Fireside Espresso Expands With Ice Cream Shop

Shop will feature Dreyer's Ice Cream, computers, study tables, a boutique area

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Fireside Espresso in the Swiss Village Shops will have a special treat for guests at the Annual Christmas Lighting program.

The coffee shop is expanding into the ice cream business. Owners Michael Weber and Linda Weber are opening a Dreyer's Ice Cream Stand next to the coffee shop at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 23.

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Miles Gaehler will have spend eight hours creating this mural on the wall of the Fireside Espresso Dreyer's Ice Cream Stand this week. The ice cream stand will have its grand opening around 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23.

The new shop will feature computers for public use, books to enjoy, study tables and a comfortable conversation area. The shop also has a boutique area with goods from Crissy's Cottage.

The Webers bought Fireside Espresso in the spring of 2006 from the Jaskulskis, who opened the shop.

The transplants from Orange County, Calif. moved to the Rim Country in Dec. 2005, but were familiar with the area from trips to a friend's ranch in Show Low.

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

Linda wanted to retire in Arizona after a career as a labor and delivery nurse.

During her time as a nurse, Linda Weber took catering jobs on the side -- experience she uses as the co-owner of Fireside. She is responsible for the great selection of specialties at the shop.

In adding an ice cream shop, the Webers' specialties can reach new heights.

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

"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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