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A solar-powered organic cidery comes into its own

A solar-powered organic cidery comes into its own

Sinclair Orchards and Sixknot Cider owners Beth and John Sinclair have plenty to crow about at the moment: Sixknot ciders are winning awards in regional competitions, and their young brand is reaching new markets in the United States and overseas. The Sinclairs make — and sell — a product that they believe in, and they’re doing it their way:...
New liquor store opens in Twisp

New liquor store opens in Twisp

The Twisp Liquor Store, offering a wide variety of wine, beer, spirits and mixers, has opened on Highway 20 in the former Bryan’s Clothing and Sporting Goods space. The store, at 102 Highway 20 N., is operated by Alex Lopez, whose family also owns and operates the La Fonda Lopez restaurant …
Lariat wins two medals at North American roasters’ competition

Lariat wins two medals at North American roasters’ competition

Winthrop-based Lariat Coffee Roasters won two bronze medals at last month’s inaugural Golden Bean North America coffee competition. Lariat won medals for its Basecamp Espresso and Outlaw Espresso entries in the organic espresso category. The event was held Sept. 19 in Portland, Oregon. It is an extension of the Golden Bean roasters competition that has...
Hank’s recognized for years of service to community, staff

Hank’s recognized for years of service to community, staff

Hank and Judy Konrad, owners of Hank’s Harvest Foods in Twisp, were surprised last week by a delegation from the Washington Food Industry Association bearing balloons and an award for community service for 2015. “The award recognizes lifetime community service — but, especially, for the past two years during the wildfires, when the store was so very...
Jamie’s Place says farewell to one of its founders

Jamie’s Place says farewell to one of its founders

Sheila Brandenburg, founder and chief administrator at Jamie’s Place adult family homes in Winthrop, is stepping down from her leadership and nursing roles in the organization. Brandenburg cites personal and family responsibilities as reasons for her departure, but said she “may be involved with Jamie’s Place in some capacity” — such as a seat on the board...
Skalitude Retreat proposes rental expansion, zip line

Skalitude Retreat proposes rental expansion, zip line

The owner of the Skalitude Retreat has submitted an application to Okanogan County to add up to 14 overnight rental units and a commercial zip line on the property, which is adjacent to National Forest land about 7 miles from Carlton. Overnight accommodations are currently provided in a lodge with three rental units and a...
Fresh Greens owner asks to extend operating hours

Fresh Greens owner asks to extend operating hours

The Winthrop Town Council will hold a public hearing next Wednesday (Sept. 16) on a request by Austin Lott, owner of the Fresh Greens retail marijuana store in the Horizon Flats area, to amend the conditional use permit which allowed his business to open last year. In his application to the town, Lott said he...
SCORE workshops to support small business

SCORE workshops to support small business

Central Washington SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) is sponsoring a series of workshop sessions on various business-operation topics: Sept. 22, cash flow management. Oct. 6, record keeping and taxes. Oct. 20, working with your bank. The sessions will be held in the SCORE Office at 2 S. Chelan St. in Wenatchee from noon  – 2 p.m....
Mobile food makes its debut in the Methow with Fork

Mobile food makes its debut in the Methow with Fork

Mobile food trucks don’t just serve tacos and they aren’t just for special events anymore. Food trucks — essentially restaurants on wheels — are a big deal in West Coast metropolitan areas from Vancouver to San Diego. Websites like seattlefoodtruck.com — with its own handy mobile app …
Bluebird Grain Farms celebrates with paella feast

Bluebird Grain Farms celebrates with paella feast

Bluebird Grain Farms will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a paella feast on Sept. 6 at TwispWorks, beginning at 5 p.m. Farro paella will be prepared over wood fire pits. Guest chef and James Beard Award winner John Sundstrom of Lark Restaurant in Seattle will be overseeing the paella; the meal will be prepared by...