Business

9:02am

Wed January 21, 2015
Business

Shreveport brewery turns spent grain into dog treat charity

Great Raft Brewing Co. partnered with Drake Catering this month to produce dog treats using the brewery's spent grain.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Great Raft Brewing Co. in Shreveport has found a new way to recycle its “spent” grain used in the brewing process. When brewers make beer, they're left with massive amounts of leftover grain. The brewery partnered with a local caterer to make dog treats. Great Raft co-founder Lindsay Nations says proceeds from dog treat sales will be donated to the Humane Society of Northwest Louisiana.

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9:17am

Wed January 14, 2015
Business

Louisiana's first 'nerd market' planned for Bossier City

About 2,000 people gathered for a comic con convention held in Jackson, Mississippi last summer.
Credit AVC Conventions

Louisiana’s first comic con convention is coming to the Bossier Civic Center in Bossier City next month. Organizers expect more than 2,000 people will turn out dressed like their favorite movie and comic book characters – think Star Wars. They’re bound to find like-minded fans, according to Greg Hanks, owner of Mississippi-based AVC Conventions.

“You could call it like a nerd market,” Hanks said. “They’re more about movies, television and comic books. It runs the gamut of culture that relates to popular things.”

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10:06am

Thu January 8, 2015
Business

Shreveport-based blood bank establishes its first endowment

LifeShare Blood Centers development director Daphne Young announced the creation of its legacy fund Wednesday in honor of the late Vivian Dell Holder.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

Shreveport-based LifeShare Blood Centers announced the creation of its first endowment Wednesday made possible by a loyal blood donor who quietly bequeathed a life insurance policy to the blood bank. The endowment, currently $10,000, will serve like a savings account that will grow in perpetuity, according to LifeShare CEO Margaret Wallace.

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8:44am

Thu December 11, 2014
Business

Downtown Shreveport leaders herald 50 new apartments in ongoing rehab effort

Originally the Feibelman's Department Store, then a Sears department store, the refurbished 1923 building has been renamed The Lofts @ 624. The 96,000 square-foot building has seven stories and a basement.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A trio of early 1900s buildings in downtown Shreveport – including one on the city’s demolition list – are being brought back to life.

Pre-leasing is underway for more than 50 apartments on Texas Street. At a press conference Wednesday, city leaders announced the names of businesses that will open in the development, including a coffee shop, nightclub, sushi bar, and vintage clothier.

New Orleans developer Roland von Kurnatowski has been working to rehab the buildings for almost two years.

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9:40am

Wed November 26, 2014
Business

Making salty water potable is complex, but Many, La., firm is trying to solve it

Water Desalination Report editor Tom Pankratz is eager to learn what competitors will come up with in the Desal Prize.
Credit GWI Desalination Report

A worldwide competition to invent an affordable water desalination system that would support a farm family in the developing world is down to eight semifinalists, including the company Suns River of Many, Louisiana. 

The editor of the weekly Water Desalination Report, Tom Pankratz, says the key question in the Desal Prize created by the U.S. Agency for International Development is whether it will spark innovation.

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