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New Strip shops open Thursday

LAS VEGAS - A new outdoor shopping center is opening on the Las Vegas Strip Thursday.

The Grand Bazaar Shops retail complex sits on two acres of prime real estate at Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Boulevard.

Developers say the complex will combine contemporary retail with elements reminiscent of world-renowned markers such as London's Portobello Road and New York's Grand Central Terminal.

The Grand Bazaar Shops features 125 stores.

The people behind the project say it offers a different shopping experience than other retail outlets.

"It's more about experience than it is shopping for something," said Grand Bazaar Shops developer Larry Siegel. "You're going to be able to come here and consume and buy things you'd be able to buy in different places, but not with the experiences."

The shops are smaller, ranging in size from 150 to 300 square feet.

One unique shop is "I Got Married in Vegas, Just Kidding". Scott Jason created the store as a way to give customers the chance to fake a Las Vegas wedding.

He says he conceived the idea after working as a professional wedding photographer for years. He says tourists would ask him to take fake wedding pictures of them so they could trick their friends and family back home.

Jason says, for $30, couples can play a well-designed, Las Vegas-themed prank.

"We provide the rings for them. We provide the photography. We provide a certificate that is very authentic looking, and the pictures are shot in front of a green screen. We superimpose a fake chapel in the background," he said.

Jason also takes fake arrest photos and maternity pictures.

The Grand Bazaar shops opens at 9:30 a.m.


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