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Stacey Zimmerman, Pat Johnson, Linda Jackson, Brian Tollefson, Mike Jackson, John Stanton, Robert Henley, Yvonne Pierce and DJ Craig attend the ribbon cutting for Apex Alternative Energy. For more information, visit


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Michelle Hagan

Independent bookstore, yoga, coffee shop coming to Payson

Payson will soon be home to a new independent bookstore, coffee shop and yoga studio.

The owners of East West Exchange, which was originally located in Chandler, plan to open a Payson location on Monday, April 5.

The bookstore will offer new and used books covering a wide variety of subjects. Customers can trade in used books for cash for store credit, which can be redeemed on books, merchandise or classes.

In addition to books, East West Exchange stocks a unique assortment of gifts and home décor.

The coffee shop will serve up hot and cold espresso drinks, teas, smoothies and pastries. Ample seating is provided for patrons to relax and enjoy a beverage.

Community events and classes were part of the East West Exchange tradition in Chandler and will continue in Payson.

The bookstore features a multi-media event space and practice room available for movie viewings, concerts, lectures and book signings.

At the Chandler location, patrons enjoyed attending monthly Science Café meetings where they could discuss current science topics. In addition, there were philosophical discussions in the Socratic method and monthly crochet and fiber arts groups. Other events offered include weekly acoustic jams, small business groups, workshops and book clubs. Classes include dance, yoga, tai chi, meditation, drawing and watercolor.

East West Exchange will be located at 100 N. Tonto St,, adjacent to the DES office, which formerly housed Bedrooms and More.

Hours are scheduled for Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit

First place flowers

Debbee McDonald, of Finishing Touch Flowers and Gifts, took first place over the weekend at the sixth annual Arts & Flowers event at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Among 65 competitors, judges selected McDonald has having the most creative floral arrangement.

McDonald said a panel of high-caliber judges from the floral industry and art world evaluated arrangements, including the founder of Phoenix Home and Garden and Art Table.

An estimated 2,800 people attended the show.

Roth IRA seminar

Edward Jones Financial Adviser Scott Flake is hosting a free, one hour educational seminar titled “Roth IRAs: Retirement Can Be Less Taxing” at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 9 at Good Samaritan Society Majestic Rim, 310 E. Tyler Parkway.

A new tax law change removes the income restrictions for individual investors looking to convert to a Roth IRA from a traditional, SEP or Simple IRA.

This seminar will explain the differences between traditional and Roth IRAs, features of the new tax law change and benefits of converting to a Roth IRA and important tax considerations.

Real estate classes

GCC is offering the following real estate license renewal courses.

Broker audit and commission rules on April 3 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Fair housing on April 3 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Basic exchange-tax on April 10 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Advanced exchange-tax on April 10 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Agency, April 17 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Disclosure, April 17 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Contract law, April 24 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Beneficiary deeds, April 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Cost is $20 per class in advance, or $25 per class on the day of instruction.

These courses satisfy the Arizona Department of Real Estate’s requirements for continuing education hours for all sale and broker licenses.

Michelle’s Nail Boutique

Michelle Hagan prides herself on running a “very, very clean business.”

Recently, Hagan opened Michelle’s Nail Boutique, at 407 W Frontier St. A beautiful, relaxing and inviting atmosphere for all, she said.

Michelle’s Nail Boutique is a full service nail salon offering quality workmanship. Hagan offers full sets, fills, manicures, pedicures and ear coning.

Hagan said she opened the shop because she loves working with people and listening to their stories while doing their nails.

“Doing nails is a hobby for me and meeting new people is a blessing,” she said.

This isn't the first time Hagan has owned a salon. In Overgaard, she ran a full service salon called Salon West.


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