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Skinny Dugans Won’t Keep You Skinny

HUNGRY?? Skinny Dugans is a great place for you to try, you can either carry out or dine in. They offer delicious bar food without a high price tag. Here’s the opportunity to skip the fast food and enjoy generous portions to satisfy any hearty appetite. Keep in mind my friends that the food they serve is delicious All American bar food so for the health conscious peeps you may want to save Skinny Dugans for a calorie splurge.

The bar has been located in central Vegas since 1973, right off of Charleston and just west of Valley View. Ownership has changed hands before which forced the place to close for short periods of time over the years. In August of 2011, it reopened under new management with a modern vision. The building was renovated with modern decor and includes a separate cigar lounge equipped with several T.V’s, in case you want to chill away from the bar. Skinny’s keeps a clean spacious place to relax and enjoy a laid back experience. The gaming bar features 35 machines for those 21+. No worries for minors wanting to enjoy their food as they also have a restaurant that caters to any age. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner 24 hours a day.

Check them out online here.

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Pokers Tattoo

pokersThis article is dedicated to a working class tattoo artist, Chris Unger founder of Pokers Tattoo Shop in Las Vegas.

One thing we have in our beautiful city is a large population of tattoo artists.  There are shops all throughout the city and let’s face it everybody knows someone who knows someone right?

For some reason finding the right tattoo artist still can be a challenge though. Then deciding what to get becomes an over whelming  task. Of course, having fears about putting something so permanent on your skin is normal and wise. Not to mention the pain involved which almost isn’t worth it, until you see how great it looks.

It can be devastating to become a victim of a tattoo gone wrong. Trust me I know. Not only is it painful and expensive but that awesome feeling of seeing your great new art is deflated into, “Oh My Gosh what am I going to do”. What can you do but wipe your tears, go home tail tucked and swear you’ll get it fixed, eventually.

For me, the new addition of my permanent mistake was on my obviously visible forearm which forced me to be stuck showing off the pathetic attempt of art or be forced to wear long sleeves most of the time. I even hated talking about it and of course everyone has questions no matter how it comes out.  Honestly though, long sleeves and living in the desert, lets just say for years I was answering a lot of unwanted questions.

Fast forward 9 years and I no longer have to wear my sleeves of shame. By chance a couple of summers ago I happened to meet the skilled and experienced, Chris Unger, a true tattoo artist. As I was waiting in line for a beer, I happened to over hear a conversation from a man standing behind me. He was speaking to Chris about covering up a horrific tattoo. My ears involuntarily perked immediately, I tried terribly hard not to eavesdrop. Lucky for me, Chris must’ve seen questions written all over my little face. He caught my eye and  busted out, “you interested in a tattoo?’ Before I knew it I went from wanting to fix a half dollar size tattoo on my inner forearm to creating ideas to do a full sleeve on my left arm which would cover my tattoo blemish as well. After that it was only a couple of weeks before I took my first climb up the long stairway above Dead Man’s Tattoo Supply Shop to Chris’s tattoo shop, Pokers. Bottled up with nerves and anxiety (this was my first tattoo in years), I was instantly relieved to walk in and see a clean organized and professional shop.

Then my fears quickly slipped away as he took a great deal of time to talk with me about my ideas and how he could incorporate them appropriately onto my skin. The experience became even more authentic when he didn’t even bother to use tracing paper for the outline of my tattoo. Chris took a sharpy to sketch some basic lines on my arm (that looked ridiculous to me, artists always amaze me) and worked free hand from there. It is such a great feeling to know your tattoo cannot be replicated. Mine is designed specifically for the curves and crevices of my skin and mine only. Talk about making a girl feel special.

I was so proud after my first session and other people where impressed as well, even my doctors. Just my outline was getting plenty of attention and questions worth answering. Plus, there was no embarrassment or shame to hide under, a weight had been lifted. Also I couldn’t help but notice that with the several tattoos I had gotten before none of them ever healed so flawless. The next day it was barely tender to touch, Chris had promised me (since I am a big baby), “It’s all in the technique”. This was definitely the best tattoo experience I’d ever had. I would like to give a big shout out to Chris Unger for creating something phenomenal with his talent.

So for any of you ink freaks or ink virgins out there looking for a great tattoo and don’t know where to go, Pokers is where it’s at. His shop features several tattoo artists that will help you put those crazy ink ideas onto your skin. The shop is located on Russell and Valley View Blvd, which means it is only a quick trip from the strip, for all you tourists. Also conveniently located just beyond the strip for all you locals.  Set your fears aside as you are guaranteed quality ink at Pokers so don’t hesitate to call. You won’t be disappointed.

