Friday, December 23, 2011

Magazine is decked with holly

Over the years, Magazine Street has gone from funky, antique row to upscale eclectic shopping and dining destination. It follows the curve of the Mississippi River and St. Charles Avenue about five miles from Canal Street to the River Bend in what was the town of Carrollton.

(Carrollton was named for Charles Caroll, one of signers of the American Declaration of Independence.)

Magazine, on the other hand, is derived from the French, "magasin," as the street was an early shopping district. It's been revived as such and makes a fascinating tour, block by block, when you have the time. Many entrepreneurs open up little shops and some succeed. In the meantime, they are all fun to check out.

At this time of year, you'll find retailers decorating to attract Christmas shoppers. Though not the Bloomingdale, Barney's nor Marshall Field variety of display, they are creative and colorful.

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