August Newsletter

By Bill Bokelmann

The WSDBA organizational vision and mission is “To Make Water Street a Destination of Choice”.  We are doing just that with our collaboration efforts.  Board Member Ralph McNamara is working with WSDBA Members and tour operators that drive past Henderson on their way to Hoover Dam and other destinations in bringing visitors to downtown Water Street.  And another Board Member, Eliza Budiarto, has been contacting festival promoters to see if we can attract them to downtown.  Ideas include Food Truck Festivals, Vegan Festivals, Barbeque Festivals, Beer Festivals, and Wine Walk Festivals

The WSDBA continues to grow.  Please welcome the following 13 new members:

  • Sunil Chemmanoor –
  • Felix Soto – American Junk Solutions
  • Lee Gelb – ANAX Business Technology, LLC
  • Brieanna Brock – Castile LV
  • Kerri Pedroza – First Data
  • Kim Henry – KW Commercial
  • Antonio Nunez – Last Friday Water Street Foundation
  • Bill Bokelmann – Maxx Promotions
  • Brendan Leake – MDL Group
  • Hans Morales – Realty One Group
  • Sherry Pattinson – Wardley Real Estate
  • Sue Schouweiler – Windermere Anthem Hills
  • Wendy Gelbart – Yellow Bucket Janitorial, Inc.


The July Mixer at the Las Vegas Distillery ( was a huge hit.  Awesome mixed drinks were served up using LVD artisan spirits.  Average Dad Cooking ( was on hand to sample their excellent sauces made with some of the best LVD products including Whiskey BBQ Sauce.  Antonio Nunez with Last Friday Just Add Water Street ( updated us on their future plans.  Last Friday will be kicking off their first event on August 25th with a Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening event at the Henderson Events Plaza located at 200 S Water Street.  “A rotation of distinct flavors, cooking styles and local celebrity chefs bring their decadence to you with small bites and creations that will go hand in hand from craft beer, wine selections or bubbles – whatever flavor you fancy at this festival awaits you! Full Set Live Music, DJ\’s, Celebrity Chefs, and other entertainment will provide something for everyone. From sexy jazz and contemporary vibes to today\’s biggest hits, the tone will be ideal for each of our guests”.  They are also planning to bring a Car Show back to Water Street since the previous promoter decided to move the Super Run Classic Car Show to Mesquite, NV.  Be looking for future updates on these exciting events.

Upcoming networking events include:

  • August – Nevada Health Plan
  • September – Mikel’s Photography/Las Vegas Kettle Corn/Downtown Sewing Machine Co
  • October – City Lights Art Gallery