Shopping & Services: Best of Las Vegas 2014 results


ADULT STORE

Readers’ Pick:

ADULT SUPERSTORE

Multiple locations

Whatever you’re into, you’re into, and we’re not going to judge. (We’re also not going to elaborate on what it is that we’re into, so stop asking.) But whatever it is, Adult Superstore’s five locations are bound to have it. From DVDs to fetish wear to things we’re not comfortable even knowing about, let alone writing about, there’s a reason Adult Superstore is your choice year after year. Deja Vu Adult Emporium gets its groove on in second place.

Our Pick:

KIKI DE MONTPARNASSE

Crystals at CityCenter

3720 Las Vegas Blvd. South

If your tastes are a little more refined, and your pockets are a little deeper, may we suggest Kiki de Montparnasse? Offering a romance concierge, as well as a couples dressing room and portrait booth, this is the place to go whenever you need 24-karat gold handcuffs, a $375 blindfold or a “restraining arts kit” that will set you back roughly the price of a mortgage payment.

ANTIQUES

Readers’ Pick:

CHARLESTON ANTIQUES MALL

560 S. Decatur Blvd.

Runner-up: Not Just Antiques Mall

Our Pick:

GOLD &SILVER PAWN

713 Las Vegas Blvd. South

ARTS &CRAFTS

Readers’ Pick:

MICHAELS

Multiple locations

Art supplies? Check. Custom framing? Yes sir. Enough beads, ribbons and flowers to outfit Mardi Gras for the next decade? You betcha. There’s no limit to the reasons you love this place, including the fact that Michaels has coupons out the wazoo. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores make a scrapbook to commemorate finishing second.

Our Pick:

HOBBY LOBBY

4955 S. Fort Apache Road

625 N. Stephanie St., Henderson

We like Hobby Lobby for all the reasons you love Michaels. Heck, blindfold us, stuff us in a trunk and dump us in one or the other of them, and we’d be hard-pressed to tell you which was which. At least until we saw Hobby Lobby’s selection of furniture.

BANK/CREDIT UNION

Readers’ Pick:

ONE NEVADA CREDIT UNION

Multiple locations

Runner-up: Wells Fargo

Our Pick:

CITY NATIONAL BANK

Multiple locations

BARBERSHOP

Readers’ Pick:

JOE’S BARBER SHOP

4225 E. Sahara Ave.

Runner-up: Hi-Rollers Barber Shop

Our Pick:

BOLT BARBERS

Downtown Container Park

707 Fremont St.

BEAUTY/HAIR SALON

Readers’ Pick:

HOTTIE HAIR SALON

7871 W. Charleston Blvd.

Runner-up: Rock-A-Do Hair Salon

Our Pick:

PLATINUM ENTOURAGE

6670 S. Tenaya Way

BOOKSTORE

Readers’ Pick:

BARNES &NOBLE

Multiple locations

Runner-up: Amber Unicorn

Our Pick:

DEAD POET BOOKS

937 S. Rainbow Blvd.

BRIDAL SALON

Readers’ Pick:

DAVID’S BRIDAL

Multiple locations

There’s something to be said for being the biggest of the bunch. David’s Bridal carries everything from dresses and lingerie to must-haves for the ceremony and reception. And, for that bride who’s in a rush, agoraphobic, just plain lazy or who’s already been down the aisle a few too many times to still get excited about the process, all of it can be purchased online. For the second straight year, Mina Olive is your bridesmaid, not your bride.

Our Pick:

COUTURE BRIDE

950 S. Durango Drive

Considering two-thirds of Couture Bride’s partners were executives at Vera Wang, it’s no surprise that they specialize in the designer’s gowns. But they also feature dresses by the likes of Monique Lhuillier, Rosa Clara and Lazaro. The boutique also gives back via programs such as Brides Across America, through which it donated designer gowns to military brides on Veterans Day.

DESIGNER BOUTIQUE

Readers’ Pick:

CHANEL

Multiple locations

Whether you’re a regular on the red carpet or just want to look like you are, Chanel has you covered. Literally. We know of residents of Southern California, which is lousy with Chanel stores, who come to the Strip just for our stores’ service and selection. Vasari struts its stuff in second place.

