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Billion-Dollar Furniture Industry Has a Home Downtown

Billion-Dollar Furniture Industry Has a Home Downtown

 

Starting January 30, buyers for Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Haverty's and furniture stores around the world come to buy what's inside the showrooms at World Market Center.

That week alone generates $200 million in non-gaming revenue for the Las Vegas economy.

World Market Center and its geographic archrival, High Point, N.C., recently held millions of dollars in debt. Last May, they merged in a billion-dollar deal to keep them both afloat and to provide more markets for buyers and decorators around the world.

City Shuts Down Over Holidays to Save Money

City Shuts Down Over Holidays to Save Money

 

Have business to do with the city of Las Vegas? You’ll need to get it done before the holidays or it won’t happen until 2012.

As a cost-cutting measure, and in recognition of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the city of Las Vegas administrative functions will be closed from Friday, Dec. 23, to Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, reopening on Tuesday, Jan. 3. This closure includes the holidays of Christmas and New Year’s Day recognized on Dec. 26, and Jan. 1, respectively.

Essential public safety functions such as the Fire & Rescue Department, city marshal services, Animal Control, parking enforcement, the jail and sewage plant operations will continue as normal. The Municipal Court will also remain open that week. There will be certain work groups that will have a presence during this closure, including small teams in Public Works, Information Technologies and others. City parks will remain open as normal.

Local Bakery to be Featured on "Cupcake Wars"

Local Bakery to be Featured on "Cupcake Wars"

 

A Las Vegas-based pair of bakery owners will be featured on the Food Network show “Cupcake Wars” Sunday night.

Las Vegas native Taryn Mumpower and business partner Robyn Holt are co-owners of Pick Your Poison Bake Shop, a new business specializing in alcohol-infused cupcakes.

To celebrate the show, they will host a viewing party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Lady Silvia bar, 900 S. Las Vegas Blvd. #140, in the downtown area. The episode will air at 8 p.m. They will be serving the cupcakes they baked on the show and Sailor Jerry Rum will be providing cocktails.

Locked-Out NBA Players Invited to Work at Pawn Shop

Locked-Out NBA Players Invited to Work at Pawn Shop

 

As public relations stunts go, the guys behind “Pawn Stars” have cooked up with a pretty good one: locked-out NBA players can come work at the pawn shop.

“Chum and I love basketball and wagering on the games,” says partner and “Pawn Star" Corey Harrison. “We really miss the guys and the action and thought it might be fun to have them spend a day or more with us, while they aren’t playing ball.” Chumlee said. “If they think they work up a sweat during the game, they should see what it is like to negotiate under the watchful eye of the Old Man.

Richard Harrison, the Old Man on “Pawn Stars” and patriarch of the Harrison clan, believes everyone should put in a hard day’s work and challenges NBA players to take him one-on-one in the negotiating arena.

“It seems those players need a little help in their negotiation skills,” Harrison said. “Maybe I could give them a tip or two.”

Noise Causes Conflict in Entertainment District

Noise Causes Conflict in Entertainment District

As business improves in the area known as the Fremont East Entertainment District, business owners are facing a tough conflict. Nightclubs want to keep the party going all night but motel guests want to get some sleep. A community meeting was held Tuesday to talk about the issue.

The problem started when the city of Las Vegas waived the noise restrictions to bring more businesses downtown. The businesses came, but now neighbors, who have been there for years, are complaining there is too much noise for clubs and bars.

“If we had not got a full clearance to go ahead and build this from the city, without the restrictions, we would not have done it,” said owner of Azul Tequila Frank Elam.

The club’s neighbor, Downtowner Motel, has been at its location since 1963. The owner says music from Azul Tequila is killing his business.

Restaurant Week Aids Food Bank Through Dining Deals

More than 120 restaurants will take part in what will be a two-week event this year.

Five years ago, Three Square was a fledgling food bank that was trying to raise both funds and awareness about hunger in Southern Nevada. Its inaugural Restaurant Week, the goal of which was to do both, involved 51 restaurants.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal