Shop Local

Boutiques, markets, shops and stops to support (and get great buys) right here at home
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You’ve no doubt driven down one of Nola’s shopping thoroughfares recently and noticed “for lease” signs in far too many windows. The crushing combination of COVID-19 and major e-commerce players like Amazon have dealt a heavy blow to our town’s beloved shops and small businesses. And then there are the mind-boggling street construction delays, hurricanes…you name it. At any moment, we may once again be threatened with climbing COVID-19 hospitalizations, additional mask mandates and another possible shut down. Now, more than ever, it’s time to support our small businesses and to make shopping local a priority. 


Small support = Big results

In addition to facing seemingly insurmountable odds, high rent and problems with landlords have also caused major headaches for local businesses struggling to stay on top this past year. Many have adjusted their model and switched to a strictly online platform. Others have scaled down and are sharing retail space or hitting the road for more pop-ups than ever before.

“It is tempting to assume as we walk down a busy neighborhood street lined with shops and restaurants that business owners are getting their legs back beneath them. But measure for measure as compared to 2019 sales reporting, revenue reported at the parish level shows that the numbers for restaurants and retailers are down 30-50 percent through May of 2021. This also means that the services provided to those businesses by accountants, paper good suppliers, you name it, are not back at 100 percent,” says Maryann Miller with StayLocal, an independent business alliance and initiative of The Urban Conservancy.

Miller points out, the fact that so many of our businesses have fully reopened after the last year plus is a good indication of how strongly New Orleanians support local businesses and local brands, but the second half of 2021 is critical. Consumers who shift just 10 percent of all their purchasing power in the coming months from retail giants like Amazon to independently operated, locally owned businesses can bring the equivalent of $60 million annually into the local economy by strengthening the tax base. 


Beyond Amazon

There are countless reasons to take your business directly to a local shop rather than placing those dollars outside of the region. Sure, Amazon comes with its perks, convenience hitting number one on most folks’ list. But studies show that when consumers look to the difficult-to-police mega supplier, a growing number of products are turning out not to be what they claim. The rise of counterfeit goods and fake products goes unnoticed by many shoppers but is extensive to be sure. 

The majority of items sold on Amazon aren’t actually sold by Amazon, but third-party sellers. A major recent Wall Street Journal investigation revealed that “Amazon has listed thousands of banned, unsafe or mislabeled products.” Birkenstock and Nike have announced that they will no longer sell through Amazon due to the inability to monitor knockoffs and the company’s unwillingness to help fight the issue. Buyer beware is an understatement.

A 2020 report from The Department of Homeland Security states, “Where in the past, consumers could identify products by relying on ‘red flag’ indicatorsムsuch as a suspicious location of the seller, poor quality packaging, or discount pricingムconsumers are now regularly exposed to counterfeit products in settings and under conditions where the articles appear genuine. While the risks of receiving a counterfeit may have been obvious to a consumer purchasing items on street corners, with the rise of online platforms, it is not so obvious anymore.”

If convenience is a leading factor in your purchase decision making process, know that most of your favorite local shops have beefed up their online presence, particularly post-COVID. Many will deliver, or pack up your purchase, and have it ready for a quick pick-up. All you have to do is ask.

Civic Economics was retained by The Urban Conservancy to expand upon research evaluating the comparative economic impact of local businesses and their chain competitors. Prior studies have confirmed that, to varying degrees, locally owned businesses generate as much as two- to three-times the local economic activity as do chains. This study set out to take a new approach, comparing the local recirculation of dollars by Magazine Street merchants with that of a large general merchandise store.

The average supercenter format occupies 179,000 square feet and achieves sales of $282.51 per square foot, yielding total store revenue of approximately $50 million. Participating local businesses reported total sales per square foot of $587 per square foot. Therefore, 179,000 square feet would generate an estimated $105 million in annual sales revenue across as many as 100 individual stores.

Total recirculation of revenues for the hypothetical superstore was 16 percent and total recirculation of revenues for Magazine Street businesses was 32.1 percent. Locally owned participating businesses return dollars to the New Orleans economy at approximately twice that rate. Magazine Street’s retailers provide a strong example of small businesses supporting the local economy in a big way.

