On December 13th 2020 it was announced that Lea Lana’s Bananas, a Las Vegas gift basket delivery service, has won the award for Best Frozen Treats. The Best of Las Vegas Awards start off in September of each year where hundreds of local businesses are nominated in many different categories.
Lea Lana’s Bananas makes gourmet, chocolate-covered frozen banana pops, and wraps them up by the dozen turning them into a unique gift basket that can go out for birthdays, holidays, and special occasions alike. Each one of their gift baskets are delivered by a “guaranteed to be smiling” staff member of their “Banana Squad”. The gifts come with a personalized handwritten card that can be upgraded to a happy birthday card or holiday card for a small fee. “Spreading happiness one banana at a time” is their motto and has been their mission since opening the business.
Their award-winning gourmet banana pops are freshly made-to-order, covered in a thick layer of Ghirardelli chocolate and rolled in premium brand toppings. Customers have a choice between white, dark, milk, or vegan chocolate; as well as dozens of flavorful cookie, candy, and nut toppings. A drizzle tops off each banana pop with several flavors ranging from Nutella to butterscotch, then the delicious gift is ready for delivery.
Lea Lana’s Bananas opened their first physical location in March of 2020, right in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdowns. “We had no idea what to expect when we heard about the Las Vegas lockdown. Of all the things that could go wrong with a grand opening of a storefront, this was the worst imaginable at the time.” Said Lea Gutierrez, Founder of Lea Lana’s Bananas.
To the least of their expectations, the store in fact ended up performing so well, it was the hiring of staff to fulfill the rush of daily delivery orders that became their main hurdle. Their gift baskets are ordered to be delivered all over the Las Vegas Valley on a daily basis. And since the shutdown dramatically increased the amount of online deliveries across the country, their newly opened gift shop was no exception.
Spreading happiness through gift giving has been in high demand since then. Lea Lana’s Bananas has been serving hundreds of new customers month after month for orders ranging from Las Vegas birthday gifts, all the way to bachelorette gift baskets. Their new customers are a mix of locals and out-of-state tourists ordering delivery to hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. Lea’s store is now known all over Las Vegas as a sensational gift shop with gourmet treats that locals connect with and enjoy bringing their families to.
The Best of Las Vegas Award for 2020 is in the hands of a company that locals believe in and voted for - Lea Lana’s Bananas. For more information and to browse their collections of gift baskets, interested parties can visit their website at https://www.lealanasbananas.