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Councilmember Head Celebrates Freret Neighborhood Economic Development with Grand Opening of Village Coffee Yesterday Morning

August 12, 2009

Councilmember Head cuts the ribbon at Village Coffee with owners Donna and Marty Scoggins

Councilmember Head cuts the ribbon at Village Coffee with owners Donna and Marty Scoggins

"This traditional commercial corridor is seeing new life with improved code enforcement"

New Orleans, LA - August 12, 2009 -  District "B" Councilmember Stacy Head participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony yesterday morning to celebrate the grand opening of Village Coffee, another new business on the burgeoning commercial corridor on Freret Street between Jefferson Avenue and Napoleon Avenue.

Donna and Marty Scoggins, owners of the new Village Coffee location, Peter Waring, architect of the Village Coffee site and Principal of Waring Architects, L.L.C., neighborhood leaders and local residents were present for the ribbon cutting.

Village Coffee is located on the corner of Freret Street and Jefferson Avenue, in a former bank building (click here for map). Freret Street is designated by the City and state as an arts and culture district, therefore providing for tax breaks for historic building renovations. Village Coffee is open Monday - Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday - Sunday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information about Village Coffee click here.

Councilmember Head stated, "This traditional commercial corridor is seeing new life with improved code enforcement, residential development and small business development. I have worked closely with the property owners, existing and new businesses, as well as non-profit home-ownership developers to keep focus on and support for the Freret rebirth."

Head continued, "Roughly two years ago, this effort began with making zoning laws more accommodating for development along the corridor and the establishment of the Freret Saturday Market. Since then, we have seen the re-investment by Ochsner in the Baptist Campus, investment of the Village Coffee House, renovation and expansion of Freret Hardware, Sarita's Grill, Beacoup NOLA Snowballs, and the Freret Market open from Noon - 5 p.m. the first Saturday of every month.

"Soon, we will have a dentist's office on the corridor as well as Brottworks, a "green" glass art studio, Crescent City Comics, The Box Office Bar, featuring live music in the early evening, and Freret St. Po-Boys."

For more information on investing in the Freret area, please contact:

 - Neighborhood Housing Services
   4700 Freret St.
   (504) 899-5900

 - Freret Business & Property Owners Association
   4700 Freret St.
   (504) 231-7011

Jason Abate
Office of District "B" Councilmember Stacy Head
Ph: 504-658-1020

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