Photo by Krystal Ramirez

Intriguing Downtowners

Vegas Seven’s latest issue features interesting movers and shakers, artists, writers, dancers, developers and other alluring folks from around the Valley. And of course, a few downtowners made it onto that list. Learn a little about people who make sure we eat our veggies but also serve us sweets, reinvent and reinvigorate worn down buildings, and are leading the way in the future of gambling.

Diners can almost always expect a little wait for their vegan enchiladas at Simply Pure, the plant-based restaurant on the bottom floor of Container Park. But that wasn’t always the case. Chef Stacey Dougan was a day away from closing her doors for good before a visit from former President Bill Clinton helped spread the word about her satisfying meat-free meals. Diana Edelman tells the whole story here.

Photo by Krystal Ramirez

Photo by Krystal Ramirez

A block away, Donut Bar balances Simply Pure’s healthy meals with their fried and glazed hole-some treats. Jason Latham writes about how brothers Jeff and Joe Thomas brought the famous sweet shop from San Diego to Las Vegas in 2016, and how the franchise quickly became a Downtown destination.

Donut Bar and Simply Pure represent just a few of the one-of-a-kind establishments in Downtown. And Las Vegas native Christina Roush is busy encouraging more businesses like them to make DTLV their home—including multiple residential buildings to bring much-needed bodies to support them. Roush’s projects include the Tenaya Creek Brewery on Bonanza Road and the Prickly Pear Apartments. See what else she has coming down the pike.

Equally exciting to new business is the future of e-sports. Zoneil Maharaj writes about how CEO of Millennial Esports Alex Igelman is bringing his massive gaming arena to Neonopolis. A father of three boys, Igelman predicted the e-sports trend similarly to how he predicted the popularity of online gambling when he became one of the first internet gaming attorneys. Downtown got a sneak peek of the 15,000-square foot gamer battlefield in November for the Halo Championship Series tournament, but Millennial Esports will soon be open to the public.


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