Cindy Mosley-Cleary, owner of The Lady Bug Shoppe in downtown Kennewick, poses in front of her store at 304 W. Kennewick Ave., as Alicia Michaliszyn of Allusions Art & Design paints a winter scene featuring glittery red cardinals, a symbol of hope — and Mosley-Cleary’s hopes for a successful shopping season. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Tri-City shopkeepers bring grit, good luck to holiday shopping season

By Wendy Culverwell and Kristina Lord Cindy Mosley-Cleary took over a gift shop in downtown Kennewick about six years ago...

The economy in 2020 slowed but didn’t stop; 2021 will finish much higher

If you are the CFO, treasurer or accountant for any organization, you are excused if you hit the panic button...

Benton County cannabis sales increase 16% in FY2021

Recreational cannabis sales in Benton County reached more than $39.6 million in fiscal year 2021. That’s up 16% from $34...
The Washington Retail Association will be keeping a close eye on several bills and the state budget when the state 2021 state Legislature convenes in Olympia Jan. 11. (Courtesy state Department of Enterprise Services)

State budget, data privacy are top priorities for retailers in 2021

Washington retailers will be laser-focused on the state budget when the 2021 Legislature convenes in January. They also expect lawmakers...

Retail sales face decline but likely less than elsewhere

Last year was a very good year for retail sales in the greater Tri-Cities. For the first time, taxable retail...
Owner Dustin Stordahl stands inside the recently expanded Community Thrift store at 303 Wellsian Way in Richland. He was able to move his production and pricing area into a vacant shop of the building so he could expand the store’s children and toy area. (Photo by Kristina Lord)

Surge in donations prompts Richland thrift store expansion

When one door closes, another opens – in this case quite literally. The unexpected closure of a neighboring business and...
Washington is set to ban single use plastic shopping bans on Jan. 1, but supporters expect a delay because of the pandemic and a possible shortage of bags made with postconsumer recycled paper. (Photo by TCAJOB)

Ban on single-use plastic bags takes effect Jan. 1, unless it doesn’t

The Covid-19 pandemic and a supply shortage could prevent a ban on single-use plastic bags from taking effect in Washington...
Midtown Plaza was a major “happening” when it opened 60 years ago this month at Fourth Avenue and Vancouver Street in Kennewick. Gale Metcalf of Kennewick, now retired and living nearby, was one of the first box boys at the anchor tenant, Gene and Jules supermarket. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Opening of shopping plaza cause for celebration in 1960

By East Benton County Historical Society When the Golden Arches of McDonald’s first emblazoned across the skylines of Othello and...
Grocery Outlet Richland

Grocery Outlet opens in Richland

The much-anticipated Grocery Outlet Bargain Market has opened at Richland’s Vintner Square, 2901 Queensgate Drive.  The store debuted March 24 with 30 employees. The newly...
Columbia Center mall opened in fall 1969 with 55 stores, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and much fanfare. (Courtesy Columbia Center)

Mall celebrates 50 years of success amid changing retail market

Columbia Center continues to welcome new tenants, hopes to fill vacancies around perimeter of property Vintage advertisements once touted the...

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