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Everyday Business | Art, excavators, Entiat tacos and clean windows

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General contractor, heavy equipment operator and, yep, male model Lloyd Palm broke ground last week on an 8,000-square-foot building that’ll house a huge machine repair shop, private museum and, yep again, art studio and gallery.

He probably described it best. “We just wanted a place where we could fix machines and display a little art.”

Done in first-class fashion, the ground-breaking included Palm, girlfriend and author Judi Moreo, building erector Corey Davis of Western Ranch Buildings, a ceremonial golden shovel, a ceremonial golden Dodge Ram 2500 (Palm’s pickup) and a giant 125-ton excavator. The machine is most likely one of the biggest of its kind in the region, Palm said.

Construction of the steel building began last week and should be finished in about three months. It’s located on the site of Palm’s Ram Ridge Gravel Sales in Olds Station and is the first industrial building on the property. Four more adjacent lots could be developed in the near future.

You’re wondering, of course, if Palm really is a male model and why would he combine heavy equipment repair with art exhibitions under one roof.

Well, last year Palm was a top 10 finalist in AARP’s “Faces of 50+” nationwide modeling search. He was encouraged to participate by girlfriend Moreo, a national motivational speaker, author and artist. The new building will provide an upstairs art space where she can paint, show work and give lessons. Also upstairs: A production studio where Moreo can record podcasts for her online radio show — “Choices … with Judi Moreo” — on

After decades as a general contractor, these days Palm specializes in buying, repairing and reselling used heavy equipment.

Tovars cooking up new restaurant in Entiat

Salvador and Oralia Tovar are bringing their Mexican recipes home.

The Tovars, owners of Tacos Chava in Wenatchee Valley Mall, are expanding into their adopted hometown of Entiat with a new restaurant in a prominent location — the old Chevron station and former bakery next door to the Entiat Food Center. They’re aiming to have the place open by July 31.

This is a good building for us,” said Salvador, who’s leading a crew of family members to completely renovate the structure. “The right size, lots of natural light, beautiful views of the Columbia River.”

The Tovar construction crew has stripped out the building’s interior down to the studs, removed a couple of walls, added five huge windows, rewired and re-plumbed the kitchen area and — in coming weeks — will add a new patio for outside dining.

The 70-seat Entiat location will employ around three to four workers, mostly family members or experienced employees transplanted from the East Wenatchee restaurant.

An Entiat resident since 1986, Salvador said he and wife Oralia have come to love the town. “It’s why we decided to invest in a building right downtown,” he said. “We feel good about the place. We can feel it’s going to work for us.”

Sauceda awash in info at window-cleaning event

Wenatchee’s AJ Sauceda, who’s been cleaning up in the window washing business, last weekend had a close brush with, well, brushes — and hoses and squeegees and soaps — when he attended the 2nd Annual Pacific Northwest Networking Event for Window Cleaners in Seattle.

The event was loaded with demos, guest speakers and industry vendors who provided presentations on stuff like IPC Pulex window cleaning tools, enviro-bio cleaners and degreasers and the value of membership in the UAMCC (United Association of Mobile Contract Cleaners). We feel squeaky clean already.

It was a great opportunity to connect with other professional window washers that serve the Northwest,” said Sauceda, owner of Window Washing Wizards. He said he watched an interesting demonstration of the new Unger Hydropower DI Filter, which produces clear water for cleaning just about anything — windows to buildings to solar panels.

Window Washing Wizards is the youngest squirt on the local cleaning scene. The company, which cranked up in April, specializes in residential, commercial and new construction window care, said Sauceda.

Info: 679-4924, or visit the company’s Facebook page:

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

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