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The Rim Internet Services

The Rim Internet Services offers fast dial-in internet access for The Rim, the White Mountains, Phoenix and Tucson--featuring the new faster V.92 dial-in access with no busy signals and professional support. The Rim also offers internet e-mail accounts with virus and porn protection and spam filters. The Rim features community websites with information displayed for area attractions and resources.

The Rim Internet Service business philosophy is The Fast Will Beat the Slow. We offer fast servers, fast support, and fast connections and speeds.

Our target markets are the homes and small businesses who want personal, professional internet services -- fast.

During 2002, the Rim Internet Services upgraded all of our equipment to the new, faster V.92 modems. Most new client computer systems come with V.92 modems installed, though we found most internet providers are not going with this new faster speed. V.92 compatibility also offers the availability to receive phone calls while you're on line. During 2002, The Rim also opened up services in Tucson, Payson, and surrounding areas.

Unusual facts about our business include that we offer large enough service to supply all demands, and are small enough to offer very personal service. Our staff of six technicians and support personnel have averaged over four years of service. The staff built and runs all of our servers, and can address any problems with immediate access to servers and accounts.

The Rim Internet Services' main offices are located in Lakeside. Since 1996, we have opened up services in Show Low, Snowflake, Springerville, Heber, Phoenix, Tucson, and Payson. All of our dial-in accounts can access their services from any of our cities.

With the new faster speeds of V.92, dial-up services, and our reduced cost for internet access, we foresee steady, continued growth. Most of our clients use our services because they were referred to us from an existing client. We found the faster we grow, the more referrals we have received. We expect to continue our growth, by maintaining very personal services within our communities, as well as open new markets in the state within the next year.

White Mountains Online is located at 3100 W. Highway 260, Lakeside. Our business hours are from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can reach us toll free at 1-888-250-1694.


Payson Jewelers

Payson Jewelers is a full-service jewelry store that has been serving Payson for 19 years. Robert Higginbotham is a direct diamond importer who travels annually to Belgium to hand-pick diamonds so customers can get the best quality and value.

Payson Jewelers has a full-service repair shop. Jewelry repairs, restoration and customs designs are done on the premises, with a state-of-the-art laser welder, by experienced jewelers.

Payson Jewelers also buys, sells, trades and repairs old and antique jewelry and watches. When you have a special occasion, large or small, let Payson Jewelers help you find that perfect gift.

The store is at 240 E. Highway 260. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.


Kohl's Ranch Lodge

Enjoy western hospitality, and a taste of the Old West.

The A-frame main lodge, with its oversized river stone fireplace, is a favorite gathering place for visitors and guests. The lodge rooms offer a variety of amenities, some with fireplaces, kitchenettes, and outdoor patios. The one- and two-bedroom creekside cabins overlook Tonto Creek; some with decks complete with private Jacuzzi tubs.

Hearty, homestyle fare is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner in the Zane Grey dining room, with favorite libations poured in the Saloon. Kohl's Ranch features Black Angus choice prime rib Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

Historic Kohl's Ranch Lodge is on the banks of Tonto Creek in the largest ponderosa pine forest in the world -- the area made famous by Zane Grey in many of his western novels. The friendly service, casual atmosphere, western hospitality, and comfortable, warm rustic accommodations make each stay a pleasure.

Relax, or be as active as you wish -- Kohl's Ranch Lodge is the perfect retreat. Ranch facilities include horse stables, fitness center, sport court for tennis/basketball/shuffleboard, putting green, horseshoe pits, volleyball, par jogging course, children's playground, swimming pool and spa. Local attractions include hiking, fishing, horseback riding, golfing, shopping, sightseeing and casino entertainment. Bring the whole family -- pets are welcome in the O.K. Korral dog and cat kennel.

Relax in comfort in the Kohl's Ranch Zane Grey Room which features a king-size bed, or two double beds, a dining area, refrigerator, microwave and a private patio. Each room offers our own signature line of personal care products from Sedona Spa. Select rooms also offer a cozy fireplace.

The Ponderosa Room offers guests a king-size bed, a kitchen area complete with coffee maker, refrigerator, microwave and a private patio.

In the main lodge, the rooms are decorated in western contemporary style, many with fireplaces. All are air-conditioned, with color television and telephones.

Kohl's Ranch Lodge is located about 16 miles east of Payson on Highway 260. For reservations, call (928) 478-4211.


