Beer Shoppe

Maddie Hicks from Basalt Roasters sets up her table for the Women Who Drink Craft Beer event at The Beer Shoppe in May 2018 in Yakima. (Miles Jay Oliver / Yakima Herald-Republic file)

The Beer Shoppe opened in the fall of 2006, just as the nation’s — and the Yakima Valley’s — craft beer boom started.

Over nearly 13 years, The Beer Shoppe would be the source of discovery for new and longtime craft beer lovers in the Yakima area. Before Bale Breaker Brewing Co. officially opened its brewery in Moxee in 2013, it introduced its beers to a group of beer lovers during a tap takeover at The Beer Shoppe, which would often serve as ground zero for new beers from new breweries opening in the Yakima area.

On the retail side, beer lovers could discover new brews from craft breweries across the Pacific Northwest in The Beer Shoppe’s extensive can and bottle selection. Also, the brewery’s draft menu included a cross-section of beers including several that couldn’t be found elsewhere in town.

That’s going to change. Owner Jeff Clemmons told customers recently that he will be closing The Beer Shoppe for good next month.

“It has been a great 12 years, but the time has come for Jill and I

to retire from the beer business,” Clemmons wrote on The Beer Shoppe’s Facebook page.

Clemmons said he tried to find a buyer to continue running the business, but that didn’t work out.

Not surprisingly, there was overwhelming sadness at the announcement, judging from the numerous Facebook comments from customers and former workers.

A sale of all The Beer Shoppe’s items is now underway.

Cupcake shop opens in Yakima

Blossom Cups & Cakes opened in June at 3607 W. Nob Hill Blvd. Owner Andrea Taylor previously spent many years in real estate before launching a cupcake shop in Lewiston, Idaho, where she was living at the time. When Taylor moved to Yakima due to her husband’s work, she decided to launch a shop here.

Taylor, a native of the Dominican Republic, said her love for baking started as a child. The vanilla cake batter she uses for her Vanilla Strawberry cupcake is from a family recipe. She serves the Vanilla Strawberry, Chocolate Ganache and Lemon Cream flavors daily and offers a few additional flavors on a rotating basis. Taylor also accepts custom orders.

She’s also been selling her cupcakes at the Downtown Yakima Farmers Market, which has given her additional exposure to the public.

“I like the people,” she said. “Most people go there, and then they come to the shop.”

Blossom Cups & Cakes is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Taylor also will be selling at the Downtown Yakima Farmers Market until the season ends in late October. The market operates from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 27.

New gym opens

A new gym recently opened in Prosser. Club 24, at 275 Gap Road, is the 11th location for the Pacific Northwest gym chain.

Members of the gym are given 24-hour access to the Prosser facility and other Club 24 locations throughout the Pacific Northwest. Those who want to learn more about the gym can attend a community open house on Monday.

Finalist for award

John I Haas/Barth-Haas Group, a Yakima-based hop products and services company, is among the finalists for the Product Development and Management Association’s 2019 Outstanding Corporate Innovator Award. The finalists are chosen for demonstrating innovation in developing new products and services.

The organization will select the winner after a committee conducts site visits with the finalists.

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