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After the first mention of Bobby Flay's intention to bring his eponymous Burger Palace brand to Vegas, news has been sparse. There's been no official release, nor even a construction wall to snap at its forthcoming home of Crystals. But, despite the low profile, the Strip's newest burger joint is aiming to arrive before baby New Year:
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Looking for some exclusive apparel and accessories created with a commitment to environmental ethics? Of course, you are. For a very limited time, a pop-up retail store at Crystals is leading the charge in offering fashions created with "organically grown, recycled and sustainably harvested fabrics," alongside accessories with a reclaimed and reworked origin. But, it's all très chic, so don't worry about a good cause deflating your good taste.
Maison de Mode is conceived by designer Hassan Pierre and fashion editor Amanda Hearst. They've already wowed the glitterati at similar pop-ups at the Art Basel Miami Beach and New York City's Frieze Art Fair. This is Crystals so they brought the glam, but also a wide range of prices. Don't suspect this is all out of your price range.
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Recently, CityCenter debuted three new Starbucks and one was just a short escalator ride away from The Cup. (It replaced the closed Pods by Wolfgang Puck.) Another Starbucks opened inside Aria (where you can find the Roasted Bean as well) while a third now can be found alongside the Strip, just in front of Mandarin Oriental.
And, that's not counting the Starbucks you can find next door at Monte Carlo. Or, the coffee you can order up at the Jean Philippe Patisseries you can find inside both Aria and Bellagio. Or, the cup of Joe you can grab at Va Bene Caffe inside The Cosmo. Or...
(PHOTO: @daynaroselli on Twitter)
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"Crystals is not a mall..."
Those are the words of an MGM Resorts executive during a first quarter earnings call so it makes sense that the company is leaving that burger shack to the coming promenade between Monte Carlo and New York-New York. No, here at this high-end shopping destination only a burger palace will do. Bobby Flay's Burger Palace, to be exact.
The Shops at Crystals will soon feature an extraordinary new tenant asking you to spend some time and thought. American artist James Turrell has been commissioned to create an art installation for the very upscale mall that will transform the surroundings and your senses with his acute emphasis on the human intersection with light and space.
Sound familiar? We've been exclusively alerting you to the very secret Ganzfeld Project masterminded by Turrell on the top floor of the Crystals' Louis Vuitton store. The very private, invitation only exhibit is composed of a featureless "sensing space," bathed in light. Once inside, you'll see no horizon and your mind will race to find form and texture, before resting in a meditative state. This is a radical and potentially divisive project. A major work of locally created art, cut off from the locals and hidden within a designer boutique.
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Recently, Crystals started to quietly roll out a new, updated, let-us-spell-it-out-for-you rebranding that centers around an expanded name -- The Shops at Crystals. The high-end shopping
center mecca has also ditched a CityCenter location reference for an Aria name check, instead. Perhaps, due to a sign from above?
To further tip folks off who are unsure of what a Crystals is, there's a new ad campaign being put into place (as pictured above) and Crystals' social media channels have been updated as well. You'll now find them listed as The Shops at Crystals on Facebook and TheShops at Crystals on Twitter. (Although, both website addresses and the official Twitter handle still refer to CrystalsLV.) Crystals' website, crystalsatcitycenter.com, is likely the next in line for a change.
(Images: SK+G Public Relations on Facebook, @CrystalsLV on Twitterc)
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A second is coming to Crystals and is replacing The
weird Pods by Wolfgang Puck. The pods are still there, but already the seats, tables and order counter have been removed.
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It's been just over three years from the opening of CityCenter and the mega-resort complex is still trying to discover just what will make tourists
hand over their money happiest.
Yesterday, Aria announced that SKYBOX Sports Bar and Grill will close next week on January 2 for "an exciting new concept." Rumor has it that it will be a second, more casual concept by chef Shawn McClain who already operates Sage restaurant at the resort. (Rumor confirmed. It will be a pizza joint, FIVE50.)
Earlier this month, Aria's sweet spot, Sweet Chill, shuttered to make way for a Starbucks. And, another Starbucks is headed to the nearby Crystals mall as well, according to employment sites. So much has been happening at CityCenter that it may feel as if a scorecard would be handy, so we created one:
Oh, they are just zipping along with construction on the Aria pylon. That 260 feet tall of super shiny vertical advertising signage that will make sure Strip pedestrians and drivers never lose sight of Aria. Pretty much never. It's going to be really big. And, it's on the walkway between Crystals and Cosmopolitan.
Folks questioned building a fancy new pylon right next door to the 453-feet-tall Harmon Hotel that we all thought would be blown up at any moment. No longer true. The never completed Harmon will remain an empty, and still standing edifice until at least June 2014. A judge decreed the battle of who owes money or blame, or money and blame, over the hotel's failure will be fought out in court that summer. Meaning this fancy new pylon will have been blasting your retinas for over a year. Hey, it's almost like someone knew something ahead of time?
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We had assumed Eva Longeria's second go at the Strip restaurant scene, SHe by Morton's (a steakhouse just for her), would be just another Vegas delay. But, here we are on December 5 and it's still actively touting a New Year's Eve debut on social media.
We know what SHe sounds like, a concept so
strange surprising that it will definitely call for an in-person visit. (Don't worry. We'll report back.) But, while there will be lots of spectacle surrounding dinners at SHe, what about the most important thing? The steak? Vegas Magazine sheds a tiny bit of light on how SHe plans to be a cut above the rest in its December/January issue:
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Remember the top secret, invite only art installation being built at the Louis Vuitton store inside Crystals? No? We don't blame you. After this writer broke details of the Ganzfeld project back in September, public reaction was a deafening silence. It was though no one believed it was real. Well, it is and we have another exclusive update. And, present the possibility you might actually be able to experience this incredible project in person.
On the third floor of the country's largest Louis Vuitton store, artist James Turrell is creating a sensory deprivation art piece that will turn your mind inside out. Known as the Ganzfeld, visitors carefully walk through three small rooms to a "Sensing Space." A room filled with light that creates a heightened state of sensory awareness. For a brief time, your manipulated world will appear to extend forever. No edge to the horizon. No end to the space stretched out in front of you. Your mind and brain will wonder what hit it.
We told you it was full of secrets. This writer has lengthily detailed the hidden highlights at CityCenter's ultra high-end shopping mall, Crystals. We’re now going to reveal a project so Top Secret when it eventually reaches completion you’ll probably never get to see it.