Stylish specs

Caddis, the Salt Lake City, Utah-based company selling “eye aids” (aka readers) is on a mission to live in the moment and mobilize against the fear of aging. To that end, the company offers high-design blue light blocking readers that not only help you see, but also look great in the process. After a trip to New Orleans with a photoshoot at Hotel Saint Vincent, founder and designer Tim Parr created a new frame style to honor Crescent City. The Nola Readers ($129) feature a custom vintage and square metal frame design for a clean, classic aesthetic. The upper frontal bar is even engraved with the coordinates of the French quarter (29° 57′ 26″ N 90° 03′ 54″ W). Custom temple tips adjust to fit a wide range of head sizes, a nod to the diversity of the city itself. Available exclusively at By George New Orleans, 1507 Magazine St., saintvincentnola.com

Turkish textiles

Emily Morrison’s Elysian, which opened on Magazine Street as a popup, has claimed the space as a permanent home for textiles and ceramics. “Everything is designed by me and made by our artisan partners in Turkey,” says Morrison. “Elysian epitomizes effortless style with vibrant colors and prints that spark inspiration and joy.” The unique silk and silk/velvet textiles that make up Elysian’s garments, slides, sneakers, totes, pillow cases and table linens are hand-woven in Uzbekistan using techniques of centuries-old weaving and dyeing. They are then adapted with a modern bohemian aesthetic in Istanbul, Turkey. Meanwhile, the ceramics are hand-painted in Kütahya, Turkey, by an artisan, and they feature a playful take on the traditional Turkish ikat pattern. 3701 Magazine Street, elysianbyem.com


New way to stay

Mint House New Orleans–Riverside is a new development housed in an iconic warehouse that exudes Big Easy vibe. Comprising a new category of hospitality (called Residential Hospitality), Mint House offers one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment-style units that are thoughtfully designed with full kitchens, comfortable and expansive living areas, and work areas. connected – all perfect for your next stay. Amenities include options to stock your fridge before you arrive, a lululemon fitness mirror in every room, 24/7 digital concierge services, and a room service menu featuring some of the city’s best dishes. town. 315 Girod Street, minthouse.com


Historical renovation

Urban Properties, a New Orleans-based business development, property management, and brokerage firm, is overseeing the historic renovation of a Mid-City warehouse at 4201 Tulane Ave. (at the corner of Tulane Avenue and South Solomon Street). Owner/developer, KCT Real Estate, a real estate investment firm owned by Tony and Katherine Gelderman, has redeveloped other historic properties in New Orleans, including 800 Magazine St., 353 Carondelet St., and The Rink at 2727 Prytania St. The 1920s Tulane Avenue property is a two-story, 36,000 square foot building that previously housed Riecke Cabinet Works (1925-1971) and more recently Lighting Inc. (1972+). The structural rehabilitation includes a new roof, restored windows and exterior metal panels to honor the original 1920s facade and construction of the interior space. “The Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans is thrilled to receive a preservation easement on this historic warehouse, which will protect this building in perpetuity…” said Danielle Del Sol, Executive Director of the PRC.


all things green

FACT, the plant design studio you may have seen rolling around town in a mobile greenhouse (the Axil Rose), has a gorgeous new home on Magazine Street. “We have decided to explore the opportunity of opening our own dedicated storefront in December [2021]says Laura Stirling Joffrion, co-founder and entrepreneur at FAIT. “When our lovely real estate friends, Olivia Ford and Melaina Ricks of Upper Management Realty, showed us this space on Magazine, something changed. The energy in the space is calm and centered. small back yard for our baby plants as well as street parking in front for Axil Rose when we need it.In addition to transporting houseplants, FAIT also offers planters, misters, plant food, trellises, propagation containers, advisory services and more.” Our [residential and commercial] internal consultations are gaining momentum,” says Joffrion. “We measure your light and discuss options that will work in your specific environment. Then we invoice you and deliver everything. Caring for plants may not come naturally, but we’ve got you covered. We encourage each of our customers to hit us up on Instagram or email us whenever they feel their plants aren’t thriving. 3822 Magazine Street, factnola.com

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