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Instrumental in city’s musical growth
Monday, July 27, 2015
Violin outlet specializes in all the needs of the bowed stringed instrument player. In addition to selling and renting violins, violas, cellos and basses, the store carries a large variety of strings and accessories, sheet music and handles major restorations ...
Sommelier talks wine, science, baseball
Monday, July 27, 2015
Kim Wood, director of wine at Aria, was responsible for selecting the wine pairings at this year’s Vegas Uncork’d for a celebrity chef brunch at Bardot Brasserie and an all-star feast at Aria. Wood is a Johns Hopkins University-educated biomedical engineer but chose a career in the hospitality industry ...
Health care executive: As industry changes, providers must adapt
Monday, July 20, 2015
Toni Corbin, vice president of operations at Southwest Medical Associates, has seen the health care industry change considerably over the past 24 years. Technology and competition have enhanced the experience in many ways, and Corbin has overseen the implementation of programs and projects that improve patients’ lives ...
Vegan chef dispelling stigma of ‘bland’ food
'It takes a little time, but yes it’s totally worth it'
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Vegan Meals by Mindy provides a unique service. On Wednesday night the menu is posted online and clients place orders via text. On Sunday, meals are cooked at a commissary kitchen and ready for pickup or delivery the following morning ...
Franchisee: ‘Listen, delegate ... and get your hands dirty’
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Michelle Shriver knows what it takes to land a job — and keep one. After rising to the position of senior vice president of Ameristar Casinos, she became regional developer at Patrice & Associates Hospitality Recruiting, which works with companies nationwide to find workers in the hospitality industry ...
Helicopter company has metamorphosized into tourism giant
Sunday, July 12, 2015
This 50-year-old helicopter tour company flies over the entire Grand Canyon from Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam to Grand Canyon West ...
From cars to electronics, battery store makes everything run
Monday, July 6, 2015
Batteries Plus Bulbs provides local consumers and businesses access to more than 50,000 types of batteries, light bulbs and accessories ranging from the common to the obscure ...
Aliante Gaming leader: Innovation adds to casino’s success
Monday, June 29, 2015
Terry Downey had retired after a long and successful career with Station Casinos. But he was talked back into working and became president and general manager of Aliante Gaming, which runs Aliante Casino and Hotel in North Las Vegas ...
Salon’s business model: Empower professionals to work for themselves
Sunday, June 28, 2015
As a new concept in salon ownership, it took some time and creative marketing to help salon professionals understand how Sola is different from a traditional salon. Elegantly furnished, individually-sized stand-alone salon suites allow them to be their own boss ...
Attorney: ‘Proper trust and estate planning is extremely important’
Sunday, June 21, 2015
Dana Dwiggins became managing partner at Solomon Dwiggins & Freer at age 32. In addition to practicing law — focusing on probate and trust litigation, small-business litigation, trust and estate administration, guardianships, and trust and wills — she oversees all financial aspects of the firm ...
Any day can be April Fool’s with this prankster tourist attraction
Sunday, June 21, 2015
For fake wedding to fool family and friends, “I Got Married in Vegas! Just Kidding” can provide an Elvis officiant to conduct the ceremony, a ring exchange, a pronouncement and even a fake marriage license with all of the couple’s information. A variety of photos are taken during and after the ceremony against a green screen, and customers receive prints as well as electronic images that can be uploaded instantly...
Executive chef: ‘You have to always have the drive to be better’
Monday, June 15, 2015
Joshua Smith is executive chef at Bardot Brasserie at Aria. A Las Vegas native, Smith has more than a decade of experience in the restaurant business, including a stint at L20 in Chicago, which had two Michelin stars before it closed five months ago. Smith is responsible for developing the culinary program at Bardot Brasserie, which is Michael Mina’s first foray into traditional French cuisine on the Strip ...
Desert climate doesn’t stop local farm from growing, selling quality greens
Sunday, June 14, 2015
High Desert Farms is a local farm that sells microgreens within 24 hours of cutting them ...
‘Surround yourself with smart people who can challenge and inspire you’
Sunday, June 7, 2015
The executive managing director of Colliers International — Las Vegas talks about his firm’s success, the best business advice he’s received, his management style and his dream job.
Beard-grooming business is growing
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Dane Mentzer calls himself the chairman of the beard. His company creates men’s grooming goods such as beard oil, beard balm and whisker wax, as well as shaving implements for those who like or need to stay clean shaven.
