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Pashtana Usufzy

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Pashtana grew up in Las Vegas after moving from the Seattle area in 1996. She has interned at the San Francisco Chronicle and around Las Vegas. She studies journalism and biology at UNLV.

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Chocolatier makes move to Container Park; grocery chain Sprouts up across valley
Monday, July 28, 2014
JinJu Chocolates stirs up sweet offerings in its new downtown home as a coffee and doughnut heavyweight opens a new Las Vegas location. Also around town, a growing grocery chain is celebrating its newest location, and ...
G’day for Outback lovers in Henderson; frozen novelties pop up at new location
Monday, July 21, 2014
Henderson is getting a taste of the Outback once again. Elsewhere, another well-known national chain has opened a shop, and a late-night dining spot at Caesars Palace said goodbye. A gourmet popcorn shop serves up frozen novelties, and ...
Our guide can help you find the right bicycle for your ride
Sunday, July 20, 2014
So you want to get a little exercise, or save a few bucks by buying less gasoline, or just enjoy the desert outdoors. But what kind of bicycle do you buy? There are many to choose from, so we break down the right type for your needs ...
Downtown Grand adjusts food options; Presto Café offers healthy provisions
Monday, July 14, 2014
A Chinese restaurant and sports book deli at the Downtown Grand say goodbye as Japanese Cuisine By Omae holds its soft opening. Five Guys launches a new location ...
Michael Mina swaps fish fare for Parisian theme; Cheffini’s opens shop downtown
Monday, July 7, 2014
American Fish closes as the owner promises a new concept to replace it. Cheffini's opens a downtown shop and Grass Roots Juice Bar debuts within the John E. Carson building ...
Cowabunga Bay to offer guests a groovy time; lights out at West Sahara Firefly
Monday, June 30, 2014
A 1960s beach-themed waterpark readies for its grand opening as a small-plates restaurant closes another location, and Bally’s welcomes gay nightclub Liaison ...
Mercadito offers Mexican cuisine; Chicago hot dog spot arrives without the attitude
Monday, June 23, 2014
The Wiener’s Circle and Mercadito arrive at Red Rock. Henderson awaits opening of the health-conscious Lyfe Kitchen, and Conn brings its appliances, furnishings and electronics to Las Vegas ...
Kerry Simon debuts Carson Kitchen; Poker folds at Palms
Monday, June 16, 2014
Kerry Simon’s new restaurant opened Thursday while the Palms announced the discontinuation of its poker room. And Wildfire Gaming opened a new location in Henderson ...
Openings & Closings: Hershey’s offers up celebratory Kisses; Sisley debuts Aria store
Monday, June 9, 2014
Hershey's celebrates the grand opening of its two-story Strip location as celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis opens her first restaurant. A sports bar known for its many TV screens closes for good ...
F.A.M.E. debuts Asian market at the Linq; Eva Longoria’s steakhouse shutters at Aria
Monday, June 2, 2014
The Asian market at F.A.M.E. opens its doors as She by Morton’s closes after a dispute with the landlord. A Hawaii-based cookie company opens its first mainland store in Las Vegas ...
Claim Jumper sets up camp at Golden Nugget; new store shows off Dapper duds
Monday, May 26, 2014
The Golden Nugget adds two new dining spots as a garment manufacturer sets up shop in Las Vegas. A French-Italian dining spot says goodbye to make room for chef Steve Martorano's new project at Paris Las Vegas ...
Pure nightclub to close for remodeling; Sambalatte takes shot at Strip success
Monday, May 19, 2014
A nightclub at Caesars is being made over, a Las Vegas sandwich shop and pub are branching out, and a local coffee chain opens a new location ...
Need a job? PT’s is hiring
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
PT’s Entertainment Group will hold a job fair Wednesday to fill about 100 positions. Operators of more than 43 local PT’s and Sierra Gold locations will recruit candidates from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Sierra Gold Tavern at 6515 S. Jones Blvd., Las Vegas.
Blvd Creamery promises quirky desserts; Dynamite clothing bursts into Las Vegas
Monday, May 12, 2014
An ice cream shop offers jalapeno-infused sorbet, retailer T.J. Maxx relocates a store and the Outside Inn closes.
Lobster Me opens at Venetian; Martinez Taco Bar spices up Aliante area
Monday, May 5, 2014
A shop for lobster lovers cracked open at the Venetian. Meanwhile, Binion’s doubled down on cowgirl-themed section and a new taco bar debuted in North Las Vegas ...
