The Roman Empire remains a powerful force in Las Vegas. It’s shoppers, not soldiers, who rule as new stores join the already impressive ranks.
How much revenue does shopping bring to Vegas? According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, the average visitor last year spent $230 on shopping purchases. The 2012 figure was $259.
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace
The shops continue to draw serious, upscale shoppers and browsers. First-timers will delight in the animated statues and the ever-changing skyscape on the scenic ceiling.
The theme befitting a Roman emperor continues to fit with the long-established motif at the adjoining Caesars Palace. Most notably, the center redefined Las Vegas as not only a gambling mecca but a destination for shopping and dining.
The center contains more than 160 businesses. Seventeen original tenants remain, including Gucci, Versace and Louis Vuitton stores and the Palm and Spago restaurants.
As the silver anniversary is celebrated, new signage was put up on Las Vegas Boulevard. A marquee – 85 feet tall and 41 feet wide – features LED technology that can be programmed to create everything from an ancient Roman gateway to a modern fashion runway.
Four new tenants are joining the celebration: workout apparel company Lululemon, a gallery selling Disney-themed art called Magical Memories, the food and photography Modernist Cuisine Gallery and the Otheroom, a wine bar with locations in New York and L.A.’s Venice neighborhood.
Two additions over the years have more than doubled its size, from 283,000 to 630,000 square feet. Like many of its competitors, Forum Shops welcomes guests 365 days a year.
Grand Canal Shoppes
Beyond the dozens of stores and restaurants, the big attraction was, and continues to be, the canal that runs down the middle of the mall. Visitors can glide from one end to the other aboard gondolas — yes, with singing gondoliers.
Miracle Mile Shops
Close on the Venetian’s heels, Desert Passage opened at the Aladdin in 1990. The shopping center and the resort have since changed names; the Miracle Mile Shops now are connected to the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino.
Put on some comfortable walking shoes before venturing inside; the mall is more than a mile long, with 200-plus businesses.
The Shops at Crystals
The arrival of CityCenter in December 2009 brought Las Vegas’ newest shopping experience. The Shops at Crystals — it was simply called Crystals until it was sold about a year ago — brought yet another opportunity for well-heeled Vegas visitors to spend money somewhere other than in a casino.
There’s plenty for the average visitor to drool over while window shopping; jewelers display necklaces and watches selling for more than half a million dollars.
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