From Inception to Perfection
Perry and Penny Preston, with the help of son Ethan and lots of family and friends, officially launched Stina’s Cellars from a home garage operation to a store front in 2006. An unfavorable first attempt at winemaking in 1996 fostered a challenge resulting in the wide variety of high quality wines at affordable prices that we enjoy from Stina’s Cellars today.
Over the first ten-year span from inception to perfection, Perry experimented with grapes and processes, entered many contests at fairs and food & wine festivals, winning numerous awards. Expect to find these fine wines at major festivals and events around the sound, at Ocean Shores, and from Edmonds to Vancouver.
A labor of love and evolution, the company currently offers 11 varieties, both reds and whites at a retail price range of $14 to $20. But hurry, these wines are only available while supplies last and you may need to wait for the next creation. Stina’s is now available at 100 retail store locations and online.
Pacific Western Lumber (PacWest)
(From left to right: Bill McGovern, Joe Nealon, Mike Betz, Dave Betz, Dan Spriestersbach)
Adapting in a Volatile Marketplace
Mr. Joe Nealon, President of Pacific Western Lumber (PacWest) has dedicated 41 years to the timber and lumber business. He started PacWest 26 years ago right here in Lakewood along with Bill McGovern, Dan Spriestersbach and Dave Betz.
The company is a broker/wholesaler of lumber products and exclusive provider of “Woodguard” a boric acid treated plastic coated lumber mainly used for horse fencing/residential guaranteed applications and playground equipment. Only about 10% of their products are sold here and the rest is sold outside the state, making them a primary business that brings in new money to the economy. PacWest’s primary focus is on U.S. sales however, they also sell to Canada and Mexico. Pacwest also has a branch sales office in Lake Oswego, Oregon.
The lumber business itself has been quite volatile. Mr. Nealon sees an eroding supply chain and that is of concern. Most of this he feels has to do with public policy allowing materials and processes required to produce these products. The industry has seen increasing raw materials costs while lumber product prices have been in decline. This has been going on for several years creating an industry in disarray with little hope for a turnaround any time soon.