Shopping and travel are a perfect partnership. For travelers, shopping is a way to connect to the local culture, meet “real” people, access hand crafted art and cultural tradition.
But shopping is more than just that.
For admitted fashionistas, shopping is retail therapy. It soothes jangled nerves, stimulates the senses and gives us a fresh take on how we look and feel in the moment.
Even still, shopping is more than that.
In New Orleans, a hotbed of self-expression since the U.S. shopped Louisiana out from under France for $15 million in 1803, shopping oils our city’s economy, creates jobs and deepens the visitor experience in a profound fashion. When we shop, we spark growth, of community, culture, and individuals. Whether it’s buying a one of a kind painting from a street artist or picking out a precious gem from an upmarket jewelry store, retail therapy keeps our economy vital.
The funny thing is, ask a visitor why they come to New Orleans, and food and music usually tops the list. History, architecture, culture, we have it all here. But shopping? The riches of these assets are less apparent at first blush. But for those of us in the know, our shopping opportunities are diverse and vast.