StayLocal

StayLocal is Greater New Orleans' Independent Business Alliance.

We are devoted to raising the visibility and viability of the locally owned, independent New Orleans businesses because we believe that independent businesses are the backbone of the city’s culture, economy and character.

A project of the Urban Conservancy, StayLocal is the Greater New Orleans Independent Business Alliance. We are a city-wide initiative for creating a strong economy based on locally owned and operated business. StayLocal encourages consumers to shop locally while helping independent businesses compete effectively.

We are devoted to raising the visibility and viability of the locally owned, independent New Orleans businesses because we believe that New Orleans’ independent businesses are the backbone of the city’s culture, economy and character. Read more >

Are you a local business? Join our Krewe! 

Get Involved:


Independent America-Rising from Ruins

Rising from Ruins tells the story of how New Orleans’ local businesses led the city’s recovery post-Katrina. The film is also about The Urban Conservancy’s mission to create a strong network of independent businesses through its StayLocal project. Rising from Ruins is now available for free at Snag Films.

Check out this cool 90-second video, created by one of our StayLocal-listed businesses, DocNO Productions and featuring three other StayLocal entrepreneurs!

Watch more free documentaries

Update 2

Nov 2018

We’ve been here in New Orleans for 300 years. We wouldn’t still be here if we didn’t have the ability to adapt. But we don’t like change. We still reminisce about long-closed drugstores, bakeries, and supermarkets. And, 300 years later, we’re still on the brink of flooding when it rains for an hour.

The Urban Conservancy is on both sides of this street. They want to keep things as they are, and they want change. They want you to support your local small retailer, and they want you to bust up the concrete in your yard and make a garden to help stop street flooding.

Listen here!

Update 1

Dec 2016

Our local business owners are integral investors in our city’s economic engine, from the tax base to philanthropy to job creation. Their success depends on the wise management of our city’s built and natural assets.  UC Director Dana Eness shares her thoughts here.