POSTED Fri. Jun 13, 2014

The New Orleans Father's Day Gift Guide

The New Orleans Father's Day Gift Guide
Adam Karlin
Written by ADAM KARLIN

Father’s Day is upon us, as well as the associated gift giving bonanza that holiday engenders. Need to get the man in your life something amazing that happens to have a New Orleans angle? Look no further than this list.

1 Clothes from M. Goldberg

Located at the corner of Leontine and Tchoupitoulas. M. Goldberg is one of the grand elders of New Orleans menswear shops. This is a store steeped in local history and characters; were I to drop a hint to my wife (ahem), I wouldn’t say no to a pair of Alden shoes from this storied shop.

2 A Meyer the Hatter hat

I love Goorin Bros, but we’re trying to highlight an only in New Orleans piece of headwear for this guide. With that in mind, you need to buy pops a crown from Meyer the Hatter, the largest hat store in the South. You can’t go wrong with a brim that comes from a stoe that been ding business since 1894.

3 Rum. 'Nuff said.

Fatherhood comes with many trials and tribulations. Help dad do away with some of that stress with a bottle of sweet, strong rum from the city’s own sill: the Old New Orleans Rum Distillery. A couple of sips in and he’ll never remember that time you backed the car through the garage.

4 Make him into a pirate

The upper end of Royal Street, from Jackson Square to Canal St, is packed with antique stores, including old time-y shops that sell historical swords, guns, maps and coins. So buy the old man a map to buried treasure along with the gold doubloon that cracks the map’s code, and a cutlass and a flintlock pistol for self defense. Avast, matey.

5 Comics!

Maybe you’ve got a nerdy dad. Maybe you’ve got a quirky dad. Maybe I’m your dad. In that case, some graphic novels (Dark Horse, preferably) from Crescent City Comics. On a side note, plenty of awesome comics and graphic novels are set in New Orleans; Blacksad: A Silent Hell, a historical fiction that replaces 1950s New Orleanians with anthropomorphic animals, is one of the most evocative.


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    • The Arts Council of New Orleans
    • WWNO
    • WWOZ
    • PRC
    • NOMA
    • The Historic New Orleans Collection
    • Southern Food
    • Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
    The Arts Council of New Orleans

    The Arts Council of New Orleans is a private, non-profit organization designated as the City’s official arts agency. The Arts Council serves as one of eight regional distributing agencies for state arts funds and administers available municipal arts grants and the Percent For Art program for the City of New Orleans. The Arts Council works in partnership with the City of New Orleans, community groups, local, state, and national governmental agencies, and other nonprofit arts organizations to meet the arts and cultural needs of the New Orleans community through a diversity of initiatives and services.


    WWNO, the NPR member station for New Orleans, serves southeast Louisiana and parts of southwest Mississippi by broadcasting balanced news, thought provoking analysis, classical music, jazz and other musical styles, intelligent entertainment, and unique local content. We broadcast on 89.9 FM, and KTLN 90.5 FM in the Houma-Thibodaux area as a public service of the University of New Orleans. All of WWNO’s programs, including its growing local news coverage, are available online at


    WWOZ 90.7 FM is the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Station offering listener-supported, volunteer-programmed community radio. WWOZ covers many events live in and around the city and across the United States, and broadcasts live from the famed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival annually. WWOZ’s mission is to be the worldwide voice, archive, and flag-bearer of New Orleans culture and musical heritage.


    Preservation Resource Center (PRC) has been preserving, restoring, and revitalizing New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods since 1974. Throughout its history, PRC has acted as an advocacy agent on a local, regional, and national scale, spreading the word about the city’s rich architectural heritage and the economic importance of preserving this heritage. PRC also takes a hands-on approach to preservation, with a history of successfully restoring over 1,400 properties. The center strengthens and revitalizes New Orleans in a way that is forward-looking and sustainable, yet sensitive to the city’s past and its heritage.


    As a nexus for the arts in New Orleans, NOMA is committed to preserving, interpreting, and enriching its collections and renowned sculpture garden; offering innovative experiences for learning and interpretation; and uniting, inspiring, and engaging diverse communities and cultures.

    The Historic New Orleans Collection

    The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. Its holdings comprise more than one million items from more than three centuries, documenting moments both major and minor. Its four exhibition spaces–the Williams Gallery, the Louisiana History Galleries, the Boyd Cruise Gallery, and the Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art–faithfully depict the multicultural stories of the region, from permanent displays exploring the evolution of Louisiana to rotating exhibitions showcasing history and fine art.

    Southern Food

    The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. While based in New Orleans, the Museum examines and celebrates all the cultures that have come together through the centuries to create the South’s unique culinary heritage. The Museum is also home to the collections of the Museum of the American Cocktail, the Galerie d’Absinthe, and a demonstration kitchen.

    Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities

    The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to all Louisianans.

    The Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ mission is to provide all Louisianans with access to and an appreciation of their own rich, shared and diverse historical, literary and cultural heritage through grant-supported outreach programs, family literacy and adult reading initiatives, teacher professional development institutes, publications, film and radio documentaries, museum exhibitions, cultural tourism, public lectures, library projects, and other public humanities programming.



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