Second Time Around
On a nondescript stretch of Main Street, in a warehouse district sandwiched between the Las Vegas Strip and downtown, above a used appliances store, sits The Attic. This vintage clothing store specializes in second-hand Levi 501s, cowboy boots and fashion finds from the Sixties and Seventies: halter tops, bell-bottoms, jumpsuits, minidresses and go-go boots to match. Apparently, there’s high demand for such items in these parts.
The business — originally opened in 1992 — is flourishing again after burning down last March in an arson fire. Mayra Politis, who, along with husband Victor, owns the one-month-old store as well as the appliance business below, attributes The Attic’s success to one factor: “We have so much polyester here,” she said.
The couple hopes to unveil an on-site coffee house by Valentine’s Day, and they plan to host monthly exhibits there of works by local artists.
In addition, the duo has been operating a temporary version of The Attic in Running Rebel Plaza, across the street from UNLV. They are testing the market to see whether they can hold onto both sites.
The Attic, at 1018 South Main St., is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Planeteria: Out of This World
Superman. Darth Vader. Rhett and Scarlett.
Original costumes worn by these film and television characters vie for space inside the cavernous 27,000-square-foot, two-story Planet Hollywood restaurant here. They are displayed alongside James Bond’s moon buggy from “Diamonds Are Forever,” the Batboat from “Batman Returns” and a submarine from “The Hunt for Red October.” Even the evil clown doll from “Poltergeist” lives here.
The mix of movie memorabilia and pulsating pop music keeps this attraction at The Forum Shops at Ceasar’s hopping. It’s as if the gala that marked its opening six months ago — complete with appearances by megastar owners Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore — is still in full swing.A celebrity-handprint wall, video screens showing new trailers spliced with footage of the famous in Planet Hollywood logo apparel (on sale on site, incidentally), and camera-toting patrons add to the 550-seat eatery’s world-premiere aura.
The food is international, varying from Chinese-style pot stickers to Cajun chicken breasts, veggie burgers to linguini with Italian sausage and shrimp fajitas to grilled sirloin steaks. Desserts include Mother Schwarzenegger’s apple strudel, white chocolate bread pudding and butter pecan rum cake.
The Daily Grind
On any given night, Cafe Copioh is a scene. The place holds 100 people and at night feels like at least that many are jammed inside.
The crowd includes UNLV co-eds hunched over a chess game, giggling girls in black berets and a shaggy-haired fellow with a flannel shirt wrapped loosely around his waist, who’s circling the crowded room on Rollerblades. House music blares. Everyone smokes like a chimney.
The one-year-old coffee house is the creation of 25-year-old Mike Gazal, a Los Angeles transplant.”Most of this furniture is from my room,” he said, adding, “I bought chairs from thrift shops, too. They’re rickety, but the sue factor is low here.”Unlike the crowd (no yuppies), the drink of the house is “very L.A.,” the proprietor said. It’s the mocha slush: double espresso blended with ice, chocolate fudge and a banana.What’s next? Kiwi pie and a smoking ban?
Cafe Copioh. 4550 South Maryland Parkway. Call for hours.
The Music Man
Terry O’Halloran is on a one-man crusade. His hot, one-year-old, live music venue, Fremont Street Reggae and Blues, is offering Las Vegas residents something of an education.Modeled after The House of Blues — a chain of clubs by the people behind Hard Rock Cafe — it features two stages and a wide array of acts: reggae and blues as well as ska, funk, rockabilly and even modern rock.
“We learned the hard way that it’s hard to get people to come out on weeknights,” he said, explaining the variety format.O’Halloran also caught on quickly that many locals have never heard of major acts he’s booked, including Burning Spear and Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds. To remedy that situation, he started sending out mini-biographies of upcoming attractions to the 4,000 would-be patrons on his mailing list.Lastly, in an effort to build club loyalty, O’Halloran has formed The Fremont Street All-Stars — a band featuring the city’s best blues musicians.
At least now he won’t have to sing the blues alone.