July 2017

Fire & Brimstone pizza

Kennewick wood-fire pizza restaurant closes

Fire & Brimstone Wood-fired Eatery in Kennewick has closed. Owners Jessie and Jennifer Verduzco announced the closure to staff and on the restaurant’s Facebook page this week. The restaurant, known for its wood-fired pizzas, was located across the parking lot from Lowe’s off Columbia Center Boulevard. “While keeping the specific details of the abrupt closure […]

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wine bar

Gordon Estate Restaurant and Wine Bar closes its doors in Pasco

Financial challenges forced the closure of Gordon Estate Restaurant and Wine Bar in Pasco. Its last day was July 15. The restaurant and wine bar, located in the Broadmoor Park outlet mall on Outlet Drive, opened in April 2013. “Unfortunately, in our current location the ‘new/walk-in business’ just wasn’t enough to keep the employees paid […]

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Business Briefs

Business Briefs — July 2017

Washington is America’s top state for business in 2017 Washington state jumped into the top spot in the annual CNBC Top States for Business rankings. Work force, infrastructure, business costs, economy, quality of life, technology and innovation, education, business friendliness, access to capital and cost of living are scored by CNBC to come up with […]

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Networking — July 2017

WSU wine team honored at world conference A team from Washington State University Tri-Cities, consisting of wine science postdoctoral researcher Caroline Merrell, associate professor of enology Jim Harbertson, and assistant professor of wine science Tom Collins took home top honors at the Worldwide Distilled Spirits Conference in Glasgow, Scotland. The team was recognized for its research […]

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Business Updates — July 2017

NEW BUSINESSES 7 Salon.Spa.Sip. has opened at 4018 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite D in Kennewick. The salon offers haircuts and colors, lash services, microblading and more. Hours by appointment. Contact: 425-281-2717 or 509-521-2001, 7salonspasip.com, Facebook. BlackWool has opened at 5215 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 106 in Kennewick. The store sells men’s and women’s lifestyle fashion. […]

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A Walmart associate helps a customer sign for a grocery pickup order. Tri-City Fred Meyer and Walmart stores expect to offer grocery service pickup services before the end of the year. (Courtesy Walmart)

Order groceries online, then pick up curbside

By Robin Wojtanik Whether it’s back-to-school lunch supplies or a Thanksgiving turkey, grocery shopping will get more convenient as stores begin to offer curbside pickup. Tri-City Fred Meyer and some Walmart stores expect to offer their version of the service before the end of the year. The Richland Fred Meyer will begin its ClickList service […]

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Family Leave Act

New state law provides paid family leave

Employers, employees contribute to program through payroll tax Washington has become the fifth state to require paid family leave for employees. “It’s going to be the best paid family leave program the country. It has better weeks, better benefits, and we’ll be the model for the other states,” said Sen. Karen Keiser, D-Kent, one of […]

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