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Grand Bazaar Beginning To Take Shape As Cromwell Readies For Soft Opening

Where: 89109
April 18, 2014 at 10:08 PM | by | Comments (7)

With a debut set for late this year, we should begin to see increased progress at the site of Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops.

A check of the construction site earlier today found that the steel framework for the outdoor mall is starting to take shape. Caesars Entertainment completely erased Bally's Strip-facing frontage, including its fountains and non-moving sidewalk, so that 150 shops and eateries could be installed. If you've not seen the renderings yet for what's to come, you can view them here.

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The New Jubilee Has Us Missing The Old Jubilee

Where: 3645 Las Vegas Boulevard South [map], 89109
April 10, 2014 at 1:23 PM | by | Comments (4)

Las Vegas staple Jubilee has been a mainstay on The Strip for over 30 years and has undergone many facelifts. The most recent, under the guidance of new director and choreographer Frank Gaston Jr., leaves this writer missing the good old days.

Many of the iconic elements including dozens of showgirls in ornately feathered headdresses, the Titanic bit and the Sampson and Delilah scene are still there, but the newer elements don’t add enough value to earn their worth.

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Two More LUSH Boutiques Headed To Vegas

April 7, 2014 at 8:56 PM | by | Comments (3)

Back in November, we gleefully shared that Vegas was about to get a lot more LUSH.

News that Las Vegas would receive not one, but two more LUSH boutiques was shared with us by an employee last year and now the hiring has begun. First, for those wondering what a LUSH is, it's those shops at Mandalay Place and the Fashion Show Mall that are always filled with customers and that always smell sooo good.

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New LGBTQ Experiences Headed To The Strip

March 19, 2014 at 12:59 PM | by | Comments (5)

Bally's will debut a new gay club on The Strip this summer. Tropicana is turning up the heat with "Saturgays" and a new LGBTQ-focused, Saturday only beach party, Xposed! opening March 29. And now, Luxor is expanding its own reach to the gay travel segment by launching Provocouture in addition to its long-running Temptation Sundays pool parties (which return May 18).

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Catch Taylor Hicks At Paris Before It's Too Late

Where: 3655 Las Vegas Blvd. S. [map], 89109
March 14, 2014 at 12:45 PM | by | Comment (1)

The Soul Patrol will be moving on as Taylor Hicks finishes up his residency at Napoleon's inside Paris this April.

After a successful run at Bally’s, the American Idol champ moved next door to Paris where he has performed since the beginning of the year. Though his residency is ending, fans of the silver-haired crooner will soon have a new album to look forward.

Las Vegas holds a special spot in Hicks’ heart as it was here he first auditioned for American Idol, a move that helped bring him into the mainstream spotlight. As the first Idol winner to secure a Vegas residency, he brought an old-school Southern sound to Sin City.

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Resort Fee Increases at The Quad, Flamingo and Bally's

Where: 89109
March 6, 2014 at 8:59 PM | by | Comments (7)

On The Strip, good things come to those who wait. But, at a cost.

The Quad is about to finally start remodeling those rooms. Flamingo will soon be at the center of the new center Strip, flanked by The Linq and The Cromwell. Bally's has new accommodations and a revamped Jubilee as well as a brave bazaar new world on the way. And, don't forget the rumor that WiFi is coming to each property, too.

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Checking Up On Construction At Flamingo and The Strip

Where: 89109
February 19, 2014 at 11:51 AM | by | Comments (10)

The gaping hole in The Cromwell (almost Gansevoort, formerly Bill's or Barbary Coast depending how far back you want to go) is finally disappearing while Bally's is smoothing things over as it moves toward construction of its Grand Bazaar.

A visit to The Strip and Flamingo on Tuesday found workers still hoisting pieces of The Cromwell into place. The once aging property was completely gutted and is being re-imagined into a "boutique" hotel. On the property's northwest corner, Giada de Laurentiis' second-floor restaurant continues to take shape. Once a cavernous pit, exterior drywall is now up complete with holes for windows, providing passersby with a better idea of the views it will offer. Meantime, on The Cromwell's south-facing facade, black awning is now starting to appear above guestroom windows.

