Guests arriving for a family or professional portrait at Mikel's Fine Art Photography Portrait Studio may experience an inexplicable craving for a donut. That's because the 2,400-square-foot space was once home to a Winchell's Donut House. And Mikel J. Conrad would know; in an interview with the Henderson Press, Conrad explained that he worked at Winchell's as a senior in high school, going on to dabble in the security business before finding a job and nurturing his passion for photography with industry great Van Frazier. After honing his craft for nine years with Frazier, Conrad opened his own studio, complete with a charming country-rose garden and the latest technology in lighting and backgrounds. Conrad draws upon close to two decades of experience as he welcomes children and graduating seniors to his expansive studio or travels on-location for portrait or fine-art shoots. As an Eagle Scout and regular participant in current scouting activities, Conrad regularly donates time, money, and services to the Boy Scouts of America and other local groups. His scout training also helps him to restore old photos that have been damaged by the sun, water, or marshmallow-covered fingers.
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.
A typical Eldorado lake bed tour takes customers age six and up speeding through vast, velocity-friendly desert sand atop a trusted all-terrain vehicle. Young riders can thrash land grains on one of the youth ATV models as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Although patrons are granted opportunities to ogle the formerly subaquatic terrain, the tour primarily strives to quench needs for speed with a full two hours of riding time. Tour guides refuel amateur gauchos with included liquid libations.
Astudia Dance World embraces all types of music—even kinds that haven't been written yet. Their Jam class trades order for on-the-spot creativity, encouraging students of any instrument to show up and practice the art of improvisation. It's a far cry from the more structured TRAC class (which stands for theory, reading, arranging, and composing), but both offerings celebrate creativity under the supervision of expert instructors.
Directed by Jane Maurer and William Blair, this team helps pupils of all ages explore the wide and varied world of music and dance. Their lessons cover classical styles such as jazz, tap, and ballet in addition to acrobatics, hip-hop, and musical theater, wherein every actor is required to carry a tuba. Meanwhile, instrument classes focus on the piano, guitar, or drums. All of these skills come together in recital performances, where parents can witness their children's progress and cheer them on.
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