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The $8.5 million Lodge at Columbia Point is under construction at 530 Columbia Point Drive in Richland and is expected to open in May. 

Owner of new Richland waterfront hotel dies from cancer at 64

By R.J. Marx and Brenna Visser, The Daily Astorian, & TCAJOB staff The owner of Richland’s newest waterfront hotel died Sunday morning at his home after a short illness. He was 64. Tom Drumheller envisioned The Lodge at Columbia Point as a regional boutique hotel unique to the Tri-Cities. The $8.5 million lodge, which features…

Oregon boutique beef business supplies unique meats to three states

By Marilou Shea Just south of the Tri-Cities in Stanfield, Oregon, a hard-working couple raise calves to satisfy their customers’ insatiable taste for beef. Pat and Tammy Mallon own Pat-n-Tam’s Beef, a boutique beef processing company. Pat Mallon has been raising calves and selling them since he was in high school. Around 2003, a Mexican…

Members of Mission Support Alliance’s Synergy Network show off the backpacks they collected for Stack the Packs, a program that provides backpacks and school supplies to foster kids. The women’s group offers informal networking, formal panel discussions and community volunteer opportunities. (Courtesy MSA)

MSA women’s group provides networking, community service opportunities

By Stacey Denny Anel Suarez credits a group of female colleagues for encouraging her to apply for a new position at Mission Support Alliance. Suarez said members of MSA’s Synergy Network bolstered her confidence to seek the promotion. “All of the women in the group were very supportive and encouraging. I’m not sure I would…

Tri-Tech students’ successes showcase school’s importance in region

By Paul Randall In late August, 862 juniors and seniors from area high schools crossed the threshold of Tri-Tech Skills Center in Kennewick to take the next step to improve their competitiveness in the job market and expand their post-secondary options. Tri-Tech is a public school of choice for students from the Kennewick, Richland, Pasco,…

The Pasco Advance Auto Parts store is under construction at the corner of Court Street and 14th Avenue. A Richland store is planned to open next year. The Kennewick store at 105 N. Ely St. opened in May. 

Advance Auto Parts stores expand into Tri-City market

By Laura Kostad A national car parts store has decided expanding into the Tri-City market is a good idea. [blockquote quote=”We’re the largest retailer of after-market auto parts in North America.” source=”Travis Timmons, general manager at the Kennewick store” align=”right” max_width=”300px”] Advance Auto Parts opened at 105 N. Ely St. in Kennewick in May. A…

Actors Patrick Killoran and Amy-Lynne Darling share a bottle of wine on the deck of a home for sale in Kennewick. They appear in a video promoting the sale of a home listed with Tri-Cities Life Real Estate. Broker Steve Lambert said the video marketing tool is perfect for higher-end properties. (Courtesy Tri-Cities Life Real Estate)

Kennewick agency uses video storytelling as marketing strategy to sell homes

By Robin Wojtanik A local broker is using paid actors to showcase how a listed house can be a home. Tri-Cities Life Real Estate of Kennewick has used this unusual approach for one of its higher-end home listings and has plans to shoot another video. Broker Steve Lambert isn’t making videos for every listing, but…

American businesses lose more than $400 billion per year to cyberattacks, with one in four small businesses affected, according to a Better Business Bureau report.

Cybersecurity basics can protect businesses from data breaches

By Michelle Dupler Whether its ransomware, viruses, data theft or some other cybersecurity risk, a network breach can be one of a business owner’s worst nightmares — costing time, money and reputation. [blockquote quote=”At least one employee will click on anything.” source=”Byron Martin, owner of Teknologize” align=”right” max_width=”300px”] A 2016 report by the Better Business…

AWB bus to stop in Tri-Cities on Oct. 3 to highlight manufacturing

By Kris Johnson Washington makes great things. In addition to the best airplanes in the world, we also make one of the world’s fastest rowing shells, state-of-the-art medical devices that save lives, the exceptional food and wines enjoyed around our tables, and countless other highly sought-after products. As Washington’s designated manufacturing association, the Association of…

Consider this estate plan strategy: tax deferral with IRA stretch

By Beau Ruff Your traditional Individual Retirement Account, or IRA, is special. The beauty of the IRA is that a person does not pay income tax on assets going into the IRA. The assets are contributed pre-tax and they grow tax-deferred. It is an effective strategy to both save for retirement and to reduce your…

Mobile Pet Works has a fleet of five vans that have been transformed into rolling pet spas.

Mobile Pet Works provides front-door grooming service

By Laura Kostad Two years ago, Eric and Jalyn Calaway introduced Tri-Citians to a new way to groom their beloved furry friends: mobile salons offering front door service. The idea for Mobile Pet Works was born when Eric Calaway had to pick up their own two dogs from the groomer one day. “We had to…

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