MonteLago Village shops take bow

HENDERSON, Nev. -- By later this summer or early fall, a veritable Italian village is set to spring to life on the shores of the vast 320-acre Lake Las Vegas here.

About one-third of the 33 or so shops and restaurants that will make up the commercial portion of Vancouver-based Intrawest Corp.'s MonteLago Village already have debuted, with more readying to open their doors almost on a daily basis, according to Sharon Allen, the village's executive director.

"MonteLago Village is a pedestrian village inspired by the Mediterranean fishing villages in Italy," Allen said. "It's quaint-looking and will offer everything from different food and beverage venues to nightlife and boutiques."

The architecture of the village favors arches and columns as well as earthy tones mingling with blue, yellow and pink pastel colors.

The village, which is located adjacent to the recently opened Ritz-Carlton Lake Las Vegas, will be composed of three different sections, or neighborhoods, each with its own flavor -- Via Brianza, Via Bel Canto and Costa Di Lago.

The Via Brianza, for example, "is very upscale and elegant," Allen said.

Among the shops are Da Mincci Jewelers, which has merchandise ranging from $45,000 martini glasses to Concorde watches; Frangelo! Floral & Gifts; and Cosmo's Steakhouse featuring steaks and fine wines.

The Via Bel Canto, on the other hand, "is more of a fun street, with businesses such as Splash Bath & Body, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Pizzamania and Starbucks," she said.

Lastly, there's the Costa di Lago, which, Allen said, promises to be a lively harbor and port area.

"It's right on the water," she said. "There's going to be a nightclub and a lot of food and beverages down there."

A variety of activities are planned for the village area, Allen said. -- A.B.

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33 places to shop and eat at MonteLago Village

By Amy Baratta

HENDERSON, Nev. -- When all of the shops and restaurants finally open at MonteLago Village this fall, visitors to the Lake Las Vegas Resort property will have upwards of 33 new venues to explore.

"For the most part, the stores are family-owned," said Sharon Allen, executive director of MonteLago Village. "It's a very eclectic mix. You won't find a lot of similar-type businesses."

Folowing are descriptions of some of these shops, listed according to the village "neighborhoods" where they're located.

Via Brianza

• Alexander Perfumes & Cosmetics sells skin-care products, cosmetics and fragrances from around the world.

• Moonbeams, dubbed "a lifestyle store for women," will feature a complete line of women's apparel.

• Da Mincci Jewelers hasmerchandise ranging from custom-made, $45,000 martini glasses to Concorde watches and men's accessories.

• Collectors' Fine Arts showcases original art work, graphics, glass and sculpture. The shop also has its own glass artisan studio on Via Mediterraneo where visitors can see glass being blown.

• Frangelo! Floral & Gifts sells fresh flowers and gift baskets.

• Buzz features men's and boy's casual clothing.

• Village Golf Shop offers golf apparel and accessories.

• Village Bakery & Deli is a casual eatery serving the like of croissants and salads.

• Como's Steakhouse features steaks and fine wines.

Via Bel Canto

• Cafe Ted, a casual eatery, has a fun twist: All of its furnishings, from the hand-painted furniture to its German drinking glasses and French flatware, are for sale.

• Edin Boutique sells women's fashions for 20- through 60-somethings.

• Artisan Glass Gallery offers hand-blown glass pieces for sale.

• Splash Bath & Body is a fun place to buy pampering products.

• Dublin's is a sports bar by day and a nightclub after sundown.

• Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory offers up versions of the sweet stuff.

• Pizzamania is a take-out pizza establishment.

• Luna Rossa Italian Restaurant is a traditional Italian trattoria.

Costa Di Lago

• Tutti Gelati scoops up traditional Italian ice cream.

• Wagamama is a sushi bar located on the lake's waterfront.

• Occhiali (Italian for "eyewear") offers eyeglasses and optometry services.

• Sunset and Vine is a casual place to enjoy a glass of wine.

• Havana Cigar Company is a cigar lounge that offers more than cigars.

• M6 is a nightclub with a bar and dance floor.

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