Super suppliers like Amazon don’t just take revenue out of our community. Amazon’s business model creates a fundamental conflict of interest. For small businesses, Amazon is both a gatekeeper that the business must rely on to reach online shoppers, and at the same time an aggressive competitor selling its own goods and services to those same shoppers. Congress is considering breaking up Amazon’s monopoly as we speak. Without enforcement, the concern is that Amazon will continue to use its gatekeeper power to leapfrog competition and dominate new industries without having to work for it. Amazon is considered by many to be the worst example of a concentration of market power in 100 years.


Think Big, Shop Small

Here’s our list of familiar reader favorites, as well as exciting new shops and spots to be sure to add to your discovery list (if they aren’t already on it). While many of these shops cross over into several offering categories and carry a wide variety of items, we’ve listed them under these groupings for ease of identification.

 

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GET YOUR BLING ON: Fifi Mahony’s · 934 Royal St. · Fifisbywater.square.site

Get Your Bling On

In recent years, a number of fabulous creatives have built businesses on the art of celebration. There is no such thing as less is more with this bunch. Look to these local artists and shops for everything you could possibly need for fests, Mardi Gras, or as it goes here in NOLA, just your average Monday night.

Ellen Macomber

Ellenmacomber.com

Fringe + Co.

Fringe-co.com

Nola Craft Culture

127 N. Solomon St. 

Nolacraftculture.com

 

Accessories

From gorgeous Italian leather handbags with silk linings in prints by local artists, to stylish shades and chic toppers, a NOLA small business has the accessory you need.

Bene Handbags

Benehandbags.com

Krewe

809 Royal St.

1818 Magazine St.

Krewe.com

Nola Couture

3308 Magazine St.

Nolacouture.com

Meyer The Hatter

120 St. Charles Ave.

Meyerthehatter.com

Tchoup Industries

1115 St. Mary Ave.

Tchoupindustries.com

 

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WOMEN’S FASHION: MONOMIN · 2104 Magazine St · Monomin.com

 

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WOMEN’S FASHION: Pilot & Powell · 3901 Magazine St. · Pilotandpowell.com

Women’s Clothing

There’s no shortage of fabulous women’s fashion options here in town. From funky and edgy pieces to more minimalist and streamlined staples, this list will cover everything your closet craves.

Angelique Boutique

7725 Maple St.

Shopangeliqueboutique.com

Azby’s Boutique

5531 Magazine St.

Azbys.com

bALLIN’s Ltd.

721 Dante St.

Ballinsltd.com

ByGeorge

1507 Magazine St.

Saintvincentnola.com

Em’s Boutique

246 Metairie Road

FREDA

600 Carondelet St.

Shop-freda.com

Gae-Tana’s

7732 Maple St.

PEONY

2240 Magazine St.

Peonynola.com

Pied Nu

5521 Magazine St.

Piednunola.com

Polite Society

Politesocietynola.com

Muse Inspired Fashion

2044 Magazine St.

Museinspiredfashion.com

Saint Claude Social Club

1933 Sophie Wright Place

Saintclaudesocialclub.com

SOSUSU Boutique

3427 Magazine St.

Sosusuboutique.com

Victoria

5420 Magazine St.

Weinstein’s

4011 Magazine St.

Weinsteinsinc.com

West London Boutique

3952 Magazine St.

Westlondonboutique.com

 

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MEN’S FASHION: Luca Falcone · 2049 Magazine St. · Lfsuits.com

 

Men’s Fashion

From streamlined, custom-tailored suits to seersucker bow ties and white linen shirts, local shops have all the duds the dapper gent could possibly need. And, if you’re in the market for a trucker cap, surf shorts, band tee or vans, we got dat too.

