Business Profiles



Phil White Ford

Located east of Payson on Highway 260, the Phil White Ford dealership handles new Ford cars and trucks, as well as used vehicles.

Phil White also has a complete parts and service department with five factory-trained technicians.

The goal of the Phil White Ford dealership is to treat every customer with respect and courtesy in order to foster long-term relationships and secure referrals.

Hoping to see a 20-percent increase in growth each year, Phil White Ford plans to broaden the company's vehicle and parts lines next year.

Phil White Ford, a place where everyone can feel welcome, can be reached at 474-8888.

Wicks Auto Service

With more than 80 years of combined experience, the four technicians at Wicks Auto Service have the knowledge and abilities to fix all of your automotive repair needs.

"Our goal is to serve and educate our customers," owner Mike Wicks said.

To that end, his crew stays current on all of the latest trends, and expects his business to continue growing at a steady pace.

"We'll soon be opening two new bays, with up-to-date technologies and equipment," Wicks said.

Wicks Automotive, located at 600 W. Main Street, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call (928) 468-8855.


Manzanita Manor

Manzanita Manor has all levels of senior residential living -- from independent apartments to the highest skilled needs. Services include full rehabilitation, adult day care, respite and post-surgical care.

Executive Director Ken Murphy says Manzanita Manor's philosophy is to provide a safe, caring home-like environment for residents and a rapid recovery for rehab and post-surgical patients.

"Our new secured unit will be open this spring," Murphy said. "Last year we opened "the Residence" for those that need assistance but are still independent."

Murphy prides Manzanita Manor as "the only facility in Payson where you only need to move once."

"We have all levels of care," Murphy said.

"We know no one wants to go to a nursing home," Murphy said. "However, it is very difficult for a working family to care for a declining loved one. When you do consider Manzanita Manor, the family is encouraged to be as involved as possible."

Payson Care Center

Payson Care Center is a skilled nursing facility, providing long-term and respite care.

Admissions and Marketing Director, Krystal Klabbatz Figaniak, says Payson Care Center is committed to being a premier provider of long-term health care.

"It is our desire to be the facility of choice in any community in which we operate," Figaniak said. "Our programs, services and facilities must be designed and operated with superior quality in order to satisfy the needs of our customers.

Payson Care Center is operated under the standards of Life Care Centers of America, a Tennessee-based company in business for over thirty years.

"Since 1970, the Life Care organization has constructed or renovated scores of facilities," Figaniak said. "It understands what the client wants -- a state-of-the-art facility at reasonable costs to serve the needs of elderly Americans."

Payson Care Center's Alzheimer's special care unit has been designed to offer a comfortable and secure environment suitable for the care of residents with Alzheimer's disease and dementia-related disorders. Payson Care Center also provides in and out-patient physical, occupational and speech therapy.

According to Figaniak, Payson Care Center has expanded its long-term care bed availability and has achieved the goal of being 100% Medicare Certified.

"At a time when there is less Medicare reimbursement and the number of elderly are growing," Figaniak said, "Payson Care Center is still able to provide high quality care within a warm, caring environment."


Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce is organized for the purpose of advancing the working partnership of business; to enhance the ability of its members to conduct their individual business successfully; and to improve the economic well-being of all residents of the Rim country and the surrounding area.

In cooperation with the town of Payson, the chamber conducted a successful advertising campaign promoting Arizona Rim Country after the devastating fire season of 2002.

Plans for 2003 include the 11th Annual Business Showcase, the 13th Annual Strawberry Festival, and the 119th Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo.

"We are a unique organization, providing information about Arizona Rim Country businesses to the public seven days a week," chamber director Bob Ware said. "We also have the distinction of hosting yearly the Annual World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo."

Find out what the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce can do for you, by stopping by the office at the corner of Main Street and the Beeline Highway. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., weekends. For information, call (928) 474-4515.


