The Essence of The French Market


It’s definitely a rite of Summer in New Orleans . . .the beginning of July brings thousands of Essence Festival devotees to New Orleans. This year marks number 19, and the enthusiasm seems to be off the charts! So I was thinking . .. What is the Essence of The French Market? What speaks to the spirit of New Orleans and relates to the Essence Experience? A short walk through the crowds at The French Market and it didn’t take long to figure out The French Market is truly the Essence of New Orleans!

The Essence of Originality –Hand-Made Wearable Art by Oscar

Oscar's Originals - Truly New Orleans Original

Oscar’s Originals – Truly New Orleans Original

Oscar Donahue began creating his unique wearable art over 20 years ago. Since his tenure in the Flea Market, he has become not only a fixture on the scene but created a scene himself. Known simply as Oscar, he has a cadre of fans worldwide who make his booth a part of their yearly pilgrimage to The Market. Repeat customers are fanatical about adding to their collection. Oscar newbies soon follow suit.  His designs and technique (hand cut colored resin are assembled and melted to create the vibrant designs) are instantly recognizable! And, Oscar, himself, is cool and delightful. I think it is super cool that original jewelry art is so affordable too!

Oscar’s Original, The Flea Market at The French Market

The Essence of Fashion – Pop City’s Soul Series Shirts

Hey Sista, Soul Sista - Exclusively at Pop City

Hey Sista, Soul Sista – Exclusively at Pop City

Soul Sister, Soul Brother and the Bubble Girl speak to the design aesthetic Pop City’s team bring to the fashion scene at The French market. This original design created by owner Dave Gordin perfectly captures a retro vibe making this shirt an instant classic. The concept was created over 18 years ago and part of the unique New Orleans collection of fashion and wares. Forget the kitschy souvenir shirt and pick up a few to take home. The real essence of your trip!

Pop City, 940 Decatur Street in The Colonnade Shops at The French Market

The Essence of a Great Book – And, Still I Cook, by Leah Chase at A Tisket, A Tasket

And, Still I Cook

And Still I Cook by award-winning Creole Chef Leah Chase of Dooky Chase

Books are the way to go. And, you will find an extensive offering right here at A Tisket, A Tasket. The Jones Family is a keen example of the independent bookseller experience and luckily keeping it alive and well at The French Market. Pretty much any day of the week you will find Ms Lisa Jones in the store ready to recommend a great Creole cookbook or a myriad of other books relevant to not only the history of New Orleans but the region itself. The children’s book selections are abundant too. Local, regional and International authors are represented.  Add some spice literally to your purchase from one of their many mixes available and you can take a little bit of New Orleans flavor home with you.

A Tisket A Tasket, 910 Decatur Street in The Colonnade Shops at The French Market

The Essence of the Entrepreneur –  Soul Saturday presented by The Cupcake Fairies, July 6, 2013 at The Dutch Alley Performance Pavilion

Cupcake Magic cooked up by The Cupcake Fairies

Cupcake Magic cooked up by The Cupcake Fairies

A little fairy told me the The Cupcake Fairies continue to power up for their Fall opening in a sassy spot a the French Market adjacent to the super cool Dutch Alley Performance Pavilion.  This weekend in collaboration with The French Market, these savvy ladies will host Soul Saturday on July 6 at The Dutch Alley Pavilion. Cupcakes will be the main course to a side dish of free entertainment.

The Cupcake Fairies, Dutch Alley, The Colonnade at The French Market

Bon Achats & Merci from Me . . .



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