Getting ‘Back to Basics’

Back to Basics

Jolene Oliver and Chis Oliver at Back to Basics, a new business at 1419 Main St. in Oroville. Back to Basics serves hot dogs, ice cream, cookies, cupcakes and espresso. Charlene Helm/Staff Photo

OROVILLE – What could be more basic than hot dogs and ice cream? Loretta Harris and Danny Wietrick feel that’s the winning combination as they open “Back to Basics” on 1419 Main St. in Oroville.

Back to Basics opened on Oct. 27 and serves Nathan’s hotdogs with all the fixings, hard ice cream and a variety of toppings, as well as cookies, cupcakes and espresso. The shop’s hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except Thursdays when they are closed. Some day they hope to add a yogurt bar too.

When asked how they decided on what they would offer, they replied, “(It was) just an idea Loretta has had for a long time. She and Danny started talking about it more and more and all of the sudden things began to happen. We felt it was something different that Oroville doesn’t have… hot dogs.”

Harris is from Spokane, but lived in Omak 20 years ago and Wietrick has lived in Oroville for 26 years. Harris has owned restaurants before – The Burger Place in Omak and The Place in Okanogan.

To reach Back to Basics by phone call (509) 476-2196.

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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