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Everyday Business | Drive-through window for Mexican yummies

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The bronze dino statue at Plaza Wenatchee overlooks the market’s expansion that includes a drive-through window.

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Pretty soon, your taco dreams will come true. You’ll be able to grab a bag of Plaza Wenatchee’s yummy carnitas tacos without even leaving your car.

Yep, south Wenatchee’s big yellow Latino market with the huge bronze triceratops statue in the parking lot has an expansion underway — and a drive-through window will be one chief feature.

We want to make shopping more convenient for our customers,” said manager Robert Dearie. So the 2,950-square-foot addition will include the drive-through window, indoor cafe-style seating for deli and bakery customers, a larger tortilla factory and an expanded selection of groceries.

Construction could be finished by year’s end with the new addition opening sometime in January.

Details: Plaza Wenatchee, 908 S. Wenatchee Ave. 888-0230. Facebook keywords: plaza wenatchee.

Cheese shop unwraps this week at Pybus

If all goes according to plan, the Leavenworth store that carries two of our favorite food groups — cheese and beer — should be open by midweek at the Pybus Public Market in Wenatchee.

The Cheesemonger’s Shop will fill its 400-square-foot Pybus space with about 75 cheeses, dozens of imported beers and regional microbrews, local wines and sausages. Owners Dave and Barb Hambleton are also adding sidewalk-style tables where those gaga for Gouda can relax, sip a beer and sample the cheese-y goods.

We’re right in there with the bakery, wines, breads, meats and the farmers market,” said Dave. “We think our shop will be a good fit. And it’ll definitely be a more convenient location for our loyal Wenatchee customers.”

Last week, construction in the space continued with installation of commercial coolers and display fixtures. “I’m 99 percent sure we’ll be open on Wednesday,” Dave said with a chuckle. “Or maybe Thursday. Or … well, let’s just hope everything arrives and gets installed on time.”

Details: The Cheesemonger’s Shop in Pybus Market, at the foot of Orondo Avenue in Wenatchee. 548-9011, or visit

Boutique expanding, moving to Miller Street

The fun and flirty fashions at Darleen’s Boutique will move at month’s end to a new location a few blocks west, says owner Darleen Gerry.

The clothing-and-gift emporium on North Chelan Avenue will close just before Thanksgiving and reopen Dec. 2 at 662 N. Miller St., right across from Safeway.

The new location, actually a renovated house, has about twice the space of Darleen’s current address. That means, she says, her fashion lines of dresses, tops, leggings, jewelry and other accessories may expand a bit — but her gift lines will expand a lot. Customers will find a lot more home decor items, such as candles, stained glass hangings and ceramic wall plaques.

The North Miller location will also have off-street parking, which was in short supply at the current location.

Details: Darleen’s Boutique, currently at 136 N. Chelan St. but opening Dec. 2 at 662 N. Miller St. (206) 949-8044.

Help is here for the shopping-challenged male

Hey, fellas, you’ve got just about a month to ready yourself for the holiday Men’s Shopping Night at Tumbleweed, the jewelry-art-books-decor-accessories store in downtown Wenatchee. The event for husbands, dads, sons, brothers, boyfriends (and all the rest of you bums) will run 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19. The idea is that you’ll likely arrive completely befuddled about what sort of Christmas presents to get the females in your life. So the Tumbleweed staff is trained to steer you away from the 90-amp flux wire welder (OK, some wives LOVE those things) and more toward custom-designed gold earrings with feather accents.

They give you advice, you give them money, they give you the earrings in a gift-wrapped box and you’re outta there. Wait … there’ll also be drinks and snacks to energize you for the walk down to Wally’s House of Booze, where you’ll recount how you conquered your shopping fears.

Details: Tumbleweed, 105 Palouse St., Wenatchee. Call (541) 350-6263, or visit

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

Reach Mike Irwin at 509-665-1179 or . Read his blog Everyday Business. follow him on Twitter at @MikeIrwinWW.