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Ideal Option’s Benjamin Rae, center, an advanced registered nurse practitioner, talks with patients. The Kennewick-based clinic employs about 300 people across five buildings in Kennewick, plus locations in Pasco dedicated to administrative support. It operates 65 clinics throughout the Northwest, Maryland, Minnesota and North Dakota. (Courtesy Ideal Option)

Kennewick’s Ideal Option tackles the opioid crisis

Ideal Option grew from one to 65 clinics over eight years A nondescript and unassuming collection of buildings along Kennewick’s busy West Gage Boulevard provides a lifeline to patients saddled with opioid addiction, including the rising use of fentanyl pills.  What started as a small clinic grew into a veritable campus and epicenter for a…

Nicole and Marco Solferino filed for personal bankruptcy in January, 10 months after placing their failed home building business in bankruptcy citing more than $9 million in debt.

Tri-City homebuilder files for personal bankruptcy

A prominent Tri-City homebuilder filed for personal bankruptcy in late January, 11 months after asking the court to liquidate his business. Marco Solferino, owner of Solferino Homes, also known as M | S Homes, and his wife, Nicole, filed for personal bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code on Jan. 27.  The Solferinos…

Talon Jager, the longtime manager at Stick + Stone Neopolitan Wood-Fired Pizza on Queensgate Drive in Richland, is the new owner. Jager knew he wanted to be a chef growing up in his family’s Burger Factory restaurants in Othello and Connell. Mike Miller and the other restaurant founders recently sold the business. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Longtime Stick + Stone manager buys restaurant

The founders of Richland’s Stick + Stone Neopolitan Wood-Fired Pizza have sold the business to the employee who has managed it almost from the start. Talon Yager bought the business from Mike Miller and his partners for $325,000 and signed a 10-year lease to keep the Italian-oriented restaurant in its spot at 3027 Duportail St.,…

Tri-City landscape architecture firm merges with Place LA

Design company expects continued growth in 2020 By Natasha Nellis | Spokane Journal of Business Spokane-based landscape architecture company Place Landscape Architecture LLC, which does business as Place LA, is expanding to the Tri-Cities with its recent merger with Sage Design Group PLLC of Kennewick, said Place LA owner Joshua Tripp.  Tamra Lehuta, previous owner…

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Tri-City Americans host ‘Pink Ice’ night for breast cancer

The Tri-City Americans hockey team hosts its 15th annual Pink Ice Night to draw attention to breast cancer and raise money for the Tri-Cities Cancer Center Foundation. The program begins at 7:05 p.m. Feb. 28 at Toyota Center in Kennewick. Discounted tickets are available for $12 through the foundation, 509-737-3413. The rink will be painted…

Constance “Connie” Brown of Pasco raised 10 sons on her own. At 88, she’s a cancer survivor and a dedicated dissectologist – someone who loves to do jigsaw puzzles. (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Pasco woman finds the pieces that fit

Fortunately for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Constance Brown, 88, is easy to shop for. She’s a jigsaw puzzle whiz. The more pieces the better, as far as Brown is concerned. There are 10 or 15 unopened puzzles waiting her attention in the puzzle niche of the Pasco home she shares with two of her…

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Modernizing trade brings real benefits to Washington

By Kris Johnson In December, Washington employers and manufacturers had a number of items on their holiday wish list. The reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank and the ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, were at the top. It looks like wishes do come true. When Association of Washington Business members traveled to…

Pasco investors recently spent $3.9 million to buy the 102,000-square-foot Tri-City Herald building on 333 W. Canal Drive in Kennewick. They plan to transform the downtown building into multi-tenant office space. (Courtesy SVN Retter & Co.)

Tri-City Herald parent company files for bankruptcy, region’s daily continues as normal

McClatchy Co., the longtime parent of the Tri-City Herald and three other Washington dailies, has filed for bankruptcy.  McClatchy and its 53 subsidiaries filed for protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. District for Southern New York on Feb. 13. Chapter 11 allows companies to restructure or eliminate debt as they reorganize and continue to operate.   The company’s 30 local…

Kenny Teasdale, a commercial real estate broker and owner of a Tri-City moving company, expected to reopen the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit at 2530 Queensgate Drive in Richland by Valentine’s Day. Teasdale is relaunching the brand in the Tri-Cities eight months after it abruptly closed last June.  (Photo by Wendy Culverwell)

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit reopens in Richland for Valentine’s Day

The Richland Dickey’s Barbecue Pit reopens this week but the future is uncertain for its still-closed sister restaurants in Kennewick and Pasco.  Kenny Teasdale, a commercial real estate broker with NAI Tri-Cities and owner of a local moving company, reached a deal with the landlord and with Dickey’s Dallas, Texas-based parent company to take over the restaurant at 2530 Queensgate Drive.  The arrangement doesn’t cover the closed Dickey’s locations in Kennewick and…

Peggy Vasquez, a speaker, author and recent retiree from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, received the Athena leadership award during the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce Women in Business conference on Jan. 29.

News anchor, retired PNNL exec are 2020 Athena Award honorees

The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce honored a prominent broadcaster and a newly retired executive from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory with its prestigious Athena Awards.   Tracci Dial and Peggy Vasquez were honored during the annual Athena Luncheon, the highlight of the Women in Business conference. The event was held Jan. 29 at the Three…

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