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Get to know Las Vegas from natives
March 23, 2014
Stories of the kids of mobsters who went to public school and drove expensive cars blend one into the other. But it pays to listen, if only because it tells you something about Las Vegas ...
Life Cube, a Burning Man art piece, is burned at the 2013 festival.
Joe Downtown: Streets to close for burning of Life Cube
March 20, 2014
The streets will be closed downtown Friday night in the vicinity of the Life Cube, which will be set ablaze, along with thousands of written goals and wishes. The Life Cube is the manifestation of...
Where’s downtown? The City of Las Vegas says it’s within the yellow area.
Joe Downtown: The boundaries of Downtown Las Vegas are as fluid as its reputation
March 19, 2014
Where is Downtown Las Vegas? That depends on who you ask, and why you’re asking.
Joe Downtown: Harvard students look to apply lessons in Las Vegas
March 17, 2014
Harvard Business School students looking to connect the real world of downtown Las Vegas with an entrepreneurial idea they’ve spent the last few months developing want feedback from Las Vegas residents at...
Not-so-humble beginning: Zappos employee Ana Santiago catches confetti during the grand opening of Zappos’ Downtown location in 2013.
Joe Downtown: Don't call it a cult--Zappos, at its core, is just like any other business
March 12, 2014
"No one is being 'brainwashed.'"
Life Cube, a Burning Man art piece, is burned at the 2013 festival.
Joe Downtown: Plug pulled on music events leading up to Life Cube burning
March 11, 2014
Six nights of music leading up to a widely heralded, public performance art exhibit in downtown Las Vegas is likely to be canceled because...
Workers hang a banner with a Huntridge logo at the Huntridge Theater at Maryland Parkway and Charleston Boulevard Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.
Joe Downtown: Does state's lawsuit hinder Huntridge momentum?
March 7, 2014
The Nevada Attorney General's Office has sued the current owners of the historic Huntridge Theater, alleging they broke various covenants and must repay...
Metro Police Capt. Shawn Anderson is spearheading a project to have officers walking a downtown beat.
Joe Downtown: Metro officers ready to walk the beat around East Fremont
March 6, 2014
Aside from the Strip or inorganic commercial developments that prohibit vehicular traffic to satisfy tourists, Las Vegas doesn’t have much for people who simply want to walk the neighborhoods. But redevelopment on East Fremont Street is making parts of downtown so walkable, Metro Police are about to embark on a new method of patrolling there. Officers downtown are going to start ...
Todd VonBaastians is shown at his Alios store at the Container Park, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Alios is an architectural and entertainment lighting business with a main office at 1217 S. Main St.
Joe Downtown: Upper-floor Container Park tenant is shuttering store
March 5, 2014
The owner of Alios, an architectural and entertainment lighting business, said he got “great exposure” by being at the Container Park, even though his third-floor location gets little visitor traffic. Todd VonBaastians discusses another possible reason business wasn't booming at the outdoor mall.
Michael Jones, left, co-owner of A Cut Above The Rest barbershop, located at Carson Avenue and 7th Street Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project has purchased the the barbershop's building but Jones says his business, which has a lease into 2015, is being allowed to stay.
Joe Downtown: Downtown Project takes over another building, but this time it’s different
March 5, 2014
Plans filed with the city for yet another Downtown Project development stand out immediately for one detail.
Artful partners? Southern Wine’s recently announced sponsorship of First Friday could have far-reaching effects.
Joe Downtown: Southern Wine’s First Friday sponsorship could signal bigger changes
March 5, 2014
Could the monthly arts and culture festival relocate to Fremont East?
Developers have submitted plans to city officials for a grocery store/restaurant at 611 Fremont St. Here's an artist's rendering of the building's exterior, from a northeast perspective.
Joe Downtown: East Fremont getting its grocery store … sort of
March 4, 2014
It finally looks like something of a grocery store is coming to east Fremont Street. Plans for a combination grocery store/restaurant at 611 Fremont St. were submitted to the city and will be considered Tuesday by the Planning Commission. A Mexican restaurant and a deli/market used to share the 6,500-square-foot spot until they were forced to move last year; Downtown Project became the new tenant after their leases expired.
Chump (Garrett Grant), left, Lil' Boss (Gus Langley), center, and Slick Garrison (Sean Critchfield) perform in "Pawn Shop Live!" at the Golden Nugget Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. The production show is a parody based on the story of Gold & Silver Pawn, home of the History Channel's Pawn Stars television series.
Joe Downtown: ‘Pawn Shop Live!’ moving to the Riviera
March 3, 2014
A stage production inspired by the hit reality TV show “Pawn Stars” is moving from downtown to the Strip.
Restaurants, cafes that hit sweet spot
March 2, 2014
Some business ideas are immediate hits. Some take time and more attention to detail before they catch on. Others seem dead on arrival. In the “immediate hits” category ...
Contortionist Stephanie Castellone performs as "Lady Labella" during "OK, OK the Amos Glick Variety Show!"  at the Square Apple in Las Vegas Wednesday, March 18, 2009. Castellone has her own performance business called "TwistIT Up!" The Variety Show, hosted by "Le Reve" clown Amos Glick, is an open house for performers of all disciplines.
Joe Downtown: Performers get together for unrehearsed, late-night show
Feb. 28, 2014
Early Friday morning, a lithe woman with a body fat of, let’s say zero, hung from netting high above the stage of downtown’s new Inspire Theater. Magenta, then blue, then white lights were projected on and behind her, as technical crews yelled incremental instrumental changes back and forth.

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