On a normal Saturday night in Pine, there is not much going on. With stores and businesses closing around 6 p.m., the streets are left desolate.
"It is pretty quiet around here," said Pine Country Antiques co-owner Maureen Garlausky. Some restaurants are open, but most everything is closed.
But once a month the streets come alive with shop owners, locals and visitors shop hopping their way down Highway 87 in Pine.
The Shop Hop, started last month, consists of a dozen local businesses staying open extra hours, from 4-8 p.m., the second Saturday of each month until October. The next one is this Saturday, July 12.
Last month's Shop Hop "was pretty successful," Garlausky said. "It gave residents something to do on a Saturday night."
Getting local residents out of their homes to socialize as well as luring Payson residents up to the Pine-Strawberry area are goals of the event, said Pine Country Antiques co-owner Lorna Pietrantonio.
"There are so many local people who live in this community that have never walked through the front door of my shop," said Myra Kraemer, owner of Myra's Gallery. "We want to get them out of their homes to see what cool shops we have."
Stores will have special events going on throughout the night of the Shop Hops, including live music, artist demos, free refreshments and event sales.
The Gingerbread House, an antique shop and English tearoom, will serve free samples of Lappert's ice cream from Hawaii and hors d'oeuvres, with 25 percent off everything in the store.
There will also be an information display set up on china restoration.
Bring down your damaged china items and heirlooms and receive advice and an estimate on the cost to repair, said Shirley Vickers, co-owner of the Gingerbread House.
Kraemer, who wanted to create something similar to Payson's Art and Antique Walk for years, spearheaded the idea for the walk.
"I came up with the idea long before it started in Payson," she said. "But it took a long time to get support from local businesses."
Once everyone was on board, the event came together quickly, she said. "It is just a wonderful way to meet new people."
For Vickers, this is a way for people to see what Pine is all about. The frustration of always being asked where her shop is located and then thinking it is in Pinetop is a nuisance.
"I am fed up with people asking where that is," she said. "We want people to know what is here."
Activities and sales
- Pine Country Antiques: Live music with Mike Steelman, free refreshments and 15 percent off sale
- Old Settlers Village: Free refreshments
- Carol's Country Crafts: Free taffy samples
- Visions Speaking: Lapidary wheel demonstration, event sale
- Early Morning Quilt Works: Quilts and gifts
- Crystal Lotus Gallery: Discover your Totem animal guide with artist Cherry Crane. Fred Shute will be doing metal casting for silver jewelry at 6 p.m.
- Our House: Home décor, gifts, antiques
- Myra's Gallery: Live music by Trouble in Paradise. Demonstrations by Geri Wood-Gittings, gourd artist; Bill Mattey, photo manipulations; Angela Cockle, scratchboard art and Valerie Toliver, watercolor painting. Toliver will hold a watercolor workshop Sun. at 9 a.m.
- Moose Mountain Gifts and Antiques: Cupcake party
- Tymeless Antiques & Treasures: refreshments, classic cars, event sale
- Pine by Design: hot dog wagon, event sale