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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.

Pankration Martial Arts

Pankration Martial Arts offers training in Mixed Martial Arts. Mixed Martial Arts is a combination of martial arts including: Jiu-jitsu (ground combat or ground fighting), Judo, (throws and takedowns), grappling (all kinds of wrestling), boxing and Muay Thai kickboxing (kicks, punches, elbows and knees.) The services or benefits of training in mixed are: the ability to defend oneself; weight loss, improved conditioning; improved self-esteem; sharper reflexes; discipline; friendship; and a lot of fun.

Pankration's purpose is to reinforce positive thinking, work as a team, help each other, motivate each other, set goals and work toward them.

Changes made in 2006 include the bigger and better new location, 1305 W. Red Baron Road, Suite 6. There is a 20-by-20 octagon training cage, punching and kicking bags, mat space for Jiu-jitsu and grappling, free weights, jump ropes, focus mitts, Thai pads, a dressing room, HDTV, sports drinks for sale and more.

In 2007 there will be seminars with world champions, women's fitness and self-defense seminars, tournaments, professional fighters training at our facility and plans to do a mixed martial arts class through Eastern Arizona College.

Pankration Martial Arts is diverse. Some people come because it's more fun than working out at the gym. It is flexible on all levels.

Pankration is Payson's only Mixed Martial Arts school and one of the best in Arizona. Besides Wyatt Shepherd, Head Instructor, they also have world champion boxing trainer Scott Ardrey and strength and conditioning coach Heath Bebout on staff. Both Wyatt Shepherd and Scott Ardrey teach one-on-one private lessons to anyone interested.

The hours are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday with open gym; from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday there is a kids' class, followed from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. by an adults' class. The women's fitness and self-defense classes are being scheduled, so call for more information.

Since Pankration has been in business, there have been huge changes in the sport of mixed martial arts. Its popularity is growing every day.

Wyatt Shepherd says: "It won't be long now before mixed martial arts is the main combat sport in the world. What I foresee in the future is an increased popularity in the sport that we hope to be able to even keep up with. More and more people come and join all the time. It won't be long before we are expanding again.

"My staff and I go on training trips to train with various world champions all the time." Shepherd says there are still a lot of misconceptions when it comes to mixed martial arts, some people think it is brutal and violent. He said, "If you think mixed martial arts is brutal and violent then I don't know what you think about hockey, football, soccer and any of the other major sports in the world. In mixed martial arts we have never had a serious injury or death since it has been around. All the other sports I have mentioned can't say the same."

Anyone interested in learning more about Pankration Martial Arts can visit the classes, which are held at 1505 W. Red Baron Road, Suite 6, Payson. For more information, call (928) 468-1675 or (928) 978-0631.

Payson Athletic Club

The Payson Athletic Club is the largest health club in the Rim Country, offering more than 10,000 square feet of strength and cardio equipment, aerobic classes, tanning, personal training, child care and the phenomenal MHAX III Health Plus program offered in partnership with the Mogollon Health Alliance.

MHAX III Health Plus is the only Phase 3 physical therapy program offered in the Payson area. Specialized staff monitors blood pressure and oxygen intake of participants while they engage in cardiovascular/aerobic and resistance training. The program is located in a private setting within the facility.

The philosophy of Payson Athletic Club is to promote and assist the community's excellence in health and fitness. Their target market is "our friends and neighbors who want to improve their quality of life, their appearance, and their mental attitude."

In 2006, Payson Athletic Club finalized a three-year pursuit to bring the Silver Sneakers program to Payson. Now Medicare-aged individuals who are insured with Humana or PacifiCare insurance companies are eligible for free gym membership. In addition to full use of the facility, Silver Sneakers classes are offered to all Payson Athletic Club members on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.

In 2007 Payson Athletic Club will have four certified personal trainers available for one-on-one coaching and instruction. The staff is passionate about health and fitness, and will ignite you with a belief that you can and will achieve your fitness and nutrition goals.

The new Web site, www. PaysonAthleticClub.com, is under construction. Soon you will be able to log on to get up-to-date gym information.

