Mohegan Sun Adds New Dining and New Shops


The Art of Shaving will be one new addition to the Shops at Mohegan Sun this summer.  Founded in 1996, The Art of Shaving™ is considered the world’s leading premium shaving brand with its aromatherapy-based grooming products, high-end shaving instruments and a retail chain dedicated to men’s shaving.

The Art of Shaving has trademarked its wet shaving system “The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave” – Prepare, Lather Up, Shave, and Moisturize – and is recognized as the best-selling men’s brand at high-end department stores. The Art of Shaving Shops are found in 150+ locations across the U.S. and will open their doors in Dubai this fall.

The 2nd addition is Tom Urban’s – referred to as “classic food with international liveliness.” It will be the latest restaurant to join the roster at Mohegan Sun, opening this summer on the second level of The Shops, across from the Arena entrance.

Tom's Urban on the Las Vegas Strip

Tom’s Urban on the Las Vegas Strip

Other locations include Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Denver. Now celebrating its first year in Las Vegas, Tom’s Urban has managed to stand out among the Strip’s diverse offerings. The next-generation restaurant is sure to make any diner happy with a menu that stretches from street food to international fare, and a truly flexible schedule.The menu presents global cuisine inspired by co-founder Tom Ryan’s travels, with a variety of small plate options like Xiangxiang crispy duck wings, al carbon steak nachos and wok-charred spicy edamame. Other categories feature urban “street tacos” with carnitas and pork belly, sliders (with filet mignon or truffled Maine lobster); “road trip” sandwiches, burgers and larger plates, including steaks, salmon and seafood.  Tom’s Urban at Mohegan, which will be open daily, will also feature specialty cocktails and more than 40 draft beers, along with weekend brunch.

“We think that there’s a great opportunity for somebody to reinvent places for next-generational customers to go and have a good time,” says Ryan, who’s also the man behind well-known brand Smashburger, found from Massachusetts to California and in five countries. “We want to be the first, next or last part of a great night out,” he says, adding that a stop at Tom’s Urban should be part of a string of events.

Smashburger.  photo by Levon Ofgang.

Smashburger. photo by Levon Ofgang.

Last year, the tribe opened the first Connecticut location of the popular chain Smashburger in Waterford, which could explain the inevitable connection to Tom’s Urban.  It’s also the first restaurant the tribe has opened outside of the resort and casino, (Arooga’s 32 is considered on the casino campus) but it won’t be the last; the tribe is looking to open 15 more restaurants, including more Smashburger locations, in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

thAnother restaurant that was held as a promotions redemption area has finally opened – “Sticks & Stones.” For more information on that and Arooga’s, click on the link to the previous post Two New Dining Options at Mohegan Sun.



Black Friday Gamblers Gifts – Part 2 – From the Spectacular to the Silly & Sublime

Quick, before it’s too late!  Black Friday is Here!

Yesterday we brought you many general suggestions with places to find those suggestions.  Today we take a page from Gaming & Destinations Magazine and add to it for some specific ideas for your gambling family & friends.  These gifts range from $7.00 to $200, 000!  Some included have special Black Friday Sales online.

Christophe Claret Gaming Watches

Cristophe Claret Gaming Watches

Cristophe Claret Gaming Watches

GG_Watch_InteriorThe firm offers watches based on three primary casino games: poker, baccarat and blackjack, each of which have two other games built as well. The watches are limited-edition and contain close to 700 individual pieces each.  THIS IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF POCKETBOOK! Brace yourself – Around $200,000. Yes. $200,000. To check them out, click here.  (Cool note – They even have an option that includes a special crystal that reveals an etching of a dealer when it’s breathed upon.)

Slot machine charger and dock

Slot machine charger and dock

Slot machine charger and dock – ON SALE TODAY FOR $19.95!  Know a gamer who still lugs around an iPhone or iPod Touch 4S or earlier? Help them charge their tech in casino style with this slot-machine charger and dock. A slots app can be downloaded for realistic play, and the lever works to help release the device from the cradle. They may not win any money from it, but at least they may not feel so bad about being two iPhone generations of iPhone behind. $34.99.

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Black Friday Is Here! – 9 Gift Suggestions for the Gambler in YOUR Life

images (3)Black Friday is Upon Us!  It’s time to shop for your favorite Gambler!

What do gamblers like to get? – Jackpots, Progressives, Bonuses, Comps, FRB (Free Room & Board), Free Dining, Free Slot Play……….

