construction, remodeling, rebuilding and gutting are services of this Bywater company.

L and K of Louisiana LLC
4149 Ireland St., Bay St. Louis, Miss., (504) 432-3759;
This modular home company develops turnkey building projects on custom-built homes and camps.

New Orleans Roofing & Metal Co.
3806 Orleans Ave., (504) 482-1694
In business for a century, New Orleans Roofing and Metal can replicate the craftsmanship used in years past. It specializes in metal manufacturing using copper, stainless and galvanized steels to make products such as stove vents, chimney caps, back splashes and bar tops.

Omni Builders Inc.
602 N. Cortez St., (504) 236-0076;
Full design services are available from this custom home builder.

PAR Contractors Inc.
4344 Earhart Blvd., Suite E, (504) 304-2342;
A general contractor, PAR can handle renovations or new construction from beginning to end.

Paddison Builders and Associates
3200 Andover St., Suite A, Jefferson, (504) 836-0465;
With more than 30 years of experience in construction, Paddison specializes in restoration, renovation, preservation and lead paint removal. It also has a milling shop.

Phipps Enterprises LLC
3217 Florida Ave., Suite C, Kenner, (504) 273-0272;
The Rockford Steel building dealer provides renovations, additions and new construction for residential and commercial clients.

Reliable Home Services LLC
9021 Camille Court, River Ridge, (504) 737-7220;
The owner supervises and inspects all jobs performed by his home improvement business, including roofing, siding, decks, fences, remodeling and home repairs.

Renovate Inc.
824 24th St., Kenner, (504) 464-4700;
A residential and commercial contractor specializing in new construction, remodeling, accessibility modifications and repurposing, this firm assists homeowners with all aspects of construction including planning, cost estimation and regulatory compliance.

Terry Tedesco Homebuilders
7913 Maple St., (504) 324-8841;
General contractor and construction services include new construction and renovations with an emphasis on New Orleans styles.



Crescent Door & Hardware Inc.
800 Hickory Ave., Suite B, Harahan, (504) 486-9724
Custom consultations are available, and there's a large showroom featuring doors and upscale residential hardware from Baldwin, Emtek, Rocky Mountain, Bouvet, Colonial Bronze, Fusion Hardware, Bravura Brass, Ives, Grant, National Guard, Omnia Industries and Von Morris.


Electricians/Solar Power

Sader Power Enterprises LLC
234 Harbor Circle, (504) 304-7015;
Sader power will install a 4.32-kilowatt solar array on a home for $45 a month instead of requiring homeowners to pay the cost of the system up front.



Cushions Etc.
602 Metairie Road, Suite C-W, Metairie, (504) 837-6811
This 22-year-old business specializes in high-density foam and custom covers. Foam can be cut to size or custom-ordered. Mattress slabs, feather or down pillows, bolsters, wedges and upholstery supplied for sofas, chairs, boats and RVs are available.

Foucheaux's Upholstering Co. Inc.
822 Piety St., (504) 944-5121
Antique reupholstering is the specialty, but the business performs all kinds of reupholstering and offers fabrics, foam cushions, pillows, seat pads and minor furniture repairs.

Promenade Fine Fabrics
1520 St. Charles Ave., (504) 522-1488
High-end European fabrics made from natural fibers, as well as French and Swiss ribbon and lace, European buttons in stone, horn, glass and mother of pearl as well as other sewing notions are stocked in this shop. Wool, linen, seersucker, cotton, silk and other fabrics are available from designers including Chanel, Carolina Herrera, Armani, Valentino, Alexander Wang, Oscar de la Renta and others.



ADS Flooring LLC
3333 Division St., Metairie, (504) 887-6313;
A wide variety of flooring materials is available, including carpeting, natural stone, wood and laminates. ADS Flooring specializes in unique accent tiles for back splashes, bathrooms and other areas.

A-Mar Interiors Inc. Abbey Floors
1515 Westbank Expwy., Westwego, (504) 340-5000;
There's a complete line of residential and commercial flooring products, including wood floors, ceramic and vinyl tile, laminates, carpeting and area rugs. The business also sands and refinishes wood floors and offers sales and installation of interior design products such as blinds, wallpaper, drapery and tile countertops and back splashes.

Acadian Flooring America
201 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, (504) 378-1717; 1005 Cambridge Drive, Laplace, (985) 652-8500; 5140 Lapalco Blvd., Marrero, (504) 266-0827;
Flooring sales and installation are the specialties, with a large selection of ceramic and porcelain tiles, as well as carpets and wood, laminates and vinyl flooring. The design center offers installation of custom showers and back splashes and gives customers a lifetime installation warranty. In-house designers are available to help plan a kitchen or bath. In-home estimates are free.

Acadian Flooring Design Center
1581 N. Hwy. 190, Covington, (877) 914-4557;
See description for Acadian Flooring America

Acadian Factory Direct Flooring
1910 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 464-0614; 7300 Westbank Expwy., Marrero, (504) 340-2414;
See description for Acadian Flooring America

Athens Flooring & Remodeling
5616 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, (504) 733-0123;
Flooring, countertops, wall tiles, cabinet hardware, mosaics and solar panels are among items for sale. The shop also offers a wealth of decorating ideas, and will help find items not in stock. Volume discounts and contractor discounts are available.

