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Letter From the Editors As 2014 rapidly comes to an end, the Downtown ZEN is concluding its final publication of the year by packaging and bow tying November and December together into one beautiful issue. With the giving season in full effect, throughout the next several pages we’re calling out, admiring, recognizing and honoring six downtown-based philanthropists who continue to unselfishly dedicate their time and endless energy into enriching and uplifting the lives of others. From combating homelessness through Merideth Spriggs’ Downtown Rangers and Arnold Stalk’s Veterans Village to creating a safe haven for victims of abuse at The Shade Tree with Marlene Richter, reducing the stigma associated with HIV/ AIDS at Lane Olson’s ActionRED, and the implementation of strategic philanthropic initiatives through Julie Murray and Anna Auerbach at Moonridge Group, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your contributions. In addition to the harrowing and first person narratives from our philanthropists above, we’ve interspersed, categorized and have awarded 15 of downtown’s best small businesses based on overall quality, character and uniqueness. Let’s just say they’re on the cutting edge of cool, and you’re likely to find at least a few ZEN staffers inside any one of these establishments at any given time. So as we say goodbye to the year that was, we’d like to thank all of our advertisers, sponsors and readers for supporting our vision to educate, inspire and uplift the downtown community. Happy holidays, and we’ll see you in January! Love, The Downtown ZEN
03 | Lane Olson 09 | Marlene Richter 13 | Merideth Spriggs 17 | Arnold Stalk 23 | Julie Murray and Anna Auerbach
Celebrating Business 05 | Restaurants 11 | Startups 15 | Sweets & Treats 19 | Bars 25 | Hangouts
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About the Cover The season of giving is upon us. This month artist Fernando Reyes, whose canvases are many of the buildings downtown, painted us lovely mural-style covers that pay homage to traditional Las Vegas icons and represent the many categories of awards we give to our compatriots. As we give our gifts to these downtown denizens, Fernando bestows his gift on you, our dear readers.
Community Outreach Medical Center 1140 Almond Tree Ln. Las Vegas, NV 89104 702.657.3873 nvcomc.org
PHILANTHROPY Lane Olson
»What is ActionRED? ActionRED is a grassroots group developed by and for HIV-positive individuals dedicated to empowering and providing services for diverse communities through peer navigation (case management) with educational, supportive and adherence programs that focus on optimizing the health of Southern Nevada. »What was your background prior to starting this organization? I have worked in the field for 10 years and volunteered on the Ryan White Planning Counsel for six years as well as on the HIV Prevention Community Planning Group of Southern Nevada for five years (now called the HPPG of SN). I have 25 years experience of living with HIV/AIDS, navigating services and the system. »Why did you start ActionRED? There was injustice to people living with HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada. They had lost their “voice” concerning the services needed and offered in Clark County. »How has it grown or changed over time? ActionRED, with heart and conviction, grew quickly and unexpectedly from a group of 10 disenfranchised individuals to a viable HIV-positive peer health navigator-facilitated agency. With hard work came innovated programming that soon was recognized by the State of Nevada and national entities like the United States Conference on AIDS (USCA). »How have you implemented your own personal values within the overall mission statement of your organization? I believe that we all have the power to uplift and create our lives, as we desire, if we love ourselves, believe in ourselves, trust ourselves and see ourselves where we want to be. When you are hit with a life-changing illness that is associated with stigma, death and self-worth, you tend to lose hope. I believe that we can learn to take tenure of “our shame” and take back our power by turning it into something beautiful, like a lesson, or story of hope, strength and courage that enacts change within others. »What are your organization’s goals and overall vision for the next three to five years? What priorities will help you achieve them? We realized from the beginning we would need to help the voice of our HIV-positive community and make sure that they were heard. When we formed ActionRED, strong community partners would be needed, and we were very lucky to have the support of the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) and other AIDS organizations (ASO) who supported and partnered with us, but it is our strong relationship with Community Outreach Medical Center (COMC) who agreed to be our fiscal sponsor and collaborated on a federal grant fund that made things possible for strong peer-driven programming and case management. Our number one priority we set for ourselves is to bring integrity, honesty and loyalty to our peers, the individuals we serve. We also know that great relationships with other providers are needed to help us meet their needs. We need to listen to the HIV-positive community and understand what they truly need so we can implement programming that relates to them and gives them ownership. »In what ways has ActionRED impacted Las Vegas, and downtown specifically? In the beginning, ActionRED, without a doubt, brought awareness and education to the downtown community — what the downtown community did with that awareness and education was remarkable; they embraced us with open arms and treated us like family. We have a heartfelt admiration for our downtown community/family. »On a personal level, how do you relate to those who are seeking help? I have been on both sides of the desk. When given my diagnoses and told I may have two years to live, it has given me an understanding of what it can mean even in today’s climate of medications and diagnoses. The loss you feel when told you are HIV-positive can still be very surreal and life changing. The frustration for many people living with HIV is the “red tape” to obtain services and the issues surrounding them. Knowing the importance of checks and balances when delivering services and the requirements needed to provide those services helps me stay calm, educate individuals and to ease the stress and feeling of doom to one’s already complicated life. With compassion and understanding, education truly makes a difference and helps one feel empowered to take a hold of their health and the care needed to maintain it. »Individually, what’s been your best giving experience within the organization? It’s seeing the face of the individual you are assisting or helping as they find relief, feel hope and believe they are worthy. It could be the time you visited them in the hospital or when they walk in completely helpless and lost, not knowing what to do. When they say thank you, I feel gratitude along with respect for their journey. When they realize their own self worth (beauty they posses) and the power they have within, that’s the best experience. »As a whole, what results has your organization achieved that makes you most proud? It’s not so much proud, but lots of gratitude to the community who sees ActionRED as a viable resource, an agency to turn to for guidance, an equal at the table, and true community partner working for the betterment of our peers. »Monetary donations aside, how can those within the community help your organization? Now that we are with COMC, what we could use now would be volunteers who are gifted in event planning, grant writing and construction talents as well as material donations to help us make our clinic better for those we serve. »What’s next for ActionRED in 2015? ActionRED has been an integral part in bringing more services to COMC, like dietitian, transportation and case management support and an educational drop-in center. We look forward to growing with the community’s help.
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Carson Kitchen Carson Kitchen in the old John E. Carson Hotel building has topped our list because of its eclectic and unique menu and seating options. From veal meatballs, swordfish and “bacon jam” to mac ‘n’ cheese, chicken thighs and “sprouts and spuds hash” the refreshing range of unusual items and new spins on comfort-food staples give much to consider before ordering. Carson Kitchen also offers indoor seating with both communal spaces and traditional tables accommodating more private conversations and low, intimate lighting complemented by large windows that let in a natural glow. Rustic and industrial, the décor makes a cozy yet interesting backdrop to its extraordinary fare. Outdoor seating is on the roof with more choices of bar, tabletop or cushioned banquet options, and of course, there’s the view.
