Mid-City businesses excited for Government street makeover
POSTED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 3:23pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 3:42pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — The mid-city section of Baton Rouge is home to some of the most unique stores in the city, but they easily go unnoticed because of the way Government street is currently set up. That is why local business owners have been pushing for this project for so long. And they are happy to be finally getting their wish.
"People plow through Government street up and down, going to work, coming to work and often times don't really stop and look around to see what's new" said Damien Boisvert, manager of Studio C.
But soon, Government street will be transformed into a trendy shopping destination. And stores like the Atomic pop shop are going to benefit.
"We are excited. We are a little nervous about the street being shut down and people being discouraged to come this way. But we know that's something that needs to happen to make us better in the long run and make this place a little more desirable," said Hannah Guarisco, manager at the Atomic Pop Shop.
As of now, parking is hard to come by on Government street and there aren't sidewalks for customers. But in time, business owners envision a promising future.
"The possibilities are huge. I know some of the fashion and ideas will kind of be like magazine street. It's walkable, a lot of shopping, a lot of businesses," added Micah Nickens, owner of the Gaudet Brothers Salon.
And at the end of the day, all business owners really want is a chance.
"I have had customers tell me, I have been meaning to come here for a year, I just didn't know where to park. And so that is really disheartening. And with the redevelopment it answers some of those problems and some of those issues we have of people not really know we're here," said Guarisco.