Health Care Quarterly: Top Doctors 2015
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
We reached out to more than 4,000 physicians and medical professionals in Southern Nevada. We asked them who they recommend in a variety of specialties and are proud to share with you the top names — those doctors who were recommended over and over again ...
Numbers can lie, but good economists won’t let them
Monday, June 1, 2015
As principal of RCG Economics in Las Vegas, John Restrepo says, "If you’re going to be a practicing researcher and analyst, and in my case an economist, you cannot under any circumstances be an advocate or spin numbers or deal in half-truths" ...
In on the ground floor of the drone industry
Sunday, May 31, 2015
ArrowData recently became the first company in Nevada to receive Federal Aviation Administration approval to operate drones for news gathering ...
‘Vegas Modern’ developer talks architectural innovation, green building technology
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Tyler Jones is founder and owner of Blue Heron, which developed Sky Terrace, a desert-themed luxury community of custom homes in Henderson. The homes are packed with electronics and offer over-the-top amenities, such as elevators, outdoor kitchens and entertainment rooms with 105-inch drop-down television screens. Jones launched Blue Heron in 2004 with his father, Steve Jones, who has been in the Southern Nevada real estate business since 1989 ...
From strawberries to s’mores, funnel cake business dishes out dessert in Las Vegas
Sunday, May 17, 2015
The Funnel Cake Cafe is a mobile business specializing in gourmet funnel cakes, from the traditional strawberry and whip to the not-so-traditional bacon, banana split, peach cobbler, s’mores and more ...
What makes a successful restaurateur in Las Vegas? Ask the owner of Table 89
Monday, May 11, 2015
Sami Ladeki, owner and founder of Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza + Grill, is a self-described student of food and how it affects the body. He frequently travels the country and world to keep abreast of trends to keep his restaurants’ offerings fresh and relevant. Ladeki is ...
Music recording studios must keep pace with changes in music industry
Monday, May 11, 2015
Back in the day, recording an album used to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Today, you can get an A-plus quality recording with Grammy-nominated talent attached and it will sound as if it had the platinum Warner Bros. sound, for a quarter of that price ...
Why one entrepreneur chose the mobile flooring business
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Susan Liu went from owning a restaurant to a general contractor for more than a decade. Now she provides flooring solutions a franchise owner of a mobile flooring business ...
When cookie-cutter kitchens won’t do, have it custom designed and fabricated
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Royal Metal Works is a full-service commercial kitchen equipment service with design/consulting, purchasing, fabrication, installation, refrigeration installation and repair ...
For fertility doctor, helping couples conceive is the most rewarding part of the job
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Dr. Eva Littman is founder and practice director at Red Rock Fertility Center, which offers a boutique-style approach to helping couples start a family ...
Fried chicken gets a new twist: Asian fusion
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Mochiko Chicken is a true Asian fusion restaurant highlighting influences from the Hawaiian and Polynesian islands with half of the recipes from co-owner Jerry Misa's family, and some a systematic study of flavor and balance from collaborative works with several chefs from the Hawaiian Islands who now call Las Vegas home ...
Because like it or not, image matters
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Stephanie Ann Vahon is in the business of style. For nine years, she has worked as a consultant for individual and corporate clients. And now she’s started a program to train others to be certified image consultants.
Mother, daughter create business offering cheesecakes made from scratch
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Family recipes and a lineage of bakers have helped the store to become what it is today and offer homemade cheesecakes in 50 flavors ...
LVCVA SVP of Marketing: ‘Never underestimate the power of a relationship’
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Cathy Tull has been senior vice president of marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority since 2009 and is one of the key organizers of Vegas Uncork’d, the highly anticipated foodie event celebrating its ninth year this month with events at Aria, Bellagio, Caesars Palace and MGM Grand ...
When it comes to health care, Nevada needs more of just about everything
Sunday, April 5, 2015
The president and CEO of the Nevada Health Care Association talks about what people can do to affect nursing home care, what would improve health care in Nevada and why it’s important to treat people in the service industry and armed forces with respect.
The Notes: March 29-April 4
Sunday, March 29, 2015
In the Notes: Raster, Umpqua Oats, Lush, City National Bank, Canon, Maverick Helicopters, Hash House A Go Go and more ...
Celebrity colorist proud to be on Elle magazine’s top 100 list
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Color offers a variety of services such as hair coloring, highlights and hair extensions, as well as manicures, pedicures, makeup application and tanning services.