Rachel's Kitchen Kathy Wilson and Caron Richardson have been friends for over 15 years. Together they own and operate, with hands-on care, Rachel’s Kitchen at the Ogden, which tops our list of fave places to eat. Their love for business and the rituals of food make this restaurant a special place. The atmosphere always gives both a serene and kinetic experience thanks to their energies. Calming celadon green and clearblue-sky mosaic tiles complement the staff’s eagerto-please and welcoming warm smiles. Breakfast, lunch or dinner the expansive menu accommodates any time of day, including bacon, eggs and homemade granola, salads, pasta, sandwiches, wraps and 15 different smoothies and fresh juices (plus a build-your-own). The food is always consistent, reliable and versatile: health-conscious diners will find their own variety options, and even cheeseburger connoisseurs indulge guilt free. Downtown ZEN
Triple George Grill Located across from the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino and within the Downtown3rd quarter, Triple George Grill is an all-American restaurant, featuring dry-aged meats, bay-style seafood and todie-for desserts coupled with world-famous martinis and classic cocktails. Triple George, which opened in 2005, is one of downtown’s more prolific dining spots where you can enjoy lively banter over a power lunch, a quiet conversation during a romantic dinner, or perhaps just relish in a smart, upscale dining experience in the heart of downtown. Inside, the early ‘30s and ‘40s of Chicago and New York characterizes the venue’s décor and cozy, highbacked booths and gentlemanly surroundings. Patrons sitting along the elongated bar can even get a Las Vegas history lesson by checking out the eclectic range of framed portraits on the wall, which pays homage to the city’s has-beens.
Du-Pars Du-par’s Restaurant and Bakery is located inside the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino on Fremont Street. Just like the Los Angles original, this location is open 24 hours — you can even use their online menu to order takeout. This place makes the list because it embodies everything lovely about homestyle restaurants. Gourmet meatloaf with mashed potatoes ‘n’ gravy and fresh vegetable sides hit the homerun for hearty eaters. “Breakfast for breakfast, lunch or dinner” advocates can get a pancake fix, a center cut ham steak or homemade corned beef hash. Among traditional lunchy-type sandwiches served with options like tried and true cole slaw is the Monte Cristo: egg bread, sliced ham, turkey, Swiss and American cheeses, batter dipped and deep fried, served with raspberry sauce and dusted with powdered sugar. … What? Whaaat?! And if pie is your thing, the range of desserts will blow your mind. A solid spot that’s keepin’ it old-school real, Du-pars takes its place among our favorite places for comfort food staples. ISSUE 32
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The Shade Tree 1 W. Owens Ave. North Las Vegas, NV 89030 702.385.0072 theshadetree.org
PHILANTHROPY Marlene Richter
The Shade Tree
»What is The Shade Tree? A safe shelter and professional, compassionate guidance toward a healing journey for women, children and their pets fleeing violence or that lack a safe place to live due to the economy. »What was your background prior to starting this organization? A group of heroes started The Shade Tree in 1989. I took the helm of the agency in 2008 with years of experience assisting people in crisis, including helping unwanted youth, human trafficking rescues, connecting homeless families and seniors with housing, and providing food for hungry children. »How has it grown or changed over time? The first night only eight people slept in the church basement in downtown Las Vegas. Now with the huge campus and a building specifically created to shelter, over 300 women, youth and babies sleep free from harm every night while their pets sleep next door at our Noah’s Animal House. A free medical clinic provides care for our residents and helps hundreds of kids get updated immunizations for school registration. Three meals per day are prepared and are served family-style. Every woman is given guidance toward achieving self-sufficiency and safe housing. »How have you implemented your own personal values within the overall mission statement of your organization? I believe everyone’s choices can help or hurt themselves and others. We have the opportunity to do so much with our talent and skills to make life better in our community. We are called to be a help for those in danger, to give people a voice, to protect them from harm, and to create a path toward healthy thinking, living and parenting. The core belief of The Shade Tree is that everyone deserves to be safe and everyone can participate in their plan for self-sufficiency. »What are your organization’s goals and overall vision for the next three to five years? What priorities will help you achieve them? What barriers are in your way? The Shade Tree is expanding the services offered from only those in shelter to an aftercare model of continued assistance for our alumni. The goal is to reduce the number of children that grow up in a shelter and to provide resources and guidance that will prevent returns to shelter. Another goal is to build a permanent center that will house job training, the health clinic and an expanded children’s center. These core components are critical for success, and their home will be the final capstone on the campus. Funding for the construction of the building and an endowment to support the work that will be rendered are the evolving goals for the fundraising team and Board of Trustees. »In what ways has The Shade Tree impacted Las Vegas, and downtown specifically? Over 25 years, more than 100,000 women and their children have been directly assisted with shelter, meals, clothing, job training, pet rescue, medical care and housing placement. Now young people that work in the downtown businesses proudly announce to me that their mom stayed in the shelter and the women that have survived violence now thrive in our community, coming back as employees, volunteers, and leaders in the downtown area. It is a beautiful cycle of helping, healing, giving and celebrating. »What differentiates The Shade Tree from other organizations? We are the largest shelter of its kind in the state meeting the needs of women in crisis. Teen boys have their own dormitory so they can come in with their moms, or as an unaccompanied youth. Teens that are parenting can be served as a family too. Our Noah’s Animal House is the only pet sanctuary on the site of a shelter in the state, and it has allowed domestic violence and human trafficking survivors to have the healing help of their pets eliminate the need to choose between their life and the life of their pet. Eighteen medical professionals volunteer in our onsite clinic and have saved thousands of lives in the past five years. More than 100 children are sheltered each day, and we shelter one-third of all homeless children in the school district each year. Our schools send the teachers to the shelter for school registration and parent-teacher night so that moms are safe and included. »On a personal level, how do you relate to those who are seeking help? I know that surviving child abuse could have led me to a life of remaining a victim. As a young person that joined the military, I turned the trauma into triumph. I learned to make the best of every situation, and through the call to be a leader, use that chance for victory and change during every interaction with volunteers, residents and staff. I recognize the pain of being hurt in the eyes of the newcomers and instantly focus on their strengths. I make the constant commitment to provide an opportunity for change, healing and growth. »Individually, what’s been your best giving experience within the organization? One freezing night, the police brought a woman they rescued from abuse to the shelter. The holiday gifts were stacked up in preparation for Santa, and a long line of newcomers were entering the door. In the stack of gifts were fleece blankets rolled up and tied with a ribbon. The police asked for blankets, and I realized the woman was wearing his sweatshirt and completely undressed otherwise. She was so thin the blanket wrapped around her many times. She was so broken that night she would not even look up. Within days she began to look more peaceful. She worked in a casino while she healed here. Five months later she enlisted in the military and moves forward with her health, dignity and safe future. »Monetary donations aside, how can those within the community help your organization? Share news of job openings, affordable pet-friendly housing, innovative education opportunities, transportation solutions and technological gifts. Volunteer to teach a class, tutor children, serve meals, sort donations, wax floors, walk dogs or hand out linens to the newcomers.
