Articles by Wendy Culverwell

Marty Conger, chairman of Fuse Advisors LLC, is leading an effort to establish a seed fund dedicated to helping promising Tri-City businesses. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

New fund raising up to $2.5M to back promising Tri-City companies

A Richland business incubator that provides space and mentoring to startups is adding a critical new tool to its lineup – money. Fuse SPC, a unique social-purpose corporation with offices on The Parkway, has launched the Fuse Fund with a goal of raising $2.5 million to invest in young, local companies. The fund is capped…

Benton County planned to break ground Feb. 17 on a $13.6 million administration building at 7122 W. Okanogan Place in Kennewick for the county commissioners, administrators and the offices of the assessor, treasurer and auditor. (Courtesy Benton County)

Benton County breaks ground on $13.6M admin building

Benton County is tapping its $24 million capital projects fund to build sunlit offices for its administrators and free up space in its crowded Kennewick courthouse. The county planned to hold public ground-breaking ceremonies for the $13.6 million, 40,000-square-foot office building on Feb. 17 at its Kennewick justice center campus, 7122 W. Okanogan Place. The…

Left: A home under construction in Richland’s Badger South neighborhood. Tri-City permitting agencies permitted a record number of single-family homes in 2019. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Homebuilders race to match Tri-City growth

Tri-City building agencies issued a record 1,655 permits for single-family homes in 2019, an 18 percent gain in just a year. Predictably, fast-growing Pasco led the market with 585 permits, followed by Richland at 371, Kennewick at 342 and West Richland at 122, according to year-end figures compiled by the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities.…

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Vulcan Inc.’s HR director headlines WSU Tri-Cities brunch

This inaugural Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business feature, Tri-City Connections, will be a series of occasional profiles of Tri-City natives and former Tri-Citians who have excelled in the world of business. If you have one in mind, let us know at info@tcjournal.biz. If you go What: Carson College of Business Point to Success brunch to…

Melissa Porcaro established CAN Do Kids, a pediatric occupational therapy clinic in Richland, seven years ago. The clinic treats children with a variety of disorders that affect their interactions with others and can lead to behavior and other challenges in school and social settings. Porcaro said technology addiction is a growing challenge for many children. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Growing clinic sees spike in number of kids affected by too much screen time

Richland occupational therapy practice may need to relocate to bigger office Melissa Porcaro is all too aware of the irony. Tri-City parents turn to the internet to find someone to help kids with behavior issues, academic challenges and other difficulties. Their searches lead to her business, CAN Do Kids, a pediatric therapy clinic staffed with…

The city of West Richland sold nearly $12.5 million in bonds to pay for a new police station at the former Tri-City Raceway, which it bought in late 2019. Lower-than-expected interest rates mean property taxes won’t rise as much as originally expected. (Courtesy city of West Richland)

West Richland bonds won’t cost taxpayers as much as expected

The stars lined up for West Richland taxpayers in December, when the city sold nearly $12.5 million in bonds to pay for its new police station at the former Tri-City Raceway. Their 2020 property tax bills won’t go up as much as initially projected. The city is paying less to finance its debt than it…

Nicole and Marco Solferino filed for personal bankruptcy in January, 10 months after placing their failed home building business in bankruptcy citing more than $9 million in debt.

Tri-City homebuilder files for personal bankruptcy

A prominent Tri-City homebuilder filed for personal bankruptcy in late January, 11 months after asking the court to liquidate his business. Marco Solferino, owner of Solferino Homes, also known as M | S Homes, and his wife, Nicole, filed for personal bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on Jan. 27.  The Solferinos…

Talon Jager, the longtime manager at Stick + Stone Neopolitan Wood-Fired Pizza on Queensgate Drive in Richland, is the new owner. Jager knew he wanted to be a chef growing up in his family’s Burger Factory restaurants in Othello and Connell. Mike Miller and the other restaurant founders recently sold the business. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Longtime Stick + Stone manager buys restaurant

The founders of Richland’s Stick + Stone Neopolitan Wood-Fired Pizza have sold the business to the employee who has managed it almost from the start. Talon Yager bought the business from Mike Miller and his partners for $325,000 and signed a 10-year lease to keep the Italian-oriented restaurant in its spot at 3027 Duportail St.,…

Constance “Connie” Brown of Pasco raised 10 sons on her own. At 88, she’s a cancer survivor and a dedicated dissectologist – someone who loves to do jigsaw puzzles. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Pasco woman finds the pieces that fit

Fortunately for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Constance Brown, 88, is easy to shop for. She’s a jigsaw puzzle whiz. The more pieces the better, as far as Brown is concerned. There are 10 or 15 unopened puzzles waiting her attention in the puzzle niche of the Pasco home she shares with two of her…

Kenny Teasdale, a commercial real estate broker and owner of a Tri-City moving company, expected to reopen the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit at 2530 Queensgate Drive in Richland by Valentine’s Day. Teasdale is relaunching the brand in the Tri-Cities eight months after it abruptly closed last June.  (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit reopens in Richland for Valentine’s Day

The Richland Dickey’s Barbecue Pit reopens this week but the future is uncertain for its still-closed sister restaurants in Kennewick and Pasco.  Kenny Teasdale, a commercial real estate broker with NAI Tri-Cities and owner of a local moving company, reached a deal with the landlord and with Dickey’s Dallas, Texas-based parent company to take over the restaurant at 2530 Queensgate Drive.  The arrangement doesn’t cover the closed Dickey’s locations in Kennewick and…

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