This time around I availed myself of the monorail that winds itself from the MGM all the way down to the Sahara Station. I was on my way to see Raid The Rock Vault at The Las Vegas Hotel & Casino off-strip and on that monorail ride (a train arrives every four minutes and the ticket is cheap for an all day ride so I can certainly see why building it was quite controversial with the townâ€™s cab drivers) I finally got to see the much talked about Wynn gold course, quite the modern feat of lush greenery behind the Wynn and Encore hotels and casinos.
The Raiding The Rock Vault show features guys like Tracii Guns, Heartâ€™s Howard Leese and John Payne, who co-wrote and produced, in a near two hour cover-band live rock documentary of 60â€™s, 70â€™s and 80â€™s tunes, served up with some narrative theatrical Vegas fluffery. It was a solid loud rockin’ show and the guys, most of them older rockers, looked as good as they played, and they played fantastic!
Seeing as I was so close to it the night I saw Raid, I got down to do the obligatory walk on Fremont Street. Now roofed with a light-show ceiling, creating pretty much an outdoor decadent mall feel to the place, you canâ€™t help but smile walking around the drunks and families down here, as various cover bands play on various stages and guys and girls puked in and out of older casinos like Binions and the Golden Nugget. It’s such a fun family atmosphere and I can tell you that Times Square is not the only place where you can get your picture taken with Batman.
I did venture to a special location for us all though and I got the skinny from a wonderful lady, Diana Micochero, the manager at the Las Vegas Lionâ€™s Den location. Really, you need to see this adult store to believe itâ€¦yes, thatâ€™s the picture of the place up top. L.D.â€™s selection is huge and their prices quite varied (as is true of any good store of this type). From beginners to products for the more experienced, the Lion’s Den is a true â€˜superstoreâ€™, offering toys, lubes, DVDs and books to lingerie and fetish and bondage items. Their grand opening was just the weekend before I arrived (May 17-19) and as Diana assured me, everyone had a great time enjoying special appearances from Capri Anderson from Vivid Entertainment and Andrea Lowell from Playboy. There were vendor demonstrations, giveaways and door prizes from Pipedream, Sportsheets, Doc Johnson, System Jo, NS Novelties and California Exotics as well.
Hereâ€™s what else Diana had to tell me when I asked:
With the preponderance of online shopping for adult products, why open a brick and mortar location?
We feel there is a certain mystique to actually coming into the shop where you can see and feel the actual product. Especially for couples â€“ it’s a type of foreplay! We recognize shopping online for adult products is popular, but we also know that many of our customers donâ€™t plan ahead when they purchase adult products.
Was this Las Vegas location a mitigating factor for opening the store?
Having a presence in Las Vegas was a natural fit for us because itâ€™s the entertainment capital of the world. Our store is right off the strip, providing residents and visitors with an ideal location for all of their adult needs. Las Vegas is where many people get married, honeymoon or rekindle their relationships, so having a retail presence only makes sense.
I know itâ€™s early in the storeâ€™s birth, but have you seen any specific toys flying off the shelves?
As we have seen in all of our stores, toys like the Luna Beads, WeVibe and Rabbits continue to be popular with women and couples. And, because itâ€™s Las Vegas, our bachelor and bachelorette party items are big sellers.
What special events are planned for the future?
Las Vegas is the perfect place for parties and entertainment and we plan to take advantage of the location. We are in the early stages of forming partnerships with a number of adult venues, clubs and restaurants for ongoing promotions and special events. All of our stores across the country offer ladies nights several times throughout the year and that event will be extending to Las Vegas as well.
I can’t thank Diana enough for giving me a special tour and being so giving of her time.
I ate in Hash House A Go Go, my favorite Chinese restaurant ever (my F.C.R.E.) Chin Chin at New York, New York casino and hotel, lost enough money on roulette at the Monte Carlo and took in some sun staring at boob-a-licious pool waitresses as often as I could. It’s a crowded, busy place, much too much for a stay beyond a week really, but Las Vegas is one of a kind.