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Behold the Most Annoying Spot in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a magical place, filled with wonders beyond imagination.

It is also home to a place so annoying, it pretty much dares people to not fly into a rage when they encounter it.

The most annoying spot in Las Vegas, and possibly the world, is at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. Here is that spot.

If you know, you know.

It looks innocuous enough, but if you’ve spent the day schlepping around town, get ready for an additional schlep, because Forum Shops has created an infuriating barrier that forces guests to walk around the obstruction for absolutely no reason. At least no good reason.

Here’s what’s up.

On the Casino Level of the Forum Shops, guests turn a corner and can see the mall’s famous spiral staircases. Glorious, and a must-try photo op.

The problem is you can’t get there from here.

That’s because Forum Shops and its tenants don’t want you to walk 10 feet to your destination.

They force you to go the long way. Hundreds of additional feet. Cue the completely justified profanities, especially when you’re hangry.

Grating gating.

The reason for this inconvenience to guests is self-serving and, in the parlance of usability and design, utter boneheadery.

See, if guests were “allowed” to go where they want to go, they’d bypass a dozen stores.

Those tenants are paying a metric ass-ton in rent, so have clearly communicated to their landlord, Simon Property Group, the desire to not let customers exert free will because it means those customers might not see their incredible offerings.

All signs point to stupidity.

It’s unclear if tenants realize customers, irked at being treated like children (or worse, cattle), are much less likely to patronize their stores because of this short-sighted manipulation.

In fact, we’re personally less inclined to visit the Forum Shops at all because of this nonsense.

This decision by Forum Shops and Simon is so deeply stupid and offensive, we’re having trouble thinking of anything in Las Vegas more baffling and vexatious, and that includes bars that insist upon using paper straws.

Trust us, those turtles are more upset about this detour than plastic straws.

When we posted about this enfuriating WTF on Twitter, many people chimed in to say they’ve encountered it and agree. This has been a source of consternation for so many Las Vegas visitors, it’s time to end this appalling practice.

Now, you may be thinking to yourself, “Don’t you have anything better to do?” or “What’s the big deal?” Well, we have answers. 1) No. 2) Get your own blog and good luck with that.

For the smarter people who are fed up with this brazen dumbassery, here’s the contact information for Simon Properties.

Yes, we get that there are more important things going on in Las Vegas, but a lot of that stuff we can’t change. What we can do is poke fun at Forum Shops to end this madness and, in doing so, the world will be a slightly better place.

We’ll also get to Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab more quickly, so the outrage will have been totally worth it.

Free Parking Ends at Planet Hollywood and Miracle Mile Shops

We told you paid parking at Miracle Mile Shops and Planet Hollywood was in the works nine months ago, now it’s official.

It was fun while it lasted.

Miracle Mile Shops

The “mile” in Miracle Mile Shops refers to the distance from the parking garage to Planet Hollywood’s craps tables.

The previously free self-parking will now cost $12 (up to four hours) and $15 for 24 hours, according to the Las Vegas Sun. The first hour is free.

Parking continues to be free for Planet Hollywood hotel guests, per the hotel. Parking is free for Platinum, Diamond and Seven Star tier levels of the Caesars Rewards loyalty club.

Unlike at other Caesars Entertainment casinos in Las Vegas, locals don’t get a pass on paid parking.

We first caught wind of the change back in Oct. 2020.

Our sources are tope, which you just learned is a portmanteau of “totally” and “dope.”

We’re told Miracle Mile Shops is expected to generate about $100,000 a month in revenue from
paid parking.

Caesars Entertainment resorts have had paid parking for some time, but Miracle Mile Shops has remained free because it’s not owned by Caesars. Planet Hollywood guests have benefited.

The owners are Miller Capital Advisory and CalPERS (California Public Employees’ Retirement System), which we didn’t know until we started typing this sentence.

While it’s a bummer Miracle Mile Shops will now charge for parking, the reality is it’s tough
having a free self-park garage when everyone around you has paid parking.

Las Vegas Monopoly

Parking fees should be waved for old-timey cars and showgirls.

The list of Strip casinos with free parking has dwindled, but there are several that still have it, including Tropicana, TI, Venetian and Palazzo, Casino Royale, Circus Circus, Wynn and Encore and The Strat.

On the bright side, pretty much everywhere else in the world has paid parking. All right, we’re using the term “bright side” liberally, but you know what we mean.

Seriously, though, ask people in New York, Chicago or L.A. if they think $15 is a lot to park somewhere for 24 hours.

Still, there’s no sugar-coating it. Parking fees suck.

Don’t cry because it ended, smile because it happened.

Hell-Ton of Resorts World Scoop, A Peek Inside and Opening Date Rumors

Resorts World is giving Las Vegas (and the world) something to look forward to in 2021, and we’ve got tons of exclusive scoop, including a peek inside this impressive new megaresort.

