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Red River District pops up with business

It's a new initiative that's never been done in the Shreveport area.
It's an initiative that's never been done before in the Shreveport area.

It's the Downtown Shreveport Pop-UP Project.

All 12 shops selected, will open their doors at 7am, Monday through Friday.

They will be there temporarily for two weeks.

Monday morning, we went to Cafe Camellia and spoke with owner Cindy Gleason Johnson. 

She is trying out her southern cooking (beignets, jambalaya, etc.)

For a complete menu you can follow these links:
-https://www.facebook.com/CamelliaCoffee?fref=ts
-https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Camellia/236904683176987
-http://www.camelliacoffee.com/

For more information on the Downtown Shreveport Pop-UP:
-http://downtownshreveport.com/pop-up-shreveport/
-https://www.facebook.com/dda.shreveport

The Board of Directors of the Committee of One Hundred approved their support for small businesses and the revitalization of downtown by creating an award for a single winning Pop UP Business.

The Committee is a private organization made up of the highest-ranking local executives of businesses and professional enterprises in Northwest Louisiana.

"The Committee of One Hundred is dedicated to education, community relations and regional economic development," says John Atkins, Committee of One Hundred 2014 President. "We know the value of small businesses to our regional economy and we want to support them. This is a way for us to give a first break to a new small business or to help an existing business expand and hire additional employees."

"This takes the Pop UP Project to a new level," says Liz Swaine, Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority. "We're helping the business get their feet wet with two weeks rent-free. The Committee of One Hundred is offering an incentive that could be life-changing to a small business person. This should encourage all those entrepreneurs and small businesses thinking about applying for Pop UP to get their proposal in for the next Pop UP planned for the Central Business District in September."

The first ever Pop UP Project in the regional will run through Friday, May 23rd in the Red River District in Downtown Shreveport.

12 businesses ranging from restaurants to 3-D printing were chosen.

Another Pop UP will follow in the fall in the Central Business District, and a third will be held in November in Shreveport Common, the new nine-block art and culture district downtown.

At the end of the three Pop Ups, one business will be chosen by the Committee of One Hundred to receive one year of free rent at a downtown storefront location.

The Pop UP Project is open to retail and restaurants with preference given to those businesses that create the most vibrancy, and best meet the needs of the 17,000 employees in downtown Shreveport.
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