INTEL: What time is it? Party time at Rolex store

Rolex has a new home at Wynn Las Vegas.

The luxury watch brand opened a new boutique inside the Strip hotel. To celebrate, the property is throwing a private fete complete with classy canapés and live music. Hooray for high style.

The International Consumer Electronics Show is getting a little more health-conscious.

At January’s 2014 International CES, the digital fitness footprint will be 30 percent larger than in previous years. A market-specific TechZone focused on the newest technologies for the sports and fitness enthusiast, produced in partnership with Living in Digital Times, FitnessTech, expanded to 11,500 square feet and will showcase more than 75 companies. The 2014 CES will run Jan. 7 to 10.

The Consumer Electronic Association’s semiannual report forecasts the fitness technology market to grow almost 25 percent in 2014. The convention will feature 20 market-specific TechZones highlighting innovations across 15 product categories.

Goodwill of Southern Nevada has had a busy year.

Since June 2012, the organization has opened or moved seven stores, including the latest to open this month at 741 S. Rainbow Blvd. The relocated shop has a 17,000-square-foot sales floor, drive-up donation center and a Career Connections Training Center that will offer free workshops, training and education to job seekers.

The new facility is six times the size of the original 4,000-square-foot store at 24,000 square feet. It offers men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, furniture, kitchenware, home decor and other goods. It’s the third store with a Career Connections component.

Don’t believe the hype.

If you’ve heard that Smith’s is opening one of its Smith’s Marketplace locations in Southern Nevada, it’s not true. Yet.

“However, we think there is a future for that store format in Vegas and are keeping our eyes open,” spokeswoman Marsha Gilford said in an email.

There’s a Smith’s Marketplace under construction in Los Alamos, N.M., and another one or two planned for Utah. A Smith’s Marketplace store is a full Smith’s grocery store that is surrounded by additional departments related to home and family life — family clothing, housewares, home decor, paint, sports and outdoor equipment, and electronics. They average about 11,000 to 120,000 square feet.

Rita’s Italian Ice expanded its Las Vegas presence.

The franchise recently went from two area locations to three with the latest store opening at 5415 S. Rainbow Blvd. The newest shop is owned and operated by local residents Paul and Shelly Weinstein, who will employ 15 to 20 people at their 1,200-square-foot location.

In case you haven’t heard, Bier Garten is set to open downtown in mid-November.

The restaurant, featuring German food, microbrews and imported beer, will offer outdoor seating for 160 customers at 1 S. Main St.

At its first appearance in North America, World Routes 2013 is “bigger and better” than any other shows in its 19-year history, said Simon Parker, managing director of UBM Live, the event’s organizer.

“I think that gives real credence to hosting events in this amazing city,” Parker said of Las Vegas.

When the U.S. Travel Association hosted its IPW convention in the city earlier this year, organizers said the same thing. However, both shows will be traveling to Chicago next year for their annual conferences, which always are held in different locales.

Miracle Mile Shops soon will be home to a new Meatball Spot and Ketchup Premium Burger Bar. In December, Tervis, a tumbler store, will open, and Shoe Palace will arrive in the mall in February.

The new openings account for 9,192 square feet inside the center adjacent to the Planet Hollywood Resort.

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

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