There’s a lot of buzz about a potential opening date for Resorts World. We should know, we started it.

An inside source at Resorts World says the resort is scheduled to open May 14, 2021.

Here’s an exclusive look inside our shiny new toy on The Strip.

Resorts World peek

Nothing can compare to that new casino smell!

We reached out to Resorts World about the rumored opening date, but haven’t heard back yet.

From what we’ve heard from those with inside knowledge of the project, there’s no way the entire resort opens fully in May. Buzzkill.

That doesn’t mean Resorts World couldn’t do a partial, or phased, opening on May 14. Circa Las Vegas, for example, had a split opening. The casino opened Oct. 2020 while the hotel opened in Dec. 2020.

Expect work on Resorts World to continue through the summer.

That means if Resorts World opens on May 14, it’s likely just the casino (the most important part of a casino resort) and a few other amenities will be available at launch, with others to follow.

Here’s another photo inside the under-construction Resorts World.

Resorts World peek

Who brings you the juicy? Related: Why do we have to make everything awkward?

This sign has sparked some great conversation on the Twitters!

Of course, Vegas fans immediately mentioned the font used on the sign is very familiar.

Fans of other Strip casinos mentioned they were reminded of signage from Wynn, Venetian and Bellagio.

The items on the sign warrant a deeper dive, including some new details we’ve ferreted out.

Nothing’s been officially confirmed by Resorts World, but our sources are pretty confident.

Let’s work our way through the sign, shan’t we?

Resorts World sign font

Have at it, font nerds.

So, what’s The Spine?

Well, we understand that’s the name of the retail shopping area of the resort. It’s the part that extends from the main structure toward Las Vegas Blvd. At the end of The Spine is the nightclub, Zouk.

Resorts World directions

Circus Circus should totally do a rendering where Resorts World is grayed out. Feud!

At first, we thought The Spine might be a lounge, then we could’ve lobbied to have the name changed to LumBar.

Because our marketing genius knows no bounds, that’s why.

Resorts World is being tight-lipped about its retail offerings, but give us a minute.

Working our way down the sign, there’s the Las Vegas Loop. That’s the resort’s station for the underground transportation system from Elon Musk. Here’s a look at the proposed station at Resorts World.

Resorts World tunnel station

Self-driving Teslas are the new rideshare.

The sign’s reference to “Crockfords Gaming” is the casino’s high limit area, with tables and slot machines, according to our source.

Crockfords is just one of the hotel brands under Resorts World’s roof. (It’s sort of like Four Seasons at Mandalay Bay or Nobu at Caesars Palace.)

Resorts World will also boast Hilton and Conrad. Yes, all within the same resort. There will be a quiz.

Resorts World entrances

In this Resorts World model, you can see three different entrances for each of the hotel brands—Hilton, Conrad and Crockfords.

Next up, Dawg House. We’re pretty sure this venue hasn’t been announced yet. Oopsie.

We hear this is going to be like Nashville Live, which we’ve never heard of, but it’s a venue that will have live music, food and drink. Think Gilley’s.

Dawg House comes from Steve Ford, one of the partners in Loser’s bar. Vegas fans know that name as it has a location at MGM Grand.

Bonus scoop: Dawg House will be home to the resort’s sports book. That’s probably why the sign says the sports book is in the same direction as Dawg House.

There’s some question as to who will run the sports book. We hear it was supposed to be Draft Kings, but there was some drama, so they’re probably not going to be it.

The final item on the sign is the Theatre. Very fancy spelling!

The only scoop we have about the “theatre” is Celine might have a residency there. Also unconfirmed.

Celine Dion Resorts World

We made a graphic. It has to happen.

That’s it for the sign, but that doesn’t mean we’re done with the scoop. Do you know this blog at all?

Apparently, Resorts World has been holding out on us, as we absolutely love the name of a new restaurant planned for the resort: “Sun’s Out! Buns Out!”

Absolute gold, and confirmation Las Vegas is healing.

It sounds like “Sun’s Out! Buns Out!” will be visually similar to Eggslut at Cosmopolitan, except unlike Eggslut, it will actually be good.

We’ve also heard the resort’s $4.2 million Japanese restaurant, Umi Umi, is getting a name change.

There is also expected to be a five-star Chinese restaurant, Silk, and an associated lounge, Silk Road. Fun fact: Another Silk Road restaurant closed at Vdara in 2011.

Also expect there to be a lounge from Clique Hospitality in the mix. Clique runs a number of venues in Las Vegas, including Clique Lounge at Cosmopolitan and Tailgate Social at Palace Station.

There’s already buzz about Resorts World’s center bar, with stalactite-like protrusions and other eye-popping features.

Still to be announced is a quick-serve deli just off the resort’s poker room.

