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Best of the City: Shops and Services

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Sahra Spa and Hamman at The Cosmopolitan
Photo Courtesy of Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

Sahra Spa and Hamman at The Cosmopolitan

Best Suit Store

Stitched

Sure, they stock the strong names (Tom Ford, John Varvatos, Ted Baker), but Stitched is so much more than an off-the-rack retailer. On-staff stylists, clothiers and tailors create so many stylish made-to-measure looks for local VIPs — from shirts to full suits — that almost every time we see a gentleman sporting something we admire, it’s come from here, leaving us both envious and appreciative. The Cosmopolitan,
stitchedlifestyle.com (JPR)

 

Best Tailor

Linh’s Alterations

For a long time I was a “suit guy,” and I still am a “short guy.” That meant every suit I bought needed to be shortened, tapered, or cinched. I shopped around a great many tailors, discount to premium — I even tried a retired Vegas treasure who claimed to have pinned the inseam of Mr. Oscar Goodman back in his mobster-lawyer days. The place I settled on that did consistent, quality work for low prices: Linh’s Alterations in Henderson. I don’t think I’d look nearly as well-fitted if Linh’s Alterations weren’t around. 1310 E. Silverado Ranch Blvd. #104, 702-888-5464 (MW)

 

Best Outlet Store

John Varvatos Company Store

For the second year in a row, John Varvatos steals this category (and my heart) by continuing to offer great service and selection in its signature rock ’n’ roll boutique setting, with wood floors, rock posters, and great tunes. Of course, outlet shops are all about the prices, and you’ll find clothes and edgy accessories at half, and sometimes a third, of what’s on the tag in retail. Las Vegas Premium Outlets North, johnvarvatos.com (CM)

 

Best Clothing Store

TOPSHOP/TOPMAN

Once again, TOPSHOP/TOPMAN takes the cake for peddling impeccable British High Street style and trendy looks with low prices that can inspire double-takes. Admittedly, the store’s size and selection can be daunting — so it helps that they offer complimentary personal shopping services in lux, roomy suites. Thanks to the split-floor layout, ladies can go wild on the TOPSHOP side, whether it’s for a night out or stylish workwear, while men can browse everything from three-piece suits to skinny jeans, all accented with that signature British style. If braving mall parking sounds too scary, there’s valet parking just outside with direct entry to the store. Now that’s shopping in style. Fashion Show Mall, topshop.com (CM)

 

Best Dry Cleaner

Tide Dry Cleaners

Eco-friendly and convenient, Tide Dry Cleaners backs the iconic brand name with some sustainable cred, partnering with GreenEarth Cleaning to offer an alternative to traditional dry-cleaning. Instead of petroleum-based chemicals, Tide uses liquid silicone solvents, said to be gentler on fabrics, better at cleaning, and free of chemical odors. (Of course, you can request that your clothes be suffused in classic Tide scent.) The technology is balanced with great service, including a seven-point inspection for every garment and 24-hour pick-up and drop-off at their kiosks. 10010 W. Sahara Blvd., 10140 S. Eastern Ave., tidedrycleaners.com (CM)

 

Best Luxury Spa

Sahra Spa and Hammam at The Cosmopolitan

The Turkish tradition of Hammam lives on with Sahra Spa’s 130-minute Moroccan Journey. An eight-step treatment begins on the radiant heated stone bed with black neroli soap, followed by dual exfoliations, light mud mask, and Kalahari melon hydrator foam. Two trips to the steam room and a soak in the tub prepare you for the Sahra Signature Massage to stretch away your stress. The Cosmopolitan, cosmopolitanlasvegas.com (JH)

 

Best Budget Spa

Spa at The Linq

Set your second-sight on relaxation with Spa at The Linq’s complimentary Intention Ritual — simply drop a piece of pink Himalayan salt in the matching bowl upon entry and let the hustle and bustle of the Strip fade away. Nestled on the sixth floor, this boutique spa offers weekday discounts, 50- and 80-minute treatment packages, and a free visit to their Pink Himalayan Salt Cave with any spa or salon service over $50. The Linq, caesars.com (JH)

 

Best Hair Salon

Square Salon

Whether it’s blowouts, cuts, or color — I’ve been trusting my locks to Square Salon for years, particularly because their colorists are artists when it comes to creating the perfect custom shade. They’ve got a highly trained team of stylists, including nail techs and estheticians who bring that sense of polish to any look. 1225 S. Fort Apache Road #160, squaresalon.com (CM)

 

