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Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2008 8:16 pm | Updated: 9:24 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

If you aren't done - or overdone - with Halloween after handing out gobs of candy to pint-sized princesses and sweet-loving superheroes today, you can still buy groaning ghouls and ghostly garb at Spirit stores this weekend.

The retailer will close its stores for the season after Sunday shopping hours, said district manager Vivian Rabun.

There are 17 in the Valley, including shops at Scottsdale Pavilions, Indian Bend Road and Loop 101, and in Paradise Valley Mall, Cactus Road and Tatum Boulevard.

Also near the popular east Phoenix mall is a Halloween Express store in an open-air shopping center anchored by Target.www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com/

After Halloween Express closes for the season, the company plans to open a Christmas Express store in the spot, said mall spokeswoman Courtney Papillon. She did not know the date of the Christmas store's debut.

FARMERS FARE

A farmers market is scheduled to launch Saturday and continue on Saturdays through May in Old Town Scottsdale.

The event is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Old Town parking lot on the northwest corner of Brown Avenue and Second Street.

The new weekly event will feature more than 40 vendors selling a variety of organic vegetables and fruits, flowers, herbs, a coffee roaster, and an assortment of items including pastries, jams and baked goods.

The event is free, and, according to the city, it is dog- and family-friendly. For more information, visit www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com.

COFFEE COMING

Drive-through gourmet coffee bar Dutch Bros., which has just one Valley location at 1037 S. Rural Road in Tempe, is brewing plans for a Scottsdale shop.

The company plans to capture caffeine lovers on the go at Papago Plaza, on the southwest corner of McDowell and Scottsdale roads, in late November.

A Dutch Bros. at Gilbert and McKellips roads in Mesa is expected to open in December. A second Tempe shop at Mill and Southern avenues and a Gilbert version are planned for early 2009.

Founded in southern Oregon in 1992 by brothers Dane and Travis Boersma, Dutch Bros. Coffee is believed to be the country's largest privately held, drive-through-only coffee company in the country.

There are more than 130 locations in Oregon, California, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona.

Jim Thompson, who spends his summers in Oregon and winters in the Valley, is building the local stores. He said he wanted to bring the hometown brand to his winter haunt. Thompson said the shops offer more than good coffee, such as gourmet tea blends and "the world's best smoothies."

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