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.
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…

Photo by Kristina Lord

Restaurant owners feel pinch of food inflation

Price inflation has spiraled upward in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Fallout from lockdowns compounded over the intervening months with the effects of other unexpected events on the world…

Tapteal Native Plants founder Ann Autrey and her assistant Kelsey Kelmel stand in the shade house full of plant starts, most of which will be sold at their annual fall plant sale. Autrey runs the nursery out of her multi-acre backyard, selling over 10,000 plants per year to home gardeners and professional landscapers looking to bring a touch of shrub-steppe to their landscaping. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

Tapteal Native Plants offers drought-tolerant landscaping alternatives

Tucked into a pocket of West Richland is a native plant haven.It’s a nursery in Ann Autrey’s backyard called Tapteal Native Plants. Her business is a grassroots effort to raise…

Courtesy ET Estate Sales

Estate liquidation professionals help Tri-Citians clear out clutter

Have unwanted stuff lying around? Perhaps a whole houseful? Tri-City estate liquidators can help, offering a variety of selling formats including traditional tag sales, auctions and direct purchases. Estate sales…

CODA Alternative Cremation and Funeral, located at 2909 S. Quillan St., Suite 104, in Kennewick, offers a modern, comfortable environment to explore streamlined, affordable, mid-range funeral arrangements. (Courtesy CODA Alternative Cremation and Funeral)

Einan’s launches alternative funeral home to bridge gap in death care

The funeral industry can be slow to change. But that didn’t stop Einan’s at Sunset Funeral Home in Richland from offering the alternatives customers were seeking. “The majority of people…

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