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Lesson of the Monday: You do not give Yeezus career advice. Lesson of Wednesday: You do give him toilet plungers.
Zappos fights Kanye’s fury with ... a plunger?
Nov. 20, 2013
Yo, Kanye, I'm real happy for you and Imma let you finish, but Zappos had one of the best comebacks of all time. OF ALL TIME.
Joe Downtown: Competition to raise awareness about consequences of drunken driving
Nov. 8, 2013
With the number of downtown drinking establishments growing along with the area’s popularity, it’s more than appropriate for a drunken-driving awareness event to be scheduled here next weekend. The second annual Pull The Flag on Drunk Driving Downtown 360 Bowl will be staged starting Friday and ending Sunday on the athletic fields of Las Vegas Academy, 315 S. Seventh St. starting Friday and ending Sunday.
Joe Downtown: Listen to Tony Hsieh and a regular local take on downtown's changes
Sept. 18, 2013
Everyone has heard of Tony Hsieh, chances are you’ve never heard of Leah Ballard. On today’s broadcast of the “Joe Downtown Show,” I talk to both about their views of Las Vegas.
Zappos employees walk from Zappos' temporary offices on Carson Avenue to the parking garage on Stewart Avenue in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.
Joe Downtown: 5 ways Zappos is reshaping downtown Las Vegas
Sept. 9, 2013
Zappos employees will take six weeks to completely move into the company’s new downtown headquarters, the former City Hall the company has spent millions of dollars renovating. Some 200 employees who already worked downtown, in a building at 3rd Street and Bridger Avenue, moved in over the weekend, said Zach Ware of Zappos. The remaining 1,300 or so will fill the building over the next six weeks.
Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, center, slides a water bottle to Chloe Buck, 8, as they wait for a grand opening ceremony to start at the 9th Bridge School in downtown Las Vegas Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013. The private school/early childhood learning center, part of the Downtown Project, opened August 26 with infants through kindergarten students and will gradually add grades.
Newly opened downtown private school strives to inspire learners
Sept. 1, 2013
f the concept of American schools were reinvented, it might look something like 9th Bridge School. Located in a renovated church at the corner of Ninth Street and Bridger Avenue in downtown Las Vegas, 9th Bridge represents a bold new experiment in school design.
Renderings of living space downtown by designers working on apartment concepts for Downtown Projects.
Joe Downtown: Housing available for Zappos workers remains scarce
Aug. 30, 2013
Zappos’ new headquarters in old Las Vegas City Hall will open in a few weeks, welcoming 1,500 employees to a renovated building and introducing many of them to downtown. But few Zappos workers appear to be looking for homes downtown.
The Gold Spike casino and hotel, seen from Fourth and Ogden streets, in downtown Las Vegas.
Joe Downtown: Businesses hope Downtown Project's departure from Gold Spike will shift customers their way
Aug. 26, 2013
For months, the Gold Spike has served as the unofficial headquarters of the Downtown Project. But in just a few weeks, Zappos employees will move into the rehabbed City Hall, and more than 100 Downtown Project employees will move into their former office space on Carson Avenue space in November.
Joe Downtown: Zappos to show vendors appreciation Big Easy-style
Aug. 15, 2013
On what is normally a sleepy night, thousands of people from around the world will descend upon Fremont East on Sunday for the Zappos annual vendor appreciation party.
The Zappos temporary offices on Carson Avenue in downtown Las Vegas on Wednesday, September 26, 2012.
Name Nevada's top commercial brand. Hint: It's not a casino
June 25, 2013
A U.S. map that depicts the most famous commercial brands emanating from the 50 states includes a surprise for Nevada: The state’s most famous brand isn’t a casino company. The map has a few no-brainers, but there are a few head-scratchers.
From his 23rd floor condo, Tony Hsieh points out various targets of redevelopment for his Downtown Project, a $350 million, multi-year endeavor, to Ed Lantz, CEO of Vortex Immersion Media.
Joe Downtown: Gentrification or positive progress? The great downtown debate
June 20, 2013
When a young man with a billion-plus-dollar company comes to town saying he wants to create "community" even as he redevelops a neighborhood infested with crime, you expect what happened to Tony Hsieh.


Zappos has a parade with a Llama as their leader as they head to Cashman Field to catch the 51s game, Thursday, April 25, 2013.
Joe Downtown: More than 200 people expected for this month's llama parade
June 11, 2013
The llama parade is growing. Organizers of the parade, sponsored by Zappos, expect about 230 people – led by a llama – to march from Fremont Street to Cashman Field for Friday night’s game between the Las Vegas 51s and the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
Zappos executive Fred Mossler, left, actor Ashton Kutcher, center, and Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh pause Thursday afternoon outside the Construction Zone speaker trailer near Seventh and Fremont streets. Hsieh was giving Kutcher a tour of many of the Downtown Project undertakings in the Fremont East Entertainment District.
Joe Downtown: Tony Hsieh leads Ashton Kutcher on downtown tour
May 23, 2013
Actor Ashton Kutcher ate Thursday afternoon at Eat restaurant and toured some of the many Downtown Project undertakings in the Fremont East Entertainment District.


Joe Downtown: Developer might act on need for mid-priced apartments downtown
May 1, 2013
With downtown Las Vegas about to see an influx of 1,300 Zappos employees in a few months, a major local developer is considering construction of a large, mid-priced residential apartment building a few blocks off Fremont Street.


Zappos has a parade with a Llama as their leader as they head to Cashman Field to catch the 51s game, Thursday, April 25, 2013.
Joe Downtown: Like a Pied Piper, llama leads parade of people through streets
April 26, 2013
Following a rented llama from The Beat coffeehouse north on Las Vegas Boulevard to Cashman Field, about 100 people took part in the first of what will be a monthly llama parade this summer.


Yahoo Inc. CEO Marissa Mayer and Irish Prime Minister An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, pose for a photo during a visit to Yahoo headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., Thursday, March 21, 2013. Yahoo! will announce expansion plans for  its Dublin Operations Centre, adding more than 200 new employees in the next 12 months. The company has already started recruiting for customer support, technology, operations, HR and finance which will support Yahoo!’s business across the Europe, Middle Eastern and Africa (EMEA) region.
Working from home: Efficient and economical? Or corporate suicide?
April 16, 2013
First, it was Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, the corporate mommy who built a private nursery next to her office, then banned employees from working from home. Next, Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly dismantled his company’s flexible work program. Then came Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh, who published a column in CNN Money defending Mayer’s decision. While some companies claim a ban on telecommuting is vital to workplace culture, many experts say allowing employees the choice to wok from home actually boosts productivity and saves money.