“Economy hits retailers hard, some close” read the headline on the front page of the Payson Roundup (Tuesday, Dec. 9). News reporter Alexis Bechman quoted local businesswoman, Jayne Peace Pyle as saying that she saw Main Street businesses growing in 2007, but most have since closed down. As a Main Street business owner (Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art), I beg to differ.
It would be interesting to show the positive side of business in Payson. Ms. Bechman would be an excellent journalist to write this front page news.
Let’s let Payson know that there are many merchants on Main Street who are still conducting business during this troubling economy. In addition, several new shops have opened during the past months. There is even a new and very attractive business complex going up beside Gasoline Alley.
Historic Main Street is the host of the ever-popular “First Friday on Main Street Art & Antiques Walk.” On the first Friday of each month, the street is filled with locals, tourists and lots of fun. This award-winning event was successful in 2007 and is still going strong in 2008. The facts do not jibe with Ms. Pyle’s observation that “most businesses have since closed down.” Yes, there are sales in the stores on Historic Main Street. Shoppers are finding signs listing 20-75 percent off merchandise in some stores. While these sales could be construed as trouble in Payson, maybe it’s time to look at sales in a different light. What about a “Staying in Business Sale!”
Shop local and support local business. This holiday season there are bargains to be had. The gift selection is eclectic and there’s something for everyone. I am shopping local for my Christmas gifts. I bought a Junction 87 CD and shirt for my mom. I also bought a Humane Society calendar for my dog-loving sister-in-law. Each member of my family is receiving an autographed copy of Payson Area Writers new book “Reflections from the Rim.” I’ve only just begun.
Let’s keep enjoying those “Staying in Business” sales and let the Payson merchants know that we support and appreciate them by shopping local this holiday season.