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Shopkeeper Stories
The Shopkeeper Stories series shares the vision and personality of New Orleans business owners. Locally owned businesses infuse New Orleans neighborhoods with their unique character, and are a big part of why we want to live, work, eat and shop here.  While drainage system improvements and road construction make “shopping local” a bit more challenging in the short term, the critical improvements mean our city will be safer and stronger for generations to come. We hope you are inspired and continue to shop small and shop local—even if it takes a little extra time!
 
The Shopkeeper Stories are brought to you by StayLocal, the Greater New Orleans independent business alliance, in partnership with Uptown Messenger. This series runs every first and third Tuesday of the month.  Learn more about us and the work we do at www.staylocal.org/Our-Work.
 

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Featured Business Owner
 
Becky Fos 
Gallery B. Fos
Since 2015

The ethereal colors that cover the walls of Gallery B. Fos create an uplifting, playful environment that imbues the vitality of the New Orleans. Artist Becky Fos colors the familiar with a vibrancy that captures pure energy and joy. The entire experience is heightened by gallery manager, Courtney and her socialite French Bulldog, Leo. Their spirited personalities match the art on the walls. Gallery B. Fos has a piece of art for everyone that will surely make you smile.


What ignited the spark to open your gallery?

I wanted my own place to sell my art, rather than displaying it in other people’s galleries that take a percentage of the profit. So I said to myself, “I’ll never know unless I try.”  Signing a one-year lease for this building was the scariest thing I’d ever done in my life! I thank God because it was the best decision I ever made and I have no regrets.


When did you start painting?

I finished Court Reporting school in 2013, but did not pass my national licensing exam. I began painting as a way to fill the stark white walls of my house since I couldn’t afford art. I would go to Michael’s to buy the cheapest canvasses and the most inexpensive paints. Then my son and I would sit on the kitchen floor, with no easels, and just paint.


When I completed a piece I would share it on social media. Soon after people started contacting me and expressed interest in purchasing my pieces; I did not expect people to respond so quickly. I thought “Wow! That’s really nice, but this is for my house, but I’d love to paint one for you.” Then it just snowballed! People were buying my art and putting it in galleries, which eventually led to me to open my own gallery and pursue my dream.  


What makes New Orleans’ businesses so special?

The flavor of New Orleans is rich, from the culture to the history! Everything our local businesses stand for is centered around the personality of the city. I think it gives businesses that extra flair because we have that flavor to inspire us.


 

 
 





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