Since 1995, Pablo and Elizabeth Calderón have helped Hispanic families design the perfect quinceañera—an elaborate tradition-filled party to celebrate a girl’s 15th birthday. Pablo, who arrived from Baja California in 1970, says his work as a catering chef inspired him to fill a missing niche for quinceañera supplies, and the business took off—along with the local Hispanic population. Elaborate centerpieces, tiaras, bouquets, religious keepsakes, vases, candles, ribbons and silk flowers fill the 6,800-square-foot Casa de Calderon. The shop is getting a fresh exterior coat of turquoise, the trendiest color for quinceañera dresses. Speaking of dresses, Elizabeth designs them; they range from $650-$5,000 and can go from sketch to final fitting in less than three months. Says Pablo, “We supply a unique product, because each girl’s celebration should be unique.” 1703 E. Charleston Blvd., 383-9986.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Gorillaz are coming to Las Vegas for the first time ever. 2016’s Grammy winner for best new artist, Chance the Rapper, will return. English rockers Muse will bring their dizzying live show to the streets of Downtown. And that’s just the top of an eclectic bill that features more than 70 acts, along with comedy, interactive art installations, a group art exhibit featuring the work of Mark Ryden, Tara McPherson and Shepard Fairey and much more. Last year saw more than 137,000 attendees trod the festival footprint. Who’s ready for more?
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.