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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.

Looking for a Dong Phuong king cake but can’t get to the East? Here’s a list of places that have them.

By Mary Staes / January 19, 2022

Live on the Westbank but still want to get a Dong Phuong king cake? No worries.

Handmade Halloween: Making your own costume is half of the fun

By Mary Staes / January 12, 2022

There are plenty of resources for your own DIY costume, and it won’t be the cheesy pom-pom gumball machine either.

King cake flavored everything: is king cake flavor the new pumpkin spice?

By Mary Staes / January 5, 2022

Here’s a list of how your can get your King Cake fix if bread isn’t acceptable in your New Year’s diet.

We’re looking for writers!

By Mary Staes / November 23, 2021

Love telling others about the people, places and culture of your city? Very Local is looking for enthusiastic lifestyle writers to highlight everything that’s great about where you live. Very Local is a digital site and streaming channel focused on lifestyle and culture. We provide the best recommendations on cultural destinations and activities for local […]

Q&A: The mad scientist behind Magazine Street’s Ghost Manor

By Mary Staes / October 25, 2021

We talked to owner David Gentry, the mastermind behind the boo-tiful house to find out how the Uptown spectacle started.

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.