Chelan, WA-based Culinary Apple has succession plans in place and is gearing up to change ownership in April 2020.
Mary and Dave Weldy, who currently own and manage Culinary Apple, will be passing the torch to store manager JoAnne Strandberg and husband Lars Strandberg. The couples have worked closely on transition plans during 2019.
The official announcement was made on KOZI AM radio on Saturday, September 7.
The gourmet housewares store recently marked its 23rd year in business. The housewares store began as The Harvest Tree Apple Store, which the couple purchased from previous owners and Mary ran for several years. The couple then opened The Kitchen Station down the block in 2001, however, combined both stores a short while later to create Culinary Apple.
Dave and Mary Weldy were named GOURMET INSIDER All-Stars in 2016. Providing an experience for their customers in a fun, happy atmosphere is tops on the list for the retailers, and not far behind is vendor training for its sales team.