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Amon Builders, Inc.

Amon Builders, Inc. is a full-service contracting company. We hold an ROC B-01-098241 commercial license, and an ROC B-095979 residential license. Our firm is versatile and experienced with the many different contract delivery methods such as design build, construction manager at risk, negotiated and competitive sealed proposal.

We are an authorized builder for Star Building Systems, manufacturer of pre-engineered metal structures. We also self-perform our own concrete and rough and finish carpentry.

With the explosion of construction in 2005, we've doubled in size, currently employing 34 people. This has allowed us to dedicate the appropriate time, attention and manpower to each particular project. In turn, we've been able to take on more projects. As Payson continues to grow at a controlled rate, Amon Builders has been able to attract and retain very qualified employees, causing us to be able to increase our volume of sales and bonding capacity.

The following are a few of the different projects we're currently working on, or have completed this past year. Camp Cooley Youth Center, Camp Verde Marshal's Facility, Ponderosa Market, Justice Veterinary Clinic, Majestic Rim Senior Apartments, The Barney Ranch, Brown residence (Lindal Cedar Home), Decker residence, ADOT -- Payson Equipment Shop and Carlock residence (Whisper Creek Log Home).

Amon Builders' primary market emphasis is on commercial projects in Rim Country, specializing in design build construction.

Amon Builders, Inc. is a family-owned and operated firm which was established in 1989 and incorporated in 1992 in the state of Arizona. We're located in the Eagle Springs Professional Plaza at 903 E. Highway 260, Suite 6, Payson, in which space is currently available for lease. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays. Amon Builders, Inc. has been a Payson industry leader for more than 16 years.

Anderson Dental Group

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.

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

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

Canyon Country Log Homes, Inc.

In 2006 after more than 10 years in business, six of which have been in Payson, Canyon Country Log Homes, Inc. opened its model home on Historic Main Street. The most popular question (only after "How much does it cost?") people ask us is: "Do you have a model?" So, we decided to build one next to PCW Guns, which we built in 2001.

We chose a model that works well with the lot and one that we see being requested over and over again. The main room and kitchen will be set up like a cabin. The offices will be housed in the bedrooms and the loft. The basement will be used for storage and construction tools and equipment.

Rick Nelsen has been in the construction business in Arizona since he was in high school. He had been a working superintendent for a general contractor for 10 years when he met Karyn. Karyn was working as an office manager for a door and window company, which she was later promoted to credit manager of the entire lumber yard. They started in business as Karik Construction Co., Inc. in 1995 in Phoenix when Rick came home with a $5,000 tip from a client and they realized that Rick's hands-on construction field and estimating experience and Karyn's construction supply, credit and administration experience were a perfect fit to start their own business. They both have the drive, determination and work ethic it takes to make a small business work.

"It seemed that we were definitely being pointed in the direction of log homes from the very beginning, we kept being approached by log home dealers to build the packages they sold," says Karyn. "Traveling through Payson to build log homes became a daily occurrence, and it was not long before relocating to Payson made the most sense."

It was September of 2000 when the was finally able to make the permanent move to Payson. And, that is when they also started Canyon Country Log Homes, Inc.

"As Canyon Country Log Homes, Inc., we are able to educate our clients and help them to design a home within their budget. We offer drafting a budget as part of the package.

Canyon Country Log Homes, Inc. currently provides Karik Construction Co., Inc. with work. They don't advertise the construction company any more.

They have been working with many of the same subcontractors and material men for the past 11 years. This makes for a much smoother project.

Canyon Country Log Homes, Inc. and Karik Construction Co., Inc. are your one-stop shop for building a log home. They sell log packages, do consulting, budgeting, drafting and building.

Visit Canyon Country Log Homes, Inc. at 617 W. Main St., next to PCW Guns and the Ox Bow Saloon. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and by appointment. Call (928) 468-6484, or log on to canyoncountryloghomes. com for more information.

Cedar Lane Antiques

One of the bigger compliments we receive from our customers is that we are "a real antique store." As soon as customers walk through our door, they realize that we have quality items that are truly antique (100 years or older). We also have a nice selection of vintage items (50 years or older).

We specialize in quality antique furniture. We offer antique furniture in all types of woods and styles. Our furniture is in wonderful condition and ready to move into your home.

We also offer all sorts of decorative antique and vintage items for your tabletops and walls. Right now we have an outstanding hand-painted leather dressing screen. We try to find unique and one-of-a-kind items that your family and friends will exclaim over.

Cedar Lane Antiques is a family-owned antique store. We, the owners, Barbara and Bruce Kroeger and our dog Bandit, run the store and are available for our customers.

