Oak & Ivy: Craft by the Barrel


Ask Oak & Ivy bartender Chris Gutierrez what sets this American craft whiskey cocktail bar apart, and his answer is simple: “Over the top service. Over the top quality.” Boasting a selection of six barrel-aged cocktails, all unique handcrafted drinks made with high quality, fresh, seasonal ingredients, Oak & Ivy opened in Downtown Container Park […]

Downtown Denizen – Brad Swonetz


Brad Swonetz Photographer/Brad Swonetz Photography bradswonetz.com What is the last book you read? Wool by Hugh Howey. The last concert you attended? The National. What is your favorite virtue? Compassion. If you could give one piece of advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be? Don’t worry so much. Who are your heroes in […]

The Bunkhouse Saloon Rises From the Dead

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After a yearlong closure for renovations, The Bunkhouse Saloon is preparing to re-open on August 25 with an all-new Meyer Sound System, a new menu, and a slightly bigger space. But some things will remain the same, like the deer head—returning to a place of glory on The Bunkhouse’s renovated walls—and the venue’s dedication to […]

Welcome to August Creativ Week: Redefining Authenticity in a Digital Age

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Welcome to August Creativ Week, an experience that takes place the first Thursday-Saturday of each month and is focused on finding the “Creativ” in each and every one of us and exploring how creativity can impact a community. Co-curators Apliiq will be joining us for a week centered around the theme of Redefining Authenticity in […]

Downtown Denizen – Sonia El-Nawal


Sonia El-Nawal Culinary Contessa, Downtown Project downtownproject.com What is the last book you read? Signora DaVinci by Robin Maxwell. The last concert you attended? The Tempest. What is your favorite virtue? Wear my heart on my sleeve, honesty. If you could give one piece of advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be? Always […]

June Catalyst Week Summary

It’s Catalyst Week again with talks today and tomorrow at the Learning Village. Click here to see the full schedule. In case you missed last month’s event, here’s a summary of some of the talks. Chris Dessi Company: Silverback Social Author and entrepreneur Chris Dessi tells his story and shares that when you feel like […]

Downtown Denizen – Cory Harwell

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Cory Harwell President, Simon Hospitality Group carsonkitchen.com What is the last book you read? I just finished The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Every year for the past 10 years or so, I purchase two copies of this book. A new one for me to read, without any markings in it from previous readings, and a new […]

Chocolate Treasures


Jin Caldwell wasn’t supposed to be a chocolatier. The owner of JinJu Chocolates, which has operated in Southern Nevada since 2011 and this month opened its first retail location at Downtown Container Park, came all the way from Seoul, South Korea 20 years ago to study medicine. Then she realized working with food was her […]

Downtown Denizen – Kate Thompson


Kate Thompson Owner, Cupkates by Kate cupkateslv.com What is the last book you read? Divergent by Veronica Roth The last concert you attended? Maroon 5. What is your favorite virtue? If it doesn’t sparkle, it doesn’t matter. If you could give one piece of advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be? That boys […]

Welcome to July Catalyst Week: Living with Purpose—The Art of Being & Doing

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Welcome to July Catalyst Week. This month, CatalystCreativ has partnered with The Higher Purpose Project & E.P.I.C. on a week centered around connecting to ourselves, providing value on a global scale, and supporting each other on our paths to living a life with purpose. Our speaker series will feature talks by changemakers who are committed […]