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Alternate Reality Comics Bookstores
4800 S. Maryland Pkwy
Phone: 702/736-3673
Website: http://altrealitycomics.com/NewFiles/home.html
The best place in Vegas for all your comic-book needs. They have a nearly comprehensive selection, with a heavy emphasis on underground comics. But don't worry--the superheroes are here, too. Open Monday through Saturday from 11am until 7pm, and Sunday from noon to 6pm.

Antique Sampler Shoppes Antiques
6115 W. Tropicana Ave
Phone: 702/368-1170
Website: www.antiquesampler.com
Head here for everything under one roof. More than 200 small antiques shops sell their wares in this mall, which offers a diversity of antiques ranging from exquisite Indian bird cages to Star Wars memorabilia (let's not call those sorts of items "antiques" but rather "nostalgia"). Changing selections mean they can never guarantee what will be available, but you can probably count on antique clothing and shoes, lamps, silver, decorative plates and china, old sewing machines, antique furniture, and '50s prom dresses. The displays are well labeled and well laid out, making it easy to take in all the antiques. The oldest antiques are from the mid-1800s and range in price from $100 to $4,000. Open Monday through Saturday from 10am until 7pm, Sunday from noon until 7pm.

Antique Square Antiques
2014-2034 Charleston Blvd
Location Info: At Eastern Ave
Phone: 702/471-6500
A cruddy-looking collection of stores in several remodeled houses arranged in a square. But every good antiques shopper knows that these kinds of crammed junk stores are the places to find real treasures, and to do real antiques hunting (because once they've been really picked through and prettily displayed by pros, you can kiss bargains and real finds goodbye). Individual store hours vary but most are closed on Sunday and Monday.

Antiques at the Market Antiques
6663 S. Eastern Ave
Location Info: Between Sunset and Warm Springs Rd
Phone: 702/307-3960
A brand-new antiques mini-mall (for lack of a better phrase) with a number of individuals operating stalls under one roof. Open Monday through Saturday from 9am until 5pm, Sunday from noon until 5pm.

Belz Factory Outlet World Discount Shopping
7400 Las Vegas Blvd. S
Location Info: At Warm Springs Rd
Phone: 702/896-5599
Website: www.belz.com/factory/locations/lasvegas/index.html
Belz houses 155 air-conditioned outlets, including a few dozen clothing stores and shoe stores. It offers an immense range of merchandise at savings of up to 75% off retail prices. Among other emporia, you'll find Casual Corner, Liz Claiborne, Perry Ellis, Calvin Klein, Levi's, Nike, Dress Barn, Oshkosh B'Gosh, Leggs/Hanes/Bali, Esprit, Carter's, Reebok, Spiegel, Jockey, Oneida, Springmaid, Bose (electronics), Danskin, Van Heusen, Tommy Hilfiger, Burlington, Royal Doulton, Waterford (crystal), Black & Decker (tools), and Geoffrey Beene here. There is also a carousel and a food court. Open Monday through Saturday 10am to 9pm, and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

Boulevard Mall Malls & Shopping Centers
3528 S. Maryland Pkwy
Location Info: Between Twain Ave. and Desert Inn Rd
Phone: 702/732-8949
Website: www.blvdmall.com
The Boulevard is the largest mall in Las Vegas--at least until the remodeled Fashion Show Mall trumps it in late 2003. Its 144-plus stores and restaurants are arranged in arcade fashion on a single floor occupying 1.2 million square feet. Geared to the average consumer, it has anchors like Sears, JCPenney, Macy's, Dillard's, and Marshalls. There's a wide variety of shops offering all sorts of items--moderately priced shoes and clothing for the entire family, books and gifts, jewelry, and home furnishings. There are also more than a dozen fast-food eateries. In short, you can find just about anything you need here. There's free valet parking. The mall is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 9pm, Saturday from 10am to 8pm, and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.

Buffalo Exchange Fashion
4110 S. Maryland Pkwy
Location Info: At Flamingo
Phone: 702/791-3960
Website: www.buffaloexchange.com/loc_lasvegas.htm
This is actually a branch of a chain of stores spread out across the western United States. If the chain part worries you, don't let it--this merchandise doesn't feel processed. Staffed by plenty of incredibly hip alt-culture kids (ask them what's happening in town during your visit), it is stuffed with dresses, shirts, pants, and so forth. You can easily go in one day and come out with 12 fabulous new outfits, but you can just as easily go in and come up dry. But it's still probably the most reliable of the local vintage shops. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 11am to 8pm, and Sunday from noon until 7pm.

Dead Poet Books Bookstores
3874 W. Sahara Ave
Location Info: Corner of Valley View, near Raley's Supermarket
Phone: 702/227-4070
The dead poet in question was the man from whose estate the owners bought their start-up stock. He had such good taste in books that they "fell in love with him" and wanted to name the store in his memory. Just one problem--they never did get his name. So they just called him "the dead poet." His legacy continues at this book-lover's haven. Open Monday through Saturday from 10am until 6pm, and Sunday from noon to 5pm.

