Yakima Craft Brewing Co. Opens All-Ages Taproom On River Road

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Originally published in January 2018

Local beer lovers were sad to see Yakima Craft Brewing Co.’s downtown taproom close last February. Some even wondered if closing the Yakima Avenue establishment was a sign that the oldest active brewery in town was slowing down.

Eleven months later, it’s apparent that the business is in great shape — and still growing.

Yakima Craft introduced a new, much larger taproom at 2920 River Road on Jan. 13, adjacent to its production facility and tasting room. Now, the only question is how popular the new establishment will become.

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Popular Pasco Bakery To Open Its Third Location In Yakima

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Originally published in January 2018

One of the Tri-Cities’ best-known bakeries will soon have a presence in Yakima.

vieras logoViera’s Bakery & Deli, with two locations in Pasco, could open as soon as March 1 at 516 W. Lincoln Ave., next to Cost Less Carpets and the Safeway fuel station.

The Viera family is currently working on a full remodel of the former convenience store, which has been vacant for about a year.

The 6,200-square-foot bakery/ deli will offer traditional Mexican pastries, fresh bread, cakes, espresso, sandwiches and more.

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Yakima Musician Hopes Online Exposure Jump-Starts Career

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Originally published in January 2018

Pete Hernandez was a musician before he even knew he was one.

The Yakima music teacher and singer/songwriter grew up listening to rock n’ roll, but until he picked up a guitar at age 14, he didn’t realize he could emulate the sounds coming from his radio.

Now Hernandez has been strumming and singing for more than 25 years, and he’s hoping to take his lifelong passion worldwide — on the internet, anyway.

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Return to reporting was just what my stalled career needed

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The past year has helped me rediscover writing and photography. Why I took an eight-year break from it I will never know. Above is Jean Penney Harris of Clemans View Farms in Naches.

Originally published in May 2017 (updated)

If you haven’t seen me around town as a reporter over the past year, you’ve probably at least seen my byline.

I’ve been on the Business Times staff since September 2016, handling a mix of production and editorial responsibilities. For the past 12 months or so, I’ve been the only byline on our pages.

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Yakima Meal Preparation Business Growing Its Reach


Originally published in December 2017

The idea started in his own kitchen.

Now, Victor Munguia is leasing commercial kitchen space just to keep up with demand.

Over the past year, the owner of Transform Meal Prep has taken his at-home healthy eating concept and developed it into a burgeoning nutrition company.

After starting out last winter with just one primary client — Achieve Fitness in Yakima — Transform is now partnering with six health-conscious businesses in the Yakima Valley and the Tri-Cities to deliver low-calorie prepared meals to hundreds of clients.

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Styles For Students Program Offers Kids Incentives, Not Stuff 

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Originally published in December 2017

“You can keep your pencils.”

In a way, the origin of Styles For Students can be traced back to that comment made by local barber J.D. Mares.

The Yakima School District’s incentive program for high schoolers began last year as a way to reward students for good attendance, grades and citizenship.

But until Mares and his staff started talking about incentive program ideas with Omar Santoy, there was no Styles For Students.

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Popular West Side Beauty School Opening Soon In Yakima 

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Originally published in December 2017

The owners of Evergreen Beauty College have thought for years that they might like to open a new location east of the Cascades. They just didn’t know where.

All it took was a visit to Yakima a couple years ago and the Trieu family was sold.

“We went out to Miner’s and saw a bunch of families eating together, which you don’t see very much on the west side,” said company president Joe Trieu, who runs the business with help from his two brothers, his sister and their mom.

“We started thinking that our culture fits well with the family culture in Yakima, and my mom said, ‘we should open a school here.’ So we started looking around at some possible locations and finally found the right one.”

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