Business Profiles

Fresh Out the Box will open in Marineland Plaza in Kennewick.

Food truck reaching outside box for permanent Kennewick home

By Robin Wojtanik Fresh Out the Box expanding into Marineland Plaza storefront Fresh Out the Box is preparing to serve its Asian-inspired specialties across a counter and not out of a window for the first time ever. After nearly three years in a food truck, the entrepreneurs will open their first brick-and-mortar restaurant in Kennewick’s […]

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Wood’s Nursery and Garden Center in Richland, Washington.

Wood’s Nursery and Garden Center completes first-ever remodel

52-year-old Richland business specializes in trees, plants, landscaping, customer service The owner of a longtime Richland nursery impressed his first customer when he was 8 years old by rattling off the scientific name of a Japanese umbrella pine: Sciadopitys verticillata umbrella folia.  “It’s really a pretty tree. But people wouldn’t let me wait on them […]

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Jeff Ballard, general manager of the new Fredy’s Steakhouse at 3617 Plaza Way in Kennewick, said the new restaurant serves full-size 18- to 24-ounce steaks as well as half-size portions. The steakhouse has been open since Feb. 3, and a grand opening is planned later this month.

New Kennewick steakhouse aims to fill missing niche

When a food lover takes a hard look at the Tri-City restaurant scene, a glaring omission in the region is a lack of steakhouses. Jeremy Thelin, Wayne Walton and Jeff Ballard wanted to change that. They opened Fredy’s Steakhouse on Feb. 3 at 3617 Plaza Way in south Kennewick. Thelin and Walton are the owners, […]

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Comedian Adam Kessler of Pasco performs recently at the Hawthorne Court retirement community in Kennewick. He bills himself as a clean standup comedian. Kessler quit his full-time job at a bank last year to pursue his comedy business full time.

Pasco man trades banking job for comedy circuit

When Adam Kessler’s kids want to wish him well before a performance, they tell him to “break a hip.” That’s what the 40-year-old Pasco comedian told his senior citizen audience during a recent show. The joke got laughs around the room. Kessler specializes in clean standup comedy routines with lots of age-appropriate material for the […]

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The former Country Gentleman restaurant in Kennewick was rebranded as CG Public House and Catering in mid-January, along with a remodel and enhanced menu. The upgrades are paying off with an increase in customers and profits over the same time last year. (Courtesy Shirley Simmons)

Longtime Kennewick restaurant sheds old look, name for urban feel

Country Gentleman remodels interior, changes name to CG Public House CG Public House and Catering in Kennewick has seen an upswing in hungry customers despite experiencing the worst winter weather in recent memory, resulting in a 25 percent increase in profits over the same period last year. The owners credit the upswing to the restaurant’s […]

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Jason Sadler and Kendra Guzek stand in front of two of their wine machines at Tri-Cities Tap & Barrel in Richland. The bar opened in November and serves 56 wines on tap.

Tri-City business taps into self-serve wine, beer market

When two Tri-Citians walked into a Boise bar two years ago, they weren’t expecting to walk out with plans to start a new business. But what Jason Sadler and Kendra Guzek saw in Idaho in 2015 amazed them: a self-service wine bar in which customers could try wines using a pre-paid card that slid into […]

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Holy Mac Steaks & Spirits restaurant in Kennewick.

Kennewick restaurant adds steak dinners to menu, changes name

The owners of Holy Mac & Deli restaurant in Kennewick are expanding their offerings to include a steakhouse menu starting in February.  Carrie and Doug Lundgren currently specialize in gourmet macaroni and cheese dishes, New York-style deli sandwiches, along with other comfort foods like homemade soups, breakfast sandwiches and salads. The deli opened in 2015 […]

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Yellow Dog Studio

Yellow Dog arts studio opens its doors in Richland

The owner of a new Richland integrative arts studio never planned to become an artist. “My life is a creative work in progress,” said owner Lexie Forbes with a laugh. Forbes recently opened Yellow Dog Integrative Arts Studio at 214-B Torbett St. She envisions the space being used for all kinds of classes — some […]

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Richland Bell Furniture, the three-generation furniture store, opened in 1948 and is still operating in the same location at The Parkway in Richland.

Richland Bell Furniture spans three generations at same location

Three generations of the Carroll family have made Richland Bell Furniture the go-to Tri-City store for quality home furnishings and good old-fashioned customer service. When Joe Carroll first opened his store 68 years ago, his son Pete was a youngster. By the time Pete hit high school, he was working in his dad’s store. Today, […]

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