Rim Country Business Profiles

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This section of the Helping Hands/Progress 2008 is where businesses supporting the publication get special recognition.

Businesses and services who support this special section are given an opportunity to tell their story.

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Mike and Cindy McCannon, owners of The Buffalo Bar and Grill, stand in the patio of their facility.

When Rim Country residents spend their money at local businesses, residents are helping their neighbors make a living. These businesses employ thousands of local residents, who in turn are able to support their families and the Rim Country. These local businesses help to support town and county governments, the schools and especially the volunteer organizations that are featured in this special section saluting volunteer groups.

Without the support of community- based businesses, many of our community groups could not provide the help and services that are needed and that make Payson a special place to live.

Arizona Public Service

Arizona Public Service, Arizona's largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves about 1.1 million customers statewide and more than 21,000 customers in the Payson District.

Beyond the electricity provided every day, APS is committed to positively impacting the community and the environment.

In the past year, APS employees, friends and families have walked, climbed, bowled and cleaned all in the name of charity. The APS Payson District and employees participate in many community efforts such as the APS Payson Scholarship Foundation, Climb for Cancer, Rim Country Food Bank, Bowl for Kids Sake, literacy, foster parenting, Women's Wellness Forum, Rodeo Parade, Electric Light Parade, Holiday Lighting Contest and many more.

APS is dedicated to using renewable energy. APS' green energy portfolio includes wind, geothermal and solar energy. APS recently announced plans for one of the world's largest solar facilities: a 280-megawatt concentrating solar power plant, Solana Generating Station. With the addition of Solana, APS will provide enough renewable energy to serve 100,000 homes.

APS takes pride in all of the communities they serve and would like to thank all of the caring individuals who make the Rim Country a wonderful place to live.

The Buffalo Bar & Grill

Mike and Cindy McCannon, owners of The Buffalo Bar & Grill welcome everyone that comes through the door like an old friend.

"We offer so much for locals and travelers," Cindy said.

The McCannons feel they have some of the best food in town.

"Our cooks are superb and we prepare everything in our own kitchen. Every soup is made from scratch, we bread our own shrimp, make all our own salads and more," she said.

"We have really great food and much of it has a Mexican flair because we owned Mexican restaurants in Peoria, Ill. for 20 years."

There is a great patio, which is partly covered, and features a fireplace accented with falling water.

The McCannons have entertainment at least four nights a week, including Karaoke on Thursdays, a DJ on Fridays, live bands on Saturday and a jam session on Sunday with Junction 87.

The McCannons bought the restaurant in 2005, taking over Dec. 15 of that year and then began repairs and remodeling and now adding the patio.

"We have met a lot of great people and business is terrific," McCannon said. "We have a great staff and they've made our success possible."

The Buffalo Bar & Grill is at 311 S. Beeline Highway, Payson. For more information, call (928) 474-3900.

The Cheaper Sweeper

The Cheaper Sweeper offers cleaning for residential properties and new construction.

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

In 2007, the company expanded its workforce to 14 (sometimes 15) girls and expanded its service area to 20 to 25 miles outside of Payson.

The Cheaper Sweeper started 17 years ago with one employee, when single mom Elizabeth B. Smith put flyers on car windshields. Smith and her crew offer much more detailed cleaning than most other services. Since she started The Cheaper Sweeper, Smith 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 (928) 978-7321.

Computech

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.

Computech now makes its home at 600 E. Highway 260, Suite 1. It is family-owned and is growing, adding new employees as needed to serve clients efficiently. The shop is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through

Friday and on Saturdays by appointment.

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

For more information, call (928) 474-4513.

Cruise Port Travel

If you remember the TV commercial that said "We liked the product so well we bought the business," then that describes the entry of Carol and Kelly Watts to ownership of Cruise Port Travel.

Owner Kelly Watts says, "We started out wanting to do something special for our 25th wedding anniversary and felt that a cruise would be great, so knowing very little we contacted Ralph Schessler, the former owner of Cruise Port Travel. After one day on the ship, we were hooked. Sometime later, Ralph told us he was looking to retire and was possibly looking to sell the business. After quite a bit of discussion both Carol and I felt that it was worth investigating and the rest, as they say ‘was history.' Carol and I took over officially on July 16, 2007 with Ralph staying on as a consultant."

