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.
A 11,062-square-foot retail strip mall is under construction at 1080 George Washington Way in Richland. Its design will be similar to its next door neighbor, Hilton Homewood Suites.

New riverside retail space under construction on George Washington Way

More coveted waterfront retail space will be available in early spring along Richland’s George Washington Way. The new 11,062-square-foot strip mall will cater to retailers and restauranteurs. Ground was broken in mid-August, and general contractor on the project, O’Brien Construction Company Inc., estimates a six-month construction period, with completion planned for February or March. Company…

Kate Feinberg Robins, left, and her husband DeShawn Robins, owners of Find Your Center in Pasco, received a loan to upgrade their new dance and martial arts school. Benton-Franklin Council of Governments’ new loan program aims to help women- and minority-owned businesses with micro-loans up to $25,000. So far, two businesses have successfully applied.

New loan program aims to help businesses owned by women, minorities

Have an idea for a new business start-up or dreaming of expansion, but having trouble securing the funding to move forward? The Benton-Franklin Council of Governments may be able to help. Last year, the intergovernmental organization launched a new loan program intended to help women- and minority-owned businesses with micro-loans up to $25,000. “More than…

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:

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…

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