Las Vegas native Melissa Akkaway opened the first outpost of her luxury retail store in Los Angeles in 2008, and soon followed up with a second shop at in 2010. When she launched her private label collection, , she added fashion designer to her many achievements. We got the lowdown on her favorite local spots.
Local breakfast spot: I love — especially their fresh, made-to-order juice.
Where you go when you need inspiration: I go for a run around the loop at . The scenery is incredible!
Best spot for people-watching: Outside the windows of my store at .
The Spanish Trail is the best thing about my neighborhood because I like to hike it and it's only 10 minutes from my house.
Favorite local institutions: The new and the . It's elevating the culture of Vegas.
Your office is located: Inside the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in the back of my store.
You wish your office was located: On a beach in St. Barts!
Your preferred mode of travel around the city: You have to travel by car around the city. It's not that easy to travel on foot unless you are on the Strip.
The route for your favorite city stroll: I like to go Downtown to get back to my roots. It's where my family started in Vegas. We owned , which was the same location as the original Beckley's. The new Beckely Boutique is a re-invention of my family's first shop.
Where do you go when you want to be in the middle of it all? I love going to to do the hot pilates class. It really keeps me centered and grounded.
Best place for an afternoon coffee: I love grabbing a flavored coffee at the.
Favorite local shops: Of course !
Where do you go when you need an escape? I love to get a massage at at the Wynn Las Vegas and Encore Hotel. It really feels like an escape.
Most underrated thing in your city: downtown. I used to go with my dad when I was younger. It really is the local secret spot.
You dream about your meal at: . It's off the Strip and the most amazing all-American supper club.
Best movies based in your fair city: and .
Best way to pass an evening: Dinner at and bowling after at .
No trip to Las Vegas is complete without: A trip to the Strip, a show, a spa treatment, and shopping at Beckley.