NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Several locally owned businesses have joined Shop Local NOLA in promoting local holiday shopping and dining.  Together, they are promoting NOLA Elves Local Shelves, which encourages consumers to support the local businesses in their community.  This 2nd Annual Event is sponsored by Help! Air Conditioning and Trane Technologies.  It offers the public an opportunity to register to win local gifts and encourages them to share their local shopping experiences on social media. 

“Our team at JB Communications is very passionate about supporting locally owned businesses, we have been donating our time since the start of Covid to promote this business initiative,” stated Jacquie Bonano, founder of Shop Local NOLA. “Many locally owned businesses rely on income from the holiday season for survival.” 

Studies show that shopping small is an investment in your local economy.  According to the Huffington Post, shopping locally could return about $9.3 billion back to the US economy. This amount could be even higher when you consider the local dining establishments which are so crucial to the Greater New Orleans area. 

NOLA Elves Local Shelves Giveaway 

The NOLA Elves Local Shelves promotion kicks off on Small Business Saturday, November 26, and runs through the end of December. Participants in the giveaway can enter to win by visiting shoplocalnola.com/elf and double their chances of winning by sharing their shopping experiences on social media, using the hashtags #NOLAElvesLocalShelves and #ShopLocalNOLA 

New prizes are being added daily.  Some of the locally owned businesses that have contributed giveaways to the event include: Sue’s Jewelry, Rock N Bowl, X’s and O’s Gift Shop, John’s Tuxedos, Welty’s Deli, Ye Olde College Inn, Joe’s Café, CR Coffee, and Messina’s Runway Café.   

Partnering with Local Chambers and Associations 

According to Jefferson Parish Economic Development, for every dollar spent on local businesses, approximately 67 cents stay in the local community. Shop Local Nola has partnered with over twenty local chambers and associations to promote local shopping in the Greater New Orleans area. Locally owned businesses can register their free business listing in less than five minutes on ShopLocalNola.com

About Shop Local Nola 

Shop Local Nola, founded by JB Communications, LLC in 2020, is the Greater New Orleans Area’s largest directory for verified, locally owned businesses. This free business resource is designed to help local businesses promote deals and encourage shoppers to focus on local shopping year-round. For business listing eligibility, visit ShopLocalNola.com