If you have been by recently, you may have noticed that we have been closed more than we have been open. Why? Because we have been on the road traveling the Western United States selling at antique shows and buying antiques along the way. During our travels is where we find a lot of our one-of-a-kind and unique treasures.

Cedar Lane Antiques may have that one piece that will finish your house or cabin. Stop by and say hello to us and share the passion of antiques.

Cedar Lane Antiques, is located at 111 E. Cedar Lane (south end of Payson behind Circle K). Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and by appointment. Phone: (928) 468-1351.

Chase Bank

Our history in Arizona began in 1899 with the founding of our earliest predecessor bank of Valley National Bank. Chase Bank brings more than 200 years of experience with a strong Chase Mortgage department and an extremely strong JPM Morgan Chase Investment group. With that history we continue to strive to develop community partnerships that support healthy, vibrant communities where we live and work.

We at Chase commit to offering the best products and services that are backed by the best customer service in the industry.

Chase Bank is the second largest bank which brings a portfolio of strong banking products and services -- but here at Chase we offer the small-town feel with superb service to each and every interaction.

As the local vice president/ branch manager, I bring approximately 30 years of banking knowledge. I also bring the small time belief to my management skills because my roots and initial banking career started in Pinetop where the Penrod family was one of the founding families. I have always believed that service is what makes the difference in everything I do, and I promote that strong service level at the Payson branch.

Here at the local Chase branch, we offer all banking needs with very seasoned personnel; from our own mortgage loan officer, small business relationship manager, and investment financial officer who all work out of the Payson branch. I also have a full staff of four personal bankers, three customer service representatives, and seven experienced tellers, along with a very seasoned assistant manager to serve the great Rim Country communities.

From myself and all of the staff here at Chase, thank you for voting us the best bank in Payson for 2006.

Comforts of Home

Comforts of Home, Payson's popular consignment store. Providing an opportunity for everyone to buy or sell quality used furniture at reasonable prices.

The company targets a variety of clientele, from those just starting out to those looking to create an unusual or unique look with our eclectic selections.

In 2005, Comforts of Home improved the quality and selection of its inventory and in 2006 plans include expanding into a gift shop, adding a new line of lampshades; and making vendor space available for local artists and craftsmen.

Comforts of Home is family-owned and the only consignment shop in the area. Pick up and delivery is available.

The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is closed Sunday and Monday.

Kathy Shoults owns the business, which is at 200 W. Frontier St., Suite K, Payson.

For more information, call (928) 474-9801.

Computech

Computech offers computer sales and service, upgrades, diagnostics, repairs, malware removal and networking.

Owner Lynn Haag said her company's philosophy is to provide honest, dependable work at reasonable prices.

Her target market is both home and business PCs and networks.

In 2005 the company moved into a new location at 200 W. Frontier St., Suite 5, and has already had to double its office space.

Computech is family-owned, with two employees. The shop is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

"Computer technology changes constantly," Haag said of the business' future. "We strive to keep on top of this rapidly-changing field. We also want to continue to grow."

For more information, call (928) 474-4513.

East Verde Trading Co.

East Verde Trading Co. offers furniture, art, lamps, rugs, tabletop decor, candles, as well as special one-of-a-kind accent pieces and gifts.

"We are here to help you make your home all you want it to be, from major pieces of furniture, which you can design yourself, to accent pieces which are very unique," said owner Janell Holzwarth.

Among the changes at the business in 2005 were a move to a new location, 801 E. Highway 260, in October 2005, and the addition of other styles of furniture and accessories, as well as rustic and log lines of decor.

"We have also added more gift lines and the complete line of Northern Lights candles.

"We also have a complete line of bathroom accessories," Holzwarth said.

East Verde Trading Co. is a locally owned business with decorating service (in store). Holzwarth has been in decorating, design and retail businesses since graduating from the Chicago School of Interior Decorating and Design in 1969. She has commercial, as well as residential, design experience.

"Having just begun our fourth year of business in Payson, we have seen a steady increase in local customers who have become friends," Holzwarth said about the changes she has seen since opening her company. "We find them to be loyal and appreciative of anything we can do to help them with their homes, as well as their gift-giving needs. They are genuinely concerned about our business and we believe they really want to do business in their own hometown."

Holzwarth said she thinks Payson will continue to grow and, as it does, it will be up to local businesses to provide goods and services that local residents want. "I don't believe we are a tourist destination, but rather a brief stop-over," she said. "The majority of our customers are those who live and work here, and those moving here. If we continue to provide them with what they need and want, they will continue to care about and support us and our business. Isn't that the good life we all want, and isn't that why we like living here?"

East Verde Trading Co. is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (928) 474-4100.

Family Allergy Clinic

Get rid of allergies and asthma for good with no-shots allergy treatment. This is the offer of Dr. Stuart Agren's Family Allergy Clinic. He treats patients with serum.

