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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?”