Articles by Elena Olmstead

Elena Olmstead graduated from Washington State University with a degree in journalism, then spent nearly a decade working full-time as a reporter for several area newspapers, including the Daily Sun News and Tri-City Herald. She has been freelancing since 2007. When she isn’t writing for the Journal she enjoys spending time with her family on their farm in south Grandview.

Couple creates music hot spot in downtown Prosser

When Marty and Lenee Taylor put in an offer to buy the old 6th Street Café in downtown Prosser last spring, they had a general idea about what they wanted to do with it. [blockquote quote=”We like giving people a chance to experience live music.” source=”Marty Taylor, owner of Brewminatti” align=”right” max_width=”300px”] The two things…

Love's Travel Stops

Love’s is coming to Prosser and it’s bringing a couple of friends

It’s not every day one company comes into town and brings with it two other national chains. But that is what’s happening on a 15-acre parcel of property on the west side of Prosser. It’s been nearly a year since Love’s Travel Stops first looked to Prosser as a possible location for it’s first travel…

Melissa LaBeaf is the owner of Euphoria Salon and Spa. LaBeaf recently moved her salon to the corner of Swift Boulevard and Wright Avenue in Richland. She opened the doors at her new location in late October and has had a steady stream of clients ever since.

Euphoria Salon finding new life along Swift Boulevard in Richland

Five years ago when Melissa LaBeaf was looking for a place to open her hair salon, she had trouble finding exactly what she was looking for. She wanted a space that wasn’t too big, but also wasn’t too small and she wanted to be sure she opened up shop in Richland. So she ended up…

Holli Calder-Cox, Director of Project Warm Up stands in front of yarn supplies

Volunteers spread warmth throughout the Tri-Cities for three decades

By Elena Olmstead It’s hard to imagine the impact Project Warm Up has had on the communities throughout Benton and Franklin counties over the past three decades — the number of babies wrapped in warm blankets because of this group of volunteers; the homeless touched by the gift of toiletries and warm gloves; and the…

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