If you attended last weekend’s Business Showcase, I don’t need to tell you what a great turnout there was for this wonderful local event.
It was estimated that over 1,500 people of all ages came out to support our local businesses. It was as if everyone said, “To heck with all this talk about the recession, let’s get back to business as usual!” And what better way to help get the Rim Country back on its economic feet again than to adhere to our chamber of commerce’s motto, “Be Loyal, Buy Local.”
I’m proud to say that I did just that last week. I shopped and bought something locally that I had been putting off for quite some time. (After stripping off the sheets on my bed recently and noticing that my 15-year-old mattress was now sagging even more than the bags under my eyes, I decided that the time to buy a new bedding set was now. Forget the economic slowdown, I said to myself, just do it!)
But, with Legacy and Bedrooms & More having closed their doors, I didn’t know where in town I could go to buy a bed. So, I reached out to the chamber and asked where I could get the perfect mattress for my rusty old bones. Luckily, I got the answer I was looking for. John Stanton, manager of the chamber, told me that not long ago he had purchased a bed from Payson Galleria, which had recently relocated to the little building between Famous Sam’s and the Buffalo Bar & Grill.
What a great little store! It carries a mixture of both new and gently used furniture and home décor and is the only store in the area that carries Ashley furniture. And what really impressed me about the line of beds that the Galleria carries is that they are all hand-made in Arizona and not constructed until the order is placed.
Now, onto this week’s music trivia question, which is: Can you match the following “bed” songs with the female country artists who made them famous?
A) “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” B) “Sleeping Single In A Double Bed” C) “Out Of My Head And Back In My Bed.”
1) Loretta Lynn, 2) Shania Twain, 3) Barbara Mandrell.
If you are caller number six and have the correct matches, you’ll win a $25 gift card from the Payson Galleria, courtesy of the Galleria’s owners, Darren and Carrie Rhea.
Now, let’s check out how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was — who was the original artist of the 1949 country hit, “Mind Your Own Business?”
Was it: A) Tennessee Ernie Ford, B) Eddy Arnold, C) Hank Williams Sr., or D) John Stanton?
The correct answer was Hank Williams Sr.
Eddy Arnold and Tennessee Ernie Ford were also popular recording stars in the late 1940s and ’50s. John Stanton is the congenial and hardworking manager of the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Center — and local karaoke idol.
Congratulations to this past week’s music trivia winner, Cora Detweiler, who won a $20 gift certificate to Loot Resale, courtesy of Liz Nordquist, owner.
A little about this week‘s winner: Cora was born on a farm near Mesopotamia, Ohio and was raised in the nearby rural community of Middlefield. One of her fondest memories of her country life was of her father cooking sap into maple syrup.
When she was in her 20s, Cora and her sister moved to Phoenix, where she spent most of her working years as an accountant in the mortgage department of Continental Bank.
Cora told me that she fell in love with Payson in the 1960s, but waited until 1999, when she retired, to move to the Rim Country.
Among Cora’s many interests are reading, crocheting, needlepoint and handcrafts. She volunteers her time at local blood drives, for local elections and at the Payson Public Library.
Old-time country, classical and jazz are Cora’s music preferences. At the top of her favorite artists list are Hank Williams, Johnny Mathis and Lefty Frizzell.
Goodnight, everyone — and sleep tight. With the help of our local Payson Galleria — I am!
Web site: www.DJCraigInPayson.com