Celebrate Mardi Gras with these 4 Black-Owned Businesses

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The rich culture, gorgeous architecture, and unbelievable food makes New Orleans my absolute favorite U.S. city to visit. With Mardi Gras around the corner, it's only right that I share some of the best Black-owned businesses I've visited in Nawlins. Enjoy!

This downtown bar is #1 on our list for a reason! Victory is the perfect spot to start or end your night in the Big Easy. Known for their craft drinks and house-made syrups, they have a beautiful bar-lounge downstairs and an intimate venue upstairs for private events and mixology classes. Make sure to try the chartreuse before you leave - you can thank us later.

What began as a creative outlet for MD and PhD Sophia Omoro (hello, #BlackGirlMagic) is now a philanthropic, booming brand in the French Quarter. odAOMO supports improved social and economic conditions in Kenya by providing fair-wage employments to local Kenyan artists. Visit the shop for a gorgeous collection of handcrafted leather goods and unique fashion pieces made from Kenya.

Visit owners Alexis & Jordan Ruiz at their new location in the Lower Garden District. They'll offer you a delicious mix of culinary perfection and classic creole flavor. 

Passed down for three generations, this restaurant started as a catering service for career women who still needed to feed their families. The menu at Praline Connection has a wide selection of New Orleans classics, but they're known for their spoon-dripped pralines. They've got a flavor for everyone...get in there.