Payson First Church of the Nazarene

"We are a multi-generational congregation that offers worship experiences and ministry opportunities to every age group with the same message that Jesus Christ offers -- love, acceptance and forgiveness to all who seek him," said David Runion, senior pastor at the Payson First Church of the Nazarene.

"Through the ministry of our four pastoral staff and the dedication of so many vibrant Christians in our fellowship, God has helped us to expand our ministries to every age group until our present facilities will not accommodate the growth," he said. "In early spring, 2003, we will move into our new 14,000 square-foot facility that includes space for a multi-purpose center for worship, fellowship and athletics, as well as educational and administrative space.

"While there are many great congregations in our community, we truly believe that there are two things that make us extra special: First, we are an especially loving and caring group of people. Second, both of our worship experiences, our contemporary service and our classic service, are exceptional," Runion said. "When our people gather, transformed by the love of God, they sing, pray, and study as those who have truly seen and experienced God at work in their lives. They love because they have been loved. They worship because they have been forgiven. They serve because they know that God first gave to them. One of our mottos says, ‘Payson First Church of the Nazarene; where worship is vital and people really matter.' It's true."

Worship services are at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays.

The Payson First Church of the Nazarene is at 114 E. Cedar Lane in Payson.

New Life Foundation

New Life Church and Literary Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization founded in the 1970s by inner-development and self-help author and teacher Vernon Howard. Volunteer-run and nonsectarian, it is dedicated to sharing principles of authentic happiness and success as a human being.

Vernon Howard's teachings have enriched the lives of over eight million people worldwide. His books are used by doctors, psychologists, psychiatric counselors, clergymen, educators and people from all walks of life.

Human Behavior Magazine says, "Vernon Howard is probably the clearest writer on these subjects in the English language."

Everything taught at New Life is in accord with the old-fashioned virtues of honesty, simplicity, independence, thriftiness, self-responsibility, cleanliness of mind, body, and spirit and pleasantness. The principles are truly inspiring because they are truly practical.

Headquartered in Strawberry, the foundation conducts classes on a regular basis throughout Arizona and in California and Colorado. Find out more about books, tapes and classes by calling (928) 476-3224, or by visiting the New Life website at www.anewlife. org.

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday: 7:30 am to 4 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm.


Barbara's Boutique

Barbara's Boutique, an upscale women's clothing store, offers fashion forward apparel for all occasions including shoes, handbags, jewelry and other related accessories.

Barbara's designer lines include City Girl, Nanette Keller, Faith, Carol Anderson, Produce Studio and more. Some of these designer lines are currently being sold in major department stores and many women, who enjoy the quality and styles offered by these designers, can now find them at Barbara's Boutique, in addition to many more quality fashion lines.

Owner Barbara Bubnis said her philosophy is simple: "Provide something that no one else in Payson has; that is, great fashionable quality clothing. In addition to that, add an atmosphere comparable to any fine Scottsdale boutique, but with a small-town, friendly attitude. Customer service is our first priority. After all, a satisfied customer is our best advertisement."

In 2002, Barbara's Boutique increased its inventory base by nearly 50 percent, which means the boutique had twice as much to offer its customers in choices of styles, colors, sizes and product. More clothing, more shoes, more of everything.

"We've recently taken in, on consignment, a beautiful line of hand-woven, hand-made garments from a local Payson weaver, Georgianne Smolenski," Bubnis said. "These garments are one-of-a-kind pieces created by a master weaver and typical of the quality you would expect to find at Barbara's Boutique."

Bubnis said since she's been in business, she's noticed more fashion-conscious women in Payson.

"I really believe it's in a woman's nature to want to look good," she said.

Her plans for the future include expansion, maybe even to a larger location.

"I see growth for my business in the way of continuing to offer more choices and new fashion lines," she said. "I've tested many different lines over the years, and those that work are still available. I intend to increase my selections of casual, every day clothing and shoe styles."

