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Signs of progress

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Some signs around Wenatchee that show business is moving ahead in the new year:

• The Wenatchee Shari’s Restaurant wasn’t closed a week before workers stripped away everything — signs and decorative facing — that marked it for two decades as one of the city’s most popular restaurants. It shut down Jan. 2.

The grill had hardly cooled before a canvas banner for Ay Caramba!, a new Mexican restaurant, appeared last week above the building’s front entrance. A local company called Cerro Verde will operate the new restaurant. No opening date was posted on the front door, but the company has applied for a liquor license.

• Last week, Andrew’s Sew and Vac unplugged from its old location at 136 N. Chelan Ave. to reopen Saturday in spankin’ new digs about six blocks up the street. The new store at 731 N. Chelan Ave. is across from the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, so you can get your bobbins and hoses tweaked in more ways than one.

• Bellevue Healthcare has served the Wenatchee Valley medical community for over three years, but you might not have heard of it unless you needed health aids like wheelchairs, lift chairs, scooters, home care beds, respiratory equipment or a bunch of other medical stuff.

Now the 12-store company has opened its first storefront here. Nice space, too. It’s at 223 S. Wenatchee Ave. and has a sort of upscale warehouse look. Lots of space to test drive those scooters.

• Six weeks into new management, The Windmill continues to get rave online reviews for its signature entrees — steaks, prime rib and desserts. Owner Kevin Smith has also stepped up the game by offering a slew of new cocktails, including fresh pomegranate martinis. And don’t fret ... the restaurant is still cooking in its landmark windmill-styled building at 1501 N. Wenatchee Ave.