Payson’s old West Main Street is thriving, and its merchants are open for business and celebrating.
The Main Street merchants invite residents and visitors of the Rim Country to join them from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 2 for the celebration of a New Year.
January is named after the mythological Roman goddess, Janus. Janus had two faces. One face looked over the past year as the other face looked to the future.
Many happy memories were made during the First Friday celebrations during 2008. The Main Street Merchants even won an award from the state for this premier event.
Planned for the First Friday celebration of 2009:
• The Community Presbyterian Church will have Coleen Brown and the Starlighters performing.
• Gasoline Alley will host The Soroptimist Club with their See’s Candy and along with in-store specials.
• Artists of the Rim Gallery plans an artists’ reception providing an opportunity to meet the artists and enjoy refreshments.
• Down The Street Art Gallery will host the last night of its Red Bow event. Guests can treat themselves to something very special by purchasing pieces at reduced prices. The gallery has everything: pottery, paintings, prints, note cards, jewelry or functional wood art. Additionally, as part of the First Friday of 2009, Francis Fork will be doing mini relaxing massages for a small donation.
• At Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, Ken and Brenda Mooney are looking to the future. Payson can plan on music, good food, art, antiques and lots of shopping at Bootleg Alley. In fact, First Friday is the final day for Bootleg Alley’s advertised 20 percent off sale. This “staying in business” sale includes almost everything in the store including the Mooney’s large selection of quality western boots.
On First Friday, the spirit of giving back continues: Conrad Okerwall’s original oils are 20 percent off and he is donating 50 percent of his net profit to the charity of the buyer’s choice. Entertaining visitors to Bootleg Alley will be Brandon Shepard.
• Green Mountain Emporium, one of our old Main’s newest merchants, welcomes the community to browse the shop and discover all the wonderful items and warm friendship they have to offer.
• Temple Gallery displays wonderful works of art by Robert Temple and other local artists.
• Green Scene Solar will have an open house. Energy conservation and generation discussions will be ongoing.
• Re-Runs Resale Boutique & Consignment shop will have all new items for guests to enjoy. With new consignment and estate items arriving daily, every visit to Re-Runs is like the first time.
• The Payson Kiwanis Club has moved this month, but will still be selling their hotdogs and brats.