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Dark Days For Phat Pack

February 6, 2014 at 3:43 PM | by | Comment (1)

Critic fave Phat Pack have found themselves without a home.

The show, put on by three former Phantom of the Opera castmates from when it headlined the Venetian, debuted at downtown's Plaza back in late 2012. It spent about a year there before a new window of opportunity opened at Bally's in December of last year. The group took to Facebook on February 1, however, to let fans know their time there had already come to an end:

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Memories Of Bally's Neon Vegas Sign (Or, The Way Things Were at Bally's)

Where: 89109
January 15, 2014 at 8:02 PM | by | Comments (12)

We're not sure how to best do this so we're going to take the Band-Aid approach and get the jolt to your system over quickly.

This is how you likely remember the entrance to Bally's:

And this is how it looked as of this past Monday:

It's ok. Just breathe. There you go. Easy does it.

As you just saw, construction on the forthcoming Grand Bazaar Shops has leveled the entire Strip-side promenade in front of Bally's. Palm trees, fountains, much of the (non)moving sidewalk, those weird lighted pillars and that much photographed Bally's sign are all gone now. The worst part may be seeing those neon letters just carelessly strewn on the ground.

The photo galleries below denote the before and after. Our @sammasseur documented the destruction on Monday morning while VegasChatter friend and photographer extraordinaire Greg Clarke sent us photos and even a video, too, of the entrance as it once was. An entrance that had been around since about 1994, according to Greg.

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They're Workin' It At Bally's

Where: 89109
December 17, 2013 at 2:54 PM | by | Comment (1)

Construction chaos comes to Bally’s as they clean up and prepare for the Grand Bazaar Shops. The never-working moving walkway is officially closed. The escalator entrance on the casino floor has been boarded up. (Side note: most probably didn't even know they were there.) Outside there are signs and barricades blocking people from attempting to walk through the neon walkway. To enter Bally’s, you must now walk the paths next to the walkway.

The walkway has spray paint markings all over to note where work will need to happen. The fountains have all been turned off. It’s fairly desolate between the hotel and street. A couple security guards posted outside wouldn’t be the worst idea. Creepers and thieves could still hide in the existing shrubbery which will eventually be removed for kiosks.

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On Both Sides Of Flamingo, Future Vegas Under Construction

Where: 89109
December 10, 2013 at 8:40 PM | by | Comments (7)

The Vegas of tomorrow is changing rapidly with construction projects not just limited to the interiors of resorts, anymore. It won't be long before the Vegas of today will only be found in archival searches of Vegas past. Future Vegas isn't here quite yet, but its construction is.

One of the more dramatic changes will be found at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo where, on one side, Bill's (for lack of a better moniker) still sits gutted this week as construction workers transform the aging property into a swank, new boutique while, across the way, workers have begun to remove the Strip-side frontage of Bally's to make way for a sprawling outdoor mall bazaar.

VegasChatter's @sammasseur captured these images on Monday of two properties in transition. At Bally's, workers have started to dig up large sections of sidewalk and plantings, too. Pedestrian access has been blocked to the resort's (non) moving sidewalks both on The Strip as well as inside the hotel. You'll find a bit of quiet Vegas has been lost with foot traffic blocked from entering parts of the landscaped area out front. Sam tells us that guests trying to get to the Strip from Bally's must walk out the valet entrance and take the stairs towards the sidewalk on Flamingo or walk through the south side of the gardens (at least until that's closed, too, anyways).

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Ground Has Been Broken on the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's

December 4, 2013 at 2:25 PM | by | Comments (13)

For better or worse, a new shopping mall is rising on The Strip. More than a year after we uncovered the renderings for a retail space out in front of Bally's, ground has finally broken on the Grand Bazaar Shops, an open-air market modeled after the Grand Bazaar in istanbul.

According to the Associated Press, the strip mall will open next fall.

About two months ago, new renderings popped up for the Grand Bazaar showing some mosaic-tiled teepees and a few mosaic-tiled building wraps. The site also revealed a giant crystal starburst that would light up every night as if it were New Year's Eve. Every night. There are also plans to put an "interactive timepiece" out front as well.

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