Daily Archives: June 18, 2009

Las Vegas Dummies Provide Recession Relief

So, what else is new for “anything goes” La Vegas?   For Alison Wainwright, founder and president of Las Vegas Mannequins, being creepy is just the solution she needed to not just defy and insulate her from the ravages of the recession, but experience rapid growth as well. 

Although mannequins make the flesh crawl for many people, she has the distinction of having Las Vegas’ only full-service source for the purchase, rental and repair of mannequins, torsos, lower bodies, heads, glossies, poseables, plastic, fiberglass, faceless ciphers, and full-featured dummies.    Made in men, women, teens and children models, she even takes it one step further, offering “sexy mannequins,” which are “bigger.”  

Some of her sales – full-size mannequins sell for between $150 and $330, with rentals for a only a little less – go to adult entertainment businesses and burlesque dancers who arrange their costumes on them. 

Las Vegas police officers buy mannequins for use in car crash demonstrations, faux planted officers in cars to slow down drivers on freeways, and provide lifelike shooting targets. 

Others use the creepy bits and pieces for Halloween displays and haunted houses.  Students like them for art projects and movies.  But far and away, the bulk of Wainwright’s business comes from conventions, especially clothing expos. 

The convention business is where Wainwright started out in 2004.  Since then she has rented a storage unit, and then moved into a warehouse just west of the Wynn Las Vegas. 

Sales have been up 100 percent, just as they have been every year since she opened.  And in the last two years her mannequins have made it possible to buy her a new house.

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Transformers Take Over the Luxor on Las Vegas Strip

A huge wrap of the Transformers is currently covering an entire side of a Las Vegas casino hotel, which looks like the film’s main bot Optimus Prime is bursting out of the 500-feet-high pyramid-shaped building. The Optimus Prime image is over 100,000 square feet. 

The wrap takeover on the Luxor, which is the world’s largest building wrap to date, is in promotion of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the upcoming sequel to 2007’s Transformers. Directed by Michael Bay, the sequel sees returning stars Shia LeBeouf, Megan Fox, and of course, Optimus Prime and his band of Autobots. Revenge of the Fallen hits theaters June 24, 2009.

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Holly Madison Turned Away from Las Vegas Nightclub

Holly Madison’s night on Las Vegas turned sour last Sunday when it was revealed that one of the girls in her entourage was underage. 

Madison, 29, was looking forward to a much-overdue girls’ night out prior to the run-in. “Girls night out 2night! Haven’t had one in so long!  Can’t wait!” she posted to her Twitter account on Sunday evening. 

A few hours later, however, the former “Girls Next Door” star was apparently “turned away” by security at the Body English nightclub inside the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas “because a fellow playmate she was with was caught sneaking in for being under age (sic).” 

The situation was made public via the Hard Rock’s official Twitter page. 

The identity of Madison’s young friend has not been released.

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