Ok, so you can’t buy those things those things.  But here are gift suggestions for the gambler in your life:

  1. Casino Gift Cards – most casinos offer gift cards.  images (2)These gift cards could be used for such things as dining, clothing, drinks, show tickets, but they can’t be used for gambling purposes, such as   slot, table, or any gaming wagers and are not usually redeemable for cash. The following New England Casinos offer Gift Cards, click on them to go to the gift card links – Hollywood Hotel, Casino & Raceway, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Mohegan Sun Resort Casino
  2. Casino Gift Cards Outside of New England – Any gambling destination (Viva Las Vegas!) will have gift cards available at many types of venues.  The best places to start would be the industry leaders –  MGM, Caesars, Stations, Wynn, and Boyd to name a few.
  3. Zazzle – an online company with thousands of products to “let you add your personal touch to any part of your life.”  they have hundreds of Gambler’s Gifts.  th (1)Click on Zazzle and check it out.  Some gift ideas include neck ties, shirts, mugs, hats, and assorted gambling items, most of which you can personalize.  A similar online shopping site with gambler’s gifts is CafePress.

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Foxwoods Tanger Outlets Opening – Pics & Coverage


Entrance from Fox Tower


People were out in droves!

Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods has opened its doors, and many were there to see it.  Many of the stores offered opening weekend specials. Window signs such as “50% Off Everything” were common and Tanger staff circulated through the crowds distributing coupons for additional discounts. H&M gave out shopping totes. Skechers held prize drawings. At the center’s Shopper Services, AARP, AAA members and active military could pick up a free coupon book for more savings.  Festivities included mini-styling sessions, a design workshop with the Scott brothers and an Instagram Tech Lounge where shoppers could recharge phones and post selfies to enter to win prizes.

Well, it’s great having a top notch staff here at NETG.  One of our Connecticut correspondents attended, and DeeBin took pics!.  Here’s her take:


But Wait!….there’s More!


Plenty of places to sit and relax.


One of the many artsy touches.

“It was very busy.  Many people stopping in just for the retail.  I still heard comments confused by having to go through the casino entrances to get there, but once inside, I was away from the sounds of slot machine and there was no doubt I was in the outlet center.  Not completely filled yet, some interesting additions will be coming, especially in the food line, for example, an upscale pizza place and Pinkberry.  Unlike other malls or outlets that are affiliated with casinos (such as Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas), affordable and expensive shops exist in the same place. much like any Tanger Outlet.  And anyone who wants to shop and is concerned about the dealing with the elements, the good news is that you go from parking garage, to casino entrance, to outlets – all enclosed.  So here are a few pictures from my day.”



HGTVs “Property Brothers”



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Foxwoods Opens Tanger Outlets This Week

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It’s finally here – The Opening of the Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods.

Join them for their GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION MAY 21 – 24

Don’t miss the Grand Opening Celebration & Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, May 21, at 10AM!  Kicking off at 10:00 a.m. with an official ribbon cutting hosted by Drew and Jonathan from the hit show, Property Brothers, the festivities will run through the weekend, including:

The Property Brothers from HGTV

THURSDAY, MAY 21, AT 12 NOON – Get design-on-a-budget advice from THE PROPERTY BROTHERS at this exclusive workshop!

Personal styling sessions with a People StyleWatch fashion editor
Nik Wallenda crossing Niagra Falls

Nik Wallenda crossing Niagra Falls

FRIDAY, MAY 22, AT 1:00pm, Nik Wallenda is walking the High Wire! Watch him balance 70 feet in the air starting at the Rainmaker Garage all the way to the Tanger Outlets – a total of 711 feet! You might remember he has completed some amazing fetes of balance including the only person to walk directly over the precipice of Niagara Falls, and  the first person to walk a wire across the Grand Canyon.

ENTER TO WIN AT TANGER OUTLETS AT FOXWOODS – MAY 21 – 24.  Win your Fantasy $10,000 Dream Closet Makeover by Affordable Closets and $2,500 of fashions to fill your new closet from Tanger Stores!


Expect to find special savings and giveaways from retailers including Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Coach, Michael Kors, Steve Madden, Tommy Hilfiger and many more.

The enclosed quarter-mile corridor with 82 retail shops that customers are only able to enter by walking through one side or the other of Foxwoods Resort Casino. One side is connected to the casino floor by the Fox Tower and the other is near the Grand Pequot Casino. The enclosed outlets have four elbow-like turns, each with an oculus — a circular architectural feature in the roof that lets natural light inside.  I suggest parking at the Fox Tower parking garage for the best access and easiest parking.

Hours of Operation: Sunday – Thursday: 10am to 9pm; Friday – Saturday: 10am to 11pm

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Foxwoods Tanger Outlet Job Fair – March 19th


Part of Slideshow by Matthew Sturdevant of the Hartford Courant

While the fight continues over lost jobs and revenue derived from gambling in CT, Foxwoods Resort Casino will be the place to find a job Thursday when Tanger Factory Outlet Centers holds a job fair for up to 900 positions it will fill in the retail outlet that opens in May at the casino.