B&B Warehouse LLC
300 Jefferson Hwy., Suite 304, Jefferson, (504) 838-0009;
B&B describes itself as a one-stop shop for all types of flooring at discounted prices, and it also is a full-service storage facility that also provides a shipping and receiving location. Flooring materials include carpeting, padding, tile, wood, vinyl and laminates and include lines from all major brands. Most items are in stock; special orders take two-to-four days.

Bokaei Rug Gallery LLC
2727 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 846-8098;
Oriental rugs are the specialty at Bokaei, and the showroom has a wide variety of styles. The shop also offers, cleaning, repair and restoration services.

Classic Flooring, Paint and Decorating Inc.
2017 Williams Blvd., Kenner, (504) 466-0431;
For more than 30 years, Classic has provided flooring, window coverings and paint for sale. It also installs all types of flooring, blinds and window coverings, and offers paint by Devoe, Mythic and Ralph Lauren.

Emser Tile
5445 Powell St., (504) 733-0772;
Emser tile is one of the largest privately held producers of flooring materials in the country. It offers tile, natural stone, glass and metal flooring products, as well as special programs to help dealers, builders, contractors, architects and designers realize their visions.

Floor & Decor Design Gallery
2801 Magazine St., (504) 891-3005;
Hard-surface flooring available here includes a wide range of materials in stock, including marble, travertine, slate, granite, ceramic, porcelain, glass, hardwood, bamboo and laminate. Complimentary design services are available. The shop also specializes in decorative tiles from Ken Mason, Alys Edwards, Bon Ton Tile Artistry, Ceramic Tile Trends and more. There also is a large selection of reclaimed hardwood.

Grout Works LLC
2619 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 309-2509;
Specializing in grout color sealing, this company will return the color of customers' grout to the original shade or change its color permanently, giving the floor a new look without having to get it completely redone.

Marrero Floor Covering
521 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, (504) 347-7225
Marrero Floor Covering has employed the same floor installation specialist for the past 40 years and prides itself on free estimates and measurements. Carpet, sheet vinyl, vinyl-reinforced tile, laminate, wood, ceramic and porcelain tile floors are installed by the company.

Maximilian's International Showrooms
8600 Oak St., (504) 899-1115
Oriental rugs in more than 3,000 designs are available here, ranging from machine-woven to investment-quality.

Modern Flooring & Interiors
3619 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 488-1364;
A wide range of flooring is available, as well as professional installation. The shop also sells furniture and drapery, and offers design services.

Peel & Company
901 Labarre Road, Suite 102, Metairie, (504) 831-4648;
Peel & Company manufactures and imports hand-woven rugs and pillows in a range of color palettes. Rugs are made of 100 percent wool.

Specialty Carpet Workroom LLC
560 Brooklyn Ave., Jefferson, (504) 831-3313
Flooring is sold and installed by this company, including synthetic and natural-fiber carpets and custom area rugs made with wool, sisal and seagrass. The workshop fabricates area rugs, including binding, serging and specialty edge finishes. Installation services available.

We'll Floor You
(504) 481-1643
Flooring installations and repairs are offered, as well as kitchen and bathroom remodeling.


Foundation Repairs/Shoring

Abry Brothers Inc.
(504) 488-2671;
In business for 172 years, Abry Brothers provides foundation repairs, elevations, leveling and shoring for residential and commercial buildings.

Gurtler Bros. Consultants Inc.
622 City Park Ave., (504) 486-8500;
Home inspections, especially foundation and structural inspections, and environmental services are specialties at this engineering firm. Environmental services include mold inspection, contaminated drywall screenings, lead screenings and thermography. Gurtler also offers estimating services, deficiency inspections and insurance inspections as well as engineering services.


Furniture/Home Decor
(Also see Interior Design category)

2114 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 266-2135;
Complimentary design services are available at this home furnishings store. There are designer lines and furniture, decorative accessories, lighting, rugs and gifts.

Agora Galleries
2240 Magazine St., (504) 525-2240;
About 25 local dealers and designers and dozens of local artists sell their wares at this home decor, art and gift gallery. Shoppers will find antiques, fine art, lighting, clocks, candles, porcelain, china, silver, glassware, mirrors, furniture, jewelry, vintage handbags and more.

Billes Partners LLC
1055 St. Charles Ave., Suite 220, (504) 301-1622;
Focusing on all aspects of construction, the firm assists clients with planning, graphic design, project development, architecture and interior design. Being savvy in both small, single building projects and large, integrative project is something the company shares with pride.

Bluebag LLC
651 Richard St., (888) 622-8202;
Interior design and planning, home furnishing sales, assembly and installation are available at this 4,000-square-foot showroom, which features IKEA products including kitchens, bathrooms, closets, office accessories, organization solutions and furniture for the living room, dining room and bedroom.

Boesch & Company
1403 S. Broad St., Suite 42, (504) 373-6857;
Handcrafted furniture of all types is built at this company, which has been using antique wood and salvaged architectural items to fashion its creations for 20 years. Custom kitchen and bath cabinets, media units and and all types of furniture are available.

Broad Warehouse Furniture
119 N. Galvez St., (504) 484- 0903;
Financing, delivery and set-up are available from this low-cost furniture store. Bedroom sets, mattresses, dinette sets, bar sets and children's furniture are among the store's most prevalent purchases.

C/F Liquidators
501 N. Jefferson Davis Pkwy., (504) 482-6851
New bedding and pre-owned furniture are the staples, including all types of household and office furniture, items for restaurants, rental units and more. The business purchases household items from estates to provide its customers with unique pieces and sells furnishings from local hotels when they remodel their rooms.

