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ZDogg Speaks on Influenza and Tupac

Valentine’s Day + Darwin. How to Survive

Cabaret Jazz

Kevin Eubanks & Stanley Jordan

The Golden Nugget

Spa-aaaahhh Review

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LETTER FROM THE EDITORS

The Downtown Team

This month we take you around to some Sweet Spot(s). No matter what your relationship status, or whether you are a party animal or a homebody, there’s something inside for you. This month has brought some new, fun stuff to do before and after Valentine’s day, and since love abounds, nobody has to be bummed about the official day coming on a Thursday: we’ve got things to do all month long (queue Lionel Richie … all night long, all night … all night … All night long)! So, shake off those winter blues as you head into February full steam ahead as spring is on the horizon, according to our furry friend, Punxsutawney Phil! With the inside scoop and slightly warmer temps you’ll be able to shed unwanted clothing and show a little more skin as you primp and prime at the Golden Nugget’s spa for Valentine’s Day. If V-Day isn’t really your thing and you still want that tingly, hot and spicy feeling, but don’t have the cash to get to NOLA for Mardi Gras, hit up Lola’s Louisiana Kitchen for some Cajun flava. Other places to consider for local fun and food are El Gaucho and Seigel’s Gold Spike bar, which you can preview in the reviews. As always, we love hearing from you. Have suggestions or feedback? E-mail us at downtownteam@zappos.com, or follow and “Like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ZapposDowntownHappenings. We hope you enjoy this month’s edition of the Zappos Family Downtown Employee Newsletter! - The Downtown Zappos Employee Newsletter Team

Jamie Naughton Loren Becker Audrea Hooper Rosalind Searcy Tyler Williams

| Speaker of the House | Zappos Experience & Community Team Manager | Downtown Events & Project Coordinator | Downtown Events Coordinator | Fungineer

Contributing Writers Brian Paco Alvarez Michael Boley Jo Casey Mandy Crispin Matt Dunsmoor Angelina Fadool Rosalind Searcy Shannon Sneade

| Fabulous Downtown | Golden Nugget Spa • V-Day Timeline • Astrology

| Restaurant Review | Golden Nugget Spa • Gay & Lesbian Center • Recipe

| He Said, She Said | Bar Review • He Said, She Said • Word Search | The Sweet Spot Candy Shop | Las Vegas Academy: “Oklahoma!”

Photography Lucky Wenzel Loren Becker

| Front Cover | General Images

Editor-In-Chief Loren Becker | Zappos Experience & Community Team Manager

Managing Editors Loren Becker Michael Boley Mandy Crispin

| Zappos Experience & Community Team Manager

| Content Editor | Content Editor

Art Director John Fanok

| Tangible Color

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CONTENTS

PAST EVENTS 03 It All Happened Last Month MLK Parade State of the City Speech Downtown Trivia Night The Stitch Factory Opening Catalyst Week? What’s That? Fried Chicken Night at eat Holiday Party

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CALENDAR & EVENTS 09 Update: Campus Development 10 Community 11 February Calendar 13 Things To Do 15 Upcoming Events 20 Smith Center 23 Bulletin Board

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CULTURE 25 Restaurant & Bar Review Gold Spike Lola’s � A Louisiana Kitchen

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27 He Said, She Said El Gaucho

29 The Golden Nugget Has a Little Gem 32 What About Staying In? 33 Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 35 V-Day Timeline 37 Sweet Spot Candy Shop 41 Coterie Fashion Shoot

FUN & WEIRD 43 Boley’s Crystal Balls 45 Word Search 46 Just the Tip 47 Las Vegas Academy “Oklahoma!”

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http://about.zappos.com/jobs/jobs-zappos-family/search-open-positions Hey, Mac! Here’s the 411 — The Zappos Family is seeking individuals to join our expanding business throughout several departments. Do you have what it takes to be a difference-maker in the field of analytics, software and information technology? Would you say you have a hard drive, embrace Windows of opportunity, constantly crawl through depths of material, interface and utilize coworkers as open sources? If this sounds like the Apple of your eye, cache in your chips where you are now and join our phenomenal hot spot! Navigate to our Jobs page through the QR reader, and we’ll save a cookie for you!! On The Cover: Images Evoke Lucky Wenzel Photography (702) 506-8138 Lucky@luckywenzelphotography.com www.luckywenzelphotography.com

48 Cut-Your-Own Valentine’s Cards 49 More Bulletin Board 50 Fabulous Downtown

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PAST EVENTS MLK Parade

On the same day President Barack Obama was inaugurated for a second term, those around the country and Las Vegas celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The 31st annual parade was held on Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. and had an estimated headcount of more than 18,000 onlookers as Gov. Brian Sandoval, school children, parade dancers, and fire trucks made their way through nine blocks up Fourth Street in the downtown area between Hoover and Ogden avenues. Following the parade was the MLK Dream Fest event which provided food, cultural vendors, and car show entertainment for the entire family.

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State of the City Speech

Hey downtowners! You were featured in Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s annual state of the place talk (State of the City Speech) on Jan. 10. Optimism abounded and abated the worries of these hard times we’ve been through, and downtown is playing an important role. She’s quoted saying, “We are in rebound here in Las Vegas, believe it or not. […] We’ve already created a solid social and residential base in downtown Las Vegas.” Goodman cited that “cutting-edge green action” and the construction of the new city hall and the Smith Center for the Performing Arts among investments in several buildings and businesses downtown have not only created construction jobs but also captured the attention of visitors and tourists. She also spoke of several future projects (e.g., the pedestrian bridge that will connect the Smith Center and Main Street — imagine walking over for a show after dinner), and somewhere in there she mentioned our boss. You heard it here first, folks: Goodman seemed to acknowledge that by participating in downtown we are participating in the larger community of Las Vegas and driving recovery in more ways than one.

Downtown Trivia Night

Downtown Trivia Night had its one-year anniversary on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The Beat was packed to the seams with some of the brainiest folks in the community, all competing for amazing prizes but mostly bragging rights! The night started off with free food from The Beat and amazing beer specials. First place winners walked away with free bottle service and VIP table from Insert Coin(s). Second place wasn’t too bad either, with the team nabbing box seats at the Smith Center. Organizer Augusta Scott was quoted as saying, “I can’t believe it’s been a year since we started. We probably had four teams on our first night. Tonight we had 19 teams with over a hundred participants. It really takes a team to pull this off every two weeks. I want to thank my team of volunteers, Greg, Jim, Lauren, Vanessa, Veronica, Stevie, Vincent S. and Vincent Q., without their hard work this would not have grown to the levels we are seeing today. I also want to thank our amazing sponsors in the community. Insert Coin(s), The Beat, Le Thai, Uncle Joe’s Pizza, DCR, Mob Bar, Coterie and DTP. Without their generous support we wouldn’t have the great prizes and venue we have today.”

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The Stitch Factory Opening

The Stitch Factory, a coworking space created for designers, officially launched its business on Jan. 17 with a grand opening event at 300 N. Las Vegas Blvd. The event’s theme was inspired by 1940s-era clothing which added fun to the evening’s vibrancy. Throughout the night, inspiring fashionistas/fashionistos enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, varied musical performances, and a ceremonial fashion show. The new space allows designers to work on their collections through the use of industrial machines, dress forms and working tables as well as offering design and makeup classes to those with an entrepreneurial spirit.

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Catalyst Week? What’s that?

Catalyst Week was a series of talks Jan. 24-26 meant to inspire and educate listeners. Four to five people were slated to speak each day, which began at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Downtown Project Construction Zone trailers (158 S. Seventh St.) and wrapped up Saturday, covered topics such as learning to handle rejection and turning it into an opportunity, reimagining the future, and entrepreneurial aspects, including how to give back through this spirit. The first Catalyst Week took place in November, and with another successful run in January, keep your eyes peeled for the next one by going to the Downtown Project’s website.

Fried Chicken Night at eat

Yum! The finest, freshest breakfast and lunch joint in downtown Las Vegas also does dinner, but they only do it once a month! Chef Nat has been hosting a very special all-you-can-eat fried chicken and fixings night at eat. It only happens once a month, and you have to figure out the date on your own (it’s very hushhush). But if you are lucky enough to get an invite, don’t pass it up. It is a BYOB event and a relaxed atmosphere with a set menu of mashed potatoes, braised greens, mac & cheese, cornbread, biscuits, and, of course, fried chicken. If that wasn’t enough, the meal was topped off with some of the best banana pudding I have ever had. To say this meal was finger licking good is an understatement; I wanted to lick the whole table!!

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holiday party

Despite the unseasonably cold weather, hundreds of Zapponians and their guests embarked on an adventure to the Old West, also known as Bonnie Springs Ranch. This year’s Western theme had a range of cowpokes dressed up in their finest boots, blue jeans, and lots and lots of flannel. With several activities including karaoke, dancing, and photo booths at various saloons, an ace-high night was had by all. And nothing says “Western” more than shooting shots … of alcohol with your closest compadres!

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UPDATE: CAMPUS DEVELOPMENT Wow, can you believe it is already 2013? Can you believe that we will be moving to our new campus THIS YEAR!?! A lot has been happening since our last campus update, so we wanted to bring you up to speed on some of the exciting things that we’ve been working on. Construction We are happy to report that the construction of our new campus is on time and on budget! Our construction crews have been working diligently on our new home and have completed demolition and the construction work needed to rebuild the infrastructure of the building. As it currently stands, we are on track to open in October. It will be here before we know it! The Move We’re starting the week-by-week planning of who will move when. Our goal is to start moving teams the first week of September and finish by early October. That’s more than 200 people per week! We aim to do this with as little disruption as possible, so we’ll be working with teams over the next two months to build a plan that works for all of us. Stay tuned! Furniture We’ve been working closely with our interior design team on selecting furniture for all of

the cool spaces that we’ll have at our new campus, and part of this furniture selection process has been focused on our new desks. That’s right, we are all getting new desks when we move downtown! If you’ve been hanging around the Henderson offices, you’ve likely seen a few of these trial desks set up in the old 6pm area as you head to the Bistro in 2280. These desks are open for you to use, so feel free to take them for spin, kick those proverbial tires, and let us know what you think. There is a link to a short survey on each of the six desks.

Feel free to reach out to us at campus@ zappos.com with any questions or comments! - Steven and the COD Team

LEED Certification Zappos is pursuing LEED certification for our new home as part of our commitment to sustainability. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is essentially an internationally recognized standard for environmental friendliness. There is a long list of requirements that need to be met in order to obtain LEED certification, and Zappos is currently on track to be LEED Silver certified! Photo Studio Our new Zappos photo studio is coming along quickly! We’ve selected a location (just over a mile from our new campus), construction is well under way, and we have a planned occupancy date of Feb. 14 … Valentine’s Day.

