Scoops Ice Cream & Espresso

This is a northern Arizona member spotlight for Scoops Ice Cream & Espresso in Payson

ScoopsAdSummer weather is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with your favorite flavor of ice cream? Or, why not start the morning with a delicious iced coffee? Started by community-minded husband and wife team, Chris and Maria Higgins, Scoops Ice Cream & Espresso is a Rim Country favorite, and offers both at their Payson location.

While Scoops has everyone’s favorite ice cream flavors like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry, it also offers some unique takes on old classics. Right now, they have a sea salt caramel ice cream for a limited time, and fun local favorites like chocolate brownie extreme and white chocolate cherry. These mouthwatering flavors will lure you in, but you might also want to try the italian sodas, shakes, or an old-school malt.

coffee_ScoopsScoops also offers coffee and espresso. So, when you’re in Payson and searching for that perfect cup of coffee on a hot or cold morning, swing by the Sawmill Shopping Center and get your local caffeine fix. They offer lattes, espresso and also amazing blended coffee drinks in delicious flavors like mocha, vanilla and caramel, and more!

ScoopsCartIf you can’t make it to Payson to visit Scoops, never fear! The Scoops team can be found in a variety of different locations in the Rim Country and statewide. The mobile Scoops ice cream cart makes appearances at local festivals, community events, and even Arizona State Football games! Keep up with Scoops on its Facebook page so that you can be the first to find out about new flavors, new coffees, and where the ice cream cart will be all summer long!

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Cottonwood’s Newest Community Event is Coming! Run for the Roses

RunforRosesThere is a new inaugural spring event in Cottonwood. Held on May 2nd and 3rd, the Run for the Roses Spring Festival brings a whole new type of fun community event to Old Town. This Bootleg Derby will be held on the same day as the Kentucky Derby, and will allow visitors to don their best derby hats and join the fun on Main Street in Cottonwood.

The festivities will kick off on Friday, May 2nd with the Bootlegger’s Ball, featuring The Sammy Davis Band. The ball will be held at the Civic Center in Old Town, beginning at 7:00pm. To buy tickets in person, visit the Business Assistance Center (BAC), Cat’s Meow, Red Geranium, Pink Rain and Burning Tree Cellars. Tickets can also be purchased online, and picked up at the Business Assistance Center (BAC) in Old Town up until 4pm the day of the event.

On Saturday, May 3rd the Run for the Roses Cottonwood Bootleg Derby will feature free live music, a fine art & vintage faire, along with a horseshoe tournament, hosted by the Cornville Cartel (as seen on Arizona Highways). The main event of the day is the sawhorse race, sponsored and decorated by local merchants and businesses. During this event, wooden sawhorses will be raced through Main Street and spectators are encouraged to place friendly bets.

CottonwoodStreetCottonwood’s local community businesses have as their mission, a desire to give back locally and the community and Old Town Association greatly appreciates their continued support.

If your organization or business would like to participate in the Run for the Roses Cottonwood Bootleg Derby, please contact: Cindi Battisti at

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Plant Trees, Grow Communities, Put Down Roots

This Member Spotlight is on the Arizona Community Tree Council

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Do you remember the “Five Cs” of Arizona – the core components of Arizona’s economy when it first became a state?  If the recollection is fuzzy, they were: climate, cattle, copper, cotton, and citrus. While the Arizona landscape is often regarded as two extremes: a sprawling desert or a concrete jungle, trees have and continue to play an essential role in the identity and well-being of our Arizona homestead.

Screen Shot 2014-04-21 at 3.03.15 PMThe Arizona Community Tree Council is a nonprofit organization that has spent over 20 years dedicated to the care and planting of trees, the exchange of information about trees and the vital role they play in the Arizona urban environment. The Council is passionately committed to educating people, communities, and tree care professionals with current information on planting trees, caring for trees, as well as educating the importance of trees for our health, our environment, our future and to Arizona’s legacy.

The Council is composed of representatives from individual Arizona counties, tribal communities, government agencies, professional organizations and other individuals who have a statewide interest in the Council’s mission. If you are looking for answers on what kind of tree you should plant or how to tend to one that isn’t looking so hot, The Arizona Community Tree Council is just the resource you need.

Click here to find out more about Arizona Community Tree Council. You can also click here to read past member spotlights.

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