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The Whole Foods Market Broad Street decor features New Orleans-inspired artwork, made by local artists (Della Hasselle, MidCityMessenger.com).

The new Whole Foods Market opening next week on the corner of Broad and Bienville streets will flaunt a local flair found in everything from produce to hand-painted signs by resident artists.

The 25,000-square foot store will have a community gathering preview party tomorrow, Feb. 1, from 12-3. The store will showcase its 330 local products, including a live banana tree, to be housed in the middle of the store, and more than 115 locally made items in the grocery’s bakery, according to marketing team leader Lindsay Morton.

In addition to bagels from Laurel Street Bakery, macarons from Sucre, chili pies from Boucherie and king cake from Cake Cafe, the store will also feature local wines and beers, and fresh-caught Gulf seafood, Morton said.

The Whole Foods will even have a gumbo bar, and regularly serve jambalya and red beans and rice.

A chef whips up andouille sausage cornbread to serve at the Gumbo bar (Della Hasselle, MidCityMessenger.com).

The store will also feature the work of local artists. Handmade signs with New Orleans street names hang over aisles, and artwork on the wall depicts images like streetcars, local architecture and even graffiti.

Signs show the work of local artists (Della Hasselle, MidCityMessenger.com)

Whole Foods Market Broad Street salvaged a graffiti painting found in the building prior to development (Della Hasselle, MidCityMessenger.com).

Some artwork will even be for sale.

An old-fashioned cigarette machine has been converted into an Art-o-Mat, where customers can buy local art for $5 a piece (Della Hasselle, MidCityMessenger.com).

Other parts of the grocery have been re-purposed, too, including grocery store letters from the previous tenant and recycled pallet wood used on columns throughout the store.

A common room (Whole Foods Market).

The store’s indoor dining room (Whole Foods Market).


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