News of Note

Arts District – November 2014


Buffalo Exchange comes to Main Street. After 20 years in the University District, the popular clothing retailer, Buffalo Exchange, moved out of its Maryland Parkway location to downtown Main Street. The chain, started in Arizona in the 70’s, specializes in reselling gently used brand name apparel and accessories as well as carefully curated vintage items. The store is popular among college students and thrift enthusiasts and now fits in nicely along a row of similar vintage and thrift shops along Main Street between Charleston and Oakey. The new Arts District location takes the vintage Vegas vibe of the neighborhood and incorporates it into the store’s décor with industrial finishes and exposed architectural elements. The shop offers clothing, shoes and accessories for men and women and has buyers on hand to take in selected items from sellers. Sellers can get cash or store credit for their items. The new store also commissioned Joe Pagac to create murals in the alleyway as shown in the photo. 1209 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (702) 791-3960 Store Hours: Monday–Saturday 10am–8pm Sunday 11am–7pm Photo: Buffalo Exchange murals by Joe Pagac Read More

Urban Enthusiast – November 2014


Hernan Valencia is an artistic powerhouse from Peru who came to Las Vegas by way of California’s Bay area.  Today, he is an art director, illustrator and designer specializing in developing visual strategies and branding for the pop culture, culinary, entertainment and youth orientated industries. From the cover of local entertainment magazines and gig posters for touring rock stars to professional logos and business branding, Valencia’s work covers a broad spectrum. What made you want to work and live in DTLV? Like most people, I was drawn to the excitement and energy of making downtown Las Vegas a legitimate local place without tourist interest. The events, venues and possibilities to cross paths with people from all over the world is very exciting. Add to that the short distance and walkability of it all, and you’ve got a place to go every night if you choose. What drew you to Downtown Spaces specifically? Downtown Spaces was a complete accident. I had just come off a contract job and was looking for studio space. My friends, Ryan and Jennifer at Square Shooting, posted on social media about their new place inside Downtown Spaces a few months back. It turned out to be a great fit for me, being so close to the center of town. It is great for meetings and working late into the night. There’s also a great sense of community. So many old and new friends work in that building, and I never feel isolated. What are some of your favorite attractions of the neighborhood?   I must say I do love Velveteen Rabbit. They put a lot of effort into offering themed nights and music. I love taking visitors to Frankie’s Tiki Room, which is also nearby. Food-wise, The Goodwhich, MTO Cafe and O Face Doughnuts are awesome. The brand new Market is very cool. What do you think sets DTLV Read More

Down to Business – November 2014


Downtown is constantly changing, and that is especially apparent when it comes to making roadways welcome for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. Main Street is in the midst of a transformation between Bonneville and north of U.S. 95 that will not only improve traffic flow but make it safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. By the time it is completed in 2015, the new Main Street will include green lanes and widened sidewalks, making it welcoming for all who travel along it.  There will also be new asphalt and street lighting, as well as landscaping including trees and planters. This project will also include artwork by local and national artists, with the first art component being artist-designed benches. The $13.9 million project was made possible through Fuel Revenue Indexing, general fund dollars and city of Las Vegas room tax. Through FRI, revenue is generated every time a motorist fuels their vehicle, and a portion of what they pay at the pump helps to create jobs by funding transportation and public safety projects throughout Clark County. This project is expected to create more than 100 jobs. This is all part of the city of Las Vegas’ commitment to make downtown accessible and attractive for residents and tourists. The second phase of the Main Street project, which is scheduled to start in late 2015, will extend these improvements from Bonneville to Las Vegas Boulevard and will also convert Main and Commerce to a one-way couplet. Photo: Rendering provided by city of Las Vegas Read More

Just For Fun – November 2014


Tucked away just inside the entrance of Emergency Arts is the Burlesque Hall of Fame, a museum dedicated to the art, ephemera and history of burlesque. Burlesque Hall of Fame 520 Fremont Street, #120 Las Vegas, NV 89101 Hours: Tues-Sat 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. (Image by Dani Blanchette, courtesy of Burlesque Hall of Fame) Read More



Vegas Valley Book Festival The 13th annual Vegas Valley Book Festival returns October 16 through 18 in downtown Las Vegas and the Clark County Library.  It brings together a wide variety of literary genres and cultural program, with most events taking place at the Historic Fifth Street School, 401 S. Fourth St. The festival features more than 165 authors and 100 events, including panel discussions, keynote speakers, readings, book signings, workshops, vendor exhibits, art exhibitions, spoken word performances and other special programs for a diversity of genres, ages and cultural backgrounds. Events are free and open to the public. On Saturday, Oct. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Historic Fifth Street School, 108 young adult authors – the largest free gathering of young adult authors in the United States – will gather for panel discussions and book signings.  The day also includes special entertainment, authors and activities for children and a plethora of authors popular with adults. The keynote speakers include New York Times and international No. 1 best-selling author Sylvia Day in conversation with NYT and USA Today best-selling author Tracy Wolff; best-selling novelist and short-story writer Aimee Bender; and writer, actor and director B.J. Novak. This year’s festival is a featured event of the Nevada sesquicentennial celebration and offers special sessions of authors and stories from the Silver State, including Nevada’s internationally known storyteller and poet, Waddie Mitchell. For more information, including a complete listing of events and locations, visit or call 702-229-3515. Photo: Courtesy Vegas Valley Book Festival – B.J. Novak – one of the keynote speakers Read More