Bronco Homes

Bronco Homes, located just 11 miles south of Payson in Rye, offers quality new and pre-owned manufactured homes in almost any size, and at a price that can accommodate virtually any budget.

Step inside one of their models and you might just be surprised. Manufactured homes have come a long way in the past few years.

New models feature tape-and-textured drywall over 2-by-6 walls with R-19 insulation. Up to 2-by-8 floor joists, dual-glazed windows and R-42 ceilings make these units extremely energy efficient and offer a site-built feel and quality at a much more reasonable price.

The new models also feature all the latest high-quality built-in appliances from the kitchen to the bath.

Sizes can range from 600 to 3,000 square feet, and from one-bedroom models to five-bedroom, three-bath deluxe models.

Bronco Homes has Fleetwood and Cavco homes, with more than 150 floor plans, so you can have many choices in one convenient location.

Fleetwood has been in business more than 50 years, and is not only the largest manufactured home builder, but also the largest home builder overall.

Bronco Homes is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The company has been in operation 33 years with other locations throughout the state.

Manager Dave Knauer says service is a big part of the reason Bronco has done so well for so long.

"We give the best possible service after the sale, with service contractors from right here in the Rim country," Knauer said.

He also guarantees the lowest prices with no hidden costs. When someone sees the price, that is the price delivered and set up, with no surprises.

While Bronco has 14 new models on display, the company is also the largest pre-owned dealer in the state. Each pre-owned unit has been freshly refurbished, and helps round out their inventory, so they can truly offer something for every price range.

"If we don't have it, we'll get it for you," said Knauer.


Four Seasons Motorsports

Whether you're looking for fun on two wheels or four wheels, you'll find what you're looking for at Four Seasons Motorsports in Rye.

Owner Mark Svir carries a full line of Polaris all-terrain vehicles, Bombardier all-terrain vehicles, Yamaha all-terrain vehicles and motorcycles,

"We provide a straight-forward refreshing approach to doing business," Svir said. "In 2002, we moved to a new, larger location, and we'll strive in 2003 for enhanced customer satisfaction in every transaction."

And his market keeps growing.

"The number of first-time buyers continues to grow," he said.

"ATV riding is one of the most popular family pastimes. 2003 should be a record year for Four-Seasons."

Four Seasons Motorsports is one of the largest volume dealers in the entire Southwest, Svir said.

Kick the tires on the latest models at the showroom in Rye. Four Seasons is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m., Sunday. Phone: 474-3411.


Plant Fair Nursery

Linda and Glenn McCombs moved to the Rim country in 1983 and opened Plant Fair Nursery, Inc. in Star Valley -- a shop dedicated to providing customers with quality plants, exceptional service and a large selection at affordable prices. The full-time staff includes their manager Kathy, Rob, Conrad, Ani, Toby and John, all of whom are knowledgeable and dedicated to serving their customers.

If you enjoy a beautiful natural setting while you shop, visit Plant Fair Nursery. The Star Valley location is nestled among mature native ponderosa pines with a backdrop of natural green foliage.

The staff is knowledgeable and willing to help you select plants that will be the best for you and your area. Along with their plants, the nursery offers a number of handouts with information specific to this area on how to plant different varieties of plants and how to care for them.

Plant Fair also carries a lot of items to help maintain your existing yard and garden. They can help you to identify problems and insects. Just take a sample to either location.

For the person who likes to garden with nature, Plant Fair offers bird feeders, gourmet bird food, bat houses, gift pack hummingbird feeders, flower bulbs, books and tools. You may want to consider a gift certificate in any amount for that special person.


Payson Eye Care Center

Payson Eye Care Center is a full service optometric practice serving the needs of the "very young to the very old in Payson, according to Kristi Ford.

Dr. Ford and his family have lived in Payson since 1990. Payson Eye Care offers full services to patients, and also includes consultation and follow-up for refractive surgery.

"We are dedicated to the community," Ford said, "and will continue to provide care for a lifetime to the residents of Payson."


Payson Paint

Payson Paint is a family-owned store specializing in paint and paint products.

Owner Eric Woods describes the business philosophy as "the friendship of those we serve is the foundation of our progress."

"With many years of painting experience, we offer hands-on advice and tips," Woods said. "Consumers are much more educated than ever before and are willing to try things that before they had a painter do. We're here to help them get what they need and talk them through their job."

