A lot of changes have taken place on Main Street since Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art opened two years ago, Aug. 11, 2006.
Three more art galleries have found a home in Payson's historic district. Shoppers have even more clothing stores (new and used) to choose from. Main Street has become so popular that it once again has become the location for the "August Doin's" rodeo parade.
One of the most exciting changes over the past two years has been the creation of the First Friday Art and Antiques Walk. Payson's historic district has become known once more as the gathering spot. Tourists and locals alike find music, refreshments, classic cars, shopping and loads of ambiance on the first Friday of each month.
To celebrate the second anniversary of their eclectic shop, Ken and Brenda Mooney will be treating Payson to a special evening on September's first Friday. The "gathering" at Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art, 520 W. Main St., will include the sultry rock sounds of Valley musician, Jeordie.
Jeordie will perform a blend of modern pop themes and folk guitar. Jeordie will be performing cuts from her recently released Live 22 track "Bootlegs" on the porch of Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art. Along with her own originals, Jeordie will perform covers of some of her mom's songs.
In addition to music by Jeordie, the Mooneys will host a reception for local Western artist, Conrad Okerwall.
Okerwall is well known for art which reflects the mood of the Rim Country. A 20 percent discount is being offered on Okerwall's original art currently on display at Bootleg Alley.
The theme of this month's first Friday is a "September to Remember." The public is invited to this free gathering in Payson's historic art and antiques district on Main Street from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5.