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COMMUNITY The Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada is moving from its mere 6,000 square feet of space to a completely renovated building, of 16,000 square feet, on the corner of Maryland Parkway and Lewis Avenue, dubbed The Robert L. Forbuss Building. Administrators of The Center looked for two years before deciding on this location, which they hope will create better visibility and an easier access point in the community and bring the neighbors in. The new digs will feature free Wi-Fi, freshly baked bread every morning, a sports court, outdoor and indoor seating areas, a cafÊ and a health & wellness center. While the grand opening of The Center in its new location won’t be until April 6, these folks sure could use a helping hand moving in. They will be working on the move from 8 am to 8 pm all days Feb. 23 through March 3. Contact Arlene Cooper, volunteer coordinator, at 702.733.9800 or arlene@thecenterlv.com.

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More info to follow in the next issue!

Current location: 953 E. Sahara Ave. St. B-31 Las Vegas, NV 89104 702.733.9800 New location: 401 S. Maryland Pkwy. Las Vegas, NV 89101 For additional information, please visit www.thecenterlv.com.

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CALENDAR & EVENTS FEBRUARY

01 Fri.

02 Sat.

• 3rd Street Farmers Market, 9 am–2 pm • First Friday, 6 pm–11 pm

04 Mon.

03 Sun.

• Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire, 9 am–6pm

05 Tue.

06 Wed.

• Green Jelly, 7 pm–9 pm

08 Fri.

11 Mon.

10 Sun.

• Zappos Employee UNLV Tailgate, 4 pm–6 pm • Vegas StrEATS, 6 pm–1 am

12 Tue.

13 Wed.

• Green Jelly, 7 pm–9 pm • Trivia Night at The BEAT, 7 pm

15 Fri. • 3rd Street Farmers Market, 9 am–2 pm • Las Vegas Cultural Series, 12 pm • Vintage Bike Night, 7 pm–10 pm • The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre, 7 pm

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07 Thu. • Tech Jelly, 7 pm–12 am

09 Sat.

• 3rd Street Farmers Market, 9 am–2 pm

• Sunday Reset, 7 am • SUPER BOWL

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17 Sun.

• The Color Run Las Vegas, 8 am • Zappos Employee UNLV Tailgate, 4 pm–6 pm • The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre, 2 pm & 7 pm • Charleston Heights Art Center — Guy Davis, 7:30 pm

• The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre, 2 pm

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19 Tue.

20 Wed.

• Green Jelly, 7 pm–9 pm

22 Fri.

• Tech Jelly, 7 pm–12 am

23 Sat.

• 3rd Street Farmers Market, 9 am–2 pm • An Evening with Peter Yarrow, 8 pm

24 Sun.

• Delivering Happiness Inspire: Las Vegas, 5 pm–8 pm

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21 Thu.

26 Tue.

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27 Wed.

• Green Jelly, 7 pm–9 pm • Trivia Night at The BEAT, 7 pm

28 Thu. • Tech Jelly, 7 pm–12 am

MARCH SNEAK PEEK

01 Fri.

02 Sat.

• 3rd Street Farmers Market, 9 am–2 pm • First Friday, 6pm–11pm

03 Sun.

• Corporate Challenge Opening Ceremony, 3:30 pm–10 pm

04 Mon.

05 Tue.

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• 3rd Street Farmers Market, 9 am–2 pm

• Grand Opening of Discovery Children’s Museum, 10 am

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Go on a Scavenger Hunt

THINGS TO DO Stop by The Beat’s Wednesday Night Hang Come chill with us every Wednesday night from 8:30 pm–10:30 pm for a change of scenery and sound! Enjoy a unique, laid-back atmosphere featuring drink specials and live music by fabulous Las Vegas talent. Las Vegas trumpet player and recording artist Joey Pero hosts this event. The Beat will be offering a “fine beer” drink special on Duvel, Gulden Draak and Piraat as part of the “Blue Beat” special. The Beat is located on 520 Fremont St. inside the Emergency Arts Building (Sixth Street & Fremont Street).

Do you know how many lights line the Fremont Street Canopy? You will when you play the new city scavenger hunt. The game sends clues to any text-enabled phone. You’ll get to know the casinos that helped put Vegas on the map. From the Golden Gate, Sin City’s first casino, to the recognizable lights of the Fremont and Four Queens, you’ll discover what first drew folks to this little desert town. Be ready to bluff your way into Binion’s iconic Poker Room and snap a picture with Vegas Vic and Vickie. Find the little cigar shop where all the Hollywood celebs go to get a light before grabbing a cocktail at the coolest bar in town. You’ll come away knowing how Vegas grew into a global hub of fun and fortune, and get a true taste of its appeal along the way. Sign up on the website, and you and any number of your friends can compete. The game has several routes in Las Vegas, including Fremont Street. It’s an out-of-the-box way to get to know your city. $9–$12 per person. www.strayboots.com.

Get Outdoorsy I mean “Outdoorsy” in a patio drinking kind of way. Take off work early on Friday like they do back East, and stretch out in a patch of sun on Bar+Bistro’s patio with a pitcher of house sangria. Nothing could be better! $6 glass, $20 pitcher, in The Arts Factory, 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 155. www.barbistroaf.com.

TOUR OUR NEW DOWNTOWN LANDMARKS The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Visit the Fremont Bicycle Clinic On a mission to facilitate safe and proper bicycling through education, workshops and maintenance, the clinic helps the community rehab bikes. Get yours done, and then pitch in a hand to help others! Shop Hours: Mon, 10 am–4 pm; Tue, 10 am–4 pm & 6:30 pm– 9:30 pm; Wed, 10 am–4 pm; Thu, 6:30 pm–9:30 pm; Sat, 12:30 pm–3:30 pm. If you are a co-op member you can always contact us outside of normal shop hours if they do not work for you. The best way to contact us and view our most up-to-date hours is our

You’ve driven by it a thousand times and wondered if it’s as weird on the inside as it is on the outside. (Answer: Yes.) Being inside the events center is like living inside a Dr. Seuss book. The rest of the center is nice office space with an impressive art collection. Arrange a tour and see for yourself by calling 702.263.9797. Join an existing tour or arrange one for yourself.

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Fremont.Bike.Clinic. Make sure to “Like” us. The clinic’s newest volunteer, Zack, will be manning the shop on Tuesdays from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and Wednesdays from 10 am to 4 pm. Zack just moved here from Los Angeles where he was a part of two prior co-ops. He is extremely knowledgeable regarding bikes and is a great addition to the team. Stop by and say “Hi”!

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The Mob Museum

Las Vegas invested $185 million to build it. Drop your car across the street in the new garage; you’ll get free parking for two hours with a validated ticket. Make your way up the front steps under the solar trees and into the marble lobby contemplating the sustainable yet luxurious surroundings. Make your way back to the council chambers and grab a red theater seat for your rear: now watch democracy at work. You should finish the visit off by riding the elevator to the seventh floor to see the mayor’s views. City Hall, 495 S. Main St., 702.229.6011, Mon–Thu, 7 am–5:30 pm.

There are two sides to every story. Come down to the Mob Museum and get the true story. It was a stage for one of the biggest mob hearings in history. Now it’s the setting for the nation’s most comprehensive look into organized crime and law enforcement. Located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas, The Mob Museum presents an authentic insider’s look at the mob’s impact on our history and our society. These are the true stories of events that shaped our country, and now you can witness them firsthand. The Mob Museum, 300 Stewart Ave., 702.229.2734, Sun– Thu, 10 am–7 pm; Fri–Sat, 10 am–8 pm. Adult Admission $18. $10 for NV residents. www.themobmuseum.org.

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The New City Hall

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Check out the Hoover Dam-inspired architecture exterior and its elegant appointments inside. Take in its centerpiece, the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall and its grand lobby; don’t forget the Cabaret Jazz room and Troesch Studio Theater in the Boman Pavilion. Peruse its smattering of artwork (both modern and classical) around the center. Free hour-long tours every Wednesday & Saturday, 10:30 am. Make reservations by calling 702.749.2000.

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Neon Museum and Boneyard The Neon Museum preserves and exhibits classic Las Vegas neon signs. The museum’s collection consists of both restored and unrestored signs, mostly housed in the Neon Boneyard in downtown Las Vegas. Many of the restored neon signs, which can be found along the Fremont Street Experience and Las Vegas Boulevard, are also part of the museum’s collection. For museum updates and tour information, visit www.neonmuseum.org.

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Jelly

Delivering Happiness Inspire: Las Vegas!

What is a Jelly? Jelly is a casual work event where everyone’s invited. It’s for anyone who’d like to work alongside other creative people in a welcoming environment. You bring your laptop and some work, and Jelly provides Wi-Fi, a table and chairs, and smart people to bounce ideas off of and collaborate with.

Our Delivering Happiness Inspire! event is a forum for sharing the rich and thought-provoking (and oftentimes funny) content that inspires and spreads happiness at an individual, community, and even global level. Through a series of brief, prepared (but collaborative) talks, community members and local thought leaders bring their stories perspectives, passions, and experiences to the stage (ala TED) to shine a spotlight on the things that matter most. Location Downtown Project Construction Zone 150 S. Seventh Street Las Vegas, NV 89101

Location /usr/lib http://usrlib.org The Beat Coffeehouse www.thebeatlv.com 520 Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV 89101 Time Thu, Feb. 7 7 pm – 12 am Thu, Feb. 14 7 pm – 12 am Thu, Feb. 21 7 pm – 12 am Thu, Feb. 28 7 pm – 12 am

Time Sat, Feb. 23 5 pm – 8 pm (Every fourth Saturday)

More Info www.vegasjelly.com

More Info www.inspirelasvegas.eventbrite.com www.deliveringhappiness.com

Green Jelly & Green Coworking

VEGAS StrEATS

The goal of Green Jelly is to connect individuals who are interested in all things eco-friendly and sustainable. That means a range of people who are interested in everything from learning how to recycle to people who are looking to live carbon-neutral or netnegative. The group also has a heavy focus on business owners and potential start-ups that have an interest in sustainability and the triple bottom line (People-Planet-Profits).

Vegas StrEATS is a street food and culture festival hosted every second Saturday in downtown Las Vegas showcasing the valley’s hottest local food trucks, artists, musicians, and fashion. StrEATS is presented by Slidin’ Thru in partnership with El Cortez and Insert Coin(s). Each month, various food trucks serve up unique gourmet bites along Jackie Gaughan Plaza. Local bands, MCs, and DJs provide the soundtrack for the night ranging from indie rock, hip-hop, dubstep, and house music. Graffiti artists and streetwear brands line vendor row slanging fresh apparel and art. Come experience a bit of homegrown Vegas culture!

