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Here's where we will show you more deals and Best Buys in the Las Vegas area. Many consumers in Southern California visit Las Vegas on a regular basis and many have relatives there and some move there permanently. It's only natural that we present the best places to shop and the best service providers in the Las Vegas market. Information about Vegas real estate, resorts, hotels and casinos can be found in other sections of the website. This section is for non-gaming shopping and commerce. Check back often as we add new reports about shopping, medical and legal care, and home services.

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Update December 17, 2017  We]ve all had to buy new beds from time to time, and I know that a lot of Southern California residents are now moving to the Las Vegas area and are shopping for new beds. In fact, just the other day I ran into a couple at the Mattress Firm store in the Boca Park shopping center in Summerlin who were moving to Vegas from Encino. Like them, I was also looking for a new bed.

In particular I was looking for a bed with a moderate price and was generally a firm mattress, and that's why I was attracted to the company called Mattress Firm. But, ironically, the name Mattress Firm has nothing to do with selling firm mattresses. The name actually comes from the firm guarantees you get with your purchase. Perhaps the most impressive guarantee you get is a 120-day (four months) trial period. If you don't like the mattress you bought you get a full credit towards another mattress. And if the mattress you buy as a replacement costs less than the original mattress, you get a refund. The only condition is that there is a $79.99 re-delivery charge for the replacement mattress. Now, that's quite a guarantee -- because if for some reason you're not happy, it costs only $79.99 to get yourself happy with a new mattress.

The Mattress Firm store in Boca Park also features the same deals that the national Mattress Firm stores offer including a free box spring with your mattress purchase, and the box spring can typically be valued between $150 and $300. But this Mattress Firm store offers some extras.

Manager Alex Gruber of the Boca Park store told me that if you buy your mattress from his location he will give you an extra "friends and family discount" which could be as much as an extra $200 off their already reduced prices. Just stop in and ask for Alex and mention our Best Buys TV Show and ask for the friends and family discount. Obviously, the more expensive the mattress, the greater the discount.

Now what about me? Well, I've been buying mattresses for a long time, in various cities and states around the country as I've moved for the TV business. What I really liked about Alex was that he was a friendly, no pressure salesman. The truth is the night before I was in another mattress store which was giving me a hard sell from the moment I walked in and they didn't even have the type of mattress I was looking for.

Mattress Firm in Boca Park has a wide selection and they had the specific mattress I was looking for and at the right price. After trying out the mattress in the showroom (yes, you should always get on the mattress and roll around) I asked Alex if there was another mattress I should look at. And he honestly told me that for the price this particular mattress was the Best Buy.

I'm happy to report that my mattress was delivered the next day, in the time window I expected and the delivery guys were polite and efficient and everything was perfect with the service.

Their store is visible right from West Charleston Boulevard and there is free parking. The store is at the corner of Rampart and next to Men's Wearhouse.

Mattress Firm Boca Park
8950 West Charleston Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada 89145


Update December 9, 2017  Colleen's Classic Consignment now has a jewelry department at its store at 5120 South Fort Apache Road. The jewelry ranges from moderately priced silver pieces to high-end diamond jewelry featuring rare colored diamonds. This is the first jewelry outlet for the resale store chain and its being run by a jeweler who recently relocated to Las Vegas from California. Look for brand names and designer jewelry.

Colleen's Classic Consignment has four locations in the Las Vegas area and it is known for its large selection of gently used furniture for bedrooms, living rooms, offices and patio. But what many shoppers don't realize is that about half of the merchandise for sale is new sample furniture from the World Market Center in Las Vegas which houses wholesalers and manufacturer's representatives in the furniture industry. These high quality furniture samples can give your home a unique look at an exception value price.

If you want to consign your furniture to Colleen's Classic Consignment you should know that there is a 50-50 split on the selling price. They do not carry appliances or electronic items or clothing. If you are buying furniture ask them about their financing options.

Be sure you sign up for their emails because they send out valuable discount coupons on new merchandise (consignments are not eligible) and there are also alerts about special sales and arrivals.

Their 20% off Senior Discount Day is now on Sunday. You must be 55 or older and the discount does not apply to consignment items.


Update June 23, 2017  We don't usually endorse bars but this one deserves a mention.  Eliphino Dive and Dine is a locals bar that is smoke-free. There is free parking. The Eliphino Dive and Dine is at 3246 East Desert Inn Road. Call them at 702-499-6503 for information and their entertainment schedule. They are planning on adding a kitchen for regular food service soon.


Update June 14, 2017  There are several Habitat ReStores in the Las Vegas area including one on Flamingo in East Las Vegas where I noticed a counter-top sign offering various daily discounts. It seems there is a discout or two every day of the week for 15% and some of these discounts can be combined. There are also discounts that are not listed and can pop up at any time.

There is a photo of a countertop discount sign at the Flamingo store below. I like the discount for shoppers who are members of casino players' clubs. That means just about anyone and everyone can get at least 15% off shopping here because anyone can get a free players' club account at local casinos.

Counter sign in Habitat ReStore in East Las Vegas
offers various daily discounts. They vary daily.

The Las Vegas area Habit ReStores benefit by getting donations from various trade shows including furniture shows that have exhibitions in the Vegas showrooms, hotels and convention centers.


Update June 4, 2017  About a week ago I visited the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas and I came away thinking it was one of the better values in town. It is a self-guided tour which gives you plenty of time to read the signs and displays and to take in the entire experience.

