Things That Make You Go Ooooo!

Jan 29

The windows at Memento Gift Shop feature show-stopper items like these collectables from Mr Christmas.  The Carousels, the Parachute Ride, and the Circus Big Top are so much fun to watch. People seem mesmerized by the movement, perhaps it brings us back to childhood. We thought it would be interesting to share the fun with you here.  Better still, come in and purchase one of these fine collectables for yourself or a family member. They are true conversation pieces and make great gifts that will be enjoyed by everyone.

Read More

Palm Springs Motif Apparel

Jan 23

We’re in the throws of the winter months, and even in Palm Springs that means some chilly nights and early mornings, especially for the locals! What better way to keep warm than to snuggle in with a cozy Palm Springs themed sweatshirt. We just received in a great selection of sweatshirts. High quality durable cotton, washes well, double dyed color to last a long time. Great fashion styles for ladies, cool collegiate look for the guys, available with hoods and without.  These are premium quality at reasonable prices, stop in today and see for yourself.  Are you visiting Palm Springs on vacation? These are a great way to remember your trip to Palm Springs.

We carry beautiful Palm Springs motif sweatshirts, t-shirts and hats at Memento Gift Shop.

We carry beautiful Palm Springs motif sweatshirts, t-shirts and hats at Memento Gift Shop.

Read More

We’re Open for Business!

Jan 20

Memento Gift Shop has now re-opened for your shopping convenience.

Memento Gift Shop has now re-opened for your shopping convenience.

We are very pleased to share that we wrapped up the major in-store renovations and have set all the merchandise on the retail sales floor. We’ll re-open tomorrow, Monday January 21st at 9:30 am.

For a few more weeks, this period will be our “soft opening” while we await a few remaining details, such as new track lighting, new display fixtures and our window graphics. For most customers who need a gift or some cards, we are now ready to serve you once again, so come on down and shop Memento! Once you visit the store, you’ll notice we have the same great selection of gifts, cards, collectables, jewelry, souvenirs, home decor products, and Palm Springs t-shirts and sweatshirts too. When we took down the paper that had been covering the windows, within 5 minutes we heard people cooing over the Carousel in the window.

Memento_Gift_Shop_Palm_springs_window-Shop_Memento.jpgWhen you look in the front windows, you will see that we’ve redecorated at bit. The store has a mostly tan and brown color scheme, but the back walls are a light blue, which brings a cool inviting retro color contrast to the brown and tans.

Our windows will be changing soon- with new graphics later this week, and then new window display fixtures in two weeks, so stay tuned here, and stop by the store regularly to see us continue to evolve before your eyes.  Of course, the most important aspect of Memento Gift Shop is our product selection.  You can continue to expect the unexpected, where we hope to surprise and delight you with every visit.

Memento Gift Shop in Palm Springs has gifts to surprise and delight you.

Memento Gift Shop in Palm Springs has gifts to surprise and delight you.

 

Read More

New Year’s Eve in Palm Springs

Dec 29

New Year's Eve at Melvyn's Restaurant in Palm Springs

New Year’s Eve at Melvyn’s Restaurant in Palm Springs

If you still don’t have plans for New Year’s Eve, there are plenty of things happening here in Palm Springs, but you had better hurry! Here is a quick overview of our picks of fun happenings here in the Palm Springs area to celebrate New Years Eve and ring in 2013 in style. Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of waking up on January 1st in our beautiful desert oasis. Take in a massage, go for a swim, a hike at the Indian Canyons, visit the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, or just sip a Bloody Mary or Mimosa poolside. Many hotels and Inns throughout Palm Springs have specials, but you’ll need to book ahead.

Check out our list of things to do on New Year’s Eve in Palm Springs and be sure to have a designated driver or car service to stay safe. Note: All information below was current at date of publication. Be sure to check websites or call ahead for availability.