Barbara's Boutique is located at 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 4 in Payson. Phone: (928) 474-7073. The store is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

"Special arrangements can be made to fit your schedule," she said. "Just give us a call and let us know what time you'll be in, and we'll be happy to wait for you."


Amon Builders

Michael and Trina Amon of Amon Builders have been serving the Payson, Show Low and Pinetop areas for the past 13 years and have been named Best Builder in the Best of Payson poll for the eighth consecutive year.

With the dedication of their experienced management field team, the Amons continue to provide a wide variety of construction services to the Rim country, including comprehensive design build and commercial and residential construction. They are an authorized builder for Star Building Systems, manufacturers of pre-engineered metal buildings.

Amon Builders offers competitive pricing, while maintaining quality workmanship with state-of-the art equipment and techniques.

Included among the construction experiences for the company are: retail shops, churches, senior care centers, restaurants, medical facilities, apartment complexes, warehouses and custom homes.

Design/build projects currently under construction are Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, The Door Stop, High Desert Dentistry, Pierce-McQueen metal building, and the town of Payson storage facility. Bid projects under construction are Snowflake High School remodel and new construction, Mary Moore Lodge remodel, Show Low McDonald's/Wal-Mart and Gary Valplon's Garage.

Amon Builders is located in its newly constructed Eagle Springs Professional Plaza at 903 E. Highway 260, Suite 6, in which spaces are available for lease.

Vinrose Corporation - General Contractors

Specializing in smaller commercial projects for your office, business, or place of work, owner Vince Palandri and his crew at Vinrose are the experts to call for all of your commercial or residential building, improvements or remodeling.

"We offer service and maintenance work, and can do repairs, and monthly upkeep on your building," Palandri said. "We don't mind working nights or weekends, so as not to disrupt your workday, if needed.

"I would like all business owners and commercial building owners to know we are here to help with their projects," he said.

Contact Vinrose Corporation at (928) 474-5537, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.


Dr. Scott Anderson

As Payson's first full-time dentist, Scott Anderson is a fixture in the Rim country. Dr. Anderson arrived in Payson in 1971 to fill a void that had long existed on the local medical scene. He brought with him a DDS degree from Case Western Reserve University, and two years' dental experience in the United States Navy.

Since establishing his practice, Dr. Anderson has served hundreds of local patients, and patients from as far away as California, Utah and Mexico.

Anderson's office features the only father-and-son dental team in Payson. Dr. Anderson's son, Eric, was an honor student and award-winning athlete at Payson High School. He earned a B.S. degree from Arizona State University, and graduated from the University of Pacific Dental School. Both doctors now perform mini-implants for denture stabilization, treatment for sleep apnea and snoring.

The Drs. Anderson are located at 712 N. Beeline Highway, Payson. Hours of operation: Eric: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Scott: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to noon.

To make an appointment, call (928) 474-4581.

High Desert Dentistry

At High Desert Dentistry, patients will find high-quality dentistry at a reasonable price.

High Desert is family owned and offers comprehensive, whole patient care.

"We offer in-office, bleaching, cosmetic dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, prosthedontics, crown and bridge, and periodontal care," Dr. Jason Ballou said. "A commitment to community service through education in our schools."

Plans for 2003 include expansion to a larger, state-of-the-art office.

High Desert Dentistry is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday.

Call 474-2721 for appointments.


Time Out, Inc.

Time Out, Inc. is a shelter for victims of domestic violence and the only shelter for 100 miles in any direction.

The philosophy of Time Out is that every individual has the right to live in an environment free of all forms of abuse.

According to Jean Oliver, Volunteer and Transitional Housing Coordinator, Time Out has seen phenomenal growth thanks to community support and dedicated staff and volunteers.

"We've been able to pay off the mortgage on the shelter and acquire another property for transitional housing," Oliver said.

