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The Man Shop, Wenatchee’s newest barbershop, will mirror the design of this prototype in Spokane.

New barbershop on cutting edge

WENATCHEE — The Man Shop, a company specializing in haircuts and straight-razor shaves but also featuring pool tables, basketball hoops, arcade games, big-screen TVs and free popcorn, was set to open in Wenatchee in late August or early September.

We understand that we have our work cut out for us to show everyone in Wenatchee why we think we are a better (haircutting) option,” said The Man Shop co-owner Michael Howe. “But we are very excited for the challenge!”

Based in Spokane, The Man Shop now has seven locations — five in Spokane, one in Missoula and one in Pullman. The Wenatchee shop (the company’s eighth outlet) will be located at 913 N. Wenatchee Ave. in Skookum Plaza between Office Depot and Dollar Tree.

An official grand opening is planned in early September. The store will have around eight or nine full-time employees.

Haircuts range in price from a buzzcut at $11, scissor cut at $15 and a razor fade at $22. The company’s signature service (scissor cut, neck shave, shampoo and rinse) is $18. Also offered are specialized grooming for eyebrows and beards, scalp massages, hot towel shaves and head shaves.

Howe said The Man Shop took shape 13 years ago following a discussion among friends about men deserving “a place that didn’t suck to go and get your hair cut.”

Now, said Howe, “we believe we offer a fun, unique concept” that provides big, comfy barber chairs, each with its own 24-inch “personal” TV so customers can choose what they want to watch. If you do have to wait, the shop provides a fenced free-throw area, pool tables, arcade games, bubble hockey and a lobby stocked with oversized chairs, a big-screen TV and lots of magazines.

We’ll offer all the basic men’s cuts,” said Howe. “Despite ‘The Man Shop’ name, we want to emphasize that that we absolutely love any and every customer — men, women and kids. We do hundreds of cuts every month for women and children. All are welcome.”

Details: The Man Shop, 913 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee (in Skookum Plaza). Web: themanshops.com.


Forbes: Wenatchee one of nation’s best places to retire

WENATCHEE — The not-so-hush-hush secret of Wenatchee as a retirement mecca was recently trumpeted nationwide.

Forbes Magazine — yep, the leading business publication with a readership of 6.7 million — touts Wenatchee as one of “25 Best Places to Retire in 2017.” The Apple Capital of the World squeezes onto the list with the likes of Boise, Idaho; Colorado Springs, Colorado; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Savannah, Georgia.

Scenic, sunny Columbia River city of 33,000, 150 miles east of Seattle on the very dry side of the Cascade Mountain Range,” says Forbes about Wenatchee. In its favor, said the magazine, Wenatchee has a median home price of $225,000 (which last February, when the list was compiled, was low in the world of Forbes), lots of good doctors per capita, minimal rain and a high ranking on a national list of the best cities for successful aging.

Not so good: A cost of living that’s 11 percent above the national average and a state-imposed estate/inheritance tax, not a favorite feature of senior citizens.

In an article accompanying the “best” list, Forbes said that aging baby boomers will boost the number of U.S. retirees each year to over 4 million. They’re also a particular bunch, said the magazine, and willing to relocate to areas with lower living costs or ones that better suit their retirement plans for recreation, culture, education, family or even working part-time.

Forbes said it evaluated info on 550 communities in all 50 states. “We strove to find places that provide what we think is the best retirement value — meaning costs, including housing costs and taxes, play a big role in our choices,” said author William P. Barrett. “But we also look at access to medical care; quality of life indicators (including crime and air quality); and factors which can make for a healthy and fulfilling retirement, including opportunities for volunteering and exercise.”

Most of the 25 best places are in warm-weather states, noted Forbes, “but hardier climates have their advocates” especially when the cities also rank high in health care, transportation and community engagement.

That’s where Wenatchee comes in — hot in summer with lots of sunshine, cold in winter with lots of snow. Also: our fair city has a fairly low unemployment rate (4 percent in June), a manageable if not dramatically low cost of living, opportunities for outdoor activities (such as, walking the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail) and “an appealing outdoor environment,” according to Forbes.