In the time since the Kelly and Carol Watts took the reins, they instituted some changes and made some additions to give Payson and "The Rim Country" a full-service travel agency.

They began offering airline reservations for both domestic and international travel. Other additions included partnerships with Choice and Best Western Hotels for worldwide accommodations, and renewing partnerships with Dollar and Hertz for car rentals.

Additional emphasis was also placed on the very popular Walt Disney properties, with Kelly becoming a certified Disney Specialist for Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Cruise Lines. In addition to Disney adventures, Cruise Port Travel offers complete packages on ocean and river cruises, Sea World and Busch Gardens, airlines reservations, rental cars, hotel reservations and more.

Recently Cruise Port Travel became affiliated with Anheiser Busch as a local ticket outlet for Sea World in San Diego and Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla. They are proud to be the first independent travel agency in the country to be able to sell tickets to these popular attractions. Additionally Cruise Port Travel also is affiliated with Branson Vacation Tours for group and individual travel and accommodations in Branson, Mo.

Cruise Port Travel is also a member of Ensemble Travel Group, with membership in that organization giving extra benefits to their customers on certain cruises and tours.

Cruise Port Travel is continually expanding its services, and added Sallie Loman to the staff as the group sales associate in charge of group planning and travel. Group travel is becoming more popular for all types of gatherings, from family, high school and college reunions to just about any type of group of people with a common interest. Additionally, group travel can be a fund-raising opportunity for nonprofit organizations. For complete information on just how Cruise Port Travel can partner with you in your group's fund-raising efforts, just contact Sallie or Carol in the Cruise Port Travel office.

One popular misconception is that it costs the customer money to use the services of a travel agency - nothing could be further from the truth. Travel agents are paid by the different cruise lines, tour companies, and travel groups they represent.

Kelly says, "We don't charge for our services - travel brochures and quotations on your travel needs are always free. Our office deals with the best travel partners in the world giving us the edge in knowledge and price over any of the Internet companies that may have hidden fees. Cruise Port Travel can match and, many times, beat pricing that can be found on the Internet since we work directly with the cruise lines, tour operators and other vacation partners."

Cruise Port Travel, locally owned and operated, is a member and ambassador of Rim Country Chamber of Commerce. This professional travel agency is located at 408 S. Beeline Highway, Suite A, just south of Bonita Street. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday and other times by appointment. They can be reached at (928) 472-7878, toll-free at 1-877-949-7678, by fax at (928) 472-4366, by e-mail info@cruiseporttravel.com.

The Web site, www.cruiseporttravel.com, features many specials on cruises and tours and will be expanded during 2008. But most of all, if you are thinking about "Your Next Great Adventure" stop in and see Cruise Port Travel. In addition to Carol, Kelly and Sallie, their dachshunds, Maxwell and Lola, will be there to greet you, too.

Edward Jones Investments - Ross Hage

Edward Jones Investments - Ross Hage is a full-service investment brokerage firm that focuses exclusively on the individual investor and specifically, helping retirees to increase their income in retirement.

Born and raised on a farm in Iowa, Ross Hage graduated from University of Sioux Falls with a degree in business management. He married Kortni and they have a baby on the way, due in Sept. 2008.

On Oct. 26, 2004, Ross Hage opened the third Edward Jones office to serve Rim Country residents. Since then, Hage has served the needs of retirees, individual investors and small business owners, with personalized service and also a dedication to the nonprofit communities of the Rim Country, including serving as the chairperson of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Big Brothers at Julia Randall Elementary School and also as a Payson Area Habitat for Humanity board member.

Edward Jones, the only major financial services firm exclusively advising individual investors, serves nearly seven million clients. The firm offers its clients a variety of investments, including certificates of deposit, taxable and non-taxable bonds, stocks and mutual funds. The company has more than 9,000 offices in the U.S., and through its affiliates, in Canada and the United Kingdom. The Edward Jones Web site is www.edwardjones.com.

