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Business Past | Home of the handmade milkshake

The Crescent Variety Store on Orondo Avenue in Wenatchee in 1900. Behind the counter are proprietor Charles Kyle and clerk Carrie Sanders. It was Wenatchee’s first soft drink and notion store. Kyle settled in East Wenatchee in 1888 and 10 years later started the Crescent. It was said that he made the first milkshakes in the valley with a small hand-powered machine. (Business World file photo)

Dealing with transgender issues in public facilities

In 2006, the Washington Legislature passed a law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment and places of public accommodations. As defined by law, “sexual orientation, means heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality, and gender expression or identity. Gender identity or expression refers to one’s having, in part, to having or perceiving as having a gender identity different from that traditionally associated with the sex assigned to a person at birth.

A business that’s back and better than ever

Brett LaMar and his team at Lake Chelan Building Supply are busy as can be these days. Last July, the company’s Chelan lumber yard burned to the ground in the lightning-sparked conflagration that turned the town into a war zone.

Success hinges on private investors

WENATCHEE — Town Toyota Center and Pybus Public Market today stand as the two signature bookends of a city vision for riverfront re-development more than a decade in the making.

Editor’s Note | Riverfront development beginning to show life

One of Wenatchee’s greatest attributes is the Columbia River. The water it provides keeps our landscape green and our agricultural industry thriving. Of course, it also provides inexpensive power, which benefits the entire region in a wide variety of ways.

Retirement comes with financial challenges

We all have a “blue sky” vision of the way retirement should be, yet it helps to plan for retirement with a little pragmatism. Fate may alter the course of our retirement in ways we do not currently anticipate. So as we plan for the next act of life, we may want to think about some life and financial factors that are often overlooked.

Business Past | Telephone exchange

This was the Wenatchee telephone exchange in 1901. Phone service, however, dates back to 1893 when a single iron wire was stretched between Waterville and Wenatchee by Pacific States Telephone Co. The Wenatchee station was in the F.M. Scheble hardware store at Orondo Avenue and Mission Street. (Business World file photo)

Ruling puts new requirements on agricultural industry

On March 3, the Washington Supreme Court issued a decision that significantly impacts agricultural employers and farm and orchard managers who provide certain farm labor contracting services. Essentially, the court’s decision eliminates the ability of agricultural employers to provide custom farming services without obtaining a license as a farm labor contractor.

Eye On | My GameSmith: Let the games begin

The My GameSmith store at 1110 N. Miller St. in Wenatchee is more than just a gaming store. Sure, it’s got board games — many of which the casual player may not have heard of. But for a lot of its clients, it’s more than that.