Snoqualmie resident Ed Wentz’ business, Wentz Electronics, has grown a bit and seen some big changes in its 45-year history.
And while he’s had some offers to sell, Wentz, 76, is in no hurry to retire.
As 16-year-old student driver Dylan Wall pilots a brightly painted Honda Scion around the streets of Snoqualmie, the driving instructor seated beside him wants to know what’s going through his head.
As the eyes, ears and voice of local business, Karen Granger, newly hired executive director of the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of Commerce, looks to build a role as community advocate that she’s been honing for 30 years.
Armed with a row of graphics showing wider sidewalks, lots of colorful signs, broad vistas and pedestrian-friendly trails, consultant Tom Beckwith asked Snoqualmie business and building owners to consider the possibilities of a redeveloped downtown.
Jay Kelly and Bryan Gabriel, both members of Mount Si’s 2002 graduating class, aren’t satisfied with co-owning a successful upscale gym and separate tanning salon on Snoqualmie Ridge in their mid-twenties.