Edward Jones Investments - Ross Hage is located at 113 W. Main Street, Suite A at the Sawmill Crossing. The hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. E-mail is ross.hage@edwardjones.com.

Freedom Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Heating

Freedom Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Heating was opened for business Feb. 23, by Jonathan Deaton, Marvin Deaton, Don Gasnell, Jamie Gasnell and Jeff Carter.

The group has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of air conditioning, plumbing and heating. The company is the top contractor for Rheem and American Standard. The staff gets updated training on a monthly basis. They all strive to be the best they can be.

They do commercial and residential air conditioning, plumbing, heating and new construction work. The company services commercial freezers, ice machines and walk-in coolers.

Everyone on staff strives for customer satisfaction and provides a 100 percent guarantee. They are available 24-7, 365 days a year. Customers will always have a live person answer the company's phone.

Freedom Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Heating is family owned and operated by veterans.

Hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with 24-hour emergency service. For more details, call (928) 472-7100.

High Desert Dentistry

Here at High Desert Dentistry, we pride ourselves first and foremost on the vast array of quality services we provide, including Zoom Whitening, Invisilign and dental implants, to our pedodontist, periodontist, and oral surgeon, not to mention our friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Keeping patients comfortable during dental visits is our No.1 priority. Let's face it, the main reason people shy away from the dental office is because of fear. We completely understand that the mere thought of a dental visit creates anxiety in some individuals. That is why we offer sedation therapy so you can be as relaxed as possible during your appointment.

Not only is our staff interested in treating patients with "TLC," but we support our community, as well. Our dentists and staff volunteer for the annual "Relay for Life", yearly dental exams in the local schools, and are also involved with the Payson F.A.N. Club (Friends and Neighbors), which supports all school extra-curricular events.

So the next time you are due for your routine dental check-up, please keep us in mind. You'll always be greeted by friendly smiling faces.

Our office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday. High Dentistry is at 409 W. Main, Payson. Call (928) 472-8400 for more details.

KDJ's Salon

KDJ's Salon has opened with Amanda Ruff at the helm. The shop uses professional products such as Framesi, Aveda and Matrix and these same products are available for purchase by the public.

The salon services include permanent, weaves, shaping, deep conditioning treatments, color, razor cutting and facial waxing.

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Amanda Ruff operates KDJ's Salon in Payson.

Amanda trained with Aveda products, learning from Carsten on the latest trends and techniques in weaving, color and hair shaping.

"My business is unique because I was trained at a top institute in the Valley. That makes me a better, more confident cosmetologist," Amanda said.

She has lived in Payson for 15 years.

"I am young, but experienced, and I enjoy all that comes with cosmetology. I love making people feel better about themselves. That's what I'm here for," she said.

KDJ's Salon is at 200 W. Frontier, Suite E, west of the post office. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. For more information, call (480) 818-0088 or (928) 472-9561.

Mazatzal Hotel and Casino

With the completion of the multimillion dollar Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, in late 2007, and the acquisitions of 273 acres in March, the Tonto Apache Tribe has added to its already rich and valuable heritage in the Rim Country.

The new hotel, restaurants and casino are a credit to the community and a key financial indicator of many more good things to come.

The Tonto Apache have made the Rim Country their home for hundreds of years. When the small band received its federal recognition in Oct. 1972, and reservation property, it did so with both that past and the future in mind. Early this month the tribe enlarged is reservation property by acquiring 273 acres in a land exchange with the Forest Service. The land will be used for affordable housing for its members, many of whom currently live off the reservation.

The leadership of the tribe designated its property along Beeline Highway for commercial development. In 1993, it opened its first casino on the property. It had only 80 employees at the time, but that still made it one of the area's more substantial employers.

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With the completion of the multimillion dollar Mazatzal Hotel and Casino in late 2007, and the addition of 273 acres in March, the Tonto Apache Tribe has added to its already rich and valuable heritage in the Rim Country.

It also operates the Tonto Apache Tribal Market. Over the years, it has also operated the Paysonglo Lodge and an ice cream shop.

