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Shop Local This Holiday Season!

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The holiday season is always full of shopping, and Reno-Sparks is urging you to support locally owned businesses this winter. Saturday, November 29 (the day after Black Friday) was American Express Small Business Saturday, but we hope to continue this movement all season long! To make things easier on you, we have compiled a short list of locally owned businesses that would love to be a part of your holiday shopping! This is not an all-inclusive list, but the City of Reno has a map of many more of our local businesses, and the Buy Local movement has a list of local businesses in town.

For locally owned Reno gear, visit Reno Envy in downtown. From T-shirts to key chains to mugs to hats, Reno Envy has all your Reno-related gifts. Their logo, a simple trailer, was meant to be a parody of the John Deere logo that consumers loved enough to make it permanent. Their playful spirit and understanding of Reno’s culture makes them the perfect retail representative for our city. If you venture into Reno’s up-and-coming Midtown District you’ll find Junkee Clothing Exchange, a store filled with recycled clothing, accessories, antiques, and furniture that you won’t find anywhere else. Their funky, retro vibe combined with a heightened understanding of current fashion makes Junkee the perfect place to find a new unique piece that is totally you. Also in Midtown is The Melting Pot World Emporium. This store isn’t your typical retail spot; it’s Reno’s main place for Burning Man preparation. Filled with Steampunk accessories like goggles and belts, and clothing designed with Reno’s counterculture in mind, The Melting Pot is a great place to shop for your not-so-typical holiday list items. Bigtruck Brand in Lake Tahoe is a local “American cut and sew head wear supplier”. Their products have gained to support of various celebrities and professional athletes and are the perfect gift for any hat-wearing, Tahoe-loving person on your holiday shopping list. For avid skiiers, Sparks is home to a Moment Skis shop. These high-quality skis are handmade in Sparks and are popular among local (and national) ski fanatics.

Happy Happy Joy Joy is Reno’s local toy shop for people of every age. They have a wide variety of classic and collectible toys, retro games, and independent books. The store is all about fun, so head there to add some fun to your holidays! Sundance Books and Music is located in the historic Levy Mansion and has books and music to fit everybody’s tastes. They have hundreds of new and used books and music (CDs and Vinyl), as well as DVDs, magazines, journal and other gifts. To make things super easy, Sundance has created a Holiday Gift Guide to help you with your shopping.

If you’re looking to please a foodie, Big Horn Olive Oil Company is a great place to go. They carry ultra-premium, certified Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars that are absolutely delicious. Whispering Vine is the spot for a bottle (or two) of wine for those big holiday dinners and parties. They have well-known crowd pleasers, as well as unique small-batch wines that you wouldn’t expect to find here. They carry wines from all over the world, in tons of varietals, and are always more than happy to help you find something delicious that fits your needs. Whispering Vine also has a holiday guide on their website to finding the perfect wine for your special occasion. For the sweet tooth visit Dorinda’s Chocolates for a plethora of chocolates, caramels, cookies, and more to satisfy every dessert craving this holiday season.

Great Western Marketplace Is Officially Open!

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Reno’s first and only indoor marketplace is complete! Great Western Marketplace, a family-owned development, celebrated their grand opening on Black Friday. This new retail concept will host a wide variety of “micro-businesses”, artisans, craftsman, entrepreneurs, retailers, food and drink purveyors, and more all in one place. The Marketplace was designed as a low-cost option for new entrepreneurs who are looking for a place to start and for pre-established companies to expand their business. In addition to each vendor, Great Western Marketplace will include cafes and bars, indoor and outdoor seating, live entertainment and special events, plus plenty of parking (they’re boasting over 1,000 free spaces!).

Vendors include: a farmer’s market, Stattons Boutique clothing, Honest Meats, The Baker’s Basket, Dolled Up styling tools, Freshway Fish, Transformations home decor and jewelry, Silver State IT Solutions, My Nona’s Country Boutique pet gifts, Soozii Cream Cheese cheesecake bakery, and Ricardo Barraca artwork. Great Western Marketplace selects their vendors based on the vendor’s passion and the high-quality of their products, and it strives to support local business.

