Papa Noel has left the French Quarter and returned to the moss laden bayous for another year and the Christmas festivities have wound down in the Crescent City. The holidays may be over but the party never ends in NOLA. Get off your big bottom and take a little trip to that colorful Louisiana city on the mighty Mississippi.
I’m talking about Nawlins, yea you right! Streetcars, carriage rides, beignets and café’ au lait wait as you soak up the atmosphere and mystique of the historic New Orleans French Quarter. When you stroll down Royal Street checking out the shops and street performers, make a point of stopping in at 713 Royal. Located across from renowned Pirate’s Alley it is a great place to do a little shopping and little visiting. If you are headed away from Canal Street and get to Orleans Avenue you went too far. Take the few steps back, it is worth your while I guarantee, cher.
Filled with the work of many local artisans, Gallery 713 is a celebration of all that is New Orleans. A cornucopia of art, jewelry and original T-shirts (pssst – the artist is in the house!) there is something for everyone. Meet the proprietors, Dana and Heidi, and if you are lucky Shookie will be there too. These guys are so fun, easy to talk to and know all you want to know about any of the innovative work showcased in their unique shop.
Whether you are a serious collector, an appreciator or just a disoriented soul needing directions to your Vieux Carre’ hotel, the warm southern welcome is as sweet and enjoyable as a pecan praline. Dana’s long history in the French Quarter and French Market and Heidi’s vivacious personality make this a must stop on any French Quarter visit. The fact that you can get fabulous distinctive stuff and not break the bank is, as they say here, “lagniappe” (something extra). This Gallery is always rockin’ so don’t bother knockin’ – come on in ya’ll!
by Sharon Denise Talbot