Mike is back with a Strip Walk for June 2009 including Encore, Palazzo, Treasure Island, City Center and more.
As always, the photo gallery is here: http://photo.ratevegas.com/gallery/8511233_PnJR7
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I'm pretty sure this sign is old [It's been up for a few months - ed] but I come to Encore infrequently enough that I forgot. Along the same lines, this store was closed last time I came. But the reason I really came here was the bar in Society had opened. I was afraid of what this bar would look like, Encore has a ton of places to impair your common sense in a fairly small casino already. It's actually inside the restaurant, though, not reachable from outside, and is a smallish counter with some small coffeehouse/deli style seating around instead of the big restaurant tables. It was pretty popular on Saturday night and I was trying not to bother anyone and so the shot came out not so great, which is what happens when I force the flash off or do anything other than let my camera pick all the settings (and it wanted to flash the customers right in the face.) Urgh.
Also, allow me a tangent/rant for a moment: That same night I also found a Wynn-branded skateboard and plush dolls and other wares for tykes (for proper orientation, click "rotate photo.") The tags on the dolls have a little cartoony image of the animals riding one of those red Wynn buses with the flower designs on the side, going somewhere (probably not the monorail station, unless the cartoon animals have connections I don't.) This was found in the Encore sundries store by the elevators, I just found it a bit odd. Not because there's children's toys for sale in a casino (if you're going to aspire to five-star you have to be prepared for everything, I suppose, even if families aren't your ideal market), but because they seem to be looking to promote their adult-focused brand on people's children. They have Wynn signature clothing for small children for parents who, well, I don't know why they'd buy these things.
Caesars has had an FAO for years, but they sell FAO product lines there and not Caesars. You can kind of make a case for childrens merch at the MGM Grand Lion Habitat or the Mirage's Dolphin/Garden exhibits or Mandalay's Shark Reef since that merch is about an all-ages attraction instead of a casino brand itself, but what does Wynn-Encore offer to children? They don't even want strollers in there. Better to have Wynn clothing on children than Hooters clothing on children, I suppose, but I'd consider Las Vegas a negative brand influence overall for the younger set.
This upstairs entrance from the old Venetian-TI bridge still wasn't open but a long escalator downstairs was. You're going to have to view this photo at it's huge original size to read the sign, I believe, but Walgreens got top billing over Barney's. Right.
Notice: Empty menu at Isla. Could be a change to the menu. I've never dined there, so I wouldn't know. You change the 24 hour coffee shop menu, though, and I'll notice. Cuz that's more how I roll.
I couldn't quite tell if this billboard was making a crack on the poor grasp of the English language in some Asian countries. If it is, I wonder if they realize it wasn't a smart idea to do that, considering where a large part of the upscale market comes from. Also, I guess this is supposed to be the new Market City Cafe or Caffe or whatever.
I took a lot of photos, many are of unusual angles because I had the luxury of a car that day. Go look in the gallery.
The bridge across the Strip is underway and you can see how it connects to Cosmo and onward past the Mini-Harmon. Also, the finishing layers of the Crystal building is being applied and egads it reflects a lot of glare. Like "avert your eyes, don't look into it even though it's very distracting" bright. And that's just with a couple panels. I hope they haven't made a Gehry-sized mistake with this one.