By Jack Bulavsky
Las Vegas can now list itself alongside Istanbul, Jerusalem, Morocco and London as having one of the world’s great open-air markets. The Grand Bazaar Shops are a 21st-centruy bazaar offering dining, entertainment, apparel, footwear, eyewear, accessories, jewelry, health, beauty and specialty outlets. From world-renowned brands to local favorites, Allegiant travelers can shop until they drop!
Conveniently located on two acres at the busiest pedestrian intersection in the city, Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, directly in front of Bally’s and across from the Fountains of Bellagio, the Grand Bazaar Shops are a fun and exciting destination.
According to Allen R. Bowman, General Manager of Grand Bazaar Shops, over 38 million people visited last year, discovering Wahlburgers, Redneck Riviera, Sin City Brewing Co., Amy’s Donut Factory, Tokyo Art Nail Bar, Bauer’s Sunglasses, Swarovski, Alex and Ani, Superdry and LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics.
And there’s so much more! Flair bartenders dazzle patrons daily at the Fuel Bar; Giordano’s serves award-winning Chicago pizza; Rock Cinema has a wide selection of t-shirts and accessories from favorite movies, music artists and TV shows; tropical drinks and world-famous Dole Whip will cool you off at Island Time Floats tiki bar; and a grand variety of Las Vegas souvenirs and gift items can be found at The BLVD.
One of the more popular locations is Starbuck’s. But this isn’t just another Starbuck’s. It’s a mega, 3,200-square-foot store where customers don’t sit at tables with chairs. Rather, they relax on grandstand seating with views of the bazaar.
“The dining and entertainment corridor has great energy,” said Bowman. “Redneck Riviera features live music daily and occasional performances by founder John Rich of Big & Rich. Celebrity brothers Chef Paul, Mark and Donnie Wahlberg make surprise visits at their Wahlburgers restaurant. Giordano’s has brought in amazing crowds with its first Las Vegas location. It offers a restaurant on the second floor and al fresco dining on its patio on the first floor.”
After nightfall, a light-and-sound show choreographed to modern pop music comes to life at 9 p.m. and midnight. Fourteen feet in diameter and made of 911 custom-cut Swarovski crystals, The Swarovski Crystal Starburst, a dazzling fixture towering above the Strip, acts as the focal point for the 3-minute show inspired by the exotic tradition of world bazaars.
For more information on this immersive shopping experience in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, visit grandbazaarshops.com.