Time Out served 80 adults and 44 children in 2002 and plans on continued service to the community by providing shelter and educational programs for survivors and those concerned about family violence.


Payson Unified School, District #10

Payson Unified School District #10 is dedicated to excellence in the highest level of educational, personal and social development of each student, according to Superintendent Herb Weissenfels.

"The school district is expanding its services with the addition of Parent Community Liaisons and English Language Learner teachers," Weissenfels said.

Weissenfels expects that by June of 2003, 100 percent of teachers will have acquired sufficient computer literacy to comfortably use technology as a curriculum tool.

PUSD is a nonprofit, citizen-owned and operated public agency paying annual dividends as its graduates take their place in society as productive citizens.

PUSD currently employs a work force of well over 400. Weissenfels feels that due to the continued underfunding of public education in Arizona, it is difficult to predict the future of PUSD's educational program.

"In the absence of good wages, child-care and housing for young families in the area, student enrollment may continue to drop," Weissenfels said.


Arizona State Savings & Credit Union

Arizona State Savings & Credit Union strives to be the low-cost provider of financial services in the Rim country market, offering one of the highest deposit rates, lowest loan rates and little or no fees.

In the coming year, Arizona State Savings plans to expand its services, introducing its sales and service initiative rewards program, and professional advisor program.

The company's website ( and home banking products have been upgraded for 2003.

The credit union, unlike other financial institutions, is a co-op -- a member owned, non-profit cooperative. There are no outside shareholders.

"We have seen a movement of consumers towards credit unions because of our non-profit cooperative structure and personal service they receive at a credit union," said Brian Johnson, vice president of marketing and member development. "Our vision is to become the preferred provider of consumer banking services in northern Gila County. - We're off to a great start."

Arizona State Savings and Credit Union is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is at 104 E. Highway 260 in Payson.

Edward Jones Investments - Rich Crockett

At Edward Jones Investments, customers can find a variety of investment opportunities, from stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities, CDs mortgages, life insurance, long-term care insurance and a wide variety of investment and financial services.

Rich Crockett strives to help individual investors build financial security and progress toward their investment goals.

"We're the nation's only major brokerage firm serving individuals and business owners exclusively," Crockett said.

Since he's been in the business, Crockett said he's noticed the same thing that all other investors are seeing: wide market swings and lower rates. Crockett tries to be a stabilizing force, offering his clients great opportunities for the serious long-term investment.

"Investing is not a get-rich quick' business," he said. "Stick to your long-term goals, and seek professional advice."

To seek advice from Crockett, stop by his office at 411 S. Beeline Highway, Suite B in Payson, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Or call (928) 468-1470 to make an appointment.

Edward Jones Investment - Chris Smith

Edward Jones serves investors in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada with more than 9,000 offices.

"Our mission is to provide the investments, services, and information individuals need to achieve their financial goals," Chris Smith, investment representative, said.

"2002 marks the completion of our 10th year in Payson, and we added additional staff to continue providing excellent personal service," he said. "We specialize in 401(k) and IRA rollovers, as well as income for retirees.

"The reasons people invest have not changed, but there has been a return to a more conservative investment style and philosophy."

Smith said his company's future is strong.

" ... Many people understand that if they wish to accomplish their financial goals, it will require a strategy, discipline, and the guidance which we provide," he said.

To put Edward Jones' guidance to work for you, contact Smith at (928) 474-6097. Or stop by his office at 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 11, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Curves for Women

Curves for Women is a fitness and weight-loss center offering combined strength and cardiovascular training in a 30-minute, low impact, workout designed specifically for women in a women-friendly environment. Curves specializes in weight-loss guidance and support using breakthrough methods for maintaining and increasing body metabolism.

"We offer women from ages 14 to 80-plus an affordable, sensible plan for improved health and fitness, whether they seek firming and toning, weight loss or weight gain," Martha Hemphill, owner/operator, said. "We give women the power and the tools to amaze themselves with their own accomplishments.

