Damp, blustery weather didn’t daunt vendors at the June 19 debut of the Wednesday Farmers Market at the Pybus Public Market. A nice handful (OK, eight of them) turned out with great-looking fruit, produce, baked goods and handicrafts.
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.”