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Business Past | Downtown for the holidays

Downtown Wenatchee appeared to be decked out in style as the Christmas season was approaching. This photo, believed to have been taken around 1925, shows Wenatchee Avenue looking north from Kittitas Street with garland greenery spanning the street. (Business World file photo)

Chelan-Douglas Trends | Annual income required to afford rent

More than one-third of households across the nation live in rental housing. Some households have chosen rental housing due to convenience or cost. Others, particularly lower income families, live in rental housing because home ownership is out of reach. Affordable rental housing for this population is important for families and communities as a whole.

Chelan Douglas Trends | Registered voters casting ballots in November elections

Casting one's vote in a public election is a right enshrined in our constitution. The degree to which citizens freely exercise this right is viewed as a litmus test of a democratic society. Yet, even if most citizens are registered to vote, a small voter turnout can still occur. A plurality, ideally a large plurality, should characterize any election in order for elected leaders and for laws established by a vote of the people to have legitimacy. Unfortunately, this ideal is not always realized, though recent presidential elections have shown ...

New chairman for Potato Commission board

MOSES LAKE — The executive board of the Washington State Potato Commission is under new leadership with the election of Roger Hawley as chairman of the board.

Business Roundup | July

WENATCHEE — Washington Federal’s new 4,000-square-foot Wenatchee branch at 830 N. Wenatchee Ave. is open for business.

Guidance for Industry & Consumers in Navigating Confusing “Gluten-Free” Terminology

“Gluten-free” is big business. Presently, approximately 1 percent (or 3 million) of Americans suffer from celiac disease, while 6-7 percent (18 to 21 million) experience a non-celiac gluten-sensitivity, and others opt for a gluten-free lifestyle for health or personal reasons. By some counts, nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population, accounting for 90 million Americans, is actively trying to live a gluten-free lifestyle.

Cherries, pests, farm fun and Dazzle

With cherry season underway, several growers and packers are weighing in on the marketing side of things. The Packer, a trade publication for the fruit industry, offers a round up of changes. (https://wwrld.us/2sYNOoo)

Big impacts

Here are a few ways Wenatchee’s WSU and USDA researchers have changed the tree-fruit industry:

Subsplash signs on as port’s first incubator tenant

WENATCHEE — Subsplash, a Seattle-based software company that focuses on apps designed for churches, will be the first incubator tenant in the Port of Chelan County’s newly-leased space in the Pybus Annex.