The Marketplace will also serve as a satellite broadcast location for Shamrock Communications. “We are pleased to have our radio stations broadcasting live from the venue promoting this fantastic new concept,” asserts John Burkavage, general manager for Shamrock Communications in Reno. “Great Western Marketplace is an outstanding entrepreneurial effort on the part of the developers and will give small businesses a new way to bring their products and services to market.” At least once a week Shamrock Communications will host live broadcasts from their Great Western Marketplace location with Reno radio personalities from 107.3 KNEWS news talk, 104.1 KRZQ alternative, 106.3 POP FM, and Martini Radio 105.3.

Great Western Marketplace is located in Northwest Reno at 4855 Summit Ridge Drive and is open Friday through Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm (6 pm on Sundays). For more information on the concept, a complete list of vendors, a vendor leasing application, or anything else please visit the Marketplace website. Be sure to checkout this exciting new marketplace this weekend to support local businesses and discover new shops!

Have You Been to Legends Outlets at Sparks lately? Here’s Why You Should!

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Legends and the Outlets at Sparks is a great destination for shopping, dining, and movie viewing and you should definitely add it to your must-go the next time you go out!

The mall is open seven days a week (Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm). The Outlets have both outlet and factory stores for popular brands at lower prices, such as Nike, COACH, Banana Republic, Levi’s, and Converse. They also have big-name stores such as Forever21, Scheels, Target, and Best Buy. The mall website even lists most store sales when they happen so that you can easily get the best savings. There is definitely something for every style, age, and budget so this mall is a one-stop shop; perfect for all the holiday shopping that needs to get done!

If you’re tired of shopping and want to relax a bit, the Galaxy IMAX Theatres are now open. This new Luxury + theater has all the components that make up a unique movie-going experience: an IMAX screen, plush reclining power seats, all digital sound and projection (with Dolby Atmos surround sound), two giant 4K screens, top-of-the-line MasterImage 3D systems, and guest service that goes above and beyond most movie theaters. For example, guests have the ability to reserve their preferred seats before they arrive at no extra cost. The theater always has the most recent and hottest movies for you to see, and we all know that this time of year brings blockbusters to the big screens! It’s things like this, and so much more, that make this theater a great place to go.

If your time at the Outlets at Sparks and Legends is making you hungry there are plenty of places to eat throughout the complex. For quick snacks check out Freshberry Frozen Yogurt Cafe or Perk Up Coffee Shop. For a more substantial meal there is Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, Fudruckers, and Subway. Or you could check out two of the newest restaurants on the property, O’Cleary’s and CBQ. With so many options at the Legends, nobody in your party will go hungry while in Sparks!

When it comes to shopping or entertainment, Legends Outlets at Sparks is a great place to go. They have everything you’ll need to get your shopping done and to have a great time while doing it, so be sure to head out to Sparks the next time you’re looking for a good time.

Cowboy up for the Reno Rodeo

Headed to the Reno Rodeo and don’t have anything to wear? (You don’t want to look like a city slicker, even if you are one!) Or just looking for western apparel providers in Reno, Nevada? Well, you’re in luck because this western city has you covered head to toe.  In addition to on-site vendors at the rodeo grounds, there are a slew of western supply stores here in the Reno Tahoe area which are ready to get you clothed up like a cowboy or garbed up like a cowgirl.

2633261180_55578596d3_oProper attire for the rodeo is crucial to the event! Selfie taking opportunities will not present themselves if you get here to find out you’ve left your snazzy cattle boots, rugged jeans and rustic plaid shirts at home. So if you fall into that category, or just want to pick up some cowboy/girl appropriate attire, these stores will be able to help out.

