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.
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…

Singer and Songwriter Kate Larsen plays a painted piano, while Cynthia Vaughn, founder of the Richland’s Painted Pianos Project Tri-Cities and owner of Magnolia Music Studios, sings along inside the Landing Bistro & Lounge in Richland. Vaughn plans to install more of the painted pianos around the Tri-Cities and is looking for community support.

Painted Pianos to bring together community for art, music

Richland studio owner seeking 88 ‘key’ partners for project Painted pianos transformed into public works of art and gathering places have begun popping up in Richland with more planned around the Tri-Cities. The grass-roots arts project, spearheaded by Cynthia Vaughn, owner of Richland’s Magnolia Music Studios and director of Opera on the Vine, aims to…

Richland software development company acquires Brandcraft Media

Wildland, a Richland software development company, recently acquired BrandCraft Media — a move that will merge Wildland’s software development capabilities with BrandCraft Media’s creative and marketing expertise. The move makes Kennewick’s BrandCraft Media a subsidiary of Wildland. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. The acquisition gives BrandCraft access to Wildland’s growing pool of technical and creative talent,…

Mike Denslow, center, stands with friends and family modeling his Love the Tri clothing line. He donates profits from the sales to Tri-City charities. Pictured from left: Jeremy Gray, Ashlie Martin, Hanna Christensen, Mike Denslow, Mayra Valdovinos, Fran Brown and Tyler Denslow. (Courtesy Shane Martin)

Banker celebrates community pride with Love the Tri clothing line

Profits from clothing sales donated to local charities A Kennewick banker never intended to launch a clothing line that’s gaining popularity across the Tri-Cities. [blockquote quote=”I want to promote Tri-Cities unity.” source=”Mike Denslow, owner of Love The Tri” align=”right” max_width=”300px”] Mike Denslow began selling “Love The Tri” branded clothes celebrating community pride last year. The…

Ulta Beauty’s new Richland store is 10,000 square feet and carries more than 20,000 beauty and cosmetic products, as well as products for bath and body, skin care, fragrances, hair care, hair styling and nails. The national “prestige” beauty industry grew by 6 percent last year, reaching $17 billion in sales with the makeup category experiencing the greatest sales growth at 12 percent, according to The NPD Group, a market research group.

National beauty retailers expanding in the Tri-Cities

Richland Ulta Beauty store opens, Sephora doubles in size at mall National beauty retailers Ulta Beauty and Sephora are expanding in the Tri-Cities as the beauty industry continues to grow nationwide. Ulta Beauty opened its doors May 26 in the Vintner Square development at 2911 Queensgate Drive in Richland to a large and enthusiastic crowd…

The harsh winter exacerbated the low number of homes for sale available in the Tri-Cities, putting a halt on new home construction like these Grayhawk Homes in Horn Rapids area in Richland. But real estate agents said that should change in the next 18 to 24 months as builders bring new inventory to the market. (Courtesy Karen Jackson Photography)

Tri-City real estate agents targeting homeowners directly

Market continues to see low inventory for buyers Bryan Verhei of Retter & Company Sotheby’s International Realty is getting ready to send potential clients a direct mail piece with home maintenance tips. It’s a little more lighthearted than one he sent in early April urging homeowners to put their home up for sale. At the…

Travel company offering guided tours through Tri-Cities, region

Travel company offering guided tours through Tri-Cities, region

Roads2Travel offers trips focusing on taste, history When Bob Christensen retired after a career in telecommunications and traveling between Washington and Southeast Asia, he knew exactly what he wanted to do. His love for traveling and culture led him to open his own tourism business. “I was born and raised in Oregon so I am…

A Tri-Fun membership gives members access to 12 entertainment activities around the Tri-City area.

Tri-Fun offers solution to ‘nothing to do in the Tri-Cities’ complaints

Annual membership includes access to 12 different venues around the Tri-City area [blockquote quote=”It’s about creating those memories and sharing those experiences.” source=”Preston House, owner of Tri-Fun” align=”right” max_width=”300px”] Planning a staycation in the Tri-Cities this summer? A new membership-based business called Tri-Fun aims to give families affordable access to 12 unique entertainment venues to create…

Dan Easton, left, owner of Easton Construction, and Mike Walker, owner of Walker Homes, work together on building projects like this eco-friendly home in Inspiration Estates in Kennewick. Last year, the Built Green program certified 270 eco-friendly homes in the Tri-Cities.

Demand for sustainable homes growing but more awareness needed, officials say

270 eco-friendly homes certified in Tri-Cities last year compared to 1,000 in Seattle The owner of Easton Construction’s model home in the Inspiration Estates neighborhood in Kennewick looks like most custom-built homes — a wide and open interior floor plan bringing together the living room, dining room and kitchen with white cabinets and white quartz.…

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