The face of Main Street continues to evolve, with 11 new businesses taking up residence since the beginning of 2002.
Rim Country Printery
520 W. Main Street
Tom and Nicole McCorgary moved Rim Country Printery from their former Beeline Highway location to their Main Street building, the site formerly occupied by Payson Sports Equipment. The couple acquired the 20-year-old business in 1996 and have since updated the equipment to keep pace with a fast-changing industry.
Mountain Air Gifts
605 W. Main Street
Steve and Karen Christensen opened Mountain Air Gifts in the building just east of the Ox Bow Saloon formerly occupied by Printing By George. Mountain Air offers a variety of what Steve Christensen calls "woodsy, cabiney, lodgey sorts of things."
Somewhere In Time Antiques
503 W. Main Street
Somewhere in Time relocated from 410 W. Main Street where they were stuck behind another building to a high profile location at 503 W. Main Street, according to manager Bobbie Lyons.
In addition to collectible cookie jars and Fenton glass, Somewhere in Time also carries furniture and lots and lots of miscellaneous collectibles.
Pro Office Equipment
408 W. Main Street
Pro Office Equipment opened last year in the Harrison Building. The store carries a wide variety of office equipment -- including copiers, printers, duplicators, faxes and office furniture. "
Mad Dawg's and Mel's
202 W. Main Street
Mad Dawg's and Mel's relocated from its original building and is now located at 202 W. Main St.
The restaurant features a fun, relaxed atmosphere, according to co-owners Madeline Manchio and Melanie McCarthy.
The dining room seats up to 47 guests and is kept in the historical concept of the original building. The bar area can seat up to 57 patrons. One corner of the lounge is dedicated to a 50s theme, and other tables and booths feature local sports teams and related themes. Diners also have a choice of sitting out on the large patio area. Up to 100 people can either relax at the outdoor fire pit, sip cocktails in the garden, or dine under the stars.
Pine Country Animal Clinic
401 W. Main Street
Dr. Patti Blackmore's new animal clinic, located between Main Street Paint and Decorating and Lincoln Garage Door, is similar to the territorial-style architecture of Stockmen's Bank.
The 3,200-square-foot structure includes 800 square feet of separate retail space that is occupied by Homespun Memories Scrapbook store. Blackmore offers a full range of veterinary services for small animals.
401 W. Main Street
Homespun Memories is a scrapbook store that opened Feb. 1 in the front retail space in Dr. Patti Blackmore's new Pine Country Animal Clinic. Scrapbooking has become a national phenomenon in recent years.
Owner Connie Smith carries a veritable cornucopia of materials to incorporate into scrapbook pages. They include stickers, die-cuts, buttons, eyelets, brads and tags.
Kutting Edge Hair Salon
408 W. Main Street
Owner Valerie Bianculli moved from North Carolina to Payson 18 months ago. She opened Kutting Edge last July. Rene Ayala moved to Payson from the Valley about the same time and is "the other hairdresser" at the new salon.
Summit Screen Print and Embroidery
404 W. Main Street
Chuck Hallock moved Summit from his home to the site previously occupied by Thrift Boutique. "We'll screen print just about anything," Hallock said. "Our motto is, ‘If it'll hold still long enough, we'll do it." Popular products include T-shirts, caps, jackets and a variety of promotional products.
Elder's Custom Upholstery and Engraving
600B W. Main Street
Debby and Jim Elder actually made the move from the Beeline to Main Street in 2000, but only recently purchased the computerized equipment that has allowed them to expand their business to include trophies and engraving. Besides custom car and boat upholstery, Elder's also carries gift items that can be engraved like jewelry and door knockers.
615 W. Main Street
Mike and Marta Pollack moved their gun shop from St. John's to a new three-story log structure on the site of the old Winchester Saloon on the west side of the Ox Bow Saloon. "We're called PCW Guns, and basically what we do is sell retail guns, build custom firearms, and do general gun repairs," said Pollock's son, Jason.
On the minus side of the ledger, the Mogollon Grille closed its doors and a proposed western town fell through.
An 84-year-old Payson landmark, the Mogollon Grille had reopened under its current owners in August 2000. The property was built in 1926 as a private residence by Julian Journigan, and has had several incarnations since.
Prior to housing the Mogollon Grille, it operated as a soup-salad-sandwich "tea room" from 1985 until 1999.
The western town, dubbed Boomtown, went bust over a disagreement between developer Leonard Will and Kaibab Industries, owner of Sawmill Crossing and the 2.5-acre site just to the west where the project was to be built. As envisioned by Will, it would have included a wedding chapel, restaurant, saloon and 19 smaller shops.
Payson Sports Equipment also took its balls and went home. "They wanted to put in new equipment, but it wouldn't fit into the building," Main Street Project Manager Karen Greenspoon said. "They have another store in Globe and I understand they're doing much better there."