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Faces of Pybus

With more than 15 merchants year-round, Pybus Market is not only central to Wenatchee’s community, but is also home to interesting stories of the people behind the stalls. Come meet some of the makers, chefs and entrepreneurs that make Pybus what it is today.

Anderson Family Farm

Anderson Family Farms

One of the newer additions to Pybus Market as of fall 2018, Rick and Kimberlee Anderson of Anderson Family Farm have been making natural, goat-milk products in Central Washington for nearly 20 years.

A plethora of options

In 2011, Rick Anderson was laid off from his job of more than 30 years, encouraging he and his wife to make a brave new step. They bought their first goats that same year and began the research and development stage of their business, followed by an official formulary only a few years later.

Embracing what they call “farm-to-face,” the couple embraces using raw ingredients to produce natural products with therapeutic properties. Today, the couple has a substantial collection of face and body products at their Pybus Market retail location, ranging from lotion and salt scrubs to lip balm and beard oil.

Pybus Bistro

A labor of Love for these two!

Around since Pybus Market’s grand opening, Frank and Michelle St. Francis always had the aspiration to be restaurant owners. After working as chefs at Vin Du Lac Winery in Chelan, the couple welcomed the opportunity to spread their wings and opened Pybus Bistro in 2013.

“We wanted to do something for ourselves,” Frank says. “It seemed like the next natural progression.”

Specializing in casual, French cuisine, the couple makes everything in-house, from sausages and pastas to English muffins and hollandaise sauce. While the farmer’s market helps fuel their dedication to cook with the seasons and utilize local produce, the couple says the energy of Pybus has played a large role in their success as well.

“We have an open kitchen, so being able to interact with your customers on a daily basis is really fun,” says Michelle. “The Market’s a community hub and it’s nice to be a part of that.”

Jones of Washington

Having lived and farmed in the Columbia Basin his entire life, Jack Jones delved into the world of winemaking in 1997 after planting his first vineyards. With the goal of creating a boutique winery that embodied the diversity of the region, Jack founded Jones of Washington in 2001, releasing its first wine – a merlot – that same year.

The Jones Family

The winery has since expanded across 11 vineyards in the Wahluke Slope AVA and Ancient Lakes AVA. Jack also helped co-found a crushing plant – J&S Crushing – alongside Shaw Vineyards, which is now considered one of the largest premium wine facilities in the state.

Though Jack passed away in 2015, his legacy lives on through his award-winning winery and family’s dedication to the craft. Today, the family produces everything from Riesling and Chardonnay to Malbec and Sangiovese – the majority of which can be found at the Pybus Market Tasting Room.

Balsamroot Jewelry

After spending 16 years as a realtor, Sherry Trammel-Schauls took the leap to establish her own jewelry business in 2010. Run by both Sherry and her daughter, Kirsta, Balsamroot Jewelry is named after the vibrant, yellow flowers that bloom every spring in Central Washington.

“They’re nothing short of magic,” Sherry says. “They’ve become my company name because they symbolize natural beauty and a happiness that can only be found by living a life that is authentically you.”

Inspired by simplicity and sophistication, most of Balsamroot’s pieces are a mix of natural and unique materials with an emphasis on versatility. From gemstone earrings to brass bangles shaped like ocean waves, Sherry is dedicated to elevating classic designs that could be worn with a pair of jeans or a more formal dress.

“My clients often tell me that my jewelry is their go-to jewelry that they wear every day,” she says. “I want you to find something that brings you that much happiness in my shop.”

Maggy Lehmicke