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Mary Staes

Mary Staes is our Digital Curator. She crafts content for our social media platforms and our website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether we're natives or not.

Need a break? Brush up on your New Orleans history

By Mary Staes / September 17, 2021

In between bagging garbage that’s been sitting out for weeks, separating building materials, and crossing your fingers that the WiFi and electricity doesn’t go out again, we thought you might want to brush up on a little New Orleans history.

Street flooded? Here’s how to check if your catch basin is clean, and how to DIY

By Mary Staes / August 26, 2021

Here’s how to clean your catch basins ahead of potential flooding.

Your COVID vaccine could win you $1 million 🤑

By Mary Staes / June 21, 2021

Here are some headlines from the weekend you may have missed.

Your guide for sweet treats to cool off in New Orleans

By Mary Staes / May 28, 2021

Let’s be honest, New Orleans is hot. Snowball stands are open almost year-round and anytime I can get my hands on a cool treat, I’m in. Here’s a list of places we’ve discovered to cool off and satisfy your sweet tooth!

Here’s your guide to Jazz Festing in Place 2021

By Mary Staes / April 23, 2021

Upset Jazz Fest is canceled (again) because of COVID-19? We’ve got your guide on how to Fest at Home like a pro.

A Silent St. Joseph’s Night

By Mary Staes / March 19, 2021

During COVID-19, we’ve had to adapt the way we celebrate. Friday is St. Joseph’s Day, and Wednesday marked St. Patrick’s Day. The one-year mark of everything shutting down aligns with St. Patrick’s Day, and this year is definitely different. Even though celebrations don’t look the same, New Orleanians still have a way of making it happen!

What’s Happening in (virtual) New Orleans this week: Feb. 8-14

By Mary Staes / February 8, 2021

Another wave of COVID has much of the country on lockdown, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had online until we’re pandemic-free Here are some of the events we’re most looking forward to in Virtual New Orleans this week.

Sucre’ announces new ownership, return

By Mary Staes / November 5, 2020

More than a year after closing, local bakery Sucre announced its return on social media Thursday, this time with new female ownership.

What’s happening in (virtual) New Orleans this week: Oct. 5-10

By Mary Staes / October 5, 2020

New Orleans is slowly opening back up, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had online until we’re 100%! Here are some of the events we’re most looking forward to in Virtual New Orleans this week.

It’s fall ya’ll! Here’s what we found to celebrate the autumn solstice!

By Mary Staes / September 29, 2020

There a chill in the air and there’s pumpkin spice EVERYTHING (even masks)! Fall is here, so here are a few things we found to celebrate the change of seasons.