Location /usr/lib http://usrlib.org The Beat Coffeehouse www.thebeatlv.com 520 Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV 89101 Time Tue, Feb. 5 Tue, Feb. 12 Tue, Feb. 19 Tue, Feb. 26 (Every Tuesday)

6 pm – 8 pm 6 pm – 8 pm 6 pm – 8 pm 6 pm – 8 pm

More Info www.facebook.com/groups/vegasgreenjelly

Location Jackie Gaughan Plaza at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino 600 E. Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV 89101 Time Sat, Feb. 9 6 pm – 1 am (Second Saturday of every month) More Info www.vegasstreats.com www.facebook.com/VegasStrEATS

Contact Ciara Byrne: cirarmbyrne@yahoo.com Hanan Sabri: hanan.sabri@gmail.com

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Real Results Boot Camp

The Downtown3rd Farmers Market has become an integral part of downtown Las Vegas. The biggest indoor farmers market showcases local Las Vegas farmers as well as including lots of fresh produce from California. There are also many other vendors and healthy lifestyle classes, art shows, and culinary demonstrations from famous Las Vegas chefs. The mission of the Downtown3rd Farmers Market is to be a sustainable, seasonal, healthy lifestyle center for the city. The farmers market is conveniently located in the middle of the Las Vegas Valley off of US-95 and Casino Center Drive.

You are meant to have a body that is lean, strong, and flexible. Join our Downtown Boot Camp in the Jackie Gaughan Plaza across from the El Cortez valet and train with the top fitness professionals in town. Have fun, feel great, meet new people, and get real results — guaranteed!

Location 300 N. Casino Center Blvd. (In the old Transit Center) Las Vegas, NV 89101

Time Tue 6 am – 7 am Thu 6 am – 7 am (Every Tuesday & Thursday)

Time Fri, Feb. 1 Fri, Feb. 8 Fri, Feb. 15 Fri, Feb. 22 (Every Friday)

Location Jackie Gaughan Plaza at the El Cortez Hotel & Casino 600 E. Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV 89101

More Info www.realresultsfitness.com 702.769.2991

9 am – 2 pm 9 am – 2 pm 9 am – 2 pm 9 am – 2 pm

Contact Paul Rosenberg: 702.204.5247

More Info www.downtown3rd.com/las-vegas-farmers-market

UPCOMING EVENTS: FEBRUARY

Downtown3rd Farmers Market

Vintage Bike Night Trivia Night at The Beat Come with a team or find one at The Beat. Every other Tuesday you can test your knowledge and flex your brain in a cerebral competition. There will be prizes and beer specials, and most likely a little more beer than brains. Location The Beat Coffeehouse www.thebeatlv.com 520 Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV 89101

Ride out for a night of Motorcycles + Art + Music in downtown Las Vegas. Las Vegas Vintage Bike Night featuring café racers, custom bikes, classic Harleys, retro sport bikes, and scooters. There will be a jammin’ lineup of live music, live body painting by Alex P. Huerta, artists & vendors, and food & drink specials from Bar+Bistro. Whatever you ride, bring it down for Vintage Bike Night. Location The Arts Factory & Bar+Bistro 107 E. Charleston Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89104

Time Tue, Feb. 12 7 pm Tue, Feb. 26 7 pm (Every other Tuesday)

Time Fri, Feb. 15 7 pm – 10 pm (Every 3rd Friday)

More Info www.facebook.com/DowntownTriviaNight

More Info www.theartsfactory.com 702.644.9412

Contact Augusta Scott: ascott@zappos.com

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Sunday Reset

First Friday is celebrated in the Arts District of downtown Las Vegas. The hub is on Casino Center Boulevard in between Colorado Street & California Street with an extension on Third Street & Colorado Street. First Friday has been extended to include the Fremont East district with live activities and music in Get Back Alley behind Beauty Bar and The Griffin. First Friday celebrates young and established local artists. There are food trucks galore and music on three stages with over 12 live bands. There will be special art installations and live performance paintings. It is all about community coming together to celebrate art. First Friday has a great variety of artists, vendors and activities that are fun and exciting for all ages. They even have a kid’s zone with different themes each month.

MOVE: 45 minutes of walking/running/bike. Meet up at in downtown Las Vegas at 7 am. We will take a one mile urban hike led by Paco Alvarez. For those who want more of a workout, we’ll be taking a group on a 5k run led by Lauralie Ezra. STRETCH: Let’s meet back in the space after your exercise route to stretch out. (Led by Tiffany Harris) MEDITATE: Now time to slow your mind with quiet time. We will provide some guidance to get you going. ACT: It’s time to put what you learned into action and live fearlessly for vibrant health. (Led by Alexia Vernon) EAT: Learn how to become a conscious eater with a simple eight-step program that will ignite your mind, body and spirit. Then it’s time to replenish and complete your morning with a group breakfast, catered by local vegan chef Donald Lemperle. We’ll eat healthy and fuel up for our day and the week ahead! (Led by Jennifer Sanchez) Cost: $15 per person.

Location Casino Center Boulevard & Colorado Street Time Fri, Feb. 1 6 pm – 11 pm (First Friday of every month, next night is February 1st) More Info www.firstfridaylasvegas.com www.facebook.com/firstfridaylasvegas

REMEMBER TO BRING: - Yoga mat (or towel) - Warm clothes - Water bottle - Big smile - Positive attitude! Location Amanda Harris 900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Suite #150 Las Vegas, NV 89101

An Evening with Singer/Songwriter Peter Yarrow Everyone is invited to share an evening with the legendary singer/ songwriter Peter Yarrow Friday, Feb. 22, starting at 8 pm at the Historic Fifth Street School, located at 401 S. Fourth St. A member of the renowned folk-rock group “Peter, Paul and Mary,” Yarrow will look back over his career, telling stories and singing some of the many hits that won Peter, Paul and Mary worldwide acclaim.

Time Sun, Feb. 3

7 am – 10 am

More Info www.theresetprojectlv.com/events

Tickets, priced at $10 in advance and $15 on day of event. Limited free parking is available at the Historic Fifth Street School. Metered parking is available across the street in parking lots both directly south and west of the school. Location Historic Fifth Steet School 401 S. Fourth St. Las Vegas, NV 89101 Time Fri, Feb. 22

8 pm

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The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre Presents “Across the Truckee” In this one-of-a-kind experience, The Rainbow Company Youth Theatre combines musical theater, Nevada history, and audience participation in its latest production of “Across the Truckee” within the “Nevada Series” — highlighting state history with colorful characters. This season, four of Nevada’s most unusual historic figures are included: Eilley Oram, known as “The Washoe Seeress”; Henry T. Comstock, of Comstock Lode fame; Timothy H. O’Sullivan, ground-breaking photographer of the Civil War; and Adolph Sutro, known as the “the king of the Comstock.” The ending of the play may vary from performance to performance, since the audience will participate with choices! Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for teens/seniors/military, and $3 for children ages 12 and younger. Location Historic Fifth Street School 401 S. Fourth St. Las Vegas, NV 89101

Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth — a familyfriendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors, and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds. Maker Faire’s mission is to entertain, inform, connect and inspire these thousands of Makers and aspiring Makers.

Time Fri, Feb. 15 Sat, Feb. 16 Sun, Feb. 17

7 pm 2 pm & 7 pm 2 pm

More Info www.artslasvegas.org Contact 702.229.6553 or 702.229.6383

The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2012 celebrated its seventh annual Bay Area event with some 110,000 people in attendance. As Maker Faire has grown in popularity and relevance, additional flagship faires were launched in 2010 in Detroit and New York City. Community-driven, independently produced Mini Maker Faire events inspired by Maker Faire are now being produced around the United States and the world, including the Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire. Location Historic Fifth Steet School 401 S. Fourth St. Las Vegas, NV 89101 Time Sat, Feb. 2

9 am – 6 pm

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Charleston Heights Arts Center — Guy Davis Concert Davis is a musician, composer, actor, director and writer, but most importantly, Davis is a bluesman. The blues permeates every corner of Davis’ creativity. Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, along with African-American stories and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces. Ticket prices are $10 in advance, $15 on day of event. Location Charleston Heights Arts Center 800 S. Brush St. Las Vegas, NV 89107 Time Sat, Feb. 16

7:30 pm

More Info www.guydavis.com Tickets www.artslasvegas.org

Las Vegas Downtown Cultural Series Bring your lunch to enjoy the latest installment of the city of Las Vegas’ Downtown Cultural Series of free concerts. Open to the public, the hour-long concert will feature the Emanuel Schmidt Quartet, led by guitarist Emanuel Schmidt. Swiss-born Schmidt earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance at the Wesley Institute in Sydney, Australia, as well as a doctorate in Communication Processes in Jazz Performance from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. A versatile musician, he plays drums, keyboards, bass and guitar, and composes/arranges music for a full orchestra. Location Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse Jury Assembly Room 333 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89101 Time Fri, Feb. 15

12 pm

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KODO

Las Vegas Philharmonic ̶ Mardi Gras in Las Vegas

Kodo, the legendary taiko drummers from Japan, bring the latest iteration of their ever-evolving One Earth Tour to North America. Titled Legend, the production was created under the direction of Japanese Living National Treasure Tamasaburo Bando — full of Japanese drums, music and stunning stagecraft. Called “musical perfection” by The Boston Globe, KODO brings to life a unique culture, four powerful seasons and the great beauty of the natural world.

The good times roll with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and a scorching hot night of New Orleans jazz. Just in time for Mardi Gras, the charismatic trumpeter and vocalist Byron Stripling will lead all your favorite Mardi Gras tunes such as “Down By the Riverside,” a medley of songs made famous by Mahalia Jackson, and “Bourbon Street Parade.” Stripling is joined by his drummer, and special guest Bobby Floyd on the Hammond B3 organ.

Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m.

JAZZ ROOTS: A Tribute To Ella, Joe & Basie Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.

Featuring Janis Siegel, Kevin Mahogany and the Count Basie Orchestra with Special Guests Nikki Yanofsky and Nicole HenryIn, this February, we celebrate Black History Month with a tribute to Ella, Joe and Basie. Count Basie’s music, characterized by a blues-steeped jumping beat and contrapuntal piano accents, was a showcase for top singers. On this night, we honor two great singers whose performances with the Count have reached legendary proportions.

Anything Goes ALL ABOARD for this saucy and splendid production of Roundabout Theatre Company’s ANYTHING GOES, winner of three 2011 Tony® Awards including Best Musical Revival and Choreography! One of the greatest musicals in theater history, Cole Porter’s first-class musical comedy is sailing to Las Vegas, while it continues a triumphant run on Broadway where The New York Times calls it “MUSICAL-COMEDY JOY” and USA Today hails it as “GLORIOUS and EXUBERANT!”

BBC Concert Orchestra Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m.

Now led by conductor Keith Lockhart, also of the Boston Pops, the BBC Concert Orchestra has been entertaining audiences for an astonishing 60 years. Known for the world’s longest-running music TV show, “Friday Night is Music Night,” the BBC Concert Orchestra brings an evening of Walton, Haydn and Mendelssohn to Las Vegas. Renowned cellist Sophie Shao joins the orchestra to present an eloquent and powerful evening of musical inspiration.

