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“Cool” Summer Outing: The Hall of Flame Museum

Have you been to the Hall of Flame Fire Museum? This hidden gem in Phoenix is the largest firefighting museum in the world.HallofFlame_FireTruck_1Explore nearly an acre of fire history exhibits, with over 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus on display, dating from 1725 to 1969. Most of the exhibits are American, but they also have pieces from England, France, Austria, Germany, and Japan. The Hall …

Sweets & Swag in Old Town Scottsdale

Super Chunk is a family-owned café, bakery, and sweet shop specializing in small-batch, handcrafted sweets and treats with a unique twist. This charming, old-fashioned bakery is tucked away behind Cowboy Ciao on 6th Ave in Old Town Scottsdale. Husband and wife team Sergio and Country Velador create everything in-house, from scratch, with the best possible ingredients, including bread for the sandwich menu and semifreddo, portioned individually just for you. They also recently expanded and opened New Wave Market, which serves an expanded menu of pastries and sandwiches for …

Livewire – New Music Venue in Downtown Scottsdale

Downtown Scottsdale has a new live music venue, Livewire. It’s in the heart of the entertainment district on Indian Plaza Lane, in the former Axis/Radius spot. This chic, 14,000-square-foot space is two stories and has state-of-the-art sound and lighting, a huge HD video wall, VIP seating, a dance floor, and two bars.

Livewire

Livewire hosts a variety of national touring acts along with some …

Scottsdale’s New Museum of the West

After more than 30 years of dreaming, Scottsdale finally has its Museum of the West. The building was designed by local architecture firm Studio Ma and reflects the desert and Western heritage in a beautiful, contemporary way. You enter through the Scottsdale Charros Gateway Lobby, where the artist Maynard Dixon’s dramatic 1935 mural Kit Carson with Mountain Men is on display. The 43,000-square-foot museum has two levels with ten galleries, a sculpture garden, and a theater. It’s a short walk from Hotel Valley Ho, only a few minutes …