World View Enterprises
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015 | 10:59 p.m.
Sunrise at the edge of space
Thanks to an investment by Vegas Tech Fund, this holiday season’s luxurious Neiman Marcus catalog has an exclusive gift at $90,000 per person for a trip to the edge of space! And only 10 Neiman Marcus shoppers can buy the package.
The ultimate space exploration has been created by World View Enterprises, part of Vegas Tech Fund, which had offices in downtown at the start of development. Although World View has moved to Tucson, company officials say Nevada will be a key part of its future, and our Silver State is being considered as a possible final-launch location.
World View is a commercial balloon spaceflight company, and its trip to the final frontier is included in the 2015 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book as one of 10 elite Fantasy Gifts. The book includes products for the ultimate wish list, from exquisite “His and Hers” gifts to highly anticipated luxury automobiles.
Here’s what you get for $90,000: the opportunity to be part of a World View test flight with behind-the-scenes invitation while enjoying luxurious accommodations at Miraval Resort in Tucson. Each package also includes private tour of Biosphere 2 with original crewmember and World View CEO Jane Poynter along with a ticket to be one of the first to see Earth from the company’s luxury pressurized capsule.
Floating 100,000 feet above Earth, passengers will have access to wireless Internet, in-flight bar and thankfully a bathroom. The modern accommodations are possible thanks to World View’s high-altitude balloon technology, which allows for a smooth and gentle journey without extreme G-forces from rockets.
CLOSING AT WYNN: In addition to the chef changes mandated by hotel tycoon Steve Wynn that we’ve reported, now comes news that he’s closing Botero at Encore and Tryst at Wynn. Botero will close after a final night of service Sunday, Nov. 1. A new, contemporary, three-meal period restaurant that is scheduled to debut in mid-December will replace it.
Tryst will close after its Final Affair closing party Nov. 7. Steve promises to announce a new, contemporary nightlife concept that will be ready for spring. His grand buffet also will close Thursday for renovations to reopen with an entirely new look and more than 120 global dishes Monday, Nov. 23.
VODKA, ITALIAN FOOD & A MUSICAL: Oscar-nominated actor, writer and director Chazz Palminteri is reveling in the success of his new vodka BiVi, which Southern Wines & Spirits marketing director Mike Severino tells me is flying off the shelves here. BiVi just sponsored the 8th Annual New York City Wine & Food Festival for the Food Network and Cooking Channel.
While juggling next year’s musical version of his one-man play “A Bronx Tale” with former Sony Music Chairman Tommy Mottola and the Jersey Boys musical producing, Chazz is opening an upscale Italian restaurant in midtown Manhattan.
He’s partnered with Empire Steakhouse’s Jeff and Russ Sinanaj to open Chazz Palminteri’s Ristorante Italiano on Second Avenue near U.N. Chazz went to Naples to study pasta for his traditional, high-end Italian-American restaurant. If it’s a hit, he’d love to open a second one here.
MAKEOVER: Bob Anderson, who is ending “Frank: The Man, The Music” at Palazzo theater Nov. 28, has let slip that the venue will undergo structural changes to accommodate a new, incoming show. The makeover will include removal of every other row of seats to permit performers of the incoming show to leave the stage and perform and run through the audience.
It’s a strong indication that “For the Record: Baz,” which will be retitled, is moving in next year after a hiatus from its launch at Light nightclub in Mandalay Bay.
ISLAND CELEBRITY SHOWS: Las Vegas crooner Brian Evans is ramping up star power for his newly relaunched Maui Celebrity Series of monthly concerts in Lahaina. He just signed Jeff Bridges for Jan. 23. Brian, who created the Maui Celebrity Series, will perform as the opening act, and singer Dayle Tejada will perform before Jeff’s a acoustic concert.
Brian launched the series in September with comedian Bob Saget, who he knew from their time together on “Full House.” On Nov. 28, comedian Rob Schneider performs.
HELP! THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT! The tech-savvy world is now familiar with Uber and Lyft and their app-car-riding system that’s made headlines here in recent weeks. Now comes an on-demand personal-assistance service from two Las Vegas nightlife veterans, Kalika Moquin and Jenn Tramagliano.
The new app Urban PALM (Personal Assistants & Life Managers) is the go-to app for every task or errand you don’t have time for in your busy schedule. From grocery shopping to running errands, travel arrangements and reservations, research, courier service, data entry, accounting or even last-minute party planning, their assistants handle all needs with the touch of a button 24/7. Urban PALM is only in Las Vegas, but Jenn and Kalika plan to provide their virtual-assistance nationwide as they roll it out across the country. They say they are their company’s best customers!
MAKE-A-WISH: Magicians and “Masters of the Impossible” Siegfried & Roy play host Thursday to 12-year-old Emma Goldsberry from Make-a-Wish when they appoint her their Cubs Child Ambassador of Conservation.
It fulfills her dream to take care of Siegfried & Roy’s four baby tiger cubs born in August at their Secret Garden & Dolphin Habitat at Mirage. Emma will spend the day taking care of the baby bundles of joy Hirrah, Maharani, Liberty and Justice.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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