"Serum can be taken as drops under the tongue in the comfort of your own home," Agren said. "It's safe and highly effective. Most patients experience relief in just a few weeks. Testing is easy and painless."

The program is effective for all ages, starting with young toddlers.

Dr. Agren has 30 years of medical experience. The no-shots treatment method he uses has been featured in Scientific American magazine, and on NBC and ABC news.

"Don't let another allergy season get the best of you. Call today," Agren said. The treatment is covered by many insurances.

Stuart H. Agren, M.D. and the Family Allergy Clinic are at 126 E. Main St., Suite B (in the offices of Payson Health Care). For more information, call toll free: 1-877-276-3393.

Legacy Furniture, Inc.

Legacy Furniture, Inc. features the noted lines of La-Z-Boy, Ashley and Sealy. With its seven employees, service includes statewide delivery, set-up and removal of old, unwanted furniture.

The company serves customers from the Valley to Snowflake, with the intention of supporting and serving the community in an atmosphere of fun and consideration of personal needs.

The business is owned by brothers-in-law, Dan Hill and Will Wearne -- Dan is married to Will's sister Rose.

"Furniture, like any visual product, requires constant change and evolution to remain fresh and appealing," said Hill of the changes at the store in 2005 and those anticipated for 2006.

"Our town has grown at a slow, but steady, pace and so has our business. Payson has been good to us and we are grateful," he said of the changes he has seen in the community over the years.

As for the future, Hill said there will be more growth in Payson, strong roots developed and an increase in the volume and dollar size of the store's individual sales, plus continued, modest growth throughout Northern Gila County.

Legacy is located at 1007 E. Highway 260 and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call (928) 472-3301.

Lewus Electric Co.

Lewus Electric Co., Inc. provides phase converters, electric motor and pumps sales and service, and industrial rental units.

"Lewus Electric's philosophy is to provide a high quality product with excellent customer service at fair pricing," said owner Jim Lewus.

"Our target market is household to industrial and everything in between," he added.

In 2005, Lewus said, we realized there wasn't many smaller 3-phase industrial rental units in the Payson area, so we saw an opportunity to build what is now the Skypark Industrial Complex. This complex provides for six, 1600 square feet, affordable, 3-phase industrial rental units for the soft-manufacturing industry. "So, in 2006, I guess commercial rental units can be called additions to my product line," he said.

"Lewus Electric was founded by my father, Alexander J. Lewus, over 66 years ago in Chicago," Lewus said. "He moved his business to Arizona in 1965, where I grew up working. Alexander had invented 45 patented electrical products during his career. I currently manufacture the Lewus Phase Converter and electronic relays, both of which were some of his original inventions."

The company has three employees and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments for service may be made on Saturdays.

"The electrical market has transitioned from a repair market to what is referred to as throw-away market. (That is where motors are bought new instead of repaired)," Lewus said of the changes he has seen in the business.

As for the future, Lewus said, "I feel we have a niche in the electrical market. Due to the drought conditions in the western U.S., wells are having to be drilled deeper, requiring the use of phase converters to make available 3-phase power. The Lewus Phase Converter is a very energy efficient product to run the pumps for the wells. For this, and the fact that people will always need electrical motors and pumps, Lewus Electric's future is bright."

Lewus Electric Co., Inc. is located at 1303 Red Baron Road, Payson. For more information, call (928) 468-6320.

Life Home Mortgage Corporation

"We don't see ourselves as a traditional mortgage company; we don't feel that we are in the business of selling mortgage loans as a commodity," said president Tara K. Keeney, of the business philosophy of Life Home Mortgage Corporation. "We are here to provide quality advice, so that each and every one of our clients can have a quality closing experience. The name of our company says it all, we want to be our clients' Lender for Life.

"Our knowledge of guidelines and programs enables us to assist our clients in making decisions on what loan programs are suited for their financial futures," Keeney said. "Our proactive attention to detail ensures that our clients' lending experience is effortless, continuing to earn their business and trust throughout the entire process. We have developed a first-class customer care system designed to exceed all of our clients' expectations especially in the area of communication.

"We have discovered that our talents, when combined, produce the ‘Added Value' that our company is known for in our marketplace," Keeney said.

In 2005 the addition of staff members made it possible for the company to begin an expansion to serve the Heber/Overgaard and Tonto Basin areas.

Lenders for Life is locally owned and operated by Tara Keeney, a 26-year Payson resident. The company has six employees and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"Since we have been in business, we have seen a large increase in both the average sales prices in Payson, as well as increases in the average loan size," Keeney said. "I see tremendous success for Lenders for Life because of the amazing group of people that make up our staff and the way we care for our clients during the most significant financial decisions they make in their lifetime.

