Daytrippin’ to the Northshore

DBG is painfully aware that she has not written anything for Cherry for a while. Between working a real adult job and her side gig at Country Roads, she’s plenty busy. But when an estate sale featuring vintage Tiki mugs popped up in Covington, it was time to take her Mini Cooper on a little jaunt down I-12.

 Everyone day trips to New Orleans, but Covington is only an hour away.  It’s a scenic little city with a small town feel. This pine tree filled wonderland offers an excellent escape from Red Stick.

Start the day at 2nd and Charles, 401 Highway 90.  Someone created a chain that is nothing short of nerd paradise.  2nd and Charles sells gently used musical instruments, books, CDs, vinyl, video games and game consoles.  They also sell new stuff.  And get this—you can trade.  Just bring your gently used items and place them in a bin. 2nd and Charles will appraise them and offer you cash or store credit.  Then shop, shop, shop!  They have a huge selection and it is all impeccably organized. Check out their $4 vinyl selection!

Next head downtown. There are plenty of shops, pubs and galleries.  Be sure to duck into H.J. Smith & Sons General Store at 308 North Columbia. This old-fashioned general store sells everything from army surplus to cast iron pots.  They also have a free museum that features all kinds of relics, from a cast iron casket to a petrified rat. Next cross the street and hit Mo’s Art Supply.  This independent store has anything an artist could want.  It reminded DBG of Lee’s Art Shop in NYC — which is the highest of praise.


Then go eat lunch at Bear’s Restaurant at 128 W 21st.  They just might make the best roast beef poboy in the world, although the shrimp poboy is nothing to scoff at.  Forgo the fries and treat yourself to their famous potato salad.



Next head over to Mandeville for a couple of pints at The Barley Oak., 2101 Lakeshore Drive. Sit on the front deck and watch the sailboats float on Lake Pontchartrain while you enjoy one of their 50 beers on tap.  Order a German sausage platter and try to keep count of the cars crossing the Causeway.



PS—Three Tiki mugs were purchased.  One hailed from the old Huki Lau in Metairie, but the real prize was the one from the Luau Hut in Silver Spring, MD.