A Taste Of The Payson Lifestyle


Fireside Espresso in the Swiss Village Shops has new owners -- Michael Weber and his mother, Linda Weber.

The transplants from Orange County, Calif. bought the business from the Jaskulskis and took over in April. They moved to the Rim Country in December, but were familiar with the area from trips to a friend's ranch in Show Low.


Michael Weber is the new owner of Fireside Espresso, 614 N. Beeline Highway, in partnership with his mother, Linda Weber, not pictured.

The Jaskulskis are not entirely out of the picture at Fireside Espresso. Rose is now working for the Webers.

Michael Weber said he was drawn to the area for the real estate investment opportunities. Linda wanted to retire in Arizona after a career as a labor and delivery nurse.

"It was a toss up between the mountains and Casa Grande, and the mountains won," Michael said.

Michael's background is in the management of a chain of Vons grocery stores in California.

During her time as a nurse, Linda Weber took catering jobs on the side -- experience she plans to use as the co-owner of Fireside.

"She worked with a catering business alongside some of the top chefs in California and has studied catering her whole life," Michael said.

The Webers are expanding the choices at Fireside Espresso, Michael said. "We're going to keep the drinks and pastries, of course, but we're going to be offering more for breakfast and lunches. We will also be doing full catering and personal chef services."

They will also be testing the dinner market, serving dinner a couple of times a week in the future. And once they have their menus printed and distributed, the Webers will be providing a delivery service within the Payson town limits, Michael said. Call-in and pick-up service will also be available.

The menu is going to the printer this week, and they hope to distribute them throughout the Payson into Pine and Strawberry by the end of the month. The menus will be distributed by mass mail and some will be hand-delivered.

"I want to meet people in the community," Michael said.

Having the business has been fun for Michael, he said. For example, he just returned from buying trip in an attempt to expand the retail side of the business with specialty cups and other items.

The hours at Fireside Espresso are 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

"The later hours on Friday and Saturday are for the live entertainment," Michael said. Performances are already booked into August.

Look for a Saturday barbecue and Sunday buffet to be offered at Fireside Espresso soon.

"I want people to know we're more than just coffee," Michael said. "I want this to be a Payson place. A place where visitors can experience something of the Payson lifestyle."

For more information, call Michael or Linda at (714) 553-5523 or (928) 474-6200.

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