Hi, my name is Vanessa VanAlstyne. In October 2017, I had the opportunity to own my horror film inspired dream and open Las Vegas Oddities. I aimed to make Las Vegas Oddities a one-stop shop for weirdos, and witches. The shop has allowed me to meet so many amazing people since that time that run a wide gamut: entertainment industry, military, stage, magic, magick, and everyday life. I can’t imagine ever doing anything else, as the community has embraced this store more than I could have ever hoped.
Now everything I have worked to build is at risk. Several people from the local and national horror communities have asked me to put up a crowdfunding page after hearing our plight, in hopes that the community can help keep Las Vegas Oddities (un)alive. Below, I’ve outlined some of what our store is, what it hopes to continue to be, and why we need your help.
The goal was always a cool place for people who consider themselves odd or outside of the popular cultural norms. Unfortunately, the landlord has never really been ‘on board’ with the theme and direction of LVO. They feel the 18b arts district, and Main St. in particular, will be better served by trying to become more like the Summerlin area than a quirky artist district. With their approval, I sunk a significant amount of capital into refurbishing the storefront and building before the landlord doubled-back on previous verbal agreements, including lease terms, rental costs, and time in which to recoup the investment.
My hope was that, given time, LVO would become a reasonably popular tourist destination for the local Arts District. LVO was recently voted “Best Offbeat Gifts” by NPR, Best Creepy Hangout” by the Vegas Weekly, and “Best on Main Street”&”Creepiest Store In Las Vegas” by Desert Companion Magazine. We hoped would convince our landlord to see the value LVO brings to Main St and the greater Las Vegas area. Unfortunately this has not been the case. Our lease has not been renewed, and it is our understanding that once we vacate, the building will be turned into a high-end restaurant similar to those on Fremont East. Which leaves LVO in a very tight spot.
Because of these developments, I have scoured the city for the best place to move the store. New Orleans Square has a strong central location, and other local artists and business owners from 18b have relocated there due to commercial gentrification. New Orleans Square has started to build a community of funky, unique, passionate people which are akin to our clientele of LVO. TO READ MORE