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INTEL: New Tivoli tenant, a PR anniversary and a revealing vacation study

If you’re looking around Market LV inside Tivoli Village and you’ve noticed a new shop, you’re not seeing things.

Annie Creamcheese moved to the neighborhood center from inside the Palazzo. The boutique stocks vintage designer and contemporary clothing and accessories curated by owner Garrett Bauman. He also operates shops in Arlington, Va., and the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C.

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Local public relations pro Susan Somers has something to celebrate.

Ten years ago, Somers started her company, FM Marketing, with an IBM computer and dial-up Internet.

“I had zero clients and a crazy dream to set the world on fire as the cool entrepreneur, decked out in designer T-shirts and True Religion jeans, sneaking off to the gym for a midday workout,” she wrote in a recent release.

Somers was hit with reality once her 14-hour days set in.

Ten years later, her company has helped bring attention to multiple charitable organizations, including those that work with medically fragile and special needs children, rape and sexual assault awareness, homeless youth and adult hunger and homelessness. In 2008, FM Marketing expanded to San Diego. Congratulations.

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The State of Nevada Governor’s Conference on Tourism might happen about two months earlier this year.

In its February meeting, the Nevada Commission on Tourism talked about holding the annual meeting in late October this year, citing better weather and less conflict with special events as the primary reasons. The conference moves between Northern and Southern Nevada, and will be held in the state’s northern half this year.

The group couldn’t reach a consensus about a good date for everyone, so discussions continue.

It was also proposed that the traditional commission meeting that takes place during the conference be scrapped, but reception to that idea was icy.

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The first tenant in Monte Carlo’s new plaza experience is set to open this week.

On March 7, Double Barrel Roadhouse is set to open. The 12,000-square-foot live music venue, Southern-themed restaurant and bar is owned by hospitality company SBE. Expect treats on the menu such as pie in a jar and deep-fried s’mores.

SBE also owns the SLS Hotels, Katsuya and Hyde Lounge.

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This is why people should take advantage of their paid time off.

More than 40 percent of American workers who receive the benefit of paid time off finished the year by squandering a portion of their allotted time, according to a new study by Oxford Economics conducted for the U.S. Travel Association.

According to the study, most managers recognize the benefits of taking leave. Among the benefits are higher productivity, stronger workplace morale and greater employee retention.

Of those in the study, 34 percent of employees indicated that their employer neither encourages nor discourages leave, and 17 percent of managers consider employees who take all of their leave to be less dedicated. Four in 10 American workers said their employer supported time off, but their heavy workload kept them from using their earned days.

“Despite the myriad benefits of taking time off, American workers succumb to various pressures — some self-imposed and some from management — to not take the time off to which they are entitled,” said Adam Sacks, president of Oxford Economic’ tourism economics division. “Leaving earned days on the table harms, not helps, employers by creating a less productive and less loyal employee.

If workers used all of their available paid time off, the economy would benefit from more than $160 billion in total business sales and $21 billion in tax revenues, spending that would support 1.2 million jobs in industries ranging from retail to manufacturing to transportation.

If employees would take just one additional day of earned leave each year, the economy would benefit from $73 billion dollars in total impact.

“Underutilized time off is a monstrous missed opportunity, not only for American workers and their families, but also for employers and the broader economy,” U.S. Travel Association CEO Roger Dow said.

Contact reporter Laura Carroll at or 702-380-4588. Follow @lscvegas on Twitter.