"I own the Payson Curves because I believe in it. I love seeing the self-satisfaction, sense of well-being and simple joy women experience while gaining the habit of exercise and reaching their goals in my club. Vicariously, I get all the same benefits, only many times over."

Since opening in June 2002, the Payson Curves crew has concentrated on building its membership (now over 300), getting to know and supporting its members, and developing its own training and skills.

"In 2003, we plan to continue with these objectives plus expand our Curves circuit with additional equipment to accommodate our growing membership," Hemphill said. "We are particularly excited about participating in continuing health, nutrition and fitness training opportunities provided by Curves International, and new promotions that help us motivate our members for greater success."

Curves is the world's largest fitness franchise with more than 1.3 million members in more than 5,500 locations in six countries.

"I expect to see the Payson Curves membership continue to grow as more women realize we are here," she said. "Developed for towns with less than 50,000 population, the Curves system fills a specific need for women who feel uncomfortable in a unisex gym. Our approach is conservative, flexible, well-balanced, and, best of all, simple, but very effective. Women like getting a complete workout in just 30 minutes, and they enjoy exercising with other women in an amiable atmosphere.

"Also, our parent company continues to fund and promote health research and franchisee training, including college degree programs, that will keep us on the cutting edge of women's fitness, health, nutrition, and weight-loss training for a long time to come."

Curves for Women is located at 242 E. Highway 260 in the Payson Village Shopping Center. Hours: 6 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Saturday. To learn more, call Hemphill at (928) 474-9797.


Family Mercantile Country & Victorian Store

Stroll through Family Mercantile Country & Victorian Store, and you'll find giftware collectibles, dried flowers, pictures, gourmet foods, dolls, bears, and much more.

"We try to bring Payson the best gift lines and home decor items that we can find," owner Barbara Pruiksma said.

From humble beginnings, Family Mercantile has grown from its original location -- booth inside Granny's Attic -- to now more than 2,000 square feet at Mario's Borgata.

Their specialty is understanding, listening and communication with their customers.

"Payson has grown, but we have lost so many of our Mom-and-Pop stores which made Payson special for visitors, and our local people," Pruiksma said.

The unsteady economy isn't making things easier.

"People are scared to spend," she said. "It has been a bad two years. People love going off the hill to shop."

But there's no reason to go down the hill for fabulous gifts. Stop by Family Mercantile at 600 E. Highway 260 in Payson. Phone: 474-3112.

Mountain Air Gifts & Furnishing

One of the best places in Payson to shop for rustic, woodsy decor, is also the place to find unique Payson souvenirs.

Mountain Air Gifts and Furnishings carries a complete line of mountain and cabin decor, year-round Christmas items, candles, tapestries, metal art, and lamps. They also carry Jelly Belly jelly beans, T-shirts, sweatshirts, coffee mugs, magnets, and much more.

Karen and Steve Christensen opened Mountain Air in August 2002.

"We want our shop to be a place people can count on for ‘Payson' items, as well as unique gifts for all occasions and something special for their own homes, all at reasonable prices," Karen said.

Mountain Air is family owned and operated, and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays. Stop by the unique shop at 605 W. Main Street, and be greeted by Amber. Phone: (928) 474-4060.


Champion Glass

The crew at Champion Glass specializes in auto glass replacement, window tinting, automobile and residential windows. However, Champion's also is a full-service glass shop -- windows, mirrors, shower doors, etc.

"A big part of our business is windshield replacement through insurance companies," owner Ken Shepherd said. "We know you have a choice. We're probably not the fastest, maybe not the cheapest, just striving to be the best, offering complete, thorough, safe glass installation."

New for Champion in 2002 was a move to its new location at 1505-A W. Red Baron in the Air Park. This year, the company plans to get into graphic window tinting, vinyl graphics for automobiles and trucks.

Shepherd has 18 years of experience, and comes from a family owned glass business in Mesa.

