So we were on another book run through the French Quarter and Uptown today. I left books at the Maple Street Book Shop, a fine book store, and at Milk Studio on Decatur Street. Milk Studio has been around for over five years and counting, the owners are Mindy and Dave, two N’awlins locals with a flare for the creative. If you’ve ever heard the Benny Grunch and the Bunch’s song ‘Ain’t dere no more’ and you feel a craving for old New Orleans places that are lost forever, you should head down to Milk Studio and stock up on icons from the past. Some of their hottest items are the ceramic coasters with pictures of memorable and lost, but not forgotten, businesses and products of the past and the present. Barq’s Root Beer, Godchaux’s Department Store, K&B, McKenzie’s Pastry Shoppes, Schwegmann’s Grocery Store, the Bali Hai, Pontchartrain Beach, Shakey’s Pizza, New Orleans Water Meter covers, the original New Orleans Saints logo… the list goes on and on and on. You can find these logos on the ceramic coasters, and some of them on t shirts, not to mention the ‘Save My Wetlands’ underwear, ooh lala. There are also candles of all sorts, framed photographs and artwork as well as, ahem, books by local authors. I’m sure I’m leaving some things out that will surprise you as you peruse their amazing shop space on 1309 Decatur Street in the Quarter.
Mindy and Dave are a pair of characters. Both New Orleans locals who found a way to keep so many places and products alive through their creative ventures. All of the work is produced in the studio, Mindy is an accomplished graphic artist who has utilized her skills in true N’awlins fashion. People from all over the world enjoy their products, but I think that they mean the most to those of us who remember the K&B purple or closing our eyes at the top hump of the Zephyr at Ponchartrain Beach.
I’m very grateful to both of them for their special blend of New Orleans southern hospitality, for taking my books into their store to help with my sales and most importantly, for finding a way to make a living doing something meaningful and memorable to all us yats who just want a slice of McKenzie’s Devil’s Food Cake again. The McKenzie’s shirt doesn’t taste nearly as good, but I’m proud to be able to wear it just the same!
Two more local shops where you can find the book:
Milk Studio – 1309 Decatur Street, New Orleans
Maple Street Book Shop – 7523 Maple Street, New Orleans
As always, you can find my book at www.tracyconway.com, Amazon.com, as a NOOKbook at Barnes and Noble and at Smashwords. Thanks and happy shopping!