North Las Vegas frequently gets a bad rap, but the opposite is burgeoning at Recognizing Real. Open since January 2014, the skate and streetwear shop also functions as a recording studio and live music venue, with concerts almost weekly. It’s become a community haven for skaters and hip-hop heads alike. Says owner Austin Cogar, “The homies don’t have an outlet to do their thing, or a place to go to stay out of trouble on a Friday night.” Cogar’s even eyeing larger spaces—but he’s not leaving Northtown. “We started here. It wouldn’t feel right anywhere else.” 845 W. Craig Rd., Suite 102, North Las Vegas, 702-666-3255, Facebook.com/TheRecognized.