Just as spring brings changes in the weather (thank goodness!) it also brings changes to the business climate on the mountain. With our summer population returning to enjoy the beautiful summer days, businesses respond with new offerings, schedules and new entrepreneurs give flight to their dreams. This month we thought we’d include all the changes and updates that we know about.
Starting out on the east end of town at the Shoppes at Bison Ranch, Lone Eagle has moved to the west end of the building where Rusty Quail used to be. They still have fishing and hunting gear as well as licenses and maps. Basides camo wear for the outdoorsman there’s now Liberty Wear women’s tops, Mossy Oak purses and Montana Silversmith jewelry. They are carrying the Heber Wild Horse photography of Mary Hauser and the Fairy collection of Sharon Chanley as well as western art, kachina dolls and pottery. They also sell flavored popcorns and locally made fudge.
Next door Rim Country Quilts & Paper Crafts moved into the space formerly occupied by Madisons. Their focus is having 100% cotton fabrics for the quilter and crafter, plus sewing notions. They also focus on paper crafting supplies for cardmakers, scrapbookers and crafters. They sell the Sizzix Big Shot and accessories (which include cardmaking dies, embossing folders, quilt dies, shape cutting, paper leathers and much more). There are kids’ classes every week, mid-May thru late August.
The Emporium is in the same location and is a very fun store with lots of toys and fun stuff for kids and adults. They’ve added some bling purses, handmade cloth bags from Nepal, leather bags, backpacks, 3D pictures, candy…a little bit of everything.
Wild Herb Soap Company is still in the same store front but have added back room space to help with storage of their supplies. Carol and Jesse Howe started out in their home making and selling online. Last year they opened their store front at Bison Shoppes in addition to their online presence and have retail and wholesale clients for their all natural products. Carol said, “I became interested in essential oils after experiencing health problems to which drugs weren’t the solution.” They import essential oils direct from distillers all over the world. They’ve recently added local honey and seasonings to the store.
Wild Women Bar & Grill proprietor Keith Carnes has a new chef this season. Chef Chris is working on bringing back their pizza with house made dough and sauce. They are offering homemade soups, barbecue and have a couple new salads on the menu.
The biggest new development is Carnes’ new venture called Giddy Up Cafe which is right next to Wild Women in their former banquet room. It’s a coffee/sweet shop and deli. The room has been opened up with its own entrance and there’s a counter where you can order pizza by the slice with an espresso and an ice cream cone for dessert. They have pre-made sandwiches and salads as well for a quick pick up. You’ll be able to take your order out back and enjoy the new seating by the pond. The hours are 7am to 8pm.
Carnes is also offering a loyalty program through a phone app and a website for online ordering at this URL – Click here to find it.
Wayne Raney will have his horseback riding available again this summer to the east of Wild Women.
Down the road back towards the west is Mr. Earl’s Pizza, that opened in the former Sue’s Pizza Time. Kim and Nathan Mathews have resurrected Kim’s father’s recipes who was the original pizza restaurateur in this location. Stop by for a pie, sandwich or salad.
The Two Sixty Barbershop has moved east on Highway 260 into Overgaard. They’re now located next to Mama Santina’s Bakery in the space that was a beauty salon.
There’s a new Rock Shop in town in the Black Bear Plaza (next door to Lee’s Flooring) called Pick Me Rock Shop. The owners, Jim and Sandra Jacobs, have been in the rock business for years as a vendor at different shows around the state. They’ve decided to give a store front a go offering a full service rock shop and lapidary specialists. They have tools, lapidary supplies, polishing, lessons, books and more. They are offering Rock Polishing classes now. Stop by to sign up or call them at 928-242-2260.
Another new restaurant opening in the venue that was formerly Purple Sage is called Three Bears. Michelle Reynolds and daughter Cassie, who have many years in the food industry will be opening up mid-May featuring American fare with comfort classics for breakfast and lunch. They recently moved to town with the “third” bear, husband and dad, James Dempsey, who’ll help out where needed.
There’s a new Farmer’s Insurance Agency in town owned by Jana and Jerry Young. They are in the same building as Lawyer’s Title at 3387 Sawmill Point Road.
The Cabin is open for business with Raynita and Steve Carlson. They have some new menu items this season including street tacos.
Windy Hills Lavender is open for the season with their all natural line of products most of which is grown and made in Heber. For those who don’t know, the LAVENDER is grown about a 45 minute drive northwest of town.
Mary Maudes has exciting changes at her business this season. At the end of the building they are opening up a Soda Fountain, baked goods and grilled hotdogs with homemade buns. Now who doesn’t like a really good hotdog and what a bonus to have homemade buns! It is a work in progress but Mary Maudes plans to open by mid May. They are also hand crafting one-of-a-kind kitchen Islands using antique elements and they are just wonderful. So drop in and see for yourself.
First thing I noticed was her pretty new business cards and that the store name is changed to Mary Maudes Country Store now, and it is so befitting.
The Red Barn opened Saturday April 30th and it was a huge success according to the vendors. Anyway I saw lots of smiles on everyone’s faces and the aroma of fresh baked goods coming from Tracy Kerr’s new bakery drew me in quickly. Smiles Bakery was responsible for many of those smiles I’m sure! You just can’t help but smile and feel happy when greeted by Tracy and all her decadent baked goods. She sold out on brownies! Her window was crowded with people peeking in and placing orders and so interested in what’s on the menu. I’m sure Tracy will be surprising us with many items we won’t be able to resist.
Tin Pay Alley is always a favorite! It’s always fun to talk with Proprietors Tony, Doug and Marty. They are always fun and upbeat and always have something new going on. The blend of vendors is such a great mix of treasures. Drop in and see what’s new. Turn the corner to the back room and you feel as though you walked into the Wild Wild West! The backdrop of old repurposed wood and tin sets the stage for the new venue that just opened.
Good luck for the new season ya’ll!