Nothing Says Summer To Me Like Thrifty Ice Cream

I just learned that Albertson’s is buying Thrifty ice cream. Growing up in Sacramento we used to get Thrifty ice cream all the time. You walked into the Thrifty Drug Store and immediately on your left there was an ice cream counter (and a water fountain). If you wanted to go into the drug store, you actually had to go through a turn-stile. I can remember getting my allowance of ten cents every Friday (yes I got an allowance for doing chores – which will probably be another blog post someday about the parents that are ruining our country by not having their children to chores, but we’ll save that for another day… where was I… oh, yes) my brother and I would get our allowance and walk to Thrifty with dad and/or mom and blow a whole week’s allowance on a “double-dip” (a single was five cents and you guessed it, a triple was fifteen). The serving implement was this special scoop that you only saw at Thrifty and it made each scoop into an almost perfect cylinder.

At some point, that drug store closed and I did not run into a Thrifty, anywhere for many years afterwards. About 5 or 6 years ago, I was driving down Durango and this gas station advertised that they had Thrifty ice cream. Was it THE Thrifty? And if so, how? I stopped and went inside and it WAS the real Thrifty ice cream; with the real scoop. Since that magical day, I have run into probably 6 or 7 other places that serve it, and I have shared this wonderful treat with people I care about. I remember going into a place that advertised Thrifty ice cream and when I ordered my treat, the man pulled out a regular ice cream scoop – I stopped him and asked him where the cylinder scoop was and he said it was too expensive… saddened, I told him I did not want the ice cream. I know that’s silly, but this was the ice cream of my childhood and every other place in Las Vegas that I had found it used the nostalgic scoop. There’s just something warm and fuzzy for me about cylindered scoops of Thrifty ice cream for me. I think we all have things like that… at least I hope we all do!

According to Burt Flickinger, managing director of Strategic Resource Group – a retail consulting firm, “Thrifty ice cream is the greatest power brand that any drugstore has created anywhere across America,” No matter what’s happened to the retailer over the years, the brand has always been a key foundation for the ongoing viability of Rite Aid because of the tremendous loyalty to Thrifty.”

This past February Albertsons Cos. owner of grocery chains including Albertsons, Vons, Pavilions and Safeway announced that it would be acquiring Rite Aid and part of the purchase will include the Thrifty barman as well as the El Monte factory where the ice cream is made.

A Rite Aid executive said this week that Albertsons plans to keep the Thrifty brand alive and will sell the ice cream in its grocery stores. Thrifty ranks among Los Angeles’ longest-standing junk-food icons. The name has been displayed proudly on storefronts since 1929, when brothers Harry and Robert Borun and their brother-in-law, Norman Levin, opened the first Thrifty drugstore at 4th Street and South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.  Over the years Thrifty grew into the largest drugstore chain on the West Coast.

Albertsons already sells ice cream under its own private-label brands, including Signature Select and Lucerne. But there seems to be room for one more store brand — if that brand is Thrifty.  “Albertsons is buying Rite Aid to increase customer frequency,” said Lloyd Greif, a Los Angeles investment banker. “People come in for a prescription and it gives them the opportunity to sell other products. Thrifty is another reason to come into the store.”

I can’t wait to see the Thrifty brand being sold at all the Albertsons stores and I want the people from other areas of the country that never heard of Thrifty to try their ice cream – and find their own experience with this glorious product – WARNING you might get hooked.

Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail space?  We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

 

Will The Mobsters Come Back to Las Vegas?

Fun (and true) story – we took 60+ friends & clients to the 51’s baseball game last Saturday. I threw out the first pitch (well I was actually the 3rd one to throw out a first pitch). They announced the first guy’s name and gave a list of his accomplishments; competitor at the 2018 Winter Olympics, some kind of high school and college honors and he was wearing the glove that his great grandfather wore with the 1916 Pittsburgh Pirates… then they announced the 2nd guy’s name and he was a WWII veteran, and several other cool things… then they announce “Next up will be Jeff Howard” and that’s all they said. One of my guests overheard a woman behind her ask someone “who is Jeff Howard?” and without skipping a beat she said “Jeff Howard is MY REALTOR”.

 

Everyone in our group seemed to have a great time at the game! We ate nachos, hot dogs and of course peanuts. The kids played with their inflatable aliens and hustled the players for balls & autographs. The weather was amazing – or should I say lack of weather. It was about 71 degrees and no wind or clouds!

The 51’s played a team called the Albuquerque Isotopes! Who names a sports team the Isotopes? Speaking of team names, this is the last season as the 51’s. Next season they will be in their new stadium in downtown Summerlin and they will be rebranded again (when I first moved to town in 1993 they were the Stars). The new name has not been decided and you can help them choose if you’d like by clicking here; https://las-vegas-51s.apps.umbel.com/217/new-name/ I like Las Vegas Mobsters… I’m sure it’s not politically correct, but it’s the perfect name for a Las Vegas sports team as far as I’m concerned.

Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail space?  We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

Please Support The Third Annual Super Summer Gala Under the Stars

Super Summer Gala
Click the bit.ly link below to register for this amazing event or to bid on a role

This Sunday, May 20, starting at 6 p.m. is the Third Annual Gala supporting the incredible Super Summer Theatre, which has been providing Las Vegas residents with top quality amateur theater for over 40 years!  This year they are honoring a founding board member Carolyn Sparks.  The event will be held at their outdoor theater at Spring Mountain State Park.

Sparks is a lifelong resident of Clark County and involved with many, varied humanitarian efforts for the community. She was an original board member of the Super Summer Theater and has served on the boards of Southern Nevada Best Coalition, Las Vegas Natural History Museum, and the Nevada Ballet to name a few.

I feel that keeping cultural events nurtured is important in Las Vegas and 100% of the funds raised at the Gala remain in Southern Nevada to help continue bringing affordable, high-quality productions for our theatre-loving residents to enjoy.

There is a bidding part of the Gala when you can bid on roles in “Wizard of Oz” as well as remarkable donated auction items at the event (or on-line).  If you ever wanted to be a good witch, a wicked witch, a tin man, a lion, a scarecrow, a little girl from Kansas named Dorothy or even a Wizard you’ll have your chance at the Gala’s “Casting Auction”. Top bidder’s get all of the roles, not the director’s sister (unless she is the top bidder). To attend the Gala, or just donate click this link; http://bit.ly/2rHPxxT

This year the Super Summer Theatre is presenting 5 great productions –
Big Fish in May & June
She Loves Me in June & July
Peter Pan & The Wizard of Oz in August
Pirates of Penzance in September (I will be in the cast for this one)

You can go to https://supersummertheatre.org for dates and times. If you can’t make it to the gala (or even if you can), make sure you get out there this summer and see a great show or 2 (or 5)

Are you ready to buy or sell a home? Do you have a need for commercial / industrial / retail space?  We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

Downtown Summerlin Is A Destination For Restaurants. Retail Stores, Entertainment And More

Downtown Summerlin held its grand opening on October 9, 2014 and the west side of the Las Vegas Valley has not been the same, since.  It sits on 400-acres and has something for everyone.

Constellation At Downtown Summerlin is a 124 unit gated apartment development that is part of Downtown Summerlin.  So is Red Rock Hotel and Casino, City National Arena, the team headquarters and practice facility for the Vegas Golden Knights and home rink of the UNLV Skatin’ Rebels. In 2019, Downtown Summerlin will be home to the Las Vegas 51s at the new Las Vegas Ballpark.

Do you love to shop?  This is the place – there is a flagship Dillard’s and a Macy’s and a plethora of boutiques for women, men, children, home and artwork.  Plus a few eclectic stores and shops for cosmetics, eyewear, Trader Joe’s and the only Apple store in Las Vegas that is not on Las Vegas Boulevard.

There are so many restaurants – you can eat anything from a hamburger or taco to a five star meal in beautiful settings.  Many of these eateries are kid-friendly. If you are meeting friends for a drink you can choose from dozens of places and several have outdoor spaces.  Go to https://www.downtownsummerlin.com/directory.html for a list of eateries.

Downtown Summerlin is also home to an incredible movie complex that offers food and cocktails as well as reclining spacious luxurious chairs.  There is also a Farmer’s Market every Saturday and special entertainment events throughout the year like beer festivals in the spring or ice skating outdoors during the winter holiday season – you can sign up for notifications at http://summerlin.com/stay-in-touch.

Want to work close to home?  There soon will be two office towers in Downtown Summerlin.  One Summerlin is finished and has many companies leasing office space already and Two Summerlin is almost finished.  How great to work five or ten minutes from where you live and walk out of work and be in the middle of so much activity.

Do you need commercial space?  Ready to buy or sell a home?  We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

Commercial Real Estate Is Moving In A Positive Direction In Las Vegas

Look around the Las Vegas Valley, strip malls have more retail spaces filled (just a few years ago they were vacant).  The Boulevard Mall has converted space for offices that were once retail stores. The conversion of retail spaces in the mall to call centers has been very successful largely due to amenities in the mall and readily available parking.  In Downtown Summerlin the second office tower (Two Summerlin) is well on the way to be completed with lots of interest in available spaces.

Daniel Palmeri, senior director at Cushman and Wakefield stated “We’re kind of seeing a westward movement of companies looking to be in Summerlin or the west side of town.” Brian Gordon, principal at Applied Analysis, stated “The general feel is that the economy is remaining relatively healthy, and we’ve moved beyond the effects of the past downturn and looked more toward growth in the future.”