With their increasing paint selection, Woods feels Payson Paint has grown in what they can offer their customers.

"We will continue to strive to have the best products at the best prices available," Woods said. "And we will continue to do that which we know and enjoy -- paint!


Mulkern Photography

Frank and Ellen Mulkern, nine-year residents of Payson, have operated Mulkern Photography for the past seven years. Professional photographers since 1985, they specialize in fine portraiture, using medium format and digital cameras. The formats of these cameras allow sharp, clear, wall-size photographic prints up to 40 inches by 60 inches. They also offer a full studio environment with a variety of lighting options, backdrops, and props.

Each year, Frank and Ellen enter their photographic work in competitive events through the Phoenix Professional Photographers Association (PPPA) and the Arizona Professional Photographers Association (APPA). They have both come home with earned merits and ribbons. To date, Frank has received several merit awards from both organizations, in addition to a merit award for best in category, a special judges award, and the grand award for the highest scoring photograph in a competition.

Several of their photographs have been published in Western Outdoor News, the National Moose Magazine, California Game and Fish Magazine, and American Cowboy. On the commercial side, they have been responsible for catalogue covers, advertising photographs and brochures. They have done promotional photography for the Majestic Mountain Inn, Kohl's Ranch, Chaparral Pines/The Rim Club, Bison Ranch, realty companies, and other businesses in both Arizona and California.

As active members of the Professional Photographers of America, the PPPA, and the APPA, the Mulkerns are exposed to the methods and creativity of the best portrait and wedding photographers in our country. On behalf of APPA, the couple were hosts to the organization's annual "Summer Sizzler" in July of 2001. Sixty professional photographers from across the State gathered at the Mulkerns to share their expertise, participate in a photographic competition and be tutored by Master Photographer, Carlos Lozano.

From 1999 to the present, the Mulkerns have been official photographers for Miss Rodeo Arizona contestants, and for the queen when she is chosen each May. They provide her studio portraiture, as well as photographs for her ads and for the photogenic portion of the Miss Rodeo America Pageant.

Customers of Mulkern Photography have the same unique opportunity of having studio portraiture and an outdoor sitting during the same session. And, now, with the addition of digital proofing, the customer may preview his, or her, images on the next business day. Hours are by appointment. Please call 928-474-1488, or contact them via their website,


Century 21 Woodland

The folks at Century 21 Woodland have been helping Rim country residents find the American dream right here in central Arizona.

Whether you're looking for a summer home, or a permanent residence, owner/broker Tudy Martin and her crew of 21 agents can help you find your dream home.

In the past 12 months, the agents of Century 21 Woodland have been taking advantage of new technology that provides online training.

Martin said, over the years, she's witnessed the Rim country's growth provide for a better year-long economy, and that its four mild seasons are not controlling the business economy as it has in the past.

"Continued growth is inevitable," she said. "As Phoenix grows, so do we.

"We must prepare for the negative issues in our area (the water situation; devastation of the bark beetle infestation) and survive with making known our positive issues."

To learn more about the positive people at Century 21 Woodland, stop by the office at 1006A S. Beeline Highway, or call (928) 474-1610.

Rory Huff & Sue Maher

Rory Huff, agent for ERA Young Realty, lives by the Golden Rule: he treats every client as he would like to be treated, and strives to be fair to buyers and sellers alike.

Fellow agent Sue Maher has a similar philosophy. With more than 30 years of experience in the real estate business, Maher said her specialty is listening to what the clients' wants and needs are, and trying to find them what fits their needs and budget.

With the growth of the clients' access to properties on the Internet, Huff and Maher said they've both noticed buyers coming in better informed, more sure about the kind of house they're looking for.

ERA Young Realty is owned by Larry Jones, and Huff said that due to the size of the company, ERA has an agent to serve every need.

In 2002, ERA expanded its offices to Pine, Strawberry and Heber. In the future, Huff expects the company to get bigger and bigger.

"I see us growing and prospering," Maher said. "We must grow to survive, but keeping to our small-town feel."

Find out what ERA Young Realty can do for you by calling Huff or Maher at (928) 474-4554, or stop by the office at 424 S. Beeline Highway in Payson.


Mad Dawg's and Mel's

Located in what looks like an automotive repair shop, you'll find one of Payson's most unusual restaurants: Mad Dawg's and Mel's. Inside the garage is an eatery featuring fast, casual dining in an eye-catching atmosphere, serving the best "dawgs" in town.