Big cities didn’t fair well on the “best” lists, said the magazine, due to higher incidences of violent crime — above the national average of 373 violent crimes per year for every 100,000 of population. Wenatchee is at about 155, according to several websites.

To read the complete article and view the list, visit goo.gl/KRggMx.


Tennis and wedding facility opens in Manson

MANSON — Here’s something different for the Lake Chelan area — a world-class tennis facility coupled with an event center that specializes in weddings and group gatherings.

Harmony Meadows Tennis & Events Center, located on the former site of Banjo Creek Farms in Manson, features eight outdoor courts and (soon to open) four indoor courts, adult tennis instruction and programs for kids and a pro shop. It also boasts a 6,000-square-foot event hall, bridal cottage and multiple outdoor sites to exchange those wedding vows. It’s all on 12 acres set amid orchards neighboring farms.

Owners Jacquelyn and Jeremy Jaech, formerly of Seattle, worked 18 months to transform the property. “Our hope for Harmony Meadows is to be an economic driver for the community by creating a compelling tennis destination for tourism and an educational and community resource for local residents,” the couple say on their website.

To launch the business, the facility hosted a grand opening in August that included Harmony Meadows’ first Doubles Championship Tournament, sanctioned by the U.S. Tennis Association. 

Details: Harmony Meadows Tennis & Events Center, 4848 Green Ave., Manson. Phone: 888-2344. Web: harmonymeadowscenter.com.


Icicle Village Resort celebrates 25th year

LEAVENWORTH — The Icicle Village Resort in Leavenworth is celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer and fall with special daily activities and wine and food events.

Featured activities include a yappy hour (a cocktail happy hour with pets), salsa-making demonstrations, a history of mixology, kid-friendly movies and craft sessions.

The resort will host a Grape & Plates wine and food pairing on Oct. 27. Reservations are recommended.

Opened in August 1992, the resort is owned by the Jinneman, Ruether, Beselin and Thoreson families and features hotel rooms, condos, restaurant and cafe, day spa, two swimming pools, video arcade, miniature golf and Leavenworth’s largest big-screen TV.

To learn more or make reservations for the Grape & Plates event or Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, call 548-8000 or visit iciclevillage.com.


Closing (maybe): The Kitchen Sync

WENATCHEE — Mary Woods, owner of downtown Wenatchee’s The Kitchen Sync, has definite plans to retire after 11 years of selling quality cooking and kitchen equipment and supplies. But that may not mean the end of the popular shop.

We have our fingers crossed,” said Woods, who last month put the store up for sale and has already fielded inquiries from interested parties. “We have high hopes to find a buyer.”

The store launched a liquidation sale began last month and — depending on how inventory holds out — will end the sale sometime before September 30.

Woods said that her retirement will include personal pursuits, such as going to the gym, taking more hikes and devoting more time to cooking.

Details: The Kitchen Sync, 21 N. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee. Phone: 293-6005. Web: Facebook (keywords: the kitchen sync wenatchee).


Closing (reluctantly): Merriment Party Goods

Celebrate this: Brianne Vertrees, owner of Merriment Party Goods in Wenatchee, will be moving soon with her family to California. Her husband has a job opportunity that’s too good pass up, and they’re all excited about what the future holds.

Not so celebratory: Her move to the Golden State means Vertrees will reluctantly close her downtown party supply store and event planning business, which is now wrapping up 3.5 years in business.

We’re very sad to be leaving Wenatchee and our sweet downtown boutique,” she said. “But we’re also thrilled for our new adventure in California!”

A discount sale of all products, fixtures and furniture kicked off early last month and will continued through August. 

That said, Vertrees won’t disappear from the North Central Washington event scene. “Merriment will continue providing private and corporate event planning in NCW and beyond,” she said. “I’ll be traveling back and forth for existing and future contracted events.”

She added, “You’ll still see the Merry Makers (her events team) around town!”

Details: Merriment Party Goods, 23 S. Wenatchee Ave., Wenatchee. Phone: 888-7428. Web: merrimentpartygoods.com and Facebook.