Are you tired of shopping at all of the "big box" stores? Tired of seeing the same in-store displays whether you are on the West Bank or in Metairie? Looking for something unique...something with a local twist or a little lagniappe? Searching for a way to support our local business owners and positively impact our New Orleans area economy?
Post Katrina, there has been a terrific grass roots effort to shop locally owned and operated businesses. How locally do you shop? And how do you know which businesses are based right here in the New Orleans area?
Enter Stay Local!, an organization advocating a return to shopping locally and using local and independent businesses and services wherever possible. With a mission of continuing the New Orleans culture through commerce, the Stay Local! website already has over 1,100 local business listings in categories ranging from auto parts to wholesale foods and everything in between. Need custom jewelry, a photographer, a neighborhood restaurant, a computer guru or a good tailor? There are all here and then some! Find addresses, websites, phone numbers and even maps to store locations of our own home grown entrepreneurs.
Are you a business owner who needs a supplier? What better way to build a network than to join this quickly expanding group of other locally owned operations - spend your dollars here in the metro area too and let's all do our share to support our local economy. Your business may depend on it!
What a positive impact we can all have on the recovery of the entire region by continuing to support our friends and neighbors - especially those who were among the first to reopen post Katrina. When the big boxes were still boarded up, your corner store or coffee shop more than likely was open. If you were not eating MREs, you were probably eating at a locally owned bar, grill or restaurant. Need more convincing? Stay Local! has a great list of the top ten reasons to shop local in New Orleans.
Stay Local! offers free listings for all businesses who meet their criteria:
- Business must be based in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard or Plaquemines Parish.
- Majority business ownership must reside in the above parishes
- Owner/operator must be responsible for his/her own decision making in marketing, operations and legal proceedings (i.e., an independent business)
Additionally, Stay Local! is offering a monthly email newsletter to keep locally owned businesses informed on a multitude of issues that may affect them. Sign your business up here.
As we move into the holiday season, I hope that each of you takes the time to look over your shopping list and find your own ways to stay local!
Lisa Heindel, Realtor® and Latter & Blum Inc Realtors® are proud to be members of Stay Local!
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