Itzhak Perlman

Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Undeniably the reigning virtuoso of the violin, Itzhak Perlman enjoys superstar status rarely afforded a classical musician. Born in Israel and educated in New York, Mr. Perlman has earned respect worldwide for his charm and humanity as well as his talent. He has had a longstanding relationship with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and has collaborated with composer John Williams on scores for films “Schindler’s List” and “Memoirs of a Geisha.” Along with accompanist Rohan De Silva, he will bring to Las Vegas not only his remarkable artistry, but also an irrepressible joy in making music that will uplift and delight all who hear. FEBRUARY 2013

THE FIRST ANNUAL ARTISTRY OF GOSPEL CELEBRATION CONCERT Feb. 17, 5:00 p.m.

A Benefit in Support of Unity Village Family Life Center featuring RICHARD SMALLWOOD with VISION and members of THE LAS VEGAS PHILHARMONIC. The Artistry of Gospel celebration concert is being described as highly entertaining, energetic and inspirational. It is an intercultural and interfaith gospel experience designed to appeal and interest the entire Las Vegas community and complements the musical diversity of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts.

Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains

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Feb. 18, 7:30 p.m.

Six-time Grammy® winners, The Chieftains are recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention. They have uncovered the wealth of this centuries-old music, making it their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive. They have performed with symphony and folk orchestras worldwide, and have collaborated with some of the biggest names in rock, pop and traditional music in Ireland and around the globe. After half a century, The Chieftains remain as fresh and relevant as when they first began.

Circus Oz

Feb. 21-22, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 23, 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Circus Oz bounds into Las Vegas to gleefully present its new show for audiences of all ages. With their infamous multiskilled daredevilry and quirky antics the cheeky, but irresistible, Circus Oz promises an adventurous Australian contemporary circus explosion. This diverse home-grown mob of quick-witted stunt jumpers comes fully-charged and raring to go. Power-packed aerialists, knockabout jugglers and live-wire musicians will astonish and delight you with inconceivable acts of gravity defying brilliance. With a spring-loaded love of the absurd, Circus Oz is creating a fabulous new future “From the Ground Up.”

West Side Story Feb. 26–March 3

More than fifty years ago, one musical changed theater forever. Now it’s back on stage and mesmerizing audiences once again. From the first note to the final breath, “WEST SIDE STORY” soars as the greatest love story of all time. “WEST SIDE STORY” remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The new Broadway cast album of “WEST SIDE STORY” recently won the 2010 Grammy® Award for Best Musical

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Show Album. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theater as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”

New York City Ballet MOVES March 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m.

The New York Times calls them “the foremost creative ballet troupe in the world.” Now, after more than 60 years of excellence, they have hand-selected their finest dancers and crafted a spectacular program featuring works from some of the most beloved choreographers of our time including George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins and Christopher Wheeldon.

Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis March 7, 7:30 p.m.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, is comprised of 15 of the finest soloists and ensemble players in jazz. Widely regarded as the “finest big band in the world today” by the Daily Telegraph, UK, this remarkably versatile group celebrates jazz’s large-ensemble tradition by performing a vast repertoire of masterpieces as well as original works and arrangements.

Las Vegas Philharmonic – Lights! Camera! The Oscars! March 9, 8:00 p.m.

Take a walk on the red carpet for an unforgettable night of Oscarwinning songs and music from Academy Award® winning films “Gone with the Wind,” “Rocky,” “Chariots of Fire,” “The King and I” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Teri Dale Hansen and Nat Chandler, stars of the Broadway and operatic stages, lend their vocal stylings to beloved songs such as “A Whole New World” and “I Could Have Danced All Night.” We also pay special tribute to Las Vegas Philharmonic Honorary Board Member, composer John Williams, whose movie music conjures images of a man-eating shark, the halls of Harry Potter’s magical world and a galaxy far, far away.

UPCOMING FEBRUARY SHOWS AT CABARET JAZZ A CLUB AT THE SMITH CENTER Clint Holmes

Feb. 1 & 2, 8:30 p.m.; Feb. 3, 2:00 p.m.

The acclaimed singer Clint Holmes, named Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year three times, Singer of the Year four times and awarded the Sammy Davis Jr. Foundation award, returns to Las Vegas to begin an exclusive engagement at Cabaret Jazz club the first weekend of every month. A master entertainer, Clint never performs the same show twice. Instead, he features a constantly evolving kaleidoscope of music every single night, ranging from contemporary to jazz to Broadway. Showcasing the greatest songwriters from around the world, he creates a spellbinding evening of music that’s both Live and Alive.

Travis Cloer

Feb. 4, 7:00 p.m.

Broadway star and recording artist, Travis Cloer (currently starring as Frankie Valli in JERSEY BOYS in Las Vegas) brings his versatile vocal stylings and energetic stage presence to Cabaret Jazz for one night only. Come experience “Setting the Standard,” a night of timeless songs from Broadway and jazz to R&B and pop that will leave you on your feet begging for more.

The Composers Showcase of Las Vegas Feb. 6, 10:30 p.m.; March 6, 10:30 p.m.

Jersey Boys conductor Keith Thompson hosts this monthly musical showcase that features original music from some of Las Vegas’ best composers and songwriters, and performed by some of the best performers and musicians from the Vegas Entertainment and Theatrical communities. The informal showcase is always diverse, eclectic and extremely entertaining and features a very high caliber of musicianship and artistry.

Kurt Elling Quartet Feb. 8 & 9, 7:00 p.m.

Among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists, Kurt Elling has been the DownBeat Critics Poll Male Jazz Vocalist of the Year for the past thirteen years. The New York Times declared “Elling is the standout male vocalist of our time.” He is also a Grammy winner, and every record Elling has made has been Grammy nominated. His rich baritone spans four octaves and features both astonishing technique and emotional depth. His command of rhythm, texture, phrasing and dynamics is more akin to the skill set of a virtuoso jazz instrumentalist than that of a vocalist.

An Evening With the Yellowjackets

Feb. 15, 7:00 p.m.; Feb. 16, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Multi Grammy®-winning, legendary jazz group, the Yellowjackets, celebrate 32 years as one of jazz’s greatest bands. Performing all original compositions from their catalogue of over 24 albums, band members Russell Ferrante, William Kennedy, Bob Mintzer and Felix Pastorius glide into Cabaret Jazz at The Smith Center, bringing their beloved, eclectic electro-acoustic jazz to Las Vegas. 21

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Feb. 22, 7:00 p.m.; Feb. 23, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Guitar virtuosos Kevin Eubanks and Stanley Jordan will each perform their own set, and then return to the stage together for an exciting finale. Collaboration is the name of the game as the artists play off one another, turning an already incredible show into an all-out celebration. Audience members will never forget their evening with two of entertainment’s greatest loved guitarists.

Bruce Cockburn

March 15 & 16, 7:30 p.m.

Don’t miss Bruce Cockburn’s first appearance in Las Vegas. “Small Source of Comfort,” Cockburn’s 31st album, is his latest adventurous collection of songs of romance, protest and spiritual discovery. The album, primarily acoustic yet rhythmically savvy, is rich in Cockburn’s characteristic blend of folk, blues, jazz and rock. As usual, many of the new compositions come from his travels and spending time in places like San Francisco and Brooklyn to the Canadian Forces base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, jotting down his typically detailed observations about the human experience.

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UPCOMING FEBRUARY SHOWS AT TROESH STUDIO THEATER AN INTIMATE 250-SEAT THEATER AT THE SMITH CENTER Letters Home

March 1, 7:00 p.m.; March 2, 3:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

This powerful and award-winning play brings to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. Inspired by The New York Times Op-Ed Article “The Things They Wrote” and the subsequent HBO documentary, Letters Home paints an uncompromising portrait of the soldier experience without politicizing events.

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Just the Two of Us: Kevin Eubanks & Stanley Jordan

The Doo Wop Project

March 9, 5:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

The Doo Wop Project is a night of singing and storytelling from the cast of the Tony Award® winning Broadway smash, “JERSEY BOYS.” You’ll hear about their upbringings and their life in show business while enjoying Doo Wop classics such as “Gloria” and “I Only Have Eyes For You” along with recent hits by Amy Winehouse and Jason Mraz. Not a performance of, or affiliated with, the show “Jersey Boys.” ISSUE 11

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Each month, we’ll take a slightly tipsy tour of one of downtown’s famous — or infamous — watering holes and report back with our findings. Do you need to bring your highest limit credit card? Can you get a PBR for a dollar? Is there any chance you’ll find a seat on a Friday night?

Gold Spike

By: Angelina Fadool

Located on Las Vegas Boulevard at Ogden, Siegel’s Gold Spike is a small boutique hotel and casino that bills itself as “friendliest casino in Vegas.” The casino bar is located next to the sports book on the first floor. Price Point: For Real? My friend and I ordered two 16 oz. well drinks and received a bill for $7. As much as I like to see and be seen in some of downtown’s swankier establishments, I’m an even bigger fan of saving money. Plus there’s special employee pricing, so check the Wiki. Ambiance: Minimal Although the Gold Spike has recently been renovated, I don’t think there was much love shown to the bar. The area is a good size and there is plenty of seating, but the ambiance is pretty limited. Think of your favorite neighborhood bar — that one in your hometown where you scored your first underage beer and where Dad went to catch a game once in a while. Yeah. It’s like that.

I wouldn’t make a special trip downtown to drink here, but the Gold Spike is a great place to begin a Friday night of barhopping and a convenient spot for happy hour after a day at the Carson office. It’s nice to find a relaxed, low-key establishment that won’t break the bank. 217 N. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89101 702.384.8444 www.goldspike.com

Entertainment: Make Your Own Fun! Our bartender was polite about the coupons we had and happily made us our Pineapple Upside-Down Cake cocktails, and she wasn’t overly chatty. Since the weeknight crowd is thin, our only entertainment was conversation and the NBA game playing on the televisions over the bar. If mingling and/or people watching is your preference, definitely check this place out on a Friday or Saturday night. Pitfalls: Size Matters Since the Gold Spike is a boutique hotel, the casino itself is pretty small. The hotel offers free valet parking Friday−Sunday, and there is an extremely petite parking lot next to the pool, but Zapponians will probably find it more convenient to park in the Stewart garage next door.

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A Louisiana Kitchen

Upon entering Lola’s, the first thing I noticed was the Cajun music playing. I haven’t spent much time in New Orleans, but the two things that I loved most about NOLA were the food and the music. Lola’s hits both of these on the head with authority. We started off with an order of crab and artichoke dip as well as a plate of oysters. Before I could even get my camera out to take a picture, the oysters were just about gone, and my fiancé was digging into the crab dip! We ended up getting an order of hushpuppies as well since they were highly recommended. I had a side salad with dressing made in-house with a vinegar base. I almost licked the salad bowl; that’s how great this dressing was. Seriously, it’s some kind of wonderful!!!

By: Jo Casey

Their house bread is made and frozen in New Orleans and shipped to Las Vegas. It’s lightly glazed with butter and toasted to perfection. We ordered different entrees, and all were equally amazing. Seafood gumbo, spicy jambalaya and grilled salmon were some of the delightful dishes at our table. I had a burger and some of the best fries I have ever tasted. They were lightly salted and super yummy! Dessert was chocolate cake à la mode and fresh coffee. Our bill came to $105 for four people … Not bad!! The service was impeccable, and the atmosphere was fabulous!

