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INTEL: Shade Tree night out, Rehab expansion and a hat store opening

If you’re looking to support the Shade Tree this year, put May 21 in your appointment book.

That’s the evening Friends of the Shade Tree’s Girls Night Out is slated to be held at Hyde Bellagio. Tickets are available at and cost $135 each. You’ll receive 10 percent off ticket purchases made by April 21.

If you’re not interested in attending but want to donate, the organization has set up for that, too, with options to donate from $100 to $1,000 online. Jason Feinberg is slated to serve as master of ceremonies and Chet Buchanan will be the auctioneer.

The Shade Tree serves homeless and abused women and children, victims of domestic violence, victims of elder abuse, victims of street violence, female veterans, homeless youth and the physically disabled. It’s the only 24-hour-accessible shelter designed specifically to meet the needs of women and children in Southern Nevada.

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Revelers now have double the opportunity to get rehabbed.

Hard Rock Hotel’s longstanding pool party, Rehab, has been extended to Saturdays this season, adding to its Sunday parties. Beginning April 12, Robin Thicke will headline the season’s inaugural shindig, followed by Flo Rida on April 13.

Could the addition of a Saturday party be a response to the influx of pool parties around town? Double the days does equal double the revenue. Since opening in 2004, Rehab has welcomed more than 725,000 patrons, sold more than 2 million beers and cocktails, and popped more than 45,000 bottles.

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It promises to be a hatting good time.

Already open at The Linq, Goorin Bros. a fourth-generation, family-owned San Francisco-based company of hat makers, is throwing a grand opening fete from 6 to 9 p.m. April 3. The event’s open to the public, and will have libations and music. CEO Ben Goorin is also expected to be on hand and attendees will be able to view the brand’s new Cuba collection, composed of colorful straw hats and vintage baseball caps.

The new shop is Goorin Bros.’ 29th retail location in North America. The company was founded in 1895 when Cassel Goorin sold his first custom hat from a horse-drawn cart in Pittsburgh.

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With its two home markets in Las Vegas and Georgetown, Texas, Sport Clips Haircuts came in at No. 14 of 40 in the latest Franchise Times Fast and Serious ranking of the smartest-growing brands.

The 10-point formula for selecting franchises for this first-time ranking considers such factors as percentage sales growth, percentage unit growth, dollar sales growth and numerical unit growth over the past three years, with more weight given to acceleration in years two and three.

Sport Clips was also recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as one of the nation’s fastest growing franchises. For the second year in a row, the company came in at No. 16, up from 18th in 2012. The haircutting franchisor has 1,178 locations across the country and serves its clients on a walk-in basis.

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Want to check-in at 3 a.m.? Keep the hotel room until then, too.

The Palms offers a 24-hour checkout program, meaning guests can check out at the time they check in for no extra cost. They do have to select the 24-hour checkout option on

“We think this is a benefit many of our guests will appreciate and certainly enjoy,” Palms CEO Daniel Lee said in a statement.

Upon arrival, the guest will provide the hotel with a mobile phone number to communicate via text message. On departure day, the guest will receive a reminder text about the scheduled departure time, and the guest can even check out by text.

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Only one week to go until Sprinkles Cupcakes is here, Las Vegas.

The bakery will open March 21 at The Linq, serving cupcakes and slow-churned ice cream. The Las Vegas outpost also will feature the Sprinkles Cupcakes ATM machine. This is the brand’s first location in Nevada, but its 15th nationwide.

Globally, Sprinkles has franchise agreements to open 34 bakeries in the Middle East.

On the Las Vegas location’s opening day, the company will hide golden tickets inside 10 cupcakes and 10 boxes from the ATM worth one free cupcake.

Contact reporter Laura Carroll at or 702-380-4588.