Speciality Shops, Las Vegas
Okay, so let’s imagine you’ve won big in the casinos and want to celebrate, or, you’ve lost but still have some money to console yourself. So, what do you do? Shop, of course!
As well as being a magnet for gamblers Las Vegas could also be a magnet for shoppers. Most of the hotels have shopping arcades and there’s also specialist fashion outlets, gallerias, general shopping malls, (that always sounds better when said in an American accent! It never sounds quite right in an English accent) and, in downtown, a Gambler’s General Store and Bookshop, if you want some handy hints on how to try and fund a shopping extravaganza! That’s not counting the numerous souvenir stores where you can buy Las Vegas themed keepsakes, knick-knacks and wonderfully flamboyant mementos (I had to have – and got - a heart shaped “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” red cushion of which I am extremely proud!).
As with so much of Vegas you’ll be spoilt for choice!
Teavana is a heavenly chain exclusively selling teas and tea accessories. Being a tea addict, I look for this treat whenever I travel in the US. The one here in Las Vegas, was the begining of my obsession with this chain and their products ....
What to buy: In addition to buying looseleaf teas, I can get a cup of custom blended tea right there at the counter :)
I am particularly fond of thier tea infuser ... clean, efficient, etc ..... it's my #1 gift to give. QV liked the starter kit which has 2 oz each of 4 different looseleaf teas, cane sugar, a measuring spoon and that wonderful infuser for about 60.00$
What to pay: You should expect to pay about 2$ for a custom cup of tea at the counter. The loose leaf tea prices vary depending on the ingredients .. the cheapest I've purchased is 2.50$/2 oz., and the most expensive was 18.00$/2oz. of their wonderful Silver Needle white tea ...... yummmmmmmm
Ethel M's is a surprising find in the middle of the desert. These deliciously sinful chocolates are available throughout the valley, including several malls and the main terminal at McCarran Airport.
What to buy: It's a matter of preference. I like the dark chocolate satin cremes with fruit flavored filling.
They will always give you a sample -- this counter was at the factory. See "off the beaten path" for information about the tour.
What to pay: It was $7 for eight pieces.
If your running short on cash and want to pick up some souvenirs, instead of going to the shops inside the casinos there is a souvenir store across the street from the Sahara. They have a huge selection of just about any Vegas memorabilia you could think of.
What to pay: Cheaper than the casino shops.
In this M&M world you will find four floors of M & M Merchandise. But you could look at i as a M & M museum to. They also have a theater where you can watch a free 3D Movie starring M&M's. There is also a race car on display and many M&Mized movie posters.
What to buy: Here you can buy the M & M's by color so no more eating colors you don't like. But there is much more like clothing, stuff for the home, babies, office and so on...
Even if you don't buy anything it's fun to spend some time in this shop..
Pictures taken May 31, 2004
What to pay: Prices are like regular merchandise prices....
On the strip, next door to MnM World and the MGM Grand, you will notice a shop with a huge glass Coke bottle on it...
What to buy: Inside this shop is a ticket counter which has show tickets 50% off! The shows offered are for THAT DAY ONLY. For example if you wake up on the morning of Friday, July 30th and go there, they will have tickets for the eve of July 30th ONLY!
Selection will be limited during peak season, as they are the left over, unsold tickets.
What to pay: Depends upon the show, but say you wanted to see Blue Man Group. Tix normally run around $90 each. You can get them for $45 assuming there is still seating the morning of the show!
A little bit of Aloha on the Strip.
If you've ever been to the International Market Place in Waikiki you will recognize the atmosphere if this shopping area. Lots of little kiosks selling t-shirts, jewelry, tchochkies. Things you didn't know you even needed!!
They even have a nice trio playing hawaiian music under the birdhouse tree, with a kitschy hula show at various times during the day and evening.
What to buy:
A girl just needs a good pair of FMP's in her closet, even in Alaska. Of course, we can't wear them outside of the cabin, since the heels will get caught in the snow grates, and rip right off, and the men up here just laugh at damsels in distress.
But we can put them on at home and dream, can't we??
What to pay: Lots
Some of you, not just children, may be tempted to buy stuff that does magic tricks in Houdini's Magic Shop which is located in several hotels in Las Vegas.
Just a general warning: You may be disappointed by what you are buying. I don't want to reveal any magic secrets here, but some very expensive stuff that the shop sells in closed packages may contain everyday cheap items that you can buy anywhere. It's a rip-off. But I'm not saying don't buy anything from the shop -- some of the items are truly fun for your children.
What to buy: For example, not to reveal the magic secret, but one magic package that does the flying magic card trick that sells for $20 ended up containing a piece of wax and a bundle of strings.
If you are going to Red Rocks to climb, this is a great place to stop by and pick up any things you have forgotton, or to buy that new 'toy' to try out on the rocks. Fred and others who work there are passionate about climbing and will really give you some good tips about the Red Rocks area if you want to talk to them.
Also, there is a good climbing gym next door if it's too hot or late to get out to Red Rocks before dark.
What to buy: Ropes, shoes, carabiners, passive protection of all kinds, climbing clothes, water bottles etc.. General climbing/mountaineering gear.
What to pay: About average prices on gear.
Located right on Freemount Street is a huge gift shop. They have lots of neat little trinkets to choose from. Its right down the street from the Mob Museum too.
There's In-N-Out Burger restaurant and some other stores where you can pick up a good deal (compared to shopping on The Strip).
If you've been waiting too long for that dressing room to open up, just GO girl, who needs privacy?
What to buy: Whatever your little ol' heart desires.
What to pay: Beaucoup