With only a little over a week break from my recent NYC trip, I am back on the road again! This time in Las Vegas…..
My parents retired to Las Vegas a few years ago. I frequently travel there to help them out with general upkeep and maintenance of their home. In the past, sometimes there was so much maintenance that it was ALL work and NO play. And it feels like working in an oven!
I am in Las Vegas so often that I feel like a semi-local. This means that I behave like most locals do and try to avoid the Strip most of the time. It’s a different world there….
I have mixed feelings about Las Vegas. Vegas has the reputation as a place heavy with indulgences and excesses galore. If you want to (over)eat, drink, smoke, shoot machine guns or gamble, Vegas can readily accommodate you. On the other hand, the fine dining and high-end shopping options are impressive for such a small city.
As a semi-local, I thought it would be fun to post my favorite places to visit while in Las Vegas. So, when I am not pulling dry, prickly weeds from the rock garden or fixing leaky faucets, I like to (surprise surprise!) scope out the local fabric stores.
Unfortunately, there is a dearth of fabric stores in Las Vegas. Big box JoAnn’s and Hancock fabric stores are options of course.
However, one place I visit frequently is Heddy’s Fabrics, a small, independently owned fabric store. Heddy’s is one of the few stores in town that carries apparel fabrics.
It is fun to browse at Heddy’s. They have an unusual selection of ‘show’ fabrics. Check out all this sparkly, glittery eye-candy:
Heddy’s also has a good selection of conventional fabrics like knits, wools, silks and cottons.
Last week, I picked up these goodies at Heddy’s: a sparkly knit from the clearance rack and a Liberty-like cotton lawn.
Doesn’t the lawn look like this Liberty Tana Little Mari fabric? At $12.49/yard, I doubt that it is true Liberty fabric but it is a nice quality lawn though. I’ll probably make a summer top with the lawn. The sparkly knit will be a fancy wrap top.
After a long day of hard-core shopping, I like to explore the Chinatown neighborhood for some delicious Chinese/Thai/Vietnamese/Korean or Filipino food. The Chinatown in Las Vegas is much smaller than the ones in San Francisco or NYC but at least there is one here.
More to come…