Now, 14 years later, with more than 300 employees, the casino has become one of the area's largest employers. Add to that the people employed by the tribal government and its services, along with those who worked to build the new hotel and casino, and you have a tremendous amount of money coming into the communities of the Rim Country from the Tonto Apache.

It is not only payroll money that the tribe pumps into our economy. The tribal government and its businesses also pay for goods and services. More than $16 million was spent in 2004, and that was before construction started on the new hotel and casino. At that time, a special study on the tribe's economic impact said the money paid to Payson businesses and services supported between 55 and 63 other workers.

What the study did not address were all the outright gifts the Tonto Apache make to their neighboring governments, the schools, clubs and organizations and the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The tribe and casino are almost always at the top of the list of contributors to special events presented by the chamber, such as the Business Showcase and the August Rodeo. Tonto Apache money was largely responsible for making the all-weather track at Payson High School a reality. It is a huge supporter of Special Olympics, making its pool available for the program's swim team. It also makes the pool and fitness center available to the Senior Circle members at a special price.

It is clear that the leaders of the Tonto Apache Tribe are civic-minded citizens and important financial and civic leaders in the Rim Country. Payson, and all Rim Country residents, are better off because of the friendship of the Tonto Apache Tribe leaders.

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 home decor items.

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

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 the home and special occasions.

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

Payson Jewelers

Payson Jewelers is a full-service jewelry store that has been serving Payson since 1984. Robert Higginbotham is a direct diamond importer who hand-picks 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; it also buys old gold and silver. 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.

Payson Wireless

Hello Payson, my name is Tkachuk (Ka-Chuck) and this is my human, John Griffith. We opened Payson Wireless so that the good folks of Payson could come down and pet my belly or rub my ears any time they wanted. John stays occupied selling Sprint and Nextel products and services. He says that Sprint is spending lots of money on new towers all over Gila County, and that with those new towers, reception is as good as any other carrier. To prove this, he even loans out a phone so that customers can try out the service before committing to buy. But we know that this just gives people another chance to rub my belly.

Lots of people, especially those with less than perfect credit, have been able to get cellular service without having to mortgage the house to cover the deposit, thanks to the awesome program Sprint has, called the spending limit program. Sprint has every type of phone for every type of user; from the easy to use, no-frills version for the Wisdom generation (elders), to the fancy all-the-bells-and-whistles version for the kids. It even has wireless broadband Internet cards that allow Internet users the option to surf from home or hit the road. For homes with poor or no cable or DSL options, these air cards work great.

Lately though, John has been all excited about the "Simply Everything" plan that he says is the best plan ever for cell phone users that need lots of, well, everything. Minutes, Web access, text messaging, picture mail, navigation are all included with no limits. This is the first plan that justifies getting rid of land-based phone lines. I know a lot of you folks are gonna wanna come talk to John about these exciting offers, and you'll wanna pet me, too.

So come on down and pet me! I'm at 716 N. Beeline Highway, across the street from Maverik, next to Chrisy's Cottage. Petting hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call us at (928) 468-8464 if you have any questions, need to set up after-hours petting sessions, or are interested in a demo unit.

Rim Country Carpet & Floors

If you need a new floor or carpet, or if you just need repairs or restretching, Rim Country Carpet & Floors should be on your list.

The business is owned and operated by Robert and Kimber Tuckfield. They have 10 years in the business and are licensed, bonded and insured. They are also professional, full-time installers and craftsmen.

Rim Country Carpet & Floors offers a complete inventory of floor coverings: carpet, vinyl, wood, tile, laminates and remnants. The Tuckfields also remodel kitchens and bathrooms, doing shower and tub surrounds, enclosures and conversions, plus cabinets and countertops.

"We're a small business, family-owned and operated. We provide a fun, friendly atmosphere and excellent customer service," the Tuckfields said.

They believe remodeling your home should be fun, not stressful. They can show you how and provide a free estimate in the deal.

The business is at 434 S. Beeline Highway, Suite D, it is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call (928) 474-5828.

Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce

Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce Manager John Stanton seeks the support of many past, present and future chamber members with a "back to basics" game plan for Chamber programs.

