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Shadetree Custom Hardwood Floors

Shadetree Custom Hardwood Floors provides installation, sanding and finishing, repairs and refinishing of hardwood floors.

The business' specialty is wood floors and only wood floors.

"The wood flooring industry is starting to offer numerous options in unfinished and pre-finished flooring in traditional solids and engineered bases," said owner Ray Slusarezyk.

More than 30 years ago, Slusarezyk was refinishing floors to finance his college education. "I've come full circle and can't imagine a better location to work, as the area is a natural for wood floors," he said.

The business has four employees and is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"Customers are looking for options that make their home unique," Slusarezyk said about the changes he has seen in the business over the years. "The use of rustic, reclaimed and handscraped materials is growing significantly."

He said, as with all industries, increased competition from offshore sources is something that will be part of the business' future. "We are starting to see raw lumber shipped to mills half way around the globe and coming back as finished flooring material."

Slusarezyk's economic forecast for the local area and Gila County: "As Phoenix continued to explode, the number of families wanting to decompress with a "cabin in the woods" will continue to grow. I hope we can manage this opportunity wisely."

Shadetree Custom Hardwood Floors is located at 121 E. Cedar Lane. For more information, call (928) 978-2885.

State Farm, Deborah Barber

Agent Deborah Barber and State Farm provide insurance and financial services, including auto, home and business insurance, as well as life and health insurance for individuals and groups. The company also offers funding options for retirement.

State Farm's mission is to help their policy holders manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. They offer a free insurance and financial review with no obligation.

State Farm insures more autos and homes than any other insurance company in the U.S., and their rates are very competitive in the local market. Deborah and her team members would love to compare your insurance for you. They want to be the first and best choice for insurance and financial services in the Rim Country.

Deborah and her team invite you to stop in for a cup of coffee and a cookie. Bring along your insurance papers and they'll do a quote for you.

Deborah Barber's State Farm office is at 902 S. Beeline Highway, next to Chili's in the Sawmill Crossing. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and Saturdays by appointment. For more information, call (928) 468-6530.

Strawberry Auto Service

Strawberry Auto Service is a family-owned NAPA Auto Care center. We are a full-service repair facility. We want to be known as the area's premier electrical, driveability and 4x4 diagnostic and repair facility.

Strawberry Auto Service is a small facility, but we have a very well-stocked, equipped and clean business. Our technicians are well-trained and motivated people. We continue our education and training for all makes and models.

Business through the winter months has increased, and full-time resident numbers are on the rise, and appointments are necessary year-round. We see a gradual increase in the expected number of customers, and our eventual new work bay and customer lounge addition.

A new four-post lift, handling vehicles to 18,000 pounds, is also in the business plan for sometime in 2006-07.

Strawberry Auto Service is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (928) 476-3653.

Sunny Mountain Realty

Sunny Mountain Realty's business philosophy is buying or selling a piece of property should be a pleasurable experience. Our goal is to do everything in our power to make that happen, according to Dianne Mitchell, owner and designated broker.

The company opened a new branch office at 6306 Hardscrabble Road, Pine in 2005, but maintains its primary office on Highway 87 in the same community.

"We are the only independently owned and operated non-franchised office in Pine and Strawberry," Mitchell said. The company has 10 agents and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the summer.

Mitchell said the office will continue to grow and expand with the growing popularity of our small mountain communities, and demand for summer getaways and retirement homes.

"As the Valley grows, I believe our area will continue to grow and prosper with folks wanting to get away from the heat and retreat to our cool mountain getaways," Mitchell said.

For more information, call (928) 476-2766.

Sunstate Equipment

Since 1977, Sunstate Equipment has provided construction, industrial, and special event companies with rental tools and equipment.

Every aspect of the Sunstate operation is dedicated to complete customer satisfaction. Sunstate offers more than the best people with the safest, most reliable rental tools and equipment on today's market.

Setting the benchmark for delivery, dependability and courtesy has driven our phenomenal growth -- from a solitary Arizona shop to a network of branches that serve the entire Southwest.

Our success stems from providing the highest level of service in the industry. Everyone in the Sunstate family works collectively to ensure your order is completed and delivered on time, all the time.

This level of excellence permeates the entire organization. We are proud to offer the best rental equipment with the best-trained staff in the industry.

Choose from hundreds of items or tailor an entire rental package around your job requirements.

Whether your application is construction, special events, commercial or industrial -- Sunstate offers one-stop convenience for everything from hand tools to aerial equipment, earth-moving machinery and much more.

Payson's Sunstate branch manager, Gary Wilder, invites you to call or stop by the office at 106 N. Tonto St., between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, call (928) 474-6804.

Time Out, Inc.

Time Out, Inc. provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, legal advocacy, educational groups and counseling for adults, teens and children.

The mission is to assist and educate victims of domestic violence and members of the community in order to eradicate family violence at all levels.

In 2005 a second emergency shelter was created and some education groups were made available during the day. As for the future, plans are being made for more transitional housing.

