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Olive LaBelle, left, and Jo Cooney chat with Karen Sousley, a partner at Living Well Senior Home Placement, in their new apartment at Brookdale Senior Living in Yakima. The two sisters used Sousley’s services this spring to find their new home. (Courtesy Central Washington Senior Times)

Free home placement service helps seniors find best options

Understanding the differences between retirement, nursing and adult day homes and assisted living facilities can be challenging. It’s easy for seniors — and their families — to become overwhelmed by all the “providers” vying for their business, said Karen Sousley of Living Well Senior Home Placement. “There is so much information that they need to…

Danielle Andre teaches a class of ballet dancers at the new Today’s Generation Dance Co. in Pasco. The studio opened in October at the Broadmoor Park Outlet Mall.

Award-winning Moses Lake dance studio expands to Pasco

When Danielle Andre opened Today’s Generation Dance Co. in Pasco, she hoped to continue a legacy of award-winning dance instruction that her mother Lori Baker and co-founders Peggy Earl and Janet Bergeson started 19 years ago in Moses Lake. Andre and her husband moved around the U.S. while he finished his medical degree. This allowed…

Dara Quinn holds a special commemorative T-shirt to celebrate The Emerald of Siam’s 35th anniversary. She and her brother William Quinn co-own the restaurant-music venue in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland.

Its recipe for success? Heaping helpings of food and music

For years, Dara Quinn took her music on the road, sharing her love of it with others all around the United States. Today, she shares music — hers and many others’ — at The Emerald of Siam in Richland on a daily basis. Thai food and music have become a winning recipe at The Emerald…

Myron Pierce has more than 16 years of experience running vehicle detailing businesses, including the one he launched in West Richland two years ago, Recon Techs Tri-Cities.

Longtime car detailer finds success in West Richland business

Myron Pierce loves nothing better than making a car gleam. It’s something he’s done – make cars look great – for years, and he’s doing it now with his business, Recon Techs Tri-Cities, at 4193 W. Van Giesen St. in West Richland. “I love cars, from the time I played with my Hot Wheels when…

Dee Pridemore, left, owner of Vivid Imaginations Professional Face & Body Artistry, shows off her face-painting talent on reporter Jeff Morrow at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams in Kennewick.

Former Disney World artist launches face-painting business

Dee Pridemore wants people to know that face painting can be more than a hobby. She has made it her business to change the perception and has turned it into a professional career. By all accounts, it’s been successful as she’s recently landed work with an Oregon amusement park. “I love making people happy,” she…

Inca Mexican Restaurant owners Javier Rodriguez, left, and Antonio Mendoza are planning to move their Kennewick restaurant from its current location at 3600 W. Clearwater Ave. to Marineland Village by November. 

Kennewick Inca Mexican Restaurant to move to Marineland Village

One of the longest-standing restaurants in the Tri-Cities is moving, although not very far. Inca Mexican Restaurant in Kennewick, at 3600 W. Clearwater Ave., will relocate up the road to Marineland Village. Owners Javier Rodriguez and Antonio Mendoza expect the new Inca to be ready at 201 N. Edison sometime in November. The current building…

Kelley’s Tele-Communications at 8121 W. Grandridge Blvd. in Kennewick opened in 1968 as a telephone answering service. The 50-year-old company has evolved over the years but its answering service continues to be the cornerstone of the business. (Courtesy Kelley’s Tele-Communications)

Kelley’s Tele-Communications finds success by adapting to changing market

On July 1, 1968, Jerry and Elaine Sovereign bought the Pasco office of Kelley’s Telephone Answering Service Inc. of Seattle from then-owner Max Kelley. Fifty years later, Kelley’s Tele-Communications is still going strong, complete with a name change in 1983. Jerry and Elaine are still the owners, but their daughter, Julie Sovereign, has been the…

Scott Schoffstall, owner of Hole in the Wall gun shop and shooting range at 7509 W. Deschutes Ave., said his two biggest customers are for target shooting and self-defense. Schoffstall’s uncle started the business 47 years ago.

Indoor shooting range keeps customers returning to Kennewick gun shop

Scott Schoffstall understands the formula for staying in business for 47 years. “The key is to not get overextended,” said the owner of Hole in the Wall in Kennewick. “When people start businesses, sometimes they borrow $400,000 to $500,000 from banks, and they end up paying the banks. If you can’t afford to do it,…

Al Nihart, owner of Nihart Clock Repair in West Richland, has been servicing and fixing antique clocks for more than six decades.

West Richland clock repairman continues to see uptick in workload

Al Nihart took apart his first clock before the age of 10. Like his father, Nihart was a mechanic at heart. But that’s where their similarities end. “He was a watch repairman, and I hate watches,” Nihart said. “You don’t fix a watch. You open it up and take out a broken or rusty part…

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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