The latest businesses to make the move to Main Street include a gift and women's wear shop, a printing company, a day spa and a small-engine repair shop.
The four businesses, which all hope to be open for business in the next few months, include:
A mountain home furnishings and gift shop, Dakota Lee's is moving to the new retail space in the front of Dr. Patti Blackmore's Pine Country Animal Clinic at 401 W. Main Street.
Owner Carol Lee is moving from 1101 S. Beeline where the store has been since she bought the business in August 2001.
Dakota Lee's was formerly Dakota Trading Company.
"I'm excited about moving to Main Street," Lee said. "I can't tell you how many people come in and say, ‘You're going to Main Street? That'll be so cool.'"
While she will have less space than in the old location, Lee says the fact that her store will be in one large room will give her more flexibility -- enough that she is planning to add a line of women's apparel and fine lingerie.
"The new place has a nice bathroom I can use as the changing room," Lee said.
She discovered the lingerie line, Claire Pettibone, on a shopping excursion to Nieman-Marcus.
"It's very pretty, soft and comfortable, and it fits unbelievably well," Lee said. "It's not the slutty, slinky stuff. This is stuff you can even wear in front of the kids. It's tasteful."
With gifts in the $5 to $100 price range and the new women's line, Lee believes Dakota Lee's will fill a niche in the Payson marketplace. Lee hopes to be open for business at her new location by Feb. 1.
Rim Country Printery
Tom and Nicole McCorgary are moving Rim Country Printery to 520 W. Main Street, the site formerly occupied by Payson Sports Equipment.
"The opportunity (to purchase the building) came up, and I think there's going to be a lot happening on Main Street in the future," Tom said.
The couple acquired the 20-year-old business in 1996 and have since updated the equipment.
The print shop specializes in business cards, letterhead, envelopes, brochures, newsletters, NCR forms, copies, faxing and laminating. Graphic design and layout using state-of-the-art computers is also available.
Expanded services that will be offered at the Main Street location include color copies and short-run full-color printing. Rim Country Printery will remain open at its old location -- 807A S. Beeline -- through Jan. 17, and will re-open on Main Street Jan. 20.
Payson Sports Equipment has already closed.
Body Elegance Day Spa
Owner Shelley Wayland, who is currently with Cookie Cutters, emphasizes that her new business is not just another beauty salon.
"There will be no hair there," she said. "It's going to be a place where you can go get massages and pedicures or facials."
Other services that will be available include manicures and nail enhancements. Wayland believes Payson is ready for a day spa.
"All of our shops (in Payson) are pretty common," she said. "This is going to have a Victorian look to it and be comfortable and cozy -- kind of an escape."
Businesses like the day spa, Wayland believes, are the type that are needed to rectify an image problem Payson has.
"We need a place for people to go," she said. "Two years ago, a lady stopped me and said, ‘We've been down 260 and the Beeline -- is that all there is to Payson?'"
Wayland expects to employ four people including an esthetician and hopes to be open for business March 1. The day spa will occupy the house at 500 W. Main Street where Ray's Automotive is currently located.
Wayland's husband Scott will open Reliable Repair, a small-engine repair shop, in the garage currently occupied by Ray's Automotive at the same location.
The shop will specialize in generators, compressors, golf carts and construction equipment.