Rim Country Ventures Opening After Long Retail Drought



Long-time Rim Country entertainers like John Carpino found new venues this year with the opening of Lady D’s the Journigan House, THAT Brewery and others.

The businesses scene in Payson is starting to fill out after the recession brought the closing of several shops.

While the main highway frontage is taking shape, Main Street has yet to rebound. Most of the retails shops that were there have either closed or relocated to the Beeline Highway.

Still, the list of new businesses in town is up. Some of the new ventures include two breweries, one in Payson and another in Pine and a wine bar in the Swiss Village. Most noticeably, the Rim Country Mall is nearly full now that PetSmart, Big Lots and Little Caesars Pizza opened.

These business help flush out Rim Country’s mix of amenities, which now include everything from specialty grocers to the quaint antique and quilt shops the area is known for.

Some of the businesses happenings of 2012 include:

• Payson Pizza Factory celebrates

“We believe being in business 25 years has a lot to do with the quality of our product, giving back to the community, and showing our customers that they are appreciated,” said owners Rodney and Gail Dahlman.

• Kutz Etcetera Salon Reopens

After closing the Pine location four years ago, Kutz Etcetera beauty salon reopened in Payson in the Sawmill Crossing, near Macky’s.

• Alliant Gas buys Semstream

After its parent company went bankrumpt, Alliant Gas took over Semstream. Bill Webb, with JP Energy Partners, the parent company of Pinnacle Propane, which is the parent company of Alliant Gas said the group is “very excited” to serve the community and build a working relationship with the town.“We are very confident in what we try to bring to the table for you and the community and our community and our employees as part of Alliant Gas,” he said.

• Tymeless Antiques Expands

With an overflow of treasures, Tymeless Antiques & Treasures opened a new shop in Pine in front of the Pineberry Mini Storage, at 4140 N. Highway 87. The annex is an overflow of merchandise from estate sales and consignments that just don’t fit in Tymeless Antiques.

• Coffee House In Mazatzal Casino

Mazatzal’s Coffee Korner is now open and serving Peet’s Coffee and Tea just inside the south entrance of Mazatzal Hotel and Casino. Coffee Korner also features baked goods made in-house by bakery staff. The café has two big screen TVs and free WI-FI.

• Massage Therapist Takes Over

When the Arizona School of Massage Therapy in Tempe certified Ricci Saliba in massage therapy last year, she never expected she would own her own practice so soon.

In June, Saliba took over Hands of Holistic Healing, located behind the Knotty Pine Café, 1001 S. Beeline Highway, suite H, after the former owner relocated to New Orleans.


• Journigan House opens

After sitting empty for years, the former Main Street Grille reopend as the Journigan House Labor Day weekend. New owners injected life and style into the historic building and brought some Creole flare to the food.


• Sweet Nostalgia opens

Another outlet for local artists to display and sell their wares opened.

Sweet Nostalgia, a small shop tucked neatly into the Twin Pines Shopping Center, is near Vita Mart. The store has a mix of unique antique finds, thrift shop deals, and gallery-quality local creations.

• Pine Smokehouse opens

The Rim Country has never been known for great barbecue. We have a popular Thai restaurant and a few good Mexican and Italian establishments, but taste buds were bereft of smoked meats. The restaurant fronts the highway in Pine at 3885 N. Highway 87; (928) 476-6577./

• Payson Florist Changes Hands

After seven years, Merlin and Marilyn Dedman sold Payson Florist, at 800 N. Beeline Highway, and retired to Idaho, leaving the shop in the hand’s of Rita Jorgenson.

• Juice bar opens in Back to Basics

For nearly two decades, the family owned and run Back to Basics health food store has been Payson’s healthy alternative to the big box grocery stores. Now Michael Cole, the founder’s grandson, has added a new service.


THAT Brewery in Pine, Mountain Top Brewery and Lady D’s Wine Bar, Chocolate and Gifts in Payson were some of the latest specialty beverage shops in Rim Country. The beers at THAT Brewery, 3270 N. Highway 87, and Mountain Top Brewery, 401 N. Tyler Parkway, are dreamed up and concocted on site.


For wine drinkers, there is Lady D’s, 714 N. Beeline Highway, an intimate wine bar in the heart of the Swiss Village Shops. Sable said she always wanted a space to combine her love of fine art, wine and truffles. “I wanted to bring something sophisticated and fun to Payson — something warm and welcoming,” she said.


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