Curry Street renovation a mix of lost revenue and optimism for some merchants

by Kristin Simons

The corner of Curry and Telegraph in Carson City. Taken on September 21, 2018 - image - the Wizard of Od.
The corner of Curry and Telegraph Streets in Carson City taken on September 21, 2018 - image - the Wizard of Od.

Carson City – Curry Street has been under construction since April and briefly opened again on Nevada Day, but today, October 29, the intersection of Curry and Telegraph was once again closed and being excavated.

While the city has promised and delivered on improvements in regards to Curry Street’s lighting and water systems and more, some of the businesses on Curry Street suffered significant downturns in revenue during construction.

The corner of Curry and Telegraph taken on October 20, 2018 - image - Brian Bahouth
The corner of Curry and Telegraph Streets in Carson City taken on October 29, 2018 – image – Brian Bahouth

Some merchants had to turn to online commerce to make a profit like Charlie Blem, owner of the Charlie B Gallery. Blem said that if not for the Internet store Etsy, he would have had to have found another source of income.

“For 3 or 4 months I’ve been grossing a few thousand every month that has made up for the unfortunate thing of not being able to get to my store,” Blem said.

Gabby, who works at the Old Globe Saloon said construction closed their business for the summer and some improvements might not have been improvements.

“They actually took old cobblestone out and put in pavement and closed our business for the entire summer, so nobody in here has the greatest opinion of it,” Gabby said.

Working on Curry Street. Taken on September 21, 2018 - image - the Wizard of Od.
Working on Curry Street. Taken on October 22, 2018 – image – the Wizard of Od.

Michael Robins, owner of Hanifin’s Art & Antiques, said it was a long process, but it should be worthwhile.

“Well I think the final product of Curry Street is gonna be tremendous, it’s been a kinda long slow summer because we haven’t had parking, but I think the end result is going to be really great, and we’re gonna have a lot of new shops, a lot of new restaurants,” Robins said.  “I hope we have enough parking to accommodate all the visitors and locals who are coming to shop at our store and go to some great restaurants and see the museum and see the Capitol.  I’m thrilled by it all.  It’s been a long summer but the end product has been great.”

Working on Curry Street. Taken on September 21, 2018 - image - the Wizard of Od.
Working on Curry Street. Taken on September 21, 2018 – image – the Wizard of Od.