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Wine Shed offers fine wines, beer and ‘top-shelf’ spirits

Wine Shed offers fine wines, beer and ‘top-shelf’ spirits

By Laurelle Walsh

Winthrop’s new wine shop, the Wine Shed, is a place for “all levels of wine appreciation,” said co-owner Meghan Sullivan. “We’re still educating ourselves about different wines and we’re excited to share the …"

Winning wine for Lost River

Winning wine for Lost River

Lost River Winery’s 2013 Pinot Gris has been named one of 10 winning wines at the recent Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition, sponsored by Taylor Shellfish Farms in Shelton, Wash. Judges in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles blind-tasted wines from Washington, Oregon and California wineries, each with at least one Shigoku oyster, to find...
New Twisp restaurant combines Mexican and Cuban cooking

New Twisp restaurant combines Mexican and Cuban cooking

By Don Nelson

Rey Emmanuel, a new restaurant featuring Mexican and Cuban cuisine, opened this week in Twisp. The restaurant, on West Second Avenue just off of Highway 20, is a joint venture of Raymundo Miranda, who has lived in the valley for more than 20 years, and Manuel Lopez. The building’s most recent...
Calling all regional baristas to Blue Star training event

Calling all regional baristas to Blue Star training event

Blue Star Coffee Roasters is inviting all “eastside” baristas to take part in a new event, The 509 Barista Jam, on June 7 and 8 at the company’s roasting plant in Twisp. The Barista Jam is intended to bring people from the coffee business together to learn about making the best espresso. Participants will take...
Winthrop council to hear appeal of marijuana retail sales decision

Winthrop council to hear appeal of marijuana retail sales decision

By Don Nelson
The Winthrop Town Council will hear an appeal of town planner Rocklynn Culp’s decision to prohibit the retail sale of marijuana in the Horizon Flats area. The appeal will be heard at the council’s April 16 meeting. As a result, a public hearing on the broader issue of …
County, unions in mediation over contracts; commissioners hold firm

County, unions in mediation over contracts; commissioners hold firm

By Marcy Stamper
Okanogan County and eight of nine unions are still in mediation, with the employees represented by the Teamsters contending that higher health insurance costs have amounted to a salary cut while the county commissioners say the employees chose more expensive coverage. The sheriffs’ deputies and courthouse staff also have...
Aspen Grove reopens with an emphasis on the home kitchen

Aspen Grove reopens with an emphasis on the home kitchen

By Laurelle Walsh
Downtown Winthrop’s home and gift store, Aspen Grove, has a renewed focus and a fresh outlook under the direction of new owner Hannah Cordes. After a short closure and a remodel that opened up the front windows, Aspen Grove celebrated its …
Nectar Skin Bar in a new downtown Winthrop space

Nectar Skin Bar in a new downtown Winthrop space

By Laurelle Walsh
Licensed aesthetician Leslie Lanthorn has expanded the services and products of her skin care studio, Nectar, and renamed it Nectar Skin Bar. The new facility has moved into a sunny storefront at the north end of Winthrop, where …
Brown wins national bike advocacy award

Brown wins national bike advocacy award

Joe Brown, co-owner of Methow Cycle and Sport in Winthrop, has been named winner of the Quality Bicycle Products 2014 Clay Mankin award, which recognizes retailers who inspire others with their commitment to bicycle advocacy, industry growth, and their passion for cycling. Brown was nominated for the award in recognition of his advocacy efforts for...
Job and Resource Fair to match employers with job-seekers

Job and Resource Fair to match employers with job-seekers

By Don Nelson
More than 20 local and regional employers, plus several organizations that can provide help for …