A street that has it all

Lauren Beshel ’06 (English), co-owner of Branch Out Vintage + Sustainable Goods.
Lauren Beshel ’06 (English), co-owner of Branch Out Vintage + Sustainable Goods.

 By Ray Willhoft ’00

When was the last time you took a stroll down Magazine Street? Now that the fall weather has arrived, it is the perfect time to check out the variety of shops and restaurants located on this hopping stretch of New Orleans.

Running through the heart of the city, this impressive street connects both Uptown near Audubon Park and downtown at Canal Street. According to the Magazine Street Merchants Association, a coalition of businesses and property owners located on or near New Orleans’ Magazine Street corridor, “Magazine Street—one of New Orleans’ premier shopping and entertainment districts—is an unparalleled collection of neighborhoods with a diverse array of businesses, shops, restaurants, and hot spots. It’s where people live, work, play, and enjoy the good life that New Orleans has to offer. In short, it’s the Place to be in New Orleans.”

Not only is it “the Place to be,” but it is also “the Place to find it.” Along the street, you can find anything from antiques to clothing to home décor to jewelry. There is even The National World War II Museum at the downtown end to check out.

Of particular note is Branch Out Vintage + Sustainable Goods, located at 2022 Magazine Street. Owned by alumna Lauren Beshel ’06 (English) and Thiri DeVoe, the store carries a large variety of eco-friendly fashion forward clothing lines for men and women, hand selected quality vintage pieces, and locally made designer goods.

“Over the past three years, we’ve seen these few blocks of lower Magazine grow and grow,” says Beshel. “We have quite a few restaurants, a coffee shop, and plenty of clothing options for both men and women. Branch Out and a few other local green businesses on the block have even teamed up to form the Green Light District to help promote eco-friendly living and offer more sustainable shopping options.”

So, plan your next visit to Magazine Street today. And since Christmas is right around the corner, Magazine Street is the perfect place to find something special for everyone on your list.

For more information about Magazine Street, including a list of shops, restaurants, and attractions, visit magazinestreet.com

Check out these Alumni Businesses on Magazine Street:

Old.New.Blue (owned by Janie Glade)
6117 Magazine Street

Sterling Silvia (owned by Cristy Asturias ’12)
4861 Magazine Street

View the complete fall 2012 issue of LOYNO.

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