Business Profiles

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Couple transform Flat Top Mountain property into lavender farm

An unassuming West Richland lavender farm brims with purple and possibility as the owners dream well beyond U-pick bunches to...
Paleteria La Jalpita in Pasco has been handcrafting and molding paletas – Mexican popsicles – for 28 years (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Mexican ice pop shop’s icy treats keep you cool on hot days

For 28 years, Paleteria La Jalpita has been handcrafting icy Mexican treats on a stick in downtown Pasco. “We have...
Aaron Brink got into beekeeping when a hive made its home on his property. Today, Brink’s Bees manages 45 million bees in 200 Tri-Cities hives and provides pollination services as well as honey. (Courtesy Brink’s Bees)

Beekeeper pollinates Northwest crops, sells varietal honey

Aaron Brink In just a few short years, Aaron Brink went from an annoyed homeowner, frequently...
Elena Gavin, left, and Concetta Gulluni, stand in their Layered Cake Artistry store. (Photo by Jeff Morrow)

Richland sisters find sweet success with Layered Cake

Richland sisters Elena Gavin and Concetta Gulluni admit they were never good friends as teenagers. Being 3 ½ years apart...
Jamie and Loren Wikstrand stand behind a newly remodeled checkout counter inside David’s Shoes, 201 W. Kennewick Ave., the store they recently bought and updated with a modern look with new shoe lines and clothes from White Bluffs Boutique, an online-only clothing store. (Photo  by Robin Wojtanik)

New owners reboot longtime downtown Kennewick shoe store

A fashion enthusiast followed her dream of owning not just one – but two – businesses, now located under one...
Veronica Delgado of Pasco shows off a bunch of fresh-picked organic cilantro that she sells at her storefront, 528 W. Clark St. in Pasco. She opened the store in July 2020. (Courtesy Veronica’s Fresh Produce)

Pasco produce store opens amid shutdown, nears first anniversary

As a teenager Veronica Delgado worked in the Pasco Specialty Kitchen with a woman who made her own jams and...
Rubi and Tino Robles own Power Athletics Compound, which runs two Tri-City gyms. PAC recently signed a deal with the Tri-City Rush of the American West Football Conference to help the football players stay in shape. (Photo by Jeff Morrow )

Weightlifter-owned gym combines science, nutrition and just the right machine

Valentino Robles played basketball during his high school days in Pasco. Tino, as most people know him, never thought much...
Brandon Andersen, owner of Bonsai Audio, perhaps had the most unique business pivot in 2020, from DJ and audiovisual services to bonsai tree sales. (Courtesy Brandon Andersen)

Pandemic doesn’t stunt Kennewick entrepreneur’s growth

“We do weddings. We do bonsai trees.” Not the typical services you might see offered together, but Brandon Andersen, owner...
Susan Mendenhall, the franchisee of the Kennewick and Pasco IHOP restaurants, loves the interaction she has with customers. (Courtesy of Lauren Jones)

IHOP owner: Locally-owned franchises are local too

Susan Mendenhall is a fighter. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a pandemic or trying to educate the public that her...
Carmen Kane, owner of
Columbia Quail LLC, holds a Japanese
coturnix quail in front of a basket of
eggs. Her small fl ock supplies eggs by
the dozen to several Tri-City retailers. (Courtesy Columbia Quail)

Columbia Quail supplies bite-size alternative to chicken eggs

Fancy a fancy quail egg? A Pasco farm’s flock supplies them by the dozen to several Tri-City retailers. These quail...

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