Liz Swaine, Executive Director of the DDA/DSDC, announced the second Pop UP, which will be in Shreveport's Central Business District.
Creative entrepreneurs will receive an opportunity to present their unique products or services to the public in the second of four Pop UP opportunities this year. Planned for Sept. 22 through Oct. 3 at 616 Texas St., Pop UP No. 2 is to occupy the structure's 6,000-square-foot ground floor.
Citizens National Bank, Downtown Shreveport Development Corporation and the Downtown Development Authority have announced the businesses that will be taking part in the Central Business District Pop UP Project.
“We learned a lot in our first Pop UP in the Red River District,” says Liz Swaine, Executive Director of the DDA/DSDC. “Food encourages excitement. If you have great food offerings, all the other retailers benefit and we’ve definitely got some great options for the upcoming Pop UP!”
Kim Bailey, Vice President- Citizens National Bank says the applications overall were strong. “We continue to be excited about the entrepreneurs who are applying. They have great ideas, a lot of savvy and are hard workers.
Participating in a Pop UP is a great first step for them. It will let them share their products and business plans with a wider audience to learn what works and what needs work. This is a smart opportunity for ANY business.”
Those who will participate in the Central Business District Pop UP include:
- Baked- the food from Northern Italy. Owner Christa Free, who was born and lived in Italy, makes mouth-watering Paninis, Lasagna, fresh-baked breads, Cinnamon-Maple rolls, Profiteroles filled with chocolate and vanilla and more. Her menu will change daily but will always include frozen products to buy and take, pastries and fresh fruit drinks.
- TWINE- TWINE is a local brick and mortar restaurant long interested in downtown opportunities. Owner Rick Rose has built a business based on fresh; fresh bread, sandwiches and salads with fresh made daily desserts. Some of TWINE’s specialties include Blueberry Texas Toast, Salmon Salad with Capers and salads topped with Homemade Ranch Dressing.
- Fleur De Crème- owner Summer Black has found a way to satisfy every sweet tooth with homemade ice cream made from regionally-sourced cream and fruit. Her creative flavors that range from Roasted Strawberries & Crème to Port City Peach (flambéed with Southern Comfort Bourbon) to Creole Cheesecake with Graham Cracker Crust, will be available by scoop, cone, half- or full pint. Our suggestion is to eat a cone, carry out a pint!
Rounding out the businesses in the next Pop UP:
- Le Affine’ Boutique- Owner LaToya Amos chose the name which means ‘To Be Refined’ for a reason. The clothing, purses and accessories Amos sells look high end but are affordable for almost every woman. Amos has been in the fashion business for 15 years and hopes the experience and contacts she gets during Pop UP will allow her to one day open her own brick and mortar location.
- Red I- Whether hats are in or out (hint: they’re in), owner India Mona can make you fall in love with the Fedora. Mona custom designs a wide range of unique and stylish Fedoras for women, men and children. She also carries specialty extended tee shirts.
- Megan Davis Taylor Fine Art- Megan has never met a family pet she couldn’t paint into a portrait. She specializes in furry family members that can be painted from your photo or hers. No pet? No worries. Megan also has a line of paintings of wild and domestic animals from which you can choose.
- Global Images, LLC- Shelley Hoppaugh is just about to be the next ‘big thing.’ She has a patent pending on a new and innovative frame that incorporated LED lighting in a way you have not seen before. Her frames, which will initially be offered in 11x14, also differ in that the photograph or painting does not need to be professionally mounted and can be changed as often as the owner would like. Global Images is one of the contestants in the Louisiana Start-Up Prize.
Being confined to one specific location for the 13-day duration placed different criteria on Pop UP No. 2 than No. 1. The single site was intended to house as many as six unique Pop UP businesses, or as few as a single aspiring business with an outstanding business plan and large-size footprint requirements. Applicant selection lay in the hands of a review committee comprising members of the Downtown Development Association (DDA), Downtown Shreveport Development Corporation, Citizens National Bank, and other downtown stakeholders.
The 600 block of Texas already sports a ready food supply, Swaine said, with 4J's Java and More, and the Robinson Film Center Café fully operational, plus a new Creole soul food eatery. The Shreveport Public Assembly & Recreation (SPAR) department plans to create its first downtown Pop UP park, in front of the former Sears building, two doors to the west. The micro park, also known as a parklet – the first of its kind in Shreveport – is to be only the size of a single parking space, designed to combine seating, flowers and green space in the fire lane of a street scene. Preservationists will have a front row seat for the continued redevelopment of not only the Zodiag building but also its sisters to the west, the Sears/Fiebelman's building at 624 Texas St. and the Furman building in between.
Two more Pop UPs are planned before the year's end. The third is relatively short, Nov. 3 through 8, in the Shreveport Common area, ending with the Texas Avenue Makers Fair. Some of the Pop UP businesses will locate in the Engine Room of the Central Art Station, while others will be set in locations yet to be selected. The culminating Pop UP returns to the campaign's point of origin, the Red River District, with a lengthy Holiday Pop UP from Nov. 17 through Dec. 31.
After the final Pop UP ends, the business support group Committee of One Hundred will select one of the participating businesses to receive a year of free rent in downtown Shreveport. DDA will help the winner select the optimum site.