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Need2Know: New apothecary store; Payless closing; Eviation finds new partners

Payless out of luck

It is an end of an era. Payless shoes announced last week it will close all of its 2,500 stores across the country, including the store at the Prescott Gateway Mall. This comes after the company filed for bankruptcy for a second time.

Store closures will begin in March and may conclude by the end of May. About 16,000 employees will lose their jobs according to CNN.

Payless first opened in 1956.

A corporate public information officer did not give explanations prior to deadline this past week.

Schitt’s Creek Apothecary opens

Schitt’s Creek Apothecary has opened. The store, located 1000 Ainsworth Drive in Prescott, sells natural and organic products — such as herbs and spices, herbal teas, fresh roasted coffee beans, local farm-fresh eggs, raw milk, cream and butter.

The business also sells incense, essential oils, along with handcrafted jams and jellies, jewelry and wood-crafted items.

“Most everything is local from our area,” owner Debra Webster said. “We are as natural and organic as we possibly can.”

Schitt’s Creek is very active on social media and offers daily deals through its Facebook page, Webster added.

The store is open six days a week, Webster said, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Eviation Aircraft’s section

Eviation has selected Siemens to provide high-power, all-electric propulsion systems for Eviation’s fleet of regional Alice electric planes.

These Alice electric planes, Eviation stated in a news release, are capable of flying with nine passengers at 220 knots to a range of 650 miles on a single charge. After finishing test flights and certification in 2021, Eviation said it will begin shipping the aircraft for commercial use in 2022.

“At Siemens, we believe that we are in a new era of aviation and mobility, an era that will be dominated by high-performing electric propulsion, automation and efficiency, which is why partnering with Eviation is so benefiting,” Dr. Frank Anton, Head eAircraft, said. “This partnership will serve as an industry milestone to demonstrate information exchange and system adaptations to create the first all-electric solution.”

Siemens is a German conglomerate company that manufactures medical equipment and other industrial items.

Eviation is an Israeli startup airplane manufacturer whose headquarters is in Prescott. To submit items for the Courier’s Need2Know, email; for legal advertisements, email

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