We like to keep abreast of developments at Pybus Public Market, so we got a lift upon reading that the waterfront hub will host Mamm-O-Rama, a work of art made of brassieres to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
In fact, Pybus has taken the plunge to create the Northwest’s longest bra chain. Ladies will tie their bras together — regular bras, decorated bras, lacy see-through push-up bras (just a suggestion) — in a long chain that will be paraded around the market grounds and then suspended, chandelier style, from the building’s ceiling.
The bra chandelier “will become a distinctive work of art,” says a Pybus press release, that replaces the annual Bridge to a Cure event of prior years. That event strung hundreds of decorated bras across the Riverwalk Pedestrian Bridge in downtown Wenatchee as a fundraiser for breast cancer research.
There’s also a bra flash mob planned for one as-yet-unannounced Saturday in October. We’re hoping that won’t be a bust.
In addition to all that hulla-bra-loo, Pybus will sponsor cooking demonstrations on eating right to avoid cancer at 7 p.m. October 10, 17 and 24 at the market’s demonstration kitchen. On Oct. 9, the market will also donate a portion of its gross sales to The Wellness Place, a cancer support group for Wenatchee Valley patients and survivors. And on Oct. 25, the market will host a candle-lit ceremony honoring cancer victims, survivors, families and friends.
For more information, call Laura Herrera at 393-7823 or Steve Robinson at 679-7143.
Home sales robust through August
Wenatchee-market home sales stayed strong through summer, even though prices rose and inventory fell.
Pacific Appraisal Associates, a local appraisal and consulting firm, keeps track of market stats on a monthly basis. Here are some key numbers through August:
Dollar volume for homes sold in the Wenatchee market (Wenatchee, East Wenatchee, Malaga, Orondo and Rock Island) is up 26 percent over the first eight months of 2012 to hit $134.7 million.
Numbers of homes sold is up 21 percent to 557 from 462 in the first eight months of last year.
Manufactured home receipts are up 73 percent to hit $9.4 million on sales of 82 units, up 61 percent over last year.
The average home price has risen 4 percent to $241,929 from $231,707 last year. The median price has also risen 4 percent to $214,950 from $205,950.
Dollar volume of listings rose 14 percent to $256.5 million over last year with 917 homes listed.
Homes on the market in August fell 11 percent to 358 from 404 in August 2012.
Building permits for single-family homes have jumped 40 percent to hit 127 from 91 last year.
Rental vacancies have dropped 100 percent to 0.0 percent for condos (from 6 percent last year) and fell 50 percent to 2 percent for single-family homes (from 4 percent last year). Overall, rental vacancies are down 33 percent to 2 percent (from 3 percent last year).
See Pacific Appraisal’s full report at pacapp.com.
Woman of Year nominations due this week
Have you given any thought to who might be 2013’s Woman of the Year?
Maybe Shiloh Schauer, new director of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce? Maybe Harriet Bullitt, business woman and philanthropist who moved KOHO Radio to Wenatchee earlier this year? Or maybe one of scores of accomplished women in this area who run their own businesses, lead civic organizations or in other ways help to better the community?
The deadline is Friday for nominations for the top honor presented annually by Business & Professional Women of Wenatchee. An awards banquet will follow at noon Oct. 16 at the Confluence Technology Center, 285 Technology Center Way, Wenatchee. Tickets are $25, with proceeds going to scholarships for local women.
Need more info? Call 885-8501, email 2013WOY@gmail.com or visit bpwwen.org.
This weekly column is compiled from “Everyday Business,” a blog by World reporter Mike Irwin. You can reach him at 665-1179 or firstname.lastname@example.org.