Fashion Outlet at Premium outlets Discount Shopping
32100 Las Vegas Blvd. S
Phone: 888/424-6898
Dedicated bargain hunters may want to make the roughly 40-minute drive along I-15 (there's also a $10 shuttle from New York-New York) to the this big outlet complex, right on the border of California and Nevada. On your left is a large factory outlet with some designer names prominent enough to make that drive well worthwhile--Kenneth Cole, Donna Karan, even Williams-Sonoma, among several others. Why so far out of town? Our guess is because all these designers have full-price boutiques in various hotels, and they don't want you ignoring those in favor of discounted items. Open 10am to 8pm daily

Fashion Show Mall Malls & Shopping Centers
3200 Las Vegas Blvd. S
Location Info: At the corner of Spring Mountain Rd
Phone: 702/369-0704
Website: www.thefashionshow.com
This luxurious and centrally located mall, one of the city's largest, is about to become even bigger, thanks to an expansion that will add the city's first Nordstrom, a Bloomingdale's, and a Lord & Taylor. Construction on the $300 million expansion is due to be completed in stages, with the last touches being completed in 2003. The mall presently comprises more than 130 shops, restaurants, and services. It is anchored by Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, Robinsons-May, and Dillard's. Valet parking is available, and you can even arrange to have your car hand-washed while you shop. The Fashion Show is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 9pm, Saturday from 10am to 7pm, and Sunday from noon until 6pm.

Gambler's Book Shop Bookstores
630 S. 11th St
Location Info: Just off Charleston Blvd
Phone: 800/522-1777
Phone: 702/382-7555
Website: www.gamblersbook.com
Here you can buy a book on any system ever devised to beat casino odds. Owner Edna Luckman carries more than 4,000 gambling-related titles, including many out-of-print books, computer software, and videotapes. She describes her store as a place where "gamblers, writers, researchers, statisticians, and computer specialists can meet and exchange information." On request, knowledgeable clerks provide on-the-spot expert advice on handicapping the ponies and other aspects of sports betting. The store's motto is "knowledge is protection." Open Monday through Saturday from 9am until 5pm, closed Sunday

Gambler's General Store Specialty Shopping
800 S. Main St
Location Info: Downtown Vegas
Phone: 800/322-2447
Phone: 702/382-9903
Website: www.gamblersgeneralstore.com
A gambler's paradise stocked with a massive book collection, both antique and current slot machines, gaming tables (blackjack, craps, and so on), roulette wheels, collectible chips, casino dice, classic Vegas photos, and a ton of gaming-related souvenirs. Open daily 9am to 5pm.

M&M World Food
3785 Las Vegas Blvd. S
Location Info: In the Showcase Mall, just north of the MGM Grand Hotel
Phone: 702/736-7611
What can one do when faced with a wall of M&Ms in colors never before seen by man or woman (black! white! gray!)? Overpriced? Yeah! Who cares? There are doodads galore, replete with the M&M logo, and a surprisingly enjoyable short film and comedy routine, ostensibly about the "history" of the candy, but really just a cute little adventure with a decent budget behind it. Open Sunday through Thursday from 9am until midnight, Friday and Saturday from 9am until 1am.

Red Rooster Antique Mall Antiques
307 W. Charleston Blvd

Location Info: at I-15
Phone: 702/382-5253
Sort of a combination of the two preceding entries; older and battered, but also featuring those individual stalls. But with nearby highway construction ongoing (for years now!), it's very hard to get to, so bear that in mind if work is still going on. Individual store hours vary.

The Attic Fashion
1018 S. Main St
Phone: 702/388-4088
Website: www.theatticlasvegas.com
The Attic shares a large space with Cafe Neon, a coffeehouse that serves Greek-influenced cafe food (so you can raise your blood sugar after a long stretch of shopping), and a comedy-club stage; it's also upstairs from an attempt at a weekly club (as of this writing, the Saturday-night Underworld). The store itself, former star of a Visa commercial, offers plenty of clothing choices on many racks. During a recent visit, a man came in asking for a poodle skirt for his 8-year-old. They had one. Open Monday through Thursday from 10am until 5pm, Friday from 10am until 6pm, Saturday from 11am until 6pm, and closed Sunday

The Galleria at Sunset Malls & Shopping Centers
1300 W. Sunset Rd
Location Info: In nearby Henderson, at Stephanie St., just off I-515
Phone: 702/434-0202
Website: www.galleriaatsunset.com
This is a 1-million-square-foot Southwestern-themed shopping center, 9 miles southeast of Downtown Las Vegas. Anchored by four department stores (Dillard's, JCPenney, Mervyn's California, and Robinsons-May), the Galleria's 110 emporia include branches of The Disney Store, Gap/Gap Kids/Baby Gap, The Limited Too, Eddie Bauer, Ann Taylor, bebe, Caché, Lane Bryant, Lerner New York, Victoria's Secret, The Body Shop, B. Dalton, and Sam Goody. In addition to shoes and clothing for the entire family, you'll find electronics, eyewear, gifts, books, home furnishings, jewelry, and luggage here. Dining facilities include an extensive food court and two restaurants. Open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 9pm, and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.

The Meadows Malls & Shopping Center
4300 Meadows Lane
Location Info: At the intersection of Valley View and U.S. 95
Phone: 702/878-4849
Website: www.themeadowsmall.com
Another immense mall, The Meadows is made up of 144 shops, services, and eateries, anchored by four department stores: Macy's, Dillard's, Sears, and JCPenney. In addition, there are 15 shoe stores, a full array of apparel for the entire family (including maternity wear, petites, and large sizes), an extensive food court, and shops purveying toys, books, CDs and tapes, luggage, gifts, jewelry, home furnishings (The Bombay Company, among others), accessories, and so on. Fountains and trees enhance The Meadows's ultramodern, high-ceilinged interior, and there are a few comfortable seating areas for resting your feet a moment. The Meadows Mall is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 9pm, Saturday from 10am to 7pm, and Sunday from 10am to 6pm.

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