Payson Athletic Club has teamed up with Planet Payson to provide the public with their version of "The Biggest Loser" which they call "Inches Away." Planet Payson will videotape PAC trainers and nutritional staff who have volunteered their time and expertise to help a courageous young man lose a substantial amount of weight. Excerpts of the "Patrick's Journey" reality show can be viewed at www.PlanetPayson. com and on the upcoming website, www.PaysonAthleticClub. com.

Payson Athletic Club has been family owned and operated since its inception over a decade ago. Kent and Louise Echols, owners of the health club, were longtime members of the PAC before buying it in 2004. As avid gym-goers, they know firsthand what members want and need.

Echols said, "Since we've been in business, our memberships have significantly increased. Our members are loyal and return year after year. We credit the success of the gym to our professional, caring staff. They assist members with their workouts and provide insight on new techniques and exercises. Just as important as their fitness knowledge is their ability to create a fun, social atmosphere for young and old alike."

Payson Athletic Club has 34 employees, and hours of operation are 4 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information call (928) 474-0916.

Payson Care Center

Payson Care Center is committed to being the premier provider of skilled nursing care to the Rim Country. In September 2006, Payson Care Center celebrated its 21st year of providing quality care and rehabilitation services to the community. Payson Care Center has achieved accreditation from JCAHO, Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Executive Director Mark Trangsrud, NHA, said that during this past year, Payson Care Center experienced many changes that will position the facility for an even more successful year in 2007. He said, "Our focus will continue to be in providing the highest level of quality care and services that we can possibly provide."

To achieve that goal, Payson Care Center has established the following operating areas as their focus:

  • Continue to provide ongoing training and education for the staff. Trangsrud said, "I feel strongly that education is the cornerstone for achieving quality."
  • Recruit and retain the highest quality staff available. Consistency in staffing will also lead to higher levels of quality. The facility is also "agency-free."
  • Make continued capital improvements in the physical plant, which includes the replacement and purchase of new equipment used in providing care and services and in operating the facility.
  • Further involve families and responsible parties in the facility through community education programs, family council, customer satisfaction surveys, etc.
  • Further enhance the rehabilitation programs, both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. New programs and equipment will be used in furthering the quality of rehabilitation programs and achieving quality outcomes.

Payson Care Center is located at 107 E. Lone Pine Drive. For more information, call (928) 474-6896.

Payson Feed & Pet Supply

Payson Feed & Pet Supply offers a full line of feed and pet supplies for dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, frogs, lizards, horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and more. It is the area dealer for Purina and Eagle Milling. With more than 10,000 items in inventory, they try to stock all they can, for all animals, and will even do special orders.

Owners Vic and Connie Agnes have expanded their product line and now carry timothy hay pellets, Canidae, Natural Balance, Innova Wellness and chicken soup cat and dog foods, along with Science Diet, Nutro, Pro Plan, Eukanuba, Nature's Recipes and more brands. Now with eight employees, Payson Feed & Pet Supply has doubled their sales floor and brought in new lines of dog and cat foods. They now sell fish in a fish department. Their new Callaway Rope line and Abbeta saddles will appeal to equestrians.

Vic and Connie foresee that Payson Feed & Pet Supply will continue to grow the product lines and continue to help people with animal needs. As the area grows, they said they plan to keep their store a "small-town, friendly country store."

Payson Feed & Pet Supply is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

For more an amazing selection of pet feeds and supplies -- and fish -- visit owners Vic and Connie Agnes at Payson Feed & Pet Supply at 101 W Aero Drive or call (928) 474-4165.

Payson Florist

Payson Florist and Gifts offers flowers -- fresh, silk and dried -- plants, souvenirs, greeting cards, gourmet foods, lotions and soaps, baby and wedding gifts, candles, jewelry, and more unique gifts.

Marilyn Dedman, owner, said she wants to serve all of Rim Country with only quality flowers and gifts. "Our customers deserve the best!"

Payson Florist and Gifts is more than 35 years old and has been enlarged to what is now a spacious 3,300 square feet just blooming with all sorts of gifts and flowers. Dedman is developing a Payson souvenir department, with T-shirts, baseball caps and other quality items.

When Dedman purchased the florist shop, she enlarged and put in a quality, unique gift shop, then enlarged again and now has a beautiful larger floral section, as well as seven employees.

