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Pashtana Usufzy

Business Researcher

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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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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