2014 BEST START-UPS
It's On Me
It’s On Me is a mobile gifting app created by David Leibner. The It’s On Me app really began before the word “app” was ever in anyone’s vocabulary. Twenty years ago, in his neighborhood bar, David started noticing people paying for drinks for absent friends. The drinks could be collected at the recipients’ convenience. David started a chalkboard to keep track of these gifts. Three fields would be completed on the board: who it was “to,” who it was “from,” and what “it” was. To Bob, from Joe, a whisky and coke. Happy Birthday. The benefit was two-fold, he says. People receiving drinks felt really special when they saw their name on the board as the recipient of a gift. People leaving a gift behind had the satisfaction that they left a little hidden surprise, anticipating the feeling their friends would have when they came in to see their names on the board. Headquartered downtown in the Holsum Lofts on Charleston Boulevard, It’s On Me has made our list this year as one of the best startups for their having become a valued partner in our quest to bring on the zen and support downtown. Special thanks to Rachel Wenman for her friendship. Although It’s On Me offers several partnership giveaways, you’ll never get a “discount.” Why is this a good thing? Because you support your local economy when you give your gift. If you believe in the business, you will gift your friends an incredible experience that you advocate, at full price. Another way It’s On Me supports local economies is by giving business to independently owned stores that would otherwise go to large chains. By way of gift cards, nationwide chains have the edge on gifting that everloved and always-welcome tribute of food and beverage. It’s On Me evens the score for local small businesses. They are planning to expand service to any goods and services at any brick and mortar soon. Their ever-growing list of businesses includes independently owned businesses across the country as well. Now faraway friends in cities such as New York, San Francisco, San Diego and Santa Barbara can be gifted. Stay tuned — businesses are being added fast!
Maidly Added to Progression Labs of the Las Vegas Tech Fund family earlier this year, Maidly Inc. is taking the cleaning business to new echelons, and this is why we’ve chosen this startup to make our list. No longer will booking a maid take days or weeks. No longer will it take an “in-person assessment” to get a quote. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, and uniquely superior service is the company’s key. If the connection between the tech world and a maid service is at first unapparent, Maidly will make the match seem, in hindsight, obviously made in heaven. In it’s present iteration, navigating the downtown Las Vegas-based cleaning service’s website is just plain easy and distinct from other cleaning companies’ sites. Other services’ sites offer “free in-home quotes” as a selling point, but not Maidly. Booking a clean at Maidly.net, even for the first time, takes under a minute. That is just the beginning, though. Last time we talked, CEO and founder Rachel Baker said, “We’re going to use our own technology to make the booking process as simple and efficient as possible. This is just the start of it. There’s so much more that can be done. All of it will make the experience of booking a maid fun because it’s enabled by technology.” Customer service is at the core of Maidly, so at the same time as you can book a clean in under a minute via the website, you can also call or chat to a human 24 hours a day 7 days a week, any day of the year, and get your questions answered. Rachel said she understands that, “it doesn’t matter how good your technology is, sometimes you just want to speak to a human, so we’ve got the mix of both of those.” Once the clean is booked, Maidly customers can expect a team of two maids. Before the very first visit, Maidly sends an official email with a photo and bio of each maid so customers know who to expect at their doors. They don’t outsource the work, and each employee goes through an extensive background check and assessment by Rachel herself, to make sure she would trust the employee in her own home with her own children. To boot, Maidly’s staff is paid the most in the entire nation. No kidding. The employees are well-respected and cared for and enjoy many benefits such as weekly meetings for teambuilding activities and luncheons. Rachel has said, “They deserve a huge amount of respect, and they don’t get it [elsewhere], which baffles me. Maidly maids do.” Here at the ZEN, we think that warrants its own respect. ISSUE 32
Downtown Rangers 115 N. Seventh St. Las Vegas, NV 89101 702.900.DASH (3274) downtownrangers.com
PHILANTHROPY Merideth Spriggs
»What is your role with the Downtown Rangers? Outreach »What was your background prior to starting this organization? I spent the past eight years in San Diego working with homeless as
well as created my own charity, CaridadSD, to assist homeless service providers. »Why did you choose to come to downtown Las Vegas to do this work? My husband and I love the downtown community aspect, and I saw the need to help the homeless in an outside of the box way. »How have approaches to homeless outreach changed over time? In Clark County there is a countywide shift in assisting homeless using the housing-first model. I’m the co-lead for the 25 Cities Community Team. »How have you implemented your own personal values within the overall mission statement of the Rangers? The Downtown Rangers mission statement is “provide the most enjoyable downtown experience worldwide.” I believe that includes everyone that comes within our footprint, including those that don’t have roofs. I’m a strong believer in customer service; with a background in VIP hosting and retail, I’m a firm believer in listening to the need of the customer/homeless individual and helping them meet that need. »What are your goals and overall vision for the next three to five years? My large goal is to help Clark County get to functional zero (ending chronic homelessness) by 1) Creating business partners that can support the vision financially 2) Implementing a companion/ navigator program, similar to Big Brother Big Sisters to aid formerly homeless clients 3) Creating more detox and mental health beds. Transparency is key! »What priorities will help you achieve these goals? My role is really the mouthpiece for the agencies, government and homeless. Education is the key to getting this movement started. I have already hosted several events — Homeless 101 and a “speed-dating” style event — so that volunteers could find a charity match. There will be more volunteer events in the future. What can I say, I love a good party! (You can follow me at CaridadSD or RIMerideth on social media.) »What barriers are in your way? I’m not going to sugarcoat it; I need a donor to help me financially to start our volunteer Clark County team. »In what ways has your work impacted Las Vegas, and downtown specifically? I am proudest to report that since March 1, the Downtown Rangers have gotten 22 people permanently housed. We have become a valuable community partner in ending homelessness. My proudest achievement besides housing folks has been to begin to educate our community about ending homelessness. The truth is NO ONE wants to be homeless. Many folks on the streets are former residents, they are down on their luck and some have even tried our shelters. They want to go indoors; they just need someone to help them navigate the system, and with the new coordinated efforts, Clark County is working on solving this problem. »What are the most important issues currently facing homelessness downtown? The biggest issues are lack of IDs and affordable housing. »How are you addressing them? I created a YouTube video blog (Rangers Reality) to try and get my message out to the public as well as I use social media. »What differentiates your tack from other organizations’ approaches? A few things, customer service is key. Many homeless say they have never been treated as great as they are by the Rangers. Also, we offer navigation to assist the client getting through obstacles. We don’t handhold, however. The client is active in their case plan and we walk with them through it until they are housed. »On a personal level, how do you relate to those who are seeking help? I used to be homeless, so I can draw from my experience to help them. »Individually, what’s been your best “giving” experience within the Rangers? My favorite success story is a client I fought for, he has multiple masters degrees and was homeless in front of Zappos. He is now living in Westcare’s Safe Haven, is sober, and has returned to school to get more education. »As a whole, what results have you and the Rangers achieved that makes you most proud? I love my team! We have created community awareness and connections through the Real Talk and Homeless 101 events. »Monetary donations aside, how can those within the community help? Time. I need volunteers that are willing to become educated and help where needed. »What’s next for your work in 2015? My hope is that this large swell of a volunteer movement begins. I want to keep the momentum going!
