Business Profiles

Kennewick dentist finds niche designing for men’s fashion industry

Owner of Tri-City Dental Care also designs, sells neckties with nephew Richland’s Antonio Lopez-Ibarra runs a relatively new dental practice, Tri-City Dental Care, in the Southridge area. The 32-year-old dentist also has a wife and three children. And the busy entrepreneur runs a small necktie company with his nephew, Noel Lopez. Called Town+Co, the business […]

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Mike Denslow, center, stands with friends and family modeling his Love the Tri clothing line. He donates profits from the sales to Tri-City charities. Pictured from left: Jeremy Gray, Ashlie Martin, Hanna Christensen, Mike Denslow, Mayra Valdovinos, Fran Brown and Tyler Denslow. (Courtesy Shane Martin)

Banker celebrates community pride with Love the Tri clothing line

Profits from clothing sales donated to local charities A Kennewick banker never intended to launch a clothing line that’s gaining popularity across the Tri-Cities. Mike Denslow began selling “Love The Tri” branded clothes celebrating community pride last year. The best part? All of the profits go toward local charities. Denslow, 49, a vice president and […]

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Michael Rastovich of CloudSigns.TV sits in front of one of his company’s signs at Uncle Sam’s Saloon in Kennewick. CloudSigns.TV’s digital signs can turn regular TVs into customizable signs.

Kennewick company offers digital billboards for businesses

CloudSigns.TV programs digital signs on televisions around the Tri-Cities Restaurant owners using digital signs can relax on a beach and change the price of a hamburger on their menu back home with the touch of a couple of buttons on their smartphone. That’s the beauty of digital signs and an example Michael Rastovich likes to share. […]

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Karen Jarrett, owner of Sandy’s Fabrics and Machines, inspects the inner workings of one of the sewing machines at the downtown Kennewick shop. Sandy’s has remained relevant and successful at its location at 24 N. Benton St. by adjusting as the industry changed. The store opened in 1977 and expanded to machines in 1981.

Technology stitches solid future for downtown Kennewick store

By Robin Wojtanik The transformation of sewing from a mother’s necessity to a high-tech hobby has kept Sandy’s Fabrics and Machines in business for 40 years. Today, most sewing projects have moved beyond garment making but Sandy’s shows no sign of slowing. The downtown Kennewick store is filled with computers that use a needle and […]

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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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