About Us

Nest Nola is an online specialty boutique located in New Orleans, Louisiana. We feature a unique selection of nature inspired jewelry, art, gifts, and decor. Our collections include jewelry made from real flowers and cruelty-free butterfly wings, art made from up-cycled oyster shells, vintage-inspired art prints on seeded paper, and more! We celebrate the beauty of nature and support local and American based artists & craftspeople that do the same!

In 2019, Nest Nola started as a specialty retail store on historic Magazine Street in New Orleans. In March of 2020, just as we were celebrating our one-year anniversary, a mandatory shut down order was implemented by the city of New Orleans for all non-essential businesses due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The shutdown coupled with the cancellation of all events in New Orleans for the remainder of the year, led to a severe drop in business with no end in site. Like many other small businesses across the country, we were faced with some very difficult decisions.

The future was just too uncertain. After a few months of careful consideration, Beth Kensel - the founder of Nest Nola, decided to “pivot” the Nest Nola business model by closing the brick & mortar store and moving online.




~Marilyn Monroe


During the pandemic, Nest Nola was one of the first 200 small businesses to receive a special grant from The Red Backpack Fund by The Spanx by Sarah Blakely Foundation

Applicants were asked several important questions. "How does your business help others in the community? If you were to receive the grant, how would you use the money?"

It was during the process of answering these questions that we were inspired to FINE TUNE our focus and RESTRUCTURE our business model to help support other WOMEN OWNED and AMERICAN BASED small businesses.

We believe in working together with other creative businesses to survive and thrive. Our artisan and handmade products come primarily from women owned, local (Louisiana based), and American based small businesses. When you support Nest Nola, you are supporting not just one, but multiple American based artists, artisans, and small businesses.

Today, you can find Nest Nola online and in person at Zele Nola located at 2841 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA.

We sincerely THANK YOU for shopping small!

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