Summer officially begins next week but for most people it started on Memorial Day weekend. The temperatures in Vegas have been hot but nothing we can’t handle. Even passengers stuck in an airplane for four hours couldn’t be bothered by the heat. Coping with an exhaustive situation they went a little stir crazy and decided to have a little sing-a-long before taking off. Thankfully everyone was safe when all was said and done. After being teased with temperatures in the 110’s Las Vegas has settled into a nice summer groove in the low hundreds. The dry heat is a real deal and it’s beautiful here day and night.

Speaking of being so hot you have to take your shirt off ladies in their 30’s and 40’s will enjoy the newest addition to the Chippendales lineup. Ian Ziering from the original “Beverly Hills 90210” just the famous male review at Rio. You can see plenty of beefcake and get details on when Ziering will be appearing with Chippendales at Rio on the Pulse of Vegas blog.

Moving from beefcake to cheesecake we can get ready to welcome Hershey’s Chocolate World to the Vegas strip next summer. Hershey’s Chocolate World is part of the major construction happening at, and between, New York-New York and Monte Carlo. The store itself will be similar to other Hershey’s Chocolate World store but it will feature an 18 FOOT Peanut Butter cup above it. That’s a giant treat!

Down the strip a little at Luxor Jabawockeez just opened their new show “PRiSM”. If the white masks don’t creep you out you can see some sweet pictures at Vegas News. Behind Luxor you may notice construction happening for a permanent outdoor festival area. The vacant land has been used to host a number of concerts over the past couple years. When work is complete we can expect more outdoor shows.

Earlier this week we let you know about the NBA Summer League that will take place on the campus of UNLV from July 12 through July 22. When that leaves town Las Vegas will welcome the United States men’s basketball team between July 22 and July 25. This mini-camp should offer a look into the next US olympic team. You can find more details on games at the Las Vegas Review Journal.

The Vegas strip isn’t very big but it is home to 3 different Apple stores. At the center of the Vegas strip you’ll find an Apple store at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace while on the south end of the strip you’ll find an Apple Store at Town Square. The north end of the Vegas strip has a relatively small Apple store in the Fashion Show Mall that is always packed. The store is closing and will reopen as a multi-level store that’s triple the size. A temporary store open on the 3rd level of the mall for the time being. You can find more info at ifoapplestore.com. I’ll just head to Caesars Palace for the time being.

Moving north and, not technically, off the Vegas strip the Golden Nugget has added a “Fremont Street Experience” fee of $5 to their hotel room charges. 10 of the hotels in downtown Vegas chip in to pay for the Fremont Street Experience and Golden Nugget is the first to actively pass the expense on to customers. They say it’s not a “resort fee” but it’s still an extra $5 tacked on to the bill each night you stay there. The good news is that the Fremont Street Experience is still free for anyone to watch and they aren’t adding a fee to diners at their restaurants or drinkers at their bars.

Gamblers will find some new and fun slot machine themes coming to the casinos soon. WMS Gaming has this awesome “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” themed slot machine hitting casinos now. Later this year, in October, Aristocrat Gaming will release “The Walking Dead” slot machine to coincide with the AMC TV show’s fourth season. Zombies are a new theme to hit casinos so it will be interesting to see how popular “The Walking Dead” game is.

If you’re looking for something a little more cerebral you might want to check out the 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic on display at Imagines Exhibition Gallery at The Venetian. The exhibition only runs for a limited time and you can find more information on Venetian.com.

Lastly, TripAdvisor.com released it’s Trip Cities Index for 2013 for the most expensive and least expensive cities to vacation. Las Vegas is the least expensive city to vacation! Read more from the press release at 4hoteliers.com.

Marc

Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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