It’s the first Arizona location for the ice cream shop Baked Bear.  They’ll be celebrating their grand opening in Scottsdale on Saturday, May 28, by giving away free ice cream sandwiches from 1-3 p.m., 7366 E. Shea Blvd.

The Baked Bear features made-to-order ice cream sandwiches. Original cookie recipes are baked from scratch and served fresh daily with homemade ice cream.

“The positive response we’ve already received about our opening in Scottsdale has been overwhelming,” said Rob Clark, co-owner of The Baked Bear Scottsdale. “People are hungry to have the homemade ice cream sandwiches they’ve come to love while on vacation, right here at home.”

Customers at the establishment, which started in San Diego, can choose between more than a dozen different ice cream flavors, and lots of varieties of cookies, including gluten free.

Ice cream sandwich enthusiasts can mix and match different flavors of cookies, brownies and even donuts to create their ideal sandwich and can finish their creation with one of 10 toppings.

The Baked Bear will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday.  

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After enjoying Baked Bear’s ice cream, check-out the Cave Creek Balloon Festival that’ll light up the sky.  The 7th-annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival will be 5:30-10 p.m. Saturday, May 28.

Eight hot-air balloons will float above the Rancho Manana Golf Course all night long. There’ll also be live music, food and a fireworks display at the end of the Balloon Festival.

It’s a family event.  There’ll be face painting, balloons, and other activities.

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