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.

Washington State University viticulture and enology student Connor Eck and WSU Associate Professor of Wine Chemistry Jim Harbertson process grapes at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center. In 2017, 30 tons of grapes were used to create WSU research wines. (Courtesy of WSU Tri-Cities)

More students set sights on WSU degrees to launch wine industry careers

120 students now enrolled in viticulture, enology undergraduate program Seven years ago, Becca DeKleine was the lone College of Agriculture student walking at Washington State University’s Tri-Cities campus commencement. She carried the department’s banner by herself. She and three others graduated together with an emphasis in viticulture and enology in 2011. The others graduated from […]

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The Mustang Sign Group’s owners have bought land at 10379 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick and expect to break ground on a 12,000-square-foot building within the next 60 days. From left are Production Manager Devin Nielsen, Sign Ninja Amos Williams and co-owner Lauren Wang.

Mustang Sign Group’s growth prompts plans for new building

Construction of $1.2 million building in Kennewick could be complete by fall Five years ago, Will and Lauran Wang bought Mustang Sign Group with the hope of slowly growing the company. Little did they know their clientele would double, revenue would increase by six times and they’d be closing on 1.5 acres of land for […]

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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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