DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (BRPROUD)– Local business owners in Livingston Parish hope that with COVID-19 cases decreasing, the economy will recover. They plan to kick off this coronavirus recovery with a spring festival.
Denham Springs Mainstreet Director Donna Jennings says, “so everyone had started really good in recovery mode and then the pandemic hit, then they had to shut down for a while.”
Some say it was a long and hard fought battle.
DS Antique Village Merchant Association President Albert Bye says, “all of our shops hung in the best they could, a lot of them were hurt real bad. we only had one shop that actually closed its doors.”
After 2 hard blows from the flood of 2016 and then the pandemic, Denham Springs businesses said the spring festival is just what the city needed.
Jennings said, “Now they are open for business, they’re restocked, and they need smiling faces to come in.”
“We’re back to business as usual right now and we want the festival to kind of be a celebration of that,” added Bye.
The spring festival also acts as a way to drum up business while giving back to the community.
Jennings explained, “ It’s because they’re the ones who support us. They’re the ones who keep these shops’ doors open.”
Spring Fest will take place right in the heart of Denham Springs where there will be local businesses, dancing, food, dancing, and even live music at the train station.
Jennings says, “this makes a huge economic boost to the area because not only do we have 166 vendors on the street. All the shops are open, they usually have special sales, some of them have refreshments. It’s just a good time to come back home and meet your neighbor.”
They’re hoping that Spring 2021 will be a season of renewal and strength..
She said “it’s gonna pick everybody up.”
The festival will take place on April 24th from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and organizers say that if you do plan to go, don’t forget to come with an appetite and a mask.