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.
James G. Espinoza, president of Patriot Rooter & Irrigation LLC, recently landed a contract with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) laboratory in Seattle, where their crew will maintain the grounds per the center’s unique needs. (Courtesy Patriot Rooter & Irrigation LLC)

Veteran-owned small business lands third government contract

Tri-Citians know a lot of the bigger names in the federal government contractor arena thanks to the proximity of the Hanford site. But not all government contracts have to do with Hanford and not all government contractors are big companies. Patriot Rooter & Irrigation LLC is a locally-owned and -operated small business earning its bread…

Redefined Meals prepares healthy five-day meal packages for delivery or pickup. (Courtesy Redefined Meals)

Kennewick health-focused meal delivery service redefines midday lunch run

While Tri-City businesses have been reorganizing to continue serving customers and weather the fallout from Covid-19 stay-home orders, one pair of young entrepreneurs have leveraged the austere conditions to launch their dream business. Redefined Meals, a weekday lunch service, delivers healthy meals prepared fresh from scratch that morning to desks and doorsteps, liberating busy parents…

WA Retail Assoc

State’s retail sector projected to see growth this holiday season

Washington Retail Association monitoring several key issues affecting retail sector this legislative session It’s already starting to look a lot like Christmas as retailers rearrange their store layouts and offer new merchandise for the holiday season. With Thanksgiving a week later than usual—this year it falls on Nov. 28; in 2018 it fell on Nov.…

Vista Field construction. (Courtesy Port of Kennewick)

Port of Kennewick: Projects aim to transform city center, riverfront areas

Port of Kennewick projects to transform more than 100 acres in Kennewick’s retail core and a neglected waterfront into pedestrian-focused developments are taking shape. The $4.9 million first phase of the Vista Field development is expected to be completed in January 2020. The project lays the groundwork to turn the former air field into a vibrant, urban,…

Steve Ackerman and Mimi Geibel perform as Waterbound at last year’s Tumbleweed Music Festival. This year’s event is Labor Day weekend and they’ll be performing again. (Photo courtesy David Carson)

Richland folk fest pays tribute to power of music

The 23rd annual Tumbleweed Music Festival in Richland Labor Day weekend pays homage to a folk music legend who would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. It seems fitting for the Tri-Cities to celebrate Pete Seeger, an American folk singer who won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The banjo-strumming Rock and Roll Hall of…

Numerica Pasco

Numerica to open new Pasco branch off Road 100

Spokane-based Numerica Credit Union is building a new branch off Road 100 in Pasco. The 3,152-square-foot new office at 4845 Broadmoor Blvd. will replace the credit union’s 626-square-foot branch at 4820 N. Road 68, which opened in 2007 inside Walmart. “This branch will be much more convenient for our members,” said Kelli Hawkins, public relations…

Todd Halterman speaks at the Benton-Franklin Humane Society’s Feel the Love event about Our Forever Friends, a pet protection plan that enables pet owners to allocate money in their estate to pay for their pets’ long-term care after their death. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

Investment advisor offers pet care plan

Forever Friends plan aids pets after their owners die Many seniors’ wills include provisions for who gets their dog, cat, horse, guinea pig or other furry or feathered friend when they die. But what if the appointed guardian for the surviving pets can’t or won’t take them? What if the pets unintentionally end up at…

Vista Field

Construction underway on Vista Field

In less than a year, Vista Field’s first shovel-ready parcels are expected to be available to developers. Plans to turn the former airport into a 103-acre pedestrian-focused urban center took a tangible step forward with a ground-breaking ceremony in April. Around March 2020, the first shovel-ready parcels are expected to be made available through the…

Arts Center Task Force

Arts Center Task Force expands vision for Vista Field site

The stage is set as Vista Field transforms into Tri-Cities’ new urban core. And waiting in the wings to take its place there is the Arts Center Task Force. More than two acres has been set aside for the landmark project — the Tri-Cities’ first center for the arts — aimed at anchoring the new…

Oasis Freight Transport

Family drive turns Oasis Freight Transport into to brokerage

Oasis Freight Transport underwent a major transition in the past year. Not only did Oasis rebrand — it was formerly known as Oasis Farms & Trucking — but the 20-year-old company also transformed its business model. It sold off its fleet of 15 trucks and began operating as a freight brokerage. “It’s hard to keep…

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