Best Shopping Center Renaissance

Green Valley Town Center


The pride of developer American Nevada Company, Green Valley Town Center boasted a United Artists Theater, Barley’s brewery and casino, and Smith’s when it opened in the mid-’90s. Losing one leg of the three-legged stool when the theater closed in 2005, the center teetered. Starbucks, a furniture store and other retailers shuttered, and the Great Recession mocked plans for a hotel. But a $2 million investment by Galaxy Theatre for a high-end movie-going experience, including beer and wine sales, eight large screens, all-digital projection, stadium seating and reclining leather chairs, has attracted robust crowds since March. Dipsticks Desert Pops Bakery, MELD women’s apparel and Spa 99 have invigorated the center, and, according to an ANC official, look soon for youth-oriented amusement, personal-service salons and more restaurants to propel the momentum.

Sunset Road and Mountain Vista Street.

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Jason Strauss


Jason Strauss

The tastemaker and nightlife impresario is a partner of Tao Group, a leading restaurant and nightlife company that develops, owns and operates numerous high-profile food and beverage facilities nationwide, including Tao, Lavo and Marquee. Along with his partners, Strauss was named Hospitality Operator of the Year by Nightclub & Bar in 2006, and their work with Marquee has been profiled as a case study by Harvard Business School.