The artists in residence here rescued a derelict downtown building that was once a medical clinic and turned it into a funky, fun, bohemian space dedicated to the creation and conservation of all things art. The first floor has a small cafe (perfect for having a coffee while discussing Sartre, we think), a used record store, and the temporary home of the Burlesque Hall of Fame and Museum. The latter is a small couple of rooms with what is said to be a tiny fraction of photos and memorabilia honoring the peek-a-boo art form. The rest of the first and all of the second floor of the space are taken up by small boutiques where local artists show and sell their wares. There are paintings, sculpture, jewelry, clothing, and much more, and while the quality obviously varies from artist to artist, it’s all totally unique and a much better way to spend your souvenir dollars than on a Las Vegas snow globe.
- Rick Garman