Deli owners celebrate 1st year

Juanita Malone and Debbie Angilley behind the counter at the Pioneer Park Deli. (Empire Press photo/Karen Larsen)

 

By Karen Larsen
Empire Press Correspondent

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The Pioneer Park Deli will celebrate its first anniversary March 25. It has been a year of hard work, learning and fun for owners Debbie Angilley and Juanita Malone.

Angilley summed it up in the following way:

“It’s been a lot of fun, a lot of laughs, and a lot of hard work, but we love it.”

The deli has many regular customers who bring stability to the business and also bring a sense of community.

There is a group of mostly retirees that comes every morning for coffee and breakfast. Then there are employees of the courthouse, the post office, HighLine Grain Growers and other local workplaces who come frequently for lunch.

The deli is small and often general conversation starts that crosses between tables, with contributions from Angilley and Malone from the kitchen.

“It’s very personable,” Malone said.

The flow of regulars has kept Angilley and Malone going through the winter, which has been tougher business-wise than they had expected.

In order to show appreciation, Malone and Angilley started a punch card system. Customers get a punch on their cards for every $5 they spend. When the 10-punch cards are filled, they are entered in a monthly drawing for a $20 gift card.

“We really want people to know that we appreciate every one of them,” Angilley said.

Duane Biggar is a longtime Waterville resident who currently lives in Wenatchee. Biggar is still up in Waterville often, though, and he frequents the deli when he is in town.

As he sat down to a maple bar and a bowl of hot soup, Biggar said, “This place is long overdue. We needed this badly.”

One of the secrets of success that Angilley and Malone have found is keeping their menu simple. They have breakfast sandwiches, burritos, eggs, French toast, bagels and cream cheese, and sometimes biscuits and gravy available for breakfast.

For lunch there are sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups and a daily lunch special, which is posted on Facebook each day.

Angilley and Malone are good at accommodating people on low-carbohydrate, vegetarian or gluten-free diets. Because many people don’t eat gluten products, they have added gluten-free flatbread pizza to their menu. They also offer gluten-free bread for sandwiches and other menu items.

When Angilley and Malone discovered that people wanted baked goods, they kept homemade maple bars and cookies, as well as pre-prepared pies in stock.

They have a good selection of hard ice cream.

Probably the menu item that they are most famous for is the apple butter milkshake. Malone described the flavor as “apple pie a la mode.”

The Pioneer Park Deli is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

 

Signs Etcetera has just launched a website at kimberlygormleysignsetcetera.com for people who are not on social media to see the variety of signs that are available for purchase. This site is user-friendly and offers all kinds of signage from weddings, to memorials to home décor. Gormley can personalize anything from the size to the colors or names. She has also started designs for ceramic coffee mugs and travel mugs. These can be personalized with about any design desired. They can be ordered from the website or by sending Gormley a message through the website with ideas for a personalized design.

 

Field Moon Handmade Soap will be at Pybus Public Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 9.

Naoko Hinderer will have spring soaps, bath bombs, and new candles there. Items can also be ordered at the online shop at Fieldmoonsoap.com.

 

The Blue Rooster has announced that, as of this year, they will no longer be an open-door, sit-down cafe. Maple bars, confections and other bakery items will still be made available as a catering service through the end of 2019 during their business transition. Also, the premises will still be rentable for events such as meetings, birthdays, receptions and anniversaries. Their contact number will remain (509) 293-6070, or stop by and ring their doorbell.

Cathy Clark, co-owner of the Blue Rooster, said that their new business model will be aligned to areas of long-term expertise and training in professional services including research, grant writing, proofreading, business spreadsheets, website maintenance and design, computer assistance, consulting and debugging, and genealogy consulting.

 

The Waterville Historic Hotel will reopen for the 2019 season at the end of April. All rooms are non-smoking. Free Wi-Fi and continental breakfast are included. For more information about the hotel, visit the website at watervillehotel.com.

 

Katie Shafer, manager of Umpqua Bank, would like to mention that once again CD rates have gone up and the bank has 13-month and 24-month specials currently running. There is also a new Money Market special. Call the bank at 745-8511 or stop by for information on rates.

 

Coyote Pass Café will be hosting an Easter brunch buffet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 21. The buffet will be all-you-can-eat and will include a large variety of sides with turkey and baked ham, a beverage and a dessert. There will be a special price for children 12 and under. Reservations are suggested. For more information, contact the café at 888-4189.