After 40 years of grape production and winemaking on Red Mountain, the two wineries that started it all are collaborating on a limited-edition Cabernet Sauvignon to celebrate their anniversary. Kiona Vineyards and Winery and Barnard Griffin will donate all proceeds from the wine’s sales to Second Harvest. Pictured, from left, are: Scott Williams, JJ Williams, Megan Hughes and Rob Griffin.

Red Mountain pioneers collaborate on Cabernet for a cause

Two Red Mountain wineries are collaborating on a special vintage this year in honor of their 40th anniversary. In 1978, Barnard Griffin’s founder Rob Griffin produced the first Red Mountain commercial wine using grapes grown by John Williams and Jim Holmes at their Kiona Estate vineyard outside Benton City. Forty years later, their kids and…

D. Patrick Jones is the executive director for Eastern Washington University’s Institute for Public Policy & Economic Analysis.

Tri-City entrepreneurship, labor market show mixed signals

By D. Patrick Jones It’s human nature to keep score. Look at all the stats in the sports pages. Or the various top 10 rankings of U.S. cities. So, too, with economic development. An overriding goal of nearly all communities is to create jobs. Chambers of commerce, local government and economic development organizations often keep score with jobs. At…

Jeremy’s 1896 Public House at 1232 Wine Country Road was the original home of Prosser’s first mayor. Built in 1896, the home was turned into a restaurant in 2014 after an extensive remodel. It’s listed for sale at $775,000.

Restaurant in heart of wine country on the market for less than $1M

A historic Prosser home converted into an established restaurant is on the market for an eager entrepreneur. Jeremy’s 1896 Public House, an eatery and pub at 1232 Wine Country Road, once was home to the first Prosser mayor, E.W. Taylor. It’s been Sue and Dick Poteet’s restaurant for the past four years. It’s known for…

Entrepreneurs: be a goal-setter and goal-getter in new year

By Paul Casey One of the greatest predictors of success for entrepreneurs is goal orientation. Goals are dreams with a deadline. ’Tis the season to set your annual business goals and ensure they fit into your long-term vision for success. Prepare for the goal-setting process. In advance, self-evaluate against key priorities before setting goals. This…

David Phongsa poses with a bahn mi sandwich outside of the walk-up window at the Pasco Specialty Kitchen in downtown Pasco.

Restaurateurs take baby steps toward brick-and-mortar ventures

Notice more food trucks opening brick-and-mortar locations? It’s a growing trend in the Tri-City food scene, accelerated in part by incubators like the Pasco Specialty Kitchen. Once mobile food vendors like Fresh Out  The Box, Hot Tamales, Foodies and Mercy’s Pizza Taco have graduated from food truck to sit-down restaurants. And more hope to follow…

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Resort, restaurant, retail stories lead our top web stories in 2018

A resort, restaurants and retail topped the list of the most-read stories on the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business’ website in 2018. News about the opening of Eritage Resort in Walla Walla and the demolition of Regal Cinemas at Columbia Center mall to make way for Dick’s Sporting Goods received the most clicks. Here are…


Take precautions: BBB reports 42 scams in the Tri-Cities in past year

By Danielle Kane Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific spends a lot of time talking to local media outlets about national, regional and local scams. But did you know there could be scams taking place in your very own neighborhood? Since November 2017, there have been 42 scams reported in the Tri-Cities with an estimated…

Benton, Franklin counties see boosts in taxable retail sales

A 17 percent jump in construction and increased sales of building materials helped boost the state’s taxable retail sales in the second quarter of 2018. The sales increased by 10.6 percent over the same period in 2017, reaching $42.7 billion. Retail trade, a subset of all taxable retail sales in the state, also increased by…

Q&A with Lola Franklin

Brief background of your business: I work for two nonprofit trade associations and a for-profit subsidiary. The Realtor associations were established in the 1950s. They serve real estate licensees and the real estate profession by providing continuing education, public relations, legislative and regulatory advocacy and business services. The term “Realtor” is owned by the association…

Remodeling is underway for the Tri-Cities’ second Bath & Body Works store. The store at Richland’s Vintner Square off Queensgate Drive will be in the western corner unit of the building that also houses Starbucks, Jamba Juice, GameStop and Fiesta Mexican Restaurant.

Bath & Body Works store to open in Richland next year

Construction is underway on the Tri-Cities’ second Bath & Body Works store, planned for the Queensgate area of Richland. The company’s corporate office said the store is scheduled to open in early 2019 at 2471 Queensgate Drive, Suite A7. The developer of the Vintner Square property, Bowman Development Co., narrowed the store’s opening date to…

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