A collection of poker chips, phonographs and pinball machines sounds like little more than a curious hodgepodge of items. But at Main Street America, these things make up a bulk of the merchandise for sale.
“No one would ever think that the three businesses would be so symbiotic, but they are,” shop co-owner Doug Franck says. “There’s an easy transition and something for everybody to look at and get involved with.”
Main Street America, which opened its doors in October, consists of three primary businesses—the Las Vegas Phonograph Company, Poker Kings and Pinball Classics—as well as 14 other vendors who deal in everything from repurposed antiques to rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, all occupying the same the 10,000-square-foot space. The shop has been popular with steampunk aficionados, the occasional Vegas celebrity and tourists drawn in by the large “Hangover III Filmed Here” sign affixed to the side of the building. (Remember when the Wolf Pack parked their battered minivan outside a bail bonds office? That was Main Street America, in its previous incarnation.)
Inside, each business operates in its own niche area. Franck, the proprietor of the Las Vegas Phonograph Company, oversees a vast array of mechanical devices that predate the 1960s. Rob Gulick, co-owner of Poker Kings, creates customized gambling accessories and tables while Jason McNally of Pinball Classics has set up an alley of restored machines that are open for play or purchase.
The three men are cognizant and appreciative of Downtown’s redevelopment. “We love (Downtown), and we want to make sure we do everything we need to to bring its profile up and get more people down here,” says McNally. Still. the proprietors of Main Street America are determined to bring an old-school, small-business flavor to the area.
“Downtown’s becoming real flashy,” Franck says. “We want to stay quaint.”
1400 S. Main St., (702) 476-1400. Open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
PHOTOS BY ERIN TIMRAWI