Owned and operated by the Gripentog family since 1957, Las Vegas Boat Harbor sparks aquatic adventures on the waves of Lake Mead with boat and jet-ski rentals. Up to two joyriders enjoy a couple of hours on the ripple-skating back of a WaveRunner, and six may pile into a speedboat for four hours of wakeboarding and white-whale chasing. Pontoon boats can transport up to 10 passengers to nearby locales such as Hoover Dam and Cathedral Rock or simply explore the man-made lake’s multitudinous inlets and coves, surrounded by 550 miles of breathtaking Mojave Desert shoreline. Guests who drop anchor during their watery sojourn can spend the afternoon supping on lunches packed at home, picked up at the Harbor House Café, or stolen from passing schools of fish, and the marina store supplies any last-minute boating and fishing supplies.
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.
The staff members at Rod Works stock displays with unique iron curtain rods and a range of eclectic home-decor items. They feature a variety of decor themes ranging from retro to modern, including items such as decorative dress forms and cast-iron owls.
U Bottle It’s 2,700-square foot store caters to beginner and expert beverage-makers alike. The venue’s stock covers all the bases for home-brewed libations, from beer and wine bottles to labels, carboys, and buckets. Along with more than 60 step-by-step beer-making and wine-making kits, U Bottle It keeps individually packaged wine bases, sugar, malt, and more than 60 hops on hand for customers working from their own recipes. The outlet’s in-house recipe book collects standard wine and beer formulas as well as tips contributed by guests.
The professional photographers at Target Portrait Studios capture paramount moments in premier lighting with high-tech digital cameras and a choice of vivid background images. After clients discuss pose preferences with their portraitist, subjects take the stage for approximately 10 minutes of flashing bulbs, bright smiles, and focused lenses. Clients are welcome to bring props and shadow puppets from home, and after choosing a background, they can further customize each image with one of the studio's props, if desired.