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Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2007 11:18 pm | Updated: 8:02 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

House of Tricks restaurant in Tempe is turning 20 years old. The restaurant and bar at Seventh Street and Myrtle Avenue opened for business in a 1920s-era house.

In 1994, the restaurant’s owners expanded the restaurant to the house next door, which was built in 1903.

The popular eatery serves lunch and dinner. The menu, which its Web site describes as “New American” with a “delicate fusion of French and Southwest flavors,” includes salads, soups, sandwiches, seafood, poultry and vegetarian fare.

SUPERCENTER SCRAPPED

Wal-Mart has scrapped plans to open a Supercenter in Cave Creek by 2010, The Associated Press reported last week.

Representatives of the Arkansas-based retailer said it no longer wants to open the store on 20 acres near Cave Creek Road and Carefree Highway.

The store is one of several projects shelved as the company reevaluates its national growth plans.

OLIVE MILL REOPENS

Queen Creek Olive Mill, a “working olive farm” with a restaurant and store, reopened this week at 25062 S. Meridian Road, just north of Riggs Road.

The del Piero bistro serves breakfast and lunch. The Mill also sells dozens of homemade products like olive oil, tapenades and breads.

MESA RETAIL CENTER

A four-acre retail center near McKellips Road and Stapley Drive in Mesa is officially under way.

The $4 million development will include a Quiznos sandwich shop, Maui Wowi Hawaiian coffee and smoothie shop, and a TCF Bank.

BEST BUY GRAND OPENING

A Best Buy at Tempe Marketplace on Rio Salado Parkway west of Loop 101 will have its grand opening Friday.

The Tempe store is the company’s 15th in the Valley, according to the Minneapolis-based retailer’s Web site.

Tempe Marketplace is massive retail and entertainment complex under development by Vestar Development Co.

The center’s Web site shows several other stores are open for business including California Pizza Kitchen, Charlotte Russe, a Harkins Theatre and Linens ’n Things.

WILDFLOWERS ORIGINAL EATERY TO BLOOM AGAIN

Scottsdale bakery-restaurant Wildflower paid homage to its first location — at Sonora Village, Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, west of Loop 101 — by shutting it down.

But not for long.

In fact, the 11-year-old local chain is doing a makeover of the brand’s birthplace.

Wildflower will reopen in November with twice the space, updated decor and a “chill area,” with lounge-style seating.

MORE EATS

Scottsdale Fashion Square shoppers who miss the fastfresh-gourmet goodies at now-closed Tomatoes can check out Pita Olive, which will be moving Sept. 1 into Tomatoes’ old space, on the lower level near Neiman Marcus. Pita Olive promises Mediterranean delicacies.

Those who are looking for a little fresh air en route to a meal can hop across the Marshall Way bridge, which connects the mall and Scottsdale Waterfront shops with the downtown Scottsdale shopping district.

Just across the bridge, the second Southbridge restaurant, Canal at Southbridge, is getting ready to open. Southbridge is the shopping and dining destination under construction on the south bank of the Arizona Canal west of Scottsdale Road.

Fred Unger, who restored posh boutique hotels Royal Palms and Hermosa Inn, is master developer.

Well-known fashion retailer Jennifer Croll is designing the mix of shops.

Southbridge’s first restaurant, the more casual Foodbar, opened in June.

Canal at Southbridge, the first of the development’s upscale eateries, is slated to open in October. The Estate House is expected to debut a month later.

PARTY TIME

BounceU, an indoor climate-controlled recreation facility with eight giant inflatables, is planning a grand opening of its new Scottsdale location from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at 8970 E. Bahia Drive.

Kids and parents can bounce around, have a snack and check out the shop designed to host children’s — or adults who wanna be — birthday parties or special events. Specific days and times are set aside for preschoolers, and some let mom and dad bounce free alongside the kids.

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