Jackie Stonas doesn’t care that it’s a half hour before opening or she is in the middle of an interview. She welcomes the grandparents and their grandson into her empty shop. She hands them a coloring book as the trio wait for the yogurt to freeze.
Five years ago, Mary and John Schramm retired — from their retirement project — of running a unique shop in Leavenworth. It sat 25 steps above Front Street, and sold goods from more than 30 countries. It was run by volunteers.
Kari Sorensen leans back in her seat and takes it all in. Teenage workers scurrying back and forth between the register and plates of food. Customers grabbing refills and napkins. Grandpa’s and grandma’s memorabilia lining the walls of the barn-turned-restaurant.
Step inside the Class with a Glass art studio and it’s as though you are transported to a trendy New York City apartment. The whitewashed bricks and streaming sunlight from the third story windows give the space an urban feel.
Bella Bistro has had a lot of different identities over the past four years. Before it turned into a bistro in 2011, the little building at 317 Orondo Ave. housed an auto repair shop. When Owner Flint Hartwig bought it, he intended to turn it into a drive-through coffee stand. But by the time its doors opened in the spring of 2011, it was decidedly a bistro, serving coffee, breakfast and lunch.
When you consider the family history of It’s 5 owner Colin Levi, and his wife and accounts manager Carol Levi, it’s not entirely surprising that they would find themselves managing a craft distillery. Both had great-grandparents that boot-legged spirits in the 1920s. In fact, it was boot-legging that brought Carol Levi’s family to the Wenatchee Valley.
Pickle Papers, at 21 S. Wenatchee Ave. in downtown Wenatchee, represents not only a unique shop that carries greeting cards, children’s books, journals and more, it also shines light on the charm and passion behind small businesses and provides ample reason to do your shopping locally.