INTEL: Allegiant credit card coming soon, picnic-themed pool makes splash

Look for Las Vegas-based Allegiant Air to introduce a co-branded credit card by June 30.

Andrew Levy, president of Allegiant Air parent Allegiant Travel Co., said in a recent conference call with analysts that the airline wouldn’t have a traditional frequent-flier club, but instead a credit card that would reward customers with travel incentives on their purchases.

Allegiant, which specializes in transporting passengers from small cities to resort destinations, is the fifth-busiest air carrier at McCarran International Airport by share of seats to the market. Allegiant is holding back on plans to expand with flights between Mexico and Las Vegas.

Levy told analysts the company still has plenty of opportunities in the continental United States and that Mexico, while enticing now, will still be an opportunity in 2015 when the airline is ready to consider expansion options.

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Some people wonder: Will there be a new tenant to fill the space previously occupied by the Drink &Drag club at Neonopolis?

Perhaps, Neonopolis owner Rohit Joshi says. The drag queen bowling alley/bar closed in 2013 after the Las Vegas City Council denied a tavern license. But Joshi says the space might be rented out. The buzz surrounding the impending opening of the neighboring SlotZilla zip line ride, Joshi says, has prospective tenants interested in Neonopolis.

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The Downtown Grand’s public relations team is a clever lot. They picked National Picnic Day on April 23 to announce the debut of Picnic, their property’s urban rooftop pool. The PR folks described the retro-inspired deck as “whimsical and nostalgic.”

The 35,000-square-foot Picnic is open for both hotel guests and locals.

“Picnic is a fun, eclectic space, designed to be the only one of its kind in Las Vegas,” Downtown Grand CEO Seth Schorr says.

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Accion, a 20-year-old small-business lender with offices in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, plans to start offering loans in Las Vegas this month.

The company offers loans ranging from $200 to $300,000 for entrepreneurs of low-to-moderate income, typically minorities and women, says Lynn Trojahn, Accion’s vice president of advancement.

The Albuquerque, N.M.-based microfinancing lender has distributed $53 million in loans at an average of $10,000, she says. There are no plans for an office in Las Vegas, but Trojahn says the company can work with Southern Nevada entrepreneurs through its headquarters.

Accion works with a wide range of businesses, including food trucks, shoe shine stores, jewelry shops, car detailing, auto mechanics and contractors, Trojahn says.

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Chefs from businesses including Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar &Grill, Honey Salt, Chocolate &Spice, Spago, Gimme Some Sugar, Espresso Amore and Artisanal Foods are participating in the third annual Fashion for Three Square on Thursday.

The event, hosted by Diana Bennett and Kris Engelstad McGarry, will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Diana’s residence.

Models styled by Neiman Marcus fashion director Ken Downing will sport the latest designer collections as guests enjoy sweeping views of the city and live entertainment. Those who contribute a minimum $1,000 to the Bag Childhood Hunger campaign will receive an invitation to Fashion for Three Square.

Donations can be made at or by calling 702-644-3663 ext. 334.

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