Restaurateur Ben Sabouri: ‘The customer is why you go to work’
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Ben Sabouri is co-founder and partner at Shift Hospitality, which develops and manages restaurant and nightlife venues. He has worked for some of the top hospitality and entertainment companies in the country, and along with business partner Matt Moore, opened downtown’s MTO Café (which stands for Made To Order) in 2013, then added a location at Downtown Summerlin ...
Law firm partner: ‘I can bask in the reflected glory of my people’
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Mark Ricciardi, regional managing partner of Fisher & Phillips, founded the firm’s Las Vegas office and has represented hotels, casinos, financial institutions, manufacturers, government agencies and other businesses since 1987 — including a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court ...
9 apps to help your business
Smartphones and tablets have opened many avenues for improving workflow
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Business owners and managers always are game to try new tricks to increase productivity, manage employees and expenses more efficiently and interact better with clients and customers. Desktop computers have all but replaced paper for business management, and now, mobile applications are getting their turn.
Tattoo removal is just the beginning for local business
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Surgical Dermatology & Laser Center is a dermatology practice that specializes in Mohs micrographic surgery and reconstruction for skin cancer, laser tattoo removal, acne scar therapy and laser resurfacing.
Not your typical used-car salesmen
Sunday, March 15, 2015
Boutique automotive dealership has featured unique and ever-changing offerings in Las Vegas since 2001.
Financial advisor: ‘Choose carefully’ with whom you associate
Sunday, March 15, 2015
The managing director and co-founder of financial advisory firm High-Tower Las Vegas discusses common finance mistakes, the firm’s quick rise to prominence in Southern Nevada, and his penchant for adventure.
At rare family store on the Strip, ‘each product has a story’
Sunday, March 8, 2015
From rare cognacs to exotic oils and fruit vinegars, a new family-owned shop on the Strip bills itself as a candy store for adults. Kim and Gary Weiss make it a point to bring unusual flavors to Las Vegas, and do it in a way that’s sustainable.
‘Hopefully this time, everyone will stay committed’ to improving mental health in Nevada
Sunday, March 1, 2015
The CEO of the WestCare Foundation discusses the state of mental health care in Southern Nevada, what can be done to improve it and the importance of tailoring the foundation’s outreach to each community it serves.
Bakery rising to the challenge of operating in Las Vegas
Sunday, March 1, 2015
In a city known for reinventing itself, award-winning pastry chef Megan Romano embraces the culture by “constantly sourcing new product” and “testing new ideas.”
Sweet success so far for Salt Room
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
Ava and Raffi Mucikyan believe so much in the healing and therapeutic benefits of salt that they built their business, quite literally, from it. Salt Room LV offers a variety of salt treatments.
Helping the community thrive is priority No. 1
Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
The president and CEO of Brooks Behavioral Health Center gives advice for those struggling with substance abuse and talks about his hands-on management style and why it’s so important to him as a local to give back to the community.
The Juice Standard is out to ‘vegucate’ us
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015
Jamie Stephenson and Marcella Melnichuk want to do more than sell juice. They want to educate the community about the benefits of good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle without sacrificing great taste.
Rehab center president: Getting sober is different in Las Vegas
Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015
The president of Solutions Recovery Inc. talks about what sets his firm apart from other rehab centers, the challenges of helping people addicted to prescription drugs, the most rewarding aspect of his job and his life as an amateur boxer.
Mistakes need not follow you forever
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015
Record Seal of Nevada's paralegal service prepares all the legal documents required to petition the court to have an arrest record sealed ...
The Data: Feb. 8-14
Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015
All of the information your business needs: Bid opportunities, bankruptcies filed and building permits issued. To add to our data, email us at [email protected].
For antique mall, first and foremost is customer’s comfort
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
Michelle and Cal Tully took over the 18,000-square-foot shopping space in 2008 and immediately set out to make improvements to the customers experience.
‘Hopefully what we do adds to the state’s recovery’
Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015
Panattoni Development has been involved in several large-scale projects in Southern Nevada. Roberts, a partner, talks about the most rewarding part of his job, what’s in store for commercial real estate in Las Vegas and the importance of giving workers space.
People on the Move: Jan. 25-31
Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015
In the People: Heather Mongie, Jenn Michaels, Kyla McKown, Sherri Lewis, Ena Licina, Lori Nomura, Ericka Aviles, Terry Shirey, Desiree Caputo and more ...