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Rita Jorgenson (left) has purchased Payson Florist from Marilyn Dedman and will take over the business April 21. Dedman and her husband, Merlin, are moving to Idaho to be near family.

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Payson Florist changing hands

Gift items on sale to make room for new inventory

One of the area’s best-known and biggest gift shops is changing hands. After seven years, Merlin and Marilyn Dedman have decided to sell the business, at 800 N. Beeline Highway, and retire to Idaho. Rita Jorgenson will take over April 21, implementing a number of changes. Jorgenson plans to sell off much of the business’ gift line and replace it with gardening supplies, including pots, birdhouses, bird feeders, plants and garden art.

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