Fifty Shades of Dusque

50shadesofdusque-palm-springsAn Erotic Musical Journey,” starts at 8pm with cocktail hour; performance time is 9pm, which will be followed by an after-party disco to ring in the New Year. Tickets for the most awaited New Year’s Eve party in the Coachella Valley are $175 for general admission which includes two drinks during cocktail hour, dinner and wine service during the performance, and an admission ticket to the after-party disco. VIP tickets are $225 which includes premiere seating and bottle service during the performance as well as a VIP booth with bottle service during the after-party. Tickets to the after-party only are $75. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit Desert AIDS Project. For more show information, or to purchase tickets go to www.kimandjimproductions.com/events.html

New Years Eve Dance Party with Boogie Machine

The Show At The Agua Caliente Casino, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 / Join us at the Show at Agua Caliente and rock in the New Year at the New Year’s Eve Dance Party with Boogie Machine on Monday, December 31, 2012 at 9:00 pm. Get up and get Down! Boogie Machine has been packing dance floors for over 14 years. When it comes to party bands, we ARE the party! Two fabulous femmes and two freaky studs dish out the funk like a runaway train bound for bootie heaven. Sporting the biggest afros you’ve ever seen, Boogie Machine pumps out the great ones from K.C. & the Sunshine Band, Donna Summer, Chic, The Bee Gees, & Gloria Gaynor just to name a few. For tickets and more information, please call 800-585-3737.

NYE at ACE

We’re putting 2012 to bed with several events to ring in the New Year at Ace Hotel & Swim Club.We’re putting 2012 to bed with DJ Alf Alpha and friends and a Desert Street Food Bazaar in the Commune, DJ Michael Antonia in the Amigo Room, a prix-fixe dinner with Ace Trivia hosted by Bella da Ball and Sissy Bingo with Linda Gerard. DJ Alf Alpha holds court in the Commune at the Desert Street Food Bazaar. Tickets are available here and include $10 worth of food and beer vouchers plus a complementary champagne toast. DJ Michael Antonia, aka The Human Jukebox sets down the stylus on a new era in the Amigo Room as we ring in a lucky number thirteen. This event is free and open to all 21+. Complementary champagne toasts at midnight. King’s Highway is serving up a prix fixe New Year’s Eve feast from 6-9:30pm with Ace Trivia hosted by Bella da Ball and Sissy Bingo with Linda Gerard. You can make reservations here, or email Su-Ling or pick up the rotary and dial 760.325.9900. Link to our Ace Hotel & Swim Club New Year’s Eve event schedule: http://www.acehotel.com/palmsprings/calendar/new-years-eve

Zelda’s Hollywood New Year’s Eve 2013

Zelda’s Nightclub, 611 S Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264 / New Year’s EVe Hollywood Style! Let’s bring in the new year like super stars! Prives and giveaways for celebrity look-a-likes so be sure to come sparkling and shinking like a star! Hollywood style red carpet, midnight confetti, blasts, midnight baloon drop, dance floor, surprises, party favors, and NYE hats for everyone and more! Look for the lights in the sky! Must be 21 years or older to enter Zelda’s Nightclub. Palm Springs Premier Nightclub is Zelda’s nightclub! In business for over 35 years and continues to be voted #1! Sleek upscale nightclub with state of the art sound/lighting and an elevated dj booth which is home to two of Coachella Valley’s top dj’s. World famous Zelda’s is home of the drinking, dancing & fun! More info: 760 325 2375 or www.zeldasnightclub.com

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at The Hyatt

$89 includes dinner buffet, party favors, midnight champagne, balloon drop; $399 includes everything plus King Suite room.
Entertainment featuring Corset Crush, a party band like no other. Combining the drama of theatre with the fun of a girl band playing your favorites from today’s hits to yesterday’s favorites. 285 North Palm Canyon Drive. 760-322-9000

BB’s Annual New Year’s Eve Masquerade Party

Join us as we celebrate the beginning of the New Year! Masks are optional, but they are entertaining and the ladies like them, so join the fun! For those without a mask, one will be provided at the door. Must be 21. Dress to impress. Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa / 44400 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells

