We spend a lot of time downtown and often come across things that we think, ‘well isn’t THAT cool?’ We’re going to start gathering some of these things – big and small- that we think are fun, interesting, topical, pretty or just deserve (in our opinion) to get a mention. Here’s what we like Week #3:

People are loving the I Am Downtown filter on Facebook and Instagram, and so are we! You can add the filter simply by hovering over your profile photo and clicking ‘change.’ The filter will be offered for you to use.

The I Am Downtown filter is a hit!

It’s punkin’ time and downtown’s eateries are rolling out the fall spices. Over the past few days we have seen a number of yummy baked goods and autumnal java drinks make their debut. We LOVE this, as much for the flavor as the promise of cooler weather ahead. Check out: Rhino Coffee for their new pumpkin cookies.

Yum.

Meanwhile, The Missing Link is offering some delicious-looking apple spice cupcakes!

Yum x 3.

And while we’re on the subject of food, did you know that the Retro Downtown Cafe serves breakfast all day? We don’t honestly know if this qualifies as breakfast or dessert, but we’re down with it either way!

Stack of strawberry mini pancakes with whipped cream, of course!

 


Week #2

By Robert M. Watt

Downtown employee and hobbyist photographer Robert M. Watt has been at it again. One of his daily strolls caught this striking before-and-after comparison of the LA DOTD work being done on the Texas Street Bridge, more officially known as the Long-Allen Bridge. The right-hand side shows the after, the left, what they are working to improve.

Some 40+ years before the Long-Allen Bridge was built, this photograph was snapped along a part of the Red River bank roughly adjacent to the current Shreveport Aquarium. What makes this so interesting is the railroad bridge in the background. At the time, 1885, it was owned by the Vicksburg, Shreveport & Pacific RR, which actually had trains rolling in this area prior to the Civil War. Look at the base of the bridge, though. It is the SAME base in use today except the round concrete pylons are now on dry land near Sci-Port. This shows clearly how the river has meandered hither and yon over the years. Thanks to our friends at Twin Blends Photography for helping share our interesting local history.


Week #1

Government Plaza is looking good!

After years of  not investing a lot on the exterior landscaping of Government Plaza, the City of Shreveport has upped its act in a big way by replacing a non-functioning fountain, repairing and painting mortar walls and installing nice landscaping (and an irrigation system, to boot)! We love the ‘new’ look; it was overdue and much needed.

Robert M. Watt photograph. 800 block of Texas Ave. from Crockett Street.

Robert M. Watt works downtown and often early in the morning and at lunch will take his camera for a little ‘visual storytelling.’ Though not a ‘professional’ photographer in the sense of making a living from his work, he is professional in his shooting. He has a fine eye and often sees details that many of us see and ignore on a daily basis.

Robert M. Watt photograph. Historic metal door in the 600 block of Crockett Street.


Sanctuary Glass School is the newest business at 1200 Marshall Street in the Red River Brewing Co. This glass-blowing operation is pretty fascinating to watch and you can participate by blowing your own ghost or glass pumpkin. If the experience of blowing a piece of custom glass doesn’t appeal to you, you can still purchase one.

Michelle Pennington, one of the instructors at Sanctuary Glass.

 

Pumpkin (and other) pretties!

They have a little retail space inside the Brewing Co. with some super cute items. We are eyeing several of the pumpkins for fall decor, and -*Bonus*- they come in all different colors to fit many different settings, most in the $40/$45 range. Go by and take a look!


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