An Amus-ing Place to Shop

Photo by Krystal Ramirez

Photo by Krystal Ramirez

Step inside Amusespot, a new lifestyle décor boutique in Henderson, and you’re welcomed by a duo of red vintage art deco chairs—the ones used in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator, to be exact. They’re the fitting first impression of the sharp design aesthetic and playfulness you’ll find at Amusespot. Pleasing to the eye, comfy on the tush and most definitely a conversation piece—all the better to amuse you, as creative director Hugh Fogel might say.

The store is filled with other meticulously chosen products, from a colorful display of $1 Hammond’s Taffy to an $80 Ralph Lauren dinnerware set to a $2,696 Monza Evo Deluxe espresso machine.

Fogel is, after all, no stranger to peddling cool shit. He previously owned Unica Home, a highly regarded modern furnishing retailer that closed in 2013. He has refocused his pursuits alongside wife Carrie Sheerin, Amusespot CEO and former vice president of Las Vegas-based HalloweenMart. Together, the couple (“He’s the creative force and she’s the glue,” they say) has created a keen little spot that is part design emporium, part vintage treasure, and all fun.

Amusespot carries a mélange of upscale brands such as Alessi and Tom Dixon mixed with eclectic, curated vintage items, plus locally focused offerings including the Modern Mixology Collection by Tony Abou-Ganim and packaged coffee from Sambalatte. But, as the name suggests, Amusespot is more than a place to discover all that is bold and clever. The space was conceived to be a “heightened shopping experience,” as Fogel puts it.

“We were very aware of not wanting to do things in a ‘normal’ way,” Sheerin says. “Amusespot isn’t about home furnishings; it’s about lifestyle and life choices. It is also designed to put the ‘amusement’ back into shopping, with products that people can enjoy or utilize in a manner that makes their lives just a bit better.”

Everything from the square footage of the store (“small even by retail standards so we can place the focus on knowing the customer and helping them make intelligent choices, and also allow for regular interior and product changes,” Sheerin says) to its variety of products (“high-end appeal at a range of price points and gifts that go beyond what you can find in the same place you buy your toilet paper,” says Fogel) speak to their intention.

Then there’s the location. The couple sought out a space in Anthem Country Club to be close to home. It’s a setting that’s attracting attention for something other than its sprawling suburban residences thanks to nearby spots such as David Clawson Restaurant. The couple saw it as an opportunity to “augment a neighborhood, rather than join the procession to formless malls,” Fogel says. “Besides, we have a fantastic beast of a coffee machine that churns out incredible espresso … what better way to meet the neighbors and have them hang out awhile.”

And, there’s a pair of chairs just waiting for them.