New Year’s Eve at Spa Resort Casino

Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs invite you to celebrate the New Year in style with fine dining, great music, entertainment, and $13,000 in FREE CASH Play. Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs, the excitement begins early. Hot seat drawings for $13,000 in FREE Cash Play begin at noon and will be held every 30 minutes until 6:00 pm. If your Players Club Rewards Card is in a machine, you could win! The party in the Cascade Lounge begins at 10:00 pm and the host and DJ for the night is Bradley Ryan of Mix 100.5. Don’t miss the Skyy Vodka Ice Luge, Go-Go dancers, and drink specials. Champagne toast and balloon drop at midnight! $25 at the door includes party favors.

The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies, 128 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, California 92262 / On December 31, the Follies presents two special New Year’s Eve performances! These special events kick-off with a champagne reception where each patron receives a goody bag, hat and noisemaker. At the stroke of midnight (or “Rio de Janeiro midnight” for matinee-goers), the Follies Man and cast join audiences in welcoming the New Year with the sentimental strains of Auld Lang Sang. According to Follies Impresario Riff Markowitz, “Guy Lombardo would be green with envy.”

LuLu Bistro New Year’s Eve

See website for special Dinner Menu. Early Seating 5:00pm – 8:00pm $49.99 plus tax and 20% gratuity  2nd seating  9:00pm – 11:00pm $99.99 plus tax and 20% gratuity* Bring in the New Year and dance the night away with sultry, spirited Dina Bennett
and her sizzling hot swing band *Includes hats, party favors and a glass of Champagne with dessert (Late seating only) 200 S. Palm Canyon Drive. Palm Springs  760.327.5858 Lulupalmsprings@aol.com

Le Valluris Restaurant 385 W. Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262 / Welcome in 2013 in Style! Le Vallaurus in Palm Springs is planning a very special New Year’s Eve and invites you to join them. We will be offering two seatings with an Early Seating Special Menu for $88. plus Tax and Gratuity. The second Seating will be a “Gala” Seating beginning at 9:00 pm. at $135. including Tax and Gratuity and will feature a very special menu plus Dancing with “Menor Sixth” Band plus there will be Party Favors to welcome in 2013

Melvyn’s Restaurant for New Year’s Eve

See website for special menu. Early seating 5-7 pm, Gala Party: 8:45 pm seating. Live music, party favors, balloons and champagne to ring in the new year. Melvyn’s Restaurant, located on the premises of the legendary Ingleside Inn, is elegantly upbeat and the home of authentic Hollywood glamour. Dining at Melvyn’s is truly a unique experience with the ultimate in fine dining.  Restaurant writers have praised the food as “beyond comparison” and you owe it to yourself to sample delicacies such as “Veal Ingleside” and more, including the finest wines from Melvyn’s world-class wine cellar. Another of the most enjoyable aspects of Melvyn’s is simply people watching, just to see if some famous celebrity may show up.

Monday Night Football Fiesta

 

Las Casuelas Terraza will kick off its annual Monday Night Football public fiesta on September 12, featuring weekly televised NFL games on the big screen and free contest drawings until the end of the season. Early festivities start with Happy Hour and free appetizers from 4:30 to 6:30pm. During the televised games, giveaways will be awarded. Over the years, Las Casuelas Terraza has won numerous awards for its exceptional food, hospitality and service, including “Best of the Valley Mexican Cuisine,” and has been recognized nationally by Hispanic Magazine for two years in a row as one of the “Top 50 Best Hispanic Restaurants in America.”  Las Casuelas Terraza is located at 222 South Palm Canyon Drive.  Call 760-325-2794.  Or visit the restaurant on line at www.lascasuelas.com.