Our Pick:

RENT THE RUNWAY

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South

You want to look good for that big event, but you don’t want to look the same at every big event after that? Rent the Runway offers a rotating selection of dresses and accessories from big-name designers, with sizes ranging from 0 to 22, that can be yours for the night for as little as $50. When you’re done, you don’t even have to brave Strip traffic again. Just put it in the prepaid envelope and stick it in any United Parcel Service drop box.

DRY CLEANER

Readers’ Pick:

ELDORADO CLEANERS

Multiple locations

Runner-up: Tiffany Couture Cleaners

Our Pick:

FAZIO CLEANERS

Multiple locations

ELECTRONICS STORE

Readers’ Pick:

FRY’S

6845 Las Vegas Blvd. South

You like a little bit of everything in your electronics store: cavernous spaces stocked with hard-to-find DVDs and major appliances, home theater and security installation, ink cartridge refills, even a cafe. Fry’s has all that and more. And, depending on how you go to get there, you may even get to drive on that cool flyover thing from Las Vegas Boulevard. Best Buy geeks out in second.

Our Pick:

APPLE STORE

Multiple locations

We like an electronics store that sneaks up on us. We can be shopping for anything, anything at all, and then BAM, we’re drawn to those tiny, shiny Apple Stores like parakeets to mirrors. Once we’re there, we have to leave with something, no matter how little we need it. And, while you’ll never see us among those wackos camping out to get Apple’s latest gadget, we at least understand the desire.

ETHNIC MARKET

Readers’ Pick:

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE

5000 S. Decatur Blvd.

Shopping here can be a little like the opening ceremonies of the Olympics, without all the sub-Cirque gymnastics: You’ll discover countries you never knew existed. By offering virtually any type of ethnic grocery item, if International Marketplace doesn’t have it, you don’t need it. Then again, with all the rich, fatty desserts you can find here, there’s plenty of food you don’t need as well. Cardenas cooks up something exotic in second.

Our Pick:

INTERNATIONAL MARKETPLACE

You may like International Marketplace because it reminds you of your far-flung honeymoon or that time you backpacked through Asia. We like it because it allows us to re-create the TV adventures of Anthony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmern without actually having to go to any of those places.

FARMERS MARKET

Readers’ Pick:

FRESH 52

Multiple locations

At Fresh 52, the farmers market comes to you, thanks to its locations in Summerlin, Henderson and Town Square. Best of all, you can pick up everything you need to get ready for your hipster date night, from handmade soaps, silver jewelry and hand-knit hats to cage-free eggs, vegan desserts and fair-trade coffee. Downtown 3rd grows something local in second.

Our Pick:

DOWNTOWN 3RD

Casino Center Drive and Stewart Avenue

While we applaud its emphasis on locally sourced foods as well as healthy lifestyle classes and demonstrations by local chefs, we really like Downtown 3rd for the irony. From its downtown transportation building location, it’s concentrating all this healthy living less than a five-minute walk from the Fremont Street Experience and its yardlong margaritas and deep-fried Oreos.

FITNESS CENTER

Readers’ Pick:

LAS VEGAS ATHLETIC CLUBS

Multiple locations

Whether you’re there for the indoor track and pool, the spa and sauna, or LVAC Woman, which keeps all the sweaty guys away from you so you can exercise in peace, there’s something for every level at LVAC. And if you’re looking for classes, their instructors have you covered from Ai Chi to Zumba. 24-Hour Fitness remembers to wipe down the equipment in second.

Our Pick:

LIFE TIME ATHLETIC

10721 West Charleston Blvd.

You can work up a sweat in their indoor and outdoor pools, on their giant rock wall, or as part of their running, cycling, basketball or squash clubs. Or you can just look like you do with Life Time Athletic’s Life Cafe, Life Spa and Michael Boychuck’s salon.

FLORIST

Readers’ Pick:

TIGER LILY

Multiple locations

Tiger Lily boasts that it specializes in exotic tropicals, European/dish gardens and fresh-from-the-farm flowers. But this family owned and operated florist really specializes in one thing: earning your votes. Good job, readers, because as a way of saying thanks, it’s certainly cheaper than sending flowers. A Garden Floral catches the bouquet in second.

Our Pick:

ROBERT’S FLORIST SHOP

5661 W. Sahara Ave.

Sure, Robert’s Florist has more than 30 years of experience, it’s locally owned, and it can arrange something beautiful for any occasion. But what we like most about it is its 24-hour delivery service. Because we never know when we’re going to screw up.