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Lola’s

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He Said, breakfast: One of the reasons that I love breakfast so much is because it’s usually so cheap. El Gaucho doesn’t disappoint in this category with breakfast items (in hearty portions) ranging from $4-7. I highly recommend their breakfast wraps. Where I grew up, Chorizo flavoring was a big deal, and the Chorizo they use here lives up to my high standards. In addition, I’ve heard only good things about their other breakfast wraps. Plus, they serve breakfast all day, which is key for sleep-lovers such as myself.

lunch: Not gonna lie, I usually get breakfast for lunch when I come here since it’s so good; however, on this trip I decided to try that day’s $6 special — a steak burrito. I was underwhelmed to say the least. The flavor was pretty bland, and the presentation lacked. Also, the wait time that my compadre noted in her review made that experience an even bigger letdown.

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overall rating:

I was very surprised to see such a modern coffee & espresso menu. They use Illy — which is actually really good gourmet coffee and espresso. Continuing with my drink sweet tooth, I ordered a white chocolate mocha (reasonably priced at $3.50, and you can get them to go). While it wasn’t quite on the level of a Grouchy John’s, it was still well worth the price. They’ve also got some nice bottled beer and liquor choices for those looking for something more … adult.

The hole-in-the-wall feeling combined with the close proximity (literally steps away from the Carson office), great prices, and delicious breakfasty-goodness was enough to offset the long wait time and underwhelming steak burrito in my mind. I’ve gotten “Gauched” several times, and my overall experience has always been well above average. Stick with vthe breakfast wraps & sandwiches, coffees and empanadas, and you’ll be more than happy you did. Well, as long as you’ve got some time to wait for them. ...

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breakfast: Confession time: I don’t like eggs. That means that breakfast places in general don’t do a thing for me. The breakfast potatoes here are solid, and both the pancakes and French toast are crispy and delicious, but they’re not really my thing. This church-turned-restaurant has limited staff, so wait times are typically high, regardless of your party size. If you’re in a hurry it’s best to call ahead for pickup.

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lunch: I’m a fan of the hot sandwiches here, particularly the Hot Pastrami and the Rueben. For $8.95 you get a large sandwich served with fries or a garden-variety, iceberg lettuce salad. You may want to note that there aren’t too many healthy options here, and the few that are offered are pretty uninspired. Lunch here is best when I’m not counting calories.

extras: The varied menu includes everything from diner favorites to traditional Argentinean fare. Homemade empanadas are available in a variety of flavors for just $2 as are a variety of pastries — including an insanely delicious Dulce de Leche one — which are $1.

overall rating: I like the food here, and the coffee is outstanding, but the lack of healthy options and the speed of service take it down a few notches for me. I’m happy to “get Gauched” if I have loads of time or someone offers to call in my order for me, but I wouldn’t make a special trip.

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El Gaucho Luca’s Cafe & Deli 231 S. Third St., Suite #110 Las Vegas, NV 89104 702.384.3115 www.elgaucholucascafe.com

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SPA SHOW Right upstairs from the hustle and bustle of the gambling floor at the Golden Nugget, the chatter of its visitors, and whizzing traffic of Fremont Street, is Courtney Taylor’s oasis-like play space. Referring to herself as “the spa girl,” Courtney hails from New Jersey via UNLV’s hospitality college, has opened several spas in Las Vegas, and is on the board of the Las Vegas Spa Association (LVSA). She’s been the spa director at the Golden Nugget for five years. Courtney and her team go through boxes of products and see what works. Each treatment on the menu is unique to the spa.

The Golden Nugget Has a Little Gem By Mandy Crispin

The reception desk is nicely decorated, but then I walked into the actual spa lobby. All mirrors and mirrored doors, this space operates as a central hub to different areas of service. Quiet workers swiftly going here and there and in and out from behind what seemed like the walls were like ghosts. There’s no need for a do not disturb sign here. All employees speak in hushed voices and pleasantly calm rhythms, and as I was guided from one therapist to another I felt a bit as though I had entered some kind of dreamland where my fuzzybrained head had only to find the next warm place to lie down and relax again. Head, shoulders, knees and toes: Organic Soothing Massage The organic aromatherapy massage was a real treat. Attention to detail was what set the experience apart. Each massage room is equipped with a sink, and the therapist washed his hands before

beginning. As an additional perk, this made his hands warm, and that made me happy. The pedi: Red Velvet Pedicure I’m the kind of girl who looks for a deal — the last time I had a pedicure at a real spa was for a special occasion in 2008. But the $20 joints have their drawbacks … like club toe. I like a French manicure not because it has “French” in the name, as if I would suddenly become très chic if I got one, but because it’s supposed to look clean, pretty, and elegant in an understated but touch-of-glimmer kind of way: i.e., the little white line is supposed to be little, not thick — thick results in an awkward set of hugelooking toes. Lisa, my pedicurist, finally got it. I think I’m sold on paying the extra little bit of money to get it right and get something that lasts. Continued on page 31

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WDOWN The Golden Nugget Has a Little Gem (Part II) By Michael Boley Okay, guys. Before you go bashing spas and thinking it’s all girly to get your nails done, try this logic on for size. Every man wants to look their best to attract attention from the same or opposite sex. Whether this constitutes frequent haircuts, beard trims, or even manscaping, you want to look suave from top to (possibly waxing your) bottom … And what better way to take care and pamper yourself than hitting up the spa? With so much to take in, the Golden Nugget truly customizes its smorgasbord of amenities and packages to its male customer base.

Due to the combination of hunching over my screen at work and occasionally hitting the gym, this is exactly what I needed. The Sports massage is custom-created with various oils to target tired muscles and relieve stress points of dead tissue. With a dark backdrop and soothing surround sound music this hour-long rubdown had put me in a dazed relaxation. The massage therapist was extremely considerate and did not impede my session with chatter — which, let’s be honest, limited convo’s are at the top of all of our lists.

Having never been to a spa, one would anticipate the environment to be similar to a typical massage therapy/nail business. However, upon walking into the welcoming lobby I was greeted by my male concierge who directed me to the men’s passageway of bliss. At this point I was given water, moccasins, and a thick, cozy robe before being shown into the lounge. Taking in my surroundings I noticed the area was Hugh Hefner’ed out with leather armchairs, an LCD television, Jacuzzi, and a wet and dry sauna. The only thing missing was a box of Cuban cigars.

Next was the Gentleman’s Facial. As a person that uses the same face wash each morning, I was hesitant to have additional soaps lathered on in fear of skin irritation or breaking out, but was willing to give it a shot. The cleansing, which again lasted a full hour, had several aspects to it. The soaps and moisturizers massaged within smelled intoxicatingly fresh as well as what I assume were vegetables placed over my eyelids. Other stages included vapor steaming, hot and cold towel placement, plucking of blackheads and whiteheads, and the infamous head massage. This combination of facial treatment had put me in a Zen state of mind I did not want to relinquish. No aftereffect of skin irritation or breaking out was had.

As part of my day’s spa package, I was treated to the Sports Massage and Pedicure along with the Gentleman’s Facial … Something every guy should do. Here’s my POV:

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Head and shoulders above the rest: Absolute Pearl Brightening Facial Since, as I’ve pointed out, I’m usually not down to spend a lot, I’ve never tried a facial. It just seemed like too much hard-earned cash to pay someone to lather my face with cucumber cream (I can do that for ten bucks myself). After this spa treatment, I am a facial convert. First, Jessica, my spa artist as I’ve taken to calling her, blasted me with steam and removed my make-up as I lazily sat back on the heated massage table (talk about pampered). The whole time I wondered exactly what kind of vegetable was covering my eyes, but it turned out they were cotton rounds soaked in ice-cold water. Next was a lathering involving several steps followed by an exfoliation and then more slathering and lathering. A face massage (yes. a face massage), and neck, shoulders, arms, hands, and scalp massages followed all as I basked in the moisturizer, warmth, and nearly fell away to sleep. Attention to detail, which is very nearly core value number 11 for me, is apparent throughout the spa. Here I was, standing near the shower after being massaged ten different ways, slathered, lathered, clipped, painted and lotioned some more, looking like medusa gone all wrong, standing there, wondering how I was going to put my clothes on without ruining them with all this (lovely) gunk on me. A hair tie so I could take a quick rinse would have done the trick, but I didn’t think to bring one. Alas, there was an assortment of baskets with courtesy items in them, including one with hair ties. The showers are stocked with shampoo, conditioner, and bodywash, fresh, soft towels and personal one-time-use bath mats. Everything was so very clean and professional, but the ambiance was that of a splendid home bathroom where everything you need is at your fingertips — no need to haul everything back and forth. And for shy ladies, there is even a changing room. I say, it’s super easy to get downtown and try out this experience for yourself, so what are you doing sitting here with me? Get on the phone and schedule yourself some spa time so you’re fresh on Valentine’s Day, or any day!

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The Sports Pedi was the next and final stop on the tour. My feet are definitely no Lloyd Christmas, but could have used some sparkle. As I sat in the personally controlled massage chair with my feet resting in warm water, the pedicurist went at it. Each foot was scrubbed for dead skin followed by a relaxed lathering of creams. My nails were clipped, buffed, and polished to perfection and looked amazingly better than before. Added Bonus: my toenails are snag-free when putting on socks! In conclusion, guys, there’s nothing wrong with pampering yourself at the spa. You already groom yourself at home, so release those bad toxins and leave the Golden Nugget looking and feeling even more mansome than you already are.

“... an additional perk, this made his hands warm, and that made me happy.”

Spa at the Golden Nugget Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino 129 E. Fremont St. Las Vegas, NV 89101 702.386.8186 Spa and Gym Hours 6 am−8 pm (7 days a week) Locals discount, 7 days a week, is 20% (All Products and Services); for special employee pricing see the Wiki. For additional information contact Courtney Taylor ctaylor@goldennugget.com

Check out what The Spa has to offer: ● Fully equipped cardiovascular and weight training room ● Whirlpool, Steam, Sauna, Locker Room Facilities and Spray Tanning

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Before you dis package mixes, try my twist! By Mandy Crispin

Start to finish: 1–3 hours Ninja Choppers: 30 mins., Relaxed Lollygaggers: approx. 1 hour

Serves 4 Make the *fondue recipe on the back of the Parma Rosa® Pasta Sauce Mix package in one pot and combine all other sauce ingredients in a separate pot to start.

Ingredients:

light cream 1 box rigatoni pasta

1 package Knorr® Parma Rosa® Pasta Sauce Mix

1 cup milk

½ cup light cream

2 tbsp. vodka (*optional)

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

In separate pot:

1 can cream of mushroom condensed soup

Optional:

½ can of water

½ can crushed tomatoes

(to be added to soup)

½ –1 diced red bell pepper

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2 minced! habanero peppers (*optional but recommended — warning these are hot)

Diced carrots, Freshly cut broccoli, Diced chicken

Directions: If you are making diced chicken and steamed carrots and broccoli, work in the process of cooking those, separately, at any point depending on planned total cook time; note that it is better to let the sauce sit on low heat (stirring often) for a while (recommend at least one hour) once it’s complete so the flavors melt together.

