Business Profiles

Rubi and Tino Robles own Power Athletics Compound, which runs two Tri-City gyms. PAC recently signed a deal with the Tri-City Rush of the American West Football Conference to help the football players stay in shape. (Photo by Jeff Morrow )

Weightlifter-owned gym combines science, nutrition and just the right machine

Valentino Robles played basketball during his high school days in Pasco. Tino, as most people know him, never thought much...
Brandon Andersen, owner of Bonsai Audio, perhaps had the most unique business pivot in 2020, from DJ and audiovisual services to bonsai tree sales. (Courtesy Brandon Andersen)

Pandemic doesn’t stunt Kennewick entrepreneur’s growth

“We do weddings. We do bonsai trees.” Not the typical services you might see offered together, but Brandon Andersen, owner...
Susan Mendenhall, the franchisee of the Kennewick and Pasco IHOP restaurants, loves the interaction she has with customers. (Courtesy of Lauren Jones)

IHOP owner: Locally-owned franchises are local too

Susan Mendenhall is a fighter. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a pandemic or trying to educate the public that her...
Carmen Kane, owner of
Columbia Quail LLC, holds a Japanese
coturnix quail in front of a basket of
eggs. Her small fl ock supplies eggs by
the dozen to several Tri-City retailers. (Courtesy Columbia Quail)

Columbia Quail supplies bite-size alternative to chicken eggs

Fancy a fancy quail egg? A Pasco farm’s flock supplies them by the dozen to several Tri-City retailers. These quail...
Underground Creative of Kennewick provided a rendering of what Fresh Leaf Co.’s new logo and sign would look like on its new building. (Courtesy Fresh Leaf Co.)

Fresh Leaf Co. puts down new roots in Richland

 A forced move amid a pandemic may have been a blessing in disguise for one Kennewick restaurant. Fresh Leaf Co....
Pat Howard, co-founder and owner of Rock Shop, stands in front of one of the many rock walls at the climbing gym at 1965 Fowler St. in Richland. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Richland High grad trades golf career for rock climbing gym

Pat Howard was looking for something that would push himself the way playing golf used to. Howard, a Richland High...
Bill McIntyre, from left, stands with his granddaughter, Justine VerMulm and her husband Nick and their children at Pasco Golfland at 2901 N. Road 40. McIntyre recently sold the longtime business to the young couple. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

A new generation takes a swing at Pasco Golfland

For as long as she can remember, Justine VerMulm has known Pasco Golfland as both her playground and her workplace....
Pat Knight stands flanked by a sampling of the metal art creations for sale at his 4432 W. Clearwater Ave. shop in Kennewick. All of the pieces are designed, fabricated and finished by Knight, his brother Randy, and their father, Larry. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

Custom-made metal gallery find niche in Kennewick

Amid pandemic shutdowns and canceled art expos, Knights Welding retooled its business model and opened a Kennewick storefront. The custom-made...
Alexa Orozco, owner of Polliwogs Children’s Boutique at 246 Williams Blvd., in Richland’s Uptown Shopping Center, hand selects and personally vets each brand the store carries for its commitment to ethical and sustainable manufacturing. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

Polliwogs Children’s Boutique’s niche is ethical, sustainable apparel

Polliwogs Children’s Boutique prides itself on offering an assortment of ethically and sustainably-sourced baby and children’s apparel, shoes and accessories....
Sporthaus Northwest owners Steve McConnell, left, and Bart Munson stand in front of their ski inventory. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the store at 26 N. Columbia Center Blvd. in Kennewick. (Courtesy Steve McConnell)

Sporthaus has been serving Tri-City outdoor enthusiasts for 40 years

Steve McConnell’s life changed the day his parents took him skiing for the first time in his life. “I was...

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