2020, where do we start? Better yet, where do we end?
This year has been one wild ride filled with plenty of ups, downs, twists, turns, 90º free falls, and even some of those loop de loop thingamabobs, but not the ones that go smoothly; the ones that get stuck while you’re upside down, those. But through it all, if you’re reading this, we’ve appeared to have made it to the end. Let us celebrate!
As we prepare to enter into a new year with hope and an expectation for better, let us first take a look back at all of the good that has come from 2020, really.
Before we start with our 2020 list of good things that happened in business, we would like to give our sincerest gratitude & appreciation to our wonderful sponsors, advertisers, and hardcore followers. Without you guys, we would not be where we are today, in 2020.
Our greatest sponsor support in 2020 comes from:
Chase Group Construction, design & build firm
January 2020 – New no kill animal shelter.
New $8.9 million Lafayette Animal Shelter Now Under Construction
February 2020 – Legends lives up to their name.
Legends Bar & Grill To Build 9th Lafayette Parish Location In Scott, LA
March 2020 – The start of the pandemic. And Wine.
America’s Largest Independent Fine Wine Retailer, Total Wine & More, Is Coming Soon To The Former Stage Retail Space Near Super Target
April 2020 – Scott, LA gets even more meat.
Kartchner’s Grocery & Specialty Meats Progress, Located In Scott, LA
May 2020 – Local BBQ!
Tchoup’s Midcity Smokehouse, Neighborhood Bar Coming Soon To S. College Road
June 2020 – Northside expansion.
Former Metro Bingo To Become Second Location For Lafayette Habitat for Humanity ReStore
July 2020 – This development is still yet to be realized, still exciting though.
ALDI, A Popular Discount Supermarket Similar To Trader Joe’s Is Coming Soon To Lafayette
August 2020 – A Twofer. Beausoleil Books tells us that we should pick up a book and read something.
Beausoleil Books, A New Downtown Lafayette Book Store Concept, Set To Fill A Void Left Since The 1970s
Bon Temps Grill Is Relocating To The Former Blue Dog Café On Pinhook Road
September 2020 – Probably the most exciting restaurant return announcement, periodt.
Viva La Waffle Making Triumphant 2020 Return Inside of the Former DIX on Kaliste Saloom
October 2020 – Lafayette’s Medical industry growth solidified.
Lafayette General Health (LGH) Is Now Ochsner Lafayette General (OLG)
November 2020 – Another Twofer – Local businessman acquires Cajun staple, preserves its legacy. And local team comes together to open Poppa’s Fried Chicken on the Thruway.
Prejean’s Cajun Restaurant In Carencro To Be Acquired, Renovated By Deano’s Owners
A New Culinary Collaboration Is Set To Open The New Poppa’s Fried Chicken On Evangeline Thruway
And finally, December 2020, the grand finale. – Carencro, LA wins the development lottery with the new Amazon Fulfillment Center and is the biggest news of 2020 and the biggest post in Developing Lafayette’s 8-year history. And a local restaurant gives 2020 the kick in the rear with an expansion doubling in size.
Amazon Developer, Scannell Properties, Closes On 120-Acre Property In Carencro, LA To Construct 1.1 Million Sq. Ft. Fulfillment Center
Popular Local Restaurant, The Cajun Table, Is Doubling Down With Its New Expansion
The take away for 2020; double down. When the odds were against many local businesses, they doubled down on what makes their business great all while adapting and building resilience.
Here’s to 2021.