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Support not universal for LV marathon

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority authorized spending $150,000 to fund and promote the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon on Nov. 16 in Las Vegas.

But not everybody is on board with details of the event, which is expected to draw 50,000 out-of-town visitors to the city and generate an estimated $35 million in nongaming economic impact.

Elected officials on the board that oversees marketing Las Vegas have fielded complaints from businesses and residents along the route, complaining that the race blocks traffic and prevents people from getting to their homes and businesses.

Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly said he was in a race to cross the route before the marathon started last year and wound up arriving at his destination two hours later.

The marathon is appealing because it’s a night race, and it’s on the Strip, a bucket-list item for many a runner.

Elected officials on the board are wanting an invitation to weigh in on the race route before it’s firmed up so they can answer angry calls from constituents.

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The Las Vegas Convention Center is getting more parking.

The board of directors of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority recently awarded a $420,000 bid to North Las Vegas-based Aggregate Industries-SWR to improve a 1.7-acre lot on the northeast corner of East Desert Inn Road and Joe W. Brown Drive.

The unimproved lot has been used for employee parking, overflow customer parking for large trade shows and staging requirements. Improvements will include paving, utilities, fencing, gates and landscaping and will add 167 new parking spaces.

Improvements are scheduled to take place between July and October.

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Las Vegas-based Xyience, the official energy drink of Ultimate Fighting Championship, has a new distribution deal with Worcester, Mass.-based Polar Beverages to expand the brand’s presence in New England. Polar Beverages will offer all eight flavors of the Xyience Xenergy drinks, the first sugar-free and calorie-free energy drink line. The partnership kicked off June 2 and means the Xyience drinks will be sold in retail sites around New England such as convenience stores Sunoco A+, Circle K, Alliance Energy and Nouria, plus chain and independent grocery stores and specialty shops.

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Lion Fight Promotions is based in Las Vegas, puts on Muay Thai fight events and has cut a new deal to stage multiple fight shows at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Foxwoods, Conn., in 2014 and 2015. After holding its first Lion Fight event at Foxwoods on May 23, the organization will stage Light Fight 17 at Foxwoods on Aug. 1. Lion Fight 17 will air live on AXS-TV at 6 p.m. PT.

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The Hyundai car company is getting involved in helping to put on a new golf tournament in Las Vegas later this year. It involved 50 nationwide charity golf tournaments each adding a Hyuandai sponsorship in this Hyundai Invitational golf tournament series. This year, two winners from each tournament (determined by either a low score or auction) will be invited to compete at the Hyundai Invitational National Final at the Cascata Golf Club in Las Vegas on Oct. 16.


Bud &Vine, a boutique flower shop, celebrated its grand opening on June 3 at the former John E. Carson Hotel building at 124 S. Sixth St., Suite 170. The shop, founded by Las Vegas residents Christina Cicatello and John Bunch, features an in-store shop with prepared floral arrangements and flowers by the stem, as well as an apothecary and candle section, and a curated selection of gifts and home items. Bud &Vine also offers traditional delivery and installation services.

The 750-square-foot shop will also offer arranging classes taught by Cicatello, where customers can learn to create their own floral arrangements, as well as a monthly educational series called “Flower to the People,” to be held on First Fridays.

Aside from the cost of the flowers themselves, there will be no cost for the classes. Guest speakers will teach some classes in the “Flower to the People” series, which will cover a variety of subjects, from macramé to patio gardening and more.

Bud &Vine will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 702-527-5151, or visit