We are seeing a lot of new segments being added to the Las Vegas economy – Major League sports, the tech industry and an increase in tourism. The Golden Knights have already made an impact on the economy and the commercial real estate market.  There are more retail stores thriving around the T-Mobile Arena and adding employment opportunities.  The Raiders will be in Las Vegas by 2020 and more retail and office space will be filled by their employees.

The tech market has seen an increased local presence of national companies, as well as the acquisitions of local startup companies. This has made Las Vegas a credible hub for technology companies with more opportunity for upward movement for local tech talent and a good reason for more tech talent to move here.

Current Las Vegas market trends data indicates an increase of +2.8% in the median asking price per sq ft for office properties compared to the prior 3 months, the current median price of $176 per square foot in Las Vegas.  In the industrial market the median price is now $118 per square foot and retail space prices are still rising at a slower pace.

Do you need commercial space? We can help you with that… just call us at 702 SELL NOW or click on this link to my website http://www.702SellNow.com

Choose to have an amazing day…..Jeff

Professional photos make a big difference

iPhone pictures are great for selfies, but get it done right when selling your house, or lose money & time on the market.

A homeowner (let’s call her Mary) was recently interviewing an agent from another brokerage and before signing any paperwork, Mary was speaking to Bob on my team about the process. Bob knows Mary personally (but not as well as the other agent), and was working on getting us an interview. Mary was convinced that she intended to hire this other agent and did not need to interview us, so Bob offered her a list of questions to ask. (We provide this list to anyone, anywhere who would like it – just click here to download it FREE).

One of the questions asks if the agent being interviewed intends to use a professional photographer. You can google the benefits of using a professional photographer in real estate here.

All of our research, as well as our experience (and our eyes) tells us that unless the house is in dire need of extensive rehab, professional photos will put additional money in the homeowner’s pocket. Studies vary on the amount, but from everything I have read, it can be as little as $900 and as much as $19,000 and averages around $3,400. Can you imagine the vacation you could take with all of that extra cash? Listings with professional photos also get more many views online and sell faster according to these studies. Yet, when asked by Mary if she intended to use professional photos, the agent being interviewed said “don’t waste your money”.

Wow!! And if she took that shortcut, what other shortcuts is she going to take that will cost Mary an additional $1,250, plus $2,275 plus $8,400 plus ????

Mary’s listing went active recently and the photos of the “highly upgraded” kitchen, as well as the laundry room and 2 of the bedrooms are extremely blurry. Mary is seen in 1 of the photos from behind, her dog’s butt is in one of the photos (just the butt prominently displayed). 90% of buyers begin their home search online, by looking at these photos, and I can tell you from experience, they often opt-out of visiting houses that have bad photos. If the agent you interview does not intend to hire a professional photographer, show them the door and call us right away at 702 SELL NOW. Even if you are not in the Las Vegas area. We will help you find and interview a competent agent anywhere in the country for FREE. We can’t stand it when lazy agents get hired to sell houses and cost the homeowner thousaands and of dollars, as well as time on the market.

Footnote: In a fascinating turn of events – as I was writing this post, a client of mine called me about a house we saw yesterday. When I asked her what she thought of the home, she said that the kitchen was actually nicer than the photos showed (can you guess why?)

New Rules for Short Term Rentals in Las Vegas

Any landlords that wish to offer short term rentals through services such as VRBO, AirBnB & Homeaway are required to comply with Las Vegas Municipal Code Section 6.75.

To read the entire statute, click this link; https://goo.gl/bAwu5x

Here are what I feel are the highlights;
On June 21, 2017, the Las Vegas City Council passed Bill No. 2017-16 by a vote of four to three, requiring that all short term rentals be required to obtain a special use permit prior to commencing operations.
First, the owner must apply to the City Planning Department for that permit for each separate unit. Then, have the property inspected to verify the number of bedrooms and compliance with safety and other minimum housing requirements. Once the Conditional Use Verification is approved, the applicant is also required to submit a business license application and affidavit to Business Licensing by the next business day.

In order to secure the permit, owners are required to produce proof of liability insurance for $500,000.00 and install letter-size placards outside the properties with contact information and maximum allowed occupancy. Any until with more than five bedrooms is now required to maintain a resident manager on site during the term of the rental.

Other provisions of Municipal Code Section 6.75 state that the owner must collect and remit Room Tax and it appears you cannot require a minimum number of nights – even over big events like New Years Eve.

If you have a short term rental and don’t want to deal with the new rules, we will sell it for you quickly! Just call us at 702 SELL NOW (702-735-5669)