Tuesday, July 22, 2008

New City Center in Las Vegas to become a shopping mecca...

When MGM's City Center opens in late 2009, it will change the face of the Las Vegas Strip forever. The complex will feature three hotels, a luxury apartment building and a ton of gaming, restaurant and retail space.
And it's that retail space we're so interested in. CityCenter has wisely ignored the choice to name their shopping complex something tired like "The Shops at City Center" in favor of something a bit more mysterious. CityCenter's retail haven will instead be called, The Crystals.
The Crystals is an architectural vision of Studio Daniel Libeskind with the interiors done by David Rockwell and Rockwell Group. Now, is it just us or does The Crystals sort of remind you of The Fortress of Solitude from Superman.
Anyways, WWD reports that The Crystals will be nothing short of spectacular as far as luxury retailers are concerned:
This is going to be pure luxury," said Farid Matraki, vice president and general manager, The Crystals. "If you go into any other shopping center, there is the luxury element, but it's mixed in with other elements."
So far such "pure luxury" hasn't really moved beyond the usual high-end mall staples like Ermenegildo Zegna, Louis Vuitton, and Tiffany & Co. However, The Crystals ups the ante with jewelry stores like H.Stern, Rolex, Mikkimoto, Roberto Coin and Tourbillon.
As for clothing, Tom Ford is considering a store in here and Marni is already signed. All in all there will be 71-77 retail shops when The Crystals open last next year. And if you just wish you could stop and smell the flowers in Las Vegas, you can do that here too as CityCenter will feature a 5,000-square-foot "flower carpet" with flowers changed weekly, inspired by a flower carpet in Brussels. Wow.

Source: hotelchatter.com

Friday, May 30, 2008

Ladies Day Out Shopping Experience in Las Vegas...

With savings of 25 to 65 percent, the 130 stores at Las Vegas Outlet Center include Coach, Liz Claiborne, Calvin Klein, Nautica, Nike, Reebok, Levi's, Danskin, Adidas, Greg Norman, VF Outlet – Vanity Fair Wrangler Lee. This indoor mall, complete with two food courts and an indoor carousel, is located on the southern end of the Strip.
Come and visit the first master plan Chinatown in America. See the unique Tong Dynasty Architecture with the largest collection of Asian businesses in Las Vegas to meet your every fancy. Nine great restaurants in one location, each one serving Las Vegas's most authentic Asian food. Come and enjoy the many arts and crafts shops and the only Chinese bookstore in Nevada. You'll also find the largest Asian supermarket in the city, a well stocked herb shop, a Jade store and a Jewelry shop and many other retail stores that will make you feel as if you've been in China for the day. Chinatown Plaza - a little part of China in your neighborhood!
To complete your day, treat yourself to a relaxing and rejuvenating massage with one of the competent licensed massage therapists today. Soothe sore muscles and revive the body!

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Itinerary: 9:45am


- Shopping1:15pm

- Lunch at Chinatown3:30pm

- Massage5:00pm

- Return to Hotel
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Source: viator.com

Friday, May 23, 2008

Working Out In Las Vegas Might Cost The Ladies...

