Business Booming In Broken Arrow's New Orleans Square

Friday, July 30th 2021, 9:43 pm

BROKEN ARROW, Oklahoma -

Business is booming again in Broken Arrow's New Orleans Square.

Storefronts were left empty for a couple years, but now, several new businesses are set to open in the next couple months.

Eleven new businesses opened in just the past year, and more are coming to the area soon. City leaders say it’s all part of supporting local businesses and revitalizing this part of the city.

“You know, all I can say is we're thankful,” said Summer’s Market Co-owner Cindy Cupps.

Cupps and her daughter Christa ran their home decor shop from booths for three years until mid-May. Now, they finally have their own store on South Elm Place.

“It's really exciting to be on the ground floor of it and we're building friends. They're just not our customers, they're life-long friends,” Cupps said.

It's called Summer's Market, named after their beloved cat, Summer.

"She was just our family. She was our family member,” Cupps said.

She sells new items, along with unique repurposed decor from places as far as India and Egypt. The mother-daughter owned store is one of the 11 new shops in the area. 

“It used to be very, very full of stores and then for a couple years, we saw several of them move out,” said City of Broken Arrow Economic Development Manager Jennifer Rush.

Rush said city leaders pushed to bring businesses back to the area. City officials said four years ago, there was a 60 percent occupancy rate of businesses in New Orleans Square. Now, it's 90 percent.

“It's local business owners that have started online boutiques, or maybe they go to craft fairs. We've also seen some businesses like catering that started in people's kitchen's that's now expanded into restaurants,” Rush said.

The square is home to new craft shops, restaurants, and clothing boutiques. Four more businesses are opening soon, including a pizzeria and a winery.

For Cupps, it's a dream come true.

“It's just a huge blessing. And I feel that every time I walk in and every time I leave at night,” Cupps said.