If you are searching the horizon for a more urban cowboy look, and quite possibly this is your first time visiting the Reno Rodeo, stroll on over to Cabelas located at 8650 Boomtown Road in Verdi (just outside Reno) Nevada.  Pick up some delicious caramel popcorn while you traverse the open fields of apparel and hunting supplies as you play animal bingo with the various taxidermy exhibits.  You are sure to find your rodeo gear, and another reason to come back to Reno. For more information visit Cabelas.com or call (775) 829-4100.

If you’re the seasoned Rodeo visitor and are looking for something more custom fitted, you should journey on over to D Bar M Western Store located at 1020 E 4th Street.  D Bar M titles itself as “A real western store for real cowboys” but if you are a first time cowboy the staff will be able to help you navigate through the overwhelming array of American made boots and country appeal.  For more information about D Bar M Visit dbarm.com or call (775) 329-9107.

3216926752_fb44e8f3da_oIf you are on a budget and want the modern cowboy look, trail on down to Boot Barn Located at 3345 Kietzke ln.  Boot Barn would definitely have the necessary clothing lines to deck out you or your whole family with their wide selection of dressy casual and modern rugged rancher looks.  For more information visit bootbarn.com or call (775) 825-0666.

If you are in a hurry, or find yourself wrongly dressed, ride on down to Rogers’s Cowboy Supplies. From June 19th to 28th Rogers will be at the southeast corner of the Reno Livestock Events Center (on site for the Rodeo), or normally find them at 2252 Oddie Blvd in Sparks.  Rogers offers a wide array of anything western! And if that isn’t a reason enough to check it out, family patriarch Garry Roger and his brothers have been Indian World Champion Team Ropers.  For more information visit rogerscowboysypply.com or call (775) 358-2100

There’s no incentive to prepare your outfit at home for the Reno Rodeo with this array of country supply stores.

To find more information and ticket prices for the Reno Rodeo visit the Reno Rodeo.com.

Holiday Discount Guide for Local Reno Businesses

This season, downtown businesses have generated a one-of-a-kind shopping guide that is packed full of hundreds of dollars in savings, discounts and freebies.

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Through December 31st, shoppers can pick up what’s called a holiday dash guide filled with dozens of deals towards local brands and local flavors with big savings for services, retail, cocktails and seasonal dining in the cities hippest and fastest growing neighborhoods. The coupon guide is available HERE for instant download and at participating merchant locations in all three districts.

The offers include everything from a 2-for-1 drink discount, $300 gift certificates towards your next tattoo, $1 tacos, salon packages and discounts on specialty coffee!

NEW RENO TAHOE USA APP COMES WITH INTRINSIC BENEFITS

Plan and experience all that Reno Tahoe USA has to offer. From event listings to coupons, snow reports to golf information, this application has everything you will need to make the best out of your trip. If you are already in town, simply turn on the location service and only see things that are within walking distance.

Here is what you can do with the Reno Tahoe USA application:

  • Search and view all of the amazing events happening now and in the future
  • Browse our complete hotel database and find the perfect place to stay
  • Find a restaurant that matches your mood
  • Explore all of the shopping available in Reno and Lake Tahoe
  • View coupons from many of our great partners – For you golfers, the app displays everything you need to pick a course, including yardage, par, cost and much more
  • And for the skiers, boarders and snow lovers, the app has everything you need to pick the perfect resort including pricing, lift status and more

Reno Tahoe USA APP

“There are so many choices for entertainment, special events, outdoor adventure and relaxation in Reno, Sparks and North Lake Tahoe that it can be difficult for visitors to narrow down their options before they get here,” said RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum. “More and more visitors are relying on mobile technology to point them in the right direction for information on their passions at any given moment, and the new Reno Tahoe USA app provides visitors with more information, and more control, of their overall travel experience.”