Payson Florist continues to grow and Dedman is always looking for new, quality gift items for the store.

The floral design team is excellent, with many years of experience putting together lovely arrangements for home decor and special occasions.

Payson Florist and Gifts is located in the Swiss Village Shops at 800 North Beeline Highway. For information, call (928) 474-0710.

Payson Jewelers

Payson Jewelers is a full-service jewelry store that has been serving Payson for 23 years. Robert Higginbotham is a direct diamond importer who travels annually to Belgium to hand-pick your diamonds so you can get the best quality and value.

Payson Jewelers has a full-service repair shop. Jewelry repairs, restoration and custom designs are done on the premises, with a state-of-the-art laser welder, by experienced jewelers.

Payson Jewelers also buys, sells, trades and repairs old and antique jewelry. When you have a special occasion, large or small, let Payson Jewelers help you find that perfect gift.

The store is at 240 E. Highway 260. The business is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (928) 474-9126.

Plant Fair Nursery

Glen and Linda McCombs moved to the Rim Country in 1983 and opened Plant Fair Nursery, Inc. in Star Valley -- a shop dedicated to providing customers with quality plants, exceptional service, and a large selection.

Their full-time staff includes their manager Kathy, Conrad, Ani, Toby and John, all of whom are knowledgeable and dedicated to serving their customers. They are determined to provide their customers with gardening expertise and advice.

In addition, they have added a premium line of hot tubs, Beachcomber. They have a number of models displayed throughout the nursery.

Along with the tubs, Plant Fair carries water care products for hot tubs, including a non-chlorine, non-bromine system. Glen and Rob can answer your questions regarding the therapeutic value of moving water, what to look for when purchasing a hot tub, and how to balance the water.

If you enjoy a beautiful natural setting while you shop, visit Plant Fair Nursery. The Star Valley location is nestled among mature native ponderosa pines with a backdrop of natural foliage.

The staff is knowledgeable, and willing to help you select plants that will be the very best for you and your area. Along with their healthy plants, they offer a number of handouts that have information specific to this area on how to plant different varieties of plants and how to care for them. They also carry a lot of items to help maintain your existing yard and garden. They can help you to identify problems and insects. Just take in a sample and they will help you find a solution.

While at Plant Fair Nursery, be sure to visit the gift shop that also features a variety of fun and pretty home and garden gifts and accessories. Choose from indoor/outdoor stepping stones, plaques, desk-top fountains, Giggling Groceries, "Welcome" statuary, miniature-to-large wind chimes, little critters to sit on shelves, houseplants and much more.

For the person who likes to garden with nature, Plant Fair offers bird feeders, gourmet bird food, bat houses, gift pack hummingbird feeders, flower bulbs, books and tools. You may want to consider a gift certificate in any amount for that special person.

For more information, call Plant Fair Nursery at (928) 474-6556.

Powell House

Powell House, a licensed assisted-living facility, offers senior citizens the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing atmosphere free of the daily worries associated with living alone. Assisted Living Concepts provides a high level of service with a personal and caring touch. Different levels of care are offered, which can be customized for each resident. As desires and needs change, services will be adapted to maximize each resident's quality of life. The wellness director, along with other team members, will design a personalized service plan for each resident.

Residents of Powell House live in a home-like environment that is warm, supportive and respects each resident's individuality. Social, cultural and educational life enrichment programs and amenities foster an easy way of life. With personalized service and friendly faces and conversations, Powell House is a place where independence and dignity are respected. It is a place to call home and the team is on duty 24/7, with a staff of 20 that is trained in CPR and first aid.

Amenities of Powell House include activities planned around the client's interests, such as music, crafts, cooking and exercise. It also has an enclosed courtyard; a fireplace; a whirlpool bath; and access to transportation.

Regional Director Justine Low, said, "The need for assisted living will continue to grow, as the generation of baby boomers, which is the largest generation in history, continues to age."

Powell House welcomes your family. Powell House is located at 806 W. Longhorn Road. For more information, call (928) 474-6249.

Prudential Arizona Properties

Prudential Arizona Properties specializes in land, homes, lots, cabins, commercial, property management, rentals, foreclosures and investments.

