I’ve lived in Vegas my entire life. I’m part of a very small percentage of locals who are real natives, born and raised. There are people who have lived here longer than I’ve been alive, but they still came from somewhere else. Like my Godfather, who is from New York and reminds me of a mob boss. I digress.
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Vegas is beautiful. I’ve caught myself seeing pictures of Vegas and thinking, “wow, lights can be pretty.” I never thought so before but I’m growing as a person. What I think is most beautiful about Vegas is the people and how caring they are. Except for the guys who honk at you because you didn’t go the moment the light turned green. Those guys probably need a little growing themselves. Everybody else is awesome. We also all know each other somehow. Think the degrees of Kevin Bacon but Vegas style.
Something I’ve never done though is enjoy my city. I’ve spent my entire life complaining about the hellish summers and the lack of local shops. I spent my teenage years going to movie theaters in casinos wishing I could go somewhere and do something without walking through a smoke-filled building. I grew up watching the few family-friendly things get yanked away. Adios Wet N’ Wild (we then went without a water park in all of Las Vegas until 6 years ago. I still haven’t been).
All this to say, I’ve never spent time doing things in Vegas. I’ve gone to like two shows, those were on the strip, and I just sort of do my life. I never looked at Vegas as somewhere to explore like other people see it. I want the small town shops and little markets. Vegas doesn’t have that.
OOPS! I was wrong. Thanks to the internet, I have learned about a little market that happens once a month in our downtown area. I dragged my family out with me to check it out and decided to make it a family adventure.
So we drive downtown (and part of me is remembering all the bad parts about going downtown, like paying for parking) and head over to check out this market.
I felt a little off at first. It was literally a market in an alleyway. Seriously, how awesome is that?! It was really crowded though and I was quickly picking up on the fact that everybody seemed to know each other a little bit, whether or not they were working a booth or a patron. I started to think I wasn’t apart of the cool crowd. Maybe I wasn’t hipster enough or something. I started to focus on the booths and what people had to sell. There were so many people selling stuff they made at this market, it was amazing. Little small shops with little handmade awesomeness made me happier than a kid in a candy shop. There was a little booth that sold steel straws and cute reusable bags. There was a little succulent booth where they had baby succulents in awesome duel-color pots. There was the coolest illustrator with the cutest booth. She had a huge backdrop with all her designs displayed on a wire. It was adorable. We grabbed three of her designs. They also had food trucks and a couple corn hole boards on a little grassy area. The food truck area kind of reminded me of Magnolia Market. So basically, I was in Heaven and I didn’t have to travel to Texas to see it.
Eventually, we left to check out the Container Park nearby. However, this was St. Patrick’s Day and we couldn’t get in because there was some event at the Container Park. I forgot about it being St. Patrick’s Day and I also forgot in Vegas it is a really big deal.
We found a place to get lunch instead and headed home. It was nice to go out and see different things with my boys. It was nice to see something cool in the city I grew up in that I didn’t know was there before. Turns out, I haven’t seen everything Vegas has to offer.
As a family, we are challenging ourselves in a couple different ways. I’ll be writing about them but the first is we are trying to get creative with how we spend our time together and to stop doing the usual stuff. Checking out this market and realizing we could be doing things to explore our city was a good start to this and helped us realize there was more than we thought out there.
As we go out and do things, I’m going to write about it here. It’s going to be a little thing we’ll call “Exploring My City” if the title of this blog post didn’t give it away.
I wish I knew I was doing this before we went because I would have done a few things differently in preparation for this blog post but this blog is a learning experience too and I’m still pretty new to it.
If you’re still sticking around, I’m so excited you’re here! Sorry I’ve been MIA for a few weeks. There has been a lot happening. Don’t worry though, I’ll be writing about it. It’s all good stuff.
Catch ya next time.