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click to enlarge Owner Rhonda Findley focuses on clothing and art by locals at her Magazine Street shop.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Owner Rhonda Findley focuses on clothing and art by locals at her Magazine Street shop.

Part women's clothing boutique, part art gallery and part quirky gift shop, Pop City (940 Decatur St., 504-528-8559; 3118 Magazine St., 504-304-7744; recently underwent a makeover that reflects owner Rhonda Findley's commitment to sustainability and local artists. At the Magazine Street location, business partner David Gordin turned old shutters into moss-green dressing room doors and topped them with intricate fleur-de-lis woodwork. Reused fence posts from The Green Project adorn the ceiling.

  "We want people to come in here and really feel like they had a great experience and found beautiful things, from the clothing to my jewelry line," Findley says.

  Findley opened Pop City with Gordin. It started as a venture inside one of their other businesses, FunRock'n (1125 Decatur St.; 3109 Magazine St., 504-895-4102), which is across the street from Pop City. Findley sold women's clothing, including some of her own designs, at the kitschy toy and gag gift shop. The clothing proved a success, and when a storefront became available two years ago, Findley expanded.

  In addition to women's clothing and accessories, Pop City stocks locally made art, kitchenware and other goods. There are children's books and cookbooks from Pelican and Acadiana Publishing. Local brands include Restrung Jewelry, NOLA Made and Steve Winn's new line of New Orleans-themed wooden coasters and postcards. Findley also stocks garments she designed: To The Nines, a line of dresses, skirts and pajamas, all are made on the West Bank. The Crescent Collection, which includes evil eye jewelry handmade in Turkey, is also designed by Findley

  The art gallery in the rear sets Pop City apart from Findley's other stores. The gallery celebrated its grand opening during October's Art for Art's Sake event. A show by Nurhan Gokturk attracted more than 450 viewers.

  "We're serious about selling art," Findley says. "I can't keep the tambourines that [current artist] Dr. Bob does in stock and his 'Be Nice or Leave,' of course."

  In the future, Findley hopes to carry more locally made products in Pop City and use it as a pop-up space for fash- ion designers.

  "I would like to have over 50 percent of our products here representing local people," she says. "I want to offer a place for local designers, local artists to put their stuff in here."


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