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Everyday Business: Wunderbar! Local hotel one of best in nation

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Hotel Pension Anna in Leavenworth has a new feather in its pointy-brimmed Bavarian alpine cap.

The 17-room, family-run, downtown hotel has once again placed on TripAdvisor’s annual list of the Top 25 Hotels for Service in the U.S. It ranks No. 24 on a list that includes the Four Seasons Resort in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii; the Inn of Five Graces in Santa Fe, N.M.; the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle; and The Avalon Hotel on Catalina Island, Calif.

We’re honored once again that our guests have rated us as one of the top hotels in America,” said Pension Anna owner Gary Thebault.

TripAdvisor is a popular travel website that features reviews of hotels and attractions around the world. It boasts more than 75 million reviews, according to a press release.

To read about Hotel Pension Anna on TripAdvisor, visit and search for “travelers’ choice 2013.” Or visit

New directors, economic growth and just desserts

The Cashmere Chamber of Commerce’s annual membership meeting on Wednesday will feature everything but the kitchen sink.

Oh, wait a minute … the meeting will have kitchen sinks, too, since it’ll be held at Overall Kitchen & Bath Design Center, 127 Cottage Ave. The gathering starts at 6:30 p.m.

Chamber members will meet the new board of directors, find out what’s planned for the coming year and hear a presentation by Cashmere Valley Bank’s Jenny Cravens on what other small towns are doing to promote economic growth.

And, oh my goodness, the evening’s goodies will be provided by Red Door Desserts, the Cashmere sweets company that specializes in yummy cheesecakes — although they might serve up simpler fare for this event. Maybe a chocolate coconut tart? We can only dream.

Nominate your favorite tech-head now

Still waiting for one of you nerdy tinkerers to invent a teleporter that’ll zip me instantly to the Red Lobster in Yakima. Coconut-crusted prawns are calling.

Who knows? Maybe a teleporter will be one of the gizmos presented at this year’s Innovator Awards Luncheon, coming up in March and hosted by GWATA (the Greater Wenatchee Area Technology Alliance).

Awards will be presented in four categories — Tech Savvy Business of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Future Technology Leaders (high school students) and Innovative Use of Technology in the Classroom.

You can nominate your favorite tech-head(s) for an award up through Feb. 15. Do it online at or email Program Director Amy Lewis at to get a nomination form.

It’s also not too early to register for the luncheon, which will start at noon March 26 at the Wenatchee Convention Center. Cost is $25 for GWATA members, $30 for non-members, and free to anyone with a) a teleporter, or b) a steaming order of Red Lobster prawns.

For more info, visit or call 661-9000.

Nothing brewing at North Wenatchee Aut-to Mocha

Coffee drinkers woke up Wednesday morning to realize there are fewer places around here to have a cute Aut-to Mocha girl serve up a triple-shot hazelnut latte.

According to Aut-to Mocha’s Facebook page, the company’s drive-up location at 1930 N. Wenatchee Ave. unplugged the espresso machine and shuttered the windows on Tuesday. No explanation was given other than “due to circumstances beyond our control.”

The posting thanked customers for their support and reminded java lovers that there are still five other Aut-to Mocha locations in Wenatchee, East Wenatchee and Cashmere.

This weekly column is compiled from “Everyday Business,” a blog by World reporter Mike Irwin. You can reach him at 665-1179 or