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.
When Mike and Trish McKee decided to open a meat shop, they knew they had to offer products that were different than what customers could find at local supermarkets. And they found exactly that after touring the Painted Hills Natural Beef headquarters and operation in northern Oregon.
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?
Walking through the door of Sure to Rise Bakery is like passing through a portal of time to when life moved a little slower. The senses are engulfed with the inviting aromas and warmth of grandma’s kitchen. Welcome. Have a seat. Care for a cookie?
In the often impractical world of high fashion, glitzy models sporting 4-inch heels strut their stuff down the lighted runway. To those models, more likely than not, “comfortable shoes” is an oxymoron.
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.
When 19-year-old Don Crowell graduated from The Academy of Hair Design in 1982, former owner Kris O’Kelly asked him what he wanted to do with his life. “I want to do what you do,” said the aspiring, artistic student.
Like many children of his generation, Norman Arnold of Wenatchee started collecting coins at an early age. “I’d buy silver dimes from Paul and Marge James at J&C Coins when it was located on Rock Island Road,” Norm said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When Dirk Horton of Wenatchee learned earlier this year he had high cholesterol, he decided to do something about it. The 68-year-old chose to change his diet rather than take on yet another medication. His first step was turning to the Dilly Deli and its staff.
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.
Pam Higgins knows the proper way to make an old-fashioned ice cream soda. She also knows the rest of her staff does, too. It’s a skill that’s been passed down for generations at the Owl Soda Fountain, and it sets it above other such businesses.
In this age of hectic schedules, looming deadlines and little time to stop and think about what we eat, it’s easy to pull into a fast-food chain and pick up dinner. As a result, our waistlines — and our health — can suffer.