Cameron Jones
1305 Decatur St., (504) 524-3119
Furniture from all over the world is displayed in this French Quarter home decor gallery. Products include contemporary accent furniture, a large variety of bar stools, lighting, local art, one-of-a-kind pottery by Kate Tonguis, mobiles by George Ufford, as well as custom furniture, lighting and rugs.

Christian Street Furniture
3029 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 841-3332;
Handcrafted furniture is available in a choice of 100 finishes, and there's an array of 500 upholstery fabrics. There also is a variety of other quality home furnishings.

Compass for Kids
1817 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 828-5437;
Youth and juvenile furniture is the speciality, with bedroom furniture options for babies through college-age kids. There are bunk beds; trundle beds; daybeds; regular beds in full, queen and king sizes; and specialty beds. There also is furniture for study and storage as well as decorative accessories.

Compass Furniture
5025 Bloomfield St., Jefferson, (504) 733-4641;
You'll find full lines of furniture and accessories in a range of prices for bedrooms, living rooms, home offices and dining rooms. There also are entertainment centers and mattresses. The business is locally owned and offers next-day delivery and a range of financing options.

Crescent City Auction Gallery
1330 St. Charles Ave., (504) 529-5057;
This full-service estate and antique auction gallery concentrates on local estates, fine art, bric-a-brac, pottery, silver, jewelry, art glass, furniture, lighting, Oriental carpets and more. Operators have more than 40 years of experience in the auction business.

Eclectic Home
8211 Oak St., (504) 866-6654
The home furnishings boutique has furnishings from a variety of sources and in a range of styles. Products and services include furniture, lighting, case goods, upholstery, rugs and an array of decorative accessories.

Estate Treasures
LLC 2014 Magazine St., (504) 679-6600
Furniture, home decor, art, vintage items, antiques, pianos and more are available at this consignment shop.

Estella's Home
601 Frisco Ave., Metairie, (504) 833-8884
Furniture, lamps, home decorating accessories, art, picture frames, candles and a host of gifts are available.

Fitness Expo
4124 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 887-0880; 2639 N. Causeway Blvd., Mandeville, (985) 624-9990
Exercise equipment for the home is sold here, and the staff adjusts the equipment so it fits each customer. The showroom offers brands including Precor, LifeCore, PaceMaster, ElliptiGo and many others. The store also sells to commercial facilities.

Goodwill Retail Stores & Donation Centers
3400 Tulane Ave., (504) 456-2622;
Furniture, housewares, electronics, clothing and other items are available from this thrift store and donation center dedicated to helping people with disabilities and other disadvantages.

Greg Arceneaux Cabinetmakers Inc.
17319 Norwell Drive, Covington, (985) 893-8782;
Custom designs and antique restoration are available at this business, which has offered hand-crafted furniture for 32 years. Artisans build furniture in early Creole and Acadian designs using 18th-century joinery and solid indigenous wood from Louisiana.

Gordon's of Metairie
725 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 837-9416;
There's a large selection of furniture and decorative accessories here, as well as custom framing, florals, and seasonal décor.

Heirloom Furnishings
1400 St. Charles Ave., (504) 671-8298;
Unique items from a variety of eras is available at this upscale consignment shop. The shop offers furniture, art, rugs, lighting, china, crystal and decorative accessories.

Hurwitz Mintz Furniture Company LLC
1751 Airline Drive, Metairie, (504) 378-1000;
The showroom at this business, which started in 1923, offers 125,000 square feet of displays showing furniture and accessories from bedroom and living room furniture to leather goods, contemporary styles, bedding, reclining furniture, home office items, Oriental rugs, carpet and drapery. Interior design services also are available. Hurwitz Mintz is the exclusive Thomasville dealer in New Orleans.

La-Z Boy Furniture Galleries
31 Park Place, Covington, (985) 875-9808; 3232 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 837-7500;
In addition to the recliners for which La-Z Boy is known, the furnishings store houses sofas, sectionals, loveseats, sleepers, non-reclining chairs, tables and ottomans, including many products by Hammary and Kincaid.

Miss Smarty Pants
5523 Magazine St., (504) 891-6141;
New Orleans-centric gifts are a specialty at this boutique. Jewelry, candles, home decor, personalized items and more are available.

Nadeau-Furniture with a Soul
2728 Magazine St., (504) 891-1356;
A furniture company which sells a rotating stock of more than 6,000 styles of handcrafted, never mass-produced hardwood furniture, Nadeau-Furniture with a Soul imports wholesale-priced furniture from India and Indonesia.

Oops Decor
1119 Josephine St., (504) 528-2216;
Designer home consignments at this home decor boutique means shoppers can choose from one-of-a-kind items as well as antiques, art deco and contemporary styles of furniture, art, lighting, curtains, pillows and other home accessories.

Pelican Thrift and Furniture
4045 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 483-9996
New and used furniture, antiques, vintage pieces, decorative accessories, TVs, appliances, artwork, vintage glass and fashion items can be found at this resale shop and thrift store.

Renaissance Interiors
2727 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, (504) 454-3320;
Furniture and home accessories are sold on consignment, with merchandise including antiques, a range of furniture, art, rugs, lamps, china, silver and unique one-of-a-kind items. The store's inventory changes constantly, and the prices of items are reduced the longer an item remains at the store.

