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Great escape: A wonderful place to put life on hold

In this age of smartphones, overtime, and after-work obligations, it can be easy to forget how to relax, how to loosen the shoulders blades and take a deep breath. Thankfully since 2009, the Wenatchee Valley has had an outlet for stress, a place where the day can be put on hold and somewhere people can escape it all: Tranquility Day Spa.
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25 years and still cruising: Legacy continues at this Wenatchee auto dealership

Don Sangster sits behind his desk on the second floor of the Sangster Motors showroom. He looks out the window towards his dealership lot on the corner of Miller and Ninth streets in Wenatchee. The lot is lined with GMC and Buicks, and beneath the simple yet iconic Sangster sign lies 25 years of a family-owned business.
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Power playground: Intense workouts, intense fun are the philosophy here

“Ready, set, go!” Mike Toigo, co-owner and partner of CrosSport Performance yells above the stereo. At the sound of his voice, waves start to ripple across the long lengths of rope on the floor, dumbbells are held high, and bodies lay parallel to the ground in the plank position.
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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?