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Louisiana begins Phase 3 of the White House reopening strategy at midnight on 9/11/2020. Governor Edwards has issued a statewide mask mandate indoors and outdoors when 6 ft. social distancing is not possible. Businesses including restaurants, churches, salons and gyms are operating at 75% occupancy. Many St. Tammany businesses and events have modified their services to welcome patrons safely...

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Shopping, Mandeville

10 Ways to Shop in St. Tammany Parish

Shop til' you drop on Louisiana's Northshore, just 40 minutes from New Orleans' French Quarter. Works of art, stylish clothing, and thrifty finds are in abundance throughout the picturesque towns. Save room in your luggage, because there is something for everyone on your year-round gift list and even special goodies that are calling your name, too. 

Slidell Antique Street Fair, Fall, shopping, Festival

1. Festival Finds

The Northshore thrives with year-round festivals. From Mardi Gras celebrations to Crawfish cook-offs, waterfront fireworks to Santa's extravagant workshops. There is no shortage of opportunities to browse through Louisiana's finest goodies. A few festivals are just for the ultimate shopping weekend. The spring and fall are celebrated with the two-day Olde Towne Slidell Antique Street Fair where vendors line the streets of the town with collectibles and arts. In March the eclectic town of Abita Springs hosts their Whole Town Garage Sale, bring your walking shoes and a bag to carry all the trinkets you'll discover. In November the Three Rivers Art Festival in downtown Covington showcases work of unique art from over 200 vendors from more than 20 states. 

River Chase Shopping, Covington

3. Big Box Brands

Louisiana's Northshore has three, large shopping centers, River Chase in Covington, and Premier Centre in Mandeville and the Fremeaux Center in Slidell. All three are sprinkled with great dining options, commercial favorites and are close to major intersections, providing for ease of access. Between the towns, great shopping centers are an abundance of smaller shopping areas for all the must-shop stores they didn't fit. 

Bikes on front of the Abita Springs Pavilion

5. Farmer's Markets

St. Tammany Parish's farmers' markets are bustling with fresh produce, hand-made jewelry, natural soaps, glass-blown and wood carved crafts, and so much more for the take-home purchasing. The locals who gather to display their masterpieces have no shortage of delicious delights to be savored on the spot, too. The best news of all is that all of our farmer's markets have an easily accessible bike path, the Tammany Trace, nearby and free parking. On Saturday mornings the Mandeville Trailhead Community Market boasts vendors, while the adjacent Lafitte Street Station Market hosts it's own array of treats. A few miles away is the Covington Farmer's Market offers tantalizing baked goods, fresh produce and live music. A Saturday morning adventure isn't complete without a stop by the Camelia City Farmer's Market in Slidell. If your Saturday was busy, don't fret because the Abita Springs Farmer's Market is a Sunday afternoon delight.

Redoux Market, Mandeville, shopping

7. Home Decor

What makes a home feel like home, besides the loving people occupying it? The nick-nacks decorating it! The Northshore has everything your home needs to complete the one-of-a-kind look that is only your family. In Mandeville, the Redoux Home Market showcases breakout spaces of local artists and custom vendors that are individually tailored to their style. Retreat Home & Lifestyle in Covington is a shopper paradise for finding the ultimate statement piece. 

Patina Interiors Covington

LuLu's Almost New in Slidell 

Abita Brewery Gift Store, shopping

9. St. Tammany Souvenirs 

Who doesn't love getting souvenirs for loved ones while traveling? If we're being honest more than half the time spent shopping while traveling is all about finding that perfect item for your special someone waiting back home. Grab your Abita beer swag at the Abita Brewery Gift Shop where you'll find everything from t-shirts to cookbooks to dog collars. Swing by the St. Tammany Parish Tourist Commission for a free postcard of picturesque Louisiana's Northshore. 

Mae's Antiques, Mandeville, shopping, Eric Lindberg photo

2. Antique Collectables 

There is an eye-catching antique in everyone's life and going on the hunt for them makes treasuring them that much sweeter. Attic to Awesome Abita Springs

Mae's Antiques in Mandeville 

Copper Rooster and Antiques-Gifts and Cottage Antiques in Covington

Third Generation Antiques and Restoration, and Jean's Antiques and Collectibles in Slidell

Grans Attic, Mandeville, Shopping

4. Thrifty Treasures

If you're known as the Queen of thrifting among your friends and family, then you've found the place to shop. Gran's Attic in Old Mandeville boasts a regularly changing host of goods including home decor, name-brand clothing for men, women, and kids, and even brand new items, too. Janet's Korner Thrift Store, Slidell

Cafe du Bone - dog

6. Pet Stores

Who can deny a freshly baked treat, because we know we sure can’t! Cafe du Bone Dog Bakery & Boutique in Slidell is your dog's sweet tooth stop. Your dog will beg for their homemade, all-natural beg-nets, flavored treats, and celebration cakes. Bring your dog into Zorro’s FUNZone for Dogs for a complete doggie makeover. Let your pup pick out their new, designer apparel before hopping into the self-scrub tub, finish their new do with a savory treat to make for a perfect day. 

Cameo Boutique, Mandeville, shopping, Eric Lindberg photo

8. Downtown Boutiques

The boutique stores of the Northshore are overflowing with treasures. Stores are strewn across Louisiana's Northshore with the downtown areas featuring a multitude all within walking distance of one another. Lee Lane and Columbia Street in Covington showcases Columbia Mercantile.

Girod Street in Mandeville is home to The Book and The Bean, Cameo Boutique and Das Schulerhaus Gift Gallery & Christmas Boutique

Olde Towne Slidell is sprinkled with boutiques including Stella and Grace and Three Diva's & Sugar Daddy gift shop. 

h.J. Smith's & Sons Shop and Museum, Covington, shopping

10. Shopping for Him

Ladies, we sure know how much we love to shop, especially when we're traveling. The good news is that the Northshore has stops the men in your life will love, too. Swing into Bayou Adventure in Lacombe for all things fishing, kayaking, biking, and even Louisiana souvenirs, too. The store has it's own mouthwatering BBQ station with home-made sides that will leave you ordering a side for the road. As you're browsing the boutique shops of Lee Lane and downtown Covington, take a step back in time at the H.J. Smith's & Sons General Store and Museum. Browse all things hardware, hunting gear, shrimp boots, yard ornaments, and more as your creative mind goes wild with new projects and the history that the building's creaking floorboards echo.