Articles by Laura Kostad

Laura Kostad is a freelance reporter for the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business and Senior Times. After completing her bachelor’s degree in creative writing at the University of Washington in 2015, she moved to Kennewick to pursue new opportunities and launch her career. She has been with the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business since 2017 and has enjoyed getting to know her new community through journalism. In her spare time, she enjoys working on the many book ideas she has and the occasional poem.
Paul Shelp, executive director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Tri-Cities. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

Trained mediators help to find common ground in workplace and beyond

It can be challenging to work out differences. Sometimes it’s hard to see another’s viewpoint. Sometimes it’s hard to look within. When disputes escalate, they can bog down the legal…

As opposed to traditional architects, whose focus is typically on buildings, interior spaces and mechanical systems, landscape architects are all about the site. Architects West designed Northwest Farm Credit Services’ office in Pasco featuring a layout concept centered around a 21st century activity center. (Courtesy Architects West)

Landscape architects see growing interest in Tri-City market 

As the Tri-Cities expands and reimagines itself in the wake of tremendous growth and an ongoing influx of new residents, new developments around the region are emerging more unique and…

Three linemen work on a power pole in Franklin County. (Courtesy Franklin PUD)

Crypto mining isn’t the only challenge to power dilemma

Energy faces a new frontier. Demands on data storage and energy to fuel computing power are exponentially ramping up as technology evolves and digital industries follow. The utilities that manage…

Market North co. lies beyond the Road 68 junction with Taylor Flats Road, where it becomes Columbia River Road in Pasco. Britany Tapani’s husband, Brad, who owns Silverline LLC, an electrical, plumbing and HVAC business, spearheaded construction of the two-year-old gift shop. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

Pasco destination boutique promises to make it a worthwhile trip

Nestled between a tree-lined drive and active farmland is a greenhouse and rustic-modern home goods destination boutique. Located at 270 Helm Drive in Pasco, Market North Co. is about a…

Cardiologist Dr. Iyad Jamali checks Angela’s pulse at Grace Clinic during a followup visit. He volunteers at Grace Clinic and practices at Kadlec Clinic – Inland Cardiology in Richland. Angela’s last name was not released to protect her privacy. (Courtesy Grace Clinic)

Majority of Grace Clinic’s patients have jobs but no insurance

The majority of the patients Grace Clinic serves work hard at their jobs to make ends meet – but they don’t have health insurance. They arrive at the Kennewick clinic…

Five-year-old Keanu Brown is the lead spokesperson for his parents’ Richland-based company, Younglingz, which sells rugged ride-on suitcases for kids called the Lil Flyer. The luggage is available for sale at, Amazon and eBay. (Courtesy Younglingz)

Kid-focused luggage turns tots into airport rock stars

One Richland business has figured out a way to inject more fun into travel for kids. A Richland business has figured out a way to inject more fun into travel…

Vista Field is ready to welcome development, with 21 lots listed for sale at what the Port of Kennewick
calls a “pedestrian-focused regional town center.” (Courtesy Port of Kennewick)

Port of Kennewick: Plenty of room for new developments

Land for sale at Vista Field, Columbia Gardens and soon Clover Island could bring a variety of developments to Kennewick in the coming year and beyond. The Port of Kennewick’s…

Residential development continues along Bob Olson Parkway near Southridge High School in Kennewick. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

City of Kennewick: A focus on infrastructure paves way for future growth

Kennewick, at 85,320 residents strong, continues to expand, develop and reinvent. “If you drive around our city, you can really see that we have progress and projects happening across all…

Fields laden with pumpkins attract thousands of visitors to Tri-City area farms this time of year when agritourism peaks with farmers markets, u-pick produce and fall festivals. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

Farms roll out welcome mat for fall agritourism season

The leaves are turning and a familiar crispness is in the air. Trucks laden with produce share the roads and fields are turning over for the season.It’s the height of…

Rich Schleede, owner of Stone Soup in Richland, has been serving up a palate-pleasing array of sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, sides and house-made desserts for more than 20 years in his self-described “dive,” where food is the glue that brings the community together at 703 The Parkway. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

Stone Soup serves up soul-satisfying bowls with side of community

With autumn in the air, people are craving bowls of warm, cozy comfort food. At Richland’s Stone Soup, pots are always simmering, no matter the time of year. A different…

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