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Owner of Local Red Mango Shops Wins National Award

Owner of Local Red Mango Shops Wins National Award

Phillip Patinkin, owner of two Red Mango locations in Las Vegas, recently received the chain’s national award for selling the highest percentage of smoothies and parfaits from July 2010 through December 2010.

Red Mango recently hosted its first annual National Conference at the Bellagio, where Patinkin was recognized with the Smoothie and Parfait contest of the West award. Patinkin’s two Las Vegas stores are located at 3663 S. Las Vegas Blvd. and 3528 South Maryland Pkwy.

"Phillip runs incredibly successful locations in Las Vegas and I’m proud he’s part of our franchise network that has helped Red Mango become a national sensation in record-setting time," Dan Kim, founder and chief concept officer of Red Mango, said.

Tree Planting Celebrates Company Anniversary

Tree Planting Celebrates Company Anniversary

To celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary, Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas performed an employee tree planting reflective of the company’s global commitment to sustainability earlier this month.

Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas partnered with the Public Lands Institute at the University of Nevada Las Vegas to plant 20 trees at the Desert National Wildlife Refuge - Corn Creek. Located approximately 20 miles outside of Las Vegas, this refuge was established for the preservation and management of desert big horn sheep and its habitat. To learn more about Four Seasons' living values, visit www.livingvalues.fourseasons.com.

Marriott Dusts Off Plans for Property Near Convention Center

Will Marriott follow through with a plan to build a large property near the Las Vegas Convention Center? What effect might the plan have on landmark restaurant Piero's?

A plan buried in the Nevada recession has resurfaced. Marriott International plans to build a large hotel across the street from the Las Vegas Convention Center but has not laid out a timeline.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

NV Energy Grants $25,000 to Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

NV Energy Grants $25,000 to Spread the Word Nevada Literacy Programs

NV Energy recently awarded a $25,000 grant to Spread the Word Nevada, a children's literacy nonprofit organization serving low-income children and families in the Las Vegas Valley and Clark County School District.

The grant will allow Spread the Word Nevada to continue providing children's books, family literacy events, and reading mentors to the 23 elementary schools adopted since the organization started in 2001.

"We are grateful for NV Energy’s continued financial support and belief in our children’s literacy programs," said Lisa Habighorst, Executive Director of Spread the Word Nevada. "Our mission of distributing books and promoting reading to the underprivileged children within our communities is so successful due to community partners like NV Energy.

Sumita Beauty Comes to Las Vegas

Sumita Beauty Comes to Las Vegas

California's Sumita Beauty, a salon that focuses on Eastern Beauty Traditions, has come to Las Vegas! The company has opened their first store outside of California in the Fashion Show Mall.

“With an eye on the Vegas market and increased demand for our services, opening a store outside of California has been a goal of Sumita Beauty for years,” said Sumita Batra, CEO of Sumita Beauty. “This centrally located studio has a reputable team of expert threaders and Mehndi artists, all of whom have received extensive training and are primed to offer enhanced quality beauty services and ‘shape’ the community.”

Popular Nightclub Reveals Too Much Information

LAS VEGAS -- A popular Las Vegas nightclub and restaurant could be putting credit card paying customers at risk for identity theft.

Credit card receipts from two 8 News Now producers who visited Tao Nightclub over the weekend got a surprise when they looked at their receipts after purchasing drinks. The receipts showed their full names and complete credit card numbers in print.

It's concerning because having a name and credit card number is all it takes to commit credit card fraud. Many food and drink establishments only show a partial credit card number on the receipt.

"As far as I know this is the first incident I've seen of something like this," said Detective Stacy Twigg with the Metro's fraud division. She says Tao is doing nothing illegal because businesses can use whatever means they choose to record your credit card information.

Las Vegas Candy Maker Smells Success

LAS VEGAS -- There's the candy man and then there's Susan Phillips. She spent Valentine's Day at a street corner on Sunset Rd. selling candy she made in her kitchen.

"They're all recipes from my grandmother. We're sort of a retro company. So, you're going to see brittles and fudge and things you had when you grew up," she said.

Phillips started her small company, Sweet Ruby Janes confections, last February. "I started out on the Internet and had a terrific Christmas," she said. It turns out people had an affection for confection, even in the recession. "We did about 3,000 orders going as far away as Puerto Rico." When she saw all the orders, she knew she was on to something.

Valentine's Day is also expected to be a money maker for her. Candy shopper Dan Haslem sums it up as he buys some chocolate. "People like candy."