Stanton took over amid turmoil within the Chamber and now has positioned the Chamber to move forward to help Rim Country businesses. Stanton's main goal for the Chamber is to return to "basics" -- working with members to enhance their business potential and take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Chamber.

One of Stanton's first priorities since taking over the reins has been to reach out to chamber members.

"It's your Chamber," Stanton told Rim Country businesses at meetings since last November. "We want to make sure that you feel that there is something in our operations for you."

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The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce sponsors a variety of events including the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo, the Strawberry Festival, the Business Showcase, and the Rim Country Quilt Roundup. Additionally, the Chamber provides a central calendar of events for the Rim Country. The photo above is a booth the Payson Regional Medical Center had at the Chamber's business showcase event, which attracted thousands of visitors last year.

The Chamber program, "Be Loyal, Buy Local" is a major part of the plan to be a pro-business advocate for Rim Country. The purpose of this program is to support local businesses by encouraging shopping in the Rim Country. "Keeping dollars local is how we can support the community, and also saves Rim Country customers gasoline and time," he said.

Stanton said the Rim Country is fortunate to have a diverse base of businesses. The merchants are a great mixture of locally owned businesses, as well as regionally and nationally known stores. The Chamber is working with members and other business and economic development entities to attract and retain business.

The Chamber also operates the Rim Country Visitor's Center, at the corner of Highway 87 and Main St. In this role, the Chamber welcomed 17,054 walk-in visitors to the Rim Country, as well as answering busy telephones, sending out tourist and relocation information thru their volunteer associates. 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.

Rim Country is also becoming noted as a major place to relocate. The Chamber sent out close to 700 relocation packets, 565 tourist packets and produced in excess of 30,000 handouts for visitors.

The Chamber works closely with many different parts of Rim Country entities, such as the Payson Regional Economic Development Corporation, the Office of Tourism and Economic Vitality, Gila Community College Small Business Development Center, various not-for-profit groups and business associations.

The Chamber sponsors a variety of events; the World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo, the Strawberry Festival, the Business Showcase, and the Rim Country Quilt Roundup. Additionally, the Chamber provides a central calendar of events for Rim Country.

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

Rim Sight and Sound

Rim Sight and Sound was founded in September 2005 by two friends., Terry Oakley and Dan Groeneveld.

Their idea was to bring a high-end electronics store offering LG, Plasma and ICD TV's to the Rim Country. LG is rated number one in the world. LG TVs are used in their home theater speciality installations.

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Terry Oakley and Dan Groeneveld, owners of Rim Sight and Sound, founded the business in September, 2005. Great service is a key word for the business.

Rim Sight and Sound also brought to the Rim Country a full line of car and home audio/video products, such as Kenwood, Alpine and Boston. They also offer such specialty items as remote starts, alarms, and multimedia for vehicles, including navigation, overhead monitor and headrest monitors. Audio products offered include Sirius, and XM radio for both cars and marine uses.

Rim Sight and Sound strives to be the best in their field. Service is their number one priority for their customers. Terry stresses, service, service, service -- before, during and after the sale.

The entertainment experts pride themselves on their professional installation skills. Their work us on display at The Mazatzal Casino, Main Street Grill, Pizza Factory, The Buffalo Bar and Grill, local medical offices and probably in your neighbor's home. Terry sees the trend increasing and plans to open additional stores in Cottonwood and Show Low. He said the local economic forecast looks great and business is up.

The success of Rim Sight and Sound has enabled the firm to give back to the community, including to such organizations as Payson athletics, Moose Lodge children's funds, the car show, ABATE, Payson Regional Medical Center and local churches.

For more information, visit Rim Sight and Sound at 214 W. Main Street, or call (928) 472-7550.

Sunstate Equipment Co.

If it's big and you need it, then the people to see are at Sunstate Equipment Co.

Sunstate Equipment Co. is at 106 N. Tonto, Payson. Their major products are earth moving equipment, compaction equipment, excavating and trenching, concrete equipment, fork lifts, road brooms, aerial equipment, air compressors, generators, lighting equipment, water equipment, pumps, air tools, electrical tools, floor equipment, welders, scaffold and heaters.