"We are Prudential Arizona Properties. We are passionate in providing superior service to our customers," said broker Cliff Potts. "We are committed to our core values of integrity, honesty and trust. We value every client we serve and are committed to upholding the highest standards in the industry."

In 2006, Prudential Arrowhead Realty was acquired by Prudential Arizona Properties, which provides increased marketing for clients and better training for the sales professionals.

The Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. supports the Sunshine Kids Foundation. The Sunshine Kids is a nonprofit organization committed to providing positive group activities and emotional support for your cancer patients. The Sunshine Kids provides a variety of programs and events, free of charge, for kids who are receiving cancer treatments in hospitals across North America. The most recent event was at the Mazatzal Casino on March 2, 2007. Potts said, "Thank you Payson, for all of your continued support -- you've made it very successful."

Prudential Arizona Properties has 33 employees in Rim Country, serving clients seven days a week.

Today, Prudential Arizona Properties is the largest Prudential affiliate in the state, with nine offices and more than 450 sales associates and is one of the fastest-growing real estate companies in the nation.

Cliff Potts foresees a continued increase in client services, increased marketing that will provide the highest exposure for clients' properties and major developments in Internet-based marketing, sales and growth in the Payson marketplace. Potts predicts a stable real estate market for 2007, with modest increases in 2008.

Prudential Arizona Properties is located at 609 S. Beeline Highway. For more information, call (928) 474-2337.

Realty Executives Payson and The Pines

Realty Executives Payson and The Pines provides professional real estate services to the local communities. "Our goal is to achieve the highest level transaction," said Sally Cantrill, vice-president/owner/broker. "We want our clients to continue to look to us as a source for all of their real estate needs. We are selective in who we bring on as Executives. Not every licensee can be an Executive."

Realty Executives has 20 Executives and three employees. Cantrill said they have high expectations from all of their Executives. "Once they have reached those goals, their income will dramatically increase. We believe that they should fundamentally share corporate expenses, but beyond that, their potential is limitless."

Realty Executives started the business in mid-2002 with two Executives and one office staff member. They have grown to 23 Executives, with three of those being office personnel or licensed assistants. While they are one of the newest companies in the Rim Country, Realty Executives continues to rank in the top three companies in Payson sales and listings. This fact reinforces the fact that clients need quality of service and professionalism.

Realty Executives continues to grow their Executive base. In 2007, a second office will be opened in the Happy Jack area. They currently have five Executives there to serve the needs of the Happy Jack and Blue Ridge areas.

Of changes, Cantrill said, "We have seen the dramatic price increases of over 50 percent for 2004 and 2005. We are still in a market that is trying to correct itself. 2007 is predicted to be a good year. Our market is still 50 percent behind last year, and I personally believe that we will still need some price corrections for our market to return to a normal number of sales."

Of the future of Realty Executives, Cantrill said, "I believe our business will thrive. We focus on providing quality service and getting our clients where they want to be. We strive for a "perfect" transaction. Not always possible, but when it is your goal, you will achieve this more than not. Clients want attention to their needs. That is what we want to provide."

Since a good share of the buyers here are buying homes as a getaway or second home, Cantrill said that their purchase is totally optional -- "Experience at this point shows that they are not willing to pay the prices we are asking for homes. I think we could have an excellent market here now that we have a great road to metro Phoenix and high speed Internet. Both of these factors could open our market to the virtual job market. I also see that with the land prices as they are, the older areas of town could be the next area to be expanded and improved upon."

Contact Realty Executives with a visit to their Payson office at 611 S. Beeline Highway or call (928) 474-4401.

Rim Country Cellular

Rim Country Cellular offers Verizon cell phones and service and all accessories for all cell phones. They also offer satellite dish service -- Dish Network and DirectTV to Payson and surrounding towns -- Pine, Strawberry, Round Valley and Rye.

Their business philosophy, according to Adam Jonus, store manager, is "to offer the best service possible to our customers in Payson and surrounding areas." Even though they remodeled their store in 2005, they plan to expand the store again and make it bigger in summer 2007.

Jonus has seen changes in the business. He says, "Cell phones are not just for adults anymore. We see parents getting lines for their kids from seven to 10 years old. The wireless market will keep growing and improving because we rely on it so much." And, he said, "as wireless grows, we will continue to grow."

