We stopped in here on our last trip through the areas surrounding our home town. The place was nice and open, unlike most antique places that are crowded to the gills and hard to navigate. They had quite a few nice pieces, but their prices were a little out of our range. The staff was polite and happy to let us browse. They had no problems answering our questions about the different pieces that caught our interest and overall the experience was pleasant.
We stayed here for my aunt's college graduation from SLU and it was an average stay. The rates were a little higher than normal, but we were told it was due to the graduation week and cancelled reservations. The rooms weren't too spacious, but you can't really expect that of places like these, however they were clean and comfortable. Housekeeping was polite and didn't argue about needing extra towels, always a plus. I wouldn't mind staying here again if the occasion arose.
It seems like everyone that visits New Orleans or the surrounding areas wants a typical Mardi Gras mask, and Fancy Faces is a great place to find one. All of their products are just beautiful and they do more than just Mardi Gras. They also make ornaments and give a guided tour through the facility. I've had out of town friends take the tour and they loved it. Some of the prices on the larger pieces is a little extreme, but they really have something for every budget, and even the affordable ones are beautiful. I highly reccommend stopping in if you are looking for New Orleans deco.
This is a little out of the way, but not too far and certainly worth the drive. We take all the younger children every year and they always have a blast. You are able to feed the young animals by bottle and can feed the others by hand and none of the animals are in the least aggressive. Even my toddler that is afraid of dogs loved being able to pet the bunnies and was just thrilled with the ponies and mini cows. You can also set up birthday parties with them and there are several nice spots for picnics and family lunches. I haven't checked on the rates for the more specific events but I think you can even coordinate a field trip with your local school. Country Critters is wonderful for entertaining the 12 and under crowd and the price is well worth it
If you are looking for some way to pass the time, you can do a lot worse than tour the Abita Brewery. There is no admission and they are open pretty much all year long. You do need to call ahead, as they only take 50 people through the brewery at once, but that is really the only downside. Our tourguide was funny and had lots of interesting facts about the company and its place in Louisiana history. I would certainly take my friends through there and recommend it to anyone with free time.
Although I am not a tourist when I go home to Slidell, I read about Passionate Platter soon after it opened and decided to call about the cooking lessons offered. The lady I spoke to on the phone was very nice and did not mind detailing everything I had questions about. The prices for the classes were reasonable and so we signed up. The classes were a delight, Ms. Franzo is funny and charming and walks you through the course step by step. It was an excellent way to spend some time and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. I was also delighted to find that they sell everything needed to set up the herb garden talked about in the class, along with other gardening supplies. This business is really wonderful overall.
When one of my grandmothers China dolls was cracked, we called around for a place that could fix it. We settled on Treasured Collectibles mainly because the price we were quoted was a very good one. The work was done professionally and pretty quick. We expected it to take two weeks! I have gone back and bought several doll items from the for holidays/presents since then and I have always been satisfied with my purchases.
I went to Time n Chime when I graduated high school, I wanted to have several things engraved for my friends, to present at graduation. I checked out several other engraving services, and Time n Chime had the best prices. The workmanship was excellent, everyone absolutely loved their gifts. I would use them again in a heartbeat.
I needed to have a tongue on my shoe resewn in, and decided to stop in to Rushing when we were in Ferriday for other reasons. I took them , I think, about ten minutes and they charged me a measly $3. I was extremely happy with the whole process and wish they had a branch in my city!
Minettes sells mostly dancewear, I guess which explains why their prices are rather high. I went with a friend when she was buying her daughter new shoes for school and quite frankly found the selection to be pretty sparse. There were a lot of shoes that had no use except for very particular outfits, lots of sequins and things. Not really something I would send my child to school in. Nice, spacious store though.