While hopeful revelers wait in line outside a club, guests of Good Times VIP are already congregating around a reserved table as servers begin pouring drinks from reduced-price bottle service. The special treatment is a result of Good Times' personal relationships with clubs around Las Vegas and Los Angeles. Whether for a bachelor party, birthday, or extraspecial Department of Sanitation inspection, its prearranged club crawls guarantee clients skip lines or sneak in through private entrances at reduced or free admission. A staff member is assigned to each party as a personal concierge, planning every detail ahead of time and staying on as a contact throughout the celebration. To supplement club crawls, the staff can also use their list of contacts to investigate special rates on limo service, concert tickets, spa days, and recreational activities such as jet skis or party boats.
Before they ever plotted the initial steps of their first food tour, The Walking Gourmet’s owners undertook a personal sojourn, sampling hundreds of restaurants in preparation for their unique explorations of Las Vegas’s culinary life. Not just any eatery made the cut; as a result, tours now consist of award-winning restaurants and sought-after dining experiences that pepper the Strip and surrounding valley area. Led by a knowledgeable guide full to bursting with historical Las Vegas tales, their Culinary Mystery Tour strolls through a secret itinerary of restaurants that may include visits with celebrity chefs and Sam Spade–impersonation contests at noted bistros. Other tours include Dine and Shop ’Til You Drop, which combines upscale eating with fashion perusal at stores such as Armani Exchange and Juicy Couture.
At Summerlin Yoga, teachers Martin Hinton, Liz Steers, Cristin Bartles, and Eddie Guerra boast certifications in yoga. They guide students through postures and breathing exercises in a room with brand new flooring, which helps to warm muscles and flush toxins from the body. Through regular practice of poses, students learn to stretch a host of muscles and ligaments in their bodies and reformat most of the microchips implanted in their brains. Students can partake in myriad types of classes, such as the physically demanding Vinyasa, the hot-room endurance of Tru Hot Pilates and Revitalize, or the cooler temperature alternative Yin Yoga Flow.
It might come as no surprise that a professional bodybuilder-turned-personal-trainer would name his fitness venture More Pain Please, but Michael Harris doesn't just mean physical pain. He believes that a truly effective fitness regimen addresses the mind as well as the body. To achieve this, he custom molds fitness regimens to an array of body types and lifestyles, always keeping the client's fitness goals in mind. He implements these plans inside the Las Vegas Athletic Club's modern facilities—but if clients prefer a more natural environment, he can also schedule sessions amid the greenery of local parks. Michael Harris is also certified in First Aid and CPR, ensuring he can get clients safely through their workouts.
When chef John McKibben first opened Grape Street Cafe in 1997, his small restaurant took a back seat to a large front-of-the-house retail area where customers could purchase house-made sauces, salads, and high-quality wines. Though the concept quickly transitioned to focus on the fresh, house-made dishes flying out of his kitchen, McKibben has held on to his retail license and continues to encourage his diners to finish their meal by picking up a bottle of wine to go or commissioning a self-portrait painted with balsamic vinegar.
With the exception of a handful of rotating nightly specials, the menu has stayed largely the same, and Chef McKibben credits the cuisine as the eatery's 14-year secret to success. Dinner finds the shop's signature hot sandwiches, creamy pastas, and pizzas sharing top billing alongside nationally inspired entrees such as a baked Alaskan halibut topped with lemon beurre-blanc and Colorado lamb in a sweet-and-sour mint glaze. However, the diverse menu is designed to complement the restaurant?s real draw: its extensive wine selection. Up to 90 vinos are available by the glass each day, with selections that hail from as near as Napa and as far away as Mosel, Bordeaux, Rioja, and Mos Eisley.
Opened since 1984, Pro Cyclery on Charleston Boulevard in Las Vegas prides itself in excellent customer service, while providing several maintenance and repair services to avid cyclists and around-town riders alike. Typical mechanical services include basic tune-ups, drive train overhauls, complete breakdowns and ground-up fixes and wheel builds, to name a few. This large, open bicycle shop also fits bikes for each customer who purchases one, to ensure that every unique individual has the perfect and most comfortable bike. From wheels to several styles of bikes, and helmets to car racks, Pro Cyclery houses a wide display of products that meet every cyclist’s needs. And if you’re looking for the low-slung space, just keep an eye out for the iron-welded bike frame that protrudes from the roof – or the various colorful cycling banners and posters that hang from the windows.