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For more than a decade, The Herb Import Co. (5055 Canal St., 488-4889; 711 St. Peter St., 525-4372; has supplied locals with smoking supplies, herbal supplements, natural body-care products, candles and incense. Since reopening after Katrina, Herb Import manager Den-A has opened NOLA Java, a coffee shop next door to the Canal Street location.

"It has teas and coffees, green tea and hemp freezies that are packed full of protein and energy," Den-A says. "We also have fresh pastries in the morning ... and will start serving lunch sometime in March." Dishes on the menu will include red beans and rice, alligator sauce piquant, crawfish pies, muffulettas and more.

The coffee shop melded nicely into the Herb Import Co. because of its natural products and its love for New Orleans and providing locals with supplies that help them improve their health and lifestyles.

"We provide herbal supplements to people who are watching their health," he says. "[There are products for] weight loss, body care, to help people with drug screenings clean their bodies out, smoking supplies, including imported cigarettes and over 100 kinds of (cigarette rolling) papers, full lines of smoking technologies. We have vaporizers to help with breathing and coping, candles and a giant variety of incense, essential oils, natural body-care products, some alternative clothing and a few sexy novelties."

Customers, Den-A says, range in age from teenagers to senior citizens. Gamble On Excitement Harrah's New Orleans (8 Canal St., 533-6000; reopened its casino and entertainment complex just in time for Mardi Gras after being closed since right before Hurricane Katrina hit the city and damaged the casino's building and equipment.

Harrah's Central Division President Anthony Sanfilippo, president of Harrah's central division, says all of the casino's 115,000-foot gaming area is in operation, as is Masquerade, a gathering place in the center of Harrah's that includes an ice bar, music, video tower, lounge, slot machines and gambling tables. Besh Steakhouse, Gordon Biersch brewery restaurant, Bambu Asian restaurant and sushi bar, The Buffet at Harrah's and Cafes on Canal, which includes Fuddruckers, McAlisters and Starbucks, provide plenty of dining options.

Sanfilippo says a new 450-room, 26-story hotel across the street from the casino is scheduled to open in September.

click to enlarge Candles, incense, natural body products, supplements and - smoking supplies are all available at the Herb Import - Company.
  • Candles, incense, natural body products, supplements and smoking supplies are all available at the Herb Import Company.


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