The family-owned company has five employees and is located at 311 E. Highway 260, and they also have a new store in Fountain Hills. The business is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call (928) 474-4744.

Rim Country Health & Retirement Community

Rim Country Health & Retirement Community offers skilled nursing; Alzheimer's/dementia care; behavioral management; physical therapy; occupational therapy; speech therapy; long-term care; short-term respite care; hospice support; independent living apartments; and community meeting rooms. It will also host the new dialysis unit coming to Payson in the future.

Rim Country Health's mission is to provide a full complement of care services, offering quality, compassion, integrity and expertise. The staff and facility are available as a comprehensive resource for local and extended communities. They are committed to building lasting, healthy relationships. Their goal is to provide a safe, healing environment in which residents and staff may grow to their full potential. The foundation is respect for the dignity of every life and gratitude that Rim Country Health & Retirement Community has an opportunity to serve.

This (2006) was the second year of owner-operated management under the new name of Rim Country Health & Retirement Community.

With the name change came new personnel, such as the new director of nursing, Ellen Aldrich, and new assistant director of nursing, Roberta Bayles, as well as many other experienced professionals for a newly dynamic and integrated organization.

New and specialized equipment were added in the nursing department to enhance resident care and comfort. Insurance and long-term care contracts were expanded to provide services to a wider range of individuals.

Rim Health expanded and developed its in-house rehabilitation department offering physical, occupational and speech therapy. They have a facility-wide wander-guard system, allowing residents with wandering tendencies to maintain independence within the facility while assuring them additional protection and security. A second transportation van, wheelchair-compatible with lift, was added for the benefit of the residents.

Future plans for Rim Health include continued refinement and expansion of all services; building and equipment upgrades; development of diverse specialty programs; continued staff development; community service outreach and support.

Rim Health is a privately owned and operated facility and Payson's only full service "campus of care" consisting of skilled nursing, rehabilitation, long-term care, short-term respite care, hospice support, independent living apartments, community meeting rooms, and the soon-to-come dialysis unit. One of Payson's most significant employers, Rim Health currently employs 129 people.

Remodeled apartments -- with kitchenettes installed in some, paint, new carpet and additional improvements in others -- are available to clients who still wish to enjoy independent living, but need some assistance to stay safe and healthy.

Rim Country Health has the area's only behavioral management wing offering support and care for individuals with behavioral needs that render them inappropriate for a general skilled nursing population, but who do not qualify for high level psychiatric facilities.

The eight-acre campus of Rim Health offers spacious outdoor courtyards with gazebo areas for resident activities, family meetings or to enjoy reading outside in Payson's wonderful climate. Courtyard and apartment roses offer fragrant beauty for all to enjoy.

Transportation is provided to a large geographical area within Arizona for resident admissions and doctor appointments.

In the past year, Rim Country Health has more than doubled the resident population and the staff. They have increased service outreach and the facility has grown considerably toward its full potential.

"We are very appreciative of the support and encouragement from our local hospital, physicians, local businesses and individuals," said Russ Goddard, Director of Admissions and Marketing for Rim Country Health.

"We are very pleased to see a greater spirit of cooperation between businesses and support organizations, all working together for the good of our community at large.

"As for the future of the company, we envisage the opportunity to serve a greater number of residents and the continued expansion of our expertise, specialty programs, and foundational relationships," said Goddard. "We look forward to finding new ways to be of service to the larger community and to offering employment to a greater number of individuals as our business expands."

Rim Country Health & Retirement Community is located at 807 W. Longhorn Road. For more information, call (928) 474-1120.

Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce

The big wheels of progress keep on turning in the Rim Country.

Last year, Payson's economy revved up; new businesses came to town, housing went through the roof and new construction kept the town growing.

Tina Bruess, executive director of Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, knows the hustle and bustle in, out and around Payson better than just about anyone else.

Bruess knows tourism; she said visitors accounted for a large portion of the area's economic activity.

The Chamber welcomed 23,000 visitors to its visitor center. Fifty-five percent of those tourists hailed from Arizona, the others came from all over the United States and as far away as Germany, the United Kingdom and the Far East.

Bruess also noted a marked interest in the Rim Country as a place to settle down. The Chamber sent out close to 700 relocation packets, 565 tourist packets and produced in excess of 60,000 handouts for visitors.