"We cater to the ‘artery cloggers,' as well as to the health-conscious customer," said co-owner Melanie McCarthy. "We offer great food at an excellent value. During hard times, we will be able to survive because of our economical pricing."

Mad Dawg's and Mel's opened its doors in November 2002, and business has been steadily growing. With new menu items added each week, and a pool table, video games and plenty of "eye candy," this unique Main Street restaurant is the perfect place to take your friends for a delicious meal.

Mad Dawg's and Mel's, at 407 W. Main Street, is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays, with extended hours during the summer.


Payson Campground and RV Park

Cheryl Scalotman calls Payson Campground and RV Park, "a special camping facility right in the heart of Payson but amidst large pine trees."

"We want to provide a clean friendly atmosphere for travelers," Scalotman said, "keeping them in Payson a few extra days to visit local attractions and businesses."

The campground is located on Highway 260 just before the community college. Amenities include full RV hookups, a clubhouse, playground and a pool.

"We are continually upgrading the grounds," Scalotman said. "We want to continue our involvement with the town of Payson to promote local businesses that prosper from visitors."

Sky Run RV Resort

For retired or semi-retired persons looking for a second home under $40,000, Sky Run RV Resort is one solution.

Owner Karen Benjamin describes the 360-degree views the homes have.

"They are adjacent to the Tonto National Forest with trails nearby," Benjamin said.

Amenities include a clubhouse, laundry facility, free cable TV, sewer and trash.

"After we fill the remaining five spaces at Sky Run, we will become a secure, gated community," Benjamin said. "The only park in Payson to do so."

Sky Run is next to the forest but provides easy access to the Valley.

Benjamin said the future is bright for Sky Run because of the cost of their homes compared to site-built properties. For more information on available models, call 474-4728.


Elder's Custom Upholstery and Engraving

Versatility is the name of the game at Elder's Custom Upholstery and Engraving.

At Elder's, customers can select a variety of awards, trophies, personalized gifts and promotional items. Or, if they're in the market for a fresh look, they can choose custom upholstery for vehicles, boats and furniture.

Offering such versatility, Jim and Debby Elder's goal is to provide the Rim country with quality products and services, and to create products to fit the needs and desires of our customers.

In the past year, the Elders have expanded their engraving services, with a state-of-the-art computerized engraving system, and the addition of sublimation equipment, which allows them to create full color heat transferred imprinting to a variety of items.

The couple opened their business in 1993, and is the only awards-trophy showroom in Payson. Over the years, they've seen their business grow, as well as those of their neighbors.

"We have seen more businesses opening to serve our communities' needs; thus allowing residents to do more of their business in Payson," they say. "We're looking forward to many more years of growth and success through serving the Rim country."

Elder's Custom Upholstery and Engraving is located at 600B W. Main Street, and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. Phone: (928) 474-6174.


Postnet is Payson's one-stop, full-service business center, said owners Diane and Ed Enos.

"The shelves are filled with everything a business might need to operate -- from office and shipping supplies to greeting cards and a full line of premium and parchment papers and cardstock," Enos said. "Our printing services include business cards, letterhead and envelopes, rubber stamps, stickers and labels."

Postnet has two wide copy digital machines and a couple of production black and white copiers.

"Our two laser color copiers have been a customer favorite for reproducing valued photos and printing flyers, brochures and newsletters," Enos said.

As an authorized UPS, FEDEX and USPS center, Postnet continues to provide Payson with expert shipping and mailing services. Postnet also offers fax services, private mailbox rentals, notary services and computer rental.

Diane and Ed Enos invite you to stop by and experience the fast and friendly service at their store located in the Safeway Shopping Center on Highway 260.


Jackson Hewitt Tax Service

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service is the fastest growing tax preparation company in the country, with more than 4,000 offices nationwide. They offer computerized tax preparation services for corporations, small businesses, sole proprietors, and individuals. No tax return is too simple, or too complex.

Because of the many new tax laws initiated by the IRS every year, Jackson Hewitt spends millions of dollars continually updating its state-of-the-art software/hardware system.

"We then provide this multimillion dollar system to the local communities," Richard Richards said. "Last year, we completed over 4,000 tax returns in Show Low, Whiteriver, Globe, and San Carlos. Our target market in Payson is the local people who serve the community, the senior citizens and retirees and local business community.