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Art of Flavors Desyree Alberganti, former pastry chef at the now-closed Valentino inside the Venetian, left the Strip a year ago for downtown and opened her own gelateria right next door to critically acclaimed Viva Las Arepas from Félix Arellano, also co-business partner at Art of Flavors. With more than 100 savory, made-from-scratch flavors at her disposal, Desyree swaps out and features 24 options daily, allowing you to taste test regular favorites like birthday cake, cookies & cream and strawberry, to exotic tastings, such as dry lemon pound cake, pear and gorgonzola, brie cheese with bacon marmalade and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. And that’s not all! In addition to specially made, order-ahead gelato cakes, Desyree has also created the invention of the century: grilled gelato panini. With five different options available, at first bite patrons are succumbed by the warmth and freshness of panini bread and then given a metaphorical left hook to the mouth with its 100 percent all-natural, flavorful ingredients. If you consider yourself a frozen dessert connoisseur, Art of Flavors should be your first stop for seconds and thirds.
Cupkates by Kate Entrepreneurial-minded brother-sister combo Will and Kate Thompson are co-owners of the most coveted cupcakes in Las Vegas. This hometown duo has made quite a name for themselves since opening their first gourmet cupcakery in 2012, and continue to receive rave reviews amongst their Tivoli Village and Downtown Container Park clientele. Featuring regular and oversize cupcakes, this boutique-styled bakery’s biggest claim to fame is its bite-size delights coming in a variety of more than a dozen flavors and fun names, such as the Hipity Hop (carrot cake), Banana Bo Fana (banana cake), Sticky Fingers (caramel cake), and Mellow Yellow (yellow cake). Topped with a light and airy buttercream frosting, it’s no wonder these moist and decedent desserts are listed as part of this year’s “Best Of.” Downtown ZEN
Sweet Spot Candy Shop Charismatic small business owner Paul Balikian loves his customers, and his customers love his style of candy. Situated inside the ever-popular Downtown Container Park is Sweet Spot Candy Shop, an old-time candy parlor with a clean and modern aesthetic. Paul’s shop specializes in retro-classic, American candies, featuring GooGoo Clusters, U-No Bars, Mary Janes and Black Taffy as well as kids’ favorites like Toxic Waste Bubble Gum, Mega Smarties, chocolate covered gummy bears, premium chocolates, and unique gummy candies and cane sugar sodas in glass bottles. According to Paul, he spends hours every week researching old-fashioned and modern candies in an effort to find new products for his shop. “I wanted to bring something fun and different downtown,” says Paul. “It’s rare to find someone who doesn’t like candy and who doesn’t smile when they walk into the shop.” From your lips to God’s ears, Paul.
Veterans Village 1150 S. Las Vegas Boulevard Las Vegas, NV 89104 702.222.1680 vvlv.org
PHILANTHROPY Arnold Stalk
»What is Veterans Village? Veterans Village is dedicated to the creation of an environment that is home to United States Veterans. This is a unique and innovative approach to holistic and comprehensive housing with support services. Public and private collaborative partnerships have been established to provide services to residents, including employment training and referrals, continuing education and degree programs, nutritional programs, exercise training, medical services, mental health counseling, specialized activities and special events. I founded this organization in memory of my father, Seymour Jay Stalk — a United States Navy veteran of World War II. We are a continuing and evolving experiment collaborating with the public and private sector to create a safe, warm and humanistic environment for our veteran heroes. »What was your background prior to starting this organization? I have been developing, constructing, managing, operating and getting funding for special needs housing with intensive support services for 40 years. I have a background in urban design planning, redevelopment and master planned built projects. Additionally, I have served on the Board of Trustees of Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill of Southern Nevada, United Way of Southern Nevada, The Shade Tree Shelter, Christmas in April, American Red Cross of Southern Nevada and Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. I currently serve as an advisory board member of Variety Early Learning Center, 100 Black Men of Las Vegas, The Rape Crisis Center, The Foundation for Recovery and am currently a the founder and president of SHARE/Veterans Village, a nonprofit organization. »Why did you start Veterans Village? I started Veterans Village because I cannot think of a single reason that the words United States Veterans, homelessness and poverty should ever be used in the same sentence. »How has it grown or changed over time? I took over the previous Econo Lodge motel, as it was ready to close its doors and shut down. We began with no funds and a number of skeptical people that predicted our demise and failure. Over time, we have attracted thousands of volunteers and donations of all types to rehab the residence, feed our residents and help the community by providing jobs, clothing, medical services and a myriad of survival services all targeted at promoting independent living and a happier future. »How have you implemented your own personal values within the overall mission statement of your organization? My values are deeply rooted in respect, humility, decency and compassion. This drives my soul to help people in need that have put themselves in harm’s way so that we can all enjoy our freedom in our country. I have also implemented collaborations with organizations and individuals who are willing to look outside of the box and provide services, such as partnerships with local corporations and businesses, that are dedicated to providing housing and supportive services for our veterans. »What are your organization’s goals and overall vision for the next three to five years? My vision is to replicate Veterans Villages in every city across the United States. This can be accomplished city by city, county by county and state by state utilizing the Veterans Village prototype that I have created here in Las Vegas. »What priorities will help you achieve them? Funding, desire, determination and character, luck and a lot of help form others who share my vision and passion. »What barriers are in your way? Bureaucracies, red tape, delays. Committees and waste. »In what ways has Veterans Village impacted Las Vegas, and downtown specifically? Veterans Village fills a gaping hole in the housing and services system in that we are open 24/7 doing crisis intervention and a wide range of services that have the ability to change and add without committees or long delayed processes. »What are the most important issues currently facing your organization? How are you addressing them? The most important issues are the lack of funds, food, clothing, medical supplies and basic survival supplies as well. »What differentiates Veterans Village from other organizations? We are completely and totally independent of any organizations, such as the VA and other agencies that come with strings attached to hamper or control us. We are a group of citizens that took action to solve an intense social problem and actually solve it. »On a personal level, how do you relate to those who are seeking help? My Dad was a U.S. Veteran of World War II and many of my relatives were as well. I was raised in a military house, and I owe something to my country, which I am blessed to be able to do every day. »Individually, what’s been your best giving experience within the organization? My education, experience and background is very diverse, and I am able to adapt to change to serve our residents. »As a whole, what results has your organization achieved that makes you most proud? Our best achievement to date is the thousands of men, women and families that we have been able to help. »Monetary donations aside, how can those within the community help your organization? We need nonperishable foods, emergency supplies, building materials and water bottles on an ongoing basis. »What’s next for Veterans Village in 2015? Replicate our model in Henderson, North Las Vegas and onto other states.
2014 BEST BARS
The Lady Silvia Now closed, The Lady Silvia still makes our list. If you missed it, you missed out. Designed to reflect the 19th-century inspiration of the famed Strahov Monastery Library in Prague, The Lady Silvia melded European library with downtown style. Its Victorian furniture, which was all either purchased or refurbished in the Arts District, sat atop a sleek black and white checkerboard floor creating a highly stylized, incredibly intimate getaway from the outside world. Owned by Sam Cherry, guests appreciated The Lady Silvia for its sleek yet comfortable style and enjoyed its handcrafted signature cocktails, such as The Surrealist made with BarSol Pisco, green Chartreuse, fresh lemon and grapefruit juice with dash of Angostura bitters served straight up in chilled cocktail glass. The drink menu also offered seasonal cocktails developed by the bartending staff through internal competitions.