"I believe that interest rates will stay low remaining between 6 and 7 percent during 2006. I predict that Home Equity Line Credit rates will top out about 8.50 percent during this year. I forecast our resale real estate market to continue to be excellent with our appreciation at around 10 percent, slightly higher than most of the country which is estimated at 4 percent to 7 percent."

Life Home Mortgage Corporation/Lenders for Life, is at 620 E. Highway 260, Suite B-2. For more information, call (928) 468-2375.

Modern Woodmen of America

Modern Woodmen of America and subsidiaries, MWA Financial Services, Inc. and MWGIA Subsidiary Products, Inc. offers fraternal financial services, including term and whole-life life insurance, retirement plans and fixed annuities, including competitive IRAs and Roth IRAs.

MWA Financial Services, Inc. distributes securities products, including Modern Woodmen of America's own Variable Custom Life Insurance and Variable Annuity products, mutual funds, stocks, bonds and other brokerage products, including 401(k)s.

MWGIA, Inc. offers many insurance plans to cover health and major medical, dental, vision, Medicare supplement, disability and long-term care insurance. We have many available plans for individuals, businesses and groups.

Modern Woodmen of America has been in business since 1883, when it was formed as a fraternal society to help widows and orphans. With its home office in Rock Island, Ill., and more than 760,000 member/clients around the U.S., MWA is larger than 93 percent of all life insurance organizations. As a nonprofit fraternal society, Modern Woodmen's goal is to help individuals and families plan for their financial security, as well as to support and give back to the communities in which it does business.

MWA offers many free programs to schools and other youth organizations, as well as providing matching funds for local community organizations.

Modern Woodmen is committed to serving individuals, families and organizations in Payson and Rim Country through providing financial services and fraternal benefits to both its members and members of the general community.

"We see ourselves as being an integral and supportive part of a vibrant and growing rural Arizona economy," said Tina Terry, representative for Modern Woodmen in Payson.

For information about Modern Woodmen, contact Terry at (928) 468-1111.

Mountain Gringo Furnishings

Mountain Gringo Furnishings opened for business in August 2003 and now has satisfied customers everywhere in Rim Country. Our customer base has expanded to include the Valley and other parts of Arizona, as well as other states, including California, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado.

At Mountain Gringo Furnishings, you will find a great selection of unique furniture and accessories, perfect for decking out your home in Rim Country style. Featured is the finest quality kiln-dried ponderosa pine furniture from Mexico and unique Quisco Cactus furniture from Chile.

Mountain Gringo Furnishings also offers handcrafted, hand-peeled lodgepole furniture, made right here in Arizona.

The Sofa Factory handcrafts the "Mountain Gringo" and "Highlander" couches, loveseats, and chairs, in your choice of fabric. Our furniture will add distinction to any mountain, western, southwestern, or contemporary theme.

Mountain Gringo's furniture selection includes armoires, bedroom sets, dining sets, sofas, loveseats, coffee tables, barstools, benches, bookcases, desks, trunks, and even bars.

Check out the wildlife theme recliners, the marble inlaid tables, the "horse-head" table, and the Cantina Bar.

Accessories include pictures, lamps, chandeliers, laser art, pottery, enamel ware, mirrors and much more. See our western and wildlife Ironwood lamps and bookends. We feature lamps and chandeliers from Paul Sahlin Tiffany's and Majolica pottery.

Mountain Gringo also has original "rope-art" by Deb's and barnwood mirrors by Kirk.

You will find switchplates, towel bars/rings, robe hooks, paper towel holders, and more, with mountain, wildlife and western themes.

As an added convenience to our customers, financing is now available on approved credit and Mountain Gringo has many different plans to choose from. Gift certificates are available for those looking for something special to give to someone special.

Mountain Gringo would like to say thank you to all of our great customers.

Mountain Gringo Furnishings is at 605 S. Beeline Highway (next to Dairy Queen), hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (928) 474-2500.

Mulkern Photography

From high school senior portraits to family gatherings, Mulkern Photography is the one to call to capture your special occasions for all to see.

Frank and Ellen Mulkern have been documenting those special moments for years, shooting commercial and product photographs, individual portraits and more.

They also do real estate photos, and restoration of damaged heirloom photos.

And, the Mulkerns have kept up with the latest technology.

"We have converted to complete digital photography, including digital darkroom services," Frank said. "Among professional photographers, there has been an almost complete change from film to digital. We still offer film photography and will print from customer's negatives."

The husband-and-wife team also offer an indoor portrait studio and outdoor portrait facilities at the same location.

Call the Mulkerns to preserve your memories at (928) 474-1488. They'll be happy to help you from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. by appointment.

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