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.
Taylor Holmes (Courtesy Paradigm Safety)

Entrepreneur starts up business with a safety focus

Taylor Holmes could have just continued to work in the construction industry, and he would have been a happy man. And then, one day at a job site, an accident…

Julianne Wright, owner Atomic Escape Rooms in Richland, bought 126 Christmas trees for her newest live escape room challenge: Expedition Bigfoot. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Bigfoot, mini forest, splatter zone included in expansion plans

Back in 2014, Julianne Wright took her son to Huntsville, Alabama, for a week at Space Camp. While he was learning what it was like to be an astronaut, Wright…

Kelsey and John Plughoff, owners of Paper Street Brewing Company in Pasco, stand with their daughters, June and Jade. A recent closure allowed them to redecorate and spruce up their brew pub, which features a farm atmosphere that welcomes families.  (Courtesy Paper Street Brewing Company)

New owners relaunch new and improved family-friendly brew pub

For a young couple with two kids, John and Kelsey Plughoff found the dream place to run a business: a brewery on a farm in north Pasco. The Pasco couple…


Boba shops find enthusiastic fans in the Tri-Cities

Tri-Citians should be aware that there is a new wave of bobalicious goodness coming their way soon. Actually, it’s already here. But more is coming. The region is experiencing an…

Steve Sprague recently expanded his Sit Means Sit dog training facility in downtown Kennewick. He said the pandemic increased demand for dog trainers. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Pandemic pups increase demand for professional dog trainers

Steve Sprague and Ida Ann Wright love dogs. Sprague’s favorite is a German shorthair, but the truth is, he loves every dog. “I think we’d be pretty miserable without dogs,”…

A new food truck park and commercial building is under development at the corner of West Okanogan Place and Edison Street, near Kamiakin High School, in Kennewick. (Courtesy Bush Developments)

Edison Street food park under development in Kennewick

More opportunities are coming for food truck vendors and those who love to frequent them. Bush Developments is building a food truck park, along with a three-suite building at West…

Marlys and Charles Aspinwall stand in front of their shelves of non-alcoholic wines and spirits. The couple, who own Kindred Spirits Alcohol Free Bottle Shop and Sober Bar, opened a store at 430 George Washington Way, Suite 103. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Non-alcoholic shop expands from public market into storefront

The pandemic took its toll on Charles and Marlys Aspinwall. The Richland couple readily admits it. There were just too many opportunities to socially drink with friends and neighbors as…

Salina Savage, majority owner of Richland’s Apogee Group LLC, accepts the Employer of the Year award from the Association of Washington Business during a November gala in Tacoma. Savage and partner Barbara Stone formed the business in 2016. (Courtesy Association of Washington Business)

Small federal contractor in Richland is state’s Employer of the Year

When Salina Savage took the stage on Nov. 17 to receive the Association of Washington Business Employer of the Year award, she was understandably excited. It was well deserved. If…

Michael Kohlhoff, from left, Justin Jones and Terry Osborn stand in front of their first Dog Haus franchise at 7425 Sandifur Parkway in Pasco. The restaurant is expected to open in February. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Partners aim to offer the best with this ‘wurst franchise’

Michael Kohlhoff and his business partners, Justin Jones and Terry Osborn, think they’ve found the perfect restaurant for Tri-Citians. It’s a franchise called the Dog Haus Biergarten, located at 7425…

Bob Wegeng, left, STARS Technology Corporation, and Marty Conger of Fuse Fund stand outside of the Fuse building in Richland. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Richland startup aims to fuel hydrogen-powered ecosystem

Most people drive gasoline-powered vehicles. Others have moved over to electric vehicles. But imagine a third option – driving a hydrogen-powered car or truck at a lower cost per mile.…

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