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More Businesses Moving to Downtown Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- The economy is tough, but some businesses are bucking the trend by expanding and relocating. And Downtown Las Vegas is getting a lot of attention.

After more than a year of searching for the perfect spot for her business, Michelle Dimauro, with Habit Design Studio, says she found it.

"Ever since we opened our business, we wanted to be in the Arts District," she said.

She isn't alone. Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman says now more than ever, businesses are showing interest in relocating and even expanding to the downtown corridor, including the Arts District. Mayor Goodman says the city has pulled out all the stops in an effort to attract businesses to the area.

"All we can do is make it business friendly. We've waived all of the liquor license fees for these small taverns. We're changing our zoning requirements -- not making it as difficult," he said.

Goodman says in recent months, businesses that have moved into abandoned areas at the East Fremont Street District and near the El Cortez and are thriving.

"Everybody is doing well and new businesses are opening and restaurants and coffee shops," said Dimauro.

And with so much buzz surrounding the area, Dimauro says she could have even more new neighbors soon.

"We've already had different businesses -- designers, bakeries, and other friends of ours -- come in and visit us and say, 'We really want to move down here,'" she said.

Goodman says he would like to see a bar or tavern in the Arts District and was shocked that nobody has taken advantage of a break that would wave the liquor license fees. Overall, the mayor says the area is on the right track and will be successful.

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