Business Profiles

Steve Sprague recently expanded his Sit Means Sit dog training facility in downtown Kennewick. He said the pandemic increased demand for dog trainers. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Pandemic pups increase demand for professional dog trainers

Steve Sprague and Ida Ann Wright love dogs. Sprague’s favorite is a German shorthair, but the truth is, he loves...
Teresa VanDoorn offers a wide range of gift items, from classy to sassy, at her new store, The Teal Box, in Richland’s Parkway shopping area. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Parkway gift shop fueled by sarcasm and sass

A new shop in Richland’s Parkway is filled with snarky gifts, fresh flowers and a few four-letter words for good...
Ginny Hildreth has owned Discount Vac, Sew & Fabric in downtown Kennewick for over seven years. The shop has been in the same spot for 61 years, but it’s moving one block from 119 First Ave. to 22 W. Kennewick Ave. this month. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Leap of faith leads store owner to new spot after 61 years

Ginny Hildreth hasn’t been afraid to make a risky leap in her life when she feels the time is right....
Marlys and Charles Aspinwall stand in front of their shelves of non-alcoholic wines and spirits. The couple, who own Kindred Spirits Alcohol Free Bottle Shop and Sober Bar, opened a store at 430 George Washington Way, Suite 103. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Non-alcoholic shop expands from public market into storefront

The pandemic took its toll on Charles and Marlys Aspinwall. The Richland couple readily admits it. There were just too...
Salina Savage, majority owner of Richland’s Apogee Group LLC, accepts the Employer of the Year award from the Association of Washington Business during a November gala in Tacoma. Savage and partner Barbara Stone formed the business in 2016. (Courtesy Association of Washington Business)

Small federal contractor in Richland is state’s Employer of the Year

When Salina Savage took the stage on Nov. 17 to receive the Association of Washington Business Employer of the Year...
Michael Kohlhoff, from left, Justin Jones and Terry Osborn stand in front of their first Dog Haus franchise at 7425 Sandifur Parkway in Pasco. The restaurant is expected to open in February. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Partners aim to offer the best with this ‘wurst franchise’

Michael Kohlhoff and his business partners, Justin Jones and Terry Osborn, think they’ve found the perfect restaurant for Tri-Citians. It’s...
Merced Flores-Garcia prepares pizza dough at his restaurant, Mercy’s Pizza Taco, 524 N. Third Ave., across the street from City Hall. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Mercy’s Taco Pizza comeback story is a tasty one

Merced Flores-Garcia gave pizza fans an early Christmas present in October when he reopened his Mercy’s Pizza Taco restaurant in...
Faith Akopov, owner of Tri-Cities Tackle, 660 George Washington Way, Suite M, in Richland, sells tackle and bait for walleye, sockeye, salmon, sturgeon, bass and trout. Her store specializes in custom airbrushing, custom rigs, Legacy Fishing Wholesale tackle and her own line of fishing products. Photo by Jeff Morrow

Tri-Cities Tackle reels in customers at new Richland store

It took Faith Akopov three attempts at starting her own business before she found the key ingredient to success: passion....
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...
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...

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