July 2017

Northwest Cancer Clinic’s parent company files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

The parent company of Northwest Cancer Clinic in Kennewick filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week. Patients served by the clinic at 7379 W. Deschutes Ave. won’t be affected by the court action. The Fort Myers, Florida-based 21st Century Oncology filed for bankruptcy protection July 20. It operates 179 treatment centers, including 143 in…

The Tri-City Association of Realtors is participating in the Washington Association of Realtors’ fourth annual statewide open house event July 22-23.

Tri-City Association of Realtors participating in statewide open house event

The Tri-City Association of Realtors is participating in the Washington Association of Realtors’ fourth annual statewide open house event July 22-23. The weekend is meant to be a “fun, time-saving opportunity to pick your neighborhoods and experience several homes a day. It’s a no pressure way to see what is out there and what you…

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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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…

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…

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.…

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…

Wes Heyden recently opened his ninth Roasters Coffee at 300 N. Ely St. in Kennewick, in the parking lot of the EconoLodge. It celebrated its grand opening with drink specials on July 14. Heyden is opening his tenth location before the holidays in south Richland near Keene and Kennedy roads.

Iced, blended or hot: new coffeeshops ready to brew Tri-Citians’ favorites

Brianna Cervantes wanted to be a photographer when she was a little kid. Then at the age of 15, she found coffee, and her life changed. “I worked at Dutch Brothers for a year and a half,” she said. “I actually wanted to be a franchisee at Dutch Brothers. I tried three times.” Cervantes, who…

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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