Articles by Jeff Morrow

Jeff Morrow retired from the Tri-City Herald in 2015. Jeff spent 30 years on the Herald's sports staff, including the last 19 as the sports editor. Although he likes to write, Jeff still finds time to travel, golf and take care of his family's three dogs. He and his wife of 31 years, Connie, have two adult daughters.
Multiple, no-bounce axe throwing lanes give parents something to do while the kids blast each other playing laser tag at Bullseye Lasertag and Axe Throwing in Richland. The new business was poised to open when Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-home order went into effect statewide. (Courtesy Bullseye Lasertag and Axe Throwing)

Opening of new axe throwing, laser tag business delayed

It’s tough having a small business that’s been forced to shut down in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and state orders to stay home. It may be even more difficult when a new business was just about to open for the first time. It’s like being between a rock and a hard place. That’s…


Richland bakery knows all you knead is fresh bread plus solid customer base

Richland’s Denise Thai always wanted to have her own bakery, but life got in the way while raising three children. Now decades later, the children are grown with lives of their own, and the grandchildren are busy teenagers. Thai, 58, decided a few years ago that maybe there are second chances in life. So she…

Sarai Thomas wears one of the Kindhearted for Special Needs shirts and buttons that asks strangers to extend grace. Her parents created a foundation that sells special needs wearables to alert others about a person’s special needs and to promote thoughtfulness and kindness. (Courtesy Kindhearted for Special Needs)

Family’s foundation strives to put more kindness into world

Their line of wearables tries to raise awareness, promote thoughtfulness toward people with special needs The button idea really was a simple one. Yet it took a Tri-City couple, Michael and Linde Thomas, more than 20 years to turn it into reality. The Thomases recently created a foundation called Kindhearted for Special Needs. They offer…

Chiropractor Matt Lucas, owner of Chiropractic Care of Tri-Cities in Richland, recently bought his neighboring business, Riverside Therapeutic Massage, to expand the quality of care to patients. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Chiropractor, massage clinics combine to better serve patients

Owner of Richland practice says move could mean future expansion Owner Matt Lucas was running out of room for his massage therapists at Chiropractic Care of Tri-Cities in Richland. His business’ neighbor, Mark Whitten, also was struggling with a problem. He ran Riverside Therapeutic Massage, but wanted to spend more time helping his wife, Leticia,…

Jeremy Dimond, left, and Pete Kelley man their Roof Maxx trade booth at the Regional Home and Garden Show to educate customers about their new business, Roof Maxx, which offers a plant-based spray treatment to extend the life of roofs.

Tri-Citians launch new roof spray treatment business

Roof Maxx’s award-winning technology can extend the life of roofs Jeremy Dimond and Pete Kelley once worked together as wine salesmen. But they always wanted to own their own business. It happened this year when they launched Roof Maxx. Kelley was scrolling through Facebook one day when he learned about the Roof Maxx story. It…

Architect MMEC’s rendering of the 20,000-square-foot addition at J. Bookwalter Winery at 849 Tulip Lane includes offices, a bigger kitchen, production facilities and banquet and tasting rooms.

Bookwalter Winery plans $4M expansion

Construction begins on the Richland winery’s addition in February, with completion set for summer’s end For nearly 10 years, John Bookwalter dreamed of expanding his winery and restaurant. The dream begins taking shape in February, when J. Bookwalter Winery breaks ground on a $4 million expansion that will more than triple the size of its…

Pasco investors recently spent $3.9 million to buy the 102,000-square-foot Tri-City Herald building on 333 W. Canal Drive in Kennewick. They plan to transform the downtown building into multi-tenant office space. (Courtesy SVN Retter & Co.)

Downtown changes coming with sale of Herald building

It took almost eight years and a lot of on-again, off-again negotiations with different prospective buyers, but the Tri-City Herald building in downtown Kennewick has new owners. Pasco investors Mike Detrick Sr., his son Mike Detrick Jr. and their wives bought the building at 333 W. Canal Drive for $3.9 million in October with plans…

The Professional Investment Management Services team includes Nicki Kennedy, from left, office manager; Garrick Russell, investment advisor representative; and Kiarra Tow, executive assistant. The Kennewick firm, which celebrates 20 years in business in 2020, positions itself as an independent boutique advisory firm. (Courtesy PIMS)

Small Kennewick financial firm values personal relationships

Professional Investment Management Services celebrates 20 years in business in 2020 A Kennewick independent boutique investment advisory firm is closing in on 20 years of business next year. That’s the case for Professional Investment Management Services, or PIMS for short, at 7103 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite B, upstairs in the new Copiers Northwest Building in…

Robin Wojtanik of Richland stands next to one of her Sign Gypsies’ signs outside Badger Mountain Elementary School in Richland. Her business provides custom yard greetings for homes, schools or businesses. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Customized signs spread messages of joy throughout Tri-Cities

Sign Gypsies owner delivers personalized messages for friends, family, customers Robin Wojtanik of Richland didn’t expect to become an expert on Tri-City area soil density when she launched her new business, Sign Gypsies, this summer. But putting up signs with custom messages at homes, schools and businesses has turned her into one. “North Richland is…

Four parcels of Harris Farm will be auctioned off Nov. 14 by Musser Bros. of Pasco, a northwest auction marketing company. The 45 acres are north of Interstate 182 on the east banks of the Columbia River. (Courtesy Musser Bros.)

Pioneering Pasco farming family says it’s time to sell

Lurene Harris Fleshman sat at a table in her garage recently at Harris Farm, looking out at the land as she pondered what it would look like filled with houses and streets. “I’m not ever gonna look again!” she said with a chuckle, before admitting that yes, she’d want to see what it’d look like…

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