Business Profiles

Merced Flores-Garcia prepares pizza dough at his restaurant, Mercy’s Pizza Taco, 524 N. Third Ave., across the street from City Hall. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Mercy’s Taco Pizza comeback story is a tasty one

Merced Flores-Garcia gave pizza fans an early Christmas present in October when he reopened his Mercy’s Pizza Taco restaurant in...
Faith Akopov, owner of Tri-Cities Tackle, 660 George Washington Way, Suite M, in Richland, sells tackle and bait for walleye, sockeye, salmon, sturgeon, bass and trout. Her store specializes in custom airbrushing, custom rigs, Legacy Fishing Wholesale tackle and her own line of fishing products. Photo by Jeff Morrow

Tri-Cities Tackle reels in customers at new Richland store

It took Faith Akopov three attempts at starting her own business before she found the key ingredient to success: passion....
Sophie models her birthday outfit. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Kennewick business designs custom clothes for canines

An online business based in the Tri-Cities ships all over the country to provide custom creations for people who want...
Dawn Caldwell-Carter and Rickie Carter opened White Glove Detailing at 5204 W. Okanogan Place, Suite 160 in Kennewick after running a similar business in Oregon for decades. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Couple’s love of cars drives their detailing service

White Glove Detailing is a Kennewick business focused on cars, trucks, boats and RVs and is run by a couple...
Rich Schleede, owner of Stone Soup in Richland, has been serving up a palate-pleasing array of sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, sides and house-made desserts for more than 20 years in his self-described “dive,” where food is the glue that brings the community together at 703 The Parkway. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

Stone Soup serves up soul-satisfying bowls with side of community

With autumn in the air, people are craving bowls of warm, cozy comfort food. At Richland’s Stone Soup, pots are...
Traffic Jams is a family affair owned by Ron Brooks, center, and assisted by sons Bryan, left, and Brandon, right, to complete a wide range of services to outfit homes, cars and watercraft. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Traffic Jams offers ways to keep audio, video out of sight, out of mind

“Anything you can think of that’s fun in a house, that’s what we do.” That’s how Bryan Brooks describes the...
A new driving school has pulled into town. Top-Notch Driving School at 1350 N. Louisiana St., Suite E, opened in Kennewick this summer. From left are: co-owners Kaylea and Steven Nundahl, lead instructor Pam Homer and co-owner Myel Nundahl. (Photo by Robin Wojtanik)

Experienced driving instructors turn the key on new school

A new driving school opened in Kennewick, offering instruction and Department of Licensing testing from three professionals with a combined...
Tapteal Native Plants founder Ann Autrey and her assistant Kelsey Kelmel stand in the shade house full of plant starts, most of which will be sold at their annual fall plant sale. Autrey runs the nursery out of her multi-acre backyard, selling over 10,000 plants per year to home gardeners and professional landscapers looking to bring a touch of shrub-steppe to their landscaping. (Photo by Laura Kostad)

Tapteal Native Plants offers drought-tolerant landscaping alternatives

Tucked into a pocket of West Richland is a native plant haven.It’s a nursery in Ann Autrey’s backyard called Tapteal...
The Platinum Automotive team looks forward to moving into its new building at 8504 W. Clearwater Ave. in Kennewick in the coming months. From left, Nathan Goetsch, Tom Smith, Eric Muhlbeier and Aaron Swier. (Courtesy Platinum Automotive)

Kennewick auto repair shop gears up for expansion

After growing his business from a mobile shop run out of a Jeep, Nathan Goetsch looks forward to rolling up...
Jose Limon, left, and Guty Villa run Mana A Mano Boxing Club in Kennewick. It opened in June. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Boxing club aims to transform lives one jab at a time

Guty Villa probably could have been content continuing his work as owner of G’s to Gent’s Barbershop in Kennewick. He’s...

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