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Five reasons to check out Downtown Summerlin

A tour of Downtown Summerlin on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Las Vegas.
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It’s a big deal. This is the shopping, dining, hanging-out spot Summerlin and west-side residents have been anticipating for 15 years. When everything opens, Downtown Summerlin will include more than 125 stores and restaurants, about 85 of which will open their doors on October 9. Even better for Las Vegas, it has created 2,000 construction jobs and 2,500 permanent jobs.

It’s different. It’s not a traditional enclosed mall, and it doesn’t look like Town Square. It combines a sprawling big-box shopping center with a totally walkable promenade, mixing monster anchors like Macy’s and Dillard’s with edgier brands and boutiques, home stores, service spots and even a Trader Joe’s. Plus, it has plenty new-to-market concepts like Off Broadway Shoes, b.young and Boston Proper.

Downtown Summerlin

It’s tasty. No food court here—Downtown Summerlin is building a dining stronghold. Wolfgang Puck’s first off-Strip restaurant will lead the way, along with solid concepts from proven local operators like Andiron Steak & Sea, MTO Café, Grape Street, Trattoria Reggiano and Sushi Loca. First up: the intriguing new Crave sushi kitchen, Capriotti’s and Five Guys.

It’s for all of us. Maybe you’re a Summerlin hater. Maybe you think the downtown name is goofy. You’re still going to find something you like here, whether it’s the five-screen luxury Regal Cinemas, Nordstrom Rack or the first stateside location of Gelato Messina, Australia’s favorite gelato shop.

It opens with a bang. A full-blown, four-day street festival begins October 9, including an opening ceremony light show at 8 p.m., a food truck night market, fashion shows, fireworks and a Z-Trip DJ set at 9 p.m. on October 10. You’re invited.

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