Articles by Kristina Lord

Kristina Lord has more than 21 years of journalism experience and has been editor of the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times since July 2016. She spent more than 17 years at the Tri-City Herald and also worked at weekly newspapers in Prosser, Grandview and Yelm. She’s a longtime member of the Society of Professional Journalists’ William O. Douglas chapter and a board member of Warrior Sisterhood, a Tri-Cities Cancer Center support group. She and her husband have two young daughters and they live in West Richland.
The owners of the Chicken Shack recently marked the first anniversary of their homegrown food-delivery business. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Homegrown delivery service a force to be reckoned with

Tracy LaMarr sketched out the plan to launch a restaurant delivery service on a plane homebound from a business conference in March 2020, as restaurants and other companies were shutting down to stem coronavirus infections. The Tri-City restaurant owner knew she’d face fierce competition from bigger, well-known companies like Uber Eats, DoorDash and Grubhub, but…

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Local companies work to make national impact on hiring process

Two Tri-City-based organizations have teamed up with a westside nonprofit to spearhead an effort to upend the job search process on a nationwide scale – and for a chance to win up to $2 million. On the line isn’t just the pot of prize money but also what leaders of the companies hope will be…

As more workers become vaccinated and return to the office, state and local rideshare proponents hope they’ll consider rideshare options, like Ben Franklin Transit’s vanpool program, to reduce ground-level ozone levels. (Courtesy Ben Franklin Transit)

Air pollution improves but region still has highest levels in state

The Tri-Cities’ ozone levels, the highest in the state, have landed the region on national and state watch lists for the past five years. Since then, levels have improved but officials can’t pinpoint why. Concerns remain about them increasing again, which could prompt sanctions from the Environmental Protection Agency. “We’ve definitely been keeping an eye…

George Perkins, left, chats with his audiologist, Neil Aiello, at his Kennewick home. The 83-year-old was the first patient to use Columbia Basin Hearing Center’s new mobile clinic, called Hear For You. (Courtesy Columbia Basin Hearing Center)

Hearing clinic adds house calls to its menu of services

George Perkins doesn’t have to worry about navigating his wheelchair into the offices of Columbia Basin Hearing Center to see his audiologist. Since February, the 83-year-old meets with Neil Aiello from the comfort of his Kennewick home. “Dr. Neil has been here every month checking on the quality – and he just left here by…

Construction is underway on a new $1.6 million office building at Senior Life Resources Northwest at 1824 Fowler St. in Richland. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Senior-focused agency breaks ground on $1.6M building

Senior Life Resources Northwest is adding a new building to its Richland campus. The $1.6 million, 6,100-square-foot building will be a replica of the existing administration building and should be move-in ready in about six months, said Grant Baynes, executive director of the senior-focused nonprofit best known for operating Mid-Columbia Meals on Wheels. Senior Life…

The Tri-Cities Newcomers Club’s book club group meets monthly to discuss books. Their March selection was “The Silent Patient” by Alex Michaelides. (Photo by Kristina Lord )

Newcomers Club isn’t just for newcomers

Is a pandemic a good time to join a new club? The women who make up the Tri-Cities Newcomers Club think so. Don’t let the club’s name throw you off. It isn’t strictly for newcomers. It’s a group designed to help women meet one another through social activities and special interest groups. And there are…

Deane Duncan takes a break from renovating her new store at 617 The Parkway in Richland. She’s anxious to open Hotoveli Boutique, now that Benton County has moved into phase 3.  (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Shop expands into spot once home to Ariel Gourmet & Gifts

The owner of an upscale clothing boutique can’t help but gush when she talks about her new storefront, a well-known corner spot in the Richland Parkway, once home to Ariel Gourmet & Gifts. “I cannot wait. I’m super excited to be down here. It’s charming. I love all the eateries and the bakeries. I just…

Red Door Party Rentals owners Tammy and P.J. Stoflet stand in the lobby at their Richland store at 1331 Wyman Road. The couple have owned the business for 14 years but haven’t ever experienced a year like the past one. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Party supply company sees ebbs, flows of Tri-City hospitality sector

A third-generation rental store owner isn’t looking to the future with the fear she felt a year ago. Today, she’s planning with Covid-19 in mind. And it appears so are her customers. “Right now, customers are booking with the mandates in place, so they know what they’re dealing with. Last year, they cancelled,” said Tammy…

Keith Moon adds tomatoes to the line of tacos being prepared for the lunch crowd at Tumbleweeds at 894 Stevens Drive in Richland. Moon said his restaurant and crew have adapted to the turbulent year of the pandemic. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Richland’s Tumbleweeds rolls through turbulent year

When anyone asks the owner of Tumbleweeds Mexican Flair about his plans, he likes to quip: “I am just honored that you think I have a plan.” The past year has been a lesson in flying by the seat your pants at the family-owned restaurant at 894 Stevens Drive in Richland. But despite the past…

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Entrepreneurial teacher opens gourmet cookie shop in Richland

A Richland elementary school teacher who runs a festive wintertime side hustle is adding another one – this one catering to the Tri-City sweet tooth. Kevin Hatch, 39, plans to open Crumbl Cookie in late March. The cookie shop franchise features a weekly rotating menu of more than 120 specialty flavors. The new store at…

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