Billy Reid

3927 Magazine St.

Billyreid.com

FAM Nola

305 Decatur St., Ste. 101

FRIEND

600 Carondelet St.

Friendneworleans.com

George Bass

201 St. Charles Ave., Ste. 103

Georgebass.com

Pelican Coast

5509 Magazine St.

Pelicancoastclothing.com

Perlis

6070 Magazine St.

600 Decatur St., Ste. 104

Perlis.com

Rubenstein’s

102 St. Charles Ave.

Rubensteinsneworleans.com

Vegas

1924 Magazine St.

 

Consignment

You may be looking for your date-night outfit or to get rid of those bulky old brass fireplace tools. Remember, one person’s trash is another’s treasure at these chests full of delightful finds. Often, you’ll score major designer duds that have never been worn.

Consign Consign

1160 Magazine St.

Magpie

4529 Magazine St.

Renaissance Interiors

2727 Edenborn Ave.

Yourrenaissance.com

Swap Boutique

7716 Maple St.

5530 Magazine St.

The Encore Shop

7814 Maple St.

Encoreshopnola.com

 

Local Furniture Makers

There are a handful of exceptionally talented custom furniture makers in town. Both Doorman Designs and GoodWood are creating inspiring and fresh pieces that can be seen around town. The major bonus? They do so sustainably. 

Doorman Designs

Doormandesigns.com

GoodWood Nola

Goodwoodnola.com

 

For Your Furry Friends

In NOLA, we love our pets so much we throw actual parades dedicated our cuddly little friends. So, it only makes sense that we have exceptional shops that carry everything necessary to make life swell for these furry companions.

Jefferson Feed

4421 Jefferson Highway

Jeffersonfeed.com

Petcetera

3205 Magazine St.

Petceteranola.com

Southern Paws

633 Toulouse St.

Shopsouthernpaws.com

 

Workout/Fitness Gear

Whether you need new kicks for your run or outdoor gear to beat the elements, you’ll find the latest and greatest for working up a sweat right here at home.

Basics Underneath Swim & Gym

5513 Magazine St.

Basicsunderneath.com

Body Shoppe

4537 Freret St.

Bodyshoppenola.com

Louisiana Running + Walking Company

4153 Canal St.

Louisianarunning.com

Massey’s Outfitters

509 N. Carrolton Ave.

Masseysoutfitters.com

Tasc Performance

3913 Magazine St.

Tascperformance.com

Varsity Sports

3450 Magazine St.

Varsityrunning.com

 

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FOR THE HOME: Sunday Shop · 2025 Magazine St. · Sundayshop.co

For The Home

It’s been the year of staying in place and rethinking our space. Many of our local d残or shops are owned by designers and staffed with experts who find the best of the best, whether it’s for your own home or a gift.

Eclectic Home

8211 Oak St.

Eclectichome.net

Elysian by Em

3701 Magazine St.

Elysianbyem.com

Hazelnut

5525 Magazine St.

Hazelnutneworleans.com

Hilltop Shoppe

3714 Magazine St.

Hilltopshoppe.com

Home Malone

629 N. Carrolton Ave.

4610 Magazine St.

Homemalonenola.com

Judy at The Rink

2727 Prytania St., Ste. 11

Judyattherink.com

Katie Koch

3905 Magazine St.

Katiekochhome.com

Leontine Linens

3806 Magazine St., Ste. 3

Leontinelinens.com

Maisonette

2727 Prytania St., Ste.13

Maisonetteshop.com

Malachite

3806 Magazine St.

Malachitehome.com

Nadine Blake

1036 Royal St.

Nadineblake.com

Perch

2844 Magazine St.

Perch-home.com

Phina

3717 Veterans Memorial Blvd.

2561 Metairie Rd.

425 Harrison Ave.

Phinashop.com

Sotre

3933 Magazine St.

Sotrecollection.com

Sud

4021 Magazine St.

Sudneworleans.com

The Collective Shop

3512 Magazine St.

Statementgoods.com

Ware & Co.

