An urban farmers market in the making

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – Efforts are underway to develop a brick-and-mortar style farmer’s market where vendors could sell produce and other food, floral merchandise and a host of other assorted goods throughout the year .

One of Urban Proper’s goals is to provide businesses and residents of downtown Shreveport with an artesian-style grocery store for all their home and inventory needs. Another goal is to give local distributors a chance to succeed, as they say community support can be scarce in Shreveport/Bossier City.

[Farmers’ markets within 250 miles of Shreveport]

Tonya Yates’ idea is to create an urban market at 620 Texas St. in a similar vein to the concept on which she designed the look of the nearby historic Zodiag Building at 616 Texas St. at Refine Design Decor Boutiques. , according to a post in downtown Shreveport. This space is now filled with a variety of vendors selling women’s and children’s clothing, handbags and jewelry, vintage items, paper goods and art, candles and more.

The initial construction of the Urban Proper building is expected to be completed within the next few weeks. At this point, Yates plans to arrange a site visit for potential tenants.

Much like the Refine Design setup, the downtown Shreveport post states, Urban Proper vendors won’t need to be present to sell their wares. Instead, the space will have its own employees during all business hours and a point-of-sale system where the seller can register and pay rent, check inventory, and get paid as they go. products are purchased. The house will retain 10% of sales to pay for staff members and utilities, cleaning, alarm system and other administrative needs.

Christopher S. Washington