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.
Pat, from left, Rory and Bonnie Hollick continue the family atmosphere at Sunset Gardens, decades after Rory’s great-grandparents started Einan’s Funeral Home. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Memorial designer becomes fourth generation to serve grieving families

Sixty-five years after her great-grandfather developed Einan’s Funeral Home, Rory Hollick is now the fourth generation to work there – and you might say she designed her own niche position.…

The original Foodies Kennewick outdoor sign now hangs at the restaurant’s new home in Columbia Park. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Restaurant returns to its river roots after fire

Nine months after a fire forced Foodies from its downtown Kennewick space, the restaurant has been reborn in a new riverfront location where it can seat twice as many people.  …

Sophie models her birthday outfit. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Kennewick business designs custom clothes for canines

An online business based in the Tri-Cities ships all over the country to provide custom creations for people who want to dress up their dogs. Kori Pollington of Kennewick put…

Dawn Caldwell-Carter and Rickie Carter opened White Glove Detailing at 5204 W. Okanogan Place, Suite 160 in Kennewick after running a similar business in Oregon for decades. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Couple’s love of cars drives their detailing service

White Glove Detailing is a Kennewick business focused on cars, trucks, boats and RVs and is run by a couple of proud car fanatics. Dawn Caldwell-Carter and Rickie Carter are…

The Port of Benton began construction on an electrical replacement project at the Richland Airport in summer 2022. (Courtesy Port of Benton)

Port of Benton: Port embraces Hanford history, tourism and infrastructure during pandemic

The Port of Benton has been busy investing in promoting economic development in Richland, Prosser, Benton City and Benton County. The Richland-based port, has been welcoming new businesses, supporting workforce…

New apartment units are being built near the intersection of Highway 240 and Kingsgate Way in the Horn Rapids neighborhood of Richland. (Photo by Scott Butner Photography)

City of Richland: North end draws large commercial, housing projects

An ongoing effort to market and prime the Horn Rapids area of Richland is paying off as nonstop growth continues at the northern end of the city. Richland is rewriting…

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Washington’s largest wine producer, recently acquired Oregon’s A to Z Wineworks. (Courtesy Ste. Michelle Wine Estates)

Ste. Michelle wines begins exclusively local production

As the 2022 grape harvest gets underway across the region, Chateau Ste. Michelle has begun wrapping up bottling for good in Woodinville. “The facility has been dedicated to the Chateau…

Traffic Jams is a family affair owned by Ron Brooks, center, and assisted by sons Bryan, left, and Brandon, right, to complete a wide range of services to outfit homes, cars and watercraft. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Traffic Jams offers ways to keep audio, video out of sight, out of mind

“Anything you can think of that’s fun in a house, that’s what we do.” That’s how Bryan Brooks describes the services offered by his family’s business, Traffic Jams. The Kennewick-based…

Eric and Jillian Wong opened a math learning center focused on building confidence and mastery in math for students through 12th grade. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Math enthusiasts hope to multiply their ranks

When a STEM-focused couple discovered their own passion for math instruction, they left their former high-demand careers behind and moved to the Tri-Cities to open the area’s first Mathnasium franchise.…

A new driving school has pulled into town. Top-Notch Driving School at 1350 N. Louisiana St., Suite E, opened in Kennewick this summer. From left are: co-owners Kaylea and Steven Nundahl, lead instructor Pam Homer and co-owner Myel Nundahl. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Experienced driving instructors turn the key on new school

A new driving school opened in Kennewick, offering instruction and Department of Licensing testing from three professionals with a combined 20 years of experience in traffic safety, teaching and education.…

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