Four times a year, the bartenders would create new drinks and taste test them — the winners were added to the bar’s seasonal cocktail menu. For beer connoisseurs, The Lady Silvia also offered five craft beers on tap, nearly two dozen in bottles and three unique beer cocktails, like the The Dapper Don, a combination of Hendricks Gin, Chambord, St. Germaine, fresh grapefruit juice, topped off with Ballast Point IPA and served over ice. Rounding out the bar menu was a diverse selection of wines by the glass and bottle. “The goal was to create a place that was cool and stylish, but not too swanky or over the top,” said Cherry. “It [was] a unique lounge experience that offer[ed] great drinks in an inviting atmosphere, and as a result, our guests [could] relax and enjoy themselves.” dtZEN.com
Art Bar Located inside the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino lobby and across from the registration desk is Art Bar, a watering hole as authentic, eclectic and vibrant as downtown itself. As you await room check-in, get comfortable by sitting on an overstuffed chair or at the high-top table and take in the many surroundings this place has to offer. Highlighting the warm and calming colors and low-burning lights of the lounge is the artwork prominently displayed along the bar’s walls and ceiling. Rather than focusing on nationally known artists, Art Bar is committed to the local arts scene by putting on gallery showings that allow artists from the neighboring 18b Arts District to display, and even sell, their work.
Another reason for why we heart Art Bar is due to its custom cocktails. #Duh. One of our many favorites is none other than the well-titled Abstract. Comprised of Ciroc Red Berry, fresh lime juice, rock candy, club soda and muddled raspberries and mint, this fruity, well-crafted specialty drink is both sweet yet strong enough to savor. In addition to draft beers and ales on hand, Art Bar has a deep list of white and red wines as well, including riesling, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. Don’t just take our word for how great this place is — draw your own conclusions and visit Art Bar today!
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Moonridge Group 353 E. Bonneville Ave., Suite 135 Las Vegas, NV 89101 702.570.7693 moonridgegroup.com
PHILANTHROPY Julie Murray & Anna Auerbach
JM: Julie Murray, Principal and CEO (right) AA: Anna Auerbach, Vice President, Strategy and Special Projects (left)
»What is Moonridge Group? AA: Moonridge Group is a catalyst organization, building community by combining strong organizations with great leaders and helping to build capacity. »What was your background prior to starting this organization? AA: I’ve been a lifelong consultant/advisor, starting in the for-profit sector at McKinsey and Co, moving to nonprofit strategy consulting at Bridgespan, with experiences working directly for nonprofits in between. JM: I’m a lifelong community builder. On the nonprofit side, I served as the founding CEO of Three Square Food Bank, as the national campaign manager of the Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation, as the cofounder of the I Have a Dream Foundation, the cofounder of the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue Foundation and many others. On the philanthropy side, I led Caesars Entertainment’s (formally called Harrah’s Entertainment) national charitable giving. In each of those roles, I was focused on building a strong community through strategic philanthropy. »Why did you start Moonridge Group? How has it grown or changed over time? JM: Moonridge Group was created because of the void in our community in the area of bringing strategic opportunities to philanthropists that creates the highest social impact and return on investment (ROI). Many other communities have organizations that provide strategic guidance to funders, such as Changing Our World in New York City. Moonridge Group was modeled after them. We have significantly grown and are providing philanthropic guidance locally, nationally and globally. »How have you implemented your own personal values within the overall mission statement of your organization? AA: I truly believe that “to those whom much is given, much is expected” (JFK). With this in mind, we strive every day to make a substantive, measurable change in our community, because it is our duty and privilege to give back. »What are your organization’s goals and overall vision for the next three to five years? What priorities will help you achieve them? AA: Our vision is to have a better connected community with greater capacity to address community needs, while engaging and inspiring all community members. Our biggest organizational goals are to inspire and elevate philanthropy and to help build great community organizations. We are increasingly focused on building capacity and strategy with our community funders. Our greatest barrier is outreach! We have a small team of six, and there is only so much we can do with that. JM: Our community of funders is small, but growing. Sadly, our three largest foundations in Las Vegas have closed or are in the process of “sunsetting,” including Kirk Kerkorian’s Lincy Foundation, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation and the Lied Foundation. »In what ways has Moonridge Group impacted Las Vegas, and downtown specifically? AA: Some of our impact is easy to see and some is more about laying the groundwork. Some of our most visible work is with the Fremont East Entertainment District, and you can see that just by walking around. Some of the work that is less evident and less obvious is that we have created stronger connections between funders and organizations. We have inspired funders and equipped them with the information to act. We are in the process of helping to guide several efforts that will fundamentally change the face of downtown, such as the Modern Museum. »What differentiates Moonridge Group from other organizations? JM: We work hard to ensure that 100 percent of the time we deliver excellence on what we say and do. If a member of the Moonridge Group team commits to something, you can expect extraordinary work and communications to follow. »Individually, what’s been your best giving experience within the organization? AA: For me, it was facilitating our collective giving project with our Greater Good Council (GGC), a group of family foundations, at Crestwood Elementary to help them build a program around grit and resiliency. This was an innovative process in that it was competitive and very structured but, I also firmly believe in the importance of these soft skills for our children. JM: I have several memorable giving experiences. Three that come to mind include: 1) the work we help lead with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department called Sierra Oeste 2) the work we led to renovate Casa de Luz in the heart of Naked City where we worked with our GGC to raise $500,000 to renovate their frail facility, and 3) the group of doctors we took to visit Carlos Santana’s medical clinic in Autlan, Mexico called Sanctuario de Luz. »What’s next for Moonridge Group in 2015? AA: Next year promises to be even busier and more exciting than 2014. We are very much looking forward to big progress in some of our healthcare, education and arts sectors. I’m personally very excited to continue to engage more deeply with corporate, family and individual funders to help us all come together to build a stronger community.
2014 BEST HANGOUTS
Who doesn’t love a cold brew … outdoors? We do, and that’s why we’ve picked Bier Garten, Las Vegas’ first outdoor beer drinking garden, as one of this year’s best hangouts! Downtown pioneers Sam Cherry and Grant Garcia, the team that opened Pop Up Pizza, wanted to offer downtown’s residents and visitors a place where they could feel as if they were in their own backyard, enjoying a cold pint of beer and great food with friends. And so, the team saw the outdoor space next to the Plaza’s iconic dome as the perfect location for creating the urban oasis they envisioned. Bier Garten’s unique outdoor dining area features nearly 3,000 square feet of real grass and specially designed wooden trellises with winding vines to create a relaxed Bavarian beer garden setting. Its casual, picnic table backyard offers a fun, urban-style retreat where customers can choose from two-dozen handcrafted local and imported beers on tap and numerous bottled microbrews. To complement the beer, Bier Garten’s chef has created several signature wursts, inspired by German favorites but crafted with a Las Vegas flair — such as the Stardust, comprised of German bratwurst, caramelized onions, sauerkraut and German sweet mustard. Sides include extra giant-sized German pretzels with mustard, hand cut fries and crispy onion strings. So, say auf wiedersehen to boring hangouts and hallo to Bier Garten!
