The Local: Mary-Martin France, Owner of Hilltop Shoppe

Mary-Martin France New Orleans The Hilltop Shoppe

To celebrate Small Business Saturday, we checked in with one of our favorite Magazine Street shop owners, Mary-Martin France of Hilltop Shoppe. Hilltop Shoppe is our go-to place to find any type of gift: host, birthday, holiday. It has just what you need at a variety of price points. While we encourage you to shop local year-round, ‘tis the season for gifting and Mary-Martin is here to help with anyone on your list this holiday season. She also has the cutest helper, Franklin, who will love to see you.

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS? | I have been in business for 5 years this past October.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL HOLIDAY TRADITION? | I love going to all of the hotel lobbies downtown with family/friends to see the decor and sip on some bourbon milk punch. And of course going to Celebration in the Oaks in City Park.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT OUR CITY THIS TIME OF YEAR? | I feel like New Orleans comes alive during the holiday season. I love driving around and seeing all of the beautiful homes decorated for the season. Also, I love going to holiday lunches and dinners with friends at old New Orleans restaurants. I feel like everyone is so happy and joyful this time of year!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LOCALLY SOURCED GIFT TO GIVE? | I am a huge book lover and love to give books to family members. I usually hit up The Garden District Book Shop for a good book find. I also love going to Malachite and finding a hidden gem for my mom for Christmas.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LOCALLY SOURCED GIFT YOU’VE RECEIVED? | Last year I got a great ornament that was Freda “Katlo” (I have two cats) from Lionheart. Might be my favorite one on my tree!

WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE “IT” ITEM TO GIVE THIS SEASON FROM HILLTOP SHOPPE? | The Meloria Graziani Lacquered Candlesticks. We have so many different colors and they are a great price.

Visit Hilltop Shoppe at 3714 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA or shop online at