Tipsy Totes relocates, Las Vegas gets loco and Fresh & Easy launches food truck

If you’ve been looking for the Tipsy Totes store, it didn’t just disappear.

The Las Vegas-based designer of high-end wine and spirits carriers moved to a larger space at 1549 W. Oakey Blvd. The mother-and-daughter team of Sonja and Ursula Bettendorf now have a larger showroom and a conference room along with its retail space.

“Relocating to our new showroom will not only allow our current staff more space, but will ensure that Tipsy Totes has room to grow even more in the future,” Sonja said.

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Now the helium shortage is affecting Las Vegas business.

With a dwindling supply, the price of helium is rising. Now Michele Rothstein’s Balloons With A Twist and A to Z Party Planning are feeling the pinch.

“This impacts our bottom line,” Rothstein said.

Both companies use balloons to provide their end products. Rothstein said the shortage is affecting similar companies citywide and that many gas companies are not taking on new clients, rendering helium-filled balloons a relic.

“Our children’s children may not know what a helium-filled balloon looks like,” she said. “At some point, helium may be used only for necessities and not things like balloons.”

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Organizational Elements LLC is getting a nod later this week.

On July 25 the Women’s Chamber Of Commerce of Nevada will honor it as the New Business of the Year during its 11th annual Diversity Membership Awards & Volunteer Recognition.

Owned by Las Vegas native Amber De La Garza, the company was created to assist business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals achieve their goals.

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Las Vegas is getting a little more loco.

The 17th Las Vegas-area El Pollo Loco opened in mid-July at 5260 S. Fort Apache Road.

“We are so proud to expand our presence in Las Vegas, which allows us to bring both great-tasting food and rewarding jobs to the local area,” Carlos Esquivel, director of operations for El Pollo Loco, said.

At 3,670 square feet, this restaurant employs about 50 new hires and is open seven days a week. The fire-grilled chicken chain operates almost 400 company-owned and franchised restaurants in Arizona, California, Nevada, Texas and Utah. The company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif.

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Fresh & Easy lovers, now you have one more reason to rejoice.

The for-sale grocery chain is hitting the streets this summer with its Fresh & Easy Street Fair & Food Truck, targeting locations in California, Arizona and Nevada. The truck comes to Las Vegas Aug. 8-11.

The street fair will feature free items made exclusively with private-label products, including Southwest chicken tacos and spicy soyrizo tacos. Attendees can talk to an on-site nutritionist about meal ideas and healthy eating tips, local musicians will provide entertainment and there will be free chair massages.

The Fresh & Easy Street Fair will stop at about four stores a week and will visit other local events as it tours around. Follow the truck on Twitter at @fneasytruck for updates.

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