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IntheNOLA’s ten local gift ideas

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With Christmas rapidly approaching, we know you’re busy trying to get the perfect gifts for your friends and family members. Well, what better place to get your gifts than from the many great entrepreneurs and artists InthekNOwla.  
So, we’ve put together a list of our top ten Christmas gifts from those InthekNOwlians we’ve highlighted throughout the year:

1.) With the New Year coming, many of us are gonna be looking at our waistlines with disdain. So, why not take a class (or a few) with Jennifer Thomas at Pure Barre New Orleans. At Pure Barre, be prepared to use every muscle in your body as you “lift, tone, and burn” using elements of ballet, pilates, and weight.

2.) The saying goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” If that’s the case, then the photographs of Jerry Moran and Native Orleanian Fine Photography are worth double, no triple, better yet quadruple that. In all truth, his photographs actually speak to you. From Trombone Shorty and Juvenile to Uncle Lionel and Dancing Man 504 to Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest, Tipitina’s, and d.b.a, Jerry’s photos will surely be welcome in any home! 

3.) Artists Varion Laurent and Terrance Osborne capture the true essence of New Orleans through just the stroke of a paintbrush. Choose from Varion’s wildly popular “Three Little Indians” or Terrance’s equally beautiful “Dat Glory” for true New Orleans art by true New Orleans artists.

4.) When you see the white sweatbands, red satin jackets, knee-high white socks, short blue shorts, and white wife beaters dancing your way, you better watch out and take heed! This ain’t your typical dance group…this is the one and only 610 Stompers, New Orleans’ all male dance group. Fresh off their awesome performance at the Thanksgiving Day parade in NYC, the 610 Stompers have been immortalized in their very own 2012 calendar.
5.) NOYO Designs, the baby of Ayo Scott, fuses fine art and computer graphics in order to capture the heritage, culture, and soul of New Orleans. "Showcasing images rooted in the New Orleans experience, NOYO represents the innovation, style, and subtle elegance synonymous with this historic city." Designs range from the "Slangtree (Tree of Noyoisms)" and "NOYO Bounce" shirts to the "Frenchman," "Say Red," and "Satchmo" shirts. NOYO Designs includes clothing and accessories for men, women, and there's a little something for everybody.
6.) Son of a Saints and the Edible Schoolyard New Orleans are two awesome programs focused on the youth of New Orleans. A true son of a Saint, Bivian “Sonny” Lee, III, founded Son of a Saint to provide mentorship to fatherless males. The Edible Schoolyard is on a mission to change the way children “eat, live, and learn” in New Orleans by integrating hands-on organic gardening and seasonal cooking into the school curriculum, culture, and cafeteria programs. Consider giving a Christmas donation to these two great programs.
7.) Niala and Tia Howard, two of the most beautiful and colorful women in New Orleans own and operate their very own makeup company called Magnolia Makeup. With colors like Roux, Felicity, Creole Tomato, and the very popular Who Dat, it’s time for MAC, Sephora, Clinique, and L’Oreal to move over! Any girl would love some Magnolia Makeup!
8.) It’s already well documented that we love to eat. So how about treating your loved ones to some delicious cupcakes from Cupcakes & Co. or a fantastic dinner at the Munch Factory! At Cupcakes & Co., there’s Red Velvet and Sweet Louisiana Strawberry, Banana Foster and Creole Cream Cheese, normal sized ones and mini sized ones, some in martini glasses and others in typical cupcake fashion…all those goodies…and more. And don’t sleep on the Munch Factory! From the signature Shrimp and Grits (sautéed shrimp in a Worcestershire sauce served on top of stone ground grits) and the Fine’s Herb Chicken (half of a deboned chicken, first sautéed, then slow cooked in the oven and topped with a creamy herb sauce served with potato croquettes), you’ll be licking your fingers after very bite!
9.) Now, we know the Saints collection at Victoria’s Secret isn’t local, but we just love this stuff so much. You got hoodies and pullovers, scoop neck tees and little boy shorts, and our favorite, a panty set of 3 with your favorite team’s emblem emblazoned on the booty. Who doesn’t love that?
10.) And for our final Christmas gift, you can’t forget the kNOwla Trinity™ t-shirt by yours truly! Sure, we may have left for a short time to explore other places, but we’ve always moseyed our way right on back to New Orleans. And, we ain’t going nowhere! We’re born, raised, and still HERE!
We hope you enjoy the Christmas holidays InthekNOwla! For more information about any of these InthekNOwlians, please visit their websites:
Pure Barre New Orleans
Native Orleanian Fine Photography
Varion Laurent
Terrance Osborne
610 Stompers
NOYO Designs
Son of Saint
Edible Schoolyard New Orleans
Cupcakes & Co.
The Munch Factory
Sleeping with the Saints
kNOwla Trinity™

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