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Blend Knorr® Parma Rosa sauce mix, milk, cream and vodka in small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low, then stir in cheeses. Simmer, stirring frequently, until cheeses are melted and mixture is thickened, about 2 minutes.

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Combine the two pots; stir often; allow habaneros time to melt into the sauce (you do not want to bite into a raw piece); salt to taste.

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At the plating stage, I like to place rigatonis, dress with sauce, top with diced chicken, and ring around the steamed veggies.

Enjoy!

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1. Nina Fotina

2. MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Small Travel Tote

3. Love Quotes Linen Hand Knotted Tassel

“A classic silhouette made for your sophisticated, modern woman this V-Day with this pretty in pink tote!”

“This easy gift and its red color pairs nicely with the love you truly adorn for her.”

4. Betsey Johnson Gold Status Yummy Ring

5. Guess U0113L2

6. Betsey Johnson Gold Status Love Heart Charm Necklace

“Let her know how good she tastes with this scrumptious gold ring decoration.”

“Sprinkle her wrist with love and let her be reminded how much you care with each passing second of the day.”

“Show her your love means business with this shimmering statement-saying necklace.”

Price: $82 SKU: 8148895

“You love her long time so give her your heart … and a space to carry all of her necessities.”

Price: $65 SKU: 8100628

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Price: $228 SKU: 7934650

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Feb. 14 Items selelcted by the Bags & Accessories Team

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1. Lacoste L!VE L670S

2. würkin stiffs Gingham Blue Cufflinks

3. würkin stiffs Wurkin RFID Blocked Wallet

“Protect his gorgeous eyes as your love radiates brighter than the sun with these studly shades!”

“Keep your man looking good and feeling your pampered love with these majestic cufflinks.”

“Let him know he doesn’t have to buy your love on Valentine’s Day, or any other, with this classically constructed wallet.”

4. Calvin Klein Encounter Holiday Gift Set

5. Tommy Bahama RLX1184

6. Fossil Double Wrap with Zipper

“Nuzzle deep into his scent and expect several encounters with him on this Cupid’s Day!”

“Keep yourself on his mind no matter how hectic his schedule gets with this sporty timepiece.”

“Wrap your love tight around his wrist all year long with this bracelet’s trendy style!”

Price: $138 SKU: 8122570

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V-Day

The Bachelor(ettes): You count your blessings this day only comes once a year. The constant hoopla of flowers, cards, chocolates, dinners, and jewelry can get out of control and on your nerves quick. Instead, don’t think of Valentine’s Day as Singles Awareness Day (S.A.D. for short), but rather a day to do what you want on your own time. Here are some options to lay out your evening:

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5:30 pm: Tacos El Gordo Get down and dirty out of the gate with some south of the border flavor. With an assortment of Mexican dishes and a palette of fresh flavors this place will keep you coming back for more. The carne asada fries, al pastor, and chorizo tacos are all top-notch choices for your dining pleasure. Yelp: 4.5 stars 6:30 pm: The Lady Silvia Travel a few blocks west and get your libations on during happy hour at the Lady Silvia from 5 to 8 pm. This library decorated speakeasy has specialty cocktails and bottle service along with a relaxed vibe of music that is sure to appease. Yelp: 4 stars 7:45 pm: The D LONGBAR Afraid you might miss the big game? Head over to the LONGBAR inside The D where action and flat screen TV’s are aplenty. Grab a few cocktails to keep the buzz going … And if you’re team is faltering late in the fourth, swing your chair around and check out the dancers on the casino floor. Yelp: No available rating 9:15 pm: Insert Coin(s) End your evening on Fremont East duping Bowser or mastering the art of Mortal Kombat at this adult video arcade and bar. With no shortage of entertainment and Scooby Snacks galore you’ll surely end your night on a gamer’s high. Yelp: 3.5 stars 35

Whether you’re just immersing yourself into a new relationship or have been dating this special someone for a while now, plan out this V-Day with an evening chalk full of fun! After work, give yourself plenty of time to shower and shave before picking up your honey at her doorstep. Present to her a passionate kiss and your gift before escorting her downtown at the following spots:

6:15 pm: Sweet Spot Candy Shop Begin by treating your pudding pop to an assortment of candies and chocolates for heart palpitating pleasure. Choose from an array of chewy taffy to succulent Lemonheads that will undoubtedly get your tongue tingling. Alas, save those specialty chocolates for lights out when you both get home. Yelp: 5 stars

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The Married Couple Your wedding vows were exchanged years ago, and the passion still hasn’t subsided. Treat your one and only to a very special evening with varied entertainment and outstanding food. Set up the babysitter in advance and request her to get off early so you both can enjoy a much-needed evening together.

4:45 pm: Spa and Salon – The Golden Nugget Pamper your sweetheart with a mani or pedi at the only full-service spa downtown. This spectacular spa caters to singles and couples alike with relaxing scrubs, lotions, and nail filings to make any claw sparkle like cubic zirconia. Yelp: 4 stars

7:00 pm: Chart House – Golden Nugget A meal with a view! Dine in front of a 75,000 gallon tropical fish aquarium located at the Golden Nugget’s Rush Tower. With top-of-the-catch seafood, grade-A steaks, and a fun, lively atmosphere, your little guppy is sure to be pleased! Yelp: 4 stars

6:00 pm: Oscar’s – The Plaza Give the love of your life a night to remember at the Mayor’s succulent steakhouse. As your meat is being cooked to perfection on its 600-degree grill, splurge on some fine wine and gaze from your darling’s eyes to the breathtaking view of downtown’s Fremont Experience. Yelp: 3.5 stars 7:30 pm: Gordie Brown – The Golden Nugget Travel back to the Nugget and get ready to laugh hysterically with the allencompassing entertainer, Gordie Brown. Known for his high-energy celebrity impressions and singing, this 90-minute act caters to the more mature audience, but nonetheless is definitely one to see.

8:30 pm: Commonwealth Next, stroll east hand-in-hand on Fremont to one of the newest bars on the block. Commonwealth offers an eclectic list of beverage options tailored to what you and yours fancy. Enjoy the fantastical artwork and shimmering chandeliers before heading rooftop to enjoy its intimate scene.

Yelp: 4 stars

Yelp: 4 stars

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9:30 pm: Don’t Tell Mama End your evening on a high note at this piano and karaoke bar as you snuggle close to your baby. The atmosphere is quite pleasing as well as its drinks served by the mic’d up bartenders. Nothing says “I love you” more than requesting your wedding song that’s near and dear to both of your hearts.

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By: Rosalind Searcy

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What else is in your background? I’ve always been a retailer since I was in high school. After school I started managing stores, for the most part luxury goods stores … Giorgio Armani, Gucci, most recently Loro Piana, and I oversaw a couple stores for them. After about five years with Loro Piana I was laid off, and I was at the point in my career where I could move on to the next thing. When I first got to Vegas, I was exploring neighborhoods, and I was in downtown and thought ... it’s so cool. But 10 years ago there was no Juhl, no SoHo, no Newport Lofts, I couldn’t find what I wanted downtown, and I thought, “someone needs do something,” … and now I’m part of that someone! I started researching businesses, and I knew it was going to be downtown, but I didn’t know what it was going to be. When did you realize you wanted to open your own candy store? Sometimes people ask me, “Did you always want to have a candy store?” Really, no! I always wanted to be downtown and have a business. Why downtown? Where else would it be? I don’t want to be in one of the monster casinos. The thing I love about my shop is I’m right on the street, and I literally, every morning, go outside and sweep the front porch like back in the day. I go out and sweep up the leaves like I’m in a metropolis city like New York. It just feels like I’m part of the community — I know the neighbors, and the neighbors know me. It just feels so different, and you just can’t get that in Summerlin. You can’t get that in Henderson. That doesn’t exist; it only exists downtown. How long did it take you to find your location? I worked with a real estate friend who grew up here, and she has a lot of ties to the community. We looked at a couple of spaces, but none of them were quite right. I’m always driving, checking things out, looking at neighborhoods downtown, especially because it’s changing so quickly now. I was driving by the space, and I just saw it. So I parked, got out the car, peeked in the windows, took a couple pictures of the exterior, sent them to my agent and asked her to work on it and see what ISSUE 11

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she found. The building was built in ‘64 and there’s that great old mid-century brick outside on the façade … . I knew I could infuse the look with a more modern space, so that appealed to me. Tell us about your candy shop! The store – I wanted the product to really shine, so I used very little color. Now when you look at the space you see these great pops of hot pink, but the candy itself is backed in white. All the fixtures are white, the walls are white, the floors went dark grey, and we laid a new floor on the old concrete floor. I wanted the space to be really minimal and for the candy to really speak. The fixtures have clean lines, there’s very little embellishment, and the candy itself is in the glass jars and really becomes the focus. Product – I call them categories. I have five or six categories. One that was really important to me [was] to pay homage to the neighborhood and the building … so a lot of the candies in the store are retro candy you just can’t find anymore. Can you name a few vintage candies? The oldies – Chick-O-Stick, Zaggnut, GooGoo Cluster, then some old ones for the early 1900s. I think 1918 is when Idaho Spud came out. If you had been to Idaho you know Idaho Spud, but most of the country doesn’t. I did research in finding very unique candy that would bring back memories. The gummies – I wanted to appeal to kids and adults. … I did my best to find some real unique ones like gummy army men and the peachy penguins. Some of those have become the best sellers because they’re unique. The taffy – I didn’t realize how much I love taffy until I started selling taffy. I have 20 flavors, and I rotate out a couple of them once a month, so I’m always getting something different. The taffies are awesome — chewy and sweet. Some unique flavors are maple bacon, frosted cupcake, and buttered popcorn.

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Most people have an interesting story of how they came to live in Las Vegas … I was working in Dallas, Texas working for Gucci; my background is luxury goods. Gucci asked me to move to Las Vegas, and I honestly had been to Las Vegas maybe once when I was a kid and never since then. It wasn’t really on my radar; it wasn’t my town, so I thought. So, without hesitating, I said yes! It was almost 10 years ago. Vegas has been awesome for me, and that’s what got me here.