Shop of the Two Sisters
1800 Magazine St., (504) 525-2747;
Customers can shop for a range of items under one roof, including furniture, fine art, mirrors, chandeliers, sconces, lamps, area rugs, upholstered items and a host of many decorative accessories.

Spruce Eco-Studio
2043 Magazine St., (504) 265-0946;
Interior design services are available at this sustainable decor and furnishings store that also offers custom upholstery, drapes, wallpaper and color consultations. Products include one-of-a-kind handmade items and home decor including fireplaces, bedding, garden supplies, tabletop items and gifts.

Tara Shaw Ltd.
1240 Camp St., (504) 525-1131;
One-of-a-kind antiques are available as well as hand-carved and hand-painted reproduction furniture, art and home accessories.

UP/Unique Products
2038 Magazine St., (504) 529-2441;
Eco-aware lighting, home decor, design and installation services are available, including custom lighting. All items sold here are made by local artists using environmentally friendly elements.


Furniture Restoration & Repairs

Driscoll Antiques, Restoration and Design
8500 Oak St., (504) 866-7795;
The business uses 18th- and 19th-century techniques and materials to repair and restore antique and heirloom furniture, which it sells in its showroom. Driscoll also offers design consultations, upholstery services, window treatments, space planning and color consultations.

Tuscany Design Center
1510 Woodland Hwy., Belle Chasse, (504) 433-0797
Repairing and creating custom plaster mouldings and medallions and designing cornices for window treatments are the specialties at Tuscany Design Center. The company also provides Italian fabrics, custom drapery and furniture restoration.

Unique Furniture Inc.
2300 Fourth St., Harvey, (504) 367-2268
The third-generation family-owned company strips, repairs and refinishes furniture, performs cane and rush work and upholstery and has a wide range of fabrics from which to choose.


Grills/Outdoor Kitchens
Also see Landscaping

2626 Music St., (504) 943-0853; Specializing in gas grills, ADGAS sells, installs and services gas barbecue grills and outdoor kitchens.



United Hardware
735 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 949-4121
Do-it-yourselfers (and contractors) will find hardware for shutters and a range of rebuilding projects, as well as plumbing supplies, locks, glass, tools, nails and screws, plant seeds and gardening supplies.


Homeowner Services

Green Light New Orleans
8203 Jeannette St., residential: (504) 324-2429; commercial: (504) 342-4966;
The largely volunteer-supported Green Light New Orleans installs energy-efficient light bulbs for greater New Orleans area residents and East bank businesses free of charge. The nonprofit bears the distinction of being the largest CFL (compact fluorescent lamp/light) direct installation program in the United States.

Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans
2424 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, (504) 837-2700;
The local trade association is dedicated to providing affordable, quality housing. The association endeavors to educate the public about the goals of the homebuilding industry and the association, and promotes ethical and professional standards within the industry. More than 900 members representing a variety of facets of the industry belong to the association.

Lakeview Appraisal Service LLC
(504) 284-3445; www.-lakeview-
High-quality value estimates performed on a variety of properties in the New Orleans area are the forte of this residential real estate appraiser, which has 20 years of experience.

Preservation Resource Center
923 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 581-7032;
The nonprofit organization was founded in 1974 to promote the preservation, restoration and revitalization of New Orleans' historic architecture and neighborhoods. The group provides resources, education and advice for people seeking to buy and renovate historic properties. It has a deconstruction and salvage program and operates a retail store that sells reclaimed historic building materials. The PRC also hosts workshops, homebuyer training sessions and tours that allow prospective renovators to see projects in progress.

Rebuilding Together New Orleans
923 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 581-7032;
The nonprofit program of the Preservation Resource Center, Rebuilding Together New Orleans was established in 1988 to rebuild and renovate homes for low-income homeowners. After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the organization focused on renovating and rebuilding storm-damaged homes for residents displaced by the storms. Services include painting, repairs, electrical and plumbing projects, flooring, installation of windows and doors, hanging sheetrock, making buildings accessible to the handicapped and more. It also deconstructs and salvages architecturally significant building materials from blighted homes.

Two Men and a Truck New Orleans
1813 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 570-6683;
The company moves all types of household goods.


Information Technology/Electronics

Bellwether Technology Corporation
525 St. Charles Ave., Suite 400, (504) 588-2000;
Bellwether offers information technology consulting and management services, including network monitoring and support, cloud computing, hosting, hosted exchange email, disaster recovery and business continuity plans, on-site support, a help desk, application development and more. It also has a state-of-the-art network operations center with a large technical staff located in New Orleans.



Green Apple Foam Insulation Inc.
25 Papworth Ave., Metairie, (504) 258-2464;
Using only nationally-recognized products with lifetime warranties from major manufacturers such as Bayer, Burton and Dow, this company installs both open- and closed-cell spray foam insulation, which saves energy and gives homeowners a substantial return on investment.

NOLA Insulation LLC
3505 N. Woodlawn Ave., (504) 915-0404;
Clients are afforded several insulation choices including spray foam, cellulose, blown-in attic and fiberglass batts. Members of the NOLA Insulation crew have more than 30 years of experience in the construction business, with over 15 of those years spent installing insulation.

RetroFitz Insulation & Home Weatherization
(504) 444-6994;
Energy efficiency is key at RetroFitz, which offers spray foam and cellulose insulation, weatherization, solar panels, geothermal and solar water heating systems.



