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Everyday Business | Chamber ‘gears up’ to relocate in May

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Jerri Barkley, communications director of the Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, delivers a sneak peek at the group's new office space.

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The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce has piqued our curiosity about their new location with a 24-second YouTube video that features the group’s communications coordinator Jerri Barkley and a giant elevator gear.

Just so you know, the Chamber is planning to pack up its brochures, wine-tasting equipment and arsenal of superlatives about the region for a move to new digs in the Doré Building at the corner of North Wenatchee Avenue and Second Street in Wenatchee. The new office won’t open until sometime in early May, but construction is underway.

In the video, Barkley does a great Vanna White imitation — pointing to the big elevator gear, moving her hand along its contours, explaining how the gear meshes with … well, we’re not sure what it’s meshing with. The gear has a backdrop made of wooden orchard props, and parked right behind Barkley (yes, inside the new office) is an old farm truck.

If we remember right, downtown developer Rory Turner (a partner in ownership of the building) suggested months ago that parts from the structure’s old elevator might find their way into tenants’ decor.

That explains the multi-toothed gear. Not sure about the truck.

See this brief peek at what’s to come at youtube.com/watch?v=X_zf9GxxDmQ.


Steve Robinson, executive director of Pybus Public Market, recently pointed out that Wenatchee has gotten some prime publicity in the last few weeks:

<> In her “Walking On Travels” blog, Seattle travel writer Renee Hamrick heaped praise on the city and the surrounding area. She loved the Coast Wenatchee Center hotel, McGlinn’s Public House, ski lessons at Mission Ridge and, of course, the Pybus Market. Read her full post at walkingontravels.com/winter-wenatchee-washington/.

<> With a circulation of nearly 200,000, Seattle Magazine’s April issue has a nice spread on what to do on a weekend visit to Wenatchee. Lots of attractions and businesses get a mention: Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail, Pybus Market, Warm Springs Inn, Lemolo Cafe & Deli, Anjou Bakery, Arlberg Sports, Pybus Bistro and — pop the cork — oodles of wineries. The issue is on newsstands now.


April Fool’s Day is long gone, but Alan Moen’s cheeky press release that day about a new fuel made of snake venom is worth noting.

You know Moen? The Entiat resident is co-owner of Snowgrass Winery, chairman of the annual Entiat Kite Festival, a writer of all things beer and a master punster who can’t resist a bit of cleverness.

His April 1 press release reported on a fellow named Cy DeWinder (get it?) who made an alternative fuel from rattlesnake poison. Moen’s writing has the style and “voice” of real journalism, so it takes a couple of paragraphs to realize this is all a bunch of malarkey.

Hell, there’s snakes everywhere around here,” DeWinder is quoted in the press release. “I mean, the ones who aren’t politicians or lawyers.” He continued: “People talk a lot these days about gettin’ energy from the sun or the wind instead of oil, but they’re missin’ what’s slinkin’ around right at their feet.”

Moen also can’t resist having his characters drop their Gs. Thankin’ you, Alan, for thinkin’ of us on April Fool’s Day.

This weekly column is compiled from “Everyday Business,” a blog by World reporter Mike Irwin. You can reach him at 665-1179 or irwin@wenatcheeworld.com.


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