3806 Magazine St.

Waremporter.com

 


The Sustainability Factor
Shopping local also reduces your environmental impact. Local businesses use local resources sustainably and employ local workers at decent wages, becoming more self-sufficient and less dependent upon importers. Local businesses often purchase from other local businesses and service providers, helping to grow the local tax base. 
Just look to local companies like design and build firm GoodWood, who is on track to become a zero-waste facility by 2025. GoodWood works with several community organizations on different initiatives ミ S.O.U.L. to plant trees throughout New Orleans offsetting lumber use, a mentorship program with Son of A Saint and an internship program with LA Green Corp., providing career building opportunities for the community.
Studies show that local business owners donate more to local charities (from small to larger scale) and are more likely to get involved with fundraisers. When you shop local you are also doing your part to support non-profits and important causes. 
And there’s the recently reopened Zasu, chef Sue Zemanick’s flagship Mid-City restaurant. Zemanick worked with GoodWood on the interiors, talented local artist Mallory Page on stunning new installations and sources fresh ingredients from top-notch local growers and providers. The ways our local small businesses support one another are endless and will inevitably circle back to you and your pocket.

 

Gifts

There’s always something to celebrate in NOLA and we give and receive gifts aplenty. These festive local shops offer everything from chic hostess gifts to hilarious gags for the prankster turning 50. 

Auraluz

4408 Shores Drive

Shopauraluz.com

Chateau Drugs & Gifts

3544 W. Esplanade Ave. S.

Chateaudrugsrx.com

Little Miss Muffin

766 Harrison Ave.

Shoplittlemissmuffin.com

Nola Boards

519 Wilkinson St. Ste. 105

Nolaboards.com

Stoney Clover Lane

3938 Magazine St.

Stoneycloverlane.com

The GOOD Shop

1114 Josephine St.

Thegoodshopnola.com

 

Stationers

Here in town there’s always a celebration or something exciting to announce, and we do it in top-notch, elegant, one-of-a-kind style. Look to these talented local stationers for your paper announcement needs.

Alexa Pulitzer

Alexapulitzer.com

Betty Hunley Designs

6057 Magazine St.

Bettyhunley.com

Gem Printing

1904 Veterans Memorial Blvd.

Gemprinting.com

Lionheart Prints

3312 Magazine St.

Lionheartprints.com

Scriptura

5423 Magazine St.

Scriptura.com

Walking Man Studios

Walkingmanstudios.com

 

Museum Stores

Museum shops are often forgotten but are an excellent source for unique gifts. Curators and other staff help stock the unique collections that can be found at these local spots.

JAMNOLA

2832 Royal St.

Jamnola.com 

Sazerac House Museum 

101 Magazine St.

Sazerachouse.com

The Ogden Museum 

925 Camp St.

Ogdenmuseum.org

The National WWII Museum 

945 Camp St.

Nationalww2museum.org

The Historic New Orleans Collection

520 Royal St.

Hnoc.org

Southern Food and Beverage Museum

1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Southernfood.org

 

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FLEURS/PLANTS: Perino’s · 3100 Veterans Blvd. · Perinos.com

Fleurs/Plants

From large-scale outdoor landscaping supplies to gorgeous, meticulously arranged blooms for a loved one or gathering, these local shops have it all. 

Antiqua Floral

Antiguafloral.com

Bantings

3425 River Road

Bantingsnursery.com

Dunn & Sonnier

3433 Magazine St.

Dunnandsonnier.com

Harold’s

1135 Press St.

Haroldsplants.com

Fabulous Flowers

2020 Chestnut St.

Fabulousflowers.us

The Flower Shop

2036 Magazine St.

Nolaflowershop.com

The Plant Gallery

9401 Airline Highway

Theplantgallery.com

 

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FOR KIDS: Magic Box Toys · 5508 Magazine St. · Magicboxnola.com

For Kids

NOLA kids are a discerning bunch. Lucky for the adults, we have a host of fun boutiques filled to the brim with a well-curated selection of clothing, toys, costumes and gifts.

Juju’s Kids Boutique

5519 Magazine St.

Jujuskidsboutique.com

Little Pnuts

400 Harrison Ave.

Littlepnutstoyshoppe.com

Mignon

5414 Magazine St.

Mignonnola.com

Nola Kids

333 Chartres St.

Shopnolakids.com

Pippen Lane

2930 Magazine St.

Pippenlane.com

 


Customer Service
Small business owners work hard to hire employees with expertise in a specific area because their staff is a very direct representation of their brand. When you visit a local store, you’re going to get reliable advice, from a real human being, on which product is a best fit, tailored to your need.
Looking Forward
“The coming months are critical ones to retain our independent businesses, those who didn’t survive with franchise support from corporation headquarters out of state, or those which were told they were too small for, too late for, or were otherwise unable to receive the financial incentives provided by government agencies,” continued Miller.
The good news is that New Orleanians are stoically loyal, and our plethora of creative, exceptional and world-renowned small businesses offer just about everything you could possibly need right here at home. So next time you’re tempted to hop online and click for convenience, remember, you really don’t have to dig deep to find something amazing right around the corner.

