Shopping for Memories Online

A New Orleans website offers unique souvenirs.

One of the most common activities tourists partake in while traveling is shopping. Whether you are looking for items specific to that locale or are splurging on a designer wardrobe with your vacation money, shopping can be fun and even exciting. It does, however, make your luggage heavy.

That’s why online stores like the New Orleans Official City Store offer an alternative to extra baggage and the convenience of being open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

The site features a well-curated selection of items that share the New Orleans vibe and are manufactured locally by small businesses and artists.

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T-shirts are printed at a shop in the Bywater neighborhood called Purple Monkey, and feature sayings like “Voodoo”, “Follow Your Rhythm”, “Follow Your Krewe” and simply “New Orleans”. Another area company, Dirty Coast Press, influences the creative designs. The shirts come in both men’s and women’s sizes and a variety of colors.

Tote bags and stylized “go-cups” are also available, as well as beautiful cypress wood bookmarks and fleur de lis compass coasters.

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The newest addition to the shop is the jewelry collection created to celebrate New Orleans’ upcoming Tricentennial. The gorgeous sterling silver pieces were created by renowned New Orleans jewelry designer Mignon Faget. Featuring either a column or a sheared fleur de lis, the pieces are available as pendants, charms, stud pins and key rings. Sales from this collection help support the 2018 NOLA Foundation and efforts to celebrate the historic 300th anniversary of New Orleans.

The site previously offered Christmas tree ornaments and plans to bring them back in 2016. The content can change, so shoppers can visit the online store throughout the year and find new pieces of New Orleans.

Shopping in a local store when you are traveling will always be a rewarding experience, but it’s good to know a website is working to achieve a similar experience. Sometimes you don’t want to have to pack those new shirts into your carry-on bag. Sometimes you want to ship those souvenir gifts directly to the recipients.

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The website is especially helpful once you have returned home and can no longer smell the cypress planks and the jasmine. Songs, poems and essays have been written about missing New Orleans, both by her native sons and daughters, as well as folks who were just lucky enough to visit. It’s true that the air feels different here. Humans have found new ways to express art here. And you will definitely miss at least a bit of that when you leave.

So take comfort in the fact that you can sit at your computer a few months after your trip and still shop locally in New Orleans. You may even want to sip a sazarac while you do so. 



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