Proud To Be Part Of Main Street

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Editor:

In time for second act (Payson Roundup, Aug. 28) the editorial states “Alas, we failed” referring to Historic Main Street. While several establishments have moved from Main Street during the past year, many more have moved in. The merchants see the success of Main Street and believe in its future. Has this editor walked Main Street lately? Has he talked to the merchants?

Since so many of the businesses on Main Street advertise in the Roundup, it would be great to read a story that encompasses what Historic Main Street really is. I was at the Business Buzz where Angela Dye spoke. There was a lot of encouraging dialogue with constructive ideas put forth by Angela Dye at that meeting. Let’s not discourage investors and business owners by focusing on the negative. It’s important to give the whole story.

In the Roundup (Main Street needs serious help, Aug. 25), Alexis Bechman writes that Angela Dye in her Main Street proposal broke the street down into 500-foot stretches or “districts” where like stores are grouped together. I see this happening today at Main Street and McLane. At my visitor-oriented store you can find a constant stream of tourists and locals. Most of them park and walk to the nearby retail and thrift shops. The same is done at another segment of Main Street where you can find several retail shops and a thrift store beside Artists of the Rim Gallery. People really do park and walk to nearby stores.

I would love to see the Oxbow and Main Street Grille open up again. Perhaps, the vision that the editor has could focus on those storefronts. With some imagination, the Oxbow could be turned into a tourism and recreation center housing art studios, a restaurant, and even stables with pony rides.

Today, a customer in my store said that he came to Main Street after reading the Roundup to see just how distressed it was. What he found was an interesting and enjoyable walk. How can we expect people to invest in Main Street when they pick up the newspaper and hear that it “is not what it used to be,” “it’s too disjointed,” “we have failed,” when they read that the paper supports moving from the Heart of Payson to the Green Valley Park end. How disjointed would that be? And, who is going to finance this new venture?

Let’s hope that the town looks seriously at this part of town which Bechman describes as “verging on a heart attack” and make it a priority to advertise Payson.

It’s time to look at using the ADOT grant that has been promised for so many years and start using the Angela Dye proposals.

The “triple bypass” encouraged by Alexis Bechman will need more of an investment by the town. Payson has already hired Angela Dye to do retail commercial planning by looking at the street and its possibilities. I say that we go with those who are trained to do this planning. Perhaps, it’s the editor, who is “stubbornly clinging to an unrealistic dream.”

Historic Main Street is what it is with about 75 businesses who serve the needs of Payson. Payson’s Historic Business District really is the “Heart of Payson.”

This eclectic group of business owners keep Payson’s heart beating loudly. It’s a unique area that attracts tourists and locals alike. Those who want to turn Main Street into Prescott or Sedona as the writer suggests need to take a Saturday walk down Main Street. It’s a work in progress and my husband and I are proud to be a part of the future of Main Street.

Brenda Mooney, owner

Bootleg Alley Antiques & Art

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