The Chamber continued to team up with Payson Unified School District in support of the Arizona Academics Scholars program. The program works to bolster Payson's future work force. By partnering with area businesses and school volunteers, the program encourages students to complete challenging courses during high school. The goal of the program is to better prepare students for future careers and educational goals.

Another continuing partnership is with the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation.

"The group directs its energies at six focal points," Bruess said. "Business recruitment, business retention and expansion, tourism and recreation, partnerships (generating and maintaining relationships), creating a climate conducive to business, and internal operations."

Work is ongoing, with the Chamber as a participant, on developing the Payson Event Center. When constructed, the 36-acre hotel and conference center would be a coup for Rim Country tourism and business opportunities.

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce is located at 100 W. Main Street, and can be contacted at (928) 474-4515.

Rim Furniture & Appliance

Rim Furniture & Appliance offers new Franklin recliners; new Crosley appliances, featuring 10-year warranties; new, Quality bedding; and the best used selection in area. We now carry Bosch appliances.

The philosophy of the business is to maintain inventory of quality products at reasonable prices, so your average person won't have to go to the Valley to save dollars.

In 2005 the company expanded its recliner line and now includes three different manufacturers. It also augmented its bed line to include no-flip pillow tops.

Rim Furniture & Appliance, along with Rim Repair, has operated for 18 years in the same location. "We're the only ones in the area selling reconditioned appliances with a warranty," said owner Steve Glissendorf. "We service what we sell."

Rim Country Furniture & Appliance is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

"(Over the years we've been in business we've seen) The Big Box stores have put a lot of small businesses out of business. I think people still like to deal one-on-one when they can," Glissendorf said. "We can stand behind our reputation and longevity. Word of mouth is still important."

Glissendorf expects his business and the community to continue to grow and prosper together.

Rim Furniture & Appliance is located at 4305 E. Highway 260, Star Valley. For more information, call (928) 474-9322.

Rim Liquor

Rim Liquor is a licensed liquor store carrying a wide variety of wine, liquor and beer -- and don't forget, they deliver. Custom gift baskets and Rim Liquor T-shirts and caps are also available.

Gwen Tonstad, owner, said, "Good customer service is very important to us and we'll bend over backwards to find that hard-to-find item -- wine-tasting will be added soon."

Tonstad said that changes in 2006 included adding delivery service ($20 minimum) -- online sales of T-shirts, caps and more will be available at www. rimliquor.com in the 2nd quarter of 2007.

Rim Liquor is family-owned. Bill and Gwen Tonstad, residents since 1959, opened Rim Liquor as a post-retirement venture in Payson.

They've seen their competition increase, but so have sales, because of prices and exceptional customer service, including delivery. They're expanding their selection of Rim Liquor logo products that have become popular with Payson locals as well as tourists.

Gwen said, "With the influx of people will come more diversified product lines."

The store carries a wide variety of liquor, wine, beer, mixes and ice. The Tonstads will take special orders, too.

Rim Liquor, at 807 A South Beeline Highway, Payson, is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Closed on Sunday. Call (928) 472-2200 for more information.

Rim Sight & Sound

Rim Sight & Sound, a high-end electronics store offering LG (plasma) and LCD TVs, was started in October 2006 by two friends. Rim Sight & Sound offers LG Plasma and LCD TVs, car and home audio/video products (Kenwood, Alpine, Boston), car alarms, auto starts, Sirius, XM radio -- marine. Their business philosophy is: Service, service, service -- before, during and after the sale, to anyone who needs help with their electronics or Rim Sight & Sounds' professional knowledge.

Rim Sight & Sound has expanded its products and services to include the Alpine car audio line, Bello TV furniture and the new lineup of LG home electronics, including specialty installations. Owner Terry Oakley says, "We are very good at specialty installs." There has been an extremely large increase in TV sales, especially Plasma. They foresee opening two more stores in the future, in Cottonwood and Show Low, "because of our expertise in the field."

Oakley says the local economic forecast looks great and says business is way up over last year -- "advertising with the paper helps a lot."

For more information visit the store at 214 W. Main St. or call (928) 472-7550. You can also visit www.rimsightandsound.com on the Internet.

