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Nathanael Johnson is the owner of Rêve Coffee Roasters on Jefferson Street and a member of DLU since 2018. Rêve—French for “dream”—came to Downtown Lafayette in 2014 and quickly emerged as more than just a coffee shop. The café also its own beans, which...
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.
Downtown Lafayette will become the perfect destination for lovers of Christmas this December. In an effort to spread seasonal joy throughout the Acadiana region, DLU has committed to creating a month-long series of family-friendly holiday events in Downtown Lafayette.
Kiwanis of Acadiana’s “Harmony Park” playground is now a reality. The new Downtown playground was installed at the Children’s Museum of Acadiana.
The Downtown Development Authority wants to create a “ripple effect” of improvement in Downtown through a series of targeted, incremental investments. DDA believes that this concept will yield many positive results for the district.
Software and IT consulting firm Perficient has announced plans to double the staff in their Downtown office by hiring 70 new employees.
Watch the full recording of the Lafayette Mayor-President Forum held by Downtown Lafayette on September 24th.
Watch the election forum for Lafayette city and parish District 5 candidates, held by Downtown Lafayette on September 4th, 2019.