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Business is Puzzling for Arizona Family.

Bringing Families Together One Puzzle at A Time.

Sierra Vista, Arizona - February 20, 2002 - When it came to developing a business plan, one Arizona family put all the pieces together and it spelled Putzie's Puzzles Store."Our primary goal when we opened our store and started our website was to challenge and entertain the mind using quality products," said owner Elizabeth Nickerson. "We feel that many children and adults spend too much time playing video and computer games or sitting zoned out in front of the TV."

The family-owned store sells products from its Sierra Vista, Arizona location and online at http://www.putziespuzzles.com. It boasts the largest selection of Jigsaw puzzles in Southeastern Arizona with at least 500 different titles on its shelves at any given time. The store has something for every age and skill level -- from 2 piece puzzles for the youngest puzzler to over 13,000 piece puzzles for experts.

Putzie's runs puzzle contests like "Seeking the Worlds' Fastest Puzzler" and at closing time, if customers are still in the store, the staff often opens a game and forms teams to have an impromptu "Family Game Night".

Nostalgic for your favorite childhood game? The store will find it for you or direct you to a source. "We are always looking for unusual and educational products. All of our products are educational, stimulating and fun." Some of the store's board games ask you to "Name That State or Country", answer trivia questions about wild life, geography, science, or math. The store stocks many puzzle books -- from 5 minute "Who Done Its" to critical and logical thinking books. Crosswords and Mazes are always a hit. Science experiments and kits, Dinosaur Digs, and things to build: from a wooden construction set for toddlers to "Rollerscape", the Ultimate Challenge for adult builders.

"An educated mind is our best promise for the future," believes Mike Nickerson, Elizabeth's husband. Mike also thought of the name of the store, calling it Putzie's Puzzles after his wife who he said is always putzing around. "She never takes enough time to sit down and relax, plus Putzie's Puzzles had a certain charm to it."

"Puzzles and games both play an essential part in learning basic skills. We have had many elementary school teachers tell us that their students could not put puzzles together," Mike Nickerson said. "Some of these children have never done a puzzle at home with their families. Young children need this type of activity to prepare them for reading and math. Puzzles and educational games help with all of the following skills: memory, matching, association, recognition, spatial thinking, pattern matching, fractions, lateral thinking skills symmetry, spatial visualization, problem solving, geometry, science and illusion, counting skills, cause and effect, imagination, naming of people, animals, objects, planning, color matching, alphabet recognition, and more."

Because of the family's belief in a strong education, their store offers a teacher discount. "Many fine teachers need to use their own money to buy classroom supplies and fun learning tools for their students. We offer a discount as our way to give back to the community. Teachers are pleased with all of our products. We also have occupational and physical therapists that use our large knob wooden puzzles, 'Latches & Basic Skills' boards, sign language peg puzzles, and our textured wooden puzzles to help their patients."

When people were asked for their New Year's resolution for 2002, for the first time in decades, the top answer was "spend time with family". So what better way to do that then playing an educational game or putting together a jigsaw puzzle.

The Putzie's Puzzles website offers the largest selection of jigsaw puzzles from more than 17 manufacturers. All the items in the store are available to its Internet customers. A "Puzzlegram" newsletter is sent out by email to website customers. In addition to local customers, Putzie's Puzzles has customers in Italy, Austria, Germany, Greece, UK, Brussels and other countries.

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Contact: Elizabeth Nickerson
Tel: 520-417-2003
Email: beth@putziespuzzles.com

Putzie's Puzzle Store
2241 E. Fry Blvd. Sierra Vista, AZ 85636 (near Furniture Impressions)
520-417-2003 fax 520-417-0998

Web: http://www.putziespuzzles.com/
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