By H. Wadowski
Allegiant passengers hoping to do a little shopping during their summer vacation will discover that two of Las Vegas’ most luxurious retail centers are actually kitty-cornered from each other on the Strip.
Encompassing nearly 3 million square feet and featuring more than 350 stores combined, Fashion Show and Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian I The Palazzo are two of the city’s most popular places to shop ’til you drop. Boasting department stores like Barneys New York at Grand Canal Shoppes and Dillard’s, DICK’s Sporting Goods, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Macy’s Men’s Store and Forever 21 at Fashion Show, both retail centers have welcomed several new tenants in recent months. In fact, Fashion Show unveiled a new 22,000-square-foot outdoor plaza last November. Facing Las Vegas Boulevard, it features several small freestanding shops and full-service restaurants, including Kona Grill, Luke’s Lobster, Pressed Juicery, Sticks & Shakes, Wicked Pizza and Davidoff of Geneva Cigar Bar, as well as a newly expanded 30,000-square-foot flagship Zara.
The retail powerhouse is on track to open 25 stores in 2016 as well, with such notable additions as Swatch, Kiko Milano, New Balance, Tadashi Shoji, Sephora and Under Armour already open. Flip Flop Workshop also recently opened two locations at the 2-million-square-foot shopping mecca—one inside near Macy’s and the other on its plaza—where guests can design their own flip flops.
Grand Canal Shoppes, meanwhile, offers shoppers that perfect mix of luxury and iconic brands. Guests will find everything from boutiques by Christian Louboutin and Salvatore Ferragamo to stores from Alex and Ani and Guerlain all under one roof. Not surprisingly, the striking 875,000-square-foot retail center is home to several art galleries as well, including the flagship location of internationally renowned photography company LUMAS. Exhibiting more than 200 artists, shoppers can purchase hand-signed, limited-edition works with prices starting at just $100. Additional galleries include Galleria Arte Fino, showcasing works by contemporary artists from around the world; Regis Galerie, featuring rare high-quality collections of art; and William Carr Gallery, selling landscape photographs by one of the world’s most collected photographers.
Later this summer, Grand Canal Shoppes will also welcome Miami’s James Beard Award-nominated eatery SUGARCANE raw bar grill. The 6,500-square-foot location will include a raw bar, robata grill and an open hot kitchen.