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Pasco native launches beard care product line Average Joe’s Beard Essentials

By Kevin Anthony Joe Sanchez had no intentions of starting a business. He just wanted to have a nice beard. “I never heard of beard products before my brother-in-law gave me beard products for Christmas,” said Sanchez, who started Average Joe’s Beard Essentials in January 2017. When he started looking for other products, Sanchez said…

El Asadero

El Asadero adds second restaurant in Richland

El Asadero — which serves up Mexican cuisine with a focus on homemade freshness — opened a new restaurant on 127 Gage Blvd. in Richland. The restaurant is owned and operated by father and son duo Rafael Arriaga Sr. and Rafael Arriaga Jr. Their first restaurant opened in 2004 on Fourth Avenue in Pasco, where…

Nash, from left, Garry and Tracie Lamberson are celebrating 40 years of serving the Tri-Cities with their carpet cleaning business Guarantee System Carpet Cleaning & Dye Co. Garry and Tracie started the company in 1979 and now work with their son, Nash.

Small business keeps Tri-City carpets clean for 40 years

Guarantee System Carpet Cleaning & Dye Co. is celebrating 40 years of serving the Tri-Cities. Owners Garry and Tracie Lamberson said though they moved to Kennewick before the economic downturn of the 1980s, phones were ringing off the hook right after opening. “Business was good from the start,” Tracie said. Before moving to Eastern Washington,…

Franchise owner Donnie Lewis said he plans to open three CBD American Shaman stores in the Tri-Cities within the next six months. His Kennewick store opened in October.

Franchise owner plans to open more CBD stores in Tri-Cities

If you let him, Donnie Lewis will talk your ears off about hemp and the virtues of CBD oil. He isn’t alone in his enthusiasm. Many people are turning to CBD to help with a variety of ailments, ranging from lack of sleep, anxiety and depression to pain relief. That’s why Lewis opened a CBD…

Jim Pridemore, Tyler Pridemore and Karen Pridemore stand in front of a wall filled with children’s costumes at Picture Yourself’s studio at 627 The Parkway in Richland. The business’ create-it-yourself studio for photography and videography allows customers to rent studio time by the hour or pay for a monthly membership. Picture Yourself also offers photography classes.

Picture Yourself provides create-it-yourself studio space

Family-owned business also offers photography classes Jim and Karen Pridemore have opened a new business at 627 The Parkway in Richland that aims to create lasting memories. Picture Yourself is a create-it-yourself studio for photography and videography in which customers can rent studio time by the hour or pay for a monthly membership. The company…

C and E Trenching of Pasco continues to grow, with the recent acquisition of a septic tank company and moving into a larger office on North Glade Road. The company began in 1994 with a focus on digging trenches on farms and has expanded to include industrial contracting and commercial excavation services. (Courtesy C and E Trenching)

Pasco trenching company buys longtime septic tank business

C and E Trenching has been digging dirt for 25 years Curtis Wray can be pretty self-effacing and humble. When asked what he sees his company, C and E Trenching LLC and himself doing in five years, he said he doesn’t know how to do anything else. His father, Everett Wray, bought the business in…

RX Pharmacy technician Justin Hunter shows how many prescriptions often go into a bubble pack, which serve as pre-made pill boxes for patients. The service, along with free delivery, has helped the independent Richland pharmacy grow since opening in 2014.

Independent pharmacy’s prescription for success? Delivering on customer service

By Kevin Anthony Randy Johnson is big on challenges. It’s why the owner of RX Pharmacy on the Kadlec campus in Richland jumped right in as a pharmacist and store manager straight out of college. It’s why he went from working behind the counter for one of the biggest chains in the nation to opening…

Accounting firm strives to set up small business owners for success

Barb Fangman and Scott Williams had seen how most accounting firms do business — and they wanted something different. And it’s been working. The owners of Insight Accounting Solutions have seen their Richland company — which Fangman started in 2012 — grow. “We are experiencing 50 to 70 percent growth a year,” said Williams, who…

Mark Howell, center, owns Sandy’s Trophies in downtown Pasco. He’s standing in front of a display of trophies with employees, from left, Sandy Stephens, Jaime Stephens, Debbie Wirick and Gregg Wirick. Howell has owned the business since 1987, but it’s been open since 1964.

Longtime Pasco trophy shop strives to make lasting memories

For Mark Howell, the key to running a successful business is more than just making gobs of money. As the owner of Sandy’s Trophies in Pasco, Howell believes caring a lot about people is just as, if not more important, than the bottom line. He and his first wife bought the established business from the…

Vivian Terrell opened the Tri-Cities’ first HoneyBaked Ham Café in Kennewick last December. In addition to café fare, the franchise also sells meats, side dishes and desserts that can be heated up and served at home.

Customers hungry for hams find tasty fare in Kennewick

Almost one year to the date Vivian Terrell opened the Tri-Cities’ first HoneyBaked Ham Café, the entrepreneur feels the business has been a success. “I feel good. I’d give this last year an 8,” said Terrell, on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the best. A steady stream of customers came through…

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