Phone 702-736-6667

Address 5720 S. Valley View Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89118

Click here to like them on Facebook

2012 Housing Growth

Happy 2013 Las Vegas. The new year is already bringing excitement not only because congress got the fiscal cliff taken care of but for Las Vegas there are many projects in the works. These projects are good news for the valley, since the recession hit building projects have been stagnant and Nevada’s bounce back has not been easy. Not only do us desert dwellers have such projects as sky wheels and water parks to look forward to but the housing market seems to be climbing back as well. Since Las Vegas bared the brunt of the worst housing crisis in history it has been unclear what would happen next. With the  market crash houses were left at 60 percent of their values leaving banks and homeowners in desperation. So what now? 2012 showed real promise for the Las Vegas housing market. Houses still are not worth what they were during the time period before 2008 when the inflation bubble was being taken advantage of by banks, buyers and sellers. Realtors had a great year in 2012 and are looking forward to 2013. Since people have been forced from their homes and banks are refusing to forgive or adjust mortgages they are being left with thousands of empty houses they need to get rid of. Of course this is happening at rock bottom prices which makes me wonder, wouldn’t it have been easier to work with the homeowners? Also, there has been an influx of residents from California who refuse to ride out the recession any longer in the Golden State.

Most properties being sold are in the lower end of pricing but there is always those luxury buyers and you have to admit Las Vegas is still luxurious. So we have put a list together to show the six most expensive home sales in Las Vegas for 2012.

  • 1. 7 Falcon View Court, Las Vegas

    Sale recorded: Sept. 11

    Price: $8.35 million

    Description: Two-story, 10,650 square feet, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms. Built in 2009. Features a porte cochere, motorized glass pocket doors, double island kitchen, wine room and theater.

  • 2. 9401 Kings Gate Court, Las Vegas

    Sale recorded: July 16

    Price: $7 million

    Description: Two-story, 15,802 square feet, five bedrooms, seven bathrooms. Built in 2002. Has theater and fitness rooms, an elevator, a lazy river pool and an eight-car garage.

  • 3. 30 Olympia Hills Circle, Las Vegas

    Sale recorded: May 31

    Price: $5.6 million

    Description: Two-story, 14,148 square feet, eight bedrooms, 13 bathrooms. Built in 2009. Has an elevator, marble floors, home theater, hand-painted ceilings and a wine cellar that holds more than 600 bottles.

  • 4. 5 Promontory Pointe Lane, Las Vegas

    Sale recorded: May 2

    Price: $5.15 million

    Description: Two-story, 12,496 square feet, five bedrooms, nine bathrooms. Built in 2009. Sits on a Summerlin hillside overlooking the valley. Includes a 480-bottle wine cellar, six-car garage, theater, game room, security cameras around the perimeter, a 12-person spa and an outdoor kitchen.

  • 5. 5100 Spanish Heights Drive, Las Vegas

    Sale recorded: Jan. 19

    Price: $4.5 million

    Description: Two-story, 14,306 square feet, seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms. Built in 2003. Former home of actor Nicolas Cage. Has 16-car garage, an elevator and a theater room. Master bedroom has a balcony and a sitting room.

  • 6. 45 Hawk Ridge Drive, Las Vegas

    Sale recorded: Aug. 16

    Price: $3.7 million

    Description: Two-story, 7,016 square feet, four bedrooms, six bathrooms. Built in 2009. Located on the eighth green of Bear’s Best Las Vegas golf course.7. 8 Morning Sky Lane, Las Vegas

Ho Ho Holiday Happenings

The Holiday Season is in full force now and I’m sure your wallet is coming out for the purpose of giving. So what are you going to give? You could stick with those corporate stores that offer the same mass produced products or realize it is the most wonderful time of the year and the best time to put some money into your local economy and buy some spectacular gifts.  So this weekend happens to be a perfect weekend to buy local and enjoy some Las Vegas culture all at the same time.

The first Friday of this month will be on the same weekend as the Second Saturday, which means the popular First Friday Festival and the StrEATS Festival are happening on the same weekend. First Friday has become a large event over the years which means there is plenty of opportunity to buy local as there are a plethora of artistic vendors that participate in the festival. It’s perfect for the holidays, you can go out enjoy the community and find unique cool stuff for your giftees. What you are going to see out there is an array photography art, paintings, and even sculptures. You can also find threads from local fashion designers and my personal favorite, fashion accessories to add finishing touches to your looks. If you can’t make it to First Friday, the StrEATS Festival is on Saturday and although it is still in its beginning stages there are several local vendors to check out.