FURNITURE STORE

Readers’ Pick:

WALKER furniture

301 S. Martin Luther King Blvd.

If there’s one thing you should be looking for when shopping for furniture, aside from those couches with the seats that flip up to reveal a minifridge, it’s convenience. With 160,000 square feet of furniture, including an outlet and a tent and clearance center, Walker makes sure you don’t have to drive all over town. And, for the past 20 years, Walker has provided furniture for needy Las Vegans through its “Home for the Holidays” program. RC Willey takes a seat in second.

Our Pick:

WALKER furniture

We like Walker for all those reasons, plus one that’s near and dear to our hearts: It’s literally near our hearts, right around the corner from our offices.

GARDENING STORE

Readers’ Pick:

STAR NURSERY

Multiple locations

With seven valley stores and a burgeoning online business, Star Nursery has whatever you need to keep your thumbs green. (Or bloody. Ours almost always end up bloody whenever we garden.) And with monthly Kids Garden Club meetings as well as plenty of seminars for grownups, they can help your thumbs transition from bloody to green. Interior Gardens grows into a contender in second.

Our Pick:

PLANT WORLD

5301 W. Charleston Blvd.

Here’s the thing about kids and gardening: While most of them are up for digging in the ground, they can get a little bored looking for potting soil. At Plant World, though, you can distract the little ones with African tortoises, water turtles, more than 50 exotic birds, fish, cats and rabbits. More than one co-worker has said it’s like taking their kids to the zoo.

GROCERY STORE

Readers’ Pick:

SMITH’S

Multiple locations

From its pharmacies to its banks to its gas stations, Smith’s has you covered. But the stores offer plenty of attention to detail, as well, with helpful, well-trained butchers, an emphasis on gluten-free and organic foods, and plenty of cashiers. And, with nearly 30 valley locations, odds are, there’s one (or three) near you. Glazier’s Food Marketplace bags its groceries in second.

Our Pick:

GLAZIER’S FOOD MARKETPLACE

8525 W. Warm Springs Road

There may be a Smith’s on nearly every corner, but there’s only one Glazier’s. And its focus is squarely on food, especially those hard-to-find items East Coast transplants crave. If your taste buds get too much of a workout while shopping, you can settle in for a meal in the dining area. Look for it right next to the piano.

HAIR REMOVAL

Readers’ Pick:

BIRTHDAY SUIT WAXING SPA

7645 S. Rainbow Blvd.

Runner-up: Wax Shack

Our Pick:

THE PRETTY KITTY

8995 W. Flamingo Road

HOME IMPROVEMENT

Readers’ Pick:

LOWE’S

Multiple locations

We’re not sure why you like Lowe’s better than Home Depot. Maybe it’s the way Lowe’s is laid out. Maybe it’s the fact that Lowe’s seems to carry more household goods such as curtains and blinds. Or maybe you just prefer Jimmie Johnson to Matt Kenseth. Home Depot organizes its tools in second.

Our Pick:

LOWE’S

Multiple locations

We’re not what you’d consider “handy” around the house. (See our pick for Gardening Store.) But we like that Lowe’s always seems to be staffed with plenty of helpful experts. And they do their best not to laugh at our stupid questions.

HOME STORE/ ACCESSORIES

Readers’ Pick:

J. GLENN

750 S. Rampart Blvd.

Shopping for home accessories can get a little tedious. After all, is this throw pillow really that much different from the dozen or so you saw before it? But J. Glenn keeps things interesting by also carrying everything from books to paper products to jewelry to toys. River North sells $2,000 bar stools in second.

Our Pick:

RIVER NORTH

The Market LV of Tivoli Village

420 S. Rampart Blvd.

Need a $300 wall sconce? River North has it. How about a side table that looks like a solid-gold tree trunk? River North has it. Need authentic animal horns? River North has those, too. Interior designer Shelley Gorman curates a selection of custom pillows and upholstery, lighting fixtures and furniture from her exclusive casegoods line.