During a tour of a Las Vegas Athletic Club gym, a prospective member, Todd Phillips, was struck by the fact that his wife was offered a cheaper sign-up rate than he was and that there was a special workout area for women.
A club representative dismissed his questions about the disparities, said Mr. Phillips, a lawyer who specializes in gender bias cases, so he filed a complaint with the Nevada Equal Rights Commission, arguing that price breaks and special areas of the health club for women only were illegal under state law. A ruling is expected shortly.
The complaint is perhaps the first anti-male gender bias case in Nevada, but civil rights panels and courts in several other states have grappled in recent years with what has come to be known informally as Ladies’ Night law because it often involves policies and practices among bars and nightclubs. Results have been mixed.
In 1985, the California Supreme Court ruled that such disparities were illegal, effectively ending them. Judges in Colorado, Iowa and Pennsylvania all have said that such events and offers are illegal, but state courts in Illinois and Washington have concluded that they are a permissible means of attracting desired customers.
The Nevada Legislature banned sex discrimination in 2005. Now, Mr. Phillips said, it is time for the ban to be enforced. Should the Equal Rights Commission rule in his favor, the gym would have to comply or file a lawsuit in District Court seeking to overturn the decision.
“Imagine a whites-only country club or whites-get-in-free deal or something like that,” said Mr. Phillips, 45, who has homes in Nevada and California. “When things are based on race, we have kind of a knee-jerk reaction because we’ve had poor race relations in America for 400 years now. But when it comes to treating people the same based on sex, that’s much more recent in our memory.”
The Las Vegas Athletic Club’s executive vice president, Chad Smith, defended the company, which owns five gyms in the area, saying he thought the law referred to public accommodations but not private clubs. (The law that defines public accommodations, however, includes “any gymnasium, health spa, bowling alley, golf course or other place of exercise or recreation.”)
Mr. Smith said that the club’s occasional discounts for women were to encourage them to exercise and that special workout areas for women were there to compete with Curves, the women-only chain of gyms.
“Our men are very, very happy with how we conduct our business,” Mr. Smith said. “This particular person is the only one who has had a problem with it. There are legitimate discrimination issues out there, and I wish he’d spend his time addressing those that really need addressing.”
That is a common response, said Prof. John F. Banzhaf III, a professor of public interest law at George Washington University Law School in Washington and a pioneer in fighting sex discrimination.
“I’ve had women students who didn’t like these ladies’ nights because one said it perpetuated a stereotype that women are less than men and need special assistance financially,” Professor Banzhaf said. “Another said she objected to the idea that they’re using these deals to get drunken women into bars to lure men into bars to attempt to pick them up. That is very objectionable.”
The casinos’ nightclub industry is watching the case carefully and awaiting the ruling on Mr. Phillips’s complaint because several clubs routinely offer free or reduced admission to women; a recent promotion for the Body English nightclub at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino boasted that “ladies dressed in schoolgirl outfits drink free Champagne all night.”
No one from Body English returned calls for comment, but other club executives defended the discounts, especially when they are part of a promotion, not an ongoing practice. Promotions like these offer male customers the mix they seek, said Alan Feldman, a spokesman for MGM Mirage, which owns several nightclubs in its 10 resorts on the Las Vegas Strip.
“I don’t think these antidiscrimination laws had any intention of preventing something like this,” Mr. Feldman said. “In the circumstance of, Tuesday night is ladies’ night, that is a business decision by individual businesses and they ought to be left free to do that.”
But others were less concerned. Randy Maddocks, marketing manager for the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, said he doubted his club would take a hit if he had to cease admitting women free.
“It’s one of those marketing techniques that is pretty much accepted, but I could also see the other side of it, too,” Mr. Maddocks said.
“I get it, but I don’t think it’s necessarily discrimination,” he added. “It’s more about who we’re trying to bring in, that’s all.”

Source: nytimes.com

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Girls getaway to Las Vegas...

Here it is, the ultimate in a girls getaway to Las Vegas. Just pack their bags and send them on their way. Following this guide will make the weekend seem like a lifetime of fun!

1. THE hotel: A hotel for the girl’s weekend is easy, THEhotel at the Mandalay Bay is modern, nice and exactly what the girls need to treat themselves to. It is very high end and if you are going to do a good weekend you might as well do it up right. THEhotel is far enough away so that when you want to feel isolated you can walk back to the lounge in the lobby and when you want to crank up the action you head into the casino at the Mandalay Bay.

2. Spa Treatment at the Bathhouse: You will need a Spa Treatment so there is no reason to go anywhere but the bathhouse at THEhotel. There is no worse way to ruin a good day at the spa then getting in a cab and driving back to your hotel. At the Bathhouse you linger for the better part of the day and then you stroll back to your room and get ready for the debauchery that women can create.
3. Socializing at the Social House: During dinner is always important and there is no better way to create that flirtatious environment that women seem to create when they are together than at Social house at the Treasure Island. Essentially, you will have a meal, a few drinks and a little chit chat. Soon the evening will get rolling.

