9 specialty stores to spice up your shopping itinerary
If you’re shopping for the person who has everything, these stores can boost your gifting prowess. From Beatles and Britney Spears fans to Guinness guzzlers and chocoholics, everyone can find something to love.
1. Hershey’s Chocolate World (New York-New York)
One of only five national Hershey’s Chocolate World retail experiences, this is hard to miss from the outside—just look for the giant video screen and Hershey’s Kisses. Inside, you’ll discover a chocolate sculpture of the Statue of Liberty. Customize the wrapper on a Hershey’s bar with your own message and photograph, or go home with fuzzy Twizzler and Bubble Yum pillows to aid your sweet dreams.
2. Britney: U Wanna Piece of Me? (Miracle Mile Shops)
Shop ’til you drop with diva merchandise steps way from Britney Spears’ residency at the Axis Theater. The one-of-a-kind Britney U Wanna Piece of Me? boutique spins all Brit all the time on the speakers and shelves. Find CDs, beach towels, perfume and booty shorts. Highlights include Britney-inspired jewelry pieces plus jealousy-inducing Piece of Me-branded merchandise to remind everyone it was you, not them, who got to see her show.
3. The Beatles Shop (The Mirage)
Part store, part mini-museum, part pilgrimage for any Beatles fan, this side attraction to The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage offers a little bit of everything, including remastered mono vinyl recordings of all their albums. Pick up limited-edition artwork, snuggle up in “Yellow Submarine” bedding or pack it all up in Beatles-emblazoned luggage. Rare displays include an original Hofner violin bass signed by the Fab Four.
4. Sanrio (Fashion Show)
It’s all smiles at Fashion Show’s upper-level Sanrio store, filled with the full range of characters from Hello Kitty to Chococat and Keroppi. You’ll swoon over the stock that goes far beyond the usual plush toys and stickers. Find apparel, housewares, stationery, Loungefly handbags and some serious quality technology branded with Sanrio characters, such as the Hello Kitty Bluetooth speaker or Apple Beats by Dre headphones.
5. Goorin Bros. (The Linq Promenade)
The Linq’s ode to the art of chapeau will make sure you always receive a tip of the topper from fellow fashion trendsetters. For four generations, the Goorin family has been making its own custom-created hats, caps, bowlers, fedoras, Panamas and more. Expert assistance and advice on the right men’s and women’s headgear comes gratis.
6. The Guinness Store (The Shoppes at Mandalay Place)
The only Guinness store in the United States features everything you could possibly want from the makers of the Irish dry stout. The most popular item? Etched Guinness glasses that can be personalized. Stock up on bar mats, coasters and bottle openers, as well as an authentic pouring spoon for making a perfect black and tan.
7. Zombie Apocalypse Store (3420 Spring Mountain Road)
When the inevitable zombie uprising arrives, it would be foolish not to be prepared. The Zombie Apocalypse store has survival goods including a serious stock of flares, grappling hooks and emergency rations. Start with the 25-item survival kit complete with compass, whistle, matches and an “energy nugget” for your days on the run, all squeezed into a sardine can.
8. The Beef Jerky Store (112 N. 3rd St.)
You might have seen the billboards and wondered: Can a whole store be dedicated to jerky? Find out a few steps from Fremont Street at the Beef Jerky Store, with rows of bacon, ostrich, alligator and salmon jerkies, plus many spicy choices. This great spot for last-minute unusual gift shopping even features Las Vegas-style jerky shaped like suits from decks of cards.
9. Gamblers’ General Store (800 S. Main St.)
Gamblers’ General Store is not just for professionals, although you’re likely to find plenty of them walking the aisles or perusing the bookshelves. This place has more than 15,000 products, with everything from a single die to casino-ready poker, blackjack, baccarat, craps and roulette tables. More than 3,000 books show you the latest gaming tips and tricks.