Downtown News & Media
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Friends of Downtown Lafayette,What a crazy time we find ourselves in. One minute you’re thrilled to have the entire 2020 mapped out for your non-profit organization—filled with bigger and better events and programming to bring people together Downtown—then...
Momentum was Downtown Lafayette’s word of the year for 2019. Read our annual report to see how the Downtown community grew and moved forward in 2019.
Physically separate, but together as a community. The individuals and businesses of Downtown have stepped forward to face the COVID-19 crisis. Here’s our April edition of The Downtowner, Downtown Lafayette’s monthly newsletter.
Burning Stick Creative is a full-service advertising agency led by Amy Jones. As a DLU member, Amy is as passionate about branding as she is about Downtown.
About 40 restaurants operate in the Downtown district, and the majority of them have temporarily closed in the past three weeks. These businesses are a huge part of the culture and economy of our district, owned and operated by local residents with family ties here in Acadiana. They are small businesses, and many of them cannot continue to operate without a steady flow of revenue.
Rachel Holland named Director of Downtown Development and Planning Rachel Holland joined Lafayette’s Downtown Development Authority as Director of Downtown Development and Planning on March 9. Holland, who has experience in both the public and private sectors, will...
Nathanael Johnson explains how Rêve Coffee Roasters came to Lafayette, why he feels it is important to be in a district like Downtown, and the passion he has for creating a quality environment and experience for his customers.
2019 was a transformative year for Downtown Lafayette, one that will mark the beginning of a new decade of momentum for the heart of Acadiana. Our organization has undergone exciting changes, beginning with the appointment of Anita Begnaud as the CEO of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Downtown Lafayette Unlimited (DLU) in October of 2018. Anita hit the ground running by reinvigorating DLU’s membership and programming efforts, hiring Maureen Dugas Foster as the first ever Director of DLU, and acting as the spokesperson for a list of catalytic projects in Downtown—from the renovation of the Old Federal Courthouse and the construction of Vermilion Lofts and Buchanan Heights, to efforts to address Downtown’s pressing infrastructure issues.
See photos of the celebration of the new Facade Improvement and mural at Downtown’s Halo Building. The improved Halo Building facade features artwork by muralist, Brett Chigoy, made possible by a grant from the Downtown Development Authority, through DDA’s Facade Improvement Program.
Photos from the first ever Merry & Bright Christmas in DowntownChristmas in Downtown Lafayette was extra special in 2019. The efforts of Downtown Lafayette Unlimited and almost 100 different businesses, organizations, artists, and volunteers combined...
Most people are familiar with the post-Thanksgiving shopping frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Like it or not, these holiday shopping dates are here to stay, but many who participate do not realize the impact that their spending has—or doesn’t have—on our local economy. Enter Small Business Saturday.