Ann Connelly moves to Studio Park as new tenants come to Southdowns Shopping Center

    Ann Connelly Gallery is moving today to its new digs in Studio Park, the 2.8-acre development at the intersection of Lobdell Avenue and Jefferson Highway that Connelly and her husband, Paul Connelly, began developing in mid-2015.

    Connelly says she will be open for business in her new 6,800-square-foot gallery—the anchor tenant of the commercial development—beginning Tuesday.

    The Connellys began scouting for space for Studio Park more than five years ago, and have said they want to create a “uniquely Baton Rouge” lifestyle development. Other tenants in the park include Future Fitness, a Sherwin Williams Paint store and Anne James Hair Salon.

    Connelly says a new office tenant—a financial adviser— will be moving into the second-floor space above her gallery later this month. A new building that will be constructed adjacent to the gallery will be occupied by an upscale boutique, though the lease agreement with the new tenant has not yet been signed.

    Connelly leaves behind the space in the Southdowns Shopping Center on Perkins Road that she occupied for 10 years. But the space will not be vacant for long. Property owner Donnie Jarreau has signed a lease with a new tenant with a home interior business. Details of the new tenant are not yet available.

    Connelly’s successor in the Southdowns Shopping Center is not the only new tenant in the 60,000-square-foot retail center. In mid-February, Wanderlust by Abby, a boutique owned by Shreveport native Abby Bullock, opened in a 500-square-foot space directly across from Phil’s Oyster Bar. The boutique is the first brick-and-mortar endeavor for Bullock, who for the past three years has run a pop-up clothing business out of her Toyota 4Runner.

    “I would book pop-ups at my friends’ houses in Baton Rouge and Shreveport and then I started doing them at peoples’ businesses, so it kind of grew so I invested in a truck and turned it into a fashion truck,” she says. “It’s been fun and then I saw this space come open and it was the perfect spot.”

    —Stephanie Riegel

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