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Welcome to the first issue of the Downtown Newsletter. We are excited to share a little each month about our soon to be home. This issue will cover
~ 2012 Las Vegas Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at the Las Vegas Cashman Center is April 5, 6 & 7th. www.firstnv.org ~ Build a greener block LV, will take place on April 28-29th in a block in the arts district (1046 Main St). The group has chosen to occupy a couple of storefronts and stage a "pop-up green block" to demonstrate what could be possible in LV. https://vimeo.com/39251729
SAVE THE DATE! (Check the event calendar on the back page)
Mugs & Movies
04/06/2012 6pm - 12am
Come down this Friday! Main hub is located on Casino Center between Colorado & California St.
Watch your favorite movies under the sky. EXTRA BONUSâ€Ś Zappos will get to pick the movies for this special upcoming evening!
Night at the Museum 04/14/2012 6pm - 10pm
Enjoy a free evening at the Discovery Childrenâ€™s Museum. There will be fun for everyone. Even FREE Pizza & Soda!
City Hall Update
S%@T You Only See Downtown
Q&A With the Mayor
Calendar & Events
Smith Center All-Star Opening Night On March 10, 2012, the Smith Center for the Performing Arts raised the curtain on an All-Star line-up that included Neil Patrick Harris, Jennifer Hudson, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Mavis Staples, Pat Monahan, Joshua Bell, and a host of others.
Corporate Challenge Opening Ceremony closes East Fremont Live bands, BBQ, executive relay, torch lighting, it all went down last month. Donâ€™t forget to congratulate our Zappos team on winning Gold in the executive relay.
Lucky Lady Lucy burns at First Friday A 20-foot-tall wooden showgirl was torched at last month's First Friday event in downtown Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas City Hall complex consists of an eleven-story tower with a three-story circular wing surrounding an open plaza. The wedge-shaped tower is clad in marble and glass and considered a good example of 1960s modernist design. The original eleven-story central tower was completed in 1973. An addition was completed in 2003, which included a three-story surround to the central tower. The addition includes additional office space, a parking deck, and a sky bridge to connect the parking deck to the structure. The addition won the American Institute of Architects Nevada Citation award in 2003.
The City Hall workspace will be designed to inspire and accelerate collaboration and serendipitous interactions between employees. As a design challenge we consider the workspace to include primary workspaces, collaboration areas, the outdoors and the larger community. If we're successful we'll create an adaptable and collaborative workspace that allows employees to be mobile.
S%@T YOU ONLY SEE DOWNTOWN WHAT THE F IS THAT? Send your random photos of things you will only see downtown for a chance to get posted in the newsletter. Send photos to Lbecker@Zappos.com
ECOMOM It’s all good.
DOWNTOWN 3rd Farmers Market
Ecomom CEO Jody Sherman says that what sets ecomom apart from other mom-targeted commerce sites is its expert curation, with an editorial staff culling eco-friendly and healthy products.
The Downtown 3rd Farmers Market, which launched March 9, showcases both Nevada-grown produce and the selections of “intuitive forager” Kerry Clasby, who travels the California coast picking up fruits and vegetables and delivering them to farmers markets and chefs in California and Nevada.
“Everything that goes in, on, or around a growing family is available and every product has been deeply researched and evaluated against over 70 separate criteria — focusing first on ‘is it healthy and safe’ then ‘is it useful and cost effective,’ “he says. The site offers anything from diapers to nail polish to parents who want healthier product options for their children.
Wearing an apron and a straw sun hat, Clasby darts around the market, chatting up customers and purveyors, stopping for a drink at Grouchy John’s coffee truck, teasing friends and doling out samples of giant white carrots, kishu tangerines and more.
Why move to Las Vegas?
“We’re going to have more, and more, and more,” she says, surveying the inaugural market. And one week later she already does.
“Because I hate the beach,” Sherman joked. He added that he sees the financial benefit of fewer taxes. But he also foresees the benefit of other tech/Internet-driven companies populating downtown, allowing them to share and feed off one another. That’s good for business, he said. “Tony’s vision for downtown is exciting,” he said. “This area is ripe for redevelopment, and having an anchor like Zappos is going to draw a lot of young companies to the area.”
Downtown 3rd is actually an indoor market inside the empty bus terminal building next to the Mob Museum on Stewart St. The building has sat unused for two years, according to Clasby, and Mayor Caroline Goodman donated the space to the nonprofit market, held every Friday from 9am - 2pm. With long indoor aisles under shiny copper ceilings, a round central kiosk and covered outdoor sidewalks that stretch away from the building, the space seems made for a market.
FUN FACTS DID YOU KNOW?
Fremont Street was the first paved street in Las Vegas.
