Business Profiles (A - O)


This section of the Progress edition is where the businesses supporting the publication get special recognition.

Businesses and services give the product their support and the Roundup, in turn, gives them a place to tell the story of what they bring to the Rim Country.

The communities of this great part of Arizona are fortunate to have so many wonderful neighbors investing in the region and reaching out to provide needed goods and services to everyone who makes their homes here, whether on a full- or part-time basis.

When we spend our money at local businesses, we are spending money that will help keep our communities thriving. The sales tax dollars, the portion of our money used to pay salaries, etc., provide a benefit to each of us. Not only do we get the goods or services, we get police and fire protection, streets and parks and all the other amenities that make the lives of Rim Country residents the envy of almost everyone who passes through or stops for a visit.

So, to keep our quality of life, spend your money for local goods and services. It's a way to say ‘thank you' to your neighbors.

Automotive Specialists of Payson / Payson Driveline

Automotive Specialists of Payson & Payson Driveline is now celebrating its 22nd year serving Payson area residents. It is a full-service automotive facility servicing autos, trucks and RVs.

It is Payson's only AAA-approved auto repair facility, and the only ASE Blue Seal of Excellence repair facility. A proud member of the Better Business Bureau of Northern Arizona, owner Sean Meares, won the 2005 "NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year" award for the entire state of Arizona. He is also the president of the Grand Canyon Chapter of ASA (Automotive Service Association).

In November 2006, the sister company, T.M.W. -- Tonto Motor Works -- opened in Punkin Center, Tonto Basin. T.M.W. also services autos, trucks and RVs and will soon be able to service marine vehicles, including personal watercraft. It will also carry accessories for RV and marine vehicles and stock a larger array of parts.

A commitment to excellence and "Business By the Book" ethics has helped to grow the business and expand into other areas. Technicians are required to continue their training, to help them keep up with the newer more sophisticated vehicles and the newest technology.

Automotive Specialists of Payson & Payson Driveline is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and has seven service team members to serve customer needs.

The owner said, "It is, and always has been, our goal to have lasting/trusting relationships with all of our clients. Our clients, and their safety, mean the world to us. We thank God for each and every one of our clients; they're awesome!"

For more information, call Automotive Specialists of Payson & Payson Driveline (928) 474-9330, or stop by 501 W. Frontier St., five blocks west of the post office.

In Tonto Basin call T.M.W. Motor Works at (928) 479-2221 or stop by at Highway 188 and Greenback Road. It's the big, blue two-story building right on the highway -- you can't miss it!

The Cheaper Sweeper

The Cheaper Sweeper offers cleaning for residential and new construction.

Owner Elizabeth Smith said her company's philosophy is to offer reliability and guaranteed friendly service.

In 2006, the company expanded its work force to 14 to 15 girls and expanded its area to 20 to 25 miles outside of Payson. In 2007 there will be a possible expansion to Show Low.

The Cheaper Sweeper started 16 years ago with one employee, when single mom Elizabeth B. Smith put flyers on car windshields. Smith now has 16 employees and offers much more detailed cleaning than most other services. Since she started The Cheaper Sweeper, she has offered a high quality of work, even adding an employee whose sole job is "to inspect each of our cleans, after every three cleans."

Cleaning services are offered Monday through Friday.

For more information call (928) 472-9897 or cell (928) 978-7321.


Computech offers computer sales and service, with upgrades, diagnostics, repairs, networking and malware/virus removal. Products include software and hardware made by Microsoft, Logitech, Linksys, HP, Acer and Asus.

Owner Lynn Haag said her company's philosophy is to offer honest, dependable work at reasonable prices. Computech's target market is both home and business PCs and networks.

In 2006, the company moved to a larger building with a larger showroom and more inventory at 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 1. Computech is family-owned and now has three employees. The shop is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays by appointment.

Lynn Haag said, "Computer technology changes constantly. We strive to keep on top of this rapidly-changing field. We continue to grow."

For more information call (928) 474-4513.

Coyote Auto

Coyote Auto, Truck and RV offers quality vehicle repair and customization from owners Dan Shover and Rob Shover and their three employees.

Coyote Auto, Truck and RV, previously in Star Valley, moved the business to Payson's Main Street in late 2006. The mechanics gave the building at 310 W. Main St. a new facade and the first truck drove into the service bay on Dec. 2, 2006.

"We bought this building, so we plan to stay for a while," Dan Shover said. "We are enjoying the whole atmosphere of Main Street."

The Shover brothers and their three employees are closer to most of their customer base at the new site. Plus, on Main Street, they have more space to meet the vehicle repair and customization needs of those customers.

"Taking great care of your customers is half the battle in business," Dan said.

Word-of-mouth is behind Coyote's success, Dan said.

