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Wednesday market sprouts at Pybus

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.


Sears to close in East Wenatchee

No more Kenmore. No more Diehard. No more “softer side of Sears” for the retail giant that’s sold appliances, car batteries and clothes in the Wenatchee Valley for at least 80 years.

Small town life prepared Darling for CEO post

Cashmere native Hoby Darling, 37, was named in March as CEO of Skullcandy, the international headphone company based in Utah. The company had more than $300 million in net sales in 2012.

Pybus tenants filling in the blanks

Pybus Market is taking shape in ways that’ll appeal both to the eye and the palate as the new 25,000-square-foot commercial center begins interior construction and anchor tenants reveal their plans.

Wenatchee Shari’s serves last customers

State cops, FBI guys and other law officers had to search last month for a new place to sip morning coffee after the Shari’s Restaurant here closed for good Jan. 2.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”