 

Jewelry

New Orleanians don’t need a special occasion to dress up, and of course appreciate the sparkly, finer things in life. Our talented local jewelers carry a host of stunning and unique options, both antique and new.

Adler’s

722 Canal St.

Adlersjewelry.com

Aucoin Hart

1525 Metairie rd.

Aucoinhart.com

Blainey Kern

Blaineysworld.com

Boudreaux’s

701 Metairie Rd.

Boudreauxsjewelers.com

Crowe Jewelry

3530 Magazine St.

Crowejewelry.com

Depetra

Depetra.com

Friend & Company

7713 Maple St.

Friendandcompany.com

GoGo Jewelry

825 Ninth St.

Ilovegogojewelry.com

HGM Fine Jewelry

3617 Magazine St.

Hgmjewelry.com

Marion Cage

3807 Magazine St.

Marioncage.com

Mignon Faget

3301 Veterans Blvd.

3801 Magazine St.

Mignonfaget.com

Porter Lyons

631 Toulouse St.

Porterlyons.com

Valobra

333 Royal St.

Valobra.net

Wellington & Co.

505 Royal St.

 

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WELLNESS/BEAUTY: Blue Mercury · 5601 Magazine St. · Bluemercury.com

Wellness/Beauty

Although we love a good fiesta here in NOLA, we also appreciate the growing list of options for taking good care of our fun-loving selves. From holistic, clean-beauty options, to pampering spa services and beauty supplies, this list has you covered.

Earthsavers

3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd.

5501 Magazine St.

Earthsaversonline.com

Everybody Wellness

2901 Ridgelake Drive

Everybodywellnessnola.com

Poppy & Ivy Face Bar

5715 Magazine St.

Poppyandivy.com

Ritual Body Studio

Ritualbodystudio.com

The Spa at Windsor Court

300 Gravier St.

Windsorcourthotel.com

Vibrant Market

3811 Magazine St.

Thevibrantmarket.com

The Woodhouse Day Spa

4030 Canal St.

Neworleans.woodhousespas.com

 

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ANTIQUES/VINTAGE: Tara Shaw · 5833 Magazine St. · Tarashaw.com

Antiques/Vintage

Our town has a rich history and perusing local antique shops is an immediate trip to another era. The beauty of combining pieces that stand the test of time with fresh modern finds is organically NOLA at its finest. 

As You Like it Silver Shop

3033 Magazine St.

Asyoulikeitsilvershop.com

Balzac Antiques

3506 Magazine St.

Balzacantiques.com

Crescent City Auction Gallery

1330 St. Charles Ave.

Crescentcityauctiongallery.com

Decorations Lucullus

915 Kentucky St.

Decorationslucullus.com

Dop Antiques

300 Jefferson Highway

Dopantiques.com

Karla Katz Antiques

4017 Magazine St.

Karlakatz.com

Mac Maison

3963 Magazine St.

Macmaisonantiques-neworleans.com

Maison de Provence

3434 Magazine St.

Maisondeprovence.com

Merchant House

1150 Magazine St.

Merchanthouse.com

M.S. Rau

622 Royal St.

Rauantiques.com

Neal Auction Company

4038 Magazine St.

Nealauction.com

Patricia Thompson Antiques

3522 Magazine St. 

Ricca’s Architectural Sales

511 N. Solomon St.

Riccasarchitectural.com

Wirthmore Antiques

3727 Magazine St.

Wirthmoreantiques.com

 

Vintage Clothing

NOLA is a vintage clothing mecca. We love to dress up and so did our predecessors. Peruse these fabulous local vintage shops for a truly unique and show-stopping number.

