If you go to Gustav’s, get the fries. There are a lot of things to like about Gustav’s, a lot of other popular dishes you can try, but at the very least you must get the fries. Hand-cut every morning, cooked fresh, and served in a generous mound, they’re worth braving the occasional floods of tourists.
It might seem a little strange that the founder of All Seasons RV, Gene Halverson Sr., never owned an RV himself. The business venture was one of sudden inspiration. However, his son, Gene Halverson Jr., has more than made up for it.
For Xiu Calvin Chen, co-owner at Blue Flame Asian Bistro, quality comes first. Homemade sauces and dressings, fresh vegetables and sushi-grade seafood come together in the little restaurant at 307 Valley Mall Parkway to offer dishes from anywhere from Korea to China to Japan.
A rich brown color and perfectly round, the nine-piece box of bite-sized sweets looks like a chocolate itself — save for the dark brown bow perched neatly on top. A best-seller at Schocolat, the little box has an array of chocolates nestled inside, with flavors like earl gray and grapefruit and classics like coconut. Every single one has been handmade in the little kitchen at the back of the store at 843 Front St. in Leavenworth.
Living in North Central Washington, it’s easy to take for granted the landscape around us. From sloping sage-covered hills, to steep, snowy peaks and glistening lakes, to winding trails along the riverside.
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.