News 11-11-07 La Bassola Returns Downtown

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Posted by: Amanda - 11/12/2007 1:01:58 PM
Sierra Adventures is still up and running. They've relocated to the Silver Legacy, downstairs by valet.

Posted by: Woodrow Stool - 11/12/2007 9:00:27 PM
Great news indeed!

Posted by: Kat - 11/13/2007 6:30:05 AM
I honestly believe La Bussola & Java Jungle are two of the original shops that made the STreet what it is today. Both stuck it out....different owners but they are still there. Art N Rubbish, owned by a gal named Dory was a small cute shop next to the coffee shop, Java Jungle. Dory would spend her days painting furniture and share her dream of what the stree could be like. The past owner of Java Jungle would share the same something similar to San Antonio's River Walk. The Mapes was still standing at the time and we hadn't had the flood of 97. http://news.rgj.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060101/NEWS10/601010331/1002 Dory moved across the street next to the church when a new owner took over, Cheryl. Cheryl saw the dream hosting a street closure every once in awhile with music and wine. A wine walk started up with some of the businesses on 1st, I believe there were about 5 places you could go. I worked some of the first ones, it was very exciting and free. Cheryl fell in love, moved out of the country and a new owner came in. I believe the new owner was one of the first Presidents of the Riverwalk Association but not for sure. Last name was Nicolato. That's when Art N Rubbish became La Bussolla, the compass in Italian. She loved 1st Street as much as the past owners and surrounding owners. Alot of blood, sweat and tears went in to make this dream come true. When I say tears, there were many weeks the street and area was closed to street repairs. Sometimes for months causing businesses to leave. Eventually the NIcolato's moved and the two wonderful ladies at La Bussola have become a big part of the dream. A love for turning the area into what it is. It's shops like these, dedication and love that helped the Street, in my opinion, what it has become. In the past 15 years, we've come a long ways.

Posted by: John Andrews - 11/13/2007 1:45:33 PM
Hooray! First Street hasn't been the same without the funky window display. I'm glad to see they're coming back home!

Posted by: Monster DM - 11/15/2007 4:30:54 PM
WHAT!!! That wack art store is back in place of the kayak shop? C'mon, step in the wrong direction for DT Reno I'd say. There should be two or three kayak shops down there! What do you think about this one ModGirl?

Posted by: DWTN_lover - 11/20/2007 9:00:07 AM
I love that La Bussola is back...The riverwalk needs more shops for people to pull people to the area. There should be more outdoors (Kayak) shops but the questions is where are they? Why are there several properties available for retail that still sit vacant..including old la bassola. LB ladies have outlasted all of the above mentioned businesses and brought life back to our downtown streets....and they chose to move back. Hmmm weird...Art in the Arts District. What a concept.

Posted by: AmyinReno - 11/23/2007 9:08:07 AM
I am glad they are returning to the area. The shop is always welcoming to my family and dogs and they make many donations to local organizations. I will miss the convienieve of a bike shop..but maybe a new one with decent service will return to the downtown.


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