Beth Kensel founded Nest NOLA in early 2019 as a specialty retail store on upper Magazine Street featuring a unique, carefully-curated selection of nature-inspired, handmade art, jewelry, gifts, and home décor, made with primarily all-natural, cruelty-free, eco-friendly, recycled and up-cycled materials. March of this year marked the first anniversary of the thriving business. It also brought a mandatory shutdown, a crushing blow. What was a business owner to do? Pivot.
So Beth made the decision to move Nest NOLA out of its brick and mortar location and into a new 100% online home. Nest NOLA recently became one of the recipients of a $5,000 grant from The Red Backpack Fund by Spanx and the Sarah Blakely Foundation. Applicants of the grant were asked a couple of important questions. If you were to receive the grant, how would you use the money? How does your business help others in the community?
“I was inspired to fine tune my focus and restructure my business plan to not only survive the pandemic, but also to help support other women-owned, preferably Louisiana-based, and always American-based small businesses in the process. When you support Nest NOLA, you are supporting not just one, but many other American based artists, artisans, and small businesses.”
In addition to all of the gorgeous items already on offer at Nest NOLA — including real, cruelty-free butterfly wing jewelry, recycled glass night lights, real dried flower and eco-resin jewelry (comes from a tree not plastic), and mask chains made by Beth herself — the website is currently stocked with plenty of holiday-centric items including best-selling, locally made, hand-painted cypress knee Santas. These are stunning, one-of-a-kind, and numbered by the artist.
Like to do well by doing good? Eschew the same old-same old, mass-produced things? Want to support craftspeople and artisans? Nest NOLA has what you seek for your holiday shopping needs.
Shop Nest NOLA on their website nestnola.net, on Facebook @nestnola (where LIVE sales events will be hosted throughout the season), and on Instagram @nest_nola. Contact them at email@example.com or 504.835.4702.