New businesses hope to pump life into a dead area of downtown Shreveport this week.
Nathan and Courtney Grubbs own Aidan’s Place Granola, along with Kelli Cole and Montgomery Cole.
"We bake it, we package it, we distribute it to the stores,” says Courtney Grubbs. “So, we handle all of it, and we're loving it at this point."
They've decided to move their business to the 400 block of Lake Street.
"We've kind of watched it change through the years, sometimes for better, sometimes for worse,” says Nathan Grubbs. “It's great to just kind of bring something positive to the area."
Aidan's Place Granola is one of five businesses that will open their doors on Thursday in newly-renovated spaces.
The Downtown Development Authority hopes the businesses can breathe life back into the area.
Katy Larsen owns Agora Borealis, which is two doors down from the Grubbs’.
"All handmade local goods, everything from soap, jewelry, furniture, home decor, all made, handmade locally, here," says Larsen.
Larsen says she was concerned about moving into the area, which doesn't have many businesses.
"At first, it was a little overwhelming,” says Larsen. “It's a really big empty space, like an empty shell, ready to be filled."
With five businesses opening at the same time, they're all hoping locals will realize the boost in business and make this part of Shreveport a new shopping destination.
All of the businesses will celebrate their grand opening during the "Cirque du Lake" block festival on Thursday, July 17 from 4:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the 400 block of Lake Street.
The event is free, plus there will be live music, tours, and food trucks.