4. VIP treatment at Tao at the Venetian Hotel: The girls get to TAO at the Venetian the vultures will start circling but the best part of Tao is that it is laid in such a way that you can still get free drinks while not being hounded by too many guys. Spend the extra money and go VIP for the girls weekend out and you will not be disappointed.

5. After Hours at Tabu in the MGM Grand Hotel: Night only means that you will hop into a cab and change venues until the sun comes up. Tabu at the MGM Grand is your next option for After Hours dancing and lounging. You most likely would have picked up a few people by now but no worries, that’s part of the fun.

6.Find a pool and rerlax with the girls: The sun comes up, you should get a good spot at the pool. If it was a good night you probably have collected a few hotel room keys so take your pick of the best pools in Las Vegas and recharge for another girls night out.
Source: aboutvegas.com

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Town Square, The New Can't Miss Mall In Las Vegas...

In Vegas, shopping is mega-big business. Town Square is a mini-city, blending architectural styles and a dose of 'shoputainment.'
Like almost everything else in Las Vegas, the city has taken a favored pastime and turned it into a type of gold. Nowadays, shopping is not just about finding a blouse or a pair of shoes. It is about passing into a sort of browsers' twilight zone.
Shops in Las Vegas
are seeing 50,000 people a day stroll by to catch the mall-made action -- opera arias performed in St. Mark's Square, flirtations with buff Roman sentries on the Appian Way -- and counting annual sales in the arena of $1,000 per square foot (the national average is $392) along fantastical promenades that may be as large as 2 million square feet.
Shopping has taken its place high in surveys of the reasons people visit here -- just under "pleasure."
"We are finding that visitors, on average, spend more on shopping than on shows and sightseeing combined," says Erika Pope, of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
Enter Town Square, the newest shopping land in Las Vegas
and the ninth to grace Las Vegas Boulevard between Spring Mountain and Warm Springs roads. Because it's Vegas, it has to have that element of "shoputainment," and for all its chain-store popularity, Town Square doesn't disappoint.
When the new 1.5 million-square-foot "lifestyle center" opens Wednesday near McCarran International Airport, it will sweep the imagination of browsers with a Main Street appeal -- that is, Main Street Barcelona, Main Street Milan, Main Street Casablanca and Main Street San Diego. It's a mélange of architectural motifs, taking a "Grove" approach to shopping in a city where land is still widely available.
Rather than pedestrian promenades, you have streets -- with parking meters -- and second-story loft-like elevations with offices (the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce is a new tenant). It's a veritable town of 150-plus shops, more than a dozen restaurants, several entertainment venues and a variety of facades to keep it all interesting.
"We're mixing it up: a little contemporary, a little modern, some classical, a lot of Old World," says the project's general manager, Mike Wethington. "It's designed as a lifestyle center, a place to come whether you are alone, with friends, with family, and you can find a degree of comfort and familiarity mixed with some really interesting designs. What you won't find here are traditional department stores."
Coming to Town are Tommy Bahama, Old Navy, Abercrombie & Fitch, Fossil, Godiva, Steve Madden, Swarovski, Chico's, Skechers, Soma, Solstice and Victoria's Secret. The lengthy list (at www.townsquarelasvegas.com
) also includes Borders and Whole Foods Market, an Apple Store and a 90,000-square-foot showroom for Robb & Stucky.
Diners will find Tommy Bahama's Tropical Cafe intriguing. You can shop for shirts and then sip a mai tai on the patio overlooking the park.
Yes, there is a park, just a like in a real town. And this 9,000-square-foot patch is the project's centerpiece, with a hedge maze, a 25-foot-high tree house, pop-up fountains, a Tom Sawyer house, a mini replica of the center, storytelling stages and plenty of benches for visitors.
"We are dedicated to the concept that this is a lifestyle center, not just a mall," says Wethington.
But that lifestyle also includes plenty of celluloid entertainment, with a 91,000-square foot, 4,000-seat, 18-screen movie theater. Scene-style bars and restaurants and casual cafes flank the corridor to the Cineplex: Yard House, for 250 types of beer on tap; the Grape, with 150 wine varieties available by bottle, glass or flight; and a Brazilian steakhouse called Texas de Brazil.
For all its entertainment and amusement value, the marketers of Town Square see potential in its location as the last chance to shop for visitors heading to the airport. The center sits practically adjacent to the centralized off-site car-rental facility that opened this summer just west of the airport, and bag check-in options combined with shuttle services are being explored.
Shopping packages with Strip hotels are in the offing as well. For now, a concierge office at the new shopping center will arrange transportation for guests, assist with reservations and offer other services.
Meanwhile, Town Square's location at the southern end of the city, just past the Strip on Las Vegas Boulevard, places it conveniently next to Fry's Electronics and across the way from Las Vegas outlet center
, where name-brand and designer items get the red tag.
You'll find your Jones New York and Tommy Hilfiger seconds here, tailored jackets for less than $100, the red, white and black Tommy Hilfiger-labeled shirts for less than $14 on clearance. Even Bose has an outlet here, although prices rarely run below a 10% discount.
But Town Square will be fully retail, with no bargain boutiques in the plans.
It's opening in time for the holiday shopping rush, and designers are planning to hoist a 40-foot Christmas tree, build a Santa house and create a "Norman Rockwell Holiday" with six interactive dioramas or "vignettes" that depict what the artist might have been pondering for the season.
No doubt , Town Square might've put shopping on his mind. Imagine Mom, Pop, Junior and Sis jumping out of their Plymouth, arms weighted with candy-cane-striped packages fresh from a successful shopping outing on Main Street. Some faux snow and you have yet another fantasy land on the Las Vegas Strip.
Source: travel.latimes.com
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Friday, May 9, 2008

