What can you tell me about the O'Keefe & Krieger furniture store in New Orleans?
Arthur J. O'Keefe III and Jacob L. Krieger were friends who opened a shop in 1945 at 700 Dublin St. in the Riverbend/Carrollton area. The business repaired, refinished, upholstered and sold furniture. Later, the name was changed to O'Keefe's Interiors, which specialized in interior decorating services and made bedspreads, draperies and slipcovers.
A gift shop operated by O'Keefe's sister, Nora O'Keefe Ibert, was opened downstairs in 1959, but closed 10 years later. At that time, O'Keefe moved his Gallery Interiors of Metairie Road to the Dublin Street shop, where it operated as O'Keefe's Gallery Interiors until O'Keefe retired in the early 1990s.
Today the location is occupied by Painting with a Twist, a studio where groups gather and drink wine while an artist helps them paint canvases.
Arthur and Nora's grandfather, Arthur J. O'Keefe Sr., was mayor of New Orleans from 1926 to 1929, and their father was a city judge in New Orleans. Before he became mayor, Arthur O'Keefe Sr. was a coffee importer and roaster and was the proprietor of Arthur J. O'Keefe Teas and Coffees on the corner of Magazine and St. Mary streets.