Articles by Robin Wojtanik

Robin Wojtanik spent most of her career in broadcast journalism, working at television stations around the country. She spent nearly a decade managing newsrooms in the Tri-Cities and Yakima. She enjoys volunteering for Junior Achievement and Christ the King School and serves on the board for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Northwest chapter. She lives in Richland with her husband and children.
Marco Solferino’s Kennewick business office on West Tucannon Avenue was in the process of having tenant improvements completed when he filed for bankruptcy. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Assets recovered in homebuilder bankruptcy

There may be a chance for creditors to recover money owed to them by a prominent Tri-City homebuilder who filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, citing $9.2 million in debts. The trustee handling the Chapter 7 bankruptcy case for Marco Solferino recently filed court paperwork stating “assets have been recovered by the trustee” and requested…

Patty Wagon Taps

Custom-made BYOB bar ready to roll

A rusty horse trailer transformed into a sleek white mobile bar is completely refurbished and ready for event bookings or Facebook-worthy photos that could have brides-to-be swooning. It’s been a work in progress for Kennewick sisters Amanda Hickman and Josie Michel who got the idea from a friend who intended to start his own business…

Richelle Davis launched Unhampered Laundry from her Richland home, providing a laundry pickup and delivery service for families and businesses. (Courtesy 400 Lux Photography)

New laundry services sees loads of customers

A new laundry service company will pick up bags of dirty laundry from your home and return them cleaned, folded, grouped or on hangers within 48 hours. “This is basically DoorDash for your laundry,” said Richelle Davis, owner of Unhampered Laundry. With weekly service starting at $36 for a large bag that holds up to…

Gesa

Gesa merges with Inspirus

A planned merger of Gesa Credit Union and Seattle-based Inspirus Credit Union recently received approval from state and federal regulators. And Inspirus Credit Union members voted in favor of merging with Gesa on July 23. The official merger date is Aug. 1, and Inspirus Credit Union will begin operating as a “division of Gesa Credit…

Boat Sales

Fair winds follow Tri-City boat sales

Boating is surging in popularity across Tri-City waterways, with boat sales jumping more than $1 million in Benton and Franklin counties year over year. “I think everyone’s having growth and good times. I just hope it stays for a while,” said Willie Nelson, general manager for Nixon’s Marine Inc. in Pasco. “It’s definitely economy-based when…

Three buildings valued at about $1 million are being constructed at 2670 First St. in north Richland to house two companies that focus on painting and industrial coatings. Paintmaster Services Inc. and Columbia Industrial Coatings will move from West Richland into the new facility by September. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Painting, industrial coating businesses plan move to share Richland buildings

A longtime Tri-City painting company is moving to Richland to build a new home base for two businesses, Paintmaster Services Inc. and Columbia Industrial Coatings. The companies will share three buildings at 2670 First St. in north Richland, off Kingsgate Way and north of Horn Rapids Golf Course. The buildings will include an office, shop…

At Home

At Home décor superstore to open in Kennewick

A $2.6 million remodel to make way for a new home décor store is underway inside the vacant Shopko store in Kennewick. The Texas-based retailer At Home is poised to open its third Washington store in late fall, after recently opening stores in Spokane and Puyallup. The At Home store in Puyallup opened in January…

DermaCare

DermaCare, DermaHealth building $6.1M clinic

A Richland dermatologist is constructing a $6.1 million building alongside his current practice on Fowler Street. Dr. Sidney Smith practices at DermaCare of Tri-Cities and DermaHealth Dermatology & Dermasurgery at 1305 Fowler St., a clinic visible from Highway 240. Construction is underway at the empty lot next door at 1295 Fowler St. A permit issued…

Kris Lapp, former president and founder of i-3 Global.

Beleaguered entrepreneur details assets, debts

Former i-3 Global chief facing lawsuits, bankruptcy A Kennewick businessman’s bankruptcy filing has been updated to detail assets of just under $1 million and debts of $2.7 million in secured and unsecured claims. In addition, Kristopher Lapp, former president of i-3 Global, reported owing $79,000 in unpaid taxes to the federal government. Lapp and his…

Oregon Tax

Oregon shoppers required to pay sales tax at register

Washington shoppers no longer will find themselves waiting in line at the register behind Oregon residents wanting to avoid state taxes. Oregonians are no longer exempt from paying state taxes when they reach for their wallets under a law signed by Washington’s Gov. Jay Inslee that took effect July 1. To recoup any sales tax…

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