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The last couple of years have been a roller-coaster for Shreveport businesses.  That's not to say that companies and their employees around the world haven't suffered as well - but I've had a front row seat for Shreveport-Bossier City's "COVID show."  That's exactly why the latest bit of good news coming out of the Ratchet City is so awesome!  Not one, but 2 businesses are emerging from the uncertain cloud of the global pandemic and are celebrating grand openings this week in downtown Shreveport.

Hand with scissors cutting red ribbon - opening ceremony concept

Yesterday, no less than 2 ribbons signifying the commencement of regular business were ceremoniously cut in downtown Shreveport.  Pop N' Pizza and Cookie B's Smoothies and More held a joint ceremony to celebrate their new delicious business ventures and each other!  Let's hope this is the beginning of a wave of grand openings and re-openings in our area to counteract the massive amount of closings (both temporary and permanent) that we've seen over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Open sign at coffee cafe, Lifestyle of people at coffee shop.
TK 1993

While both of these businesses look delicious, there's more here to celebrate.  According to the report from KSLA, the event to celebrate the open was hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce who wanted to call attention to the fact that these 2 stores, owned and operated by black women, were leading the way to bringing back more small businesses to Shreveport.

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