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Downtown Shreveport 'Pop Up' project making comeback with new businesses

Pop up businesses will set up in a building that's more than 100 years old. Pop up businesses will set up in a building that's more than 100 years old.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - A project to revitalize vacant buildings and attract business to downtown Shreveport is popping up again.

It's called the "Pop Up" project and it allows businesses to set up shop in a previously vacant building for two weeks, at no charge. The idea first debuted in the Spring of 2014 and is making a comeback.  

According to Downtown Development Authority Executive Director Liz Swain, the aim is to give businesses a free pass to test out what it would be like to own a brick and mortar store and also attract the community to downtown.  

Several applicants applied, but only seven businesses were chosen. Fleur De Creme Gourmet Ice Cream business owner was one of them. Owner Summer Black said this is the perfect opportunity. 

"The "Pop Up" project is wonderful for small business owners like myself," she said. "It affords us an opportunity to have a shop whenever we don't have a budget, to be able to have a brick and mortar store."

Other businesses chosen include food and ice cream, clothes and art.

"Instead of having a dry run of investing the money to starting a brick and mortar store, we actually have the option to see, 'Is this something the community wants,' 'Will we be supported?'" Black said. 

Megan Davis Taylor, an artist who specializes in taking photographs and painting portraits of pets, was also chosen.

"This is a wonderful opportunity," she said. "I can not wait to get in here and for all of us to put our heads together and make this an awesome place."

The other businesses include Baked, Twine, Le Affine' Boutique, Red I, and Global Images, LLC.

"This will give everybody the opportunity to see what you can do with an old building and how transitional and wonderful it can be for a multitude of uses," said Swain.

Black's 9-year-old son Reese is a supporter of the idea.

"I think it's really good that they are doing this, so they can help people out," he said. 

Project leaders said "Pop Up" not only helps the businesses out, but it also breaths new life into downtown. 

"Shreveport is a great city," Black said. "We deserve to have a downtown area that we are proud of."

This "Pop Up" project will start Sept. 22 and continue until Oct. 3. 

There are more "Pop Up" projects planned for the future. The next one will only be a week long from Nov. 3-8 in the Shreveport Common.
A six-week long holiday market "Pop Up" is planned in the Red River District from Nov. 17 to Dec. 31.

Applications are still being accepted for those pop ups. 

Find out how to apply here.

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