If you’ve recently strolled the Swiss Village shops on Highway 87, you may have noticed a new shop — Eagle Mountain Gifts. While Eagle Mountain is hardly new to the area, it has a new location.
Previously located at 501 W. Main Street for almost four years, Eagle Mountain Gifts is now nestled between the Sugar Shack and the Candle Factory at 626 N. Beeline Highway.
Owner Wesley Schleef said he closed the Main Street store in October for health reasons, but knew he wanted to reopen in a smaller, more manageable space.
When he was ready to open Eagle Mountain again, he downsized 3,800 square feet, making the store a bit more cozy and home-like. The Green Mountain Emporium took over the space on Main Street.
Eagle Mountain still carries many of the same items, including metal art and sculptures to furniture and jewelry ranging from beaded bracelets to bottle-cap necklaces.
Most of the items have a cabin-like feel, including the western-themed sculptures, which are carved from rock by a Phoenix-based company and coated in copper.
Eagle Mountain Gifts is child-friendly with its collection of stuffed animals and, of course, their favorite employee, Lucy the cat.
Schleef grew up in Sedona, where his dad owned a service station. He moved to the Valley where he owned a Water ’n Ice store for 10 years. On the weekends, Schleef would head up to Pine to relax. When he finally decided to move to the Rim Country permanently, he became a dealer at Moose Mountain in Pine.
“I liked what I was doing so much, I decided to open my own store,” he said.
For more information, call Eagle Mountain at (928) 468-0012.