The Reno Tahoe USA app provides potential visitors with information on which hotels may be best suited to their needs; what concerts, events and entertainment will be offered during their visit; where they can get outdoors to enjoy the fresh air, ski resorts and golf courses; as well as where they might find a great restaurant, a world-class spa or unique shopping throughout the destination. Once visitors are here, the app uses their location to help them find activities of interest within walking distance. The app also provides easy access to a variety of coupons, deals and discounts offered by dozens of local businesses.

In support of the popular “buy local” campaigns being launched in destinations across the country, the RSCVA worked with Reno-based KPS3 Marketing to develop the Reno Tahoe USA app, which it designed to maximize, and to simplify, the number of options presented to visitors.

“Travelers have come to depend on their phone for guidance in new destinations,” said KPS3 Vice President of Creative and Technical Services Rob Gaedtke. “This application puts visitors in control of that experience and allows the RSCVA to share the myriad offerings found in the Reno Tahoe area.”

The RSCVA and its partners are also making the new Reno Tahoe USA app more than just a source of information. One new user of the Reno Tahoe USA app will be given a three-day, two-night stay, at their choice of the Eldorado Hotel Casino or Silver Legacy Resort Casino, each month through October 2013.

The Reno Tahoe USA app can be downloaded at the iPhone Mobile App Store, the Android Google Play Store or at www.VisitRenoTahoe.com/mobile.

Every Second Saturday of the Month is FREE at the Nevada Museum of Art

news2nd-Saturday-Kids-DirecFamily and friends can enjoy a day at the Museum for FREE on the Second Saturday of each month. In November and December visitors can enjoy the Museum’s signature photography collection The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment. Make an afternoon of it and stop by Café Museé for lunch. Find some early holiday gifts at the Museum Store – full of unique toys, stationery and glass items.

•         November 12 / 10 am – 5 pm

•         December 10 / 10 am – 5 pm

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Visit the museum’s website at http://www.nevadaart.org for more information.

Reno Goes PINK with Spa, Drink and Shopping Specials

peppermint_hope_spa_treatmentsRECOGNIZE NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH WITH A BENEFITING SPA TREATMENT

For the month of October, Spa Atlantis will offer Breast Cancer Survivors a Complimentary 30-Minute Spa Treatment.  Survivors may choose a 30-minute version of the “Peppermint Hope” Massage, Facial, Manicure or Pedicure.

In addition to recognizing those personally affected by Breast Cancer, we invite you to “Think Pink” and try a signature “Peppermint Hope” Spa Treatment. Five dollars from any of the “Peppermint Hope” Spa Treatments will go to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure in Northern Nevada.

Reservations are necessary, as limited times and dates are available. Please call 775.954.4135.

THINK PINK SPA PACKAGE

Spa Toscana is honoring Breast Cancer Awareness month with a special “Think Pink” spa package. Enjoy an 80-minute Cherries Jubilee Enzyme Facial and a 50-minute Me! Bath “Ice Cream” Manicure or Pedicure (50-minutes) for only $250!

HAVE A “PINK DRINK” FOR THE CURE

Silver Legacy Resort Casino and the Northern Nevada Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure have teamed up this month to support local breast cancer programs with two pink drinks. Now through November 11, Silver Legacy will donate 50 cents of each Passionately Pink Pomegranate Martini or Komen Pink Ribbon Cocktail served in Drinx, Silver Baron and Aura Lounge. So when you enjoy a tasty martini or tropical pink rum libation, you are helping the largest source of non-profit funds dedicated to fight breast cancer in our community.

Don’t miss your chance to “Drink Pink” for the cure at Silver Legacy. Learn more about this and all the great gaming, entertainment and dining promotions at www.silverlegacy.com or by calling 1-800-MUST-SEE (687-8733) OR 775-325-7401.

GO PINK

Shop Pink! The Summit is going pink throughout October in support of Breast Cancer awareness and prevention. Download the Shop Pink Passport for exclusive offers and promotions from select stores at The Summit. Plus learn about special events and programs happening throughout the month including Restaurant Week, Shop & Learn and Corks & Cleavage Wine Walk.

