Business Profiles

Ed and Moe’s Pawn Shop & Guitar Bar owner Russel Del Gesso, center, and employees Jay Valdez, left, and Lalo Ruiz, right, don’t run your average pawn shop. Not pictured is Joby Tijerina. Their passion is for musical equipment. The shop is at 419 W. Entiat Ave., Suite C, in Kennewick. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

Tri-Cities’ own pawn stars find niche in musical equipment

In the market for music equipment? Ed and Moe’s Pawn Shop & Guitar Bar is a store you’ll want to...
Owner Matt Ulrich stands in front of the 300 tanks at Finatics Tropical Fish, 
1374 Jadwin Ave. in the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland. Plans are underway to expand the store to welcome more pets. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Demand for pandemic pets feeds Richland shop’s success

Matt Ulrich owns a dog, two turtles, two tortoises and a couple of fish tanks at home. “I have fewer...
Employees Lydia Dillsworth, from left, and Lisa Ortiz, stand next to Tri-City Music owners Bobbi and Dave Dickerson. The Richland store is a place where people can buy or rent pianos, attend recitals, or listen to concerts to share the joy of music. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Music store knows learning how to play makes life more fun

Music has always played a major part in the lives of Bobbi and David Dickerson, even before they married three...
Oscar and Lonnie Suarez, owners of Novel Coffee + Teas, recently celebrated one year at 710 George Washington Way, Suite B-B, in Richland. The Covid-19 pandemic shut down their shop inside the Richland Public Library for more than seven months. The café’s book walls are a popular spot for Instagrammers. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

The pandemic couldn’t close book on Novel Coffee + Teas

It’s not the typical narrative for small business owners. When statewide shutdowns in the wake of Covid-19 closed the Richland...
Steven Whitehead, owner, right, and founder of Elite Ambitions Training at 191 Reata Road in Richland, and his team train athletes so they can compete at the highest level possible. (Courtesy Elite Ambitions Training)

Want to be a better athlete? Former Fever player can help

Steven Whitehead played football for years, getting a cup of coffee with the National Football League’s New Orleans Saints before...
The Kennewick DirtKart raceway at 2203 W. Fourth Ave. is the sixth family-operated facility to open in three states since 2019. The Kennewick track is also the biggest. (Courtesy Jade Pennella)

Get speed, adrenaline rush at indoor go-kart track

 Since Kennewick’s first indoor go-kart track opened, it has been a popular place for those who need to speed. The...
Delicakes by Angelica is located in a storefront at 110 S. Fourth Ave. In the Pasco Specialty Kitchen in downtown Pasco by appointment. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Pasco businesswoman discovers hidden cake decorating talent

Pilar “Angelica” Hernandez had already earned her cosmetology license and commercial driver’s license before realizing she had a hidden talent...
Owner Scott Conrad stands in front of his shoe inventory at Runners Soul at 5020 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Runners Soul finds right shoe so your feet will thank you

On a recent Friday morning, customers were coming into Runners Soul at a steady flow. Suddenly, a woman and her...
Tri-City native Arthur Baranovskiy launched a drafting and design company called AYB Drafting, based in Richland that taps into skills, education and talent found locally. Baranovskiy founded his company while still completing his electrical engineering degree at Washington State University Tri-Cities. (Courtesy Arthur Baranovskiy)

Delta High grad-turned-entrepreneur solves problems with design

Arthur Baranovskiy, who credits YouTube and Pasco’s Delta High School for propelling him into technical drawing, is building a successful...
Elaina Morrow began as a bridal consultant in 2013 and bought the former Amy’s Bridal from her mentor in 2020 and renamed it RoseLily Bridal. Adapting to shifting regulations has helped the business continue serving brides. (Courtesy Angela Johnson Photography)

Richland bridal shop finds new ways to dress wedding parties

One new Richland business knew brides would “say yes to the dress” if they could. RoseLily Bridal is doing whatever...

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