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Places We Love: Parkway Bakery and Tavern

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On Model: Fleur de Lis Intaglio Earlocks, Gumbo Necklace, Oyster with Pearl Cocktail Ring, Fleur de Lis Intaglio Heart Charm Bracelet, Zamia Cuff.

In our Fall issue of MIGNON, we published an article by Grace Wilson Birch that focused on the history and charms of Bayou St. John. This New Orleans neighborhood, defined by its peaceful waterway that flows past City Park and the Cemeteries, has seen a century of progress and peril, and the Parkway Bakery and Tavern has been through it all. Established in 1911, the Parkway served poor boys that fed hungry streetcar conductors and American Can Company workers for decades. Today, the eatery is a key ingredient in the revitalization of this historic area.

Beloved by locals and savvy tourists alike, the Parkway Bakery and Tavern provides a casual place for the community to gather over well-dressed poor boys and gravy fries. Their classic storefront opens into a welcoming space, paved with bricks from their original bakery ovens. We chose to photograph our model in this inviting (and delicious) location to illustrate our admiration for this true, New Orleans original. Now, get on over to the corner of Hagan and Toulouse, grab a bite of history, and tell them Mignon sent you!

Day of Service at the Arc of Greater New Orleans, March 2016

To learn more about this wonderful organization visit their website, http://www.arcgno.org/

NOTES FROM AMINA

Monthly musings from the desk of Amina, Mignon Faget’s VP of Sales & Marketing. Read on to see what she jotted down for February’s Notes from Amina …

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I had a friend in town from New York last weekend that had never been to New Orleans during Mardi Gras. We discussed the whole history of Mardi Gras from doubloons to krewes and the difference between being neutral ground side vs. sidewalk side. The only version of Mardi Gras that she’d ever seen was on television so I felt like it was my duty as a New Orleanian to show her the ropes or rather the beads!

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We started at the Haydel’s Pop Up Shop and sampled King Cake, walked down to Sucre and sampled King Cake (it was a taste test and we did walk), popped in Storyville to get her a Nola Love King Cake shirt and then went down to Tchop to see the floats as they began lining up. Sometimes I forget that I’m fortunate enough to live in a place where Mardi Gras is actually a season. Screaming for the Femme Fatales Krewe to throw us something, making friends with our parade neighbors, and of course eating our weight in King Cake were experiences that my friend never would have gotten from just watching Mardi Gras on TV.  Here’s to a happy and safe Mardi Gras season and if you’re riding this year I’ll be sidewalk side around Harmony and St. Charles. Look for the lady with an arm full of beads and a piece of king cake wearing a string of king cake dolls.

Inspired Exploration: Visit The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is housed in “one of the most architecturally significant complexes in the South”. Because of this, the building has been and remains an enormous influence for Mignon in many of her pieces, specifically the Romanesque Return collection. The library building, a part of the museum, is the historic Howard Memorial Library, designed by the famous architect Henry Hobson Richardson.

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Mignon based Romanesque Return on the Henry Hobson Richardson library’s architectural elements, particularly the voussoirs, medallions and engaged columns from the fireplace, and carved stone figures of the beast of ignorance and the beast of knowledge carved throughout. The Beast of Ignorance Chained bracelet forms an eloquent commentary on the library’s purpose: to educate the public and abate ignorance.  Mignon notes, “I found myself deconstructing Henry Hobson Richardson’s intricate architectural details and miniaturizing them as jewelry”.

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For more on the Romanesque Return collection, click here.

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Inspired Exploration: Visit the Frenchmen Street Art Market

If you’re looking for a colorful and lively nighttime activity, look no further than the Frenchmen Street Art Market. The weekly market has rotating local artists and vendors selling handmade jewelry, art, home goods, and more is featured in our newest catalog for its pure New Orleans essence. We love walking under the twinkling lights and perusing the booths of local art. The outdoor market is located at 619 Frenchmen Street, tucked between the street’s many music clubs and jazz bars.

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Click through to shop the look.

For a great date night or night out with friends, swing by the Frenchmen Art Market to pick up handmade local art and then listen to some great music nearby at the Spotted Cat, Snug Harbor, or another local favorite. Interested? Times and days are included below.

Thursday-Saturday from 7 pm to 1 am and Sunday from 7 pm to 12 am

We wore the new Mignon Faget Tassels for our night out on Frenchmen Street. Tassels

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