HOSPITAL

Readers’ Pick:

SUNRISE HOSPITAL

3186 S. Maryland Parkway

Runner-up: St. Rose Dominican

Our Pick:

UMC

1800 W. Charleston Blvd.

JEWELRY STORE

Readers’ Pick:

THE JEWELERS OF LAS VEGAS

Multiple locations

You could have picked The Jewelers of Las Vegas for its selection of elegant timepieces. You could have picked it because that’s where you bought that stunning engagement ring. Or you could have picked it because, operating under other names inside The Venetian, Palazzo and Hard Rock Hotel, it’s open 24 hours, seven days a week for those late-night jewelry emergencies. But we know why you really picked it: its gregarious owner Mordechai Yerushalmi. MarkieChar Jewelry sparkles in second.

Our Pick:

MJ CHRISTENSEN diamonds

10400 S. Eastern Ave., Henderson

8980 W. Charleston Blvd.

Let’s face it, you can purchase jewelry anywhere. But when we buy our bling — and, boy, do we buy bling — we like to know some of those Benjamins are going back to the community. And MJ Christensen supports numerous local groups ranging from Opportunity Village and Susan G. Komen Southern Nevada to Best Buddies and the Southern Highlands Charitable Foundation.

LIQUOR &WINE STORE

Readers’ Pick:

LEE’S DISCOUNT LIQUOR

Multiple locations

When they’re ready to raise their glasses, Las Vegas Review-Journal readers favor a traditional toast: to Lee’s Discount Liquor, which retains its longtime stranglehold on this category. Whether you’re foaming at the mouth for beer, whining for wine or scaring up assorted spirits, Lee’s has a comprehensive selection, along with in-store tastings, recipe kiosks and a loyalty program where customers can earn points redeemable for everything from shot glasses to mountain bikes. Again bubbling into second place: Total Wine and More.

Our Pick:

KHOURY’S FINE WINE &SPIRITS

9915 S. Eastern Ave.

They had us at “Indulge your inner wine/beer geek.” And no wonder — the folks at Khoury’s really know their stuff, as they demonstrate in a wine and beer lounge that features eight different wines by the glass and 11 beers on tap. The selections vary by season, offering numerous chances to sample — with even more options on the shelf. But the most important ingredient remains the personal touch you’ll find at this imbibers’ oasis.

MALL

Readers’ Pick:

FASHION SHOW MALL

3200 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Locals may not love going to the Strip, but R-J readers once again make an exception for this fashion-magnet mall. Maybe it’s the savvy range of department and specialty stores, from break-the-bank (Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue) to budget-friendly (H&M) to everything in between. Add tasty dining options, daily fashion shows — and that oddly compelling cloud — and it all adds up to a winner. Henderson’s Galleria at Sunset repeats as runner-up.

Our Pick:

THE FORUM SHOPS AT CAESARS

3500 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Eat your heart out, Rodeo Drive. Beverly Hills’ most famous shopping street may boast many of the same luxury retailers as the Forum Shops, but the Forum Shops locations have higher sales per square foot. (So there!) And while the Mall of America may be bigger, in size if not sales, is there another mall with talking statues, an Atlantis aquarium, replicas of the Trevi and Triton fountains and other glories to distract you while you’re shopping? We think not. Whether your tastes run to Gucci or the Gap, there’s something in store for you here.

MANICURE/ PEDICURE

Readers’ Pick:

PINK NAILS

8414 Farm Road

Runner-up: bond. {a nail salon}

Our Pick:

POLISHED NAILS

7575 S. Rainbow Blvd.

MEN’S CLOTHING

Readers’ Pick:

MEN’S WEARHOUSE

Multiple locations

Dapper Best of Las Vegas voters must like the way they look when they visit this nationwide menswear behemoth. Even without ousted founder George Zimmer’s guarantee, Men’s Wearhouse works as a one-stop shop for guys, whether they’re looking for polo shirts, business suits — or that once-in-a-lifetime tuxedo, complete with bow tie, cummerbund, studs and perfectly shined shoes. And now for something completely different: R+D Hipster Emporium, which tries on second place for size.

Our Pick:

STITCHED

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

3708 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Prepare for sticker shock, all ye who enter here — and then remind yourself that you get what you pay for at this classic-meets-contemporary monument to male attire. At Stitched, you’re paying for an impressive mix of old-school haberdashery and modern styling. Adding to the dash: the best selection of fabrics in town, great tailors to transform those fabrics into custom clothing, along with equally classy ready-to-wear brands if you just can’t wait to look great.

