Worth The Drive: Abita Mystery House

Unexpected free time this summer has afforded me the luxury of taking random day trips from New Orleans. My first stop? A trip across Lake Pontchartrain to Abita Mystery House. Tucked away in the charming town of Abita Springs, this quirky museum houses owner John Preble’s impressive collection of tchotckes, vintage arcade games, painstakingly detailed dioramas and taxidermy that looks straight out of Rob Zombies’ House of a Thousand Corpses. I mean that in the best way possible.

 I was downright giddy when I first drove up to the museum. My friend Rebecca described it as a “Pee Wee’s Southern Folksy Playhouse” and I couldn’t agree with her more. The collection is split up among a vintage gas station, a 100 year old Creole cottage and the House of Shards. Each building contains an amalgam of the ordinary, the odd and the downright delightful. Make sure to allow yourself a few hours to explore. While the Abita Mystery House is small, it’s chocked full of wonders. Photos are highly encouraged, so bring your camera and a roll of quarters if you want to fiddle around with the arcade games. 

The Abita Mystery House is definitely worth the hour drive from New Orleans and the three dollar admission fee. 

Abita Mystery House     
22275 Hwy 36 
Abita Springs
 Louisiana 70420 

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Meagan Ginter of 1980 Boudoir has a great trunk show and networking event this Saturday in Covington, LA. Stop in if you are in the area for food, music, and styling by local designers. – Christy

Following New Orleans’ Fashion Week, downtown Covington will get a dose of fashion
fun this Saturday, March 31st from 11am-4pm, at Fielding Art Gallery.
“FREE STYLE,” a Trunk Show and Fashion Networking Event, will turn the space into a
boutique shop for the day. The show will feature the works of local Northshore designers,
including vintage clothing and accessories from 1980 boudoir, costumes and ready wear
pieces by Trapped in Time Designs, and hand-made jewelry by These Aren’t Your
Grandmother’s Pearls and Covington’s own, The Factory Bead Shop.
Admission is free and patrons can enjoy being styled by professional make-up artists,
photographers and stylists. A great excuse for ladies of all ages to come and play dress up,
this event also showcases free food and dessert from local chefs, as well as fashion
models, music and other activities.
The gallery will also be open Friday evening, during Covington’s Block Party, for a
sneak peek of the show.
All local fashion lovers, models, photographers and designers are encouraged to attend.
Anyone is invited to drop off their business cards, during the event, at the networking

For more information, contact: 1980boudoir@gmail.com
Saturday, March 31st, 11am-4pm, Fielding Gallery, 525 E. Boston Street, Covington, LA

Flyer and text by Meagan Ginter

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kc thomassie designs

Ladies let’s face it, nothing makes us feel glitzier than a tuft of frivolousness sitting atop our head. Southerners are known for their fanciful headgear, from the Kentucky Derby, to church hats even the crowns our Mardi Gras queens wear we love resembling peacocks.Recent Samford University graduate Kaci Thomassie satisfies cravings for the fantastical with her handmade, one of a kind creations here in Louisiana.
.Tres Femme KTD Couture Headpiece

Drawing from her degree in theater with a concentration in costume design and inspired by vintage clothing Kaci works with a variety of materials including feathers, leather, unique fabrics, vintage buttons, and beads. It’s no wonder why her fascinators are sought after by brides to be, especially on the North Shore. Check out her work in person at this Saturday’s Objects of Adornment at Du Mois Gallery on Freret Street. Can’t make it to the opening? The show will run from October 8th until the end of the month.

KTD Couture Pink and Black Feather Fascinator
Peacock Statement Necklace

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Ruby: The Jewel of Hammond

For those of y’all on the North shore that complain about lack of places to shop you obviously haven’t been to Ruby.

Laura-Lea Reid opened Ruby on November 4th, 2003 as “the downtown original” in Hammond, Louisiana.
Ruby’s specialty is women’s denim including brands like Citizens of Humanity, Joes, and James. Other brands include Alternative Apparel, Dish, Ben Sherman, and Niven Morgan.

This is also the only place in Louisiana to purchase Billy Reid. In case you’ve been hiding out in summer humidity  hibernation Billy Reid, Laura’s brother, won GQ’s best new menswear designer in America and also has a new line of workwear for Levi’s .

Laura Lea is in the shop almost every day and you’ll  find her pouring mimosas for old friends and new customers alike. Shopping at Ruby feels less like  just buying clothes, more like hanging out with good friends that happen to stock the cutest clothes in town. Bonus points that you can have your jeans hemmed through their seamstress service, and the turnaround time is often just a couple of hours!

Every week Ruby releases a new custom designed game day tee and coming November 1st a collector’s edition wood box set will be available for sale! A limited number of four new Saints designs will be presented in a custom made wood box with handwritten tags.

 Keep up with Ruby on Facebook and Twitter for special deals and new items. Laura Lea often runs great deals on her jeans, including $50 off if you bring in an old pair!

111 E. Thomas Rd.
Hammond, LA 70401

Mon-Fri. 11am-6pm
Saturday 11am-4pm
Opens at 10:00am on Saints game days
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Imagine this

If you are on the Northshore and you’re looking for a great shop with trendy, affordable clothes than Imagine Boutique is the place for you.  This two year old boutique is located in downtown Hammond, LA, a small town that plays host to Southeastern Louisiana University.

Shop Obsession is their sister store that stocks a great shoe collection including popular brands like Jessica Simpson and Volatile, among others and is conveniently located right next door.

Imagine often highlights an “outfit of the day” on their Facebook page which is 15% off.

With brands like , LTB, Silver, Anoname jeans, BB Dakota and lots of Saints gear to choose from there is something for everyone. Make sure to check out the sales racks too! Owner Megan Maddry often marks dresses down to as low as $15, perfect for a guilt free shopping spree.

100 N. Cate St
Downtown, Hammond, LA 70401
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Mannequin Mondays

Mannequin Monday is thanks to a little North shore field trip that I took to Hammond, LA. With black and gold fever in full force Ruby and Shop Imagine have Saints’ merchandise ready and waiting for their customers.

100 N. Cate St.
(985) 345-0548
Hours: 10-6 Mon.-Sat.

111 E. Thomas St. 
Hours: 11-6 Mon.-Sat.
I’ll also have a full report on both these shops up soon so if  you want to learn more about them don’t fret!
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