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.
Steve Simmons, owner of CG Public House in Kennewick, said the proposed Labor and Industries rules for salaried employees could negatively affect service businesses like his restaurant, especially if tied to the minimum wage.

Washington L&I considers salary revision for exempt employees

The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries could soon be proposing new wage requirements for salaried executive, administrative and professional employees. The wage requirements would be tied to the state’s minimum wage, which is set to go up $1.50 every year through 2020 with the passage of Initiative 1433. The current proposal would increase…

Eric Pearson, left, CEO of Community First bank, and Jim Arneson, president of Community First Bank, show off the bank’s new logo.

Community First Bank launches rebrand, new website

Community First Bank recently underwent a rebranding to modernize its curb appeal and to unify its different business lines, which now include wealth management, trust services and home mortgages. Formed in 1997, Community First Bank, headquartered in Kennewick with branches in Richland, Pasco and Connell, is the longest running community bank in the area, according…

Danielle Andre teaches a class of ballet dancers at the new Today’s Generation Dance Co. in Pasco. The studio opened in October at the Broadmoor Park Outlet Mall.

Award-winning Moses Lake dance studio expands to Pasco

When Danielle Andre opened Today’s Generation Dance Co. in Pasco, she hoped to continue a legacy of award-winning dance instruction that her mother Lori Baker and co-founders Peggy Earl and Janet Bergeson started 19 years ago in Moses Lake. Andre and her husband moved around the U.S. while he finished his medical degree. This allowed…

(Photo: Shawna Dinh)

Residential growth: climbing costs hinder homebuyers

A competitive sellers’ market in the Tri-Cities is creating bidding wars and raising prices of not only resale homes, but also the price of lots for new construction. Dave Retter, owner of Retter & Co. Sotheby’s International in Kennewick, said it’s not rare for a house to be listed at $190,000 and sell for $200,000…

TRI-CU Credit Union is building an 8,300-square-foot building at 3213 W. 19th Ave. in Kennewick. (Photo: Scott Butner Photography)

City of Kennewick: Southridge shows no signs of slowing

Commercial and residential growth remains strong in Kennewick, especially in the Southridge area, but city officials say its other areas also are seeing their fair share of activity. “The growth in Kennewick has been pretty strong in the last few years,” said Wes Romine, development services manager for the city of Kennewick. Commercial development is…

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Investors plan to build four-story building in downtown Kennewick

A new high-end mixed-use building will be under construction next year in downtown Kennewick. The new 12,000-square-foot building will house retail and restaurant space on the first floor, built-to-suit office spaces on the second floor, and 33 one- to two-bedroom luxury apartments on the third and fourth floors. The rooftop deck will feature a common…

More direct routes, faster connections, free Wi-Fi on buses and real-time updates for bus arrivals and departures are part of Ben Franklin Transit’s comprehensive service changes. (Courtesy Ben Franklin Transit)

Ben Franklin Transit debuts comprehensive service plan changes

Ben Franklin Transit has rolled out comprehensive service changes, including free Wi-Fi on buses and text alerts, more direct and frequent connections, and extended operating hours. The changes were needed as the Tri-City area has grown and developed, said Daniel Elliott, marketing coordinator for Ben Franklin Transit. “We realigned routes to be more direct. Now…

Total Energy Management’s new 23,500-square-foot warehouse and fabrication facility at 2531 Stevens Drive in Richland houses a complete sheet metal fabrication facility. (Courtesy Jordan de Groot of The Kenmore Team Real Estate)

Total Energy Management expands into $1.2 million facility

33-year-old Richland company diversifies to serve commercial, residential customers Total Energy Management is celebrating more than 30 years of growth with a move into a new facility at 2521 Stevens Drive in Richland. The company moved to its expanded facility in September from its previous location at the Richland Airport. In August 2016, the company…

Tri-City Americans’ Dakota Krebs holds an armful of teddy bears tossed onto the ice during the team’s annual teddy bear toss event. The hockey team donates the toys to local charities. This season marks the hockey team’s 30th year in the Tri-Cities. (Courtesy Doug Love)

Tri-City Americans celebrate 30th season by continuing to support charities

Team helped to raise more than $2M in donations over seven seasons The Tri-City Americans are celebrating their 30th season with a home opener on Sept. 30 against the Everett Silvertips. For the team, the anniversary provides a chance to reflect on their history and how they’ve sown their roots in the Tri-Cities by giving…

New Self-Storage at Chapel Hill at 6615 Chapel Hill Blvd. in Pasco planned to break ground on their project Sept. 11. Construction is expected to be completed by spring.

New self-storage facility to open in Pasco next spring

The Tri-Cities is growing and with that growth comes demand for more storage space. The new 84,000-square-foot self-storage facility — Self-Storage at Chapel Hill — will be opening next spring off Road 68 and Chapel Hill Boulevard in Pasco. Owners Dave and Sue Peachey also own Kennewick Mini Storage on 3208 W. Hood Ave. They…

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