OUTLET STORE

Readers’ Pick:

NIKE FACTORY STORE

Multiple locations

Last year’s silver medalist takes over the top spot on the podium, as R-J readers say “Just Buy It” at these well-stocked stores. Come for the shoes and stay for the T-shirts, both at heavily discounted prices. If you’re lucky (and you’re in Vegas, so why wouldn’t you be?), you’ll find more deeply discounted shoes on the clearance rack — which end up being even cheaper when you factor in the additional percentage discounts. Riding hell-for-leather into second place: last year’s champ, Coach.

Our Pick:

LAST CALL BY NEIMAN MARCUS

Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas

32100 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Primm

Cashmere sweatpants for $25? Believe it. Sunglasses originally priced at $400 for $40? Shoes with to-die-for names (Jimmy Choo, Coco Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik and Co.) at you-can-live-with-this price tags? These are but a few of the killer deals to be found at this shrine to stylish shopping. Whether you have designs on designer jeans, designer shirts or something in between, the fashion bargains are definitely worth the drive to the state line.

PET GROOMING/PET STORE

Readers’ Pick:

THREE DOG BAKERY

2110 N. Rampart Blvd.

Runner-up: PetSmart

Our Pick:

BARKING BUBBLES

3250 N. Decatur Blvd.

SHOE STORE

Readers’ Pick:

DSW

2100 N. Rainbow Blvd.

571 N. Stephanie St., Henderson

Officially, DSW stands for Designer Shoe Warehouse. But there are plenty of other adjectives that apply equally well, from “Discount” (in honor of all those amazing deals, which become even more amazing once one DSW’s color-coded clearance labels kick in) to “Decide,” which is tough to do when confronted with miles of aisles bursting with bargains. Another hallowed shoe shrine, Nordstrom, struts into second place.

Our Pick:

DSW

It’s not easy to feed a shoe fetish on a journalist’s salary, but this footwear haven makes it easy to stay addicted, whether we’re in the mood for strappy sandals, spike heels, running shoes or cowboy boots. But DSW’s got more on its mind (and racks) than shoes; we’re also partial to the purses, wallets, snazzy socks, hats, contact-lens cases …

SOUVENIR SHOP

Readers’ Pick:

BONANZA GIFTS

2440 Las Vegas Blvd. South

The Strip’s north end may have seen better days, but there’s no topping this mesmerizing mecca of Vegasiana, which has been dispensing countless T-shirts, key chains, dice clocks and other assorted tchotchkes to shameless tourists (and more than a few locals) since 1980. Need a pen with spinning slot machine reels? How about a pyramid-shaped snow globe of the Strip? With more than 40,000 square feet of jaw-dropping merchandise, kitschy to classy, you’ll find what you’re looking for — and a lot you’re not. Cementing Las Vegas’ status as the ninth Hawaiian island: the aloha-centric ABC Stores, which hula into second place.

Our Pick:

SPRINGS PRESERVE

333 S. Valley View Blvd.

We love dice clocks as much as anyone, but as proud locals we know there’s a world of mementos beyond your basic poker chip-studded toilet seat. Just check out the Springs Preserve’s eclectic, adventurous — and refreshingly tasteful — gift selection, which ranges from desert-tested attire to fanciful playthings, from gardening gear to paintings and photographs that provide a permanent reminder of Southern Nevada’s natural beauty. It’s chock-full of stuff we’d buy for ourselves, which is always the truest test of a souvenir shop.

SPA (NONHOTEL)

Readers’ Pick:

MASSAGE ENVY

Multiple locations

It’s all about ME — at least for Best of Las Vegas voters who appreciate the ME time they get at Massage Envy’s Southern Nevada locations. (The mega-chain has more than 950 spas across the U.S.) From Anthem to Centennial Hills, Massage Envy has the Vegas Valley’s back — to say nothing of other achy areas — with a variety of soothing treatments, including aromatherapy and reflexology. Also guaranteed to lessen the stress: Massage Envy’s affordable prices, made even more affordable with monthly memberships and discounts. Muscling into second place: the Spa at Lakeside.