Fremont Street dates back to 1905, when Las Vegas itself was founded. Fremont Street was the first paved street in Las Vegas in 1925 and received the city's first traffic light in 1931. Fremont Street also carried the shields of U.S. 95, U.S. 93, and U.S. 466 before the construction of the interstates.
7 Questions with Mayor Carolyn Goodman ~ What will you miss the most at the "old City Hall"? A: The old City Hall was where all of the amazing projects that are now coming to fruition got their start. Many important decisions and discussions occurred in the council chambers at 400 Stewart Ave. For me personally it will always have a special place in my heart because that is where my husband went to work every day for 12 years, a place where all of his fascinating memorabilia came to rest and intrigue visitors, and of course a place I really enjoyed occupying for the brief first eight months of my tenure as mayor. ~ What are you happy to leave behind from the "old City Hall"? A: I certainly wonâ€™t miss the broken blinds or rattling air conditioning in my office. ~ What is the coolest thing about the "new city hall"? A: The new City Hall benefits all of our constituents by reducing the energy costs that the city pays thanks to the buildingâ€™s sustainable design. City Hall created more than 1,800 jobs during construction and is part of our overall economic development plan for the city. Convenience is another benefit that the new City Hall offers, as the building is located in close proximity to the courts and other government buildings. It really is a building that our residents can be proud of. The hand-in-glove aspect about the building is that it clears the way for Zappos to move into the old City Hall. This is a perfect marriage that is just beginning, a real public-private partnership! ~ The "new city hall" is beautifully lit up at night. What is the story behind the amazing lights on the building? A: The LED lights on the outside of the building are quite spectacular and add to the overall uniqueness of it. We are the city of Las Vegas and we should have a City Hall that represents our great city and the people who live here. Around the world Las Vegas is known for being the Entertainment Capital of the World and for its neon lights. Thus I like to think of the lights on the outside of the building as a small ode to our fabulous city of Las Vegas.
~ Be honest; is Oscar jealous he didn’t get to move into the "new City Hall"? A: I am the one who really felt sad for him. He’s been a brave old soul that he could not occupy the office he and Howard Elkus designed specifically for “the mayor.” The mayor’s area comes replete with a magnificent office, a pressconference room, a reception area and a balcony designed for an occasional cigar and celebrations with dignitaries who visit our fabulous city. The views are extraordinary and Symphony Park is the focal piece along with the Frank Gehry designed Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Brain Institute. Luckily for Oscar, he has a pretty good relationship with the current mayor so maybe he’ll get a chance to visit the balcony for a cigar now and then. ~ The Smith Center just opened; what show are you most looking forward to seeing? A: The Smith Center is a remarkable and grand structure easily comparable to the finest theaters and performing arts venues in the world. Growing up in Manhattan, I was immersed in culture as a necessary part of life, so I am extremely excited to be awaiting the debuts of Broadway shows, ballet, opera, orchestral groups, performers, jazz musicians, soloists and others as they visit our city to perform. ~ Any final words of advice for Zappos team members as we get closer to moving into our new home? A: My advice is to continue to build on the momentum and the great energy that has been started downtown. Use your ideas, imagination and creativity to help push this city to be all that it can and should be. You are part of today and all of the tomorrows doing just that, and I have all the confidence in the world that you will be an enormous driving force in the city of Las Vegas for years to come. Welcome to the city of Las Vegas!
Jelly What is a Jelly? Jelly’s a casual work event where everyone’s invited. It’s for anyone who’d like to work alongside other creative people in a welcoming environment. You bring your laptop and some work, and Jelly provides wifi, a table and chairs, and smart people to bounce ideas off and collaborate. Location \usr\lib above the… BEAT Coffee House 520 Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV 89101 Time Thursdays from 7pm – 12pm Green Jelly The goal of Green Jelly is to connect individuals that are interested in all things eco-friendly and sustainable. That means we have a range of people that are interested everything from learning how to recycle to people that are looking at how they can live carbon neutral or net-negative... we also have a heavy focus on business owners and potential start-ups that have an interest in sustainability and the triple bottom line (People-Planet-Profits). Location \usr\lib above the… BEAT Coffee House 520 Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV 89101 Time 