Saturday Afternoon: Shopping, Art, Coffee

The Light is Brilliant at Colton School

The Light is Brilliant at Colton School

Still homeless, we’ve been staying in the Bywater, house sitting with two slightly traumatized rescue cats. Moving around from neighborhood to neighborhood, I’m beginning to formulate ideas about what constitutes a “good” neighborhood. Certainly the less crime the better, but other things are important too. Like shopping, and art, and coffee.

I mean shopping to live, not shopping for therapy. There are no major markets in this area. There are some smaller places like Hank’s Supermarket that sell canned goods, and liquor and ding dongs, but if you want to do proper weekly food shopping, you have to walk into the Quarter to Rouses or ride the Louisa bus up to the Winn Dixie.

That’s why the Bywater Farmer’s Market is so important. This market goes every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Holy Angels on St. Claude. We got 4 medium sized locally grown yellow squash for $2, which I think is pretty cheap. Other vendors were selling homemade pesto, fruit and veg and drinks. The market is really small, but look, if you are growing spices or tomatoes or you can pickle okra like your maw maw, you can sell stuff at this market. You can maybe even swap. And, that’s where things get interesting.

Local farmer’s markets are really important. They help the local economy, they are good for the environment, and they can save shoppers a lot of money. It’s a win/win. And, as an aside, the Market Association is trying to get 5 people together so that they can start a FREE yoga class during the Market. I am all about the free, so I’ve already signed up. Email to put your name on the list too.

The P.1 exhibition at Colton School on St. Claude was next on the agenda. Fireworks, massage chairs and nuclear bombs, the art was quite impressive. The building was impressive as well. The light is brilliant (see above), and it’s a stunning location. Drop in if you get a chance. Even if you’re not into art, the free massage will do you some good.

3 Comments so far

  1. 1noladder on November 23rd, 2008 @ 8:09 pm

    Hey Daneeta,
    what about Mardi Gras Zone on Royal at Port?
    I know they are pretty high priced, but they have a lot of groceries, full deli and are open 24 hours.
    I also know the owner Benny fairly well, even worked for him before the storm selling Mardi Gras Beads wholesale. Bonafide Character that one.

    I think the Studios at Colton is the coolest damn thing to come along in a while. Could you do a write up on how the Kitchen there is doing?
    I went ahead and hung this post onto today’s Ladder as I like that photo so.
    Bless yer cat rescuing-ass.
    Editilla~New Orleans Ladder

  2. Daneeta Loretta (daneeta) on November 23rd, 2008 @ 8:59 pm

    Will check out Mardi Gras Zone. I completely forgot about that place. Also will check out Kitchen. Thanks for the mention and liking the phone pic.

  3. Rayna (rayna) on November 23rd, 2008 @ 9:17 pm

    The school is wonderful. We live right behind it and are so happy they opened the art studios there. We have been inside two times since P.1 started. It is so interesting.

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