November 23, 2011
The Payson Area Habitat for Humanity ReStore inventory changes every day. Stop in and you might find enough furniture to redo a living room — or an organ on which to learn a new hobby. You can find a full-sized range for the kitchen or a microwave in just about every size and everything is offered at a reasonable price, with the proceeds helping the PAHH program that improves lives.
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The best-kept secret in Payson is a secret no more. Once voted the “Best Kept Secret in Payson” — the Habitat for Humanity ReStore is like the “little engine that could.” Starting on a wing and a prayer in March 2008 with the help of the Walla family, dedicated staff and volunteers stocked the store with “just enough donations to fill each shelf” according to outgoing store manager, Kathy Bickert, who has led the ReStore team from the beginning. In less than 18 months, the little store outgrew its 3,000-square-foot domain, and Habitat took another leap of faith — moving into a 7,000-square-foot store next to the Urgent Care in the Payson Center, where McDonald’s is located, at the corner of Highways 87 and 260.