Blue Dream

2121 Chartres St.

Bluedreamneworleans.com

Century Girl 

2023 Magazine St.

Centurygirlvintage.com

Funky Monkey

3127 Magazine St.

Funkymonkeynola.com

Miss Claudia’s Vintage

4204 Magazine St.

YEP Thrift Works

1626 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard

 

Best Spots for Nola Tees

You know the feeling. It’s game day and you need a cute new tee. Fret not, the list below has you covered from hilarious takes on local headaches to your favorite team gear.

Dirty Coast

713 Royal St.

5631 Magazine St.

1320 Magazine St.

Dirtycoast.com

DNO

1101 First St.

Dno.la

Fleurty Girl

3313 Severn Ave.

923 Metairie Road

3137 Magazine St.

Fleurtygirl.net

Jean Therapy

3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd.

5505 Magazine St.

Jeantherapy.com

 

Road Trippin’

With so many fantastic neighbors, a day (or long-weekend) getaway to one of these charming spots should be on your calendar. If you do find yourself in one of these locales, be sure to check out these great shops, recommended by area residents.

Baton Rouge

Aria

7620 Corporate Blvd.

Ariaonline.com

Circa 1857

1857 Government St.

Themarketbr.com

Royal Standard

2877 Perkins Road

Bay St. Louis

Century Hall

112 S. Second St.

Shopsofcenturyhall.com

Social Chair

201 Main St.

Socialchairbsl.com

The French Potager

213 Main St.

Thefrenchpotager.com

Covington

Copper Rooster

222 Lee Lane

Copperroosterantiques.com

Cottage Antiques

205 Lee Lane

Cottageantiquesla.com

The Jefferson House

619 S. Jefferson Ave.

Jeffersonhousegifts.com

Hammond

Bayou Booksellers

201 W. Thomas St., Ste. A

Bayou-booksellers.myshopify.com

Ruby

100 N. Cate St. 

Shopruby.net

Susan’s General Store

220 N. Cate St.

Luling

The Basketry 

12337 U.S.-90

Thebasketry.com

Slidell

Konnie’s Gift Depot

859 Brownswitch Rd.

 

Refueling

Pounding the pavement supporting your local shops can certainly work up a thirst and appetite. Have no fear, from Lakeview to the Marigny to Vets Blvd., here are suggestions for great spots to pop into to refuel and quench.

Junior’s

789 Harrison Ave.

Juniorsonharrison.com

La Petite Grocery

4238 Magazine St.

Lapetitegrocery.com

Sylvain

625 Chartres St.

Sylvainnola.com

The Daily Beet

1000 Girod St.

3300 Magazine St.

Thedailybeetnola.com

The Franklin

2600 Dauphine St.

Thefranklinnola.com

Yakuza House

1325 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Ste. A

Yakuzahouse.com

Zasu

127 N. Carrolton Ave.

Zasunola.com

Zocalo

2051 Metairie Road

Zocalo-nola.com

 

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WHERE TO FIND YOUR GRINDS: Cherry Coffee · 4875 Laurel St. · Cherrycoffeeroasters.com

Where to Find Your Grinds

Perhaps you’re a gig worker and the coffee house is your office, or you’re just grabbing a quick cup on your trip to work. Either way, this list of cozy, delicious spots will deliver your caffeine fix.

Congregation Coffee Roasters

240 Pelican Ave.

Congregationcoffee.com

French Truck

Multiple locations

Frenchtruckcoffee.com

HEY! Café & Coffee Roastery

2606 St. Louis St.

Heycoffeeco.com

Hivolt Coffee

1829 Sophie Wright Place Hivoltcoffee.com

Lamara Coffee + Kitchen

1300 N. Broad St.

Lamaracoffeeandkitchen.com

Mojo Coffee House

1500 Magazine St.

4700 Freret St.

3983 Tchoupitoulas St.

Mojocoffeehouse.com 

PJ’s

Multiple locations

Pjscoffee.com

Revelator Coffee Company

637 Tchoupitoulas St.

Revelatorcoffee.com

Treme Coffeehouse

1501 St. Phillip St.

Thetremecoffeehouse.com