Saint Ann is thrilled to have a personality and entrepreneur like Bambi DeVille on the 600 lock. Bambi has been an actress, artist, entrepreneur, antiques dealer and collector for over 30 years. She is known as the Bakelite Lady by those in the know, and by those who know her father – and her uncle too.
I remember her shop on the lakeside of Royal before she moved across the street. Now she is in the last shop before the Square, directly behind the Presbytère and across from the other fabulous neighbor, the Place d’Armes Hotel.
Creative energy like hers used to be constant among shopkeepers in the Quarter led by the likes of Martha Westfeldt’s Green Shutter/Free French Shop, Zula Frick’s Button Shop, or even my dear friend Roger Simonson’s A Better Mousetrap. In the last few years, we have seen a slight uptick of lovely places joining Bambi such as Papier Plume, Gallery Orange, the new HNOC gift shop at the The Seignouret-Brulatour House and and the endearing and well-merchandised Cocoally (“Clothing Boutique for People Big And Small”) just 2 doors down from Bambi.
Her other shop is at 1925 Sophie Wright Pl. in the lower Garden District.