Company services include: equipment rental to contractors and homeowners; weekend rentals at 1-day charge (8 hours of use); on-time delivery and pick-up guaranteed; conveniently located for pick-ups at yard; 24 hour emergency service, answered by on-call Sunstate personnel; and service or exchange of down equipment in 90 minutes or less.

Sunstate Equipment is open from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Contact the company at (928) 474-6804, Monday through Friday; (928) 238-0245 after hours; or toll free at 888-456-4560. The Web site is www.StateEquip.com

The company is proud to be a supporter of local schools, organizations and community events and is a member of Rim Country Chamber of Commerce.

The New Ewe

The New Ewe, at 212 W. Main Street, was opened Feb. 23, 1987 by the current owner René Morris.

At that time, the sawmill was across the street and the post office was just down the street where the Senior Center is now located. Several people told René that once the post office moved from Main Street and the sawmill closed down, Main Street would be less traveled and a new beauty shop on Main would not do well. They were obviously proven wrong -- The New Ewe has been operating for 21 years.

The New Ewe is a full-service beauty salon and spa. The staff offers all the older and updated hair services, pedicures, manicures, acrylic nails, facials, permanent cosmetics, hair removal by waxing, Reiki, Raindrop Therapy, ear coning and several types of massages.

Currently there are 10 different technicians working at The New Ewe and between all the technicians, there is more than 150 years of experience. René is barber-licensed and does all hair services and facial waxing. Diane, who has been at The New Ewe for 20 years, specializes in acrylic nails and does all hair services. Laura performs all hair services and facial waxing. Michele specializes in Reiki, Raindrop Therapy, manicures and pedicures.

Buffie is a licensed aesthetician specializing in permanent cosmetics, custom facials, back facials and all area waxing. Tanner performs all hair services and specializes in custom cuts and colors.

Rainy will do any hair services, including Mohawks and fun colors. Minette performs hair services with personality. Lorién, a licensed massage therapist, specializes in several types of massages including Swedish and reflexology from head to toe. Vanessa is a licensed massage therapist who works with a chiropractor.

The New Ewe has always been a pleasant, relaxing place to have a service performed, thanks to René and all her co-workers.

When you go in, you will never hear any arguments between technicians that make the clients uncomfortable. The building, which René had built, is very open and roomy inside, so there is more privacy between technicians and their clients.

The New Ewe is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Technicians work their own hours and depending on their schedule, may work before or after hours when needed.

Call (928) 474-1497 to make an appointment or visit the Web site, www.thenewewe.homestead.com and check out each technician to see what specials or coupons they may be offering The New Ewe is currently the first and only beauty salon in Payson with a Web site. René would like to thank all of The New Ewe's clients for their commitment and patronage throughout these 21 years.

Windermere Real Estate

In 1972, Windermere Real Estate opened a small 8-agent office in Seattle.

The company was named after the neighborhood in which it was located. Due to the agents' hard work, high ethics, and unparalleled customer service, it wasn't long before Windermere became the dominant company in all of Seattle, a household name, and the third largest regional brand in the country. Today, Windermere owns more than 40 percent of the market share in all of Seattle.

Butch Joyner, with over 28 years of real estate experience in Arizona, opened Windermere Majestic Rim Properties in Payson in February 2004. In four years, the company and its agents have climbed the ranks to become one of Payson's leading real estate companies.

"We operate under the same values as the original company, hiring only the most honest and committed resident agents, providing exceptional real estate tools and services to our clients, and seeking to improve the Rim Country community as a whole. We have agents who are the resident specialists in every neighborhood, including many who live/own in Chaparral Pines and The Rim Club," Joyner said.

"Stop by our office for a visit, as we'll be thrilled to make your acquaintance. We're confident you'll notice the difference of Windermere immediately. This is where salesmanship yields to friendship, honesty and integrity. In this often challenging market we are more committed than ever to help our clients honestly and accurately determine the market value of the homes/properties they buy and sell. Windermere is a name you can trust," Joyner said.

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