Success Stories

Stories that remind us that success for local independent businesses goes far beyond the bottom line.

The Big Easy Rollergirls: Defenders of New Orleans

Big Easy Rollergirls

August 4, 2014

The Big Easy Rollergirls give “Defend New Orleans” a literal meaning. As representatives of the city, they bring their New Orleans’ flair to every aspect of their sport. From their attitude, music, and local sponsors they are determined to make our city proud!

By Meredith Cherney

Circle Food Store Re-Opening Points to Positive Trends in Food Access and Economic Equality

Circle Food Store

March 12, 2014

Circle Food Store on St. Bernard and N. Claiborne Avenue is more than a grocery, it’s a community asset.  The store had served 7th Ward families for decades prior to Hurricane Katrina.  Following the disaster, it’s been a difficult process getting the doors to reopen.  But on January 17th, 2014, more than eight years after closing its doors, it finally happened.

By Keely Hill

ZomBeads: Mardi Gras ReMade


July 25, 2013

What happens if we stop to consider not only the importance of purveying independent businesses when we want a cup of joe or need a new pair of sandals, but when we participate in the cultural institutions that make New Orleans so unique?

All-Natural, Handmade Soaps from Cake Face Soaping

Cake Face Soaping's Kelsey Foreman

May 21, 2013

Looking for a way to treat both your body and your local economy better? Here’s the business for you! New Orleans’ own Cake Face Soaping creates exceptional all natural, handmade, vegan soaps and lotions. Stay Local! met with owner and founder Kelsey Foreman on a Thursday afternoon at Lakeview’s Harrison Market to discuss her craft.

Local Biz Success Story: Unique, Handmade Jewelry from The Copper Goat

Lalo Flores in his Decatur St workshop

April 17, 2013

Lalo Flores opened The Copper Goat at 1132 Decatur  in April 2012 as a unique shopping experience venue offering handmade jewelry, jewelry making classes and parties as well as custom jewelry repair and lapidary services. Stay Local sat down with Lalo in his workshop, located in the store itself, to discuss his craft.