By: Jenn Schanz
For french pastry chef Lawrence De Villiers, the chance to bring his family business into the booming Canopy street area was a no–brainer.
"I'm just very excited to be part of that new cultural pull shall I say. It's a new cultural center for Lincoln," he says.
He started off selling his pastries at Farmers Markets around the city.
He now looks forward to being part of the Entertainment District's public market, a kind of food court with a local twist.
We asked what you thought about Canopy street's new local shops.
"I think it's good to support local businesses, so the fact that some of these buildings behind me will be filled with local businesses and restaurants and stuff, yeah I think it's really good," says UNL student Erin Sheffield.
Quirstin Gross agrees.
"It's going to be convenient for people who work down here," she says.
Along with french food from The Normandy, you can count on shaved ice cream, donuts, coffee, and local produce at the public market.
The 5,000 square foot space will seat around 100 people.
"The whole idea of the public market is to have a lot of traffic, a lot of people, so that people can discover Lincoln and the new downtown through The Entertainment District," says De Villiers.