BD Kitchen Company
7350 Jefferson Hwy., Baton Rouge, (225) 929-6070;
At this gourmet kitchen store, customers will find bakeware and all types of kitchen tools and accessories from makers including Le Creuset, Breville, Krups, Wusthof Cutlery and USA Pan. The store offers cooking classes and cooking events.

Barto Appliances
1400 Airline Drive, Metairie, (504) 831-2734;
There's a large showroom in Barto's 25,000-square-foot warehouse, which houses a host of kitchen appliances and air conditioners. Brands include Electrolux, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Amana, Danby and Friedrich.

Cabinets By Design
5201 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 899-2300;
The cabinet showroom and appliance dealer offers design services from beginning to end for the home and office using WoodMode, Brookhaven Executive and MidContinent Cabinetry. There also is a wide variety of appliances, plumbing fixtures, decorative tiles and hardware.

Cameron Kitchen & Bath Designs
8019 Palm St., (504) 486-3759
Certified kitchen and bath designer Gerald Johnson has 40 years of experience in the field. The company designs, furnishes and installs components for kitchens and bathrooms, including cabinets, appliances, fixtures, countertops and more.

Classic Cupboards
5809 River Oaks Road S., Harahan, (504) 734-9088;
Kitchen designers are available to help with custom cabinetry, appliances, countertops, tile and hardware. Product lines include Brookhaven, Downsview, Mouser and Wood-Mode cabinetry and Sub Zero, Wolf, Dacor, Miele, Hoshizaki and Sharp, Vent-a-Hood, Asko, Liebherr and Jenn-Air appliances.

Classic Kitchens Etc. Ltd.
4306 Waverly St., Metairie, (504) 456-1000;
Kitchen and bath design and installation are among the services offered. The business produces all-wood cabinets for the kitchen and bathroom and sells countertops and appliances.

Killeen Group Construction
626 Adams St., (504) 810-5346;
Kitchen and bathroom remodeling are the specialties, but this firm performs residential and commercial construction and remodeling. Products and services include wood and tile flooring, painting, trim carpentry, siding, roofing and concrete projects.

Loubat Foodservice Equipment
4141 Bienville St., (504) 482-2554;
Customers will find wholesale pricing on restaurant and cooking supplies at this business, which is open to the public. Products include pots, pans, cutlery, china, glassware, flatware, appliances, kitchen gadgets and more.

Nordic Kitchens and Baths Inc.
1818 Veterans Memorial Blvd., (504) 888-2300;
Luxury cabinets and high-end appliances are available at this retail kitchen and bath designer and dealer. Products by names such as Viking, Sub-Zero and Gaggenau are featured.

Singer Kitchens
231 N. Carrollton Ave., (504) 486-0067; 1581 N. Hwy. 90, Covington, (985) 893-8979; 1818 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey, (504) 297-1644; 4704 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 885-9880;
Since 1929, family-run Singer Kitchens has helped customers lay out and renovate kitchens, bathrooms and closets. Consultation and design services are always free, and the company specializes in renovating rooms for clients with limited mobility.

Southern Refinishing LLC
708 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, (504) 348-1770;
Bathroom and kitchen refinishing services include reglazing of tubs, sinks, floors and walls. Faux granite products, chip repair on all surfaces, tub and shower conversions and crack repairs on fiberglass also are available.

V.I.P. Kitchens LLC
141 W. Harrison Ave., Suite C, (504) 324-7930;
Custom cabinetry in styles ranging from traditional to contemporary is available, as well as butcher block, quartz, granite and stainless steel countertops. Gourmet kitchen designs for home cooks are a specialty.



All Decked Out
(504) 481-1643
Although specializing in building decks, this company builds porches, mailboxes, sheds, arbors and garages. Exterior renovations and repairs are also available.

All Terrain Landscape and Irrigation LLC
4720 Henican Place, Metairie, (504) 885-3091
All Terrain architects and contractors design, construct and maintain landscaping and irrigation. It also installs subsurface drainage, landscape lighting, grass sod and seasonal bed displays.

Big Easy Palms & Landscaping LLC
12310 I-10 Service Road, (504) 241-8786
The company stocks more than 25 types of palm trees and offers a full range of landscaping services, including weeding, fertilizing, landscape design and installation, irrigation, tree removal, retaining wall construction, sod installation, mowing, trimming and more.

Clean Cut Lawn Service LLC
1040 Pacific Ave., (504) 361-4697
Lawn maintenance, grass cutting and landscaping services are available.

The Cracked Pot Garden Center
10363 E. Airline Hwy., St. Rose, (504) 466-8813;
A full-service garden city and landscaping company, Cracked Pot also offers lunch specials and specialty sandwiches prepared by a Cordon Bleu chef. Products include plants, mulch, pottery, color bowls, irrigation systems and more.

Delta Sod
662 Central Ave., Jefferson, (504) 733-0471
Grade A sods are available for St. Augustine, centipede, Bermuda and Zoysia grasses. The business also offers cypress, pine straw and pine hardwood mulches, garden soil and sand. There's a short delivery turnaround on orders.

Dunn & Sonnier Flowers
2138 Magazine St., (504) 524-3235;
This florist specializes in personal service and creative floral designs for special events including weddings, parties, dinners and more. The shop uses high-quality fresh flowers.

