Shreveport

Last Modified: September 13, 2008Shopping

City planners in Shreveport-Bossier City have long been aware that people are gravitating toward retail shopping developments where a wide variety of merchandise is offered in a beautiful and intriguing setting combined with opportunities to experience fine dining and entertainment. Both tourists and residents are attracted to these kinds of retail developments because the shopping experience can be so much more exciting than sitting at home on a computer searching the Internet. Retail shopping can be a wonderful opportunity to get out of the house and spend time with families or friends while enjoying the marvels of urban culture offered in Shreveport’s many art galleries, book stores, cafes and restaurants, and public parks with beautiful water fountains and architectural works of art.

Have fun on the famous Louisiana Boardwalk

Ever since the Louisiana Boardwalk opened in Bossier City in 2005, the area has steadily been expanding with new developments to become one of the most popular shopping experiences for both tourists and residents. Situated on the Red River and designed like a small town with intersecting streets and trolleys to transport visitors, the 850,000 sq. ft. Louisiana Boardwalk contains more than 70 retail outlet stores and is the largest combination shopping, dining and entertainment development in the State of Louisiana. The biggest anchor store on the Boardwalk is the 106,000 sq. ft. Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and other well known businesses represented on the Boardwalk include Nike, GAP, Banana Republic, Adidas, Reebok, OshKosh B'Gosh, Chico's, Hagar, Guess, Carters, Wilson's Leather and Lane Bryant. The Louisiana Boardwalk also features a 14-screen Regal Cinema theater, a carousel and dancing water fountains for children, and many intriguing cafes and restaurants.

Shop for local treasures on Line Avenue

The 5-mile long Line Avenue shopping district contains more than 75 stores and boutiques owned primarily by local residents who specialize in providing personalized custom service. Although the Spoiled Rotten Clothing Company may not exactly personify the essence of the neighborhood, it does bring a certain moral perspective to the eclectic mix of stores that also includes A Touch of Youth Day Spa & Salon, John Pickens' Clothiers, Knox Goodman's Boutique, L'Oasis Gift & Gourmet, Toy Fair, Kidd Russ Luggage & Gifts, Caspiana Gift & Clothing, and the Couleur Lingerie & Cosmetics Boutique.

Experience the unique Shoppes at Bellemead

Tourists are also discovering many unique shopping experiences offered by the Shoppes at Bellemead. Easily accessible on Youree Drive north of E. 70th Street from either I-49 or I-20, the Shoppes at Bellemead have achieved a reputation for being an upscale lifestyle center because they feature the kind of merchandise that enables people to enjoy upscale lifestyles. Some stores found within the Shoppes at Bellemead complex include Merle Norman, James Avery, Ann Taylor Loft, Francesca's Collections, Coldwater Creek, J. Jill, Jos. A. Banks, Talbots, Talbots Petites and Talbots Woman.