Every business owner knows location can make all the difference.
After three moves in two years, Green Mountain Emporium’s owner thinks she may have finally gotten it right.
Last week, JoAnn Johnston reopened Green Mountain Emporium off Highway 260 next to The 260 Cafe, at 801 E. Highway 260, after spending two years on Main Street.
The move not only gives the store more street visibility, it also offers more space for merchandise and room for additional services, including a nail salon.
“I am getting good comments about the move,” Johnston said. “Everyone says it is a great addition to Payson.”
While the move has given Johnston an additional 1,000 square feet, the store hasn’t lost an ounce of quaintness. Shoppers may remember Johnston’s first Green Mountain, which opened with just under 900 square feet.
The tiny space crawled with trinkets and antiques, nearly every nook and cranny occupied with a small treasure.
Luckily, the new space is divided into 10 smaller rooms, lending itself to a cozy feeling similar to the original space.
More than 30 dealers have individual space to share their wares giving each room its own unique theme. From a NASCAR enthusiast who has dozens of cars and memorabilia for sale to an interior decorator offering cabin-themed housewares and fabrics. Another room is all white with shabby chic antiques, another crammed full of rhinestone-studded belts, jewelry and hats and another Christmas decorations.
New dealer JoAnn Runnion offers stained glass mosaic wall hangings, tables and lanterns. Runnion said she always sold out of her home, but when Johnston moved she decided to give dealing a try. So far, Runnion’s mosaics have been selling great, with several pieces sold before the store opened to other dealers.
There is normally only one of each item in the store, so if you like something you better buy it quick, Johnston said.
“If you see it and you like it, you’d better get it, because it might not be there when you come back,” she said.
At the back of the store, a space has been converted to a small nail salon for nail technician Christina Jones. Johnston said she never thought she would house a nail salon, but so far, the change has been well received.
“It has been great. All the women who come in for her have to come through the store to get there,” she said.
Johnston plans to add new craft supplies to the store’s mix of merchandise in the months to come. She also hopes to add craft classes.
For more information, call (928) 468-6923.