On Main Street: Banks have gift tags for community children

Gift tags are hung on the wall near the Christmas tree at Umpqua Bank. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen )

Gift tags are hung on the wall near the Christmas tree at Umpqua Bank. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen )


By Karen Larsen
Empire Press Correspondent

This occasional column highlights business news in Waterville and in other Douglas County communities. If you have business news that you would like to appear in this column, please email larsen@empire-press.com.

*  North Cascades Bank and Umpqua Bank both have Christmas trees and holiday gift tags up. Come in to choose a tag and purchase the gift requested by a child in need within the community.

Tags and wrapped gifts must be returned to the banks by Dec. 13 for distribution by Waterville Food Bank.

Katie Shafer, manager of Umpqua Bank, wanted to thank customers and the community for their support in 2016. “It’s been a very good year for us and we’re very appreciative,” Shafer said.

*  The Blue Rooster, at 100 West Walnut St., welcomes special orders for one dozen or more maple bars. Contact Bruce or Cathy Clark at 293-6070 at least a week in advance if you want to make an order.

*  The Coyote Pass Cafe is now taking reservations for a Christmas buffet. The hours will be 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Day. This filled up fast last year so if interested call 888-4189 and reserve a table for a traditional Christmas dinner.

In addition, the café is again open for Friday night dinners, and will be open throughout the winter from 4 to 7 p.m. Fridays. Guitarist and vocalist Lisa Sanchez will be performing from 5:30 to 7 p.m. about two Fridays a month.

The café also serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday. Breakfast and lunch are served from 8 a.m. to 2 or 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

*  Highway 2 Brew, Waterville’s popular espresso business, is ready for the holidays with the “one-size-fits-all” gift certificate. Anyone on your shopping list will appreciate this stocking stuffer. Coffee bean bag burlap purses are popular and the 20-ounce hot and cold reusable insulated cups include a free drink coupon.

The stand’s newest drink flavor is lavender. It’s great with white chocolate, added to a vanilla latte or included in an Italian soda or creamosa.

Even in the winter, a milkshake tastes great. You won’t be disappointed when you try the heavenly huckleberry ice cream. Highway 2 Brew box lunches are convenient to take along on your next skiing adventure, hunting or fishing trip or even work. Call ahead (745-8406) and they will have it ready for you.

Highway 2 Brew opens weekdays at 5:30 a.m., Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. and Sundays at 7:30 a.m.

*  The Douglas County Historical Society Thrift Shop is stocked with holiday items and winter clothing. They will be having a 50 percent off sale from Dec. 17 to 21. They will be closed from Dec. 22 to Feb. 6, except for a two-day sale Jan. 16 and 17. Everything will be 75 percent off those two days.

*  Kopey’s Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Hours of operation are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is a senior citizen meal at noon each Friday. The cost of the meal is $7.57 with tax, and includes a drink and dessert. The daily special at the restaurant is a sirloin steak dinner for $10.95.

*  Waterville Parlor holiday hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

*  As of Jan. 1, a new owner will be taking over NAPA Auto Parts, which will become Waterville NAPA. Current owner Joe Ludeman said that he appreciates the loyal support of the community and wishes everyone a Merry Christmas.

*  Yesteryear Quilting is open until Dec. 18 and will open again after the holidays on Jan. 3.

*  Auntie Bling’s Attique is for sale. Owner Marie Harding has worked hard over the past few years and has built up a successful consignment boutique and sales venue for local artisans. Harding said that she has decided that she needs to have different priorities at this time.

Harding said that she is committed to finding the right buyer for the business so that it can stay open and be one of the thriving businesses on main street. She said that she would continue to operate the business through August 2017, if necessary.

Harding is selling virtually everything in the building, including inventory, displays, props, supplies, office equipment, kitchen equipment, lighting, signage, balloons and supplies and more for $16,500. The new owner would take over the lease of the building. Harding said that vendor rental covers the overhead expenses, including the lease fees.

Harding said that the business has been profitable for her, earning $30,000 for her and $18,000 for vendors in its first year, not including rental income and commissions.

Call Harding at 860-2233 for more information.

*  Nick Jimenez was recently promoted to senior vice president, regional branch administrator, of North Cascades Bank. Jimenez was previously the branch operations manager of the bank’s East Wenatchee branch. In his new role, he will oversee the branch operations managers at the bank’s East Wenatchee, Wenatchee and Waterville branches.

Cynthia Wright recently joined North Cascades Bank as the branch operations manager at the East Wenatchee branch. She most recently was a personal banker with Key Bank.

*  David Olson of Wenatchee is the new chief executive officer of Columbia Valley Community Health. Olson brings 23 years of leadership experience in a primary care setting, and 30 years of senior leadership experience in health care. Columbia Valley Community Health is a federally qualified health center that offers medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, WIC and outreach services to residents of Chelan and Douglas counties.

*  Ron Cridlebaugh, economic development manager with the Port of Douglas County, recently received certification as an Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) from the National Development Council (NDC). EDFP certification is a professional credential given to individuals who successfully complete NDC’s intensive economic development finance training series including instruction in business credit analysis, real estate financing, loan packaging, deal structuring and negotiating, and the creation and implementation of development programs. Cridlebaugh has been with the Port of Douglas since March of 2014.

*  Hayden L. McCall of Orondo was among 37 new Washington State Patrol troopers sworn in during a ceremony Aug. 3 in Olympia. The graduating troopers completed more than 1,000 hours of training. After being sworn in by Washington State Supreme Court Justice Barbara A. Madsen, the troopers were presented their commission cards by WSP Chief John R. Batiste and Gov. Jay Inslee.

*  Nicole Campbell of the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council (CDTC) recently passed the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification exam through the American Planning Association. AICP certification candidates must meet specific criteria for education and experience before taking the rigorous, multi-hour exam.

The AICP is the American Planning Association’s professional institute and provides the only nationwide, independent verification of planners’ qualifications.

Campbell has been with CDTC since September 2016 and holds a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology and a master’s in urban and regional planning. She came to CDTC from Metro Transit in Seattle.


Gift tags form part of the decoration on the North Cascades Bank Christmas tree. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen)

Gift tags form part of the decoration on the North Cascades Bank Christmas tree. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen)