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Posted: Thursday, August 14, 2008 10:49 pm | Updated: 10:31 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

After a 35-year run, Vic Linoff, owner of Those Were the Days in downtown Tempe, officially closed the popular book and antique store on Tuesday.

Those Were the Days was Mill Avenue's oldest store.

Linoff is set to auction off the fixtures, bookcases and antiques remaining in the store on Sept. 6.

"We've uncovered a lot of things that just got buried away over the years," he said. "The auction may take as long as four to six hours."

He added that many of the items have been part of the store's decor for the past 25 years.

Linoff said he hasn't determined a time for the auction, nor has he decided whether he will auction the remaining 3,000 books.

Linoff is still packing things up at the store and is reachable for further information at (480) 967-4729.


Two new restaurants will be making Mesa diners drool.

Baci Italian Bistro will be between Hawes and Ellsworth roads on Germann Road, and Michael's Fairway Grill is slated to open at the southwest corner of Sossaman and Baseline roads.

Owners of both restaurants have restaurant license applications before the City Council today.


Kids are getting a new, air-conditioned place to blow off steam.

Jump and Shout, a 10,000-square-foot activity and entertainment center, will open Saturday at Mesa Riverview at Dobson Road and Loop 202, just a short walk from the Cinemark Mesa 16 Theater.

The center, located directly behind Bass Pro Shops, will have three giant climbing gyms, bounce houses, designated birthday party areas, a snack bar and parents' lounge, among other things.

The center is offering public tours and welcoming children to test the facilities free of charge.


Big Dog in Town, a restaurant serving hot dogs and other fare, opens Sept. 13 at the northeast corner of Rural Road and University Drive in Tempe.

But the eatery doesn't just serve regular dogs. Diners can also order veggie dogs, salads, Italian ice and muffins, among other items.

Some other unusual features at the restaurant include a Nintendo Wii, which customers can play.

sweet factory opens

Sweet Factory, a candy shop and universal mall fixture, reopened today near the Dillard's department store at Fiesta Mall in Mesa.

The store relocated from its former location near the center courtyard.

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