Sat, March 02, 2024

CSRA businesses gear up to celebrate Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras celebrations kick off today, but tomorrow through Fat Tuesday, there are plenty of opportunities to Let the Good Times Roll right here at home!

The party starts at NOLA Coffee tomorrow from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm. ABD has been following their progress from the beginning when they opened a popup cart in May of 2022. Owners, Mallory Adkison from New Orleans, and her husband, Jake serve up a cold brewed coffee that is rare in these parts, but a throwback to her New Orleans heritage. It caught on and five months later, they opened a permanent location at Langley Plaza in the Midland Valley area of Aiken County.

They’ll be serving their cold brewed blend, espresso, and of course, beignets during Saturday’s Mardi Gras event.


Not long after NOLA opened, ABD spotlighted an entrepreneur who specializes in sweet treats. Joey Blackwell opened Mac Daddy Macarons and his business also took off. We suggested that Joey contact the NOLA owners because coffee and sweets go hand in hand. They partnered and Mac Daddy Macarons are now available at NOLA Coffee shop.

“I’m excited about joining NOLA for the Mardi Gras celebration. I’ll have macarons in traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, gold, and green. The flavors will also focus on tradition, including King Cake, Bananas Foster, and Fat Tuesday donuts,” Blackwell said.

Another business, Upward Trend Boutique, will also be on hand Saturday to showcase some of their items.

Beyond the weekend, across the river, French Market Grille at the Surrey Center, 425 Highland Avenue, will be serving their standard N’Awlins fare of Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice, and Po’ Boys, among other Cajun cuisine on Fat Tuesday.

It saves you a trip and allows you to Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Editor’s Note:
Mitzi Oxford is a veteran broadcaster and features writer who also worked at the same television station in Columbus, Georgia as Augusta’s Brad Means! If you have a South Carolina story idea for Mitzi, please email her at

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