Articles by Dori O'Neal

Dori O’Neal is an award-winning journalist who has spent more than 30 years writing about arts, entertainment and interesting people in the Mid-Columbia.
Amusement park exhibit travels to Tri-Cities’ children’s museum

Amusement park exhibit travels to Tri-Cities’ children’s museum

Ever wondered how an electrifying roller-coaster ride can go so fast, flip its passengers upside down, make hairpin turns at warp speed and still stay on the tracks? Well, it’s all about science. The Tri-Cities’ newly organized children’s museum, called Hands In for Hands On — or, HiHo for short — plans to bring the…

Holy Mac Steaks & Spirits restaurant in Kennewick.

Kennewick restaurant adds steak dinners to menu, changes name

The owners of Holy Mac & Deli restaurant in Kennewick are expanding their offerings to include a steakhouse menu starting in February.  Carrie and Doug Lundgren currently specialize in gourmet macaroni and cheese dishes, New York-style deli sandwiches, along with other comfort foods like homemade soups, breakfast sandwiches and salads. The deli opened in 2015…

The first phase of Badger Canyon apartment complex on Ridgeline Drive in Kennewick features 168 units and was completed earlier this year.

Apartment complexes popping up in Tri-Cities

It’s good to live in Southeastern Washington.  The Tri-Cities is among the top 10 areas in the nation growing by leaps and bounds — so much so, the housing market is having a tough time keeping up with the demand. “The affordable cost of living combined with great schools, low crime, favorable weather, minimal traffic,…

Richland Bell Furniture, the three-generation furniture store, opened in 1948 and is still operating in the same location at The Parkway in Richland.

Richland Bell Furniture spans three generations at same location

Three generations of the Carroll family have made Richland Bell Furniture the go-to Tri-City store for quality home furnishings and good old-fashioned customer service. [blockquote quote=”Good customer service never goes out of style..” source=”Pete Carroll, owner of Richland Bell Furniture” align=”right” max_width=”300px”] When Joe Carroll first opened his store 68 years ago, his son Pete…

Donna Holloway, owner of Threads Consignment Boutique

Vintage second-hand store’s growth prompts move to downtown Kennewick

When Donna Holloway opened her vintage second-hand store in 2008 in Kennewick’s Marineland Village, she had no idea she would outgrow the location within eight years. Threads Consignment Boutique moved in August to its new location in downtown Kennewick at 127 W. Kennewick Ave., and the digs are as vintage as some of the clothes…

Tri-City businesses welcome customers for Small Business Saturday

Tri-City businesses welcome customers for Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday celebrations will be held Nov. 26 around the Tri-Cities. If you’re not completely tuckered out from fighting the crowds on Black Friday, the popular shopping day after Thanksgiving, then head out shopping again the next day to support small businesses. “Small businesses are the grass-roots of any community,” said Gus Sako, owner…

Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Third Dickey’s Barbecue Pit to open in Pasco

Dan Pelfrey is a born and bred Texas boy who knows what it means to barbecue Texas-style. It’s is done like most things in Texas — slow. Pelfrey, who owns three Dickey’s Barbecue Pit franchises in the Tri-City area, has wanted to own a restaurant for many years. When his job with a trucking company…

Porter's Real Barbecue

Richland’s Porter’s Real Barbecue eyes expansion

Porter Kinney took his love of barbecue and turned it into a science project as he experimented with smoking different types of meat and trying out various ingredients for sauces to go with those meats. The project ended up with him creating original recipes that now have many Tri-Citians clamoring for a taste. Kinney, along…

Wes Door

Longtime Kennewick jeweler still crafting custom pieces

Wes Door, who turns 92 this month, has been a jeweler and inventor for most of his life. He owned a storefront in downtown Kennewick for many years before moving his jewelry business to his home at 2214 W. Fourth Ave., in Kennewick in 1970. The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce recently honored him for…

Kennewick repair shops expands into car sales

Kennewick repair shops expands into car sales

Kymm and Caleb Aldinger are one busy couple. They have three kids, ages 4, 5, and 7, are licensed foster parents, volunteer their time for various community events and run their own business. They opened the auto repair shop Allied Automotive just off Columbia Drive in Kennewick in 2011 with the help of a Benton-Franklin…

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