Seven Boutiques That’ll Make You Think Outside the Big-Box Store


Glam Factory

Glam Factory Vintage

The adorable yellow, peach and green-decorated bungalow storefront of Glam Factory Vintage, accented by dresses hanging on the front porch alongside an old pickup truck, is reason enough to make the trip Downtown. But it’s the customer service that comes along with the carefully curated selection of men’s and women’s vintage items from the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s that makes the Glam Factory worthy of regular visits. Known for fair prices and top-tier clothing and accessories—vintage rollerblades, anyone?—it’s no wonder the shop has garnered a cult following that you’ll surely want to join. 211 E. Colorado Ave., 702-443-0131.


Happy Panda Toys

Happy Panda Toys

Located on the first floor of the Arts Factory, you’ve likely come across Happy Panda Toys when perusing the space during First Friday, as the room can easily be mistaken for a gallery. But the 4-year-old novelty shop deserves a visit no matter your age. Whether it’s plush toys such as Kidrobot’s Yummy World collection or vinyl figurines from Funko’s Pop! Animation line that includes some nicely timed Star Wars items or Frank Kozik’s Labbit series, there’s something here for the kid in all of us. In addition to toys, Happy Panda serves up a winsome mix of apparel, books, prints and other tchotchkes. 107 E. Charleston Blvd., Suite 120B, 702-516-3432,

MCM at the Forum Shops

MCM at the Forum Shops

MCM Las Vegas

You may have seen the acronym MCM and thought, what does “Man Crush Monday” have to do with shopping in Las Vegas? Well, the fashion accessory and travel goods brand—think leather … lots of leather—is deserving of the social media hashtag thanks to its strong androgynous aesthetic. Modern Creation Münich was born from the rebellious era of the 1960s in the German city, and while the brand is now Korean designed and made, the products bear high-standards for manufacturing and engineering (each item is engraved with a unique number). Las Vegas boasts the only stand-alone boutique in the West, making it a #MCM that you can Instagram in person. In The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-850-2410,


Perhaps it was the name that initially prevented you from checking out the city’s freshest street-wear store. Being able to shop for brands such as MSTKN Society, Black Kaviar and Highstreet NYC close to home is a right you’ve earned through those countless Instagram #OOTD posts. The boutique, in the Grand Bazaar Shops, is here “to empower its clientele with bold, unique and aspiring looks.” That is to say, if you’re going to embody hip-hop and pop culture into everyday style, self-confidence goes a long way. In Grand Bazaar Shops, 702-333-0529,

Studio Manhattan Art + Design

Now is the time of year to give thanks to the Grand Bazaar Shops, which brings us the homegrown urban art store Studio Manhattan. Conceived by a photojournalist, the store’s concept is to take city scenes and print them on accessories such as wallets, wristlets and bags. The photography hails from around the world, with Las Vegas joining the ranks of New York, San Francisco and Dubai. Prints of the cityscapes are also available. In Grand Bazaar Shops, 415-630-3188,


Ladies, if there’s one trend to take note of this winter season, it’s the poncho, essentially a wearable blanket that’ll keep you warm. And there’s no better place to stock up on the reinterpreted South American staple than at the boho-chic fashion house Gypsy05. A mainstay in Southern California, the decade-old brand opened its first Las Vegas location this summer, bringing with it the effortless luxe for which our neighbor state is known. Gypsy’s roots shine brightest through its environmental commitment, which includes the use of “organic fabrics, soy softeners, low-impact dyes and seaweed-extract printing.”In Tivoli Village, 702-778-7890,


Benson’s boutique


Benson’s furniture store and gift shop is one of those rare finds that makes a list like this one worth having. With her passion for interior design, dental-assistant-turned-home-store-owner Jodi Marshall has carved out a true mom-and-pop shop. In fact, a walk around the store exudes the sentiment of “home is where the heart is,” something that Pottery Barn can only aspire to. And although it’s not exactly a new store, we bet unless you live in the northwest part of town, Benson’s is brand-new to you. 5655 Centennial Center Blvd., 702-802-3773,