Articles by Wendy Culverwell

Ron Swanby, owner of Swampy’s BBQ Sauce and Eatery, wants to build a kitchen at Kennewick’s Columbia Gardens Urban Wine and Artisan Village. The food truck owner says he needs to turn Swampy’s into a proper business. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Swampy’s BBQ wants to put down roots at Columbia Gardens

It’s time to grow or die for Ron Swanby, who brought his barbecue truck and equipment to Kennewick’s Columbia Gardens Urban Wine and Artisan Village a little over a year ago. Swanby, owner of Swampy’s BBQ Sauce and Eatery, wants to buy a sliver of land at the Port of Kennewick-owned site to build the…

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic will open its $20 million Miramar Health Center at 6351 W. Rio Grande Ave. in Kennewick on May 10. The project sparked conflict at the Port of Kennewick, but commissioners agree it is the perfect neighbor to their Vista Field redevelopment. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Yakima Valley Farm Workers opens Miramar Clinic May 10 in Kennewick

Kennewick’s newest medical and dental clinic opens May 10 near Vista Field. The nonprofit Yakima Valley Farm Workers plans to debut Miramar Health Center, its $20 million, state-of-the-art medical center at 6351 W. Rio Grande Ave. after more than a year of construction. The center will employ 70, including 15 physicians, dentists and pharmacists. Miramar…

Ranae and Matt Rusk of Pasco will open Crumbl Cookies at 1102 N. Columbia Center Blvd., in a former GameStop location near the Kennewick Target. It will be the Tri-Cities’ second Crumbl location. The first opened in March in Richland. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Did someone say cookies? Crumbl coming to Kennewick, too

Crumbl Cookies, the Utah-based dessert juggernaut, is continuing its expansion into the Tri-Cities with plans for a Kennewick location. Ranae and Matt Rusk of Pasco will open Crumbl Cookies at 1102 N. Columbia Center Blvd., a former GameStop location outside the Kennewick Target. The Kennewick shop is the second Tri-City outlet for Crumbl. The first…

Jersey Mike’s Subs will open two locations in the Tri-Cities this fall. The New Jersey-based sandwich company confirmed it will open a shop between the new Starbucks and the future MOD Pizza outside JCPenney in the Columbia Center mall parking lot. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Jersey Mike’s confirms plans to open in Kennewick, Richland  

Jersey Mike’s Subs is building not one but two restaurants in the Tri-Cities.  The New Jersey-based company confirmed it has leased space in a new strip mall at 1659 N. Columbia Center Blvd., in the parking lot of JCPenney. It will be sandwiched between a Starbucks coffee shop that opened recently, as well as the future outpost for Kennewick’s first MOD Pizza.  Jersey Mike’s leased a 1,200-square-foot…

A custom packed box of produce is ready for delivery for customers of Local Pumpkin, a grocery service with roots in community-supported agriculture, run by Cathy and John Franklin in unincorporated Franklin County. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Local Pumpkin thrives as Covid-19 propels demand for food delivery

Cathy and John Franklin were vacationing with family in Arizona one year ago and watching television when former President Donald Trump advised citizens to avoid groups of more than 10. As the couple watched the president and Dr. Anthony Fauci address the Covid-19 threat, they felt the weight of the coming shutdowns. Back home in…


New $22M Trios birthing center speeds up plans for recovery center

Trios Health is moving its birthing center to Southridge, a move that could accelerate plans to transform the former Kennewick General Hospital into a detoxification and recovery center for Tri-Citians facing drug addiction and mental health disorders. If everything comes together, the birthing center and Two Rivers Rehabilitation Center both will open by mid-2022. LifePoint…

The Washington Army National Guard has started construction of a $15 million readiness center in Richland’s Horn Rapids Industrial Park. Richland-based Fowler Construction is the general contractor. (Courtesy Washington Army National Guard )

National Guard digs in on $15M Richland readiness center

It took 10 years of meticulous planning, but a modern take on a military armory is taking shape in north Richland. The Washington Army National Guard is building a $15 million, 40,000-square-foot readiness center at Horn Rapids Industrial Park to serve a 150-member Stryker Infantry Unit. It will be ready by spring or summer 2022,…


Richland High grad is a ski, backcountry safety legend

One of Paul Baugher’s favorite memories of growing up in Richland involves snow. On the rare occasions it accumulated, Baugher and his friends would slip into smooth-soled shoes and hold onto the bumper of a slow-moving car as it pulled them across compact snow and ice. The child nearest the tailpipe would get a face…

Kiona Vineyards and Winery recently announced that viticulturist Matt Halldorson will oversee farming responsibilities for the five estate vineyards owned and operated by the Williams on Red Mountain. (Courtesy Kiona Vineyards and Winery)

Red Mountain veteran makes big jump to small vineyard

Viticulturist Matt Halldorson came from Arizona to make the vineyards of the Yakima Valley his professional home, working most recently for the biggest of the big, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates. In February, he made another big move when he left the mega producer to join Kiona Vineyards and Winery, the family-owned estate that was the…

Charles Grimm owns and operates Pasco’s Grocery Outlet with his wife, Janice. The store opened in 2018 and was the California chain’s fastest growing location in the Northwest in 2020. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Family-owned Grocery Outlet in Pasco is tops for Northwest sales growth

In a little more than two years, Pasco’s Grocery Outlet validated the decision to open on Road 68. Of the 150 or so Grocery Outlets dotting the Northwest, Pasco recorded the biggest growth in sales in 2020, said Charles Grimm, who operates the store with his wife, Janice. The Grimms opened the grocery at 5710…

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