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Spring sprouts new shops in valley

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Spring sprouted a new batch of businesses across the Wenatchee Valley. Here are profiles of four that opened in May:

Upper Eastside Coffee Co.

Who: Owned and operated by Kristen Kennedy, a 15-year veteran of the coffee business who ran Tradewinds Coffee Co. for 10 years.

What: A plush new espresso shop at the top (upper eastside, get it?) of Grant Road.

Where: 1610 Grant Road (next to Casa Tapatia) in East Wenatchee

When: Open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

What you’ll find: A big tasteful, light-filled room with overstuffed chairs and couches, a kids play room, a meeting space for large groups and, if you’re in a hurry, a drive-through window. The menu includes espresso drinks, smoothies, frozen yogurt, fresh-baked cookies, scones and doughnuts and, beginning Friday, a line-up of made-to-order sandwiches. Coming up: Live music on weekends.

Any surprises? The “upper eastside” theme, referring to East Wenatchee, also includes a bit of New York flavor. A big aerial shot of the Flatiron Building hangs on one side and clippings from the New York Times line restroom walls (fashion for girls, sports for boys).

Info: 470-7812, or visit their Facebook page.

Plaza Wenatchee

Who: Owned by Allen and Rosario Dearie and managed by their son, Robert Dearie. The family also runs the Central Market in Quincy.

What: A bright (you can’t miss the yellow-orange exterior) Latin market that adds pizzazz to South Wenatchee Avenue.

Where: 908 S. Wenatchee Ave.

When: Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

What you’ll find: Inside, aisles lined with imported grocery brands, fresh produce, dried herbs and other exotic ingredients, home-made tortillas and Mexican pastries and breads (made daily). The store specializes in yummy deli items — tamales, burritos roasted meats, two kinds of mole, three kinds of ceviche — and boasts an expansive meat market. Outside, outdoor dining at booths and tables.

Any surprises? The huge metal statue of a triceratops (8 feet high, 10 feet long) in the parking lot has become a must-take photo for families with kids. After snapping a few shots, take the whole bunch in for the giant Dinosaur Burrito Platter, which should fill a few tummies. And don’t miss the Pollo Charro, roasted chicken that falls off the bone.

Info: 888-0230 or visit their Facebook page.

Treasure Hunter’s Theatre

Who: Owned by Marc and Jennifer Taylor and operated with help from their son Quentin, age 5, and friend Jim Guida.

What: A former theater space now jam-packed with all sorts of hard-to-find treasures at moderate prices.

Where: 14 N. Mission St., Suite A (next to The Wenatchee World).

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

What you’ll find: “We’re not a thrift store, and we’re not an antique store,” said owner Marc. “We’re something in between — good stuff at good prices.” Look for deals on furniture, rugs, decor items, dishes, books, art, tools, electronics, old cameras, an expansive display of Hot Wheels and discounted close-out merchandise such as pharmacy items. You need military medals? They’ve got ’em.

Any surprises? People donate lots of items to the store. When those items sell, proceeds go to area youth sports and the kids who need financial help to pay fees and buy equipment.

Info: Call 509-307-0508, or visit their Facebook page.

Glaze — Daily Baked Delights

Who: Owned by Jenifer Eakle and her son Jim Eakle.

What: A spacious, light-filled doughnut and sandwich shop in the former Hollywood Video space at one of East Wenatchee’s busiest intersections.

Where: 595 Grant Road.

When: 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

What you’ll find: Head baker Jenifer Eakle worked 23 years in Top Foods’ bakery, the last eight years as manager — so she knows what’s yummy. Glaze’s open-floor design lets customers watch the making of dozens of different kinds of doughnuts, scones, turnovers, brownies, cakes (including wedding and birthday cakes) and other baked goods. Sandwiches take over the menu at midday, with specialties changing at the whim of sandwich chef Jim Eakle. A well-stocked salad bar offers lighter fare. Lots of seating is available, too, including a window counter where you can smack your lips and watch the world go by.

Any surprises? Jenifer likes to mix up the doughnut case with bold creations. One day last week she brought out a still-warm banana fritter that was laced with nuts and chocolate chips, dipped in a chocolate icing and drizzled with peanut butter. “It’s rich,” she admitted. “But don’t you want a bite?” Yes, oh yes.

Info: Call 888-4529 (GLAZ) or visit their Facebook page, keywords “glaze bakery.”

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