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By Emily Kumler, Las Vegas Review-Journal Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News
Jan. 1--Long before Las Vegas garnered its reputation as a major retailing capital, high-rolling casino guests were treated to the best shopping the city had to offer, courtesy of the gaming companies. In the 1990s, for instance, high rollers were invited to make an appointment and stop by a scaled down-Neiman Marcus store on the top floor of the Las Vegas Hilton for a shopping spree paid for by the hotel.
High rollers who visited the mock Neiman Marcus, which was set up at the Hilton's request, were greeted by two bronze stallions as they entered the 17,000-square-foot suite that was once a part of Elvis Presley's penthouse.
Inside was a men's department featuring Italian suits and cuff links to match; a women's boutique packed with David Yurman jewelry, Chanel couture and furs from many animals. The third bedroom, the children's department, displayed elaborate stuffed …