Michelle Obama to honor local library district's service to community
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
First lady Michelle Obama will recognize the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District for its efforts to assist Southern Nevada job seekers beset by ...
DB Brasserie makes debut at Venetian; Braddah’s Island Style branches out
Monday, April 28, 2014
A new restaurant marks a chef’s return to the Strip dining scene and fusion brand Braddah's Island Style opens a second location in the valley. Givenchy comes to Las Vegas ...
Guy Fieri begins new adventure; Tommy Rocker’s in Henderson takes final bow
Monday, April 21, 2014
Guy Fieri makes his Las Vegas restaurant debut as two dining spots close in Henderson. High-end retailer Kitson comes to town ...
Downtown landmark El Sombrero Café closes, Lego builds up to grand opening
Monday, April 14, 2014
A longtime downtown landmark closes as a Lego lover’s paradise debuts. PT’s opens a new pub while an eatery offers employees a training opportunity. ...
Polaroid hits the Linq; Moon says good night
Monday, April 7, 2014
A new photo bar offers prints and a look at Polaroid history as a penthouse nightclub closes at the Palms. Meanwhile, a famous baker brings his treats to the Venetian ...
Sprinkles Cupcakes makes Las Vegas debut; Encore spruces up its salon services
Monday, March 31, 2014
Sprinkles debuts its cupcake and ice cream shop at the Linq as Claude Baruk opens his first salon in North America. A well-known hot dog establishment closes ...
Finding a baby-sitter in the tech era
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Time was, finding a baby sitter meant calling whichever friend's responsible teenager needed a few bucks. But this is the technology era.
Ghirardelli unveils new location; Elvis exhibition is leaving the building
Monday, March 24, 2014
A major chocolate manufacturer is fulfilling its promise to return to Las Vegas. Dessert destination Ghirardelli arrived at the Linq in late February. Also at the Linq, a frames and sunglasses retailer has set up shop. Elsewhere in town...
Brooklyn Bowl puts new spin on live shows; Palms brings burger joint poolside
Monday, March 17, 2014
The Palms heats up its poolside dining options as Brooklyn Bowl offers a live music and dining experience. ‘Wichcraft says goodbye, and ...
Hats off to new shop at the Linq; Double Barrel makes its debut
Monday, March 10, 2014
A chocolate lover’s paradise closes it doors as Double Barrel Roadhouse makes its debut. A family-owned hat business comes to town, and a beauty center makes a big splash at Town Square. Elsewhere in town...
Openings & Closings: Truffles N Bacon arrives, Hachi says sudden goodbye
Monday, March 3, 2014
Original Diva makes its U.S. debut and Yard House expands to the Linq as a modern Japanese restaurant closes.
Openings & Closings: Center offers health care answers, new pub on tap at MGM
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014
A mountain lodge-themed sports bar opens another Southern Nevada location and a burger joint says its final goodbyes. MGM opens Tap and a customer service center seeks to answer health care questions.
Openings & Closings: Pin-ups are serving pizza, po' boys come marching into town
Monday, Feb. 17, 2014
Pin-up girls serve up pizza and a new po' boy spot promises a taste of New Orleans. Furnishing options are expanding in town and a breakfast favorite opens a new location. A Henderson restaurant says goodbye.
Openings & Closings: Bally's staple closes while business opens new sports facility
Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
A Bally's favorite says goodbye and a new facility hits the Vegas sports scene. A national grocery chain shutters two locations in the area while a Vietnamese-inspired restaurant tours Asian cuisine.
Openings & Closings: Bobby Flay debuts burger spot, steakhouse expands presence
Monday, Feb. 3, 2014
Food Network's Bobby Flay brings his burger joint to the Strip, and a steakhouse chain opens its second Las Vegas location. A locals cafe renovates as Smith's shuts down an underperforming location.
Openings & closings: PT’s rebrands location, Chayo takes bull by the horns
Monday, Jan. 27, 2014
PT's Entertainment Group announces a new brand, and the west side of Las Vegas sees a flurry of business with two new bars and a comedy club. Meanwhile, Mexican food is spicing things up at the Linq with the addition of Chayo Mexican Kitchen and Tequila Bar.
Openings and closings: Goodbye Bread & Butter, hello B&B Burgers
Monday, Jan. 20, 2014
A breakfast hot spot says goodbye, another closes for a major overhaul and Mario Batali opens a burger joint in the Venetian.