"The services we provide are available at no charge to both residents and members of the community," said Jean Oliver, education coordinator. "We are the only shelter with comprehensive services for 100 miles in any direction."

Time Out, Inc. employs 30 people and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Oliver said of the changes in the operation, "The good news is our expansion of services and facilities; the bad news is the rise in the number of victims."

As for the future, "Our Time Out Thrift Shop continues to do a great business, with the support of our community," Oliver said. "Monies made by sale of these donations enables us to continue our work and improve services."

The thrift shop, at 500 S. Beeline Highway, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and accepts donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For details, call (928) 474-3989.

For more information about Time Out, Inc., call (928) 472-8007.

Tonto Basin Chamber of Commerce

The business of the Tonto Basin Chamber of Commerce is to promote local business in Tonto Basin (Roosevelt Lake area).

"The area is experiencing major growth in both full-time and seasonal residents," said Jerry Miles, president, about the changes seen in 2005.

The chamber has 54 members and is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, with volunteers staffing the office.

As for the future of the chamber and the area, Miles said he sees continued, steady growth.

For more information, call (928) 978-3973.

Travel Network

Travel Network specializes in cruises, tours and air fares.

In addition to marketing cruises and tours, the company also helps create family vacations to such places as California, Mexico and Europe.

In 2005, the company moved to a new location in Sawmill Crossing, 906 S. Beeline Highway.

The company is owned by Ed and Kim Jim and has operated for nine years in Payson. There are two employees available to build vacations and make travel plans from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In the nine years the Jims have operated the business, they have seen more leisure travel going to cruises and tours.

They expect to sell bigger ticket items in the future. "People want personal attention you can't get from a computer," Ed Jim said.

For more information, call (928) 472-2575.

Western Village

The Western Village at the south end of Payson is a compilation of businesses, featuring Git A Rope! Art and Antique Corral; The House of Amethyst; and Rye Creek Carriages.

At Git A Rope! Art and Antique Corral customers will find antiques, art, books and a wonderful assortment of gifts appealing to the interests of local residents and tourists alike. To find out more, call (928) 474-3227.

The House of Amethyst will cut rocks, plus provides custom-colored gemstones, cabochons and jewelry. For more information, call (928) 472-4677.

Rye Creek Carriages features golf carts and has Drive Your Own Adventure. For additional information, call (928) 474-1957.

Western Village started life as the Blakely Service Station in the 1960s and also served as a feed store for a time.

In the future there will be a new building on the north side, with a general store, ice cream shop and Barn Door Books.

The goal of the expansion is to meet a demand for a Western point of destination.

The Western Village is at located 1104 S. Beeline Highway, and is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Wicks Auto Service

With more than 80 years of combined experience, the five 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 is current in all of the latest trends, and he expects his business to continue growing at a steady pace.

In the past year, they have expanded their computer-based diagnostics and added customer e-mail reminders.

This year, they will hold customer car care clinics.

"It appears that with the rising cost of new cars, customers are keeping their vehicles longer, so more technologically advanced equipment and training are necessary to keep up with today's cars," Wicks said.

He sees strong economic growth, higher than average property value increases, and the need for affordable housing in Rim Country in the future.

Wicks has the only scuba instructor/mechanic in Payson.

Wicks Automotive, at 600 W. Main Street, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (928) 468-8855.

Wild Brush LLC Art Gallery and Framing

The Wild Brush is a family operated business owned by Terry and Lynne Winans. Son, Jake, participates in the shop after school in customer service, sales, framing, and is an inspiration to the company. Daughter, Jen, coordinates with vendors, suppliers, outside sales and purchasing to assist with operations. The goal of the shop is to provide excellent customer service, quality craftsmanship, and a warm and comfortable atmosphere.

The Wild Brush Art Gallery features 25 local artists and 30 artists from around the country. One-of-a-kind art is offered, including jewelry, pottery, hand-blown glass, wooden bowls, photography, oils, acrylics, watercolors and much more. The works featured are great gifts for all occasions.

The business offers a wide variety of quality art supplies -- paints, brushes, cleaners, canvas, drawing supplies, mat board, and foam core -- and can special order any item to meet customer needs.

The Winans also provide custom-made wooden easels, ready-made frames, picture lights, shadow boxes, frame restoration/finishing, faux finishes and glass replacement.

The specialty of the shop is the custom matting and framing.

It displays more than 500 frame samples to choose from and more than 100,000 prints and posters are available from its digital resource center, which can be ordered and framed to complement your home/office d├ęcor.

The Wild Brush is not just any frame shop where the salesman shows you what he thinks you should have, the Winans take an old-school approach with respect to the customer. We utilize the hands-on approach and work together to bring the project from start to finish.

For those of you who are not sure how you would like your art to be enhanced, beware -- the Winans promise to have a never-ending supply of surprises with satisfaction guaranteed.

The Wild Brush is located at 405 S. Beeline Highway, Suite E, just behind Charlie's Meats. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Special appointments can be made upon request. Call (928) 468-8696 for additional information.

We thank our customers for supporting us and voting us "The Best of Payson" for 2004 and 2005.

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