Our Pick:

ELEMENTS THERAPEUTIC MASSAGE

1215 S. Fort Apache Road

2970 Saint Rose Parkway, Henderson

Same name, different locations. Different owners, same philosophy. At Elements Therapeutic Massage, it’s the “therapeutic” part that makes the difference, with massage therapists offering expertise in a variety of techniques, from Swedish to shiatsu, tailored to your needs. Add a serene, professional atmosphere — and a definite price break if (or, more likely, when) you become a monthly patron — and Elements provides a soothing neighborhood alternative to high-end Strip spas.

SPORTING GOODS STORE

Readers’ Pick:

BASS PRO SHOP

4200 Dean Martin Drive

The sign outside says “Outdoor World,” but that seems like an understatement, considering the cosmic collections of clothing and equipment available in this outpost devoted to outdoor action. It’s the kind of place where “outfitting” means more than attire: Not only can you buy your fishing rod and reel here, you can buy the boat to go along with them. Hunters, meanwhile, can choose their weapons — and try them out on the gun and archery ranges. Last year’s champ, Big 5, slips to second.

Our Pick:

THE JOCK SHOP

5785 W. Sahara Ave.

If you know youth sports — from Little League to youth soccer to your high school’s varsity teams — you know the Jock Shop, which has been outfitting those squads, and plenty more, for more than 25 years. Whether it’s corporate polo shirts or custom letter jackets, the Jock Shop pros can handle any order, and meet any deadline, in all-star style, providing winning quality with a personal touch — and scoring points chain-store rival stores could never imagine.

SWAP MEET

Readers’ Pick:

FANTASTIC INDOOR SWAPMEET

1717 S. Decatur Blvd.

Runner-up: Broadacres Marketplace and Event Center

Our Pick:

BROADACRES MARKETPLACE AND EVENT CENTER

2960 Las Vegas Blvd. North

TANNING SALON

Readers’ Pick:

TANNING VEGAS

6759 Costa Place

Runner-up: Studio Bronze

Our Pick:

BODY HEAT

Multiple locations

TATTOO PARLOR

Readers’ Pick:

HYPNOTIC INKS TATTOOS

3855 Las Vegas Blvd. North

Do you prefer glorious color or beautiful black-and-white? We’re not talking movies, we’re talking tattoos — and Best of Las Vegas voters give Hypnotic Inks the equivalent of a five-star review. With vibrant color work, detailed designs and expertise in covering up previous tat disasters, this shop can create a wide world of striking images, as illustrated on their website, which spotlights everything from a stalking tiger to the Wolf Man, Frankenstein and his bride. (There’s that movie connection again.) Ironhorse Tattoo (sl)inks into second place.

Our Pick:

PUSSYKAT TATTOO

4972 S. Maryland Parkway

A&E’s “Bad Ink” has been good news for local tattoo fans, showcasing tattoo masters (and local punk-rock mainstays) Dirk Vermin and Rob Ruckus. Sure, they and their Pussykat colleagues can deliver the goods, with on-site artists, and rotating “guest stars,” working in a variety of styles. Beyond creating custom designs, however, they transform bad ink into good, performing rescue operations that have made them a veritable Vegas Tat Pack.

THRIFT SHOP

Readers’ Pick:

SAVERS

Multiple locations

Ho hum — another Best of Las Vegas, another Savers victory. But it’s a win-win for shoppers — who can score hidden fashion finds and furniture steals — and local non-profit organizations that benefit from the donated merchandise. With thousands of items tempting treasure hunters, Savers also lives up to its “Good deeds — great deals” slogan, thanks to a Club Card program and weekly coupon specials that offer even more temptation to dedicated bargain hunters. Goodwill Industries earns enough reader good will to finish second.

Our Pick:

OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE THRIFT STORE

390 S. Decatur Blvd.

It may not have the funky charm of the original Main Street store, but Opportunity Village’s new Decatur Boulevard outpost — in a shuttered Vons supermarket — provides a new opportunity for shoppers to savor a wide selection of secondhand steals. There’s plenty of room to display everything from garden tools to furniture, clothing to paintings, and plenty of friendly people to help you, whether you’re looking for something specific or just there for a good browse. (And a good cause.)

TOBACCO/SMOKE SHOP

Readers’ Pick:

PINK SPOT VAPORS

6485 N. Decatur Blvd.

7290 Arroyo Crossing Parkway

Review-Journal smokers have entered the electronic age, blowing off traditional cigarettes for the electronic kind. Pink Spot definitely hits that spot with its specialty “eJuice” blends. We’re way beyond regular or menthol here, with dozens of possibilities, whether you have a taste for candy-sweet flavors (from chocolate to vanilla) or more grown-up, cocktail-inspired variations. (Appletini, anyone?) Proving the vape shop trend isn’t about to go up in smoke anytime soon, Truvape puffs into second place.

