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Celebration draws a crowd

Throng of Rim Country’s best turn out for awards

Waves of laughter and smiles flooded the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino banquet room Monday night setting the already sparkly room aglow as the winners of the Best of Rim Country were announced.

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Pinon: New cafe with historic roots

There is now a place to eat a Mogollon Monster, the Elvis and a Croque Madame.

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Original Piñon Cafe’s rich history

The original Piñon Cafe property was owned by the Ira R. and Goldie McNeeley family for 30 years, from January 1956 through June 1986. The cafe was named after the piñon (or pinyon) pine, which produces nuts long a vital food for Native Americans.

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More flower options, just in time for romance’s big day ...

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Safeway has a new head florist and she brings with her 36 years of experience.

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Business stoked at Payson medical marijuana dispensary

Uncle Herbs’ customers sampling edible products

It’s been six months since northern Gila County’s only medical marijuana dispensary opened and the owners report things are going well, so well they are planning to expand their line of edible products and sell their own in-house pot soon.

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Spa offers Scottsdale treatments at Payson prices

Bella Vita soon to add hair and vein removal to services

It’s gone from an antique shop, to a salon and boutique and now a med spa. It appears Chrisy’s Cottage, at 718 N. Beeline Highway, has finally completed its transition from funky chic shop to sophisticated spa under new owner Kacia Maddox.

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Bank of America sells its Payson branch

Coming in May there will no longer be a Bank of America in Payson.

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Registration for Business Showcase continues

The Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce continues to sign up businesses to participate in the annual Business Showcase.

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Yogurt shop expected to open in March

A couple from Alaska is brining some of the cold with them — but of the sweet variety.

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Lights out for Knotty Pine Cafe

If you are hungry for a slice of homemade pie from the Knotty Pine Cafe, you are out of luck.

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Mattress Experts expands to include furniture

Mattress Experts recently expanded to include more than bedroom furniture in its inventory.

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Local art and crafts available in one place

I started my Christmas shopping trip with a warm pumpkin chai latte at Dimi Espresso Café, a pad of paper and a pencil ... because I need all the help I can get — shopping is not my favorite activity.

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Mesa psychiatrist expands practice

A new psychiatrist is expanding his practice into Payson.

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Favorite Rim Country Christmas shopping spots

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.

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Got to admit ... it’s getting better

Payson’s sales tax revenues on the rise, but construction continues to struggle

Hopeful numbers keep trickling in, as Rim Country struggles to regain the economic ground it lost in the real estate crash of 2007 and 2008.