Exterior Designs Inc.
2903 Octavia St., (504) 866-0276;
After a consultation with the design team, clients can expect personalized assistance with all aspects of exterior design, including space planning, party planning, off-street parking, garden maintenance, pools and driveways.

Freret Garden Center
5007 Freret St., (504) 895-3022
There are chemicals, plants, pots, soil, mulch and seeds for the green thumbs and lawn maintenance, landscaping, irrigation, landscape lighting and hydroseeding for the black thumbs. The store also boasts a collection of unusual plants and pots.

The Garden Gates
2918 Metairie Road, (504) 833-6699; Including wares from Bella Notte Linens, Fermob and locally owned tascPerformance, this lifestyle store offers home and garden décor, outdoor furnishing and gifts. Two full-time landscape architects are always on-site to help customers plan outdoor spaces.

Green Parrot Nursery
201 Nashville Ave., (504) 894-1100;
The plant nursery and garden center offers landscaping, lawn maintenance and fresh plants, all of which are grown locally. The shop also offers organic soils, fertilizers and pesticides. A licensed horticulturist is on staff to answer gardeners' questions.

Green Way Lawn Maintenance
12250 River Road, St. Rose, (504) 469-4424 or (985) 764-8280
Lawn maintenance for residential, light industrial and commercial property from this family-owned business includes mowing, edging, trimming, sprinkler systems, lighting, tree and debris removal, Bobcat and Bush Hog services.

Iris Floral Design Studio
2306 Short St., (504) 304-4966;
The brainchild of Nicole Chauvin and Emma and Renee Freeman, Iris provides floral arrangements for homes, weddings and other events.

Jefferson Feed, Pet & Garden Center
4421 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, (504) 733-8572;
Open since 1950, Jefferson Feed stocks its 24,000-square-feet store with lawn and garden supplies, fresh green grass sod, plants, soils and mulches, fountains and ponds, natural pet foods, flea and tick control and more. The business will deliver sod and garden products.

Landscape Images Ltd.
655 Central Ave., Jefferson, (504) 734-8380;
The design, build and full-service landscape company offers a wide range of services, including irrigation installation, farm-grown trees and shrubs, bedding plants, landscape lighting, drainage and ecological paving alternatives.

Palm Garden Depot
351 Hickory Ave., Harahan, (504) 305-6170;
Exotic palm trees and tropicals are the specialties at this nursery and landscaping company. It also provides irrigation and lighting systems, hardscapes and landscaping maintenance for commercial and residential properties. Estimates are free.

Perino's Garden Center
3100 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-7888;
Plants at this full-service garden center are grown in Perino's greenhouses. The shop also offers a full range of gardening supplies and accessories, patio and outdoor furniture and uncommon home decor.

Peter Raarup Landscape Design
4522 Coliseum St., (504) 899-0124;
Custom landscape architecture, plant installation and maintenance are available as well as outdoor design and build services.

The Plant Gallery
9401 Airline Drive, (504) 488-8887;
The full-service garden center includes a greenhouse, a wide range of flowers and other plants, a florist, landscape design and installation services, maintenance, plant rentals and plants for special events. The showroom also offers decorative accessories for the garden and home as well as gifts.

Sun Tropic Landscapes and Garden
1502 Engineers Road, Belle Chasse, (504) 392-3639;
This garden design company's staff includes a landscape contractor, horticulturalist, landscape architects and a florist. Sun Tropic can create outdoor lighting and kitchens, ponds and waterfalls, and tropical plants and trees.

Sunken Gardens
5590 Canal Blvd., (504) 265-0725;
This nursery, florist and gift shop offers, fresh flowers, tropical plants, bedding plants and shrubs, as well as gifts made by local artists. The shop also delivers.

Swanson's Lawn & Maintenance
3944 Peters Road, Harvey, (504) 367-2339;
This landscape contractor can fill a homeowners' outdoor needs, including water features, fencing, decking, landscaping, lighting, natural stone projects, lighting, pond products and maintenance.

Tree Man Inc.
201 Delacroix Road, (504) 394-4207;
A licensed arborist presides over this company which has specialized in complete tree care for more than 40 years. Fertilizing, pruning, disease diagnosis, termite treatment, lightning protection, tree removal and stump grinding are offered.

Trinity Design Group LLC
(985) 231-7517;
A full-service landscape design firm, Trinity offers master planning, landscape architecture, site planning and development of entrances and outdoor features.

Urban Organics
2805 St. Charles Ave., (504) 352-4709;
Organic garden supplies and hydroponic products are available at Urban Organics, including organic fertilizers, pest control and hydroponic gardens.

Urban Roots Garden Center
2375 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 522-4949;
Herbs, vegetables, trees, shrubs, bedding plants, pots, ground cover, color bowls, soil and mulch are available at this garden center, which specializes in small-space gardening.

Vista Landscaping
5590 Canal Blvd., (504) 292-9022;
Landscape architecture, design and planning services and stone work are Vista Landscaping's specialties, and services include landscape construction, irrigation systems, pool decks, patios, walkways and outdoor kitchens.



Armstrong's Supply Company
106 Campbell Ave., Suite B, Mandeville, (985) 893-4895; 3600 Orleans Ave., (504) 486-0094; 4753 River Road, Jefferson, (504) 734-2042;
Fourth-generation, family-owned Armstrong's has served New Orleans since 1924, providing customers with lighting, ceiling fans, home decor, furnishings and gifts. Armstrong's sales associates average more than 20 years of experience and are happy to offer in-store consultations and design assistance.

