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Dee Pridemore, left, owner of Vivid Imaginations Professional Face & Body Artistry, shows off her face-painting talent on reporter Jeff Morrow at the Gesa Carousel of Dreams in Kennewick.

Former Disney World artist launches face-painting business

Dee Pridemore wants people to know that face painting can be more than a hobby. She has made it her business to change the perception and has turned it into a professional career. By all accounts, it’s been successful as she’s recently landed work with an Oregon amusement park. “I love making people happy,” she…

Inca Mexican Restaurant owners Javier Rodriguez, left, and Antonio Mendoza are planning to move their Kennewick restaurant from its current location at 3600 W. Clearwater Ave. to Marineland Village by November. 

Kennewick Inca Mexican Restaurant to move to Marineland Village

One of the longest-standing restaurants in the Tri-Cities is moving, although not very far. Inca Mexican Restaurant in Kennewick, at 3600 W. Clearwater Ave., will relocate up the road to Marineland Village. Owners Javier Rodriguez and Antonio Mendoza expect the new Inca to be ready at 201 N. Edison sometime in November. The current building…

Kelley’s Tele-Communications at 8121 W. Grandridge Blvd. in Kennewick opened in 1968 as a telephone answering service. The 50-year-old company has evolved over the years but its answering service continues to be the cornerstone of the business. (Courtesy Kelley’s Tele-Communications)

Kelley’s Tele-Communications finds success by adapting to changing market

On July 1, 1968, Jerry and Elaine Sovereign bought the Pasco office of Kelley’s Telephone Answering Service Inc. of Seattle from then-owner Max Kelley. Fifty years later, Kelley’s Tele-Communications is still going strong, complete with a name change in 1983. Jerry and Elaine are still the owners, but their daughter, Julie Sovereign, has been the…

Scott Schoffstall, owner of Hole in the Wall gun shop and shooting range at 7509 W. Deschutes Ave., said his two biggest customers are for target shooting and self-defense. Schoffstall’s uncle started the business 47 years ago.

Indoor shooting range keeps customers returning to Kennewick gun shop

Scott Schoffstall understands the formula for staying in business for 47 years. “The key is to not get overextended,” said the owner of Hole in the Wall in Kennewick. “When people start businesses, sometimes they borrow $400,000 to $500,000 from banks, and they end up paying the banks. If you can’t afford to do it,…

Al Nihart, owner of Nihart Clock Repair in West Richland, has been servicing and fixing antique clocks for more than six decades.

West Richland clock repairman continues to see uptick in workload

Al Nihart took apart his first clock before the age of 10. Like his father, Nihart was a mechanic at heart. But that’s where their similarities end. “He was a watch repairman, and I hate watches,” Nihart said. “You don’t fix a watch. You open it up and take out a broken or rusty part…

Stephanie McCarl, co-owner of Lotus of the Moon spiritual supply store in Richland’s Uptown Shopping Center, said the shop received such an outpouring of community interest following its opening last year that it had to move into a bigger building.

Richland spiritual supply store offers tools, classes for self-discovery

A Richland shop that opened a year ago already has expanded its footprint and offerings with a goal of providing “spirituality for all.” Lotus of the Moon, a metaphysical and spiritual supply store, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. The shop opened in June 2017 using $5,000 in savings and donations inside a 350-square-foot space in…

Ki-Be Market owners Lori and Mark Loften recently received the Washington Food Industry Association’s 2017-18 Community Service Award. The Loftens have owned the Benton City grocery store for 12 years. (Courtesy WFIA)

Ki-Be Market owners encourage Benton City pride

One would be hard pressed to find bigger boosters of Benton City than Mark and Lori Loften. The couple have lived in the small town west of the Tri-Cities since 2006 where they own and run Ki-Be Market. Along the way, they’ve helped their community and employees, supporting citywide cleanup efforts, employees down on their…

The new Richland Standard Paint & Flooring store is 24,000 square feet and features a more extensive product offering than the previous location in Kennewick. The company also opened a store in Sunnyside this spring. (Courtesy Yakima Valley Business Times) 

Standard Paint & Flooring opens new stores in Richland, Sunnyside

By Dave Leder, Yakima Valley Business Times Standard Paint & Flooring has been busy this spring — busier, perhaps, than at any other time in its 64-year history. During the past month, the Yakima-based home décor chain not only opened two new showrooms in Richland and Sunnyside, but also improved its online ordering system to…

Sunrise Veterinary Clinic technicians review a digital X-ray taken. The Benton City clinic is under new ownership and upgrading services offered. (Courtesy Sunrise Veterinary Clinic)

Benton City veterinary clinic under new ownership after 30 years

Sunrise Vet Clinic’s new owner has plans for building, technology improvements Sunrise Veterinary Clinic in Benton City kicked off the new year with a change of ownership, new hires and plans for several improvements. Dr. Sharon Molton took over the 2,800-square-foot, full-service practice for companion animals and the active customer base of 2,000 on Dec.…

Former employee runs two printing businesses under one roof

Ron Morris buys BIG Print Shop, Digital Image Tri-Cities in 2017 Ron Morris spent decades learning the ins and outs of the printing world and within a span of six months last year, he bought two printing businesses, both of which he used to work at. The tale of how he became the owner of…

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