6pm – 8pm every other Tuesday (Next Meeting April 3rd) Contact Ciara Byrne firstname.lastname@example.org Hanan Sabri email@example.com Greener Blocks Building sustainable communities together, one block at a time. What would a better, greener community look like to you? Come and build it with us! April 28-29, 2012 Downtown Las Vegas! What if we took a rundown forgotten block and rebuilt it into a model community? What if we upped the anty and said everything about it had to promote green, sustainable living? What if we did it in 4 weeks? Well we are! April 28-29, 2012 Location 1046 Main Street (Behind the Artifice) Las Vegas, NV 89101 Time April 28th & 29th from More Info http://www.indiegogo.com/greenerblocks http://www.facebook.com/GreenerBlocks FIRST FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, this not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. (They are going to have a Robot competition) Location (All FIRST Robotics Competition regionals and tournaments are free and open to the public.) Cashman Center 850 Las Vegas Blvd. North Las Vegas, NV 89101 Time April 5th, 6th & 7th from 9am-5pm More Info http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms
EVENT DETAILS Mugs & Movies Come watch the classics under the stars at Downtown 3rd between Stewart and Ogden. Bring your lounge chairs, blankets or beanbags. Serving beer, hot chocolate & popcorn. Location Downtown 3rd 240 N. 3rd St. Las Vegas, NV 89101 Time April 22nd 7pm – 1st Movie Kid Friendly 9pm – 2nd Movie Adult Friendly (I don’t even know what that means) More Info http://www.mugsnmovies.com/ Blues, Brew & BBQ It is pretty much like the title says! Come down to Downtown 3rd between Stewart and Ogden and enjoy live blues bands, cold brews and some smoky BBQ. Location Downtown 3rd 240 N. 3rd St. Las Vegas, NV 89101 Time April 29th from 2pm – 6pm More Info http://www.hogsandheifers.com/events.html
3rd Annual Blinking Man blinking bike posse|downtown las vegas 10 Bars, 100’s of Bikes, 1000’s of flashing lights…0 gallons. Blinking Bike + Photo ID Required Location Huntridge Tavern 1116 E. Charleston Las Vegas, NV 89101 Time April 21st Starting at 7pm More Info http://www.facebook.com/blinkingman
NIGHT AT THE MUSUEM Discovery Children’s Museum
With over 100 interactive exhibits in science, arts and culture spread over two floors of fun; Lied Discovery Children’s Museum is Las Vegas’ favorite family destination! Zappos will be hosting a private event for Zappos employees and their families at the Museum. Location 833 Las Vegas Blvd. N Las Vegas, NV 89101 Time Saturday April 14th from 6pm-10pm More Info http://www.ldcm.org/
EVENT DETAILS VEGAS StrEATS Vegas StrEATS is a street food and culture festival hosted every second Saturday in downtown Las Vegas, showcasing the valley’s hottest local food trucks, artists, musicians, & fashion. Presented by Slidin Thru’ in partnership with El Cortez & Insert Coin(s). Each month various food trucks serve up unique gourmet bites along Jackie Gaughan Plaza. Local Bands, MC’s, & DJ’s provide the soundtrack for the night ranging from indie rock, hip-hop, dubstep, & house music. Graffiti artists & streetwear brands line up vendor row slanging fresh apparel & art. Come experience a bit of homegrown Vegas culture. Location Jackie Gaughan Plaza at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino 600 E Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV 89101 Time 6pm – 1pm on the 2nd Saturday of the month. More Info http://vegasstreats.com/
Trivia Night @ The BEAT Come with a team or find one at the BEAT. Every other Tuesday, you can test your knowledge and flex your brain in a cerebral competition. There will be Prizes & Beer specials, and most likely a little more beer than brains. Location BEAT Coffee House 520 Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV 89101 Time 7pm Every other Tuesday (Next Nights are April 10th & 24th)
There are a lot of events downtown, looking for passionate individuals to lend a hand. If you are interested in assisting any of the events listed above or information on other opportunities to get involved contact Lbecker@zappos.com for more information.
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DOWNTOWN CALENDAR OF EVENTS for APRIL SUNDAY
6pm Music Group Meetup @ Artifice
(There is much more then this)
9am - 5pm FIRST Robotics Competition
9am – 5pm FIRST Robotics Competition
9am – 5pm FIRST Robotics Competition
6pm Green Jelly
7pm Jelly #34 @ BEAT
7pm Trivia @ BEAT
9am - 2pm Farmers Market
7pm Jelly #35 @ BEAT
9am – 2pm Farmers Market
6pm – 10pm Discovery Childrens Museum 6pm – 1pm Vegas StrEATS
6pm Green Jelly
7pm Mugs & Movies @ Downtown 3rd
29 Greener Blocks Arts District @ 1046 Main St. Blues, Brew & BBQ @ Hogs & Heifers on Downtown 3rd
7pm Jelly #36 @ BEAT
7pm Trivia @ BEAT
20 9am – 2pm Farmers Market
21 7pm 3rd Annual Blinking Man @ Huntridge Tavern
7pm Jelly #37 @ BEAT
9am-2pm Farmers Market
Greener Blocks Arts District @ 1046 Main St.
7p Jelly #38 @ BEAT
9am – 2pm Farmers Market 6pm First Friday
Published on Mar 31, 2012
The Zappos Family Downtown Employee Newsletter for April 2012. This is the very first issue. It started from humble beginings. However, this...