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.
Occupancy at the Port of Pasco’s Big Pasco Industrial Park has jumped from 52 percent to 82 percent with the signing of new tenants using the warehouse space to expand their businesses. (Photo: Shawna Dinh)

Port of Pasco: new development projects in works, on horizon

Over the past year, the Port of Pasco has been paving the way forward — in some cases, literally — on several new projects. Responsible for most of Franklin County, aside from the northeastern region, which is managed by the Port of Kahlotus, the Port of Pasco owns more than 3,000 acres and expects to…

The Port of Benton is overseeing a $1.8 million, 12,000-square-foot expansion for longtime tenant Chukar Cherries in Prosser. (Photos: Port of Benton)

Port of Benton to buy 71.5 acres of light industrial land in north Richland

The Port of Benton celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018, but Stuart Dezember, the port’s director of finance, said the real celebration will be after the completion of several projects currently underway. Those include the completion of Chukar Cherries’ expansion and second phase of Vintner’s Village in Prosser, purchase of 71.5 acres in north Richland…

d's Wicked Cider

D’s Wicked Cider’s serving up barbecue as part of expanded menu

What do you get when you cross apple cider brews with an open pit barbeque? A new dining experience at d’s Wicked Cider House & Tasting Room in Kennewick, that’s what. Located at 9312 W. 10th Ave., d’s Wicked Cider recently introduced a full-scale restaurant menu to its offerings, providing visitors a full meal deal…

Casey Hart, regional vice president of Benton-Franklin Title Co., stands behind the front desk at the local business’ new office at 510 N. Colorado St. in Kennewick. The company decided to move from its present location on Clearwater Avenue after 30 years to be closer to planned development in the Vista Field area.

Benton-Franklin Title moves into renovated Vista Field office

After more than 30 years at its Clearwater Avenue location, Benton-Franklin Title Co. has moved into a newly renovated, larger space at 510 N. Colorado St. in Kennewick where it will continue to provide “one stop” title and escrow services to the Tri-City community. “We wanted to be out here in the Vista Field area…

Bath Fitter Central Washington has moved its operations to 4207 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. It used to be located on Port of Kennewick property on West Third Avenue.

Bath Fitter expands into Clearwater Avenue shop

Bath Fitter Central Washington has more than tripled its space with a move to a higher traffic shop at 4207 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. The new location provides Bath Fitter with 3,300 square feet that includes a 1,000-square-foot showroom to stage seven full-size bath/shower setups representing their product lines, an office and conference room.…

Construction is underway on Silo’s Sports Bar and Grill at 12125 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. It will offer upscale bar food accompanied by beer, wine and spirits and 24 taps served in a modern industrial atmosphere.

New sports bar and grill to feature rustic industrial look, unique menu

A new bar and grill is under construction near the Leslie Road roundabout at the west end of West Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick. Silo’s Sports Bar and Grill’s doors are expected to open in mid- to late January in this rapidly expanding edge of town near Interstate 82 at 12125 W. Clearwater Ave. Silo’s owner,…

(Courtesy Grocery Outlet)

Tri-Cities’ second Grocery Outlet opens on Road 68

A line of hundreds of eager customers waited patiently for Pasco’s newest grocery store to open. The Black Friday-like line outside the new Grocery Outlet extended past the adjacent Planet Fitness and Dollar Tree stores that opened earlier this summer and wrapped around the corner of the building. Some waited for more than an hour…

Columbia Basin College President Rebekah Woods, left, and Washington State University Tri-Cities Chancellor Sandra Haynes stand near the Small Business Development Center office at the Tri-City Development Council in Kennewick. The two colleges have teamed up with TRIDEC to bring the business consulting resource back.

Small Business Development Center returning to Kennewick

New businesses are opening up left and right in Tri-Cities, while existing ones continue to grow and expand, with new development opportunities like the Vista Field overhaul and other, smaller scale projects on the horizon. But there’s a lot of nuance inherent in starting a new business or expanding an existing one. And the region’s…

BlockChyp, a new kind of payment terminal technology, integrates with third-party point-of-sale and other transaction systems using blockchain-encrypted firmware. The product was developed by Jeffrey Payne and one of his colleagues. The pair have worked for many years in the development of enterprise e-commerce merchant systems. They recently opened an office in Kennewick.

Kennewick startup develops payment transaction solution for small businesses

Small businesses face a lot of challenges. And the least of business owners’ worries should be accepting payments from customers. In the modern era of chip cards, cryptocurrencies, Apple Pay, and other emerging payment methods, processing transactions can be a tedious and frustrating part of running a business. That’s where Kennewick’s BlockChyp comes in. The…

SIGN Fracture Care software developer Josh Short, left, and intern Matt Moen worked together this summer to bring online a user-friendly application to enable SIGN employees to more easily mine the Richland company’s extensive fracture case database to better analyze data and trends.

Improved database enables new analytical capabilities for Richland manufacturer

It turns out data analysis isn’t just a game for number crunchers. For one Richland manufacturer, it’s also a means of finding new ways to improve medical devices and equipment. During the nearly 20 years that SIGN Fracture Care International has been treating patients worldwide, the company’s vast network of surgeons has logged more than…

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