Shopkeeper Stories


The Shopkeeper Stories series shares the vision and personality of New Orleans business owners. Locally owned businesses infuse New Orleans neighborhoods with their unique character, and are a big part of why we want to live, work, eat, and shop here.  While drainage system improvements and road construction make “shopping local” a bit more challenging in the short term, the critical improvements mean our city will be safer and stronger for generations to come. We hope you are inspired and continue to shop small and shop local—even if it takes a little extra time!

The Shopkeeper Stories are brought to you by StayLocal, the Greater New Orleans independent business alliance, in partnership with Uptown Messenger. This series runs every first and third Tuesday of the month.

Featured Business Owner


Liz Maute Cooke

Lionheart prints

Since january 2013


How do you define “success” in your business?

I want to spread as much joy on as many selves as possible. I love the fact that we are in the businesses of spreading good vibes. Every single time someone buys one of our cards, it’s going to be sent to someone, and they are going to feel appreciated, loved, remembered, empathized or congratulated.


What are your current or any upcoming goals for your business and/or community?

I want to be a New Orleans institution. We have many great components to our businesses including workshops, custom design services, retail, and fun events. We are also working on a podcast which has been such a joy getting to record. We interview people making bold moves in the direction of their dreams. It lights me up and puts a fire in my belly. I feel like our podcasts speak to people who want to take strides and do better for themselves and their community.


What advice would you give a new business owner?

Don’t lose yourself in comparisons. Listen to your inner voice and make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons, not because everyone else is doing it. Put one foot in front of the other and take your time. Don’t try to be an overnight success. Be an overtime success because slow growth builds strong roots.



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Meet Your Local Shopkeepers