According to Roger Blessing of the Norwich Bulletin, “The more than $125 million project also has created in excess of 400 jobs during the construction phase, Tanger officials said. The completed outlet will generate an estimated $10.4 million in annual sales tax revenue, they said. Construction on the 300,000-square-foot facility began in September 2013, and it’s scheduled to open May 21.”

Tanger will look to hire full- and part-time workers for more than 80 outlet retailers, including well-known national brands such as American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor, Coach and Nike. The fair is free and open to the public.

“The economic impact will be widespread as we bring new jobs to southeastern Connecticut,” Felix Rappaport, president and CEO of Foxwoods Resort Casino, said. It also creates new employment opportunities for the rest of the state and residents in neighboring Rhode Island, he said.

Mark the date on your calendar.  And get the year rolling in retail when the project opens in May!

The picture above comes from the Hartford Courant.  Go to the following links to read Matthew Sturdevant’s coverage.  Great stuff!


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Foxwoods Retail Could Be a Real Cure for Expected Competition


Artist rendering of Tanger Outlet entrance from Fox Tower Casino area

My first impression of Foxwoods Resort’s Tanger Outlets project was that it was a desperate act to have something different.  I mean, who’s going to go to the woods of southeastern CT just shop?  and would it really increase traffic to the casino part of the resort?

First, let’s review the project.


Artist rendering inside the Outlets

thExecutives at Foxwoods Resort Casino reached out to Gordon Group Holdings about five years ago to develop an outlet mall at the casino. Gordon Group brought in Tanger Outlets for branding, and an 18-month construction period will end just in time for Memorial Day weekend. The finished project will be an enclosed quarter-mile corridor with 82 retail shops that customers are only able to enter by walking through one side or the other of Foxwoods Resort Casino. One side is connected to the casino floor by the Fox Tower and the other is near the Grand Pequot Casino. The list of tenants announced so far includes American Eagle Outfitters, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Banana Republic Factory Store, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Calvin Klein, Coach, Eddie Bauer Outlet, Fossil, Gap Outlet, H&M, Kay Jewelers Outlet, Loft Outlet, Michael Kors, Nike Factory Store, Skechers, Steve Madden and Tommy Hilfiger.

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Foxwoods Retail Renovations – A Bet for the Future

Foxwoods Tanger Future Plans

Artist Rendition of the Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods. It will Connect the Fox Tower (once MGM Grand Hotel) to the Grand Pequot Hotel.

While other casinos in New England are bracing for changes in the casino landscape after the Massachusetts Repeal Vote and the Newport Casino referendum in November, Foxwoods is looking at expanding and renovating inside and out.  Recently, Steven Tanger, CEO of Tanger Factory Outlets described the Tanger project at Foxwoods Resort as “building a bridge connecting the Grand Pequot Hotel and the [Fox Tower] Hotel casino floors. It will be about a 325,000-square-foot shopping center, but on a bridge. It will just be like one aisle way and you turn to your left or turn to your right, there’s a store on either side.  That’s an interesting format; very expensive engineering task to build, but we’re under construction now.”

So I paid a visit to see how the process is going.

Besides the huge Tanger project, there’s a lot more going on to improve hotel and retail options.  First of all, a  $23 million renovation of rooms in the Grand Pequot tower is well on it’s way to completion. Having stayed in one of the renovated rooms, all I can say is “Bravo!”

Foxwoods Old Concourse

Part of the Old Concourse Look, Cedar’s side

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Renovated Concourse on the Great Cedars Casino Entrance Side








The $15 million makeover of food-and-beverage and retail in Foxwoods’ concourse area began this spring and is almost half way finished.

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Foxwoods Starbucks where Museum Annex used to be.

Annette DeBois, vice president of retail development and operations, recently reported to Brian Hallenbeck of the Day the following:

“We’ve taken out all the kiosks and created big glass facades……… concourse shops tilt toward key brands and gift categories rather than apparel, since that’s what’s coming in the Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods.”

So, included throughout today’s post are a few pictures showing the changes.  The Concourse is looking bright, fresh and modern.

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The New Look of the Food Court

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The New Modern Facelift to the entrance of Cedars Steakhouse.









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Candy Store Wars Between Connecticut’s Casinos

In case you haven’t noticed, there are two new candy stores in the CT Casinos. Both are are well known throughout the country. However, in some areas, they are quite different.

Dylan’s Candy Bar
At Mohegan Sun, Dylan’s Candy Bar, a pioneer in the candy industry, shows a passion for candy, art and design and redefined the words “candy store.” You can experience over 5,000 types of candies including 300 types of bulk candy ranging from standard gummy worms, gummy bears, peach rings
and cola bottles, to wacky gummy teeth, and my favorites killer gummy sharks! You can also find novelty and nostalgic candy, including Wax Lips, Pixy Stix, Pez, and those candy cigarettes that I loved as a kid. They also have a great array of bulk chocolates, including the customer favorite Vanilla Clodhoppers.

