Openings and closings: Canals gone dry and coffee coming soon


A rendering of the Sambalatte coffee shop being built at the 215 Beltway and Jones Boulevard.

The indoor canals of the Venetian have dried up, but it’s not due to global warming.

The canals that weave their way through the Grand Canal Shoppes are undergoing a resurfacing.

Gondolas will return in October. In the meantime, the outdoor canals remain open.

Elsewhere in town, Las Vegas welcomes back two haunted houses and a big-box store to the Fashion Show Mall.

    • The Asylum haunted house at Meadows Mall.

      Asylum and Hotel Fear

      It’s that time of year when haunted houses pop up throughout the valley in anticipation of Halloween.

      This year, the Meadows Mall will feature two: Asylum and Hotel Fear.

      Both debut Oct. 3 and will be open 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday and Sunday and 6:30 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday.

      Tickets cost $15 for each or $25 for both. VIP tickets that allow you to bypass the lines cost $20 each or $35 for both attractions.

    • No, you can't rent jet skis to navigate the waters of the Venetian's Grand Canal.

      Venetian canals

      The Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian are a little quieter these days without singing gondoliers.

      The indoor canals are undergoing a renovation and closed earlier this month. They are expected to reopen Oct. 8.

      The outdoor canals remain open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    • The Sambalatte coffee shop in Boca Park.


      Sambalatte is opening its second Las Vegas location at the 215 Beltway and Jones Boulevard.

      The store will feature a drive-thru window and a covered patio seating area.

      It is expected to open in December.

    • A courier with Sin City Portage rides downtown.

      SinCity Portage

      SinCity Portage offers downtown Las Vegans same-day courier service for a variety of goods: documents, food, cigarettes, prescriptions, art supplies, clothing and more.

      Couriers operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, and evening service is being planned.

      Customers pays for the goods, as well as a delivery price fee based on location. Delivery costs range from $4 to $5 for regular service and $8 to $10 for rush service.

    • Macy’s

      Macy’s at Fashion Show Mall will host a party Sept. 21 to celebrate the store's reopening. It was renovated this year.

      The store kept its original square footage but expanded its women's section. Men's clothing and accessories moved out to a separate Macy's Men store.

      The event will feature models, cocktails and celebrity DJs.

      The first 35 shoppers to spend $300 or more after noon that day will receive two tickets to the iHeartRadio concert Sept. 21 at the MGM Grand.

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