Allyson Hayes, left, a sales associate for Ariel, meets with Karen Livas, small business programs director for the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Jessica Stangeland, a regional chamber board member. The chamber officials were delivering Small Business Saturday promotional materials to chamber members at The Parkway in Richland. (Courtesy Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce)

Experts forecast robust holiday shopping season across state

Chamber officials, Tri-City retailers remind shoppers to think local Locally-owned Tri-City retailers hope shoppers will “think small” when picking out their holiday gifts this year. “We expect a really great holiday season. Retail is up about three percent nationwide, so it’s doing well. People are spending more money in shops and definitely supporting small business,”…

Holley Sowards, left, operations manager of Einan’s at Sunset, and Ron Swanson, Einan’s assistant manager, smile through snowmen faces at a past Santa’s Village event. The fourth annual fundraiser runs from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at Sunset Event Center, 915 Bypass Highway in Richland. (Courtesy Einan’s at Sunset)

Einan’s turns event center into winter wonderland

Einan’s at Sunset will transform its Richland event center into the North Pole this holiday season. The fourth annual Santa’s Village is a great way for families to shop for gifts, enjoy holiday snacks, snap photos with Santa and kick off the holiday season, said Holley Sowards, operations manager of Einan’s at Sunset. “We wanted…

Tri-Cities Autism Thrift Store opened its doors in early October with the mission of providing job skills training programs for autistic and intellectually challenged people. The store joins more than a dozen other charity thrift stores throughout region.

Tri-City charity thrift stores support variety of causes

Tri-City thrift store shoppers can check out Kennewick’s newest shop, Tri-Cities Autism Thrift. The new store provides job skills training opportunities for those with autism and other cognitive disabilities. “I had been praying a long time for there to be a place for my 24-year-old daughter — who has high-functioning autism — to learn job…

Columbia Center mall’s holiday parade kicks off at 9 a.m. Nov. 18 in Kennewick. The tree lighting is at 10 a.m. (Courtesy Columbia Center)

Columbia Center decks the halls for Santa’s visit

Book appointments for Santa photos online Avoid the lines for a photo with Santa at Columbia Center mall by reserving an appointment in advance. Children can share their Christmas wishes and get photos with Santa beginning Nov. 18 through Dec. 24 outside the Sears store. Parents can reserve times with Santa online at “One of…

Benton County among highest in state for retail sales

Benton County was among the top 10 counties in the state for highest taxable retail sales in the second quarter, according to figures released by the state Department of Revenue. Benton County’s sales grew to $979 million, or 3.7 percent, and Franklin County’s to $374 million, or 7.8 percent over the same quarter last year.…

WorkSource Columbia Basin hosted a fall job fair last month in preparation for the holiday season.

Holiday sales forecast, economic growth good news for job seekers

While people were trying to squeeze in one last summer trip before the school year kicked off, Bill Watson was preparing for cold weather and holiday shopping. “Most employers are getting ready for seasonal hiring in September,” said Watson, business services contact for WorkSource Columbia Basin. “They like to get people in for training before…

Donna Holloway, owner of Threads Consignment Boutique

Vintage second-hand store’s growth prompts move to downtown Kennewick

When Donna Holloway opened her vintage second-hand store in 2008 in Kennewick’s Marineland Village, she had no idea she would outgrow the location within eight years. Threads Consignment Boutique moved in August to its new location in downtown Kennewick at 127 W. Kennewick Ave., and the digs are as vintage as some of the clothes…

Kagen Coffee & Crepes opened at the Uptown Shopping Center in Richland.

Uptown Shopping Center welcomes new restaurant

Ten years ago, Kagen Cox tasted his first crepe. “It was a little bit of heaven in my mouth,” he recalled, adding that he and his wife, Jennifer, were on vacation when he discovered the thin French pancakes. “From that point on—whenever we’d take trips—we were always trying to find places that made crepes.” Now…

Tri-City businesses welcome customers for Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday celebrations will be held Nov. 26 around the Tri-Cities. If you’re not completely tuckered out from fighting the crowds on Black Friday, the popular shopping day after Thanksgiving, then head out shopping again the next day to support small businesses. “Small businesses are the grass-roots of any community,” said Gus Sako, owner…

October job fair in full swing

Employers boost staff numbers to gear up for strong holiday shopping season

The National Retail Federation has high hopes for this holiday shopping season. Spending is projected to reach $630 billion, accounting for nearly 20 percent of the retail industry’s annual sales. [blockquote quote=”We strongly recommend people to attend job fairs, because then they get that one-on-one face time with the employers, which can leave an impression,”…

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