Shadetree Custom Hardwood Floors

Shadetree Custom Hardwood Floors provides installation, sanding, finishing, repairs and refinishing of hardwood floors. The business specialty is wood floors and only wood floors.

"Manufacturers are starting to offer the high-end look of handscraped and reclaimed materials at price points that fit more modest remodeling budgets," states owner Ray Slusarczyk. "More customers are starting to look at hardwood flooring to replace their worn carpet and traditional tile."

Shadetree is entering its ninth year in business, serving the hardwood needs of the Rim Country and Slusarczyk sees the business turning an important corner. "If a wood floor is properly installed and subject to normal traffic, it is seven to 10 years before it requires maintenance." Shadetree is starting to see some of its initial floors come up for maintenance. "We want to be able to help homeowners keep the floor they invested in 10 years ago look as good as the day it was installed."

Shadetree Custom Hardwood Floors is located at 121 E. Cedar Lane. But more often than not, you will want to discuss your hardwood flooring project at the location where the floor is to be installed. Shadetree believes this is the best way to choose the right floor for your decor and budget. For more information, call (928) 978-2885.

Strawberry Auto Service

Strawberry Auto Service is a family-owned NAPA Auto Care center. We are a full-service repair facility. The goal of the shop's owners and staff is to be known as the area's premier electrical, drivability and 4x4 diagnostic and repair facility.

Strawberry Auto Service is a small facility, but it has a very well-stocked, equipped and clean business. The technicians are well-trained and motivated people. The staff continues its education and training for all makes and models and offering hybrid vehicle service.

Business through the winter months has increased, and full-time resident numbers are on the rise, so appointments are necessary year-round. The company is seeing a gradual increase in the number of customers and is accommodating that increase with a new work bay and customer lounge addition.

A new four-post lift, handling vehicles to 12,000 pounds has been installed.

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

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 help individuals break the cycle of abuse in their lives.

In 2005 a second emergency shelter was created and some education groups were made available during the day. Future plans include the opening of a family advocacy center in March 2007.

"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 enable 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 help people find what they need and help bring in new visitors to the area.

Allan Carpenter, president, said he's proud of the members, who worked very hard to pay off the building. The changes planned for 2007 are for the Chamber to be open more hours to better serve the community. The Chamber has many volunteers and is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

As for the future of the Chamber and the area, Carpenter said he foresees more businesses coming in and each business growing. The Tonto Basin Chamber of Commerce is growing, too, and Carpenter said, "Opportunities are here."

For more information, call the cell number of the Chamber at (928) 970-0440.

Wicks Auto Service

With more than 80 years of combined experience, the employees at Wicks Auto Service have the knowledge and abilities to fix all of your automotive repair needs. Owner Mike Wicks has been in the auto repair business for more than 30 years.

"Our goal is to take care of the customer," said office manager Cecelia Tucker. To that end, the five employees are current in all of the latest trends and repair techniques, and Wicks expects his business to continue growing at a steady pace.

In the past year, Wicks has expanded the number of technicians and added more equipment.

Mike Wicks sees strong growth for the area, and "the sky's the limit" for the future of Wicks Auto Service. Wicks is seeing more new cars in for repairs -- and more and more people who need auto repair.

A bit of local history -- The building housing Wicks Auto was Payson's first post office in 1884.

Wicks Auto Service, at 600 W. Main Street, Suite A, 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. 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 states. One-of-a-kind art includes jewelry, pottery, hand-blown glass, wooden bowls, photography, oils, acrylics, watercolors and much more. All of which are great for gift-giving 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 your needs. They also offer 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 custom matting and framing. It displays more than 500 frame samples to choose from and more than 200,000 prints and posters are available from its digital resource center, which can be ordered and framed to complement your home/office decor.

The Wild Brush is not just any frame shop where the salesman shows you what he thinks you should have, they have an old-school approach with respect to the customer. The Winans utilize the hands-on approach and work together to bring the project from start to finish. The owner says, "I believe we could say customer appreciation is an important part of our focus."

For those of you who are not sure how you would like your art to be enhanced, beware -- we 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 Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Special appointments can be made upon request. Call (928) 468-8696 for additional information.

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