Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops

In Las Vegas, there is one must stop shopping destination that you must drive your luxury car rental to – the Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops. There is valet parking at the Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops, so feel free to drop off your luxury car rental and shop to your heart’s content.

The Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops prided itself to be Las Vegas’ premier retail, dining and entertainment destination. It has been called “titan of the shopping world”, the Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops offers the best selection of shops. From upscale to mid-scale, you will find them at the Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops.

Featuring over 160 boutiques and shops, there is a wide variety of the world’s well-known brands such as Versace, Gucci and Burberry to popular favorites Abercrombie and Fitch, Diesel and Banana Republic.

If you are an automobile fan, there is Exotic Cars, a two-tiered retailer with 34,000 square feet of showroom space. It houses more than 50 exotic cars and motorcycles with luxurious brands such as Porsche, Rolls Royce and Aston Martin.

There is also the remote-controlled racetrack, unique displays and a variety of merchandise such as apparel and model cars. Even though you cannot drive away one of the exotic cars on display, there is always your luxury car rental that will surely more than satisfy your needs.

The 175,000-square-foot, three-level addition to the Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops includes an array of upscale shops and several new restaurants, as well as a spiral escalator – one of only two in the United States. With hundreds of stores, restaurants and attractions, there is plenty to do to keep you busy for an afternoon.

Weary shoppers can rest their feet at the fountains that offer hourly shows with its animatronic statues at Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops’ either end. There are further visual stimulation with ‘The Festival Fountain’ that depicts the feast of Bacchus and ‘The Lost City of Atlantis’ chronicles the great city’s fall.

Beautiful décor further enhances the experience at the Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops with the expansive stone-hewed walkway that divides the row of shops and a sky-colored ceiling overhead that gives the illusion of perpetual twilight. True to its name, there are ancient Roman architecture and sculptures to adorn the Forum Shops all around. Inside the front doors, visitors are greeted by a large reflecting pool, huge Roman statues and a beautiful glass domed ceiling.

To satisfy your hunger and fuel for more shopping, there are plenty high-class restaurants to cater to your need. For dessert, there is the Cheesecake Factory that is a sweet tooth’s dream. For a sophisticated evening out, check out Wolfgang Puck’s Club OPM, located above the restaurant, Chinois.

Whatever you want to do, the Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops in Las Vegas have it.

Via Bellagio – Bellagio Las Vegas

Via Bellagio at the Bellagio Las Vegas is one of the most elite shopping streets in the city.

Here, high-end retailers, such as Hermes, Tiffany and Co., Chanel, Dior, Yves St. Laurent, and Giorgio Armani compete for shoppers’ attention.

Via Bellagio, the shopping arcade at the Bellagio hotel-casino, is luxury at its finest. To call it expensive would be an understatement — you could plunk down a year’s salary in less than an hour, no matter what you make. But if you’re looking to do some high-end shopping (or just observe it), the Bellagio is the place to go.

Tiffany & Co. also features the designs of Elsa Peretti, with fashionable pens that cost no more than their equivalent elsewhere (unless purchased in 18-carat gold), sterling silver baby accessories, frames and paperweights. Designer Paloma Picasso’s jewelry also is featured.

Hermes is the perfect stop if you’re looking for finely made silk scarves, ties and suits. Chanel has a great handbag collection. Moschino, Giorgio Armani and Prada will keep your wardrobe up-to-date with the latest styles from the runway.

The shops are on the second level, at the entrance — a refreshing change for those used to hotel shops stuck in the back of the building. Definitely worth a stop — if for nothing else than the time-honored tradition of window-shopping!

Tiffany & Co, Smaller May Be Better

Late last year, I mentioned that that Tiffany & Co, will be opening smaller concept stores. Now it turns out the first one will open up in the new Americana at Brand shopping center in Glendale, California. The space will be approximately 2,600-square feet, which is quite small compared to the existing stores which average 7,100 square feet.

The smaller stores are meant to appeal to women and more entry-level shoppers. No engagement rings or “statement jewelry” here and there will be an emphasis of sterling silver pieces, the types of things that women might buy for themselves as a treat. If the smaller store concept succeeds it will allow Tiffany to more than triple the amount of stores they have currently.

In analyzing how this will turn out I can see how it could go either way. On the one hand, Tiffany will be able to extend to many more people who thought they couldn’t afford Tiffany pieces and will provide more brand visibility. On the other hand, the decline in the luxury market right now is mostly hitting the lower tier of the high-end, precisely where Tiffany is aiming these stores.

There is also the possibility that these stores might further dilute the power of the Tiffany brand. In fact, CNN reports that LVMH which was mulling over a bid for the company, fears that the jeweler may be too “mid-market” for their portfolio.

Ala Moana Center’s Major Expansion

Five hundred lucky shoppers will enjoy delicious cocktails and desserts, as well as exclusive shopping at 16 new mall retailers before the rest of the state!

Ala Moana Center will celebrate the unveiling of its highly-anticipated 100,000 square-foot, two-level retail wing with Ala Moana Center’s Preview Shopping Night & Fundraiser hosted by HONOLULU Magazine. The event invites 500 shoppers to be the first in Hawaii to explore the mall’s new retail wing, while enjoying desserts, cocktails, live entertainment. Attendees will also have an exclusive opportunity to snatch up the latest fashions at 16 of the wing’s 30 new stores before anyone else!

“We are looking forward to showcasing Ala Moana Center’s multi-million dollar expansion and new two-level retail wing at our Preview Shopping Night&Fundraiser,” said General Growth Properties Regional Vice President of Marketing, Sharon James. “The evening is a wonderful chance for local residents to come check out these exciting new stores – many which are brand new to Hawaii – all while supporting a terrific organization, Hawaii Habitat for Humanity.”

Ala Moana Center’s Preview Shopping Night&Fundraiser is held in conjunction with the mall’s new spring shopping and fashion festival, Shop a Le‘a, which runs March 3 – 9, 2008. Shop a Le‘a presents shopping enthusiasts from all over Hawaii and the Pacific with myriad experiences in fashion, beauty, active lifestyle, home entertaining, family, travel and cuisine.

Highlights of this year’s inaugural event include full-scale designer runway shows, celebrity-hosted events and appearances, expert styling and fashion demonstrations, mall-wide savings and discounts, a chance to win a spectacular shopping vacation to New York City as well as the grand opening of the state’s first Nordstrom department store!

VIP Shopping for You and Me

I walk into my favorite upscale store and have it all to my own. Browsing and shopping … with no crowds, no rude shoppers, and all the personal attention from the retail store staff. Do dreams like this ever come true? Yes, they some times do.

In a  continuing trend, loyal shoppers are finding they are being catered to like never before.  They’re allowed VIP shopping status and able to reserve an afternoon and shop uninterrupted, either alone or with family and friends. Or maybe have dedicated store helpers pamper them and customize their  buying needs.  Full article

Stylish Window Displays for the Holidays

Walking by up-scale retail stores during the holiday season is a memorable journey.  Stylish window displays abound.  It’s a treat for our shopping, glazed over eyes.  Stores around the world spare no expense decorating their displays to dazzle us with sound, lights and incredible visual images.  They’re no longer just for show, but to create an advertising buzz to attract shoppers and get them into their stores.

At Harrods in London, window manager Sarah Southgate created a beautiful Russian Winter’s Tale, complete with scenes from classic ballets like “Sleeping Beauty” and “Swan Lake”, as well as captivating scenes of winter gardens in Czarist Russia.  To catch shopper’s eyes, an Oscar de la Renta dress is featured in a woodland scene.  Cost: £6,700 (about $13,400).  Full article