KINGMAN, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- For many, the city of Kingman is a place to stop for gas on the way to Las Vegas. But instead of turning north onto the State Route 93 to Sin City, turning south off the I-40 takes you into a budding and revitalized downtown Kingman.

Beale Street is not even a mile off the highway and is also right along the historic Route 66.

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"Beale Street still has an old small town feel to it," explains Kristina Michelson, executive directions of the Kingman Center for the Arts. "(That) makes it a lot of fun to be in this environment and coming back and re-living a bit of history here.

"There are a lot of neat little shops that are great if you want to do a day trip down here."

From antique shopping to fun finds with a Route 66 theme, there is a lot to explore.

The Kingman Center for the Arts is raising funds to restore and re-open the old theater downtown. Right now, the center displays and sells art from local artists.

"Its an art gallery and we mount monthly shows that feature local artists from Kingman and the surrounding area. We switch out the theme every month. So there's new art to see," says Michelson. "It's amazing the talent that has come out from the community."

For the hungry traveler, there is something unique for every palette.

There is a range of good eats from real pit barbecue to wood-fired pizza. There are also two micro breweries, a coffee shop, even a wine tasting room with vinos from the local area and abroad.

"I'm an award winning pizza chef," says Terry Thomson, owner of Rickety Cricket Brewing. "I put passion into everything I do. So these beer recipes, I make all these beer recipes."

Thomson says he and his wife both grew up in Kingman. They went away for college, but couldn't wait to take what they learned in big cities and bring it back home.

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"You walk into the Rickety Cricket and you don't even realize you are still in Kingman. People come in all the time and say, 'I can't believe I am inside Kingman. I can't believe this is here.'"

Beale Street is just slightly out of the way on the drive to Las Vegas.

"So if you're thinking of making the trip to Vegas any time soon, I ask that when you make that right to go to Vegas, you make a left and come one mile down," says Thomson. "See what we have to offer."

Besides the shops and restaurants along Beale Street, there are also a few museums in the area, including the Railroad Museum and the Route 66 Museum

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(4) comments

laure68

I didn't know you could consider a place 'revitalized' because of them building an arch that says Welcome to Kingman... And I'm sure it doesn't feel like Kingman inside Rickety Cricket, because it's so hipster and out of place! But anything new the city always loves, regardless. That's how you know a place doesn't have much to look forward to when you get some cool new bars and it's all the talk for even a year after it opens. The city doesn't know what in the world they are doing with this place, look to have terrible motives. While it could be nice for some ignorant people, and it is a beautiful place , it's nowhere anyone with a brain would want to be. They try to do all this damage control for Kingman because of that comedy show but the reality is, most really don't want new people moving in especially from California. The bigger this city grows, the bigger the problems will grow (because they aren't addressing the biggest problems) and this place will become a huge mess show for everyone except the richest doctors, lawyers & government workers. Not to mention, why focus so much on tourism when there is so much concern of where our water is even going to be coming from? More people = more water being used that they already said we don't have enough of. Doesn't sound like a good idea to me.

Clark

As a Kingman resident I really appreciate the attention that has been given to our fair town. We are growing rapidly and at the same time are finding many people are coming here and showing interest in creating that unique nitch in history.

Daddy

Support White owned restaurants and other White owned businesses.

xrilander

I lived there for 11 years. Believe me, if it`s so great, I wouldn`t have moved.

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