For those of you who still love the feel of an actual book in your hands, who enjoy the sound of turning pages, and use actual bookmarks; there is a haven Downtown for you. The Writers Block is the newest example of an independent neighborhood bookstore. With shelves and shelves of books from every genre, one could lose hours in this cozy shop. The children’s area boasts many new titles and authors as well as classics and favorites. There is also a large variety of wind-up toys to play with and/or purchase.
When you walk in the Writers Block, you will notice an antique printing press. The Writers Block is not just a bookstore, it is also a book manufacturer, publisher, and writers workshop. The Book Machine is the only one of its kind in Nevada. It can print, bind and trim a paperback book in less than 5 minutes! It is very affordable and there are millions of titles available. It is also a great tool for self-publishers. Contact the store for appointment scheduling for the book machine.
The Writers Block is also home to Codex which is a writers studio dedicated to education, production, and publishing. Free field trips and classes are offered to Las Vegas area students.
Baron the rabbit
You can also visit the store to hear featured authors, poets, and artists. One of the most famous residents of the shop is The Baron. He is a rescue bunny from the Nevada Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA). He is a large and in charge brown bunny with a white fluffy tail. He loves people and seems to enjoy visitors. He will, however, hop away and close his eyes when he’s done being social. Children love to pet him and watch him eat carrots.
The next time you venture Downtown, make sure to stop by and spend some time in the stacks at The Writer’s Block.
The Writer’s Block www.thewritersblock.org
1020 Fremont Street (Between 10th and 11th)
Looking to get in shape, challenge yourself, or maintain your healthy lifestyle? Downtown is a great place to get or stay healthy. An awesome fitness adventure could be in your future if you walk through the doors of Freestyle Crossfit on Main Street. Jake Soteros or one of his coaches will help you begin your fitness journey. With several membership options, there is something for everyone to get training. The coaches at the gym are certified
Sin City Yoga
and will help you plan your fitness program. The gym offers fitness training, a 6 week fat loss challenge which includes full gym membership, body composition measurements and a coach assigned to you for the duration of the challenge to answer questions and support you, kickboxing in which you will learn proper technique ,footwork and striking. The gym also offers personal training for those who may not like group training or maybe need sport specific training.
Another fitness option right in the heart of Downtown is Sin City Yoga. This is an urban yoga
studio that offers over 30 classes each week, yoga teacher training, workshops, reiki sessions, private yoga lessons, and continuing education for current yoga teachers. The weekly schedule has any opportunities for you to practice yoga including an hour and a half of open practice called Open Flow on certain days.
A refreshing way to cool down and stay healthy is with a natural smoothie,whole food juice or even soup from GrassRoots. Located in the John E. Carson building, this place is more than a juice bar. The ingredients they use are carefully sourced from local, regional small farms and farmer’s markets. Stop by to learn, share and experience the best in health and wellness.
Downtown Las Vegas is the best place to hang out. It’s not easy to know where to go and what to do if you don’t live down here, which is why the Adventurist Guide was created! With this Guide in your hands, you will be able to plan a day, evening or even a weekend around the places to go and things to do in beautiful Downtown Las Vegas.
Sweet Spot Candy Shop
If you had only 24 hours to show the best of Downtown to your visiting friends, where would you take them? Guide in hand, perhaps you’d begin your day with breakfast at Vickie’s Diner. For over 50 years, this strip eatery has been serving up home cooked meals with Vegas hospitality. Then, perhaps, you’d do a little shopping at Sin City Pickers. This collection of sellers has the most eclectic combination of antiques, local art, and collectibles. Make your way north on Main Street where you can window shop, take a pottery class at Clay Arts Vegas or even get a tattoo! A leisurely walk or a quick ride down to Fremont Street and you will be ready for lunch. Maybe the oasis in the desert that is the Cous Cous Mediterranean Café will tempt you with fresh, healthy, natural Mediterranean cuisine.
Travel a little further east on Fremont Street to the Container Park to find a great place to relax. This is also where you can get amazing, all natural, hand crafted chocolates from Jin Ju Chocolates; voted Best of Las Vegas 2015 Chocolate Shop. You can also grab some old fashioned candy treats from The Sweet Spot candy shop which has gummy candies, chocolate, and all the vintage treats you remember from childhood.
With a wide array of places to dance, listen to live bands, play games and of course gamble, there is no shortage of ways to end your evening. So grab you Guide and let the adventure begin!