Bevolo Gas and Electric Lights
521 Conti St., (504) 522-9485; 318 Royal St., (504) 552-4311; 68467 Hwy. 59, Mandeville, (985) 249-6040;
Handcrafted copper lanterns have been manufactured by this New Orleans company since 1945. Bevolo offers gas and electric lanterns, chandeliers, sconces, lamps, mirrors, mailboxes, garden and courtyard items and decorative accessories. Lights feature energy-efficient burners and are hand-riveted using aviation technology for strength designed to last a lifetime.

BrottWorks LLC
5110 Freret St., (504) 239-3030;
Glass artist Andrew Brott creates illuminated glass chandeliers and sculptures that are sold all over the country. He accepts commissions for private residences, businesses and public spaces. The company is UL listed, and all its illuminated glass products meet codes for new constructions. BrottWorks' studio has a full metal studio, kiln-fired and blown glass.

Decorator Shoppe Lighting Center Inc.
5029 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 888-2801;
The staff can guide customers through the selection process to find the right lighting solutions for their home or office. There are all kinds of lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, lamps and decorative mirrors.

Jack's Metal Arts
7901 Earhart Blvd., Suite A, (504) 482-1825;
Lighting fixtures, chandeliers and home accessories are available at this shop and manufacturer. Jack's makes gas and electric, hand-riveted copper lanterns as well as iron lantern brackets and performs custom metalwork and repairs.



Derby Pottery and Tile
2029 Magazine St., (504) 586-9003;
Fireplaces are the specialty at this studio, gallery and tile showroom, which manufactures Victorian reproduction tiles on the premises, and offers blue-and-white New Orleans street tiles.

Mediterranean Marble and Tile
2538 Poydras St., (504) 822-6868;
For more than 25 years, this company has sold tile and marble, bowls and pedestals, and accessories such as fireplaces and floor medallions. Two brands that the store offers are Caesarstone and VILLIglas.

Palatial Stone and Tile
2050 Paxton St., Harvey, (504) 340-2229; 2203 N. Hwy. 190, Suite 9, Covington, (985) 249-6868;
A wide variety of tile and stone is available, including natural stone, handmade ceramic and glass tile from brands including Island Stone, Dunnis Studios and Fireclay Tile.

Pieri Tile and Marble Company
3622 Toulouse St., (504) 488-1509;
In business for more than 40 years, Pieri is a stone fabricator and installer that offers marble, granite, limestone, travertine, flagstone, onyx and quartz as well as porcelain, ceramic and glass tiles for kitchens and baths.



Andrew's Welding & Blacksmith Shop
1873 Agriculture St., (504) 248-7375;
Blacksmith and welding services includes fabrication of curtain rods, coffee tables, fences, gates and most other types of ironwork or ornamental metal art. The shop can weld different alloys, combining brass with copper, iron or steel, and can weld or shape all kinds of metal.



Northshore Millwork LLC
1750 South Ln., Suite 2, Mandeville, (985) 867-1813;
Making all products locally in Mandeville, this custom millwork shop strives to provide high-quality residential and commercial woodworks. Cabinetry, doors, windows and interior carpentries are sold by this Marvin window dealer.

The Woodwright Shop
306 E. Lockwood St., Covington, (985) 705-0115;
The architectural mill shop provides doors, windows, shutters, moldings, turnings, stair parts and heart pine flooring. The business specializes in historic reproduction millwork (particularly historic joinery) and work that meets modern energy code requirements while maintaining its historic integrity. The shop produces millwork for both residential and commercial buildings, and can provide gas lanterns and reproduction hardware.



Bank of New Orleans
1000 S. Tyler St., Covington, (opening soon); 1600 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-1190; 4401 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, (504) 885-6300; 5435 Magazine St., (504) 897-9751;
This full-service local bank offers individual and business checking and savings accounts, commercial real estate loans, mortgage loans, home equity lines of credit, auto loans, reverse mortgages, money market accounts, retirement accounts and safe deposit boxes.

Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Co.
Citywide, (504) 561-6124;
The mortgage lender provides loans for purchasing homes, refinancing, new construction and home renovations. Comprehensive programs offered include first-time homebuyers, down payment assistance, FHA, VA, conventional mortgages, jumbo loans, reverse mortgages and bonds.

NOLA Lending Group LLC
Citywide, (985) 951-8479;
Specializing in direct lending, NOLA Lending Group processes, underwrites and funds all loans in house, using local appraisers and title companies to ensure quick closings at low prices. The mortgage lenders offers residential loans for home purchase, cash-outs, debt consolidation, as well as refinancing.



California Closets
3211 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, (504) 828-5705;
Custom closet and storage organization is the specialty, including storage systems for bedrooms, garages, offices, media centers, crafts rooms and pantries. Custom-designed, installed systems include a lifetime warranty.

Organize Dat LLC
(504) 231-1140;
Professional organizing services offered here include paper and electronic filing systems, home and small-office setups, flyer design and Photoshop services, personal shopping, light bookkeeping, computer setup and installation and problem solving. Consultations are free.



Freret Paint
5104 Freret St., (504) 894-0400
The independent paint store has the expertise to recommend the right product for your project, regardless of brand. Pittsburgh and Pratt & Lambert paints are in stock, as well as a variety of brushes, sanding products, painting chemicals and Venetian plaster.

