Author: lizdda

Downtown History Tours

Each one of the buildings and spaces in Downtown Shreveport has stories to tell. More than 180 years old, downtown has lived through it all – war(s),  economic collapse, a legal Red Light District, gunfights in the streets, Yellow Fever, railroad wealth, oil and gas millions, Huddie Ledbetter, Howard Hughes, Elvis Presley. Our tales are big and bold, writ large by people who were unwilling to take no for an answer and whose decisions were incredibly wise and unreasonably idiotic. They are no longer around to speak for themselves, so we now do it for them. You owe it to yourself to explore our history of colorful women, shady men, business tycoons and balladeers, some of whom have apparently refused to shed the surly bonds of earth and remain to lend a little ‘spirit’ to various occasions. Downtown is proud to show off its past with a variety of talks and tours, and you’re always welcome to take part. Ogilvie Wiener Mansion Tours– Tours of the work happening at the beautiful Queen Anne Ogilview Wiener Mansion are each Saturday and Sunday, 4-6 pm. Wear light clothing and comfy shoes, there is no air conditioning and stair climbing will be required. The beautiful home is located in the city’s first subdivision. The owner and builder, William Burwell Ogilvie, did not get to enjoy it long. The Ogilvie mansion was built in...

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September Downtown Artwalk

September’s Artwalk is already being planned and we’ll be sharing all the details soon! We return to the East Zone, which includes great stops like Norsworthy Gallery, Bon Temps Coffee Bar, Fully Stacked, and Remington Suite Hotel & Spa, among others. This month, we will welcome three NEW stops to the monthly artwalk: the downtown branch of the Shreve Memorial Library (424 Texas Street), the lobby of Chase Tower (400 Texas Street) and Artipsy (Red River District). These new stops will combine with our older favorites to make for a very special night. What is artwalk? Well, it’s a free, all-ages-friendly event that encourages folks to explore a section of our beautiful & historic downtown, that on this night is filled with art and artists and special fun events. Businesses throw open their doors to show off their space AND you get to meet some of our amazingly talented citizens. On any given month, you might see the works of: painters, sculptors, wood workers, fabric and jewelry makes, airbrush artists, photographers, potters and more. Downtown is nothing if not eclectic! One of the really fun events that is scheduled during the East Zone tour is called Art Live.  This is an event that pits three of four artists against each other and the clock. They are giving a general theme but nothing else, and during the course of the...

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Dog Friendly Downtown

You’ve heard it before. Downtown has gone to the dogs, and we’re actually pretty happy about that. One downtown developer has had a really hard time renting his apartments because of his ‘no-pet’ policy. Statistics say that 44% of Americans own dogs, 29% own cats. Because of that policy, he is turning away 60% (total # of pet owners) of the people who might have been interested in his space. That’s a lot of people to tell that you don’t want their money or business. Because of this dog love connection, more and more businesses are becoming pet friendly. (Some...

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Twenty Days of Winning with Parkmobile Parking App!

Starting July 10, Parkmobile, the City of Shreveport and ShrevePark will be hosting Twenty Days of Winning. It’s free to participate and super easy—all you have to do is use your Parkmobile app for a parking session downtown! What? That’s all? Yep, it’s that simple. Four days a week for five weeks, we will be choosing a random lucky winner from the list of people who used the parking app the day before. (On Tuesday, we will choose one who used the app on Monday and so on.) We will call you and let you know that you have...

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