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It’s a place where cultures clash but also where sports and comic memorabilia collectors can converge.
A few of the items sold at Big Kids’ Collectibles in Mesa. [Mike Sakal/Special to Tribune]
Owners Al Gordon and Neil Kotler are seen at Big Kids’ Collectibles. [Mike Sakal/Special to Tribune]
NEW YORK — The holidays bring out the inner-coffee table book obsessive in gift buyers. They're easy, weighty and satisfying to give. You've done your job with your pricey treat.
CHICAGO — Doug Sohn has made an art of the traditional Chicago-style hot dog, replete with mustard, onions, pickle relish, dill spear, tomatoes, celery salt and sport peppers. (No ketchup!)
See fashion, memorabilia and artifacts of influential female musicians of the 20th century including Wanda Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Joan Jett, Madonna, Queen Latifah, and many more, at this special exhibition at the Musical Instrument Museum on loan from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In this Oct. 9, 2013, photo, Doug Sohn, owner of Hot Doug's restaurant on the northwest side of Chicago, looks at a display case of memorabilia before business opens. Sohn's hot dog eatery has a rotating stockpile of about 100 recipes that he’s created and gets his meats from a dozen different sausage makers. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)
Although it is still September, Halloween enthusiasts are already gearing up for this year’s festivities. Thankfully there is the second annual Keen Halloween Sept. 28 and 29 at Metro Center Mall in Phoenix.
The Mesa Historical Museum has garnered recognition from a national historical society for its Play Ball: The Cactus League Experience exhibit.
Chicago-based fast-casual restaurant Portillo’s will open 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Tempe Marketplace. It will be open 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays on the northeast corner of Rio Salado Parkway and McClintock Drive.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Baskin-Robbins has 31 flavors of ice cream. The Nook has 31 types of burgers.
But amid the helmets, medals, buttons, bullets and swords what may be most novel is Kinnaman’s Civil War memorabilia. Artifacts from the era aren’t something you see an abundance of in Arizona, where statehood wasn’t reached until almost 50 years after the war between North and South ended.
“The closest thing is probably the Indian War museum (Fort Verde State Historic Park) up at Camp Verde, at Fort Verde, because most of those guys were veterans of the Civil War, and there was a lot of overlap of equipment and uniforms,” says Kinnaman. “The national guard has an Arizona Military Museum, and there are a handful of Civil War items there.” [More on next slide ...]
FARGO, N.D. — It's a good time to be a North Dakotan. An oil boom in the west has fueled an economic surge, the locals' frugal nature helped to prevent any housing bubble, and the threat of global warming looks like an attractive option for the chilly climate. So why not visit the state's largest city, Fargo? With just over 100,000 people, this city on the eastern edge of the state offers local culture with a good dose of pride and quirkiness. You'll need a car to get around, but let's face it: If you're in Fargo, you probably drove here.
LAS VEGAS — The city known for detonating its past to make way for gleaming new development on the Las Vegas Strip is preparing to push out its Sept. 11 memorial.
A recent decision to remove the Spring Training Museum from November’s Mesa bond election has organizers considering the project’s next step, which could include relocating it to a different city.
HAVANA — For a city where people earn an average of $20 a month at government jobs, Havana can be a surprisingly pricey place — at least for tourists.
After removing one major project from the list of options, the Mesa City Council approved a motion to call for a more than $130 million bond election in November.
Mesa voters could have an opportunity to fund a multitude of city-related street, public safety and historical projects if the city council moves forward on what could be a $147.9 million bond election in November.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Mount Rushmore National Memorial may be the most famous landmark in the Black Hills of South Dakota, but it's not the only one.
FILE - This Feb. 21, 2012 file photo shows the Midnight Star Gaming Emporium, owned by actor Kevin Costner, in Deadwood, S.D. Deadwood, South Dakota, was established during the Black Hills’ gold rush in the 1870s. Its Wild West boomtown history are on display in memorabilia and street shows, but the gambling is real. This photo shows the Midnight Star Gaming Emporium. (AP Photo/Amber Hunt, file)
Another Italian eatery is preparing to open in the recently closed Anzio Landing restaurant space in Mesa.
HEALDSBURG, Calif. — Sometimes visitors to MacMurray Ranch, the 1,500-acre (600-hectare) spread owned by movie and TV actor Fred MacMurray for a half-century, want to know: Where's the heliport? Where's the screening room?
Just after the school bell rang last Friday morning, Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary Principal Dave Maloney headed straight for his school’s media center to do live morning announcements.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Grace Potter & The Nocturnals know a little something about summer festivals after using the circuit to build their following.