Openings and closings: TV crew can’t rescue bar; brews come to Fremont Street
Monday, Jan. 13, 2014
A bar recently featured on Spike TV closed despite professional intervention. Elsewhere in the valley, a Chicago favorite is debuting, and an upscale burger joint is saying goodbye. Meanwhile, business is brewing in Neonopolis.
Small-business lending is on the rise, locally and nationally
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012
Good news for small-business owners: The loan environment is improving. Small-business lending locally and nationally is on the upswing, members of the banking community say.
Skateboarding, physics collide in library exhibit
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012
Youngsters walk along skateboarding ramps inside of Sahara West Library, testing out a board and taking in the images of pro skater Tony Hawk. Despite what it may look like, the students aren’t there to kickflip or ollie. Their knowledge of physics is what's being ramped up. “It is about skateboarding,” said Amy Page, who handles content and programming for Exhibit IQ, the company behind the museum piece.
DRI researcher embarks on 'Life Underground' project
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012
Seated in his office at the Desert Research Institute in Las Vegas, Duane Moser prepares for his next research project. The opportunity to sit at a desk and talk will be rare once he starts his research. Moser, a geomicrobiologist, is part of an investigative research effort that aims to detect and characterize tiny organisms found thousands of feet beneath the Earth’s surface.
Preparing for Santa: A guide to Christmas tree shopping in Las Vegas
Find the type of tree that best fits your household and keep it fresh until the big day
Friday, Nov. 30, 2012
The holiday season brings with it so many questions: What can Santa afford this year? Who should we take off, or add to, our Christmas card list? Should we buy new lights? Will the Christmas tree be tinder-dry before Dec. 25, its brittle, hard needles falling off stiffening branches? Well, we can answer that last question. Some experts helped develop this practical guide for selecting a tree and keeping it supple and fragrant into the new year.
'It's like our Super Bowl': A retailer's view of Black Friday
Friday, Nov. 23, 2012
Michelle Allen, the store leader at the Meadows branch of JCPenney for the past year, is awaiting what she calls the Super Bowl of retail -- Black Friday.
Rita's, known for East Coast water ice, lands in Henderson
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
It took three years to get here, but Rita's Water Ice has landed, and is thriving, in Nevada. "We're crowded every day because of the uniqueness of the product," said Irving Dobbs, co-owner of the Henderson Italian ice and frozen custard shop. Rita's is a Pennsylvania-based chain known for its Italian ice, or "water ice," as East Coasters call it. While the product resembles a smooth snow cone, it is made from real fruit. The shop also sells frozen custard, which is thicker and creamier than ice cream. Its top-selling treat is gelati, Italian ice topped with custard.
Henderson barcade is such a success, five more are planned for the Las Vegas Valley
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012
With its neon green paint, rows of video games and carefully selected beer list, Hi Scores in Henderson epitomizes the concept of a “barcade,” a combination bar-arcade. It’s much like a high-energy living room for gamers. “Immediately, you’re brought back to a time of your life that was positive, that was fun,” Assistant General Manager Alfredo Delatorre said.
Molecular biologist wants UNLV to evolve into a biomedical research powerhouse
Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012
Hui Zhang loves Las Vegas. The weather, the entertainment, the diversity — he sees potential in the city. The biochemistry researcher and professor joined UNLV in August after reorganization of the Nevada Cancer Institute.
Bargain hunting? Different McDonald's charge varied prices
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012
Did somebody say “comparison shopping”? McDonald’s has more than 33,500 restaurants worldwide and dozens in Las Vegas. But because about 80 percent of all of the franchise’s restaurants are privately owned, prices can vary from store to store, even in the same city. Tourist-area restaurants can charge more due to the crowds, and a Big Mac fan might expect lower costs in outlying areas.
Employment may be hurt by Nevada's legal reputation
Monday, Sept. 24, 2012
Too many lawsuits may be hurting Nevada’s reputation — and costing the state jobs. A recent study by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform ranked Nevada’s lawsuit climate 37th in the country.
Three-digit dialing goes well beyond 911
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012
Everyone knows to call 911 in an emergency. In the midst of a desperate search to find a stranger’s phone number, eventually, you might dial 411 for help. But when should you call 811? 211? Shortened phone numbers like the ‘N11’ sequences are called abbreviated dialing codes. Telephone networks are programmed to recognize the three digits and translate them into the seven- or 10-digit number they represent.

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