downtown Shreveport

Shreveport Downtown Development Authority

The North Louisiana craft brewing scene continues rapid growth.

Red River Brewing Company announced Thursday it will move into a 23,000-square foot downtown Shreveport building that will contain a brew house, bottling line and a tap room.

The company was founded by three friends who just liked to brew beer in their Bossier City garage. Their hobby in 2010 is now a serious business venture with $1.6 million in investor backing, according to managing partner Jared Beville. He says Red River Brewing is on draft in about 50 bars and restaurants along the I-20 corridor, but bottling it will take it to a new level.

Kate Archer Kent

The Shreveport Downtown Development Authority is gearing up for a second Pop UP project.

This time, a vacant, turn-of-the-century building in the central business district will be filled with 6,000 square-feet of retailers that currently don’t have a brick-and-mortar storefront.

Business owners apply to get a rent-free space in the Pop UP. If chosen, they will operate their venture out of the Zodiag building for two weeks, according to Liz Swaine, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority.

Kate Archer Kent

The city of Shreveport and the Downtown Development Authority have organized the city’s first Pop UP Project. It aims to give regional businesses a two-week opportunity to have free, storefront real estate in downtown Shreveport. 

Louisiana Film Prize

Organizers of the Louisiana Film Prize in Shreveport say this year’s entries are mostly coming from filmmakers outside the Bayou State. Executive director Gregory Kallenberg expects another big turnout for the festival weekend in October when a panel of judges and the audience decide which film will receive a $50,000 cash payout. He anticipates about 80 entries this year, on par with the first year of the contest.