For Dan, ownership of Coyote means he can talk to his customers one-on-one and work on his own Jeep without asking permission.

An eight-year age difference separates the brothers. When Dan and Rob were growing up in the Valley, they never dreamed in 2001 they would open a business.

"The partnership works because we can speak our minds to each other and not worry," Rob said.

The brothers have more than 30 years of experience between them, working on trucks, cars, RVs and anything "with wheels, pretty much," Rob said.

Bumper to bumper, the mechanics of Coyote service engines, transmissions, brakes, air conditioning and heating units.

Coyote's technicians are ASE-certified (Automotive Service Excellence) and the facility has the Tech Net Professional Repair designation from CarQuest.

Want to trick out your Jeep? Coyote mechanics can install lift kits and make custom fabrications (such as roll cages and bumpers) for Jeeps and off-road vehicles.

Coyote Auto, Truck and RV repair is located at 310 W. Main St. in Payson. Call (928) 472-1100. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays.

Crabdree Insurance and Financial Services, Inc.

Crabdree Insurance and Financial Services, Inc. is an independent insurance agency, locally-owned and operated since 1969. Seven employees offer quality insurance and financial services. The business philosophy is to treat clients as they would want to be treated and to find the best coverage at the best price possible.

Scott Crabdree, president, said he has seen a lot of growth in Payson, especially the widespread use of the Internet -- and computers in general. For the future he foresees, "Continued growth -- we have many top-rated companies that we work with. Our companies are stable and do not jump in and out of the market -- rates are pretty stable."

Crabdree Insurance and Financial Services, Inc. is open Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 111 W. Cedar Lane. Phone: (928) 474-2265.

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.

"East Verde Trading Company is 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. "We are 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.

Holzwarth said, "Our biggest change this year has been the painting of nearly all the rooms to give customers an even better idea of how furniture and accessories will enhance their homes. It has been a real challenge because we had to move everything, but the outcome is beautiful, everything looks better against the vibrant colors we chose and we invite everyone in to judge for themselves."

East Verde Trading has added a new line of Turkish cotton towels and will soon be adding comforter sets, flannel and jersey sheet sets as well as sheet sets that match or coordinate with the comforter sets. "We try to listen to what our customers tell us they can't find here in Payson and lodge-style bedding was a category that kept coming up. We think our customers will be pleased with the quality and selection that will be available here soon," said Holzwarth. "The majority of our customers are those who live and work here and those moving here. We do not get a lot of tourists, but rather family and guests of our regular customers who make us feel like we are part of their extended families. If we continue to provide them with what they want and need, they will continue to care and support us and our business... that's why we love doing business in Payson!"

Other new additions to the business this past year are more gifts, extended tabletop lines including glassware, dishes and more linens. It is also now the local dealer of Hammary Furniture Company. The store has a huge line of case goods in every possible theme from Traditional Arts and Crafts to French Provincial to Tuscan and Modern.

"It's very difficult to explain exactly what kind of a store we have, except that we are unique and different," said Holzwarth. "As we begin our fifth year, we would like to thank all of our loyal customers who have become friends. We find them to be appreciative of anything we can do to help them with their homes and their gift-giving needs and we are pleased that they like our store."

For more information, call East Verde Trading at (928) 474-4100 or better yet, just stop in at 801 E. Highway 260.

Energy West Arizona

Energy West Arizona offers warmth, the cuddly part of a fireplace and long hot showers, with outstanding customer service, all delivered to your home via underground utility propane gas, bulk propane for your tank, their lease tank, or in one of their metered tanks.

Douglas Mann, vice president of propane operations, said, "Most of our employees were raised right here in Rim Country. We believe in our ‘local people serving the West' motto. We provide a safe and reliable energy service. We are proud to offer our customers energy delivered via the underground, tanks and metered tanks." Mann said, "Our underground propane distribution system is one of the largest in the U.S. We have more than 170 miles of underground distribution piping. Our underground system is the only regulated gas utility providing propane in the Rim Country."

Since its start in 1969 when they had 300 customers, Energy West now has more than 10,000. They have 21 employees. Mann foresees that with the acquisition of Energy West by SemStream, the company will have even greater supply security, as well as more pricing options for bulk tank customers.

Mann is upbeat about the future economics in Rim Country: "I think that Payson can be particularly proud of how the town has kept its infrastructure growing along with the town's growth."

Customer service is offered Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 200 W. Longhorn. For more information call (928) 474-2294.

High Desert Dentistry

High Desert Dentistry offers dental services including tooth restoration, whitening, straightening and replacement. Dental specialties include pediatric care, orthodontics and periodontics.

Sharon Mattern said, "The goal of our office is to provide the finest dental health care possible in a fun, friendly and comfortable environment."

