January 2016

Dennis Schoeneberg is ringing in 2016 with a new title: owner of Touchstone Jewelers in Kennewick. Schoeneberg, a gemologist, worked for the previous owners for more than a decade and purchased the store from them upon their retirement.

Touchstone Jewelers owners retire, gemologist rings in New Year with January re-opening

Touchstone Jewelers, a one-stop jewelry shop in Marineland Village that customers have depended on since 1987, saw a change in ownership this month after longtime sibling owners Mark Welsh and Sharon McAlmond retired. Gemologist Dennis Schoeneberg rang in the New Year Jan. 12 as new owner of Touchstone Jewelers LLC. [blockquote quote=”We will continue supplying…


Three Rivers Community Foundation awards grants to 42 local nonprofits

Pasco school children will continue to have a safe, nurturing after-school retreat thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Three Rivers Community Foundation to the YMCA at the Martin Luther King Center. The award was one of 42 grants totaling $152,899 presented to a variety of nonprofit organizations in the Tri-Cities Dec. 10. “The YMCA…

HomeGoods may build home at Columbia Center

A new HomeGoods store may be sprouting up at Columbia Center soon. An application has been made to the City of Kennewick to build a new 22,200-sq.-ft. HomeGoods store at 1321 N. Columbia Center, east of Old Country Buffet. HomeGoods is owned by TJX, which also owns the T.J. Maxx and Marshalls retail stores. TJX…

Business Briefs — January 2016

BBB warns of timeshare scheme The Better Business Bureau has received complaints about a timeshare purchasing business called All Business Consulting Services, which claims to be based in Dalton Gardens, Idaho. A consumer was contacted by phone by a representative of the company who offered to purchase the consumer’s timeshare in Mexico. The caller claimed…

Networking — January 2016

Brooks receives award Josh Brooks of Columbia Basin Denture Clinic has been presented with the 2015 Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Mustangs for Mustangs, a Prosser grassroots group. Mayor elected The Richland City Council elected councilman Bob Thompson as the city’s new mayor at its Jan. 5 council meeting. Councilman Terry Christensen was…

New Businesses — January 2016

NEW BUSINESSES Badger Mountain Yarns has opened at 114 Keene Road in Richland. The business sells yarn, knitting and crochet tools and accessories and offers classes. The hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information call 509-579-0090 or visit badgermountainyarns.com. The Chicken…

NASDA employees honored with national awards for 2015

Two Pacific Northwest National Association of State Department of Agriculture employees were recently honored with national awards. Shirley Eklund of Mattawa received one of three Supervisory Enumerator of the Year Awards given nationally. Larry Panasuk of College Place received was presented with one of five national Field Enumerator Awards given this year. Enumerators gather information…

Colin Hastings, executive director of the Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce

Pasco Chamber announces 2016 Ag Hall of Fame inductees

Three farmers, a businessman, a teacher and a banker will be welcomed into the Mid-Columbia Agriculture Hall of Fame Jan. 21. The six have all been longtime residents of Southeastern Washington. The inductees’ names were announced at a Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce luncheon Jan. 5. The group will be formally inducted into the Mid-Columbia…

Mooreshots Direct

Mooreshots Direct in Richland helps businesses spread their message

In the course of his marketing career, Tom Moore has sold ads on television, radio and newspapers. So when Moore founded his Richland advertising agency, Mooreshots Direct, he drew on all of that experience. [blockquote quote=”The whole idea of marketing is to be attention grabbing and to show the personality of a business.” source=”Tom Moore,…

American Tax Consultants

Tax business grows and expand services through 40-year history

Katie and Wayne Jackson were both first-generation college graduates, earning their degrees in education. They met at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La. and moved to the Northwest in 1968, when northern schools were seeking to integrate more African American teachers into their staff. [blockquote quote=”Help everyone who walks through the door. And what keeps…

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