  • Dayvid Figler and Rae Lathrop

    DF: Downtown was great as a kid and it is even greater as an adult. I love all of downtown’s hidden gems, its vibrancy, history and sense of connection. Rae is relatively newer to Las Vegas, but just as passionate about downtown. Downtown lends itself to the shared experience, and as a couple we both love seeing this part of the city through each other's eyes. Photo: Lucky Wenzel


  • Rob Ponte

    Some of the best nights I’ve experienced started out with no plan other than walking around to check out what’s going on. The great thing about having so many bars and restaurants downtown is the ability to move around if you’re not feeling the vibe in one place. There are plenty of options just outside the door. Photo: Lucky Wenzel

  • Brandon Wiegand

    The downtown Las Vegas of today has much to attract residents - a burgeoning restaurant and nightlife scene, growing diversity of businesses, and major centers of art and culture. Plus, living downtown I am easily within walking or biking distance of it all. Photo: Lucky Wenzel

  • Hank Gordon, Chairman of Laurich Properties

    It is always a pleasure to deal with the city of Las Vegas’ economic development department. The staff is really interested in helping create a positive business environment to work with.

  • Jonathan Jenkins, Founder & CEO of OrderWithMe

    As our company continues its rapid growth, we quickly realized the need to set up a formal U.S. headquarters. We explored multiple cities and were about to make the move to San Francisco, and then we heard about the complete reinvention of downtown Las Vegas. Coming from China where things are booming and growing, we love that downtown Vegas now has a similar vibe of energy and change. Not only is there an exciting tech community here and much lower costs than the Bay Area, but we love the fact that almost every industry group brings their conventions to our front door once a year.

  • Andy Hsieh, Owner of Lux Delux

    We love the vibrancy and energy of Las Vegas, and downtown is at the heart of it all. That's why we've launched our mobile platform with a focus on downtown. This is an exciting time in Las Vegas history, where community, commerce and technology are all converging at once. Downtown is our city's hidden gem.

  • Ramesh Srinivasan, Chief Marketing Officer & Head of Partnerships of SocialWellth

    We chose to relocate from the suburbs to downtown for several reasons. Our brand image and that of downtown’s mesh perfectly. The new downtown Las Vegas reflects a more hip, startup, social media-style image. Additionally, downtown’s emerging technology corridor, anchored by Zappos, is an environment that enhances our ability to recruit the types of technical skill sets required for our continued growth and success.

  • Mark Brandenburg, President of Golden Gate

    I think downtown Las Vegas is a unique blend of intimacy and great energy. Plus, in contrast to The Strip, it’s so easy to walk around…The Golden Gate has been here for over 100 years and with all the changes going on downtown, it feels like a new era. It truly is a renaissance—the rebirth of a classic.

  • Roberto Mendoza, Co-owner of Banger Brewing

    The city has been great in helping us with the licensing and procedures necessary to start a business. There hasn't been a brewery built in the city of Las Vegas for probably 10 years. So for them it hasn't been a typical ‘cut and paste’ thing. We're something different. It was a team work process to get us opened – a lot of talk and listening on both sides. And now the city started opening up the doors for other breweries once we were up and running. Good news for us and good news for the future. (Photo: Lucky Wenzel)

  • Alexandra Epstein, Executive Vice President of El Cortez Casino Hotel

    This downtown area… is emerging and where many events are happening.

  • Meghan Mossler, Owner of Stitch Factory

    The city and the department of economic development have been very helpful to us and all the other downtown business owners. It’s such a community here, and everyone asks you what you need. That kind of help launching a business is amazing and priceless.

  • Pamela Dylag, Co-owner of Velveteen Rabbit

    The city is so supportive of new businesses. Things are popping up constantly. (Photo: Lucky Wenzel)

  • Marc Abelman, CFO & Co-owner of Inside Style

    Downtown is becoming very much in demand…there’s a limited supply. Run fast, don’t walk.

  • Sam Cherry, CEO of Cherry Development

    For a while, downtown was one of the only places in the valley you would see cranes when you drove around. It was nice that city government stepped up and the private sector married with the public sector to create amazing projects that filled the gap. That was very important for us.

  • Johnny Jimenez, Owner of Toy Shack of Las Vegas

    Our business is booming amid the foot traffic on Fremont Street, and we’ve started to see how tourists are falling in love with downtown as they discover it. In the past year, we’re increasingly hearing things like, ‘Wow, next time we’ll stay downtown instead of on The Strip,’ or ‘We’ve visited downtown many times, but this is the first year we’ve actually stayed in a downtown hotel.’ They like that there is more to do within a smaller walking radius.

  • Rich Worthington, President and CEO of The Molasky Group of Companies

    Historically, downtown Las Vegas has not been a top destination for many locals, but in recent years… that trend is reversing itself. Given all the recent openings and progress, there’s much to explore and experience downtown.