Small Business


Downtown Project’s Small Business team has been investing in small businesses since 2012. Thus far, we have made a number of investments ranging from full-service restaurants to boutique retail stores and more. We are focused exclusively on the Downtown Las Vegas community and are dedicated to cultivating a unique and enriching small business environment for all of our owners/operators.

We are a private investment arm of the Downtown Project and maintain the highest standards and criteria for new investments. Our deals entail a significant level of diligence, time, and personal dedication, so please give full consideration to our process and expectations before reaching out or preparing any materials.

Our Criteria

Execution & Sustainability: We invest in sustainable business models with operators that can execute.

Passion: We look for owner-operators that are passionate about their business and the opportunity to contribute hands-on to the Downtown community.

Collisions: We invest in businesses that provide a space for people to meet and interact in a way that promotes new relationships and stronger ties within the community.

Unique or the Best: Downtown Las Vegas is a place to experience new things, and the businesses we invest in differentiate themselves with unique qualities not found in many of their counterparts.

Story Worthy: The businesses we invest in have a story all their own, and each of our businesses contributes to an eclectic mix of narratives in the Downtown area.


The best barbecue in Downtown Las Vegas with a story close to home. Big Ernie Loya slow smokes traditional meats over hickory and oak wood, and all side dishes are made carefully from scratch. After spending a few years working at, Big Ern decided to follow his passion and start selling his BBQ, BBQ sauce, and salsa at several farmers markets around the Las Vegas alley. From initially taking orders on a small scale to now running a fully ignited vision at Downtown Container Park, this mouthwatering destination is a must with Big Ern’s signature flavors and his love of feeding others.

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CatalystCreativ is a community design firm that builds community for cities, brands and movements through educational and inspirational events. Our mission is to create more active participants in making the world a better place.

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Want to look Downtown chic, day and night? Come to a place where likeminded people gather to share ideas that also happens to sell clothing. Coterie features men’s and women’s clothing from emerging boutique labels like Zanerobe, Jacks and Jokers, Valerie Tolusa, Scotch and Soda, and Lauren Moshi. The shop also sells fabulous and funky accessories and handbags to complete your look. Stretch the imagination of what fashion can be, and articulate who you are through unique clothing and connections.


Downtown Runners is all about having fun. You have probably competed for things your entire life, so we decided to get rid of those win-lose competitions and create win-win events for the entire community. Whether you are a toddler or a great grandparent, we promise you will WIN an experience you’ll never forget. Our goal is to provide you with a lasting memory that you can share with your friends, families, coworkers, and even strangers you just met on the starting line.


Eat serves up new American style breakfast and lunch in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Chef Natalie Young and her crew specialize in comfort food with a twist–”good food for good people–and it’s all made with love in Downtown Las Vegas. Located at the corner of Carson and 7th Streets, eat is perfectly poised to serve downtown’s business and residential communities, as well as adventurous suburbanites, tourists and any and all hungry people. What will “Downtown’s New Comfort-Cuisine Queen” be cookin’ up?


Fremont East Studios (FES) is an all-media studio located in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas that specializes in multi-cam production including talk shows, concerts, events, web series, music videos, reality, digital film, and commercials–on location or in studio. FES is staffed by a diverse team of creative and knowledgeable professionals that can help take any project from script to screen. Their fully-equipped control room features the TriCaster 8000 switcher with real time virtual set and motion tracking capabilities. Boasting a 100 MBPS fiber circuit and Elemental encoders, FES can ensure that viewers of live streams productions enjoy the best experience possible.


La Comida welcomes you to a fiesta with all your friends. Raise a glass of tequila to your favorite revolutionary while you dine on Mexican favorites from various regions in Mexico. Located at 100 6th Street, La Comida is open Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.

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LiveSpark creates unforgettable high-performance special effects for use in stage productions, public installations, amusement parks, hotels, nightclubs, arenas or stadiums, and more. Our FirePixel technology is a highly controllable, compact, and modular system that delivers a full range of effects from flickering candles to towering columns of flame. We like to call it High Definition Fire.


Mint Locker is an innovative dry cleaning and laundry service that is tailored to the customer’s schedule, with secure, 24/7 accessible lockers.  This means no more burdensome trips to the dry cleaners and no more having to adjust your schedule to their hours.  Mint Locker is simply 24/7 convenient dry cleaning and laundry that fits your schedule.  We’re here to revolutionize the dry cleaning industry, and we’re inviting you to join us!


Located at 300 N. Las Vegas Blvd. (Suite #120), Stitch Factory is a coworking space for designers to get their creative juices flowing and work on their collections. The Factory is setup with industrial machines, dress forms, and working tables. This is a place to get away and focus on your designs and create your own world around you. Stitch Factory also offers a wide range of community classes.

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Tech Cocktail is a media company and events organization for startups, entrepreneurs, and technology enthusiasts. Since 2006, its goal has been to amplify local tech communities and give entrepreneurs a place to get informed, get connected, and get inspired. Tech Cocktail dedicates itself to covering news, how-to’s, up-and-coming startups, and industry trends online, and hosting events in over 20 cities in the US and abroad.


Redefining wealth through health for a new generation of travelers. We’ve got you covered roundtrip so you can dine, move, give, live Wellthily anywhere you go. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, touring stateside or far and wide, “to travel” means to leave the comforts of home behind. Most times, that’s a great thing. Adventure abounds! New restaurants, new scenery, cultures, languages, a change of pace… but for “wellth” nuts like us, an upcoming trip also meant having to abandon our daily wellness routine – and always right when we were starting to see results. Find your best and healthiest travel with our passion and expertise.


Our mission is to give people a positive environment to eat nourishing, yummy food, and offer a true piece of mind. We try to have the smallest carbon footprint possible to ensure the best, freshest quality foods. Delicious soups and and salads, signature better-for-you pizzas and pastas, daily seasonal entrees, and fresh juices are some of the offerings here.