Gold Spike The Gold Spike is another hangout that transitions easily from daytime co-working space to nighttime party animal playpen. Renovations continue at the Spike including new bathrooms, cozy private spaces for talking and a carnival squirt gun game at the now second interior bar. In “the backyard,” what was for a time an “ice skating rink” has changed into a gigantic toy box following through on the earlier theme of huge Jenga, chess and cornhole sets. The Grill offers up classic diner food fit for any hour, so once planted there, nobody has to leave. Maybe this is why the interior space is called “the living room.” Cozy yet fun and offering full service, The Gold Spike can take you from professional day to playtime night like any essential and versatile wardrobe-staple LBD. This is why, lovingly called, “the Spike” makes our list of best hangouts. Downtown ZEN
The Beat The Beat Coffeehouse and Records makes our list of best hangouts for its chill atmosphere and warm vinyl sound. Yes, The Beat has a sound. It’s the sound of humming conversations and solitary concentration mingled with music at just the right volume to complement creative processes. The music selections here purvey an aptitude for inspiration and wonder; every record played on the turntable is askance from boring radio programming and brings the funk. If you feel like you need to get your groove back, this is the spot. Featuring another eclectic menu, from the croque monsieur (it’s a French ham sandwich) all the way to the unique ingredients added to common items like potato salad, food served here will only be found here. After 7 p.m., The Beat serves beer, and community events like open mic and trivia add to the hip cosmopolitan feel. A day to night spot, The Beat is one of our favorite joints.
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events calendar november 1 saturday
Dia de Muertos This family-friendly event blends rich customs with exciting activities, such as live theater and dance performances, mariachis, face painting, sugar skull decorating and an art exhibition. location: Springs Preserve time: 4 p.m.-9 p.m. more info: SpringsPreserve.org
november 4 tuesday Downtown Project Lowdown Want the inside scoop on all of the good things happening with Downtown Project? Then you won’t want to miss the Downtown Lowdown, a monthly event that brings the community together with updates relating to DTLV. location: The Learning Village time: 5 p.m.-6 p.m. more info: DowntownProject.com
november 5 wednesday
Bingo and Beer Every first Wednesday come play bingo at Banger Brewing. location: Banger Brewingn time: 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Creativ Week Creativ Week is produced and curated by CatalystCreativ, a small business funded by the Downtown Project the first week of every month. Creativ Week is a monthly celebration in downtown Vegas that showcases the most exciting arts, culture and entertainment. date: Nov. 5-8 more info: CatalystCreativ.com
november 6 thursday Creativ Week
Women 2.0 City Meetup Las Vegas If you missed our last City Meetup, not to worry! We are hosting another one in your area on Thursday, November 6 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at The Learning Village (737 E. Fremont Street). Our wonderful speakers will be Stephanie Forte, founder of Forté PR and Beyond Vegas and Jennifer Taler, managing partner at Stitch Factory.l. location: The Learning Village time: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
november 7 Friday Creativ Week
enLIGHTen at FIRST FRIDAY First Friday is celebrated in the Arts District and celebrates young and established local artists. location: Arts District time: 6 p.m.-11 p.m. more info: FirstFridayLasVegas.com
november 8 saturday
november 22 saturday
november 11 tuesday
Veteran’s Day Candlelight Vigil Veterans Village, downtown Las Vegas celebrates and honors our United States veterans with a candlelight vigil, featured speakers, including Mayor Carolyn Goodman, and a free rock concert. For more information, call Arnold Stalk at 702.624.5792. location: Veterans Village time: 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Trivia at the Beat Come with a team or find one at The Beat. Every second Tuesday you can test your knowledge and flex your brain in a cerebral competition. There will be prizes and beer specials, and most likely a little more beer than brains. location: The Beat Coffeehouse time: 7 p.m.
november 14 friday
Downtown3rd Farmers Market | 9am-2p
november 15 saturday
Kefauver Day Kefauver Day at the Mob Museum is held each year to raise awareness of the significance of the U.S. Senate Special Committee to investigate organized crime in interstate commerce. location: The Mob Museum more info: TheMobMuseum.org
10 Things You Didn’t Know About the JFK Assassination Dr. Walt Brown, a former special agent for the U.S. Department of Justice and history teacher at the college and secondary levels who has spent his lifetime researching and writing about the JFK assassination, will reveal “10 Things You Didn’t Know About the JFK Assassination.” A questionand-answer period and book signing will follow the presentation. The event is free with admission and free for Museum Members. In 1992, Brown, who received his master’s and doctorate from the University of Notre Dame, wrote "The People v. Lee Harvey Oswald," essentially as a memo to himself for closure after almost 30 years of JFK study. In the next four years, "Treachery in Dallas, The Referenced Index Guide to the JFK Assassination," the "JFK Assassination Quizbook," and the "Warren Omission" followed. With those five works, Brown became a regular on the JFK lecture circuit, giving keynote speeches in Washington, Dallas and the United Kingdom. In 2013, Brown compiled all his research into "The JFK Chronology." location: The Mob Museum time: 7 p.m. Augusta’s Birthday Bash Party at Nacho Daddy with DJ Ultra. location: Nacho Daddy time: 10 p.m.
november 27 thursday thanksgiving
november 28 friday
november 16 sunday
Zappos.com Half of the Half Run the 6-mile run from Las Vegas Boulevard to downtown Las Vegas. time: 3:30 p.m.
Downtown3rd Farmers Market | 9am-2p
november 19 wednesday
Stitch Factory Fashion Speaker Series Stitch Factory, in partnership with Downtown Project, presents its monthly speaker series designed to bring together passionate individuals to share ideas, network and inspire. This month, Deanna Kangas (President, Strategic Growth Consulting), Liz Armstrong (Editorial Consultant), Ian Ginsberg (President, C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries) and Laurie Libman-Wilson (Founder/Owner, Studio Penny Lane) will be our special guests. location: Inspire Theatre time: 5:30 p.m.
