R+D is a “lifestyle store” that is destined to become a temple of style, fashion and design in Las Vegas. The store’s name is inspired by the founder, Mariah Lewis-Briley’s painstaking research and development approach to identifying style.
Patients at Ultimate Dental bask in the comfortable of cozy chairs and two satellite-linked TVs while their teeth soak up the dental skills of Dr. Ernest Hipolito and his staff. More than 22 years of experience have honed Dr. Hipolito’s problem-solving skills, and he gussies up smiles with cosmetic dentistry as well as repairs grills with dental implants and other restorative techniques.
The exercise experts at Body Fit Las Vegas guide guests toward healthy hearts, toned muscles, and increased self-confidence at 64 weekly boot-camp sessions. A seasoned coach such as owner, trainer, and U.S. Army veteran Marcus Niemo equips students with moves that build stamina, core strength, and dioramas of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Each class teams cardio with isometric exercises to work all of the major muscle groups, providing a balanced workout that helps prevent injuries at the gym and comic wipeouts when skipping through fields of banana peels. The teacher can also help campers monitor their tickers and adjust the workout’s intensity to torch a maximum number of calories by hitting their target heart rate and uprooting fields of snapping Venus fly traps.
Owner and cake designer Lacia McKee draws on more than 25 years of baking experience to craft gourmet treats and custom pastries inspired by the glamour of Las Vegas, earning her a featured spot on TLC's Fabulous Cakes and the privilege of designing cakes for celebrities such as David Hasselhoff, Gary Busey, and 50 Cent. Like misguided playground bullies, one dozen cupcakes crowd in side by side, teasing tongues with flavors such as red velvet and chocolate decadence, topped with fluffy frostings including vanilla buttercream.
The way the interior of Our Families Country Café is decorated gives off a keenly familiar feeling—like home, if home had the cozy welcome-home ambience of a TV-family dining room. A florist shop’s worth of plants, flowers, and knickknacks peppers the wooden walls, tables, and beams, and a decorative sign invites diners openly to “Seat Yourself.” Once you take in the restaurant’s good humor, a home-style feast of American favorites awaits touchdown between your fork and knife. Throughout the day, the kitchen staff flips hot cakes, scrambles omelets, grills burgers, and pours creamy gravy on crispy country fried steaks, all made in the name of down-home country cooking. Heartier eats include USDA Choice rib-eye steaks that start at 6 ounces like grandma used to make, or go up to 30 ounces, like Mr. T’s grandma used to make.
When Forest Mars Sr. was a boy, in 1911, he watched with rapt attention as his mother, Ethel, crafted gourmet chocolates in their kitchen. 70 years later, he honored her memory by making chocolates of his own in Henderson, Nevada, where today a small factory still whips up his mother's recipes alongside modern confections. Traditional candies mingle nuts, crème liqueurs, and caramels with dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and truffles. Handpicked pecans float amid chocolate and butter in Ethel M's signature brittles, and milk, dark, and sugar-free chocolate envelops bite-sized treats such as espresso beans, pretzels, and fruit. Ethel M Chocolates invites visitors to tour the factory, where chocolatiers prove sweets can be made without preservatives or the witchcraft of Keebler elves, before sending candies to seven Las Vegas–area shops.