The gourmet chocolates – I work with a manufacture in northern California and they’re extraordinary! These are some really, really beautiful chocolates: some caramels, covered nuts, some fruit chocolates. They are really beautiful and elegant. Retro sodas – In glass bottles! I searched high and low … because there’s nothing like a soda out of a glass bottle. I don’t have Coke; I don’t have Pepsi. I don’t have any of that common stuff. I have five or six different flavors from the Popshop, originally from Southern California; Big Red from Texas, which is a real sweet cream soda; Bubble Up, even older than 7-UP

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and is a lemon lime soda; and I’ve got unique flavors like peach, strawberry, and all the grapefruit flavors. Share the pink dog. Why the pink dog? Why not be a pink dog? I need there to be a mascot. I’m a goofy guy, and I wanted there to be some whimsy … and that dog has been great because people want to take their picture with [it]. Do you have a favorite candy store that inspired you? There is a couple I took a bit of inspiration from: one in San Francisco called the Candy Store, and they’ve got a really clean aesthetic; they also use the glass containers. Mine is much more interactive. If you come into Sweet Spot Candy Shop, you scoop your own candy … and can mix things together and get a little bit of everything, and then the next time you come back you really know what you want. There’s another store in Phoenix called Smeeks. That store is a cool candy store, but it has a lot of other stuff. I didn’t want to do all the novelties and the toys, but that store has a little bit of edge to them; it has a cool vibe. Did you eat candy as a child? I had strict parents. My father was a physician, so if there was candy in the house it was dark chocolate, and that was pretty much it. What’s been a lot of fun for me is seeing the response of my customers who see something they remember as a kid and that for me is brand new. I’m enjoying [the candy] for the first time, but they are enjoying it again after years of not having seen

it. Outside of your own efforts, what else is inspiring you about the current movement downtown? I don’t even know where to start. I’m trying to absorb all the projects and everything that’s happening, but it’s hard to keep up because there is so much. I don’t have one source to go to for information, but I’m constantly trying to see what’s going on. Tell us where you are located. The shop is on Las Vegas Boulevard. I’m right between Garces and Bonneville, directly across from the Graceland Wedding Chapel. Do you have any words of advice for Zappos employees as we transition downtown? I would say explore. When you get on foot and start walking around, you find little hidden gems. Like I said before, I don’t find one place to get all my information. I have to absorb from different places, and over time we’ll all learn where to go for what we’re looking for. First thing that comes to mind when I say, “Favorite downtown…” Restaurant: Le Thai Bar: I apologize, I’m not a bar guy Monthly event: First Friday Random Place: Swag Antiques Surprise: The community and how people come together! Misconception: That it’s really rough and tough, when in reality it’s great people, very community based.

Sweet Spot Candy Shop 616 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Across from the Graceland Wedding Chapel)

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Clockwise: Exterior, before Sweet Spot, Gummy Rings, Exterior after Sweet Spot and Interior.

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Fashion Shoot

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Above: TJ: shirt, LNA jacket, Cohesive scarf, Kelly Cardenas pants, Adriano Goldschmied necklace, M. Cohen

Julie: skirt, Valerie Tolosa Signature shirt, Junk Food hat, Goorin Bros. pony hair clutch, Streets Ahead bracelet, Love Heals earrings, Pink Paisley

Left: TJ: shirt, J.C. Rags jacket, Scotch and Soda pants, J.A.C.H.S. bow tie, L รก Barr

Julie: dress, ABYSS by Abby clutch, Minx Los Feliz bracelet, Street Ahead

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LUCKY WENZEL | PHOTOGRAPHY Hello downtown neighbors! Come by and visit the humble studio of Lucky’s Camera. Lucky Wenzel is a locally based, award-winning photographer striving to craft photography that prompts people to act. Lucky Wenzel Photography provides professional headshot photography specifically formatted for your published or social media needs. Book your in-studio or on-location photography session today. Lucky studio is located at: 620 S. 11th St. Suite 140 Las Vegas, NV 89101 702.506.8138 lucky@luckywenzelphotography.com Lucky Wenzel Photography www.luckywenzelphotography.com www.luckyscamera.com www.theaclv.com Above: TJ henley, Black Hearts Brigade cardigan, Cohesive & Co. pants, Zanarobe necklace, M. Cohen

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Julie: dress, Gypsy waxed denim jacket, James Jeans necklace, Love Heals

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Fun & Weird

BOleY’s CRYSTAL BALLS It’s been one full month into the New Year, and you’re feeling so-so. Transitioning from January, the month of February is guaranteed to have a few surprises up its sleeve. If you’ve been feeling lost, don’t worry because this month’s signs has been fact-checked by Punxsutawney’s notoriously always right groundhog. However, unlike our furry friend you should never be scurred of your own shadow. Embrace the light you are given each day, and if you do, you’ll thrive out of winter within the next six weeks.

Aquarius Jan. 20 – Feb. 18 All of your friends are getting engaged, and you’re left scratching your chin. However, St. Valentine is sure to spotlight you this month by shooting three arrows deep into your rump. This increase in action will make your package-deal friends Costco crates full of jelly.

Pisces Feb 19 - Mar 20

Aries Mar 21 - Apr 19

Looking to get your finances on the right track, you subscribe to Mint.com. At first this idea seems brilliant. However, your constant shopping habits will clog your inbox with e-mail notifications of overspending. Numb your senses with discounted gin from Lee’s.

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What would you do with a drunken sailor? … Probably anything. Be safe and load up from the pharmacy this month. Remember, there’s an Rx for that!

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Taurus Apr 20 - May 20

Virgo Aug 23 - Sept 22

You want to take a new lease on life … possibly in the form of a car. You already rent and have credit card bills and outstanding loans. Get a ladder and chisel away because you’re about to raise your personal debt ceiling!

You’ve done well on your diet so far this year and are on track for pool season! It’s a shame your clothes will soon hang off your silhouette. But with beer brats, burgers, and BBQ chicken right around the bend, you’ll once again slip into the pitfalls of dieting hell.

Libra Sept 23 - Oct 22 Patience is your greatest virtue this month. The old you would grumble about having to wait through five seconds worth of YouTube ads before clicking the skip button. Soon you’ll be able to distract yourself for the full 30 seconds without cursing up a storm!

Gemini May 21 - Jun 20 For the majority of you, your cooking skills range from mediocre to exceptional. However, if you fall into the poor category now is the time to change. Start by getting more from the grocery store than just tortilla chips and hummus and splurge on penne noodles, red sauce, and parmesan. Just say when.

Scorpio Oct 23 - Nov 21 Cold season is getting the best of you with nonstop sniffling and a wet cough. Imagine how miserable others feel having to listen to it all day. Stop being selfish and go home, and don’t come back until you’re well.

Cancer Jun 21 - Jul 22 As you walk to and fro whether it be at work or visiting your grandmother at the home, you always get hassled by the smokers calling you an L7. Wanting to fit in, you turn to electronic cigarettes. This not only helps your popularity, but it also makes you look Joe Cool without having to bum a light from nana.

Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21 Your phone hasn’t seen the inside of your pocket in weeks due to your incessant need to snap photos of everything. Lay off the Instagram because unless you get a real camera, you’re not a true photographer.

Leo Jul 23 - Aug 22 This month you’ll find a direct correlation between your ergonomically incorrect posture and being too nice to others. You don’t have to be an MD to figure out that you need a spine. Stand up straight, and you’ll have fewer pains in your side.

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Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 19 You’re pushing out projects and meeting deadlines like it’s nobody’s biz this month, but your Oprah-junky manager is getting suspicious. To avoid the possibility of PED testing, hide your awards and stay off the radar until this whole Lance thing blows over.

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AXPWMCQWORDPDCMYNG ODMRNCSEARCHPMMUNZ Security Word Search Security is essential to happiness in the workplace. Opening the Carson office made us — and the partners we work with — better prepared for our big move to 400 Stewart this fall. How well do you know the security already in place downtown? Find the names of the garage and building security guards (plus the name of one our favorite Metro officers) in the puzzle below. The name of our resident Safety Regulator is also hidden somewhere in this puzzle. Figured it out? Send your guess to afadool@zappos.com for bragging rights and 5 zollars.

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JUST THE

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Flu-pocalypse

Now?

Dear Peeps: I won’t say I Told You So. But …

Now y’all may have read about the flu vaccine being about 62% effective. This rate refers to ALL age groups, including the very old and very young — groups that typically don’t mount good immune responses from the vaccine. The efficacy is higher in the majority of folks, and sometimes if it doesn’t prevent flu it at least lessens the symptoms. In any case — unlike in the condom industry — a 62 percent rate of protection is MUCH better than zero percent. At least, that’s what my high school math teacher keeps telling me (I was held back … A LOT).

Recall, dear readers, that at our August 2012 All Hands Meeting I implored everyone to take advantage of the free flu shots that Zappos was offering. We also did a free flu shot clinic in Downtown in October that was a huge success. Still, I suspect that many Zapponians thought I was like Chicken Little running around shouting about the sky falling. Well, NOW who’s little? Oh ... still me I guess. Regardless of my height, the sky IS falling. The flu season is in full effect, slamming the country into submission … Gangnam style. (Sorry, too soon?)

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And not to scare you guys, but influenza can KILL. Even people like you. So it’s not too late: go get your flu shot on, for your sake and for the sake of our community, at any healthcare provider (CVS/Walgreens does ‘em for cheap, too). And if you find yourself sick with flu, rest, drink fluids, take Tylenol, and talk to a doc if you can’t control symptoms or have trouble breathing. Together, we can shoot down flu like, well uh, Flupac! (Sorry, too soon?) ****************** Zubin Damania, MD Downtown Project, Las Vegas

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Las Vegas Academy: “Oklahoma!” end our senior year the way we began it … Together!” Rehearsals for the musical are usually every day after school until 6 p.m. “It is hard sometimes when it comes to academics; we have to maintain good grades in order to be in the show and that really pushes everyone to work extra hard,” says Kelley Flaherty who plays Gertie. Andrews, playing Mrs. Parker, practices his part away from school and rehearsals. “I walk around in the house with my cowboy outfit on and I rope my family. That is not a joke,” he says.

Here at Las Vegas Academy, February is a big month for us. Between the Sadie Hawkins Dance (the nontraditional dance in which girls invite boys) and the opening of the musical “Oklahoma!”, students are busier than ever. Musical mania paused on Saturday, Feb. 9 to celebrate ‘Sadies,’ themed “Love Around The World,” where couples show up to the school dance sporting matching outfits. After that weekend, though, it’s crunch time for students involved in the musical. After months of rehearsals, the production dates are set to begin Feb. 21 and go until March 9, when the performances will come to a close. “Oklahoma!” is one of the less popular musicals LVA has done in quite a few years. Before the musical was officially announced in November, students had heard that the musical would be “Chess.” “‘Chess’ or ‘Oklahoma!’? Hmmm hard decision,” says Casey Andrews, a cast member, with a hint of sarcasm. Vocal major Allison Conelly describes the musical as “a classic [that] will draw people in for ticket sales.” “Oklahoma!” was written by Rodgers and Hammerstein in the 1940s. This “Great

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American Musical” is set in the Western plains at the beginning of the 1900s. It portrays a “high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys” and, like all good musicals, a forbidden love story between the two main characters. This is a special year for both the school and the musical. This year, LVA is celebrating its 20 years of existence as a magnet school and it also happens to be the 70th anniversary of “Oklahoma!”, part of the reason it was chosen this year. Students come together from all majors, the biggest groups from the theater, dance, and music departments. Auditions for the musical were held over a period of a few days, taking place months before rehearsals began, and were open to the entire school. Of the 300 students who auditioned, 10 percent — 30 students — were cast as members (excluding production team, technicians, and pit members). The cast said they enjoy having a small group of students because they all get to know each other very well and become like a family.

