Scubafy Dive Center's veteran dive instructor, cofounder Charlie Franks, an instructor, regional training director for IDEA, and evaluator, draws on thousands dives’ worth of experience while teaching scuba courses. Charlie and his instructors guide small-group classes of budding divers aged 12 and older through open-water certification courses, which impart the skills needed to explore the liquid depths of nearby Lake Mead, international waters, or Zeus's hot tub. The shelves and racks of Scubafy's well-stocked dive shop are laden with new and pre-owned gear for divers of all skill levels. Rental equipment is available by the day or week, and air-tank refills, repair services, and all-inclusive introductory packages equip those who are getting their feet wet for the first time.
Simone, the florist behind Angel’s Petals, has been arranging blooms for 23 years. She draws on that experience to create lush, sweet-smelling bouquets for special occasions such as anniversaries or birthdays. Patrons can also order plant arrangements that incorporate bamboo and other greenery.
For more than 30 years, Lee's Discount Liquor has stocked its shelves with myriad spirits, beers, and wine, earning a readers' pick as the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Best Liquor or Wine Store of 2012. Prospective imbibers get lost in a fluorescent catwalk of domestic and international tequilas, rums, cabernets, and microbrews, which deck out beverage collections with enough flavors to match any type of cuisine or postage stamp desired. Lee's Discount Liquor also hosts in-store tastings and an annual spirit-sampling event, which merges its myriad sips with entertainment from live bands.
Vapor Max specializes in e-cigarettes, and the shop's decor is as futuristic as its signature product. Neon purple lights illuminate the purple walls, decorated with huge photos of nighttime cityscapes. The display case at the center of the store glows brightest of all, illuminating the selection of electronic, cigarette-shaped vaporizers and accessories. Nicotine-infused e-liquids, for example, come in flavors ranging from acai berry to mocha coffee to classic tobacco, which evokes a traditional flavor more tastily than a special-edition Declaration of Independence flavor.
Vegas Painting Parties' mission is simple: to invite artists of all skill levels to try their hand at replicating a fanciful image while enjoying one another's company. Scheduled around lunch or happy hour, the social classes encourage participants to fuel their creativity with food and drinks as they embellish canvases with paints and grape-juice spit takes. Depending on the theme of each event, partygoers might paint still-lifes, animal portraits, or sweeping landscapes.
Retailing choice cosmetics since 1931, Merle Norman Cosmetics distributes its various American-made product lines inside sunny studio locations. Cheerful staffers encourage customers to try on moisturizers, sniff perfumes, and smudge paramours' collars with lipstick in accordance with the company's "try before you buy" philosophy. Women who embody Merle Nethercutt Norman's zeal for bold entrepreneurship own each studio franchise, carrying on the founder's vision to empower women through financial independence and natural beauty.