november 21 friday
Downtown3rd Farmers Market | 9am-2p
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER DECEMBER DECEMBER 1 MONDAY World AIDS Day
DECEMBER 2 TUESDAY
Downtown Project Lowdown
DECEMBER 3 WEDNESDAY Creativ Week
DECEMBER 4 THURSDAY Creativ Week
DECEMBER 1 FRIDAY Creativ Week
Downtown3rd Farmers Market | 9am-2p Zappos 2nd Annual Tree Lighting Join the Zappos Family in the lighting of their Christmas tree. There will be fun activities, pictures with santa, and yummy treats. time: 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. FIRST FRIDAY Repeal Day 2014: Party like it’s 1933 at The Mob Museum Party like it’s 1933 at the 3rd Annual Repeal Day Celebration as The Mob Museum marks the anniversary of the end of Prohibition. The highlight of the evening will be the Boss of the Bars Competition where establishments from downtown’s dynamic nightlife will compete to be named the top bar and receive the Repeal Day Cup. Nationally known judges from the world of food and beverage will sample the prohibition-themed cocktails — available for tasting by partygoers. The evening also will include signature drinks, a VIP party, casino table games, a costume contest, cabaret dancers, a Repeal Day toast, a cigar bar, great prizes and jazz swing band. Contact The Mob Museum at themobmuseum.org or 702.229.2734 to purchase tickets. location: The Mob Museum time: 6 p.m.-midnight
DECEMBER 6 saturday
The 2014 Las Vegas Great Santa Run This is a monumental year for Opportunity Village as we celebrate both the 10th Anniversary of the Las Vegas Great Santa Run and our 60th anniversary of providing programs and services for individuals with disabilities in the Las Vegas community. location: Downtown Las Vegas time: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
DECEMBER 9 tuesday Trivia at the Beat
DECEMBER 6 saturday
Human Rights Day Community Dinner Community Dinner will be hosted at the Zappos campus. location: Zappos HQ time: 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
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DOWNTOWN RESTAURANTS 100 The Beat Coﬀeehouse G5 520 Fremont St. 702.385.2328 101 Le Thai 523 Fremont St. G5 702.778.0888 102 Triple George Grill F4 201 N. Third St. 702.384.2761
103 Tacos El Gordo J8 1724 E. Charleston Blvd. 702.251.8226
105 Bar+Bistro D8 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite #155 702.202.6060
106 Mundo – A Culinary Haute Spot C5 495 S. Grand Central Pkwy. 702.270-4400 107 Courthouse Bar & Grill E5 330 S. Third St. 702.388-8222 108 City Centre Café F6 375 Lewis Ave. 702.383.4055
109 El Gaucho Luca’s Café & Deli F5 231 S. Third St., Suite #110 702.384.3115 www.elgaucholucascafe.com 110 Viva Las Arepas D10 1616 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Suite #120 702.336.9696
111 Subway G5 600 Fremont St. 702.302.5020 113 Jason’s Deli D3 100 City Pkwy. 702.366.0130
114 The Verdicts Inn E7 801 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.837.3428
115 Luv It Frozen Custard D10 505 E. Oakey Blvd. 702.384.6452
116 Lola’s: B8 A Louisiana Kitchen
241 W. Charleston Blvd. #101 702.227.5652 117 Casa Don Juan Restaurant C8 1204 S. Main St. 702.384.8070 www.casadonjuanlv.com 118 eat. G5 707 Carson Ave. 702.534.1515 www.eatdowntownlv.com
119 Du-Par’s F5 Restaurant & Bakery 1 Fremont St. (Inside Golden Gate) 702.385.1906
200 Lewis Ave. 702.631.1112
121 El Sombrero Café D7 807 S. Main St. 702.382.9234
124 Big Ern’s BBQ G5 707 Fremont St. (Container Park) 702.834.7845 www.bigernsbbq.com
125 Pop Up Pizza E4 1 Main St. (PLAZA HOTEL) 702.366.0049 www.popuppizzalv.com
125 Zaba’s Mexican Grill E4 1 Main St. (PLAZA HOTEL) 702.207.0777 www.zabas.com
126 Denny’s F4 450 Fremont St. (Inside Neonopolis) 702.471.0056 www.dennys.com
127 Rachel’s Kitchen G5 150 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
(Inside Retail Space at Ogden) www.rachelskitchen.com
128 Radio City Pizza G5 508 Fremont St.
129 Park on Fremont G5 506 Fremont St.
130 Anthony’s Pizza & Deli E5 321 S. Casino Center Blvd., Suite #125 702.896.0353
131 La Comida G5 100 Sixth St.
132 Doña Maria's Tamales D8 910 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.382.6538
133 Mingo Kitchen and Lounge C8 1017 First St., Suite #180 702.685.0328
134 City Center Quiznos F6 365 Lewis Ave. 702.380.0900 www.quiznos.com
135 Wild B9 150 N. Las Vegas Blvd. Suite 120 702.527.7717 www.eatdrinkwild.com
136 Nacho Daddy C10 113 N. 4th St.
137 Pura Vida H7 1236 Western Ave.
138 Tiﬀany's Café G4 1700 S. Las Vegas Blvd 702.444.4459
139 Art of Flavors G5 1616 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.676.1027 www.Facebook.com Search "Art of Flavors"
140 MTO Café D5 500 S. Main St.
141 O Face Doughnuts G5 124 S. Sixth St. Suite 140
702.476.3223 www.Facebook.com Search “O Face Doughnuts”
142 Rock ‘N’oodles C8 1108 S. Third St.
143 The Goodwich G5 1516 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Suite A 702.910.8681 www.the-goodwich.com
144 Carson Kitchen F5 124 S. Sixth St.
BARS, LOUNGES & NIGHTCLUBS 200 Downtown Cocktail Room (DCR) G5 111 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.880.3696 201 Lady Silvia E8 900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. www.theladysilvia.com
202 D8 1025 S. First St. 702.489.6339
203 Beauty Bar G5 517 Fremont St., Suite #A
204 Dino’s Lounge D10 1516 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.382.3894
205 Banger Brewing F4 450 Fremont St. Suite 135 702.456.2739 www.bangerbrewing.com
206 The Griﬃn G5 511 Fremont St. 702.382.0577
207 Hogs & Heifers Saloon F4 201 N. 3rd St., Suite #130
208 Insert Coin(s) G5 512 Fremont St.
209 Vanguard Lounge G5 516 Fremont St.
210 Commonwealth G5 525 Fremont St.
211 Backstage Bar & Billiards G5 601 Fremont St.
212 Bunkhouse H6 124 S. 11th St.
213 Don’t Tell Mama G5 517 Fremont St.
412 Gaia Flowers C8 6 E. Charleston Blvd.
702.349.2283 www.atomiclasvegas.com 215 Velveteen Rabbit C9 1218 S. Main St. (702) 685-9645
216 Gold Spike G5 217 N. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.384.8444 www.goldspike.com
217 Aruba Lounge D9 1215 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.382.3987
218 Scullery F4 150 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
702.910.2396 www.facebook.com Search “Scullery” 220 Inspire Theater F4 501 Fremont St. 702.910.2388
RETAIL SHOPS, BOUTIQUES & SALONS 400 Coterie G5 515 Fremont St.
