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.
Caitlin Tucker, from left, and her husband Steven Bun, John Peck and his wife Samath Bun are the skilled hands behind the sweet treats at Popular Donuts, 101 N. Union St. in Kennewick where the doughnut shop has been in business since 2005. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

Popular Kennewick doughnut shop lives up to its name

A Kennewick business that frequently sells out of its tasty, doughy treats lives up to its name. Popular Donuts at 101 N. Union St. serves up daily a variety of…

Troy and Erin Franzen sold their home north of Sacramento, California, and moved to West Richland to open a Pedego Electric Bikes shop at 1084 George Washington Way in Richland, bordering the Riverfront Trail. They opened Jan. 25 and look forward to outfitting and serving the region’s growing community of e-bikers. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

Tri-Cities’ first dedicated electric bike shop opens in Richland

A California couple sold their home and moved to the Tri-Cities to open an electric bike shop in Richland. The empty nesters wanted a new adventure after their daughters grew…

Ed and Moe’s Pawn Shop & Guitar Bar owner Russel Del Gesso, center, and employees Jay Valdez, left, and Lalo Ruiz, right, don’t run your average pawn shop. Not pictured is Joby Tijerina. Their passion is for musical equipment. The shop is at 419 W. Entiat Ave., Suite C, in Kennewick. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

Tri-Cities’ own pawn stars find niche in musical equipment

In the market for music equipment? Ed and Moe’s Pawn Shop & Guitar Bar is a store you’ll want to put on your list. It has typical pawn shop items…

Amelia Kittson and her father Gus Kittson stand inside KIE Supply Corp., which started in downtown Kennewick in 1955. It has expanded over the years to carry irrigation, plumbing, electrical, decorative lighting, bathroom fixtures and appliances. Amelia works alongside her dad to prepare for her future role as the next-generation leader of the company. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Longtime Kennewick company begins transition to third generation

A third generation is poised to take over KIE Supply Corp., the iconic 67-year-old Kennewick business. KIE, established in 1955 by Augustan Kittson Sr., is a longtime supplier of irrigation,…

Oscar and Lonnie Suarez, owners of Novel Coffee + Teas, recently celebrated one year at 710 George Washington Way, Suite B-B, in Richland. The Covid-19 pandemic shut down their shop inside the Richland Public Library for more than seven months. The café’s book walls are a popular spot for Instagrammers. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

The pandemic couldn’t close book on Novel Coffee + Teas

It’s not the typical narrative for small business owners. When statewide shutdowns in the wake of Covid-19 closed the Richland Public Library’s doors, its café, Novel Coffee + Teas, shut…

Residential construction near Ridgeline Drive and South Sherman Street in Kennewick. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

City of Kennewick: Forging forward to ‘normal’ despite pandemic

As the Tri-Cities negotiates its second year of the Covid-19 pandemic, cities and private developers alike continue to forge ahead with projects, bringing new services to the community. Despite state…

Carmen Kane, owner of
Columbia Quail LLC, holds a Japanese
coturnix quail in front of a basket of
eggs. Her small fl ock supplies eggs by
the dozen to several Tri-City retailers. (Courtesy Columbia Quail)

Columbia Quail supplies bite-size alternative to chicken eggs

Fancy a fancy quail egg? A Pasco farm’s flock supplies them by the dozen to several Tri-City retailers. These quail eggs don’t come from the kind of wild quail commonly…

Underground Creative of Kennewick provided a rendering of what Fresh Leaf Co.’s new logo and sign would look like on its new building. (Courtesy Fresh Leaf Co.)

Fresh Leaf Co. puts down new roots in Richland

 A forced move amid a pandemic may have been a blessing in disguise for one Kennewick restaurant. Fresh Leaf Co. is moving to Richland with plans to open in March…

Pat Knight stands flanked by a sampling of the metal art creations for sale at his 4432 W. Clearwater Ave. shop in Kennewick. All of the pieces are designed, fabricated and finished by Knight, his brother Randy, and their father, Larry. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

Custom-made metal gallery find niche in Kennewick

Amid pandemic shutdowns and canceled art expos, Knights Welding retooled its business model and opened a Kennewick storefront. The custom-made metal art shop was grateful for a solid holiday shopping…

Alexa Orozco, owner of Polliwogs Children’s Boutique at 246 Williams Blvd., in Richland’s Uptown Shopping Center, hand selects and personally vets each brand the store carries for its commitment to ethical and sustainable manufacturing. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

Polliwogs Children’s Boutique’s niche is ethical, sustainable apparel

Polliwogs Children’s Boutique prides itself on offering an assortment of ethically and sustainably-sourced baby and children’s apparel, shoes and accessories. “I was actually really surprised that there were as many…

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