A Walmart associate helps a customer sign for a grocery pickup order. Tri-City Fred Meyer and Walmart stores expect to offer grocery service pickup services before the end of the year. (Courtesy Walmart)

Order groceries online, then pick up curbside

By Robin Wojtanik Whether it’s back-to-school lunch supplies or a Thanksgiving turkey, grocery shopping will get more convenient as stores begin to offer curbside pickup. Tri-City Fred Meyer and some Walmart stores expect to offer their version of the service before the end of the year. The Richland Fred Meyer will begin its ClickList service […]

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Kennewick man perfects kombucha recipe, opens brewery

By Andy Perdue The Tri-Cities’ first commercial kombucha brewery has been established in Kennewick. Joshua Steensland of Kennewick has opened Steensland Family Kombucha. Steensland, a veteran of the Marine Corps, spent the past year perfecting his kombucha recipe and now is confident enough to turn it into a commercial venture. Steensland Family Kombucha passed its […]

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Columbia Center Rotary’s outgoing president Peter Kalunian stands with incoming president Roger McDowell in front of the club’s wall of flags, which were exchanged by members who visited the Kennewick chapter or visited chapters elsewhere and brought back.

Civic-minded citizens making difference in Tri-City service groups

By Robin Wojtanik Attend a weekly meeting at Columbia Center Rotary’s event center in Kennewick, and you’ll find a diverse group of members, ranging in both age and profession. The recent fiscal year-end meeting for the local service organization included the announcement of 16 new dues-paying members joining in the last year, adding to the […]

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Washington River Protection Solutions volunteer Bree Smith, left, watches McLoughlin Middle School students use straw rockets to test their trajectories during a STEM Like Me! session. The program addresses the disparity of students pursuing STEM subjects as they prepare to enter high school.

From programs to playhouses, STEM remains focus

By Robin Wojtanik The Tri-City community benefits from both grass-roots and professional efforts to spread awareness of STEM concepts, projects and ideas in the region. From small ideas with the potential to make a big impact, to large projects affecting thousands, there is a strong push by nonprofits to make today’s youth aware of science, […]

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10 tips to detect, prevent fraud in nonprofits

By Timothy Warren The culture of most nonprofits is based on trust, honesty and a commitment to public interest. But a noble mission and sparkling public image are not bullet-proof protection against fraud.   According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners’ 2016 Report to the Nations, while only 2.4 percent of fraud found in 2016 […]

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NAI Tri-Cities principal moves to Spokane-based firm

By Michelle Dupler A principal of NAI Tri-Cities has joined a Spokane-based real estate firm that’s expanded into the Tri-Cities. Former NAI Tri-Cities principal Lance Bacon has joined the Kennewick office of Kiemle & Hagood Co., which opened satellite offices in Eastern Washington and Missoula, Montana, about six months ago. Gordon Hester, Kiemle & Hagood […]

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Orangetheory Fitness’ Studio Manager Monique Thoelke and franchise owner Melissa Cote are launching the new fitness studio focused on providing intervals of cardiovascular and  strength training. Participants’ progress is measured by heart rate monitors that post results on a big screen during workouts.

Tri-Cities’ first Orangetheory Fitness studio to open this summer

By Robin Wojtanik Excitement is building for a unique, new fitness studio preparing to launch later this summer in Richland. The first Orangetheory Fitness for the Tri-Cities is expected to open in August on Queensgate Drive. Recruitment of new members began in May inside a construction trailer near the construction zone. Orangetheory promotes itself as […]

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Food trucks play key role in region’s economic development

By Marilou Shea With all the hoopla surrounding the popularity of food trucks you’d think they were just invented. They weren’t, of course. Food trucks, or mobile vending, date back hundreds of years to when pushcarts began serving prepared foods. One source says this began in 1691 in New York City with the arrival of […]

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Bank of the West financed a portion of Columbia Community Church’s $3.2 million construction project at the corner of Gage Boulevard and Bellerive Drive in Richland to add 7,000 square feet of space. The bank has a lending division specializing in religious institutions.

Few lenders bank on churches to finance loans

By Michelle Dupler When the leaders of Columbia Community Church in Richland started planning an expansion, they knew they’d likely have to finance a portion of the $3.2 million construction project. What they didn’t anticipate were the challenges they’d face in obtaining a construction loan at terms within their comfort zone. “At the time, we […]

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