Helm Paint & Decorating
Color-matching services and free delivery are hallmarks of the locally-owned, family-operated paint store. Also available for purchase are window treatments and decorative accessories.

NOLA Paint and Supplies
2900 Elysian Fields Ave., (504) 948-9620;
A Farrell-Calhoun dealer, this paint shop's stock includes interior and exterior low-VOC paints, latex paints, oil-based paints, stains, polyurethanes and epoxies. The company prides itself on making environmentally-friendly paint.

Rhino Shield Louisiana
4636 Sanford St., Metairie, 889-9650;
The elastomeric ceramic coating (a proprietary blend of resins and insulating ceramic microspheres) used by Rhino Shield can bond to any exterior building material and provides insulation, sound reduction and durability. Rhino gives homeowners a 25-year warranty. The paint colors available are unlimited, and the company offers wood repair and replacement. Evaluations are free.


Pest Control

J&J Exterminating
416 Commerce Point, Harahan, (504) 833-6305;
With more than 50 years of experience with Formosan termites in commercial and residential buildings, J&J provides pre-treatments and elimination systems for termites and other pests, and mosquito elimination treatments, including mosquito misting systems. Sentricon and Termidor are featured products.

2329 Edenborn Ave., Metairie, (504) 834-7330;
The company offers products and services to control termites, roaches, rats, ants, spiders and bedbugs.


Plumbing Services & Supplies

American Leak Detection
(504) 522-9897;
Detecting leaks in concealed locations without demolishing yards, walls or concrete slabs is the specialty at American Leak Detection. The company uses specialized equipment to find leaks in swimming pools, home spas, water and sewerage systems, gas lines and more, and saves property owners money by making demolition (and repair of torn-up areas) unnecessary.

Earl's Plumbing & Heating LLC
5107 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 888-8888;
Plumbing repairs, water leak detection, video inspections of pipes, water heater installation and repairs, tankless water heaters, gas line repairs and inspections are available. Earl's specializes in hydro tunneling to repair and replace pipes under a slab.

Rooter Man
2545 Delaware Ave., Kenner, (504) 262-8222;
The latest technology, including video inspections, is employed by this plumbing company to repair pipes, water heaters and toilets, re-route water systems, make under-slab repairs and clean and treat sewers and drains. The business says it offers the longest warranties in the business.

Southland Plumbing Supply LLC
2321 N. Arnoult Road, Metairie, (504) 835-8411;
Plumbing and lighting fixtures for both residential and commercial properties are available from this plumbing and lighting wholesale company.


Swimming Pools/Spas

ClearWater Pool & Spa
2004 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 834-6262; 4001 Hwy. 190, Covington, (985) 8982-7007;
There's a large selection of pool and spa products, including above-ground pools and hot tubs, swimming pool pumps, filters, saltwater pool chlorine generators and more. ClearWater has been locally owned and operated for more than 32 years.

Steve's Pool Service & Repair
121 Celeste Ave., (504) 738-8049
Swimming pool repairs, renovations, services and equipment repairs and replacements are the specialties, as well as tiles and deck work.

Viking Leisure
8500 Oak St., (504) 866-7088;
A representative of the largest sauna company in the world, Viking Leisure designs and writes specifications for commercial and residential saunas and steam rooms, and has the equipment shipped from the factory right to the job site.


Windows/Window Treatments

American Made Windows
1050 Front St., Suite A, Slidell, (985) 641-6789;
Specializing in vinyl windows, American Made offers double-pane vinyl windows, impact windows, awnings, and screen and glass enclosures. (It sells a single-hung, double-pane window for $139.)

The Curtain Exchange
3936 Magazine St,, (504) 897-2444;
Ready-to-hang curtains, custom drapes and soft shades, custom bedding and hardware are available at Curtain Exchange. All curtains sold here are made in Louisiana.

Gulf Enterprises Inc.
901 Edwards Ave., Suite 100, Jefferson, (504) 734-3254; 4333 Washington Ave., (504) 822-0785
Windows, doors, skylights and specialty millwork are offered at this business, which has been locally owned since 1946. Gulf Enterprises installs all types of windows, including aluminum-clad, fiberglass and wood, vinyl and aluminum frames. Window brands include Hurd, Marvin and Silver Line.

Historical Windows of New Orleans Inc.
3400 Monticello Ave., (504) 309-8894;
Design drawings and custom manufacturing of wood windows, shutters, doors and wood floors are the specialties, and the products are approved by the Historic District Landmarks Commission and the Vieux Carre Commission.

Joffary Window Coverings & Interiors LLC
1016 Ridgewood Drive, Metairie, (504) 734-9913
Roller shades, blinds, shutters and draperies are available for both commercial and residential clients at this MechoShade® contract dealer.

Lizano's Glass Haus Inc.
3400 Cleary Ave., Suite B, Metairie, (504) 454-1144;
Stained and fused glass creations as well as custom designs are available. The shop also designs artistic glass for entryways, transoms and more, and carries home decor and gifts.

Royal Draperies LLC
(504) 398-4943 This Marrero workshop designs, fabricates and installs custom drapes, soft shades, bedding, blinds, seat cushions and more. It also alters drapes.

Windows By Design
602 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 835-2800;
The business specializes in window coverings for both inside and outside the house. Estimates are free, and Windows By Design's turnkey service includes measurement, design and installation. Products include hurricane shutters, wooden blinds, solar shades, Roman shades, woven-wood shades and more.


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