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Downtown Shreveport bouncing back from pandemic lows

Newest investments include art gallery, new nightclub
Downtown Shreveport is seeing some new development after hitting a slump during the height of...
Downtown Shreveport is seeing some new development after hitting a slump during the height of the pandemic.(KSLA)
Published: Oct. 18, 2021 at 2:13 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 18, 2021 at 11:18 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — Home to several restaurants, other businesses and unique art spaces, downtown Shreveport was hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although the virus is still omnipresent, the “heart of the city” seems to be bouncing back.

“It has been refreshing, to say the least, to get calls from potential investors, to get calls from folks out of our area as well as folks in our area,” said Janie Landry, deputy director of Shreveport’s Downtown Development Authority.

Downtown boasts unique art spaces, especially from local artists. Big Sun Studios, located at the corner of Edwards and Crockett streets, opens soon. An opening reception will be held Oct. 24 from 2-4 p.m. at the new location.

“We really need to cultivate the city and bring the arts back and allow for Shreveport, downtown especially, to thrive,” Big Sun gallery director Kelly Ward said.

Space can be used for anything from book clubs to yoga classes to art events, she added.

Ward also believes that people need to invest in the area’s older buildings. “The architecture that we have down here is unparalleled. We need to revive downtown.”

With that same mentality, local business owner Tim Huck is in the process of opening a nightclub on Commerce Street.

“This building’s bones are amazing,” he said when asked how he came to choose that location. “The building’s been vacant a long time, and I walked in and it’s still beautiful.”

Huck said he is an advocate for downtown development and wants to continue to see its growth.

“Shreveport is where I started in the nightclub industry; and it’s kind of dear to my heart.”

He hopes to open his nightclub at the end of November, assuming “everything goes right with licensing and inspections.” At this time, he said, he has not yet decided on a name for the venue.

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