Ah, the Lakeside Mall. The Shops at Canal Place may be ritzier, and the Mall of Louisiana may be bigger, but to me, Lakeside exemplifies everything a mall should be: a single, non-confusing, non-pretentious level, powerful air conditioning and indoor fountains sparkling with enough pennies, nickels and dimes to finance an Auntie Anne's pretzel, if you're bold/broke enough to plunder other shoppers' wishes. And now it has another feather to add to its cap: it's the first mall in Louisiana to feature an A|X Armani Exchange store.


The 4,835 square-foot store, which opened this month, features "a collection for the generation of the young, urban and sexy," according to the press release. Our li'l Metry mall is growing up.