As a new resident to Vegas, it’s been cool to discover creative and interesting businesses throughout the city. Let me tell you, design lovers, there is a lot happening OUTSIDE of the Strip. A lot. I am starting a new series that is covering lifesty, design and passionate small businesses in Las Vegas because things are happening here and it’s fantastic to see. Especially as I have relaunched my small business consulting company, Sweetline Collective.
One of the most exciting and “one to watch” areas is Downtown Las Vegas. Zappos leader, Tony Hsieh, has been investing heavily in this part of Sin City with the goal of turning this once seedy space into a destination full of dynamic and thoughtful small businesses in a variety of verticals – tech, food, lifestyle, etc. The idea – the Downtown Project. The goal – to create the most community focused largest city in the world. And I, personally, love it.
I’ll be sharing many of the happenings in this part of Las Vegas because it IS happening. I grew up in a Maryland suburb but was exposed to DC and a metropolitan city at an early age. I immediately loved the energy and craved it. I lived in Los Angeles and New York for the last 18+ years (with a detour in Tucson for college) and was part of those cities. I weaved in and out of the different neighborhoods, visiting friends in all parts of the cities, and engaging in the creative vibe. And it’s happening here. To me, Downtown Las Vegas has an X factor that is making waves and about to come big. It’s on it’s way and it’s cool to see it happen.
One of the first places I want to share is Bud and Vine, a community floral shop with a cool exposed interior housing sweet objects and curiosities for the home. And, of course, the flowers. Owners, Christina & John, created a special home for floral love, including custom and arranged bouquets, local delivery and floral classes – yes! Being part of the Downtown reimagining is also exciting. They are in a fantastic location (right near O Face Doughnuts and Carson Kitchen) and everyone should go visit them for a sweet and happy experience. Who doesn’t love that?
Bud and Vine
124 S 6th St, Ste 170
Las Vegas, NV89101
(All images except the final one by Rebecca Orlov)