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Pink is Beautiful: Friday, October 14 from noon to 9PM

Restaurant Week: Monday, October 17 through Sunday, October 23

Download the flier for Carino’s and Buffalo Wild Wings

Wear it Again Soiree: Saturday, October 22 from 5:30-8:30PM

Shop & Learn: Sunday, October 23 from 9-11AM

Check back for more information or call 853-7800.

Health, Hotties, Harmony and Homemade Gelato, the Perfect Girls Getaway Weekend

5327448547_64543031221_60_4908wellnesspc_hp9press.jpg1_page_1Grab the girls for a mini-vacay to Reno Tahoe this October for the perfect getaway weekend.  We listed a few of our favorites below, for a full listing check out our events calendar.

Oct 8-9: GREAT ITALIAN FESTIVAL

Pasta, gelato and wine. I think that covers enough.

Oct 14-15: TIME OUT FOR WOMEN

An inspirational weekend of messages and music.

1_thunder_2011Oct 15: HUNKS – THE SHOW!

The ultimate ladies night.

Oct 15: WINE WALK

Wine tasting along the scenic Riverwalk District is a local favorite.

Oct 21: DAVID COOK AND GAVIN DEGRAW WITH SPECIAL GUEST CAROLINA LIAR

These platinum selling fellas have stolen the hearts of many.

Oct 21-23: WELLNESS WEEKEND – STILL WATER SPA

An all-inclusive weekend combining the best of wellness and beauty: skincare, nutrition, food and wine, fitness classes and spa treatments.

Oct 23: JASON ALDEAN WITH CHRIS YOUNG AND THOMPSON SQUARE

Three of country’s hottest gentlemen, one concert.

Oct 28-29: THUNDER FROM DOWN UNDER

Prepare to be Thunderstruck! If you like a man in uniform, imagine one out of one…

Men’s Journal Names Reno among Top 25 Places to Live

Mens Journal.jpgIf you live in Reno or have been lucky enough to visit, you know it’s a no-brainer. It’s a great getaway, let alone a fantastic place to reside. There’s never a dull moment in the Biggest Little City, from year-round entertainment, recreational options galore and all at an affordable cost. Men’s Journal Magazine recognizes Reno’s AAA Aces ballpark, the Riverwalk District, Artown and the city’s proximity to abundant outdoor recreations as several reasons why Reno had to be among the top 25 cities for “Best Places to Live 2010”, according to the April issue of Men’s Journal magazine.

The top 25 cities were included in various categories and determined by three variables including median home price, cost of living compared to the rest of the United States and number of sunny days per year.  Reno is featured as tops for “Ski and Climb Without the Crowds” listing Reno’s median home price as $274,670, its cost of living as 13 percent higher than the rest of the nation, and boasting 252 sunny days per year.

“Having Reno named one of the best places to live is a huge honor for our city and residents,” said Reno Mayor Bob Cashell.  “We all know why we love this place, but the national recognition helps build credibility for our city as a top place to live, work and raise a family.  It also gets the word out about what makes our city so special including our downtown baseball park, Artown and burgeoning downtown.”

“Reno making a top places to live list helps increase awareness nationwide that Reno Tahoe is a happening place where locals and visitors alike can enjoy all this area offers, from downtown fun to high altitude adventure.” said Ellen Oppenheim, Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) President and CEO.  “The recent investment in area hotel-casino properties, spas and restaurants are additional outstanding amenities locals and visitors can take advantage of.”

The April issue of Men’s Journal featuring the “Best Places to Live 2010” is on newsstands now or visit www.mensjournal.com.

Men’s Journal has previously ranked Reno’s historic Old Southwest as one of ‘The Best Neighborhoods in America’ in their June 2009 issue.

We’ve been tooting our own horn for a while. It’s nice to get some validation, though, dontcha think?