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.
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…

Courtesy Crumbl Cookies

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…

Joyce Green, a resident at Brookdale Canyon Lakes senior living community in Kennewick, receives the Covid-19 vaccine on Jan. 14. “I was elated,” she said. (Courtesy Joe Green)

Kennewick seniors celebrate Covid-19 vaccine’s arrival

Seniors at home on the day the vaccine arrived at Brookdale Canyon Lakes readily rolled up their sleeves to receive it. The Kennewick senior living community had 18 hours’ notice to line up residents and staff for 200 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in mid-January. They were ready – and happy to receive it two…

Kathie and Bud Weathermon share a laugh on a recent visit at WindSong at Southridge in Kennewick. Their wedding picture is in the foreground. (Courtesy WindSong at Southridge)

Pandemic forces separation but couple’s love endures

Kathie and Darell “Bud” Weathermon will celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary later this month but they won’t be able to hug, hold hands or share a kiss. Kathie, 75, plans to make the one hour and 15 minute drive from Walla Walla to Kennewick to visit her husband on their special day. It’s a trip…

Doctor giving injection to senior woman at her house in living room.

Group launches hotline to help seniors register for vaccine

As the pandemic marches on, a Richland-based group is trying different ways to keep seniors connected and get them the help they need. The Richland Senior Association offers educational, outreach and social programs, with its most recent program aimed at helping seniors navigate the decidedly unfriendly online system for registering for the Covid-19 vaccine, said…

Rob Griffin, from left, and his wife, Deborah Barnard, pause for a portrait with their daughter, Megan Hughes, outside the new Barnard Griffin tasting room at The Waterfront in Vancouver. (Courtesy Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)

Richland winery opens riverside tasting room in Vancouver

A Richland winery has opened a tasting room downriver from the Tri-Cities in hopes of expanding its customer base. Barnard Griffin’s new storefront joined a growing number of wineries setting up shop at The Waterfront in Vancouver, just across the Columbia River from Portland. “It’s been a long time in the planning,” said Deborah Barnard,…

The mother-daughter team of Niki Young, left, and Mary Sue Hui stand in the dining room of their newly renovated restaurant Pacific Pasta & Grill at 603 Goethals Drive in Richland. They briefly removed their masks to be photographed. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Downsized pasta restaurant provides better chance of survival

When the owners of Pacific Pasta & Grill decided to downsize to survive the pandemic, they also took the opportunity to create a more efficient operation. “We fixed all the mistakes of the old restaurant,” said co-owner Niki Young. The restaurant opened Dec. 19 at 603 Goethals Drive in Richland after closing the doors at…

Bluewood built two outbuildings at its Dayton-area resort to allow for better social distancing and traffic flow for this year’s winter season. (Courtesy Bluewood)

Bluewood carves out room on mountain for safe skiing

Northwest ski resorts have spent the better part of the year planning for Covid-19 contingencies to ensure skiers and snowboarders can race down their favorite slopes safely this winter. Bluewood, the Tri-Cities’ closest resort which is owned by seven Tri-Citians, has been planning since March. It’s outside of Dayton, about 80 miles east of the…

Owner Dustin Stordahl stands inside the recently expanded Community Thrift store at 303 Wellsian Way in Richland. He was able to move his production and pricing area into a vacant shop of the building so he could expand the store’s children and toy area. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Surge in donations prompts Richland thrift store expansion

When one door closes, another opens – in this case quite literally. The unexpected closure of a neighboring business and a spring surge in community donations prompted Community Thrift’s expansion. The 1½-year-old thrift shop at 303 Wellsian Way in Richland recently took over the lease of the storefront once occupied by Cascade Sign & Apparel…

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