Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops a curious mix

March 31, 2015 3:08 AM
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There's shops of all styles to visit in open air shoppingCuriosity (or maybe it was just the urge to shop) got the best of us so we ventured down to the Strip to see the Grand Bazaar Shops in front of Bally’s Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago.

The open air shopping mecca, which had a soft opening Feb. 26, is expected to have more than 120 shops, including exclusive first-to-market brands and unique international retailers, when fully leased. When we were there it looked like up to three-quarters of the spaces were open for business.

As the name implies, the two-acre Grand Bazaar is designed as an outdoor shopping promenade. The stores, for the most part, are small, 150-300 square feet, similar to those in Container Park downtown, although there are a few 1,000 to 2,400 square foot locations.

The majority of the stores we saw are definitely geared to appeal to 21 to 39 year olds, which is in keeping with the trend of things in Vegas since this age group accounted for 42% of all visitors in 2013 and likely a bigger slice of the pie today.

One of the things this young set seems to like is bling, and they will definitely find it at GBS. Swarovski, known for its high quality crystal jewelry, accessories and other decorative items is loaded with bling. Another option is Bling Co. Stop in and check out their cubic zirconia jewelry, which they state “is all platinum plated, .925 sterling silver.”

If you are into watches you must stop at the Swatch store, which offers an amazing variety of time pieces for whatever mood or whim you might have. But don’t miss Winky, which has its own selection of fun watches as well as unique 18k gold, rose gold and silver rings.

Of course, all Vegas visitors need a great looking pair of shades to keep that bright summer sun in check and help prevent those nasty aging eye wrinkles. Grand Bazaar has Vegas Shades and Bauer’s Sunglass. There is also a shop called eye-tech offering “a new approach to eyeglasses retailing with smartly designed affordable eyewear.”

One of the clothing boutiques, Mixx, features Toms and Ugg footwear along with other shoes and accessories. The other apparel shops include Crazy Legs, Instant Shirt, Republic of Couture and more.

In the health and beauty category the most interesting spot is probably the Tokyo Nail Art Bar where patrons can receive unique Japanese nail art in just less than 10 minutes. Pretty amazing. There is also a place called Vitality that offers aroma therapy infused oxygen and Aquamassage to help patrons release stress and relax. Lush, which features fresh handmade cosmetics, seemed to be one of the busiest stores.

If you are a dog lover you definitely will want to stop at The Dog House, which carries a wide selection of accessories, clothes, toys, treats and novelties for the pooch in your life. Even if you don’t own a dog you can pick up a breed specific gift or souvenir for your friends who do.

Of the food options the one we thought sounded most interesting was Marash Turkish Ice Cream. Apparently Turkish ice cream has a different texture (it’s a little stretchy) and is resistant to melting, which should come in handy when the Vegas Valley hits triple digits in the summer. We didn’t have time to stop, but will put it on our list for a future visit.

See you around town.

Eileen DiRocco is the owner and publisher of GamingToday, the bible for gaming news “you can bet on.” Contact Eileen at EileenDiRocco@GamingToday.com.

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