In Las Vegas you can shop till you drop and thats the truth!

Long ago, shopping in Vegas was a diversion - something to keep the ladies occupied while the bread-winners played the tables. No longer.
Vegas has become a global shopping destination. Las Vegas Boulevard South is more than just a playground - it's one of the world's great shopping streets.
Huge outlet malls vie with exclusive boutiques in exquisite casino resorts. On the Strip, shoppers will find everything from haute couture to traditional Vegas souvenirs - dice clocks and playing cards.
The Fashion Show Mall put Las Vegas on the retail map. Since then many major Strip resorts have opened spectacular shopping areas featuring some of the world's best brands and most exclusive designers, while a number of outlet malls have proven popular with shoppers.

Source: visitlasvegas.com

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Ladies of the Night! AHHH!

Move aside Manhattan! Adios Chicago, South Beach and Beverly Hills! Over the past decade, Las Vegas with its opulent spas, five-star restaurants, swank nightlife, and shopping to fit any budget and style from Gucci girl to clubbing queen, has emerged as a top destination for women looking to get away from it all for a weekend of sheer indulgence and bliss. But in a city boasting a theatre scene to rival Broadway, 24 hour in-room beauty treatments, star studded casinos and award winning cosmos served in luxe, glamour soaked cocktail lounges, how do women make the most of their weekend in paradise? Molly Sullivan is the star of E! Entertainment's hot new reality show Paradise City, and associate producer and host of Hot On! Las Vegas, the hit weekly community lifestyle program that showcases the energy and excitement of Vegas. A lifelong resident of Sin City, Molly’s Las Vegas Little Red Book: A Girl’s Guide to the Perfect Vegas Weekend is the perfect entrée to an unforgettable “no tell” weekend for single gals on the prowl, soccer moms on holiday, and all those fabulous fun-seeking women in between. Las Vegas Little Red Book is the much anticipated, sought after companion to last year’s smash hit Las Vegas Little Black Book: A Guy’s Guide to the Perfect Vegas Weekend by David deMontmollin and Hiram Todd Norman which earned raves for its practical no-nonsense advice for groups of men seeking that little slice of Vegas nirvana.

Source: justincharlesbooks.com