Sept. 28--Quincy was hopping last week with news about how it's the perfect location for a big warehouse or data center. It's got cheap land, even cheaper electricity, a willing workforce, a ship-it-by-train terminal, proximity to Interstate 90, decent weather and yummy cinnamon rolls at downtown's The Grainery cafe. In short, everything a billion-dollar company could possibly need.
A sampling of last week's buzz:
Quincy ranks as one of the cheapest places in the country to build and operate one of those huge honkin' retail distribution centers, according to the industry journal Supply Chain Quarterly. It costs about $14 million annually to run such a center in Quincy versus Los Angeles, where you'd spend about $20.7 million.
Land and build-out costs would be $4.2 million in Quincy and $6.6 million in L.A. And energy costs? $713,000 in Quincy vs. $2.3 million in southern California.
Vantage Data Centers of Santa Clara, Calif., last week plugged in the last USB port to complete its first data center on a 68-acre campus that will eventually be home to four of those suckers with a total of nearly 530,000 square feet. It joins Microsoft, Yahoo and others who've built server farms in town.
The new Vantage facility has 133,000 square feet, a reduced-energy and low-emission design and uses a "custom-developed indirect evaporative cooling system designed to eliminate impact from outdoor conditions through a closed loop delivery infrastructure."
If that's not worth a cinnamon roll, nothing is.
And speaking of cinnamon rolls ...
The Lake Chelan Artisan Bakery opened last month to rave reviews from baked-goods buffs. Co-owner Lindsay Evans says she has a passion for transforming dough into fresh-fruit Danishes, hand-made croissants, sticky buns, fresh bagels and, yes, cinnamon rolls. Also, look for artisan breads such as their Rustic Italian, baguettes and sourdough. Of course, they use organic ingredients and as many products from local farms as they can find.
Visit the bakery at 246 W. Manson Highway in Chelan Plaza, or online at lakechelanbakery.com. Phone 682-2253.
Unveiling a brainy Miss September
Peshastin inventor Melissa Ortega, designer of The Sphinx inflatable lounger, was named as September's Inventor of the Month by the Women Inventorz Network.
Her immediate prize is the opportunity to chat with industry experts on how to patent, manufacture and market her whiz-bang ideas and make a million bucks. Later, as September's winner, she'll be eligible to compete for American Woman Inventor of the Year at a gala event in Chicago.
What the heck's The Sphinx? It's a blow-up "personal lounger" that you can use at the beach or in the backyard for comfortable reading and lounging.
It's selling well, says Melissa, and innovative enough to be featured this month in Inventor's Digest and soon (maybe October, maybe November) in an episode of DIY Network's cable TV show "I Want That!"
Check out The Sphinx at Melissa's company website: castleandbay.com.
Feeling lousy? Need to diet? Need to relax?
Blue Winds Dancing Wellness Center and Quincy Valley Martial Arts have joined forces to whip you into shape, both physically and mentally.
The two Quincy businesses combine traditional medical therapies, some not-so-traditional therapies and fitness programs to help reduce stress and improve health. The program offers weight-loss coaching that follows the Diet-Free Life principles of shrink-your-waistline guru Robert Ferguson, martial arts and kickboxing aerobics classes, stress reduction through Polarity and Reiki therapies and guidelines to live a holistic lifestyle.
For more info, call registered nurse Ingrid Huffman-Martinez at 668-7700 or visit bluewindsdancing.net.
This weekly column is compiled from "Everyday Business," a blog by World reporter Mike Irwin. You can reach him at 665-1179 or email@example.com.
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