Boulder City has seen a small business boom despite a 30% to 40% drop in traffic after Interstate 11 opened a year ago. According to the city, it has issued 54 new business licenses, excluding home businesses since Aug. 9, 2018, the day I-11 opened. Additionally, Community Development Director Michael Mays said the retail space vacancy rate is down to 4.5%, which is lower than in Las Vegas, and local spending has increased by 8%.
"I was happy," said Tara Bertoli, owner of the Boulder City Co. Store, about starting her business after I-11 opened. "I was like, get the semis out of here." Bertoli said she chose to open her store because the town needed it.
"I grew up here," she said. "We didn't have a store selling Boulder City items. The town didn't have a brand, and I wanted to help give them one." Bertoli's store is in the downtown historic district and she is one of several business owners who was not worried by less traffic coming through town.
Lisa Savy, owner of Boulder City Candy Co., is another. "Basically, the people who are diverting to I-11 just want to get to Arizona. I don't think it diverts shoppers... I think it diverts travelers," she said. Savy opened her store at 1643 Boulder City Parkway earlier this month. She said she chose Boulder City because she lives here and because of the community. "Everyone in Boulder City has been really supportive ... Everyone wants to help everyone else," she said. "That's the great thing about Boulder City."
Today is the soft opening of The Boulder City Candy Company which looks to be a lot of fun for families, thanks to the assortment of products being pulled together by owner Lisa Savy! Lisa became a Boulder City resident about 5 years ago, and loves the community.
It's located out at Red Mountain Plaza (near Roberto's) at 1643 Boulder City Pkwy.
Inspired by a business called Eddie World, out in Yermo, California, they have an assortment of games, stuffed animals, toys and of course sweets to suit almost every taste.
They are carrying the Teddy Mountain assortment of stuffed plush animals that you can stuff yourself and your littleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s can buy outfits and all sorts of accessories for.
There's also a large playhouse on the premises, and she has train sets from Lionel Trains, which are battery powered and easy to use. They also have educational toys from manufacturer Melissa and Doug. In other words...if you need a gift or a toy for a child either boy or girl - I think these guys have got you covered!
But now, let's get to the good stuff, you say! They will have a huge assortment of candies, chocolates, peanut brittle, rocky road, toffee, creams and clusters of all kinds, and of course kid-loving gummies too.
They will also feature something really special, an assortment of goodies from Julie's Gourmet Fudge, a Vegas made brand of fudge delights we can't wait to try!
Hours are 11am - 7pm daily, and they are having a Ribbon Cutting ceremony next Monday, August 5th at 5:30. So this weekend be sure to swing by and say hello and give this new business a big Boulder City Welcome!