Bally's, Las Vegas!
The Bally's Casino Resort has been a landmark for many years. This casino hotel has been revamped many times. Bally's is currently modifying the grounds with new features that will prevent this resort from becoming a relic of the past. One thing that the older casinos do best is retain the feel of classic Las Vegas. Visitors that like the nostalgia of years gone by can find familiar sights in the older casino resorts, like Bally's.
Bally's has recently been modernized, yet this classic casino is still very easy to navigate. One does not need a compass to find their way around! For those who seek the nostalgic feeling of old fashioned Vegas style comfort, Bally's still offers that pace.
There are plenty of new sights to see on the Las Vegas Strip and many changes are being made each day. Las Vegas casino resorts constantly upgrade their facilities to keep ahead of the times. Vegas casino hotels are famous for establishing new trends in the hospitality industry.
During the last few years entirely new resort themes have been adapted and several of the casino brand names have changed. The Cromwell took the place of Bill's Gambling Hall and The Quad is now called The Linq.
For those who are playing Vegas catch up, Caesars Entertainment Corporation owns several properties near the intersection of Flamingo & Strip. The alleyway access road between O'Shea's and the Flamingo has been converted to a vast gas lamp shopping area that is called the Linq Entertainment District. The worlds tallest ferris wheel, The High Roller, is located on the Linq property. This new shopping area is a smashing success.
Shopping is now a strong running theme at resort properties on the Vegas Strip. Gigantic drug stores are popping up on casino properties. Some say that the Vegas Strip was never really meant to be a typical main street area with a national brand drug store on every corner, while others say that visitors need a place to purchase incidentals. Ce est la vie. Personally, I do not go to The Strip to hang out at a drug store! Geesh!
The better casino resort property shopping design plans offer something exciting and new. The Las Vegas Strip has evolved into a shopping mecca. Fine fashion, jewelry and unique trendy items are what modern Las Vegas visitors seek.
The Grand Bazaar Shops!
The newest trendy shopping area on the Las Vegas Strip just happens to be located at Bally's. This new shopping and entertainment plaza has replaced the lengthy "people mover" walkway in the Bally's Courtyard. This new addition to Bally's is quite a sight to see!
The Grand Bazaar Shops are a good example of a plaza on the Vegas Strip done right. The design theme has a modern industrial look that allows the storefront signage to take center stage. The industrial look fades away quickly when looking at the neon colors of the Bally's escalator entrance and the wild canopy designs.
The shops are butted up adjacent to one another in long rows, just like shops are at old world bazaars everywhere from Cairo to Timbuktu. The Grand Bazaar Shops have the making of a busy place with plenty of fun filled merchant hustle and bustle!
Not all of the shops are open yet, but the higher percentage of them already have the doors open for business. I spent a few minutes chatting with a nice gentleman at the Cell Zone shop. After asking a few questions I found out that the Grand Bazaar Shops have barely even been promoted in the media as of yet. Relatively few locals and visitors realize where the Grand Bazaar Shops are or what this place is all about. As one can see in the photos, only a few inquisitive people from The Strip ventured in to take a look around while I was there.
It sure is not like this plaza is destined to be a ghost town or something. It is more like this great shopping destination on the Vegas Strip has not been unveiled as of yet. More than likely after every store is open and ready for business, the media advertising promotion campaign will go into full force mode. Then the Grand Bazaar Shops will be packed with zillions of bargain hunters that want to be first in line!
The Grand Bazaar Shops offers a wide ranging venue of stores, bars and eateries. Every shop has a cool, trendy unique theme. A few of the trendsetting store brand names that are easy to recall from my brief visit are, MIXX, Bettie Page Las Vegas, Republic Of Couture, Swarovski, Crazy Legs, Swatch and Bling Co. Many more great stores are listed at the Bally's Grand Bazaar Shops website.
Foodies will marvel over the gourmet street vendor style eateries. Dels Lobster Rolls & Gourmet Finger Food, Sandwich Haven, Fuel Bar, Island Time Floats, Tipsy Truffles, Honolulu Cookie Company and Waffle Bar are just to name a few. This is an awesome munch venue for shoppers on The Strip!
All I can say is, the peace and quiet at the Grand Bazaar Shops will not last much longer. Those who want to beat the crowd should visit this plaza before the billboards are all lit up.
The Grand Bazaar Shops really look like a destination that will be one of the funnest places to browse, munch and shop till you drop on the Las Vegas Strip!
The day I visited the Grand Bazaar Shops just happened to be my birthday. I had just won a small jackpot earlier in the evening and that set a plan of decadent sweet treat dining indulgence into motion. When I saw the Tipsy Truffles sign, I said to myself, "just go for it!" A few truffle on a birthday is always a good thing!
Tipsy Truffles specializes in modern looking liquor saturated chocolate truffles. These truffles are definitely not for kids or teetotalers! One simply should not eat a dozen Tipsy Truffles before going to choir practice or going to visit granny!
Tipsy Truffles are offered in a few liquor saturation strength ranges. The shiny bronze color Amaretto Tipsy Truffle that I tried is one of the more potent ones in the lot. Italian Amaretto and chocolate is a classic flavor combination in fine dining restaurants. Amaretto is also perfect for the spring season when romance is in the air, especially on the Vegas Strip!
The second Tipsy Truffle I tried was the Doyle The Gambler Truffle. This wild looking truffle had a dice shooter theme. The truffle was layered with chocolate, shortbread cookie, chocolate cake and saturated with crème de cocoa liquor. The Doyle The Gambler Truffle sure was a nice tasting sweet treat!
Tipsy Truffles offers a great selection of modern hand crafted truffles, lollypops and candy. More information about Tipsy Truffle products can be found at their company website.
Anybody that has sweet tooth for gourmet liquor drenched truffles will surely like this shop. Tipsy Truffles is definitely one of the most decadent shopping destinations at the Grand Bazaar Shops!
I actually visited Evening Call about 3 months ago, when construction of the Grand Bazaar Shops was just getting underway. I figured that by combining the two photo albums, the changes would be interesting to see.
Evening Call is the name of a casual bar inside the Bally's Casino. This bar is located on the casino floor next to Le Boulevard Shops, which lead to the Paris Casino Resort. A lively jam packed lounge that offers free live entertainment on stage also is located next to Evening Call.
My choice of frozen cocktail was the Coco Loco. This cocktail had a classic tropical Caribbean island flavor. A Coco Loco is made with Blue Citrus Punch and Coconut Rum.
Frozen cocktails are popular in Las Vegas, especially during the hot summer season. Tourists and locals both enjoy cooling off in the shade while sipping on these refreshing beverages.
Evening Call offers a variety of frozen cocktail sizes. The "All Day Frozen Cocktail Special" offers nearly a half gallon of pure refreshing frozen cocktail chill-out power! Customers can mix and match their own frozen drink flavor combinations and the colors can be layered like a rainbow.
When floating around from one slot machine to the next or when doing some Vegas style shopping, chilling out with a frozen cocktail in hand is the way to go in style!