There were some interactive exhibits as well including a chance to sit down and record your own confessions about knowing mobsters -- but I didn't see anyone doing it. There was also a replica of an electric chair that you could sit in, and a nearby switch that could be thrown -- but I didn't see anyone sit in it. There is a chair from a gas chamber but it's kept behind glass.

There are plenty of places to take photos. I took a photo in front of an authentic piece of the brick wall where mobsters were executed in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre.

It is not an expensive museum tour and you can easily spend a couple of hours or longer taking in all of the exhibits. Parking was not expensive -- and lower than what some of the Strip casinos are charging these days. You could, in fact, park at a nearby downtown Vegas casino and walk to the Mob Museum. The museum also accepts various memberships for discounts such as AAA and students and seniors.

A pleasant surprise was getting a bonus coupon (see the photo below) for some free play at the nearby El Cortez Casino and a buy one, get one free mobster burger at their 24-hour restaurant. I got only $5 of free play (the minimum) but my bacon-cheeseburger (it had a mob-themed name which I forgot) was probably the best I've had in a long, long time. My friend also raved about the free burger that come along. The 24-hour restaurant was also very attractive, clean, and service was excellent. The free burger in effect paid for one museum admission.



Update May 4, 2016  Sahara Health Care offers chiropractice care so that patients can get pain relief including relief of back pain, neck pain, headaches, and other related conditions that originate from the spine. The chiropractic care at Sahara Health Care can even be used to prevent injuries and help you achieve better total health. But Sahara Health Care offers something unique in the Las Vegas area -- it offers Digital Motion X-ray services.

Digital Motion X-ray can be used to diagnose injuries, including injuries sustained during car accidents such as whiplash, that cannot be diagnosed or detected or confirmed by an MRI or a CAT scan. For this reason, you don't want to settle any claims for an auto accident or any other accident until you are tested with a Digital Motion X-ray at Sahara Health Care. If your accident lawyer doesn't know about Sahara Health Care and its Digital Motion X-ray tell your lawyer about them.

Digital Motion X-ray, also known as DMX Technology, can diagnose and identify ligament injuries as well as TMJ disorders. Finally there is science to identify the source of your pain. Finally there is a way to prove to insurance companies that your pain is real. It is done with DMX Technology.

Dr. Allan Long and his professional staff give you the professional care you need. They can also help you with whiplash injuries and treatments.

Sahara Health Care
1605 South Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, Nevada 89104


Update April 25, 2016  Made In The Shade Patio & BBQ does all custom work for outdoor and backyard living including patios, BBQ pits, built-in BBQs, fountains, water features, outdoor entertainment centers and outdoor fireplaces. They will design and build what you need to fit your property. Popular now are alumawood patio covers which look like wood but have the long-lasting durability of aluminum. In addition to outdoor kitchens they build entertainment walls which include built-in TVs.

Made In The Shade Patio & BBQ also offers computer designs to help you visualize your project and under-counter bar lighting is provided at no additional charge.

Made In The Shade Patio & BBQ
6625 South Valley View Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada 89118


Update May 18, 2016 The Las Vegas Design Center is open year-round except during events for the designer trade, and there are two floors of the World Market Center that are open to the public year-round, even during trade-only events.

The Las Vegas Design Center has designers on staff who offer a one-hour complimentary consultation at their office. Additional consultations are $100 per hour and these designers will come to your home and yes they visit homes in Southern California. The full-service designers can help you with colors, paint, layouts, space planning, choosing furniture and they can even help you plan your entire home or help you design a new home. Call the Design Center at 702-599-8155 for information.

When you show at the World Market Center you will save 20% to as much as 40% off retail prices and you will also be getting the newest styles including samples and one-of-a-kind pieces.

The Las Vegas Design Center and the World Market Center are at 495 South Grand Central Parkway, Las Vegas.


I am also pleased to tell you that we are again planning a Vegas Best Buys TV Show. We had a Vegas Best Buys TV Show for a short time several years ago and we feel it's time to try one again. If you are a Vegas-based retailer, discounter, or service provider please contact us so we can share our plans with you.

Please call us at Axis Media at 818-264-1555 or email me at so we can discuss our plans with you for the return of our Vegas Best Buys TV Show.

Our goal is to have a Vegas Best Buys TV Show complete with reports like the one below for the Furniture Market in Vegas. The video below was from our Vegas Best Buys TV Show that we did for a short while on the Fox Station in Las Vegas. In our report below we told about the Furniture Market located at 6675 South Eastern Avenue in Las Vegas. Furniture Market serves customers in Las Vegas, Spring Valley, Paradise, Winchester, Sunrise Manor, Henderson and other communities. Their website is and you can call them for all of your furniture needs. While this video is from years ago they are still a top furniture design store featuring accent pieces, bedrooms, dining room furniture, living room pieces, office and outdoor furniture as well. Call them at 702-436-3960 for information.

Here on our new media website "Moneyman" Alan Mendelson who is the original Best Deals TV Show reporter on KCAL9 and consumer advocate, shows you the best deals on TV, and the best buys, bargains and where savvy shoppers go to save, and how to get the most for "your money" with the best of Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura County, Riverside County and San Bernardino County. Some content on is paid advertising. The Best Buys TV Show is a paid infomercial program which may also include news and information which is not sponsored or paid for by advertisers.

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