August 2017

State sales of marijuana have topped $1.7 billion, but marijuana remains classified as an illegal Schedule I controlled substance under federal law — the highest and most serious tier. This presents tax and banking challenges for business owners. (Courtesy Michael Schroeder of

Thriving marijuana businesses face sober financial realities

By Michelle Dupler Marijuana retail sales were a nearly $1.7 billion business in Washington in the 2016 fiscal year, but business owners who are still technically breaking federal drug laws are left to ponder, “What do we do with the money?” For Steve Lee, owner of Finley-based Green2Go, the answer is to re-invest some of…

Finley pot shop moving to larger space

By Michelle Dupler The legal marijuana business is booming for Finley-based Green2Go. The retail shop soon will move to a larger space where it can accommodate more cash registers and more customers. Green2Go obtained a $78,200 building permit for a commercial remodel of the property at 214307 E. Highway 397. Owner Steve Lee said the…

Investment property for sale at 1446 Spaulding Ave. in Richland.

Commercial real estate brokers expect continued growth

Rusty Morse has been a part of the Tri-City commercial real estate scene for a quarter of a century, and while he’s seen plenty of growth in the area, he said the last five to 10 years have been phenomenal. “It just continues to grow,” said Morse, managing broker at Coldwell Banker Commercial. “I look…

Construction is under way at Areva NP’s new $12 million scrap uranium recovery facility on Horn Rapids Road in Richland. (Courtesy Areva NP)

Areva continues to invest in its Richland manufacturing plant

The Areva NP plant in Richland has been investing an average of $7 million a year into its nuclear fuel manufacturing company for the last decade. It’s a trend that appears to be continuing. In the past four months, the nuclear fuel manufacturing plant has announced: Plans to build a new $12 million scrap uranium…

Capital budget impasse ties up several Mid-Columbia projects

Plans to speed up construction of a new Washington National Guard center in the Horn Rapids area have stalled because state lawmakers can’t resolve an unrelated water rights dispute. That water rights impasse also has slowed work on upgrading a Highway 395 interchange in south Kennewick, building a science center at the LIGO site, constructing…

The 1978 Leonetti Cab is hailed as one of the greatest wines in Washington history. (Courtesy Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Kennewick man donates rare wine collection to charity auction

By Andy Perdue A complete vertical of Leonetti Cellar’s legendary Cabernet Sauvignon — including perhaps the single most important wine ever made in Washington — went up for bid at the 30th annual Auction of Washington Wines and sold for $32,500. The money will establish a scholarship in a Kennewick couple’s name to help children…

Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory Director Liyuan Liang, right, shares a laugh with former EMSL Director Thom Dunning during a two-day celebration earlier this month recognizing 20 years of scientific achievements at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland. (Courtesy PNNL) 

EMSL celebrates 20 years of scientific achievement

A unique user facility in Richland that has helped scientists around the world shape their ideas and find answers to some of the most challenging scientific questions celebrated two decades of achievement this month. Scientists, community leaders and others gathered Aug. 3-4 to celebrate the first 20 years of the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, or EMSL.…

Columbia Label owner, Steve Hall, stands next to a new $1 million digital press inside his Benton City company. A second machine, the 2018 Digicon finishing press, will arrive in January. The business provides labels for more than 75 wineries, including Tagaris and Badger Mountain Vineyards, as well as specialty food clients.

Columbia Label expands to better serve Northwest wine industry

Columbia Label recently installed its first of two $1 million dollar machines to help better meet the needs of Northwest wineries. The company provides labels for more than 75 wineries, including Tagaris and Badger Mountain Vineyards, as well as specialty food clients. Its new Indigo WS6800 Digital Press is the top digital wine label printer…

Community First Bank’s administrative team and HFG Trust will renovate a building at 8131 W. Grandridge Blvd. in Kennewick and move into it later this year and next. (Courtesy Community First Bank)

Community First Bank headquarters, HFG Trust to move into shared building

Sister businesses plan move to Grandridge Boulevard after renovating offices Community First Bank will mark 20 years in business this year by moving its headquarters to a new building. The locally-owned bank, which opened in 1997, will be moving its administration team as well as its sister company, HFG Trust, to 8131 W. Grandridge Blvd.…

Center Towers Shopping Center in Kennewick is at full capacity and the new owner of the retail center located behind the Olive Garden said his tenants work to support one another. Rents range from $18- to $19-a-square-foot.

Kennewick building owner shares entrepreneurial spirit with tenants

Jeremy Mansius spent his adolescence helping his dad run a HobbyTown franchise in Portland. When he went on to pursue a degree in finance, he thought he’d left the radio-controlled cars and science kits behind him. “I grew up thinking, ‘I’m never going to work at this store. I’m never going to work at HobbyTown.’…

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