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Mary Wise, co-owner of Time Was Antiques, leases space to 10 vendors at her 2,400-square-foot antique mall at 427 E. Beale St. She sees repeat business from foreign visitors every year. (HUBBLE RAY SMITH/Miner)

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Part of the vision for rejuvenating downtown Kingman is to play upon its charm and quaintness and historic relevance, much like Prescott and Sedona and other small towns that refused to give way to strip malls and retail chains. So having 20 antique, specialty and thrift shops in a four-block area gives Kingman the critical mass it needs.