Audra Distifeno

Audra Distifeno

Audra Distifeno has been in the “news” business for more than 20 years. She is passionate about writing, and is also an educator with the goal of igniting young minds so they might discover their potentials. She lives in the Yakima Valley with her children, two mini schnauzers, two lizards and multitudes of fish. She enjoys camping, kayaking and breathing in the ocean air. She hopes to one day be a published novelist and see her work being read by the masses … or even by just one who is moved by her story.

Triplets Lisa Olson, from left, Laura Geertsma and Leslie Miller-Stidham recently expanded the boutique within Flash Your Style, which offers eyelash extensions, microblading and more. The boutique boasts hand-selected clothing, shoes and accessories. The shop is at 118 Keene Road in Richland.

Triplets expand Richland lash salon to include boutique

In addition to eyelash extensions, waxing and microblading, sisters offer training, online sales Three sisters believe owning and operating a business together is triple the fun. Meet Laura Geertsma, Leslie Miller-Stidham and Lisa Olson — identical triplets who have always worked together. From their first teen job at Subway to working nights at a casino, […]

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Bob Rosselli, left, interim CEO of Columbia Industries, stands with the Kennewick nonprofit’s new CEO, Brian McDermott, who joined the agency on Dec. 4. The 54-year-old agency focuses on helping people with disabilities. (Courtesy Columbia Industries)

Columbia Industries closes year with new vision, new CEO

The past six months have been a flurry of activity at Columbia Industries with the creation of a new vision and hiring a new CEO to execute it. “We’ve spent the past six months reinventing ourselves,” said interim CEO Bob Rosselli, who has volunteered and served three terms, or 18 years, on the nonprofit’s board […]

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Allyson Hayes, left, a sales associate for Ariel, meets with Karen Livas, small business programs director for the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Jessica Stangeland, a regional chamber board member. The chamber officials were delivering Small Business Saturday promotional materials to chamber members at The Parkway in Richland. (Courtesy Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce)

Experts forecast robust holiday shopping season across state

Chamber officials, Tri-City retailers remind shoppers to think local Locally-owned Tri-City retailers hope shoppers will “think small” when picking out their holiday gifts this year. “We expect a really great holiday season. Retail is up about three percent nationwide, so it’s doing well. People are spending more money in shops and definitely supporting small business,” […]

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Rick Ornstein, owner of The Educated Cigar & Wine in Richland, originally opened as a dot-com business, shipping premium and ultra-premium cigars around the world. Since Washington laws have become more “taxing,” however, he shares a building with Atomic Bowl and Joker’s Comedy at 624 Wellsian Way in Richland.

Cigar aficionado’s Richland store offers nearly 600 varieties

Owner of The Educated Cigar & Wine can be found at festivals around region Local entrepreneur Rick Ornstein enjoys the simple things life has to offer, especially sitting down and puffing a premium cigar with friends. His enthusiasm for cigars, believed to date back to the ancient Mayans, is more than evident at The Educated […]

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The WinSome staff includes, back row, from left, Cara Thomas, Lynette Fransen, owner Jane Winslow and Alysha McManus, and front row, from left, Amy Andrus, Vanessa Guzman and Dani Smart. The full-service brand development and marketing firm recently added grant writing and administration to its services, made possible through the company’s move to a new office at 1201 Jadwin Ave. in Richland. (Courtesy WinSome Design)

Richland marketing company moves to larger office

During the past 10 years, WinSome Design Inc. staff have called an 800-square-foot basement their office space. It was the place they brainstormed, collaborated and created to improve others’ business outcomes. The team recently moved from Riverwood Street in Richland to 1201 Jadwin Ave., Suite 101, and more than doubled its work space. “It’s awesome […]

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Construction is under way on Clover Island on a public pathway connecting existing sections of sidewalk, new lighting, seating, landscaping, artwork and an interpretive area called the Gathering Place to honor Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s history and culture in the area. Two new mixed-use parcels also will be available to developers in the fall. (Courtesy Port of Kennewick)

Clover Island mixed-use parcels expected to be available in fall

Two commercial mixed-use parcels overlooking Clover Island’s marina and shoreline improvements should be available to developers this fall. “We’d hoped it’d be done at the end of June, but the (subcontractors) are really busy,” said Tana Bader Inglima, Port of Kennewick deputy CEO. The port has been working over the past several years to transform […]

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Jennifer Mitchell, left, owner of Kennewick-based Account Sense, has worked side-by-side with Robert “Bob” Vaughan since November to ensure a smooth transition for his clients. Mitchell bought his business, Robert Vaughan, CPA, when the longtime certified public accountant announced plans to retire.

Kennewick accounting firm acquires longtime CPA business

About two years ago, Jennifer Mitchell, owner of Account Sense in Kennewick, met a fellow accountant and discussed with him the possibility of a future buy-out when he was ready to retire. That time has come with Account Sense recently buying Robert Vaughan, CPA of Kennewick. “When Bob (Vaughan) finally set a retirement date, we […]

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