Walking Tour Of The District At GVR

Walking Tour Of The District At GVR
The District is one of the most unique shopping areas in Las Vegas. Unlike Town Square, some of the charm has been lost with some cobblestones being replaced by a street that leads to the Green Valley Casino, but it’s still well worth the visit to enjoy the ambience, especially during the holidays when there are lights, wandering choirs and a huge Christmas tree. There is bound to be something for almost everyone, including great restaurants and some wonderful shops, and the whole experience is conducive to just taking a stroll around the entire shopping district. Enjoy all of this plus the fascination of people-watching, because The District is not just for shopping, it’s also home to many Henderson residents. Changes and renovations are ongoing as part of the improvement and growth, so please be forewarned that some shops or restaurants may not yet be open.
The District @ GVR
2225 Village Walk Drive, Suite 171
Henderson, NV 89052
(702) 564-8595

As in all tours, there is a beginning and an end, and at The District, this happens to be the Green Valley Ranch Casino. The tour of the complex starts on the left side of the street when exiting the casino, and continues on a loop around to the blocks comprising the right side (please see the map).

The first stop is the Elephant Bar Restaurant, featuring combinations of European, Asian and American cooking to create a unique blend of global fusion flavors. You will find an extensive menu, happy hour and lunch specials. Next door, the Magnolia Lane boutique brings southern charm to Las Vegas. From signs and candles, bedding and PJs, there is something for everyone to make you feel like family. Next to Magnolia Lane is Pinot’s Palette, an upscale destination in Las Vegas where you can “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.” It’s open to the public and lets everyone have fun painting and creating their own version of art as you sip on your favorite beverage.

The Optic Gallery houses an optometry shop with a personal touch. Next to this is Francesca’s Collections, one of the country’s top fashion retailers. Gymboree is the shop to outfit your busy kid with comfortable clothing that has been crafted to withstand rugged play. Clothing from sizes newborn to 12 years is designed with color, comfort and special touches to make them perfect for all of your child’s needs. White House/Black Market is a melding of shops featuring monochromatic fashions in white and ivory and black. Elegant, intriguing and tone upon tone fashions can be found in this shop.

Just across the small road is Charming Charlie, where you can find accessories, gifts and more. Next door to that is Down East Basics, with high style and low prices. You can find layering tees, camis, fashion tops, dresses and skirt. All prices are under $60 Next door to this, The Boutique is under construction, followed by Janie and Jack, the clothing store for boys and girls from layette to size 6. This shop features classic kids’ clothes that are beautifully crafted, well designed and comfy to wear. The last store on this side is Recreations Equipment, Inc (REI) where the best quality outdoor gear and clothing can be found. If you are ready to hit the trails, waterways, slopes or any other getaway, be sure to check it out and take advantage of the 100-percent satisfaction guarantee on its designer products.

Just a little jog from the cobblestones, you find PF Chang’s. This bistro features great Chinese cuisine and impeccable service. Open for lunch, dinner and late-night dining, you can take advance of its Triple Happiness Happy Hours to enjoy Dim Sum, drinks and street fare.

Back in the main cobblestone area, just across the street from REI, Brookstone is getting ready to open soon, with Fidelity Investments nestled right behind it to fulfill your retirement dreams. Next to that, you will see the charming Flea Bag’s Barkery & Bow-tique, a full bakery for dogs and cats featuring fresh baking, wheat-free cookies and even special order cookies for sensitive pets. This shop caters dog birthday parties with cakes and goodie bags, and carries fashion couture and gifts for your furry family. Next, you find Crazy Pita. This shop features healthy, fresh food, with no prepackages or chemicals. All rubs and marinades are house-made, and the presentation is simple and tasty. This clean shop and open kitchen allow you to see the food being prepared. There is dine-in, take-out and “Crazy Value Packs” that are far superior to fast food and a great treat for families. Catering is also available. Just around the corner of this little block is Jos. A. Bank. This shop features quality clothing made with pride. Styles from classic to casual clothing can be found, and prices are very reasonable. The expert staff will make sure what you get what you really want, and will fit you to ensure that the clothing is just right for you. Next to this, Bella Vita is under construction and will be open to the public in the near future.

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When you circle the next little ‘block,’ you find Loft, where upper-moderate-priced collections are perfect for value-conscious women who enjoy a relaxed lifestyle. Beside Loft is the delicious Panera, bakers of fresh bread and pastry. Its delicious treats include soups, salads, pastries and desserts, and above all, the bread. Just around the corner is the new Whist Stove and Spirits, with its British-themed gastropub with displays of art and sharing and sampler menus. Also new to the District, Due & Proper, a themed establishment styled after classic elegant British pubs, is right around the corner from there. This establishment takes you back in time and to a place far away to enjoy true pub fare. You will pass Oil and Vine Food and Drink for the Heart, then Josie’s Frozen Yogurt, a bright, inviting place where you find a family-friendly customizable, healthy desserts. Don’t forget to take advantage of the photo-ops! The Walking Company is the place to go for all of your custom footwear needs and Brighton Collectibles will outfit you from head to toe, with handbags and luggage, shoes, leather goods, fragrance plus home accessories.

For the joy of the kiddies, the next corner features a splashpad (a huge hit during the hot summer months).

The next little block is comprised of Williams-Sonoma, Inc. an amazing shop featuring all of your home furnishing needs. Next to this is Color Me Mine, a paint-your-own ceramics studio where you can create gifts or keepsakes of your own design. King’s Fish House is a mid-priced, family-friendly dining establishment with treats from appetizers (crab cakes, oysters and shrimp to sushi and sashimi). Entrees include pasta, chicken steak and grilled or charbroiled seasonal specialties. After this, there are a coupe of establishments that are as yet TBA.

The huge Pottery Barn starts the next block of shops. Pottery Barn is known for quality, comfortable and stylish furnishings. Since 1949, its in-house designers have created the perfect styles for any home. Behind and beside this is Balboa Pizza Company, a laid-back and casual place preferred by folks over 25 who enjoy gaming, pizza, wings and ribs or sandwiches in a friendly atmosphere. Playing anchor to the last side of the block is the intriguing Anthropologie, a “lifestyle retailer” that offers one-of-a-kind found, unique objects for women aged 30-45. It’s all about the craftsmanship, details and appeal of these clothing or decorative items from around the world.

The front side, once again facing the other cobblestoned shops, features Rachel’s Kitchen, where you can imagine yourself in a quaint cafe or bistro noshing on the delightful fare. Crisp salads, wraps, gourmet sandwiches and pastas are all delicious. There is even a breakfast menu of omelettes, scones, muffins and more. Afterward, you may want to indulge at the AVEDA Lifestyle Salon & Spa next door.

If you wish, you can also visit the Whole Foods side of the District, a healthy walk from this main shopping area. The District truly has it all, from casual and fine dining to clothing for an active or laid-back lifestyle, so make a day of it and take your own tour of this unique area soon.

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Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.