702.685.7741 www.facebook.com Search “Coterie Downtown”
401 Globe Salon E7 900 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Suite #130 702.938.4247 www.globesalon.com
406 Josephine Skaught Hairdressing D8 1025 S. First St. Suite 165 702.431.8071 firstname.lastname@example.org
409 C10 1421 S. Commerce St. 702.439.3923
415 Inside Style C8 1119 S. Main St. 702.399.1100
416 Nature’s Element D7 817 S. Main St.
419 Williams Costume Co. D9 1226 S. Third St. 702.384.1384
421 Let Me Nail You F7 514 Bonneville Ave.
702.330.3945 www.roguetoys.com 423 Don Vicente Cigars Intl. 624 Las Vegas Blvd S. E7 702.526.3922
425 D8 1114 S. Casino Center Blvd. Suite 1 702.678.6089 www.reclaimedart.org
139 207 102 805
1201 S. Commerce St. 702.331.3172 www.realresultsﬁtness.com
701 24hr Fitness E3
100 City Pkwy., Suite #160 702.824.9614
727 S. Main St. 702.685.5070 www.freestylecrossﬁt.com
HOTEL & CASINOS 800 El Cortez G5
600 Fremont St. 800.634.6703 301 Fremont St. 702.388.2400 www.thed.com
803 Golden Nugget F4
129 Fremont St. 702.385.7111 www.goldennugget.com
1 S. Main St. 800.634.6575 www.plazahotelcasino.com
805 Downtown Grand Las Vegas F4
206 N. Third St. 855.384.7263 www.downtowngrand.com
1211 Downtown Contemporary Gallery C8 at artSquare
1025 First St., Suite #145 702.358.7022
501 700 521 515 503
504 502 505
217 509 510
110 138 603
COMMUNITY SPACES 100 /usr/lib (Tech Library) G5
520 Fremont St. 702.385.2328
6th Street Workspace 317 S. Sixth St. 702.534.3804 www.workinprogress.lv
102 SYN SHOP G5
The Las Vegas HackerSpace 117 N. Fourth St. www.synshop.org
221 N. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.463.9029 www.fremonteaststudios.com 300 N. Las Vegas Blvd. Suite 120 702.476.5552
ART STUDIOS 100 Emergency Arts
520 Fremont St. 702.385.328 1201 Arts Factory C7 107 E. Charleston Blvd. 702.383.3133 G5
1202 Amanda Harris Gallery 900 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Suite #150 E7
1203 Art Square C7 1025 S. First St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101 www.artsquarelv.com 1204 Gainsburg Studio, Inc. C7 1039 S. Main St. 702.249.3200 www.gainsburgstudio.com 1205 Open Air Printers C7 1039 S. Main St., Suite #150
1206 Blackbird Studios C10 1551 S. Commerce St., Suite #A
1100 Las Vegas Academy G6 315 S. 7th St.
406 414 12151401 1201105 112 425 500 1212 1216
1204 1205 1214 1211 1203
1208 C8 1112 S. Casino Center Blvd.
1209 City of the World C9 1229 S. Casino Center Blvd.
509 Glam Factory Vintage D9 211 E. Colorado Ave. 702.443.0131
1212 Pinup Pointe Art Gallery C8 4 E. Charleston Blvd.
510 Gypsy Den D9 213 E. Colorado Ave. 702.684.1628
1214 Ryan Williams Art Gallery C8 1025 S. First St.
511 Western Gypsy in the Kangaroo Court 1306 S. Third St. 702.868.3302
1215 Sin City Gallery C8 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite #100
1216 Trifecta C8 135 E. Charleston Blvd.
RECURRING EVENTS 1300 First Friday Main Hub C9 Casino Center Boulevard
Between Colorado Street & California Street
103 Fremont East Studios
1002 E7 353 E. Bonneville Ave.
101 Work In Progress -
1001 E7 900 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
1101 9th Bridge Early Development I5 310 S. Ninth St.
108 132 101
804 Plaza Hotel & Casino E4
802 The D Las Vegas F4
HIGH-RISE LIVING 1000 The Ogden G4 150 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
1003 D7 200 Hoover Ave.
216 102 126 803 205 127 135 136 802 119 218 1000 111 303 220 304 127 200 141 800 144 109 124
301 302 103
702 FreeStyle CrossFit D6
FITNESS 700 Real Results Gym
129 220 128 123 424
424 E7 1106 Fremont St. 702.541.8282
495 S. Main St. 702.229.6011 901 Veteran’s Village D5 1150 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.624.5792 www.vvlv.org
422 Rogue Toys E7 616 Las Vegas Blvd S.
HUMAN SERVICES 900 Las Vegas City Hall D5
417 Photo Bang Bang C10 224 E. Imperial Ave.
LAS VEGAS, NV
407 Cowtown Guitars D7 C8 1009 S. Main St.
414 Hillary Salon C8 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite #250
214 Atomic Liquors H5 917 Fremont St.
1301 Downtown3rd Farmers Market 300 Block of North Main Street F4
Directly Next To The Mob Museum
ENTERTAINMENT 1400 The Smith Center 361 Symphony Park Ave. C5
1401 Art Square Theater 1025 S. First St. C8
1402 Theater 7 D9 1406 S. Third St. 220 F4
702.568.9663 Inspire News Cafe 501 Fremont St. 702.910.2388
MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS 1501 The Mob Museum 300 Stewart Ave. F4
1502 Old Las Vegas Fort H1 500 E. Washington Ave.
513 C8 D9
514 Sin City Pickers C10 10 W. Wyoming Ave. 702.366.9166 515 C9
1505 The Neon Museum H2 770 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
ANTIQUE ALLEY 500 Retro Vegas C8 1131 S. Main St. 702.384.2700 501 Amberjoy's Vintage Closet C8 1225 S. Main Street 702.825.2020 www.amberjoysvintagecloset.com 502 C8 1300 S. Main St.. 702.776.6222 503 Armstrong’s Emporium C9 1228 S. Main St. 702.366.1995 504 C9
1300 S. Main St., Suite #110 702.331.4660
505 Desert Buddha C9 1300 S. Main St., Suite #120 702.383.1008 507 C9
1310 S. Main St. 702.384.8463
508 The Funk House D9 1228 S. Casino Center Blvd. 702.678.6278
1304 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.300.2476 625 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.382-1882 630 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.464.3299 1422 Western Ave. 702.384.4922
1216 S. Main St. 702.384.4922
LEGAL SERVICES 1600 Craig P. Kenny & Associates G7 501 S. Eight St.
HEALTH & WELLNESS 1700 Dr. Azimi DDS E8 820 S. Seventh St.
1701 Turntable Health G5 701 Bridger Ave., Suite #150
360 Promenade Pl. 702.382.3445
1504 Natural History Museum H2 900 N. Las Vegas Blvd.
1227 S. Main St. 702.539.0799
520 Main Street America C9 1400 S. Main St. 702.476.1400 www.main-street-america.com
1503 Discovery Children’s B7 Museum
1112 S. Commerce St. 702.366.7030
COFFEE SPOTS 100 The Beat Coﬀeehouse 520 Fremont St. G5 702.385.2328 500 Starbucks F5
300 S. Fourth St. #7 702.759.3426
220 Inspire News Cafe F4
501 Fremont St. 702.910.2388
GROCERY 601 Resnick’s Grocery
900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.982.2999 602 Cake World Bakery 220 N. Maryland Pkwy. I5 702.471.7111 603 White Cross Market C10 1700 S. Las Vegas Blvd. (702) 382.3382 E8
As 2014 rapidly comes to an end, the Downtown ZEN is concluding its final publication of the year by packaging and bow tying November and De...
Published on Nov 18, 2014
As 2014 rapidly comes to an end, the Downtown ZEN is concluding its final publication of the year by packaging and bow tying November and De...