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On the cutting edge: Wenatchee business finds success comes in all sorts of shapes

Don’t tell Troy Bassett and Joe Snell they can’t learn anything by watching television. As they watched one of the first episodes of “Orange County Choppers” on the Discovery Channel, a steel plate was cut cleanly and accurately with a water jet tool. The friends and business partners were intrigued.

Signs, signs, everywhere their signs

Longtime local businessman Monte Graybeal grew up in the Wenatchee Valley and learned to appreciate art from his father, Larry. Although Larry worked in banking and real estate all his life, art was a special hobby for him. Larry had one piece of practical advice for his artistic son, who himself was growing into a gifted artist. He advised his son not to be an artist because his passion would quickly lose its appeal as a job. Instead, he said, try to find work you enjoy doing, and put your ...
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Knocking on wood: Local lumber business builds solid reputation

It’s no secret the recession was tough on the building industry. In a normal year, there are about 1.3 million housing starts nationwide. In 2006, housing starts peaked at 2.2 million. Three years later they hit rock bottom at 550,000. The building industry saw construction companies across the nation slash jobs to survive.

Taste the difference: Latin cuisine finds home in Leavenworth

The mere mention of Central Washington’s Bavarian theme town of Leavenworth conjures images of rugged mountain peaks and colorful dancers dressed in traditional Bavarian attire. It brings thoughts of spatzle, weiner schnitzel and big mugs of beer. But how about stuffed jalapenos, carnitas and pisco sours?
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Petal power: Floral shop owner takes time to stop and smell the roses

Jeanne Davis knows what it’s like to work 40 hours straight. And when the floral shop owner flips her business calendar to February for the 25th time, she’ll brace herself for the controlled chaos barreling toward her like a runaway freight train loaded with roses.
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A perfect fit: Business finds big success in sporting goods

When 19-year-old alpine skiers and newlyweds Ken and Kay Paton opened a small ski shop in a simple A-frame building in 1958 in Wenatchee, they had no idea that 54 years later, it would be an anchor business in downtown. The entrepreneurial couple named their new ski business Arlberg Sports after a skiing technique developed in the Arlberg Mountains in Austria. Over time, the business grew to become one of the best custom ski boot fitting stores on the West Coast.
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A grind for business

Nothing says “Germany” quite like authentic German bratwurst and beer. That was the basic premise of the business plan when life and business partners Candy Mecham and Dan Carr began the initial planning of their outdoor sausage and beer garden, Leavenworth Sausage Garten by Cured.

A nonprofitable endeavor

Nonprofit organizations are a critical thread in the fabric of our society, and have been since our country began. The Internal Revenue Service designates nonprofit tax-exempt organizations as 501(c) entities in the tax code.

Community service: Rice family keeps focus on customers

Retirement means different things to different people. But most of us dream of spending our hard-earned retirement years enjoying life and doing something fun and carefree, such as traveling the world to sit on warm tropical beaches while sipping fruity drinks with those little umbrellas.
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Concrete creations: Cashmere company builds solid reputation

Sim Smith didn’t like to see fruit go bad on his watch. During his tenure as the warehouse manager for Pioneer Growers in the 1940s, he witnessed the final stages of common storage — using ice blocks to cool the fruit — then refrigerated storage and later the earlier stages of controlled atmosphere, or CA, storage.