Thankfulness, love, hope for an even brighter tomorrow— just a few of the feelings I feel on a daily basis in this place we call home. Shreveport has always been home, a place of many unforgettable memories — raised in two of our cities most notable neighborhoods, Broadmoor & the Highlands, I have been blessed by a normal, safe, middle-class life. For me, the simple pleasures have included family walks down tree canopied streets, shopping The Enchanted Garden where Pop Rocks candy & unusual trinkets made us children feel lost in magic, setting up with great anticipation for the Highland Parade from my Grandpa Scalf’s home on Dalzell St., riding floats and performing with The Sunshine Generation, dining out at Dominics, and riding my newly salvaged bike up Locust St. to Bayou Dr. just to continue our sweaty trek down the levee to summer fun at Riverside Swim Club— these were happy times. Shall I mention the lasting impression that Leah Miller, Dr. Reginald Dodd, & Sophie Duke had on us school kids back in the 80’s at E.B. Williams Stoner Hill Elementary?!! There are so many incredible people that have made our childhood memories so great! I am forever grateful to many.

Through Shreveport Magazine, we intend to “pay it forward”— to highlight many of the best people, places, things, and events happening in our community! We, in The Great River Cities, have so many people with so much talent. But Shreveport-Bossier has come far since my childhood, we now have an abundance of new, amazing local business owners who, for instance, roast specialty coffee beans and cater to the many local coffee houses. SBC has a long list of dance studios offering classes for a wide variety of styles and age groups and an army of home chefs/bakers some of which do the “side-hustle” from their day jobs all to earn supplemental income. We also provide programs such as Art Therapy to help War Veterans cope with the post traumatic stress of combat. Yes, our community is chock full of hardworking, talented individuals who make up the fabric of our lives.

In this issue, you will read about so many wonderfully proud things including the old downtown department stores that once provided our townspeople a feeling of comfort, prosperity, and progress. Although, they are now a distant memory, we have an opportunity and real obligation to be a part of the new Downtown Shreveport scene. Between monthly art walks, The Agora Borealis, a local artist market, Shop Local Makers’ Fairs, Shreveport Symphony, Artspace, Robinson Film Center, The Shreveport Aquarium, Rockets Over the Red, and countless other events, we can ALL make a difference!

Shreveport Magazine is proud to be a part of this beautiful canvas being painted— the picture of a community who has always been and who will always be uniquely our own! We hope you’ll join us to celebrate this holiday season, into the New Year, and throughout Mardi Gras 2018!

May your days be filled with joy and merriment and nights with warmth and love!

Positive & proud,
Tara John & The Shreveport Magazine Team