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Articles by Elsie Puig

Elsie Puig is a freelance writer and web designer. She has a strong background in digital marketing communications, copywriting, and social media. Her passion is using web technology and strong messaging to help small businesses meet their goals. She is currently pursuing her online MA in Web Design and Online Communications from the University of Florida. She lives in Richland with her husband and two children.
Badger Mountain South development off Dallas Road in Richland. (Photo by UpAngle)

Residential growth: Home values rise as affordable housing options languish

As Tri-City home prices climb, so does their value. In the last three years, Vicki Monteagudo, broker-owner at Century 21 Tri-Cities and NAI Tri-Cities, said she’s observed a 10.4 percent home appreciation rate. “Some areas have hit double-digit appreciation in the last 12 months alone, especially in those more lower-end prices,” she said. The Tri-Cities ranks No. 8…

Sunrise Ridge development off Olympia Street near Highway 397. (Courtesy Windermere Group One)

City of Kennewick: The reigning retail capital of the Tri-Cities

The city of Kennewick continues to grow at a steady clip, ushering in new commercial and residential growth anchored by recent developments along Columbia Center Boulevard and in the Southridge, Vista Field and downtown areas. There’s plenty of commercial development along Columbia Center Boulevard, including the opening of three popular new stores. Goodwill Industries of…

Rocco Luongo, left, and Paul Casey talk inside the podcast studio at Fuse SPC in Richland. The entrepreneurs produce podcasts dedicated to providing content and coaching on leadership for business owners and executives. (Photo by Elsie Puig)

Lessons on leadership: Tri-City business podcasts offer advice, wisdom

Need inspiration and guidance on how to be a better performing leader? Look no further than Tri-City business podcasts. Business and leadership coach Paul Casey has produced “Tri-Cities Influencer” for more than a year and a half now. In his podcasts, he interviews chief executive officers, nonprofit executives and entrepreneurs to hear how they lead…

Cari and Matt McGee of Keller Williams Realty Tri-Cities reviewed sales data from 532 homes in Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and West Richland and discovered Zillow’s estimates on the same homes are almost 6 percent higher than the homes’ actual sale prices. (Photo Elsie Puig)

Tri-City study reveals discrepancy with Zillow estimates

Data on 532 local homes shows online real estate company’s numbers run too high Do you have money signs whirling around your head after seeing your home’s latest value on Zillow? Think again. A new study by Cari and Matt McGee of Keller Williams Realty Tri-Cities reveals discrepancies in Zillow’s Zestimates and properties’ actual values.…

High school students from refugee families visit Three Rivers Place to tour and learn about a career in nursing as part of the Family Learning Center program. The center, which helps Tri-City refugees thrive in their new home, is one of the nonprofits supported by United Way’s fundraising efforts. (Photo courtesy Family Learning Center)

United Way launches annual campaign, census outreach

United Way of Benton and Franklin Counties is kickstarting its annual fundraising campaign in September. And it is armed with hard data showing where the two counties it serves are falling behind. Last year, United Way recruited a group of volunteer analysts to identify key data points in hopes of measuring the overall health and…

Tri-Fun

Revamped Tri-Fun program offers food, venue deals

Get a digital pass to experience some of the Tri-Cities’ best locally-owned dining and entertainment options for a fraction of the cost. Tri-Fun, a membership-based program providing deals at local eateries and venues, is growing under new ownership. Jane Winslow, owner of WinSome Design in Richland, bought Tri-Fun from Preston House, owner of the Tri-City…

Karla Melior and her daughter Kayleen hold a photograph of the late Dan Melior outside Innovative Mortgage. Dan’s family and his Kennewick team plan to carry on Dan’s legacy at the mortgage broker business. (Photo by Elsie Puig)

Innovative Mortgage continues late owner’s legacy

The team who worked with a Kennewick businessman known for his commitment to his family, his employees and his faith plan to honor their boss by continuing to run the business the same way he would. Dan Melior, 55, owner and mortgage broker at Innovative Mortgage, died May 12 from cancer. It blindsided everyone, as…

Jordan Chavallo stands with his father Jose on their home’s deck overlooking Kennewick’s Vista Field in the distance. The Chavallo family’s business, New Environment Corp., plans to build luxury apartments on 8.25 acres adjacent adjacent to Vista Field, where construction is underway to turn the former airfield into a pedestrian-focused urban center.

High-end living near Vista Field on the way

Developers planning luxury apartments with an ‘edge’ Longtime Tri-City commercial developers are planning their most ambitious project to date: a luxury apartment complex on 8.25 acres adjacent to Vista Field, across from Lawrence Scott Park in Kennewick. Although the project is in its very early stages — the Chavallo family currently is looking for an…

Amber Keller, owner of Blueberry Bridal Boutique in Kennewick, said helping brides find the wedding dress of their dreams fueled her passion to open her own shop at 8901 W. Tucannon Ave., Suite 155, in Kennewick.

Boutique builds beyond the bridal basics

Blueberry Bridal owner opens Kennewick shop as chain store alternative Blueberry Bridal Boutique — a concierge bridal store — opened eight months ago in Kennewick, but the path to its opening has been in the works for nearly eight years. Sitting on a teal tufted sofa inside the brightly lit interior of the carefully designed…

El Asadero

El Asadero adds second restaurant in Richland

El Asadero — which serves up Mexican cuisine with a focus on homemade freshness — opened a new restaurant on 127 Gage Blvd. in Richland. The restaurant is owned and operated by father and son duo Rafael Arriaga Sr. and Rafael Arriaga Jr. Their first restaurant opened in 2004 on Fourth Avenue in Pasco, where…

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