Shindig Parade and Logger’s Grand Marshal Nominations
Shindig Grand Parade Marshal
The 31st Annual Shindig Grand Parade will be held July 12th, 2014. Who will earn the honor of being the official Grand Marshal? If you would like to nominate someone please send your letter to:
Shindig Parade Grand Marshal
PO Box 46, Sultan, WA 98294 Or email it to Debbie@skyvalleyvic.net
Shindig Logger’s Contest Grand Marshal
Do you know someone who has left their mark on the logging industry in the Sky Valley? Shindig Logger’s Contest Grand Marshal nominations are now being accepted. Submit your nomination letter to:
Shindig Logger’s Grand Marshal
PO Box 46, Sultan, WA 98296 Or email it to Debbie@skyvalleyvic.net
Deadline for submitting nominations is March 27, 2014.
For more information about Shindig contact the Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce at 360-793-0983.
Business Spotlight: Galaxy Chocolates
Galaxy Chocolates is located at 501 Main Street, Sultan, WA and Kathryne Paz is the owner and sole proprietor.
Kathryne began baking and cooking with her grandma at age 5, and by 7 she was cooking full meals for out of town guests and family. She became interested in making chocolate when she observed her aunt and cousins making candy and giving it as gifts for Christmas.
“I can do that,” Kathryne thought to herself, and really got serious about it when her daughter, Karly was born and took four-hour naps. It was naptime when Kathryne taught herself to make candy.
A friend stopped by her house when Kathryne was making Easter Candy and took it to work. She sold $500 in chocolate to her co-workers that day. That was 28 years ago.
When Kathryne’s son was born in 1987, she hung up her wooden spoon to raise her two children.
In 2002 she seized the spoon off the shelf when her cousin asked her to bake a baby shower cake. After that she and her partner began making chocolate and friends began taking it to work to sell and the business grew from there.
In 2004 purchased the kitchen at Celestial Coffee in Startup, partnering with Stacy Scoggins who sold coffee and regularly brought in entertainment. She sold her chocolates out of Celestial Coffee until 2011 when she relocated to 501 Main Street in Sultan, formerly “Larry’s Automotive” and changed the name to Galaxy Chocolates.
January 15, 2012 was opening day and a real challenge with piles of snow plowed right up to her front door and people had to climb over the snow to get inside.
Once Kathryne moved into the 6,000 square foot building, she got started making chocolate, cakes, pies, cheesecakes, cookies, muffins, scones and THE BEST cinnamon rolls. She sells ice cream, has a full espresso bar and will be selling sandwiches in the near future.
Kathryne is going to bring live music and party planning to the store soon. “When the web site is up, I expect to be shipping chocolates all over the world.” Kathryne excitedly commented.
Kathryne is also a star volunteer and philanthropist in Sultan, donating approximately $500 worth of baked goods a month to non-profits. For example, Kathryne donated 45 pies to Sultan Harvest and cheesecakes, pies and chocolate baskets for the Senior Center Auction. The value of those donations alone was $1,210. This month Kathryne donated a Chocolate Basket to Children’s Hospital and in February, she will prepare a Valentines Day Chocolate Basket to raffle for the Sultan Food Bank.
Sky Valley Community Awards Celebration
The 16th Annual Sky Valley Community Awards Celebration was held on February 15th at Sultan High School.
Once a year all the civic groups get together to celebrate the people in their organizations who have made a big difference to them and to the community. The Sky Valley Chamber of Commerce sponsors this inspirational event every year with the help of volunteers from each group.
Check out the video of this year’s event!
Shindig and Gold Dust Days will be here before you know it!
If you’d like to have a booth or be an exhibitor at this year’s
Shindig, click here for the official vendor application.
If you’d like to have a booth or sell food at this year’s
Gold Dust Days, click here for the official vendor application.