Our Pick:

LAS VEGAS PAIUTE TRIBAL SMOKE SHOP

1225 N. Main St.

You can keep your trendy vape shops and hookah lounges. We prefer this downtown favorite, still smokin’ after more than 35 years. From Old Gold to Newport, from Timeless to Now, this tribal tobacco emporium has your brand, along with a huge walk-in humidor for cigar aficionados, plenty of pipe tobacco — even e-cigarettes for the 21st-century crowd. And, with drive-thru service, you don’t even have to leave your car to take advantage of the can’t-beat-’em prices.

VINTAGE STORE

Readers’ Pick:

ROCKIN’ BETTIE

Meadows mall

4300 Meadows Lane

If you’re a wannabe pinup queen or daddy-o dandy longing to escape the 21st century, this Meadows mall outpost (which, as of press time, has morphed from shop to kiosk status) is the place to find sartorial blasts from the past, according to Best of Las Vegas voters. The clothes may be new, but the styles — and the spirit — are strictly ’50s, from full skirts (even for full figures) to Pendleton shirts. Your runner-up on the recycled runway: Electric Lemonade Shop.

Our Pick:

ANNIE CREAMCHEESE

440 S. Rampart Blvd.

It’s sobering to realize that some of the vintage garments on display at Annie Creamcheese were the height of fashion even before we first started Best of Las Vegas more than three decades ago. But while fashion may be fleeting, style never goes out of style. That’s why we’ve developed such a taste for Annie Creamcheese, which celebrates timeless looks from Gucci to Pucci, from the “Mad Men” era to the disco era — and beyond.

WEDDING CHAPEL

Readers’ Pick:

VEGAS WEDDINGS

Multiple locations

If we had to guess, we’d venture to say that Journey’s “Any Way You Want It” isn’t anybody’s idea of a swoony wedding tune. But it could serve as the theme song for Vegas Weddings, which has couples covered whether they want a traditional wedding chapel, an outdoor gazebo with sunset views, a wedding garden — or a “Fast Lane” walk- and drive-thru option. Augmenting the memories: souvenir poker chips, a “Wedding to Fabulous Las Vegas” photo op featuring a variation on the iconic “Welcome” sign and, of course, Elvis — if you want him there. This category’s rockin’ runner-up: the Kiss Hotter Than Hell Wedding Chapel.

Our Pick:

LITTLE CHURCH OF THE WEST

4617 Las Vegas Blvd. South

If there’s any structure that should symbolize longevity, it’s a wedding chapel. And while there isn’t much left of the original Strip, one exceptional exception still exists: the Little Church of the West. Not only is this Old West-style redwood chapel the Strip’s oldest structure, it’s the only one on the National Register of Historic Places. (Not in its original location, of course, but this is Vegas, after all.) None of that guarantees your marriage will last, but at least your wedding chapel will be there for the long run.

WOMEN’S CLOTHING

Readers’ Pick:

BEST KEPT SECRET

1930 Village Center Circle

420 S. Rampart Blvd.

Cheap and chic. No, we’re not talking about the fashion line from Italy’s Moschino. We’re talking about this hometown boutique — the brainchild of then-teen Lauren Feather (now a business veteran in her early 20s), who translated her fashion obsession into a haven for trendy, affordable clothes even label-obsessed teens can love. Whether they’re searching for “the perfect burgundy dress” or “Cheetahlicious leggings,” R-J readers can spot a steal when they see one. Ross Stores strike a second-place pose.

Our Pick:

OUTFIT

Wynn Las Vegas

3131 Las Vegas Blvd. South

Remember Miranda Priestley, the powerful (and pitiless) fashion editor Meryl Streep played in “The Devil Wears Prada”? Rumor has it that the character was based on Vogue editor Anna “Nuclear” Wintour — who reportedly called Outfit the best boutique in America. But don’t just take her word for it. Check out the parade of mannequins on the runway, decked out in designer duds so exquisite — and so expensive — that all we can do is drool. And, perhaps, dream about how we’d look on the red carpet after a spending spree.

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