"We are the new kids on the block; this tax season being the first in Payson. We provide fast, accurate, and professional services," he said. "We will focus on the younger people who want their money in one day or less during the first part of the season. The second part of the season, we'll focus on the business community and individuals with more complex returns. We may provide, in partnership with another firm, accounting services in the latter part of 2003."

During the tax season, Jackson Hewitt employs up to 10 preparers, and is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and Sundays as needed.

"After April 15, we are open one day a week, and if necessary, other times, by appointment," Richards said.

‘I see the business continuing to grow because the Payson area is growing, and will continue to grow," he said. "Even with all the tax packages out there, I see more and more people being uncomfortable with using these packages because they are not sure they are getting all they deserve."

For a personal consultation, or a free estimate, stop by Jackson Hewitt at 814 N. Beeline Highway, or call (928) 468-0902.


Arizona Public Service

Arizona Public Service Company is the serving utility providing electricity for residents of the Rim country.

The company motto is "The Power to Make It Happen." And make it happen, they did.

In 2002, APS installed 538 new customer meters and completed construction projects totaling $2.4 million.

The company sponsored community events like the Payson Rodeo Parade, Spring Rodeo and the Women's Wellness Forum. It also supported the charitable works of the Mogollon Health Alliance, Rim Country Literacy Program, Zane Grey Kiwanis, Payson Little League, Tonto Basin Chamber, Mogollon Sporting Association, Payson Rotary Club, Rim Country Rotary Club, Boy Scouts of America, Payson Soroptimist, Payson Lioness, Payson Flag Committee and Payson Habitat for Humanity.

The APS business office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 400 W. Longhorn in Payson. Phone: (928) 474-2204, or 1-800-253-9405.

By logging onto, customers can handle their APS transactions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pay your bill, view your account, connect or disconnect service from the convenience of your home or office. Customers also can sign up for surepay and transfer the amount of their monthly bill from their bank to APS.

APS is Arizona's largest and longest serving electric utility, with more than 874,000 customers in 11 of our state's 15 counties.

With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the largest subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corporation.

Energy West Arizona

Energy West Arizona is the only gas utility in the Rim country. It provides underground propane gas service and bulk propane. The company also leases tanks and provides metered tanks to people who currently live beyond Energy West's expanding underground system.

Energy West Arizona is part of the Energy West, Inc. organization that has been bringing natural gas, liquid natural gas, propane and electricity to the entire Rocky Mountain area since 1909.

The company's corporate theme is "Local People Serving the West." Strong emphasis is put on serving customers as well as communities.

In Arizona, Energy West's employees have a combined experience of 202 years serving you. They live in all areas of the Rim country, from Strawberry to Deer Creek, Star Valley to Wonder Valley, as well as throughout Payson itself.

Energy West is the company to call whenever you need gas service. It can supply your home with underground propane delivery, lease you a tank and fill it whenever you request, or set a metered tank on your property and monitor it for you.

Call (928) 474-2294 for more information.


Foster's Vacuum and Electrical Repair

When your household appliances bite the dust, take them to Foster's Vacuum and Electrical Repair.

"Our target market is anyone with a vacuum cleaner and/or sewing machine," owner Janine Pestel said. "Our philosophy is good honest service."

In 2002, Foster's expanded sales of vacuum supplies worldwide, through the Internet.

"We are the only business in town specializing in vacuum and sewing machine service, and repair and vacuum parts, supplies, and more," Pestel said.

"I've seen our business change from being a local vacuum repair shop to being a seller of vac supplies worldwide with customers in the USA, Spain, Panama, the UK, and Poland," she said.

Foster's Vacuum is located at 200 W. Frontier, Suite D in Payson, and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays in the summer; 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekdays in the winter. Phone: 474-2721.


Waste Matters, Inc.

When you start thinking about spring cleaning, call Waste Matters to get the containers you need for your unwanted treasures.

Waste Matters specializes in non-contractual refuge removal, front load, roll offs, and porta-potties.

"We aim for total customer satisfaction, plain and simple," manager Mike Dewees said. "We're targeting residential and commercial construction, new or demolition."

Now under new ownership, Waste Matters has expanded its services, Dewees said.

"We have seen that our customers throughout the Rim country appreciate our honesty and commitment to service," he said. "We are locally owned and operated. We do business the old fashioned way; no contracts required."

Call Waste Matters at (928) 474-4818 for more information.

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