VardoBest Beauty Products

Vardo

Beauty artisan Alexx Shaw believes chemicals are bad, 100% all-natural ingredients are good. Good for your skin, good for the planet, and good for the free-roaming spirit in every Las Vegan. With products hand-crafted and packaged in eco-friendly glass right here in the valley, Vardo offers a wide array of plant-derived products including daily regimes for all skin types. Online orders only. vardomagick.com (JH)

 

Best Barber

Martin The Barber at Hi-Rollers Barber Shop & Shaving Parlor

It took years for me to find a good cut in Vegas, wandering the valley like a lost mop-headed orphan until I found a home at Hi-Rollers Barber Shop & Shaving Parlor. Martin and Hi-Rollers were early trendsetters in the current old- school-barber-revival wave in men’s fashion, and will be celebrating five years in business in 2018. One cut and I haven’t been anywhere else since. It sadly (and handsomely) may be my most stable relationship. 1120 S. Maryland Parkway, 702-382-6790 (CB)

 

Best Dog Grooming

All Dogs Go to Bev

All Dogs Go to Bev’s open floor plan, where patrons can see some pooches being groomed while others wait in cozy cages, inspires confidence from the get-go. My dog’s willingness to be led away by Kayla (Bev’s daughter), despite his severe separation anxiety, keeps me going back to this old-school, mom-and-pop operation. 3050 E. Desert Inn Road, #111, alldogsgotobev.com (HK)

 

Best Accessories Shop

I Adorn U

Art teacher, custom jeweler and soon-to-be first time mum, native Las Vegan Mary Beth Heishman has been crafting her unique line of accessories since 2007. Inspired by the decorative bricks ubiquitous in mid-century architecture throughout the valley and the natural elements of our desert, Heishman makes sterling silver, gold, mineral and gemstone keepsakes with a distinctive Las Vegas flair. etsy.com/shop/iadornu (JH)

 

Best Vintage Store

Retro Vegas

Sure, you can scour the shelves at Savers, but if you prefer your vintage decor curated, you’ll find everything you want in Downtown’s Arts District. Our fave shop is in the former home of Phil’s Salvage Emporium. Retro Vegas is a decidedly more upscale experience, showcasing the kind of mid-mod kitchens, furniture, and bar goods to perfectly outfit your Paradise Palms dream home with fondue dreams and whiskey wishes. 1131 S. Main St., retro-Vegas.com (JPR)

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Best Outdoors Gear Shop

REI Boca Park

When you’re ready to get serious about the outdoors, there’s no better destination than REI. From rock climbing to camping to wilderness survival, REI has everything you need (including top-notch advice) for when your life hangs on your equipment. 710 S. Rampart Blvd., rei.com (AG)

 

Best Gym

Trufusion

Through the extremely unscientific method of ClassPass, I spent six months evaluating every gym, yoga studio, spin class and underground sewer-lair-with-weights possible to work out in Vegas. Luckily, I found one gym that executed all of those options (minus the sewer) better than anyone: TruFusion. If you’re tired of the mega-gym meat market and, instead, prefer an ever-rotating variety of classes like battle ropes, bootcamp, Pilates, cycling, even aerial courses to stave off work-out routine boredom, then TruFusion is the spot for you. Their studios feature intimate class sizes, inspiring instructors, and a Zen atmosphere that will still make you bucket-sweat, in three locations across  the valley. trufusion.com (CB)

Las Vegas CycleryBest Bike Shop

Las Vegas Cyclery

Want your new wheels with a healthy side of green? Las Vegas Cyclery has enough bikes and accessories to satisfy riders from toddler to triathlete, but it’s the rest of the building that earns them this year’s honor. The LEED Platinum-certified shop generates its own power, has a secluded bike-fitting area, and a test track outside. They even have showers, if you want to squeeze in a few miles on your lunch break. 10575 Discover Drive, lasvegascyclery.com (AG)

 

Best Dispensary

The Source

The Source

Photo by Brent Holmes

Best dispensary? It’s kind of like best restaurant — such a wide playing field, so many factors to judge. There’s the atmosphere of the Apothecary Shoppe, the selection of Essence, and the service of Sahara Wellness — but The Source gives us a bit of all of the above. The slick design is reminiscent of an Apple Store, while the staff ranges from middle-aged moms to young hipsters, giving every client someone who speaks to their needs and in their language. And the menu is vast, whether you seek a gram of Grateful Glue, a dark chocolate sea salt candy bar, or just some CBD lip balm. 2550 S. Rainbow Blvd. #8, thesourcenv.com (LTR)

 

Reader's Poll

Best Thrift Store: Assistance League of Las Vegas

Best Women’s Clothing: (tie) Chico’s, Nordstrom

Best Specialty Foods: Sprouts

Best Kitchen Goods: Sur La Table

Best Bicycle Shop: Pro Cyclery

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