One of the newest vendors that I adore and they just happen to make appearances at both events is A Girls Glitter. They are a local company that is online and sells at local events as well. They specialize in bling and originality of fashion accessories. It’s hard not to buy at least one of their unique fashion accessories with all that sparkle reeling a girl in. Besides every girl needs a new accessory and of course, so does her friend, right?  Be sure to hit them up online if you don’t make it out and see them this weekend.

Of course at both events there will be plenty of those delicious food trucks to help tame the appetite you work up. Just remember to grab a jacket and maybe some gloves as it will be chilly outside this weekend. Hey and even if you don’t buy anything at the festivals get some ideas and grab some business cards to follow up later on that unique gift idea. Save the corporate stores for buying your paper towels and remember keep it real by buying from local businesses for your gifts this season.

One of the best traditions for the Holidays are those beautiful light displays and of course our awesome city has got that covered as well. Take the family out this weekend and enjoy some displays our city graciously offers. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosts an annual light show called, Glittering Lights and it is open now until January 6th from 5:30 till 9 pm,Monday Thru Thursday and till 10 pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and holidays. It’s $15 per carload during the week , $20 on holidays and weekends so be sure to pack all your friends and family in the vehicle and split the cost.

Also, the Springs Preserve is hosting the Holiday Light Spectacular this weekend on December 8th and 9th from 5 to 9 pm,  it will also be open from December 15 thru the 23rd at same time in the evening. This event will be, “bathed in the glow of thousands of colorful, eco-friendly LED lights, the family-friendly celebration will feature tasty treats, holiday arts and crafts, reindeer (pony) rides for the little ones, photos with Santa, and much more”.

One of the most talked about holiday events for this weekend is the 12th annual Lakes Festival of Lights, located just South of West Sahara and West of Durango Drive. The event is free to attend and there will be many festive holiday family happenings to enjoy like arts and crafts, live entertainment and even a boat parade. It starts at noon on Saturday, December 8th and runs until 6p.m.

Oh, one last thing just to let you know the Mob Bar is celebrating it’s 1 year anniversary tonight offering drink pricing from back in 1933. If you’ve been looking for something to do tonight this is it. So stop downtown tonight at the Mob Bar after 5pm to enjoy some of their delicious cocktails basically a buy one get one free opportunity (buy one get one free should always be taken advantage of…just an FYI).

Whatever you do be sure to get out there this weekend, enjoy and support this fabulous city we live in. Happy Holidays Las Vegas!

A Chance To Meet People, Experience Downtown And Get Your Drink On

Las Vegas Mob Bar

If you haven’t tried the Thirsty 3rd Thursday Pub Crawl it is a must. This my friends is an opportunity to try new bars and meet new people. It starts at Hennesseys Tavern Located on the Fremont Street Experience, you know the giant Pint of Beer sitting off of Las Vegas Boulevard, you can’t miss it. Here’s the deal you pay 20 bucks and receive 7 drink tickets, a coupon for 1/2 off an entree at Hennesseys, and 1/2 off an appetizer at Mickie Finnz which just happens to be the second to the last stop. I’m sure this was done on purpose as you will probably have worked up an appetite by the time you get there.  So that gives you a chance to munch, chill and listen to some live tunes. There are two appointed captains that are suppose to get the party started and help lead the way. Although, it just so happens our woman captain seemed disinterested and was not friendly. Maybe she was having a bad day but that didn’t stop our independent group from getting the party started on our own. Even more good news was the bars that we visited were more then welcoming and provided outstanding service.

The crawl itinerary has you spend about 25 minutes in each bar which gives you enough time to order your drink and finish it before moving on to the next stop. There are 7 bar stops and each is very different from the next so be ready to open your mind to new places. For instance, Hogs and Heifers has always been a spot that I would not normally check out on my own. So since it was a stop on the crawl, mind as well check it out and see if my avoidance was warranted. It has a vibe of a raunchy Coyote Ugly, the dancers on the bar definitely kept their attendees entertained and truly filled the part of country girls having some down home fun. Actually, if you have been to the Coyote Ugly on the Strip and liked it, Hogs and Heifers is right up your alley, even better the downtown hot spot seems a bit more authentic. So If you love to be rowdy and party this is the place for you. Maybe you’re looking for a more laid back night, I found a great place for that too. The Gold Spike can offer you some serenity on your night out or even better seems like a perfect place for them lazy Football Sundays. Of course, it might be a bit busier on those days as it could draw a crowd with its
sports bar vibe it has. These are places that I would not tried without the pub crawl.

