Vegas Seven

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    Best Casino Deal

    What's this, a money-back guarantee at a casino? It's a trend we like, with the latest example being at the Tropicana, which offers a rebate of up to $200 on gambling losses.

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    Best Downtown Revamp

    There’s the elegant porte cochere where the grimy lot and sketchy valet stand used to be at the Golden Gate Hotel. Inside the revolving doors—where the old deli once cranked out those little shrimp beauties—is the brand-new lobby with the minimalist-swank vibe of a big-city boutique hotel.

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    Best Tech Startup

    It's a little known and probably untrue fact that bowling accounts for 97 percent of our local economy. When the wheels of Las Vegas get to turning, they do so to return your ball so you can get the spare. Perhaps that's why VegasTech member Rich Belsky created Rolltech Bowling, a cool iPhone/iPad app that tracks and shares your bowling scores and stats in real time.

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    Best New Kids Shoe Store

    It’s music to a mom’s ears to hear about a store that not only produces quality shoes for her kids but also is well informed when it comes to proper fit.

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    Best Place for Windows Shopping

    If plastic blinds aren't on par with your design aesthetic, look no further than to the offerings at The Shutter Store. Since 2009, the company has offered plantation shutters in myriad styles and colors.

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    Best Place to Learn a Traditional Skill

    Perhaps you want to expand on an already accomplished life skill such as quilting, or you seek a beginner’s guide to sewing, or maybe you simply desire a girlie get-together off the Strip. Then Dewey Street awaits you. Founders Cindy and her daughters Lindsay and Laurie grew up on threads and glue and inherited the creative gene from Joan Faust, mother and grandmother of the crafty trio, respectively. Faust lived on Dewey Street in West Springfield, Massachusetts, and inspired the women to turn trash into treasures.

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    Best Vintage Shop

    Like a fine wine, the wares in Patina Décor have gotten better with age. Specializing in upscale vintage furnishings, lighting, accessories and a growing selection of vintage clothes, owners Kate Aldrich and Tim Shaffer carefully select each item they sell. Thanks to their eclectic tastes, the store has some of Las Vegas’ best vintage finds. In fact, the place feels like an extension of their home—welcoming and filled with stories to share with guests.

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    Best Thrift Store

    At Charleston Outlet, featuring a tiny yet impressively curated vintage rack as well as a designer boutique (always head there first), it’s not unusual to find a Catherine Malandrino dress for $30 or a well-preserved mink cape for less than $20. The store’s popularity is growing so quickly that it was forced to build a parking lot for overflow just half a block away.

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    Best “Shop Locally” Cheerleader

    The local jewelry designer could rest on her laurels and play Vegas socialite as the daughter of Jack Weinstein, owner of Tower of Jewels, but Polly Weinstein has enough chutzpah to make a name for herself. The young, fiery blonde spends her time designing her own line of jewelry (the Jeweler's Daughter) and organizing a biannual "pop-up" showcase event Downtown called Neon Bazaar that features Las Vegas-owned businesses only. Shop the next one November 30, Small Business Saturday, and support Weinstein's mission.

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    Best Shopping Center Renaissance

    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.

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    Best Place to Buy an Outfit … for Your Pet

    Dee Mounts couldn’t find any cute clothes for her beloved British Bulldog, so she set about designing her own brand, Bo & DeeMo. Its success led to Mugsy & Moxie’s Bully Couture, an all-canine clothing and accessories store at the Market LV. Think Swarovski crystal-studded collars, local handcrafted dog bowls, punk-inspired dresses, backpack harnesses and bully-beater T-shirts. Diva dogs at the ready!

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    Best National Franchise You Can’t Help But Love

    In life and for lists, we love our indy businesses. But when it comes to tire shopping, we vote for the ubiquitous, uniform Discount Tire. The guys there are consistently helpful, upbeat and fast—with "consistently" being the key word. All 19 stores are links in the 53-year-old chain, so everybody's on the same page no matter where or when you go. Sometimes, corporate predictability's a blessing. Plus, Discount Tire's prices and selection are pretty competitive.

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    Best Staycation Bargain

    With about 150,000 hotel rooms, Las Vegas has plenty of options, but the historic El Cortez wins for a few good reasons: It is perfectly positioned on Fremont East for a night of crawling among all the cool new bars without worrying about how to get home; it’s still got historical charm but with some contemporary refurbishments (such as the new Designer Suites and the lime-green modern Cabana Suites); and midweek rates are as low as $21 a night.

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    Best Government Agency That Used to Be the Worst

    It's not easy to admit, but we can no longer just whip out the DMV as the butt of easy jokes anymore ("That [insert grueling thing here] was worse than going to the DMV!"). Even among government agencies, it's long been notorious for having no respect for our time. But there's been a transformation in recent years, with shocking results: an orderly system, reasonable waits and (this is still hard to type) pleasant service. How'd this happen?

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    Best Worst Lawyer Commercial

    If there’s one good reason to watch local TV these days, it’s bad law ads. Typically, we love either the guys who try way too hard or the guys who try very little. Now, straight from Don Draper’s nightmares, there’s “Attorney, Jack Bernstein,” who somehow manages to do both (see for yourself on YouTube). This guilty pleasure begins with a pas de deux of voice and body language that is at once gentle, firm and totally awkward.