Written by Ron Comings
Photography by Kira Weisz

One of the newest additions to the Downtown Project is The Writer’s Block at 1020 Fremont. It’s the only independent bookstore selling new books in Las Vegas. Owners Scott Seeley and Drew Cohen have a story like many other new businesses to open on Fremont Street. Scott was the executive director of 826 NYC, a New York City non-profit which provided literacy education to kids and had a retail store. When the Downtown Project approached them about relocating to Las Vegas, Scott and Drew visited the city and thought the downtown area had an energy and potential they liked. Today, they run Writer’s Block and, like 826 NYC, offer free writing workshops for children ages 5 to 18, and conduct field trips to their store where the kids can produce their own books. For more information, check out their website: thewritersblock.org