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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.