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Biz Beat: Jewelry store opens at Harrah’s

Sara Thompson
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily TribuneTaking part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Park Place Jewelers inside Harrah's Lake Tahoe are, from center left, Ted Herzchel, vice president of slot and retail operations; Ted Long, South Lake Tahoe City Council member; Julianna Basore, corporate retail for Harrah's; and John Koster, Harrah's Northern Nevada regional president. Holding the ribbon and modeling jewelry from the store are Alli Metz, far left, and Annette Carey, far right.
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Park Place isn’t found just on Monopoly board games: It’s now in Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Casino.

Park Place Jewelers held its grand opening Friday. Store sales associate Laurie Byerly said the event went well, despite a snowstorm in progress that day.

Two models wore some of the store’s merchandise during the event: Alli Metz glistened under $48,260 worth of jewelry; model Annette Carey wore $17,745 worth, Byerly said.

The models were thrilled to wear the high-end jewelry.

“It’s so much fun,” Carey said. “I want to take it all home with me.”

The store sells watches by Fendi, Michele, Raymond Weil, TAG Heuer, Movado and Cartier and other jewelry by Val Casting Inc., Benjamin, Roberto Coin, Judith Ripka Co., Di Modolo, Wilkerson and Icelink.

Some pieces are practically mystical. In every piece of Roberto Coin’s jewelry, for instance, is a small ruby, said sales associate Patrick Scott. Egyptian legend contends that if a ruby touches a woman’s skin, it brings her luck and happiness.

Julianna Basore, director of fine jewelry and special events for Harrah’s and Harveys casinos, said customers had requested a store such as Park Place. The casino wanted to offer luxury retail for its customers, and the South Shore needed a high-end jewelry store because the niche wasn’t filled, she explained.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call (775) 586-4963.

Looking for localized gift ideas? Then check out the Tahoe Art League Art Center.

The center held an open house Friday coinciding with the Lake Tahoe Visitor’s Authority community tree-lighting and menorah-lighting ceremonies.

Gallery art, including paintings, prints, sculptures, and jewelry, will be for sale, though not cards or ceramics, said Loretta Bookhammer, who will direct the center starting in January.

Workshops normally conducted at the center are suspended for the holiday season but will resume in January.

The center is at 3062 Lake Tahoe Blvd. and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends through the holidays. For more information, visit talart.org or call (530) 544-2313.

The Chateau at Heavenly Village now is taking priority reservations for real estate.

To book a priority reservation in the future complex, potential buyers must submit a refundable deposit, which provides information to them before it’s released to the general public.

The Chateau will include 129 furnished studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom hotel-condominiums starting at $500,000.

Construction on The Chateau began this summer; the anticipated completion date is early winter 2009. The site will be managed by RockResorts.

For more information, visit http://www.chateauheavenlyvillage.com or call S&P Destination Properties at (866) 422-0919.

– Have information on your business that you’d like to share? Contact reporter Sara Thompson at (530) 542-8009 or sthompson@tahoedailytribune.com.


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