For many cast members, “Oklahoma!” will be their last musical at Las Vegas Academy. “I feel my time has been maximized by the opportunities I have been blessed to receive and the amount of hard work and dedication I have given to the theater department,” Ivey says. After working so hard each year, musicals are always something for teachers and students alike to be proud of. “I think the show is going to be spectacular and no one will want to miss it,” says Ivey. “Oklahoma!” opens Thursday, Feb. 21, and tickets can be purchased at www.lvacademytheatre.org. Las Vegas Academy of the Arts 315 S. Seventh St. Las Vegas, NV 89101 702.855.9729

Leads in the musical include Laurey, played by senior theater major Kara Overlien, and Curly, played by a fellow senior theater major Kyle Ivey. Overlien says, “It’s really bittersweet because Ivey was the only other freshman theater major in “West Side Story” (performed in 2009), and now we get to

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FEBRUARY 2013

ISSUE 11


Fabulous Downtown Valentine’s Day Las Vegas is not just the “Entertainment Capital of the World,” but it is also the “Wedding Capital of the World.” With dozens of wedding chapels dotting the landscape Las Vegas has become a popular destination for couples to tie the knot, especially around Valentine’s Day. Since Nevada liberalized its marriage and divorce laws back in the 1930s, it has become a mecca for celebrity weddings, too. Pepsi-Cola magnate Alfred Steele and Joan Crawford married at the Flamingo in 1955; Sammy Davis, Jr. and Loray White got hitched at the Sands in 1958; Betty White and Allen Ludden got married at the Sahara in 1963; Elvis Presley and Priscilla Beaulieu tied the knot at the Aladdin in 1967. Heck! Even Britney Spears married Jason Alexander at the Little White Wedding Chapel in 2004, albeit for only 55 hours! So, if cupid caught you with one of his magical arrows this Valentine’s, why not get hitched in Las Vegas?!

More info about Paco, visit: www.lvartsandculture.blogspot.com For a listing of exhibitions featuring photographs from the Las Vegas News Bureau’s archives, visit: www.visitlasvegas.com/lvnbexhibits


THE DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS MAP OF AWESOMENESS 405 RESTAURANTS 100 The Beat Coffeehouse 520 Fremont St. 702.385.2328

101 Le Thai

523 Fremont St. 702.778.0888

102 Triple George Grill 201 N. Third St. 702.384.2761

103 Tacos El Gordo

1724 E. Charleston Blvd. 702.251.8226

104 Chicago Joe’s

820 S. Fourth St. 702.382.5637 www.chicagojoesrestaurant.com

105 Bar+Bistro

107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite #155 702.202.6060

106 Mundo – A Culinary Haute Spot 495 S. Grand Central Pkwy. 702.270-4400

107 Courthouse Bar & Grill 330 S. Third St. 702.388-8222

108 City Centre Café 375 Lewis Ave. 702.383.4055

109 El Gaucho Luca’s Café & Deli 231 S. Third St., Suite #110 702.384.3115 www.elgaucholucascafe.com 110 Viva Las Arepas

1516 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.336.9696

111 Subway

600 E. Fremont St. 702.302.5020

112 Simpo Sandwich

300 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite #101 702.868.0215

113 Jason’s Deli

100 City Pkwy. 702.366.0130

114 The Verdicts Inn

801 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.837.3428

115 Luv It Frozen Custard 505 E. Oakey Blvd. 702.384.6452

116 Lola’s:

A Louisiana Kitchen 241 W. Charleston Blvd. #101 702.227.5652

117 Casa Don Juan Restaurant

BARS, LOUNGES & NIGHTCLUBS 118 eat.

707 Carson Ave. 702.534.1515 www.eatdowntownlv.com

119 Du-Par’s

Restaurant & Bakery 1 Fremont St. (Inside Golden Gate) 702.385.1906

120 Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop Regional Justice Center 200 Lewis Ave. 702.631.1112 www.capriottis.com

121 El Sombrero Café 807 S. Main St. 702.382.9234

122 Kabob Corner

507 Fremont St. 702.384.7722

123 Uncle Joe’s Pizza 505 Fremont St. 702.385.2162

124 Big Ern’s BBQ

102 S. Seventh St. 702.834.7845 www.bigernsbbq.com

125 Pop Up Pizza

1 Main St. 702.366.0049 www.popuppizzalv.com

126 Denny’s

450 Fremont St. (Inside Neonopolis) 702.471.0056 www.dennys.com

127 Rachael’s Kitchen

150 N. Las Vegas Blvd. (Inside Retail Space at Ogden) www.rachelskitchen.com

200 Downtown Cocktail Room (DCR) 111 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.880.3696

201 Lady Silvia

900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. www.theladysilvia.com

202 Artifice

1025 S. First St. 702.489.6339

105 Bar+Bistro

107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite #155 702.202.6060

203 Beauty Bar

517 Fremont St., Suite #A 702.598.1965 www.thebeautybar.com/las_vegas

204 Dino’s Lounge

1516 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.382.3894

205 Drink & Drag

450 Fremont St., Suite #250 702.522.8488 www.drinkanddrag.com

206 The Griffin

511 Fremont St. 702.382.0577 207 Hogs & Heifers Saloon 201 N. 3rd St., Suite #130 702.676.1457 www.hogsandheifers.com

208 Insert Coin(s)

512 Fremont St. 702.447.2525 www.insertcoinslv.com

209 Vangaurd Lounge

516 Fremont St. 702.868.7800 www.vanguardlv.com

210 Commonwealth

525 E. Fremont St. 702.798.7000 www.commonwealthlv.com

211 Backstage Bar & Billiards

601 E. Fremont St. 702.382.2223 www.backstagebarandbilliards.com

212 Bunkhouse

124 S. 11th St. 702.384.4536 www.bunkhouselv.com

213 Don’t Tell Mama 517 Fremont St. 702.207.0788

301 Zappos Stewart Campus

113

400 Stewart Ave.

701

700 Real Results Gym 1301

302 Zappos Stewart Campus Parking 260 N. Las Vegas Blvd. Located directly south of 400 Stewart Building Enter via Fourth Street.

701 24hr Fitness

100 City Pkwy., Suite #160 702.824.9614

1501

125

303 Zappos Carson Office

301 302

302 E. Carson Ave. 6th Floor 702.943.7777 #8530

304 Carson Office

Parking Garage 304 E. Carson Ave. Enter via Fourth Street

1201 S. Commerce St. paul@realresultsfitness.com

1502

207 102

802

106

303 304

1400

RETAIL SHOPS, BOUTIQUES & SALONS

109

400 Coterie

515 Fremont St.

900

401 Globe Salon

120

1504

1000

127

200

217 N. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.384.8444 www.goldspike.com

800

802 The D Las Vegas 301 Fremont St. 702.388.2400 www.thed.com

124

CITY SERVICES

118

108

900 Las Vegas City Hall 495 S. Main St. 702.229.6011

602 212

HIGH-RISE LIVING 1000 The Ogden

123

403 Vintage Vegas Antiques

122

404 Vexed By Design

1017 First St., Suite #185 702.275.7141 www.vexedlv.com

1002

121

400

1600

209 206

203

616 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.815.1277 www.facebook.com/SweetSpotCandyShop

1003

104

COFFEE SPOTS

1204 1205 1203

1201 105

112

1300

520 Fremont St. 702.385.2328

100 Emergency Arts

401 201 1202

110 204

100 /usr/lib (Tech Library)

ART STUDIOS

601 1001

1206

200 Hoover Ave. 702.387.0093

COMMUNITY SPACES

600

403

1003 Newport Lofts

315 S. 7th St. 800.585.3737

103

1204 S. Main St. 702.384.8070 www.casadonjuanlv.com

210

1100 Las Vegas Academy

000

116

700 117 402

213

SCHOOLS

201

202

100

211

114

GROCERY 1760 E. Charleston Blvd. 702.366.1550 601 Resnick’s Grocery 900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.982.2999 602 Cake World Bakery 220 N. Maryland Pkwy. 702.471.7111

208 101

405 Sweet Spot Candy Shop

600 Albertsons Grocery

150 N. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.685.0300 1001 Soho Lofts 900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.383.0979 1002 Juhl Lofts 353 E. Bonneville Ave. 702.754.6300 www.juhlst.com

1100

1411 S. Main St. 702.539.0799

520 Fremont St. 702.385.328 1201 Arts Factory 107 E. Charleston Blvd. 702.383.3133 1202 Amanda Harris Gallery 900 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Suite #150 702.269.6036 Amanda.nelle@gmail.com 1203 Art Square

115

1204 Gainsburg Studio, Inc.

1039 S. Main St. 702.249.3200 www.gainsburgstudio.com 1205 Open Air Printers 1039 S. Main St., Suite #150 702.870.9946 www.goldwellmuseum.org 1206 Blackbird Studios

1551 S. Commerce St., Suite #A 702.782.0319 www.blackbirdstudioslv.com

801 Gold Spike Hotel & Casino

111

1211 S. Main St. 702.776.6222 www.patindecorlv.com

300 S. Fourth St. #7 702.759.3426

600 Fremont St. 800.634.6703

127

402 Patina Décor

100 The Beat Coffeehouse 520 Fremont St. 702.385.2328 500 Starbucks

800 El Cortez

500

107

900 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Suite #130 702.938.4247 www.globesalon.com

119

HOTEL & CASINOS

Less than 1 mile North along Las Vegas Blvd.

1503

801

126 205

FUN FOR FEBRUARY

FITNESS

ZAPPOS CAMPUSES

1025 S. First St. Las Vegas, NV 89101 www.artsquarelv.com

RE-OCURRING EVENTS 1300 First Friday Main Hub

Casino Center Boulevard Between Colorado Street & California Street

1301 Downtown 3rd Farmers Market

300 Block of North Main Street Directly Next To The Mob Museum

ENTERTAINMENT 1400 The Smith Center

361 Symphony Park Ave. 702.749.2000 1401 Art Square Theater 1025 S. First St. 702.308.8087 info@artsquarelv.com

MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS 1501 The Mob Museum

300 Stewart Ave. 702.229.2732

1502 Old Las Vegas Fort

500 E. Washington Ave. 702.486.3511

1504 Natural History Museum

900 N. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.384.3466

1503 Lied Discovery Children’s

Museum 833 N. Las Vegas Blvd. 702.382.3445

LEGAL SERVICES 1600 Craig P. Kenny & Associates

501 S. Eight St. 702.380.2800 www.cpklaw.com

HEALTH & WELLNESS 1700 Dr. Azimi DDS

820 S. Seventh St. 702.759.0005


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