Guests at Resorts World can also look forward to an Asian-themed food court (we doubt they’ll call it a food court, internally it’s referred to as an “Urban Food Street”) that will run along the majority (roughly 80%) of the south side of the hotel’s casino floor.

The food court will reportedly be managed by Lim Keong Hui, son of Genting Group Chairman Lim Kok Thay. Genting, based in Malaysia, owns Resorts World. Lim Keong Hui will also run the resort’s nightclub, the aforementioned Zouk.

Resorts World nightclub

Resorts World is swinging for the fences with Zouk. Please hold us.

The massive food court is inspired by a Hong Kong urban street market with a variety of carts and kiosks. (Try not to think about Lucky Dragon or Kind Heaven or F.A.M.E., thanks.)

There will apparently be a speakeasy, along with a 10-foot-tall lucky cat at the center of the space. Resorts World, we don’t ask for much, but please throw us the lucky cat rendering. There used to be a lucky cat at Cosmopolitan and it was adorable.

Lucky cat Cosmopolitan

Cosmo’s lucky cat was nine feet tall and could predict the future. We can’t wait to see the one at Resorts World.

That’s about all the scoop we’ve got bandwidth for today, but you can bet we’ll be keeping an eye on Resorts World as the opening approaches this summer.

It’s going to be sensory overload, and it’s a great time for Las Vegas to deliver its trademark over-the-top OMFG again.

No pressure, Resorts World.

Update (2/19/21): Let’s add this juicy item to our list of scoop. We’ve heard Resorts World has signed residency deals with Tiesto and Zedd for its Zouk nightclub. A Resorts World rep says, “No residents have been confirmed for Zouk at this time.”

Update (2/22/21): We heard back from a Resorts World rep, who said, “No new news on an opening date. We’re still on track for this summer, but have not selected an official opening date at this time as we’re watching the market closely.” So you’re telling us there’s a chance.

Update (3/7/21): Naturally, Resorts World confirmed our scoop about Clique. The lounge will be called Gatsby’s Cocktail Lounge.

Wynn Room Renovations Previewed Inside Wynn at Home Store at Wynn Plaza

Wynn fans can now get an in-person look at the decor which will populate the resort’s upcoming hotel room renovation at Wynn Las Vegas.

The Wynn at Home store in Wynn Plaza now boasts furniture, artwork, decorative accessories and other items which will be rolled out in the room renovation slated for 2022.

Word of the store’s recent “transformation” was shared via an internal communication by Todd Lenahan, President and Chief Creative Officer of Wynn Design & Development.

Then again, it’s us, so is any “internal communication” really “internal”?

Wynn at Home shop

Everything you see will be used in Wynn’s upcoming room renovations and is also for sale. Admit it, your house could use a little Wynn.

Those who pop in at the Wynn at Home store can see photos of what the new Wynn rooms and suites will look like, too.

The room overhaul was delayed due to the pandemic.

Wynn renovations 2022

Wynn’s rooms are getting some work done.

The store is more than just a preview of things to come, of course.

Guests can purchase the items on display, and can get things like Wynn robes (comfy AF) and even Wynn’s signature fragrance to tide them over until their next Wynn visit.

Wynn fragrance

Wynn’s signature fragrance is named after our favorite Prince song, Asian Rain.

Lenahan says, “In the store, before the redesign, we presented a lot of the in-room products that are found in our hotel rooms, such as our bedding and some of our bath amenities. With this new design, we’ve introduced a whole new layer of products and elements that tell the story about the renovation for the Wynn Las Vegas tower in 2022.”

Lenahan makes the point all the items in the Wynn at Home store are custom and exclusive to Wynn Las Vegas, the furnishings aren’t available at any other retailer in the world.

Wynn room renovation

Being around Wynn resort stuff just makes you feel fancier.

Lenahan continues, “You’ll see that the rooms have greater layers than we’ve had in the past. They’re rich, they’re textural, they’re every bit as colorful, but in a way that feels more like a fantastic residence than it feels like a hotel room.”

Some of the items on display will be in all the new Wynn rooms, some will be utilized only in villas and suites.

We are not an interior design person, but we pretty much loved everything on display in the Wynn at Home shop.

Todd Lenahan had big Berlutis to fill when he inherited the Wynn design gig from superstar designer Roger Thomas. Thomas, longtime collaborator of disgraced former casino mogul Steve Wynn, retired at the end of 2019.

In our layperson’s humble opinion, Todd Lenahan is kicking ass and taking swatches. Or something.

Wynn room renovation

Dude’s right. It feels more like home than a hotel room. Unless you have a Todd Lenahan, then your home is probably pretty awesome.

It’s worth noting guests can use their Wynn Rewards comp dollars to make purchases at the Wynn at Home store.

There’s a new program in the works called Shop Wynn Rewards. This program allows customers to use their comp dollars to purchase a variety of products. We got a sneak preview of what’s in the works.

