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One Pop Up Project down, while organizers plan the next

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The Pop Up Project was an idea aimed to revitalize Shreveport's Red River District downtown and the event was a hit. For 2 weeks in may local businesses received prime locations for two weeks-rent free-in an effort to guide business and customers to the district.

For the next Pop Up Project location, locals call it, "The Old Ern Building" on Texas Street. It sits Right across from the Robinson Film Center. There's some construction going on in the area right now, but pop up organizers say they hope the construction will be done because this could be the next location for the pop up project.

In May, shoppers and diners descended on the Red River District to get a taste of the sights sounds and of course, all of that food that was available during the first Pop Up. Organizers didn't keep a head count, so they don't have a specific number of visitors but say the Pop Up was a success. They've met with businesses and customers after the wrap and talked about what worked and what didn't.

Liz Swaine, the Executive Director of the Downtown Development Authority said, "Food sells, quite obviously. Think about it, you may buy a great necklace once a month or look at a couch once a year, or not even that often, but you have to eat 3 times a day, right. So food is what draws people to Pop Up. The three restaurants were wonderful. They were all very different, but they all had things that were appealing to people on different days so food is what got the people down there." Now, Swaine said that they are working to make sure they keep the 'food' aspect of the Pop Up Project no matter what the location is. "The next area that we're going to be won't have a commercial kitchen available to us so we're going to creative on how to make sure we have food available. So we're going to talk about bringing in trailers of food or food trucks."

They're hoping to have the next Pop Up in late September to early October so as not to compete with the Red River Revel Festival that's coming up right after that. The biggest key here is to have construction finished so they can "pop up" in this area.

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