Cork and Thorn opened in the Tivoli Village adjacent to Summerlin in 2016, but the wine and flower bar moved to downtown Las Vegas. After two and a half years in the original location, owner Randi Garrett moved her business to the Arts District with a full liquor license (the old location only served beer and wine). The doors reopened six months before the start of the pandemic.
Garrett, who initially started her own floral design and decoration company, Naakiti Floral Designs, 20 years ago, said she wanted to do something that embraces her other passion. âI love wine,â says Garrett, laughing. âLike, I love it. If I could drink this instead of eating I would be happy.
The flower and wine enthusiast says she wanted to teach people both of her hobbies at the same time. Thus, the idea of ââCork and Thorn was born. Similar to a painting and sip class, Garrett can use the place to teach people how to make flower bouquets and educate guests about the different grape varieties, grapes, and tannins. In addition to classes, Garrett started booking live music, making Cork and Thorn a place not only to soak up, but also to hear the sounds of talented local musicians.
His concept was off to a good start when COVID-19 swept across the United States.
âUntil about a month or two ago, it was pretty tough,â says Garrett. âYou can only have 25 people here, and there’s not much you can do. “
Ironically, despite the downturn in business, Garrett says Cork and Thorn may ultimately benefit from the weirdness of the past year. Because the place also has a restaurant license, it remained open while many businesses in the area closed. Eventually, Garrett started booking events again, with Bourbon and Blues nights on Wednesdays featuring Skye Dee Miles (formerly of Rose. Rabbit. Lie.), R&B with the MOB Band and Black Rayn on Thursday, a poetry night. open mic on Friday, R&B evenings with Alli Starr on Saturday and neo-soul on Sunday.
âI have people walking by and saying to themselves, ‘We heard the music outside. We didn’t know what it was, but when you walk in it’s so cool, âsays Garrett. âI like that we are a bit hidden. People had a lot of doubts about [the location], but I was like, ‘They’re going to find me.’ And they did.
The venue also hosts cigar nights on Sundays in tandem with Badd Ash, with a mobile cigar lounge. âWhen you walk in it’s like a man crumpling in there,â Garrett said. “This is so cool.”
Garrett is now at work planning other musical events, which could soon include evenings of jazz and open mic singers. Flower classes can be booked online.
âI want Cork and Thorn to be a place where everyone wants to come,â says Garrett. âNot a club scene, but a safe vibe with good energy. I want them to say, ‘When you walk in here it’s a little gem.’
Cork and thorn Wednesday, 5 pm-10pm; Thursday, 5 p.m. to midnight; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday 3 pm-10pm 70 W. Imperial Ave., 702-823-2678.
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