Holiday markets of the artsy variety are pretty much the best thing ever. They bring unique and thoughtful back into a season of giving that has largely devolved into an exchange of gift cards. Neon Bazaar, now in its third year, is one of our favorites, known for unique vendors like Ninjabot and a festive outdoor vibe.
This year, however, the Bazaar has gotten a makeover that means more than just a move from Downtown’s Jackie Gaughan Plaza to organizer Polly Weinstein’s family business, Tower of Jewels. Partnering with United Way of Southern Nevada and Unlokt, the new Neon Bazaar is going to be a more luxurious shopping experience. The first tip-off that things have changed is that the once free event now comes with a $20 cover charge. But that charge includes hors d’oeuvres from Lotus of Siam, Champagne and valet parking, and while vendors like Bud & Vine and Somersault Letterpress are a little more upscale than some of the local kitsch, all the vendors are local.
Las Vegas might be the only town in the U.S. where local means luxe, so why not indulge in a little guilt-free cash infusion of the local economy while noshing on world-class satay, swilling the sparkling and getting some one-of-a-kind gifts? Don’t worry, that hilarious print that reads “hipster bullsh*t” in a nerdy typeface will be there next First Friday.
Neon Bazaar November 29, 1-6 p.m. Tower of Jewels, 896 E. Sahara Ave., neonbazaarlv.com.