Vegas Strip Beckons to Shoppers

Reed Travel Features LAS VEGAS - Shopping has always been a favorite vacation activity, and Las Vegas-bound clients will find venues carrying everything from bizarre gift items to designer apparel and fine artwork. With the variety of creative facilities, shopping in Las Vegas can be entertainment in itself, and a full spectrum of dining options can give tired browsers a chance to relax after a long day at the mall. The following is an overview of the shopping facilities in and around Las Vegas: o Forum Shops at Caesars brings patrons into the ancient streets of Rome. A simulated outdoor environment features ornate fountains, classic columns and Italian statuary. Patrons can attend an hourly performance of Bacchus and his court of Roman gods, in which the stone-like figures "come to life" in a laser light show. The facility features more than 70 stores and restaurants, including upscale vendors such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Guess, Plaza Escada and Christian Dior. This fall, the lineup became even more extensive. A 533,000-square-foot expansion project is under way. It will add 37 stores and two restaurants, including NikeTown, Virgin Records Mega-store, Fendi, Hugo Boss and Wolfgang Puck's Asian Cafe. The upscale shopping venue is located in Caesars Palace. o The Fashion Show Mall features more than 140 boutiques and shops, including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, Dillard's and Robinson-May Co. The facility also contains an international food court that includes an array of dining venues. The Fashion Show Mall is located on the corner of the Strip and Spring Mountain Road. o The 1.1 million-square-foot Boulevard Mall is the largest shopping center in Nevada. Located at 3528 Maryland Parkway, a short cab ride from the Strip, it features hundreds of stores that cater to a wide variety of tastes. Included are J.C. Penney, Sears and Broadway Southwest, as well as a variety of specialty shops such as Nature Company, Sanrio Surprises Howard and Phil's Western Wear and Going to the Game. o The Meadows Mall boasts more than 140 shops and restaurants situated in a multi-level shopping environment with two levels of specialty stores and five courtyards. The larger outlets include Dillard's, Broadway, J.C. Penney and Sears. The mall is located on Valley View Blvd. near the U.S. 95 Expressway, and it provides an eight-minute, roundtrip downtown trolley that picks shoppers up at the Downtown Transportation Center. o Factory Outlet District consists of the Belz Factory Outlet World Mall at the corner of South Las Vegas Blvd. and Warm Springs Road, and the Las Vegas Factory Outlet Stores of America, situated one mile south of Belz mall at 9115 South Las Vegas Blvd. The entire district, which is a short cab or bus ride from the Strip, features brand-name merchandise for 20% to 70% off original prices. The Belz Factory Outlet World Mall is a 250,000-square-foot facility that houses 75 outlets, including 25 clothing stores. Among the offerings are Nike, Carter's Childrenswear, Levi's and Oneida. New to the lineup at Belz is the 25,000-square-foot Saks Fifth Ave. The nearby Las Vegas Factory Outlet Stores of America is an open-air shopping venue spread over 30 acres. It has 50 outlets, as well as a sports-casino bar with video poker and slot machines. Outlets include Adolfo II, American Tourister, Corning/Revere, Geoffrey Beene and West Point Pepperell. o Galleria Mall is located at Sunset Road and Stephanie St. in Henderson. The 200,000-square-foot facility is the first phase of a planned 1.2-million-square foot mall, which is slated to be the largest shopping venue in Nevada. Phase two is expected to be completed next year. The Southwestern-themed mall currently features stores such as J.C. Penney, Robinson-May Co., Papyrus, Cache, Champs, Harris and Frank, and the Disney Store, as well as a 600-seat food court that resembles a blue and white chessboard. o The Showcase is located on the Strip, and is the five-level, 192,000-square-foot facility next to MGM Grand and directly across the street from New York New York. Aimed at the family market, the $94-million project includes tenants such as Official All-Star Cafe, the World of Coca-Cola and Everything Coca-Cola, GameWorks and United Artists Theaters. The World of Coca-Cola Las Vegas boasts an array of interactive exhibits and Coca-Cola memorabilia, in addition to Everything Coca-Cola, a two-level retail store stocked with Coca-Cola merchandise. Beckoning visitors into the retail and entertainment facility is a 100-foot-tall Coca-Cola bottle facsimile situated outside of the complex. The Showcase's initial retail and entertainment facilities will be enhanced by other tenants that are expected to join the roster in the future.

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