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.
Roxana Romero of Kalliflorico Dance introduces the group during the Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Una Noche de Éxitos, or A Night of Achievements, gala dinner in April that recognized those who work to make the community a better place to live. Chamber President Nikki Torres is pictured behind the podium and chamber board member Sayuri Peralta is at far left. (Courtesy Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce)

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce poised for ‘that next big step’

The Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber of Commerce continues to seek new members as the organization expands its presence throughout the Tri-Cities and becomes involved with more regional and state-level committees that work to serve the needs of the Latino business community. “We’re the largest we’ve been and the strongest we’ve been financially, and I think we’re…

Adam Brault and Ana Ruiz Peralta of the Tri-Cities Public Market Coalition lead a recent bilingual meeting to collect ideas from community members and prospective vendors interested in becoming involved in a 30,000-plus-square-foot, year-round public market proposed for Pasco.

Tri-Cities Public Market begins to gain traction in Pasco

For years, there’s been talk of a year-round public market opening in Tri-Cities that might look like Pike Place Market in Seattle or Wenatchee’s Pybus Public Market. The vision is slowly beginning to take shape. The nonprofit Tri-Cities Public Market Coalition welcomed 61 prospective vendors to its recent vendors vision and information night to find…

When not providing flavorful fare at events, Dovetail Joint can be found from 11 to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories and Thursdays at 2420 Stevens Drive in Richland.

Longtime restauranteurs planning new food joint in Richland Uptown

Fans of Dovetail Joint Mobile Kitchen will rejoice when owners Matt and Maren McGowan open their new brick and mortar restaurant in Richland’s Uptown Shopping Center this fall. Serving a variety of made-from-scratch, locally-sourced food, the McGowans launched their food cart two years ago as a way of expanding into the Tri-Cities from Goldendale, where…

Michael Novakovich, Visit Tri-Cities president, announces the launch of a joint-tourism endeavor in collaboration with the economic development agencies of the other two Manhattan Project National Historical Park sites in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Los Alamos, New Mexico. The first phase of the new initiative was the creation of an independent website promoting the three sites as one entity: manhattanprojectnationalpark.com.

Manhattan Project National Historical Park launches new joint-tourism initiative

Visit Tri-Cities recently unveiled a new website to promote the national park in our backyard. The new, independent website for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park will provide more educational resources and tour information to the public, as well as unify and jointly promote the park’s three distinct segments as part of a new initiative…

Highlands Organic Market sells a wide variety of products not typically found in traditional grocery or drug stores, including many locally-made products; groceries and bulk foods; fresh produce, personal care, natural home cleaning and laundry products; books and magazines; and an extensive inventory of vitamins and supplements.

Tri-City health food stores make switch to Highlands Organic Market

A new name recently appeared above the doors of two long-standing Tri-City health food stores, Highland Health Foods in Kennewick and Richland Health Foods. But longtime customers needn’t worry. Highlands Organic Market will continue to feature the same items. Owner Nathan Lull said it was time to unify both stores under the shared name. He…

Dennis Miller and Derek Munson of Kennewick-based Artmil Design spoke at TRIDEC’s fourth annual FABREO expo about making their online marketing campaigns a success using real-life case studies from Artmil’s clients.

E-commerce experts offer tips for navigating digital marketplace

The new storefront is online and to be successful there, it’s best to learn all you can about how to do it. That’s according to James Bledsoe, director of the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration’s eCommerce Innovation Lab in Tacoma. “That’s how people are finding you and finding your products,” Bledsoe said during…

Spokane-based Bouten Construction, which has an office in Richland, has built several high-profile projects in the Tri-Cities, including Kadlec Regional Medical Center’s six-story patient tower. Bouten recently hired a director of performance and innovation to provide strategic leadership and guidance to the growing company. (Courtesy Bouten Construction)

Company creates new position to ‘lean’ into efficiencies

Bouten Construction recently made a progressive business move not often seen among Eastern Washington construction firms, but more common among larger companies across the nation: it hired a director of performance and innovation. “We’ve come to a point now where we’ve grown a little bit in size,” said Tony Spratling, who was appointed to the…

Stephanie McCarl, co-owner of Lotus of the Moon spiritual supply store in Richland’s Uptown Shopping Center, said the shop received such an outpouring of community interest following its opening last year that it had to move into a bigger building.

Richland spiritual supply store offers tools, classes for self-discovery

A Richland shop that opened a year ago already has expanded its footprint and offerings with a goal of providing “spirituality for all.” Lotus of the Moon, a metaphysical and spiritual supply store, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The shop opened in June 2017 using $5,000 in savings and donations inside a 350-square-foot space in…

Dayton-based Columbia Pulp is building its first mill, anticipated to be up and running by the end of 2018. The mill will synthesize a projected 140,000 tons per year of paper-making pulp from wheat straw via a proprietary process developed by two University of Washington researchers, Mark Lewis and Bill McKean. (Courtesy Columbia Pulp)

New mill to convert wheat straw to pulp expects to hire 80 people

Progress is moving forward on Columbia Pulp’s new plant north of Dayton. With a pilot plant starting in July in Pomeroy and the goal of beginning pulp production at the Lyons Ferry operation in the fourth quarter this year, the company is ramping up recruitment efforts. CEO John Begley said the pilot plant “is a…

Wade Carter, president of Northwest Agricultural Consultants, stands outside the Kennewick-based analytical lab, which specializes in soil, plant fertility and water testing for both residential and commercial clients. The company was founded in the 1970s by Marr Waddoups.

Kennewick lab provides fast, accurate analysis of ag samples

For more than 35 years, Northwest Agricultural Consultants has been providing the Columbia Basin with quality, in-house soil, plant and water testing services, continually upgrading its equipment and testing methods to deliver fast results. Company President Wade Carter said the accredited lab strives for one-day or better turnaround, processing tens of thousands of samples from…

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