Dylan’s Candy Bar also extends beyond candy and chocolate so much, they want to wear it – with candy-inspired tee shirts, tanks, pajamas, hoodies and more. Candy-colored jewelry and accessories, like “I Love Candy” bangles (featured in InStyle) and Whirly Pop Tote, will add sweet accents to any outfit.  Dylan’s Candy Bar also has their Re-Treat Collection: a collection of spa products inspired by favorite candy flavors, designed to cleanse, soothe and melt stress away.

Dylan’s says, “Candy, chocolate and all things sweet are our passions, but more than anything we love sharing them with all candy fans…that means you!”

Just 10 minutes away at Foxwoods-MGM Grand is a little different type of candy store – Lick.
LICK, the ultimate candy shop, has everything from confectionary classics to decadent modern creations, sure to satisfy adults and kids of all ages. With something, or perhaps everything, for even the most discerning sweet tooth, LICK boasts candies and souvenir novelties from around the world, all wrapped in a fun, contemporary and interactive environment to delight both the young and young at heart.

The store is small but nicely laid out, similar to Dylans. It has your typical candy store offerings like Jelly Belly’s and chocolate covered nuts, but they also had tons of old school candy that’s hard to find now days. I was able to pick me up some Bit O’ Honey, another childhood fave, and it was actually soft!

However, there is a place that steers Lick away from the usual family candy store. They have an entire section of gag candy – tons of sex themed suckers, mints, etc. for bachelor and bachelorette parties. They also have an entire section of Bacon items – from band aids that look like bacon, to bacon flavored floss, to gummy bacon. If you want chocolate covered ants, or a sucker with a worm in it, they have it. If you want a giant gummy cockroach, they have it. If you want a tin of mints with your name on it, they have it as long is your name is simple like John, Sue, or Michael. Like a certain flavor of Jelly Belly (like Dr. Pepper)? You can buy the flavors in bulk or individually!

One more thing, they also have a “LICK” photobooth, where you can take a picture of how you “lick” your candy. (Haha, I guess the pun may be intended if you want it to.) Then you can choose to email it to yourself!

All in all, both are worth a visit. Expect to pay a little more for the casino locations, but I can’t imagine anyone not pleased with the selection – especially those adults of you looking for something, let’s say, a little mature in content at LICK?!

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Mohegan “Downtown Retail District” that wasn’t

Mohegan Sun announced plans Tuesday for a $50 million retail complex with a 14-screen movie theater, a bowling alley, a barn-style artisan-food pavilion and high-end shops.
In all, the “Downtown District” development is expected to add 50 retailers and 200,000 square feet to the Mohegan Sun casino, entertainment and retail complex. Construction is to begin later this year finishing an expansion that was interrupted in 2008 by the economic downturn. It is expected to be completed in 2015.

“It’s been our strategy all along to enhance the destination experience and have more of an attraction factor, to give people a reason to drive a little further,” Etess, Mohegan Sun CEO said.

The Downtown District will feature a retail store promenade called High Street Fashion. It also will have a “PopNShop,” which is a storefront that changes monthly, offering trunk shows, product debuts and “the world’s best designers,” the casino said. All of the retailers are new to Mohegan Sun.

The Downtown District will be built by real-estate developers The Hampshire Cos. of Morristown, N.J., and The Bronson Cos. of Winton, Calif. Richard “Skip” Bronson, founder of The Bronson Cos., was an original co-developer of CityPlace in Hartford.

Plans call for a Taste of New England Gourmet Hall, a large, barn-like pavilion with artisan foods from all six New England states. The hall will have special events, including a farmers market and a harvest festival.

Another feature is Kings Bowl, a “retro modern” bowling and dining attraction by The Lyons Group of Boston, which has similar facilities with a mid-20th-century-modern motif in the Boston area, in Rosemont, Ill., and in Orlando, Fla. The bowling and dining facility will be more than 20,000 square feet.

The development also will have a Marquee Cinemas 14-screen theater, called the Mohegan multiplex, including an IMAX-type theater. Marquee operates movie theaters in eight states, including the Westbrook 12 cinema.

“From farm-to-table to films, designer fashions to date night, the Downtown District will be an amenity to the resort and a daily destination for locals and visitors alike,” Mark Rivers, president of The Bronson Cos., said in a prepared statement.

It looks like Retail Wars has started in the CT tribal nations. Once, they were together as one and history saw them take different paths. Let’s hope this makes these two giant properties the draw (together) they are hoping for.

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