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About Us

Nest Nola begain in 2019 as a specialty retail store located on historic Magazine St. in New Orlean, LA. Featuring a unique and carefully curated selection of nature inspired art, jewelry, gifts, and home decor, Nest Nola quickly became a destination spot for locals and tourists alike.

Known for our unique collections of handmade jewelry, locally made oyster shell art and recycled glass art, we also offer vintage inspired artisan prints on tree-free seeded paper and nature inspired, seeded greeting cards. We strive to source products made with natural, eco-friendly, recycled and up-cycled materials.

We celebrate the beauty of nature and support local and American based artists & craftspeople that do the same!

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 careful consideration, the founder of Nest Nola, Beth Kensel decided to “pivot” the business model by closing the brick & mortar store and moving online.




~Marilyn Monroe


Nest Nola is proud to be one of the first 200 of 1,000 recipients of a special grant from The Red Backpack Fund by The Spanx by Sarah Blakely Foundation

Applicants were asked several 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 plan to not only survive the pandemic, but also to help support other WOMEN OWNED and AMERICAN BASED small businesses in the process.

We believe in working together with other small 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 creative small businesses.

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

We sincerely THANK YOU for your support!

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