Wynn Rewards comp dollars

Comp dollars are like real money only you get them from gambling rather than having a job.

The Wynn at Home store is open 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

When we stopped by, it was very quiet at Wynn Plaza (one of the reasons Wynn Resorts parking is free, at least for the time being).

Wynn Plaza has rearranged some of its art, including swapping out its Smiling King Bear sculpture (the thought was it was blocking the view of the mall from potential customers) with the $3 million Arrows and Flower Neon Sign.

Wynn Plaza art

A sign says, “Pricing upon request,” so this neon beauty is for sale. Keep an eye out for it.

Wynn Plaza has under-performed since it opened (with half the anticipated number of tenants) in 2018, and we suspect the lack of international travelers has caused the situation to worsen in recent months.

Which is a shame, because Wynn Plaza is stunning, opulent and immaculate. While you’re there, we guarantee you’ll see things you never knew existed. You probably can’t afford anything, but that’s hardly the point.

This place is far too awesome to be this empty, so put Wynn Plaza and the Wynn at Home store on your Vegas must-do list.

Here’s more from the Wynn at Home store.

Gamblers General Store Moves to New Location

A longtime go-to shop for gambling-related products in downtown Las Vegas, Gamblers General Store, has pulled up stakes and moved to a new location.

Thankfully, the store has only move about 180 feet from its former location, so customers shouldn’t have too much trouble locating it.

Here’s a look a the new digs.

Gamblers General Store

Two words: Dice table felt. Take it home. Learn the game. Get back to Vegas and stick it to The Man. Not to be confused with the “stickman.” Different thing.

The new address for Gamblers General Store is 727 S. Main St., Las Vegas, NV 89101.

From what we hear, the rent got too high at the former location, so the business made a move.

Here’s a hastily-assembled video for a look inside.

At the former location, there were several attempts at a restaurant inside the store’s footprint, but the most recent (and most promising), Dough Dough’s Hawaiian Cafe, tanked.

The restaurant closed “temporarily,” but the operators never came back. It appears no restaurant is in the cards for the new Gamblers General Store location.

Gamblers General Store

If you like gambling, this is the place for you. If not, WTF is wrong with you?

Gamblers General Store has been in operation since 1984. The store boasts 15,000 gambling products, including not only cards, dice and chips, but also items with awesome names like “lammers.”

Beyond the retail shop, the company’s makes some bank with personalized custom chips. Gamblers General Store has made chips for TV shows and movies, including “The Sopranos,” “Ocean’s 11” and even “Casino.” Both Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and former Mayor Oscar Goodman get their promotional chips from Gamblers General Store, and that’s endorsement enough for us.

Our home is pretty much a hoarder’s paradise for items we’ve gotten from the Gamblers General Store, so check it out if you’re in the neighborhood.

Learn more at the official Web site.

Sprinkles Cupcakes to Close at Linq Promenade

The flagship location of Sprinkles Cupcakes is set to close at Linq promenade on July 5, 2019.

Sprinkles has been a fixture at the Linq shopping district since it opened in 2014. To its credit, Sprinkles lasted longer than many of the mall’s original tenants.

Sprinkles cupcakes

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because frosting.

According to a notice posted at Sprinkles, the store will expand to “two new locations on The Strip this fall.”

Sprinkles closed

Always look on the bright side of life. Thanks to James T. for the pic.

Sprinkles made headlines for its cupcake ATM. The Sprinkles cupcake ATM was touted as the world’s first.

Cupcake ATM

Cupcakes, direct to your face.

Sprinkles opened its original location in Beverly Hills in 2005. The company has more than 30 locations across the country.

The company was founded by Candace Nelson, who we took a photo of in 2014, because we’ve taken a photo of virtually everything.

Candace Nelson

We’re a big fan of scoop.

Yes, they served ice cream, too. And cookies. But it was really about the cupcakes.

While we didn’t visit Sprinkles too often, we’re a little sad to see it go. Because whenever a cupcake store closes, an angel loses its moobs. Or something.

Speaking of moobs.

Oh, sure. Now, you’re drooling. If you’d visited more, there would still be a Sprinkles at Linq!

It seems the Linq promenade has already found a replacement for Sprinkles, Icebar. Icebar opens in November 2019. Visit the official site.

Icebar

It’s hard to be broken up about liquor replacing baked goods, sorry.

Sprinkles is being tight-lipped about the two new Vegas locations, but we trust we’ll see the return of these master bakers soon.

Oh, like we were going to get through an entire story without a single “master baker” reference. Do you know this blog at all?

Update (7/7/19): Word on the street is Sprinkles has struck deals with MGM Resorts, and the most likely candidates for future Sprinkles locations are Aria and MGM Grand (Park MGM is also a contender). For the record, Sprinkles has officially said “no comment.” Cupcake scoop for the win.