Riviera Resort Circa 59 Restaurant

New Year’s Pre-fixe 3 Course Dinner Menu (early seating from 6 to 7 pm)  $59 per adult / $75 with wine pairings Includes Champagne toast, bottled still or sparkling water and coffee service $35 per child 4-12 years old Price does not include tax and gratuity This is strictly a 2-HOUR seating Seating ends and the table will be vacated at 8pm sharp New Year’s first seating menu. New Year’s Pre-fixe 4 Course Dinner Menu (late seating beginning at 9 pm)  $75 per person / $95 with wine pairings Includes amuse bouche, Champagne toast, bottled still or sparkling water and coffee service $35 per child 4-12 years old Price does not include tax and gratuity New Year’s second seating menu. This limited seating engagement will fill up quickly. Call Circa 59 at 760-778-6659 to make a reservation.

Wangs in the Desert

Celebrate New Years Eve and Day at Wang’s. Celebrate New Years Eve and Day at Wang’s. They’re serving everything on the menu (No preset menu or preset costs) Enjoy our Guest DJ and complimentary champagne at Midnight, with All night Happy Hour Prices!
Located in beautiful downtown Palm Springs, Wang’s in the Desert’s concept is Pan Asian Cuisine combining different types of cooking influences including Sichuan, Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Thai and Korean. Enjoy our Guest DJ and complimentary champagne at Midnight, with All night Happy Hour Prices

NYE at Tropicale Restaurant

It’s NYE 2013 and this year, the party’s at The TROPICALE Featuring Derrik Lewis and his Dixieland Quartet from 8:00 pm. to 1:00 am. It’s New Year’s Eve 2013 and we’re having a party at THE TROPICALE!  We’re going all out this year with an awesome dinner menu, spectacular decorations and live “Dixieland” jazz music with our own Derrik Lewis and friends.  Prix fixed menu at $85 per person.  Come celebrate this special night with us! Open times for reservations – no controlled seatings.  For dinner reservations, call 760- 866-1952. 330 Amado Road

Escena Golf Club Lounge & Grill

Three seating options, music and dancing starting at 7:30 p.m. Complimentary bottle of champagne for every party of four or less. Party favors for the late seating only. LIVE MUSIC & DANCING: 7:30 PM – 12:30 AM THREE SEATING OPTIONS: $45 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM $65 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM $85 9:00 PM – CLOSE OPEN SEATING AT THE BAR: $55 (SPACE AVAILABLE). 1100 Clubhouse View Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Read More

James Bond 007 Palm Springs ‘Elrod House’

Nov 08

Palm Springs has more connections to Hollywood that most cities.  Perhaps one of the more popular is the house were part of the 1971 James Bond film ‘Diamonds are Forever’ was filmed. The iconic mid-century modern-style structure was designed by architect John Lautner in 1968 Arthur Elrod, a popular interior designer of the era. The ‘Elrod House’ offers stunning views of Mount Jacinto and the desert floor of the Coachella/Palm Springs Valley, through huge plate glass walls and sliding doors that are cut to fit the contours of the massive rock the house upon which the house is built.

Now in 2012, the 007 James Bond film series turns 50 this year. The newest Bond flick Skyfall (# 23 for those counting) stars the handsome Daniel Craig as James Bond, and interest in the film series has never been higher. Even here in Palm Springs, our connection to the 007 series has once again been in the spotlight thanks to this amazing Elrod House. The home is not showing any signs of its 40 year age; with five bedrooms, five bathrooms and a truly stunning ‘great room’ the nearly 9,000 square-foot home still has the reputation as the “ultimate bachelor pad”. The last time I checked, it was still privately owned but casual observers can find it on celebrity home tours here in Palm Springs. It has also been featured in several architectural books as well.

Whenever I drive past the world famous ‘Elrod House’, I smile to myself and appreciate yet another wonderful reason of why Palm Springs is such a fascinating place to live and visit.

 

 

 

 

An interior scene from ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ Hench women ‘Bambi’ and ‘Thumper’ greet Bond as he enters the house, in search of the elusive Willard Whyte.

Read More
%d bloggers like this: