The doors of the Joseph Guin Hair Aalon are now open.
After a year-long process of renovations and redecorations, his building has been transformed.
"We've really been looking for a long time for something new and to do something fresh and different," says Joseph Guin, owner. "And downtown was just somewhere we've been wanting to be for a long time now."
The remodeling is part of an initiative by the Downtown Development Authority and Shreveport Regional Arts Council to bring a fresh new look to what they call Shreveport's "West Edge."
"We have a lot of people that have a good eyes, and know how to tear down walls in their head and really build something mentally," says Guin. "And we just get to watch it come into reality, and it's been pretty groovy to see."
Thursday night, businesses in the 600 and 700 block of Texas Street, held a two-block open house for locals to come check out their new swanky buildings.
"I want to see what makes Louisiana and Shreveport so exciting," says Trudy Morlock. "The music is good, the food is good, I just want to see the art and the culture."
The free tour started at Artspace, and visitors picked up passports to get them in every building; which to some was an exciting adventure.
"I just want to see what new things they have here to offer for us, because I love coming down here to Shreveport and just seeing what they have," says Jacquelinn Robertson.
One man originally from California says Shreveport really surprises him.
"A town this size has a lot of culture that you could do for free or volunteer, it's amazing, really," says Vince Scholtes. "You can find a lot of things to do around here."