Favorite Rim Country Christmas Shopping Spots


Editor’s note: We asked Roundup reporters to reveal some of their favorite places to shop in Rim Country — with an emphasis on unique places to get unusual gifts and have fun in the process.

Art Nook

This small, but colorful art gallery and gift shop opened earlier this year in the Swiss Village Shops next to the then-Payson Florist, 802 N. Beeline Highway.

The creation of co-owners Glenda Roark, 78, and Solveig “Sally” Myers, 80, the two local artists and friends wanted a place to display the talent of local artists.

Today, the shop sells wares from more than 30 Arizona artists, including paintings, ceramics, textiles and jewelry.


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Items range from small pottery pieces to large oil landscapes.

And prices fall anywhere from a few dollars for a postcard up the hundreds for a hand-carved gourd.

For more information, call (928) 478-6253. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and closed Sundays.

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store

One of the newest thrift stores to town, the St. Vincent de Paul thrift shop is also one of the nicest. The shop is split in two wood cabins off the southwest corner of South Beeline Highway and Cedar Lane.

Volunteers have taken advantage of the home layout of both buildings, laying merchandise out as it might appear in well-decorated model home. The shops are clean, neat and well staffed and feature furniture, small appliances, clothes and collectibles.

The St. Vincent thrift shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. All profits benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank.

For information, call (928) 474-4476. And check out the store’s Facebook page for coupons.

Original artwork at GCC Art Show

Here’s an original idea — buy a one-of-a-kind artwork, produced by local artists.

The seventh annual Gila Community College art show showcases striking work in every possible medium by local artists — all at breathtaking prices.

Hundreds of people usually attend to take advantage of the sale of oil and watercolor paintings, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, folk art, drawings, photographs — and even decorated cakes.

The show and art sale takes place tonight, Dec. 6, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the campus at 401 Mud Springs Road.

The sale gives Christmas shoppers a once-a-year opportunity to buy a unique gift, while supporting the efforts of local artists. The sale includes the best work of the students and professional-level pieces by faculty members.


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