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Hobby Lobby begins crafting new store

EAST WENATCHEE — The cutting, stitching, gluing, framing, painting and maybe even some scrapbooking has begun as construction of the region’s first craft mega-store got underway here last month. Representatives of Hobby Lobby, the $2.3 billion chain of arts and crafts stores, were readying the former Top Foods grocery store for a five-month transformation into North Central Washington’s largest outlet of craft supplies, fashion fabrics, party supplies, furniture, candies and tens of thousands of seasonal craft items.

Seaport to end service to Pangborn

SeaPort Airlines will discontinue its short-lived East Wenatchee-Yakima-Portland flights effective Dec. 15 for lack of travelers, mostly on the Yakima leg of the flight.

New McDonald’s opens on eastside

East Wenatchee McDonald’s fans had to curb their burger lust for nearly a week when the eastside McD’s moved from its longtime location to a new building located right across the street.

Event offers help for entrepreneurs

Some of the region’s top business motivators have been named as coaches for aspiring entrepreneurs at the upcoming StartUp Weekend, a three-day event for boosting beginning businesses. The coaches will focus on leadership, technology, marketing, real estate, government, patents, technology, social media, e-commerce and more, according to Jennifer Korfiatis, spokeswoman for the North Central Washington Economic Development District.

Bookstore turns page, opens downtown shop

Just when you think the old traditional book — bound pages? remember? — might go the way of the dodo, downtown Wenatchee is getting a new bookstore.

Hawkins eases from day-to-day duties

Buell Hawkins, longtime co-owner of Valley Tractor and Rentals, announced July 6 that he’s hammered out how and when he’ll give up the reins of running the business.

Business park expansion begins

Heavy machinery will begin rolling in this month to shape, dig and pave an expansion of the Pangborn Airport Business Park, officials with the Port of Douglas County announced May 11.

Spring sprouts new shops in valley

Spring sprouted a new batch of businesses across the Wenatchee Valley. Here are profiles of four that opened in May:Upper Eastside Coffee Co. Who: Owned and operated by Kristen Kennedy, a 15-year veteran of the coffee business who ran Tradewinds Coffee Co. for 10 years.
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Milliette out at Mission Ridge

The search has begun for a new general manager at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort following the resignation April 11 of longtime manager Mark Milliette.
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Campbell honored for life of innovation and generosity

WENATCHEE — Longtime Wenatchee Valley businessman and philanthropist Carl Campbell said he was humbled last month by a lifetime achievement honor that capped his nearly 60 years of determination and innovation in the local business community. “It was such a wonderful surprise,” he said. “Particularly coming from friends and associates that I’ve worked with for, let’s see — how long have we known each other? — many, many years.”

Winter Games are back … and so are the smiles

WENATCHEE — The cheering started here long before the games will. After last year’s threat of losing the state’s Special Olympics Winter Games, local civic and sports officials were all smiles this week as thousands of athletes, support staff and family members began pouring into the Wenatchee Valley for three days of competition.
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Stock trader, author back home to seed interest in finance

Here’s a good way to grab attention at the start of a high school economics class: “My company makes lots of money,” stock trader and author Darren Fischer told the fidgeting group. “Do you want to learn how to make lots of money?”

Ridge’s early opening draws giddy crowd

Geared up for downhill, teens Lindy Holmberg and Lauren Selland on Nov. 19 hauled their skis, boots, goggles and giddy enthusiasm to the busy chairlift at Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort.

Grant Road goes Dutch

Jimmy Crocker, this area’s Dutch Bros. Coffee franchisee, added the crowning touch Oct. 12 to a lineup of life’s essential businesses on Grant Road in East Wenatchee.