Group Having Fun While Shopping Locally

Chrisy Wickstrom of Chrisy’s Cottage (left) shows Elaine Putnam several new fancy key rings.


Chrisy Wickstrom of Chrisy’s Cottage (left) shows Elaine Putnam several new fancy key rings.



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Brenda Dickinson (below right) checks out a new hat as Renata Tucker looks on as a group of women from Pine shop at several local stores in Swiss Village on Highway 87.

A group of Pine-Strawberry business owners and employees bolstered Payson’s economy Wednesday afternoon when they merrily strolled the Swiss Village Shops in an effort to spread the “Be loyal, Buy local” campaign.

Tamra Morken, owner of the Rimside Grill in Pine, said she gathered the group of women to give local shops and restaurants a boost in business, especially during the winter when business typically takes a plunge.

The first stop on their afternoon shopping spree was lunch at Gerardo’s. After filling up on wine and soda, the group meandered down the Swiss Village center, stopping in the Sock Room, Payson Candle Factory, Garden of Eden, Loot and Paper Metal Scrappers, to name a few.

Morken explained because the center has many new shops, they are all not familiar with the products available.

“If I know they have a product that I don’t have, I can send people there,” said Kris Lovetro, owner of Moose Mountain Gifts in Pine.

“We hope this will help generate more business for all of our businesses in the Rim Country,” Morken said.

While today’s trip focused on Swiss Village Shops, Morken said they plan to visit Main Street, other parts of Payson and Pine stores as well in coming months.

Attendees included owners and employees of Elaine’s Embroidery, Creative Quilting by Debbie, Quilting Sisters, Paper Metal Scrappers, BJ’s Quilt Shop, Mitzi’s Rug Looms, Strawberry Patchers and Custom Cowboy Quilting.


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