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.
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.…

City of Richland's Transportation Benefit District.

Richland vehicle fee to offset costs for bridge project, street improvements

Proposed $20 annual car registration fee to generate $850,000 annually Nobody likes to pay extra taxes, but Richland city officials say the one they’re proposing will benefit the city for years to come. [blockquote quote=”The transportation benefit district is intended to add dedicated funding to the city’s street resurfacing project and the Duportail Bridge.” source=”Pete…

Criminal Investigations Unit detectives and analysts with the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner serve a search warrant at a business office. The CIU is staffed by two prosecutors, two criminal analysts, a detective sergeant, an administrative assistant and a team of detectives who identify and investigate insurance fraud by organizations and individuals, including medical fraud, staged auto collisions, property, inflated bodily injury claims and other types of fraud. (Courtesy state Office of the Insurance Commissioner)

Special criminal investigations unit takes aim at insurance fraud

Ten percent of all insurance claims are fraudulent. And 10 percent of the cost of all premiums is due to fraud. This number is likely to increase as insurance fraud cases continue to grow, said Mark Couey, director of the Criminal Investigations Unit at the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner. [blockquote quote=”To report insurance…

Christian Diamond of Middlerock Partners talks about market opportunity during the first day of Launch University: Ideation at Fuse SPC in Richland. Launch University is a four-week entrepreneurship training program aimed at equipping budding entrepreneurs with the tools they need to bring their business idea to life. 

Fuse offering classes, events to inspire Tri-City entrepreneurs

Fuse SPC co-working space in Richland is known for being a launch pad for new startups and an incubator for entrepreneurial activity. Even before it was founded, its members have played matchmaking to help fast-growing local startups, such as Sola Spirits Distillery and Dragon The Game. [blockquote quote=”We’re dedicated to turning curious dreamers into hell-bent…

Matthew Sweezea, financial adviser with Primerica, says accountability is a good thing, but said the fiduciary rule could eventually limit investment options and access to financial advice for a lot of middle-income households, already intimidated by investing.

Local financial advisers weigh in on new fiduciary rule

President Donald Trump’s delay of the new U.S. Department of Labor fiduciary rule requiring financial advisers to act in their investors’ best interests might not have its intended effect as some local financial advisers say many firms have already complied with the new standards. The rule would have gone into effect April 10, but Trump…

Housing market

Number of real estate agents in area climbs as housing inventory dwindles

In the Tri-Cities, it’s a seller’s market with homes listed in the morning having several offers that same afternoon. That’s good news for sellers, but not so good for buyers or real estate agents looking to pick up extra listings. With more than 800 real estate agents and fewer than 500 homes on the market,…

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