The staff of six is knowledgeable and friendly and stays on the forefront of the dental industry.

Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. High Desert Dentistry is located at 409 W. Main Street, Payson. Call (928) 472-8400 for more information or to make an appointment.

Mazatzal Casino

Mazatzal Casino offers entertainment, dining and soon, lodging. It provides a quality entertainment experience for those 21 years and older. Mazatzal Casino is a place where friends meet and laugh together, sharing experiences and making memories.

In July 2007, Mazatzal Casino will transform into Mazatzal Hotel and Casino. Not only will they be offering a 40-all-suites hotel, a 24-hour demonstration-kitchen grill, new dining areas, new mini-show lounge, new gift shop, new bingo hall, new banquet facilities, but also a brand-new, state-of-the-art casino.

Mazatzal Casino currently has 300-plus employees and operates 24/7, 364 days a year (closed Christmas morning only).

Farrell Thompson, marketing director, said, "Owned and operated by the Tonto Apache Tribe, the Mazatzal Casino has a strong predisposition for treating employees like family. Offering Rim Country's most generous benefits package is only the beginning; pay above average for the region and the opportunity for employees to flourish mean that we have many long-term employees who help to keep us efficient and effective."

Thompson has seen many changes in Payson and Rim Country since Mazatzal Casino first opened on tribal lands. "There were literally two stoplights in town and a much lower population. The hallmarks of tribal enterprises have been a continued emphasis on travel and tourism, coupled with a desire to serve the local community. Whether helping the Town of Star Valley to become established with financial assistance, or aiding local charities in a variety of ways, the Tonto Apache Tribe and its enterprises have shown themselves to be good citizens of Rim Country who are vested in the success of the region."

Thompson foresees continued success in the area of entertainment, with the added potential to serve the community with currently unavailable resources such as meeting facilities for hundreds of attendees, banquet rooms able to seat hundreds of diners or multiple parties and the potential to bring a statewide focus on Rim Country.

He said, "Growth is coming our way, no matter how hard some are willing to fight it. I encourage the local business community to embrace the growth and work together to cater to both tourists and locals; the two are not mutually exclusive. Planning will be key to opening the door for so many possibilities; cooperation can only help everyone to succeed."

Mazatzal Casino is located on the south end of Payson, Arizona on Highway 87, also known as the Beeline Highway. The phone number is 1-800-777-PLAY. Their Web Site is

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 offers 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.

New Life Foundation

New Life Church and Literary Foundation is a nonprofit, educational organization founded in the 1970s by inner-development and self-help author and teacher Vernon Howard.

Volunteer-run and nonsectarian, it is dedicated to sharing principles of authentic happiness and success as a human being.

Howard's teachings have enriched the lives of more than 8 million people worldwide. His books are used by doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, clergymen, educators and people from all walks of life.

Human Behavior magazine says, "Vernon Howard is probably the clearest writer on these subjects in the English language."

Everything taught at New Life is in accord with the old-fashioned virtues of honesty, simplicity, independence, thriftiness, self-responsibility, cleanliness of mind, body, and spirit and pleasantness. The principles are truly inspiring because they are truly practical.

Headquartered in Strawberry, the foundation conducts classes on a regular basis throughout Arizona and in California and Colorado. Find out more about books, tapes and classes by calling (928) 476-3224, or by visiting the New Life Web site at

Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.


Oxbow offers a bar, dancing, weekly live music and special events. The distinctive building is a local historical landmark and the oldest business in town. Manager Joni L. Alexander said she sees Payson as the next Sedona. She's excited about the revival of Main Street and anticipates that the Oxbow's planned steakhouse and motel, hopefully open by August 2007, will bring more business to town.

When the steakhouse opens, Alexander plans to serve some fancier fare, as well as delicious grilled steaks. Her favorite dish to prepare is Black Forest Crepes. She currently prepares daily lunch specials, homemade soups and sandwiches for tavern-goers and an increasing number of business folks and organizations.

Not just a place for guys to go, Alexander said the Oxbow is a fun place where women can get together and not feel pressure when walking into a bar alone. There is a lot of girl-bonding and sometimes the lady regulars get together and go out to dinner, with a limo picking them up at the Oxbow. They've even had Mary Kay parties and traded recipes.

In May, a pool league is starting, and Oxbow already has darts and lots of board games, so there is never a dull moment at the Oxbow.

The house band, Rage-N-River, plays every Thursday evening. To add to the Thursday fun, chair massages from a licensed massage therapist are a popular draw for that day. Alexander says Thursdays are a blast and that the Oxbow is a great place to get together with friends -- new and old -- and just have fun.

The Oxbow is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. at 607 W. Main St., Payson. Phone (928) 468-9797 for more information.

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