Thirsty 3rd Thursday was absolutely a phenomenal time. You too can experience the fun as it happens every 3rd Thursday of the month. So take a chance and try something new. Bring your friends because the more people that come makes the party even better. Make a plan to meet at Hennesseys Tavern at 7 pm and ask about the Pub Crawl. Don’t be concerned about running a little late either as the party didn’t leave Hennesseys until after 8. For more information contact Hennesseys Tavern at 702-382-4421

It Sounds Like “Hottie”

I write regularly about the talent in our beautiful city in many areas of arts. I realize this city is bubbling with it and it has bubbled over into fashion industry as well. I was lucky to find local talent in fashion design by the lovely Amy Hanley. She is a true native to Las Vegas as she is the daughter of  Wendy Mazaros author of the chilling novel Vegas Rag Doll and notorious mob hit man Tom Hanley. Sweet Amy is a busy woman raising a family, giving financial help for Vegas locals and is currently filming with TLC in a reality show called High Rollers. On top of all that she is starting her own local clothing line called Mob Doll Haute.  This line will offer women the opportunity to wear clothing inspired by the high fashion sense of the Mob Molls (wives of mobsters) from the past with a modern approach. I’m thinking a little like Sharon Stone from the movie “Good Fellas” but better cause it’s not just for the movies. This high fashion line will start with a few distinct luxury outfits that appeal to woman of different body types and we can only hope it grows from there. I mean really since the 80’s fashion sense seems to have come back in “style” these sophisticated styles should.  I expect that these designs will become a nationwide trend within the next few years. Amy is serious about keeping business in Vegas and staying local and that’s why we love her. She is abundant about watching Vegas take a turn for the better since the 07 financial melt down. Watch out LA she may be on to something here and breaking into the fashion industry is another way for Vegas to be one of the top sought after cities. She has plans to release a line of Mob Doll Haute logo wear here soon as well, since it is one of the coolest logos out there I’m sure it will be a hit. Both her fashion line and reality series are expected to be released in December. So keep an eye open.

Local Festivities This Weekend

It may be hard to tell but fall is upon us and you may want to stop down at the Downtown 3rd farmers market and get some seasonal foods that you love. It is open today from 9am-2pm. Some seasonal foods such as, “Sugar Pie Pumpkins, Warren Pears, Fresh Crop Asian pears, Serpent Cucumbers, Chestnuts, Baby Brussels Sprouts, Pomegranates, Fresh Wild Huckleberries, Baby Watermelon, Radish, Smyrna Quince”, will be available so if you have a chance get down there and bring some yummy tastes home.

Can’t make it downtown? There is also the fabulous Fresh 52 Farmers and Artisan Market located in Town Square from 9am till 2pm today also. The best news is they have moved to Whole Foods Market so there is plenty of parking for attendees. Buy Fresh, Buy Local.

First Friday is celebrating their 10th anniversary this weekend. Come down for the party starting at 5pm. The hub is located on Colorado St and Main st. There are so many things going on down there to many to list. Come check it out.

Tonight at the Mob Bar an all woman electric string quartet, Phat String will be performing live from 8 – 11pm. Unique entertainment and an excuse to enjoy one of those phenomenal Mob Bar cocktails, who could ask for more? The bar is located on 3rd street between Ogden and Stewart St.

Attention beer lovers DOGtober Beer & Brat Festival event will be taking place this Saturday, October 6th at Big Dog’s Brewery located at 4543 N. Rancho St. Admission is free, drinks and food will be available through cash purchase. This is a charity event for Patrick Kelly Youth Foundation. Drink beer for a cause the event runs from 2 to 9pm.

The 19th year of the Chivalry Renaissance Festival l is taking place all of this weekend. It will take place at  Silver Bowl Park and you should be prepared to see lavishly costumed knights, knaves, fine ladies and wenches. The festival will feature stages with entertaining costumed performers. “There will be 50 shows per day along with historical re-enactments, jousting tournaments, medieval pageantry and more than 100 artisans – including blacksmiths, stained glass designers, jewelers, wood workers, toy makers, perfume blenders, stone carvers and sword, dagger and armor craftsman — to demonstrate and sell their wares. Authentic food, from fish and chips to an English feast, also will be available as well as beer and ales for adults with proper identification” The event starts tonight, October 5th and runs through Sunday, October 7th and is located at Silverbowl Park 6800 E Russell Rd.

It’s a busy weekend within the Las Vegas community  we have local performing arts shows all weekend as well, see Wednesday’s post here. Get out there this weekend and support our local community.

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