HEBER/OVERGAARD — Businesses were busy in 2011, either choosing to open up shop or expand their existing services.
Heber/Overgaard’s business community saw a lot of activity last year, a certain boost for the small community. Whether it was new citizens or established citizens making the move, it led to an active year.
New businesses in Heber/Overgaard included Catherine’s A Cut Above, Premier Auto Body, Mountain Top Transport and Economy Door Service. JH Designers Hair Salon expanded to include a boutique, while Pit Stop Pizza owner Mark Gibbs added The Woodshed Cafe to his restaurant lineup. Outback Bob’s Saw Shop expanded as well.
The Heber/Overgaard Service Team also expanded their thrift store, while the Rim Community Library added a children’s section. On top of all of that, Blondie’s Deli reopened in the community as Blondie’s Deli and Dogs.
Catherine MIller is the owner of Catherine’s A Cut Above, and she certainly has experience in the hair salon business. She said she has been in business for 25 years and had two beauty salons while she lived in Southern California. She moved to Heber/Overgaard in 2005 and opened A Cut Above last August.
Miller said a move to Heber/Overgaard was a natural one for her.
“I was in love with the mountains of Big Bear and Arrowhead in California,” she said. “I wanted to come out here in a quiet community and build a business.”
A Cut Above, located next to Mama Santina’s bakery, is a full-service beauty salon, offering hair and nail service, waxing, colors, extensions, pedicures and more. Miller is not alone in serving customers’ needs. Tammy Jones and Kim Goodall also help out, with over 15 years salon experience between them.
Miller said A Cut Above has been dubbed “the happiest place in town,” a title she earned during the grand opening. The salon can be reached at (928) 535-4440.
Premier Auto Body opened up in September. Located next to Bison Ranch, the auto body- and collision-repair shop is owned by Scott McLaws.
Office Manager Amanda McLaws said this is Scott’s first business, after working in the auto body business for 15 years. She said they moved up to Heber/Overgaard in July, but Scott grew up in Joseph City. Before moving, the two lived in Rapid City, S.D., for 10 years.
“He’s always wanted to have his own shop,” she said. “It’s a dream come true for him. We’re happy to be here and serve the area.”
Premier Auto Body also offers painting services and free estimates. They can be reached at (928) 535-9505.
Speaking of transportation, July marked the opening of Mountain Top Transport Services. Located near Bison Ranch, the company is family-owned by Thomas Terryah and his daughter Dorri Thyden.
Operations Manager Peg Terryah said their business wants to provide a service to people that cannot get around. She said Mountain Top Transport can help people with shopping services, mobile notary, delivery and courier services and more.
“What we’re trying to do is bring back old-fashioned service,” she said.
The family has lived full-time in Overgaard since 2005. Terryah said they are also looking to expand, creating hubs in Snowflake and Show Low and offering service to the PInetop-Lakeside and Show Low senior centers. Mountain Top Transport can be reached at (855) 686-7433.
Aaron Haneline owns AJ Lock, which had its first full year of business after opening in December 2010. Based out of his home in Heber, Haneline said he offers residential locksmithing services.
“People buy a house and there’s a bunch of old keys floating around,” he said. “I make it to where the old keys don’t work and the new ones do.”
Haneline has lived in the area since 1984 after moving from Glendale. In Glendale, he said his parents managed mobile home parks, so he has been working with locks for much of his life. He said he opened AJ Lock because he saw Heber/Overgaard as needing the service.
AJ Lock can be reached at (928) 240-0346.
Economy Door Service opened in September and is owned by Stephen Neese. Working out of his home, Neese said it is a profession he has had for 34 years, including 24 years as owner of the business which began out of Phoenix.
Neese said he specializes in garage doors and openers, repair and service. He described Economy Door Service as a family-owned, Christian company.
Neese said he usually splits his time between Heber and Phoenix, but he hopes to be in the area full time in March. Economy Door Service can be reach at (928) 535-9502.
Blondie’s Deli and Dogs held a grand reopening on Oct. 5. Located an eighth of a mile east of state Route 277 on the south side of state Route 260, Manager Ladean Burkhardt said they are open every Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Blondie’s, owned by Ken and Marci Cratte, serves sandwiches and hot dogs, with specials every Wednesday through Friday. Burkhardt said they also offer a hot sandwich every Saturday and homemade soup every day. She said it is good food with good portions, and customers will not walk away hungry.
Burkhardt said the Crattes have long wanted to open Blondie’s and are grateful for the opportunity.
“This has always been their dream, to have a little deli,” she said.
Blondie’s can be reached at (928) 535-4002.
As far as expanded businesses, Jeffrey Sacino and Henry Soyos of JH Designers Hair Salon decided to include a boutique in their store, opening it during Memorial Day weekend last year. Called JHD Boutique, it is also located in The Red Barn in Heber.
Sacino describes himself and Soyos as “celebrity hair dressers, from their work for the film industry while they lived in Los Angeles. He said they both found Heber/Overgaard from selling dog biscuits at a farmer’s market in Phoenix, seeing it as a way to avoid the heat in the summers. The salon opened in 2010, and the business they received allowed them to pursue and extra opportunity.
“When I found (The Red Barn) was going to be an indoor place and we didn’t have to move (in the summer), we came up,” he said.
JHD Boutique sells purses, jewelry, belts, shirts with “bling” and more. Sacino said the boutique also sells dog toys, dog biscuits, scarves, different types of soaps, handmade crafts by Soyos and more. He said everything is inexpensive and they are open every Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The store can be reached at either (480) 321-9707 or (480) 414-3688.
The Woodshed Cafe opened up in May and serves breakfast and lunch every Wednesday through Sunday. Located next to Pit Stop Pizza, Gibbs said they are open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., but they serve breakfast all day.
For breakfast, The Woodshed Cafe serves eggs benedict, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, waffles and much more. Their lunch menu includes burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads and skillets. The inside of The Woodshed Cafe is decorated with Western decor.
Gibbs said he moved to Heber/Overgaard in 2006, opening Pit Stop Pizza shortly thereafter. He said a traditional breakfast and lunch cafe presents its own challenges, but it has been worth it.
“Getting up at 4 in the morning, that’s kind of rough in the winter,” he said with a laugh.
The Woodshed Cafe can be reached at (928) 535-3700.
Outback Bob’s Saw Shop, which has been open since October 2006, also expanded in 2011. Bookkeeper Carolyn Litviak said the move came around April or May and they took up half of the neighboring Nik-L-Nik’s restaurant, which had closed down.
With the expansion, Litviak said owner Bob Litviak is now able to take in larger small equipment for repair.
“He works on quads and he actually has a cement mixer right now he’s working on,” she said.
Outback Bob’s is still a retail store, selling chain saws, weed-eaters, generators, snowblowers and more, along with supplies. She said Bob also does repair work on saws, weed-eaters and other small-engine goods in the store’s two work areas.
Outback Bob’s can be reached at (928) 535-3144.
The Heber/Overgaard Service Team expanded their thrift shop in 2011, allowing for the donation of gently used furniture on top of the clothing, housewares, small appliance and other donations they receive. The Rim Community Library’s expansion in 2011 added 1,440 square feet and 2,000 to 3,000 additional books to their children’s area.
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