Fremont East Entertainment District could soon be seeing a lot more foot traffic. Several new businesses are opening in downtown Las Vegas, giving hope to those already there.
An elaborate Denny's restaurant boasting a wedding chapel is the newest offering, but more businesses are on the way. Business owners are hoping this will bring about the busiest holiday season yet in downtown.
"In order to change the community, go where most people are. We believe that is downtown," said Hannibal Nisperos, who owns Coterie, a clothing store.
Nisperos and his sister opened Coterie in September. Since then, Nisperos said other downtown businesses have embraced him.
"Right when we opened, every business (came) in and said, ‘Hey, good luck.' We felt like part of the neighborhood," he said.
A new bar, Commonwealth, will open next week. Across the street, the Triple B lounge is in the later stages of renovation.
"People are really hearing about what's happening down here, and downtown is our Las Vegas for people that live here," said Kim Schaefer, a writer/editor with website Downtown Project.
The new Denny's, located inside Neonopolis, is now serving food and will begin holding wedding services next year. Across from the recently opened Toy Shack, you'll find a "coming soon" sign for Banger Brewing.
"If it's happening downtown, then it's a good thing for all of us," Schaefer said.
Online shoe retailer Zappos is moving from Henderson to downtown Las Vegas, and video game company Take-Two Interactive is setting up shop as well.
A two-day music, food and arts festival, Life is Beautiful, is expected to attract thousands to the area in the fall of 2013.
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