At the corner of Canal Street and St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans’ French Quarter, Starbucks has opened a new store with an old look. The designers tried to imagine what the store would look like if it was owned by an early 1900s Louisianan merchant. The front room would have been the storefront with floor to ceiling shelves like general stores of old while the back room resembles where the merchant would have lived, with schoolhouse chairs surrounding a 12-foot community table. Most people aren’t aware of the popularity of chandeliers made from an assortment of trumpets, trombones, and euphoniums at the turn of the century, but the ever studious Starbucks designers were sure to include a perfect replica. Unfortunately they forgot the traditional woodwind lamps made from old clarinets and cor anglais. Maybe next time, Starbucks.
Being that Mardi Gras is a devilish place Jim Beam decided to run with the idea by partnering with Maxim to send a handful of their models down to Bourbon Street to celebrate the festivities, acquire beads by any means necessary and promote their bold new spirit, Devil’s Cut 90 proof whiskey. What your about to see is Mardi Gras through the eyes of some of the most beautiful women on Earth, the Jim Beam Devil’s Cut girls.