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Business News: Midtown Art Walk returns to feature art, culture and small business



Get ready to dance. The Midtown Art Walk is scheduled for Thursday, July 7 and features dozens of local businesses partnering with performers and artists.

This year’s theme: dancing in the streets.

According to event organizers, attendees to the Artown event can expect to “enjoy street performers, flash mobs, dance lessons, food trucks and more.”

Featured prominently will be Midtown Reno’s numerous businesses: eateries, bars and shops.  

The dance theme includes Latino music, funk, indie, EDM dance, country and Motown. Stages will be situated on California and South Virginia Streets, at The Sticks and on Martin Street, among a half-dozen stages.

Live art, muralists, sculptors, martial artists and tattoo artists have all been on hand at past art walks. 

The event is family friendly and free to all. Portions of streets will be closed for foot traffic, so plan ahead.

Reno will soon be America’s most caffeinated city, perhaps

A latte and a liege waffle from Old World Coffee Lab in Midtown Reno.
A latte and a liege waffle from Old World Coffee Lab in Midtown Reno. Image: Eric Marks / This Is Reno

By Nora Tarte

The energy inside of Old World Coffee Lab on a Friday is buzzy. I’m not sure if it’s the day of the week, the Midtown location or the highly caffeinated menu, but the result is energy that is palpable—and we’re here for it.

As a strictly decaf drinker, I have to start out by praising their no-caffeine coffee options. Not every corner coffee shop serves decaf, and sometimes when they do it’s obvious the choice was an afterthought.

Old World Coffee Lab, however, brews their own beans, including decaf that can be used in espressos, Americanos, pour-overs, etc. and the taste is actually good—not that weird stale flavor you get from diner decaf. So, at first sip, I was pleasantly pleased.

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