"As long as we drive cars, we'll need glass, and Payson continues to grow," Shepherd said. "There will be glass needs to new homeowners. As long as water holds up, small towns like Prescott and Payson will continue to grow."

Find out how Champion Glass can solve your needs by calling (928) 472-6363. Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; Saturdays by appointment.


The Apothecary Shop

An independent, full-service community pharmacy, located in the Sawmill Crossing plaza behind Quizno's, The Apothecary Shop is a traditional pharmacy, but also specializes in compounding pharmacy, providing unique and individualized patient care in accordance with physicians' orders. From changing tablets into a liquid or lozenges, flavoring a bad-tasting medicine into a tasty one, developing a cream in place of an oral medication, or formulating medication without the use of additives, dyes, preservatives and sugar, we solve the problems that affect your life.

The Apothecary Shop specializes in pediatric formulations, natural hormone replacement therapies, veterinary formulations, and ophthalmic preparations. Delivery service and shipping available. Insurance gladly accepted. Personalized, confidential.

The Apothecary Shop is at 201 W. Main Street, Suite L. Phone: (928) 468-8299, FAX (928) 468-8322.

Family Allergy Clinic

Do you have allergies or asthma? Are you tired of partially effective medications with annoying side effects? Call about the Family Allergy Clinic's no-shots allergy treatment program and eliminate allergy and asthma quickly and without inconvenience.

First, come in for easy, painless testing. Then, get serum suited to your allergy needs that can be administered at home as drops under the tongue. Return visits to the doctor are minimal. Results are rapid: Most patients experience symptom relief in about two months. The program is effective for all ages starting with young toddlers.

Dr. Stuart Agren has 27 years of medical experience. The no-shots treatment method he uses has been featured on FOX, NBC, and ABC news and in "Scientific American."

Don't let another allergy season get the best of you. Call today. Many insurances cover.

Family Allergy Clinic is located at 903 E. Highway 260, Suite 3 in Payson. Call toll free: 1-877-276-3393 (1-877-2SNEEZE) for an appointment.

Primary Care Specialists

Dr. Mark Mouritsen and Dr. Deborah Nichols want their medical practice to be a comfortable atmosphere for patients.

"Our philosophy is to know your doctor cares," Mouritsen said. "And to provide a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere."

Carolyn Mouritsen describes the practice as "family owned and oriented."

"We take care of the entire family," she said.

The office is located at 903 E. Highway 260, #3. Call 468-6935 for an appointment.


Henslee Door and Window

Whether you're building or remodeling, Henslee Door and Window is the place to go for all types of hardware, residential and commercial needs.

Henslee carries Milgard vinyl, wood and aluminum windows; Thermatrue Fibre Glass Doors, and Canyon Custom Doors.

Henslee is family owned and operated, and all work is done in-house; they don't use subcontractors. Their philosophy: "Only the best for the price." They offer quality and service, and personalized service from a small, but competitive company.

Call Steve Henslee at Henslee Door and Window, (928) 468-6608 for more information about windows and doors.


RTA Hospice and Palliative Care

RTA Hospice and Palliative Care assists Rim country residents with life-threatening illnesses. Their philosophy, according to Regional Director, Vicki Dietz, is to "provide physical, emotional, spiritual and financial support to persons with life threatening illnesses."

RTA Hospice's 40 employees provide round-the-clock care to those in need from Payson to the White Mountains.

"We are the only service like this in Payson," Dietz said.

Since RTA Hospice has been in business, Dietz said she has seen a difference in community awareness.

"There is a new understanding of what hospice does," Dietz said. "There has been an increased use of our services and more physician involvement."

RTA Hospice assists people from the time of diagnosis, through treatment, and with life choices.

Dietz said the outlook for RTA Hospice is solid as they continue to add to their program.

To learn more about RTA Hospice and Palliative Care, call (928) 472-6340.

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