About Stay Local!

Frenchmen Street at Chartres

Frenchmen Street at Chartres

Our Mission

Stay Local! is about Culture. Locally owned businesses form the cultural backbone of New Orleans and its neighborhoods. They are what imbues the place with its aura of authenticity and a large part of why people want to live, work, eat and shop here.

Stay Local! is about Commerce. Dollar for dollar, shopping at a locally-owned, independent business provides our community with the best possible economic bang for it's buck because of the multiplier effect that occurs when revenue is recirculated throughout the local economy.

Stay Local! is about Environment. A strong economy is a sustainable economy, and a sustainable economy is one with as many built-in local networks as possible. We want to make staying local with purchasing decisions as easy as possible for all consumers.

Our searchable local business directory is here to connect you with the locally-owned business you're looking for. Here are our top ten reasons to shop local

We educate. We advocate. We celebrate.

Not only do we educate New Orleanians about the importance of shopping locally; we also engage in advocacy efforts on behalf of locally owned businesses at the city, state, and federal levels.

Plus, there’s a lot to celebrate. This website is a celebration of what’s right about how business is done in New Orleans as well as a place to learn more about what can be done based on best practices from around the state, the nation, and the world.


We've certified every businesses listed on this site as "certified locally owned and independent" so if you spot a business displaying our decal, you can be sure they're local. As a non-profit membership organization, we're devoted to raising the visibility and viability of our member businesses with numerous initiatives and workshops. 


We have an in-depth knowledge of the local alternatives to big box chains/national competitors that exist in the Greater New Orleans area. Simply reach out to us at info@staylocal.org explaining what you're looking for, and we'll connect you to local businesses.


Business Owners and heads of eligible organizations: click here for how to get involved. All others, head here.

There’s no time like the present to Stay Local! in New Orleans.