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Boba shop reopens after closure

RealiTea in downtown Pullman implemented guidelines to prevent COVID-19 from spreading, including having customers order at the front door of the store.

ELIZA CALLIS, Evergreen reporter

October 29, 2020

After months of dark windows and an empty restaurant, the RealiTea owners are looking ahead to brighter days. The boba shop in downtown Pullman reopened their doors at the end of September after almost six months of being closed because of COVID-19 restrictions. Manager Zenna Glaser said the owners revamped ...

OPINION: Big chains are bad for small towns

Big chains coming to town disrupts the flow and businesses of many local stores, especially restaurants, which hurts local business owners.

MEGHAN HENRY, Evergreen columnist

September 10, 2020

In Pullman, we are all about tradition. From Cougar Football Saturdays at The Coug, to Cougar Gold Cheese from the WSU Creamery — our local spots all hold a place in our memories as a piece of the college experience at WSU. When new chain restaurants come to town, it causes a natural change in business....

OPINION: Local businesses deserve support during COVID-19

Government loans have been going to large corporations like Amazon, but we should be more worried about small businesses and individuals.

MACKENNA ROWE, Evergreen columnist

July 22, 2020

We live in a time where Prime delivery offered by Amazon comes in a few days. Walmart can deliver groceries and gaming systems to cars. Food service companies can drop off food right to a front door. What about neighbors or even friends who own local businesses? The story for small businesses is a little...

Application available for small businesses to receive aid amid COVID-19

Community Action Center Executive Director Jeff Guyett said CAC worked with the county to allocate $80,000 from the Community Development Block Grant for small businesses.

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

July 17, 2020

The Community Action Center is accepting applications for its second round of microenterprise grants. CAC Executive Director Jeff Guyett said the microenterprise grants come from the Community Development Block Grant. The state’s Department of Commerce funds CDBG, which totals to about $120,000.  ...

Purpose Roasters changes management, continues to expand

Purpose Roasters, originally located at 301 S. Main St. in Colfax, moved locations next to Flowers, Decor & More.

SARAH DANIELS, Evergreen reporter

July 6, 2020

Just when the front doors of a coffee shop in Colfax seemed like it was closed for good, it found a way to come back to life. When Purpose Roasters opened in spring 2018, it started with spouses Travis and Janelle Harrison, as well as friend Nick Wright.  The doors of the first Purpose Roasters’ cafe closed March...

Lumberyard Foodhall closes; building available for sale, lease

The Lumberyard Foodhall went up for lease this week. The space was listed for $2.4 million.

SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter

July 3, 2020

The Lumberyard Foodhall went up for lease this week, said Marie Dymkoski, executive director of the Pullman Chamber of Commerce. The food hall opened in late 2018.  The business, which occupies the Pullman Building Supply storage space, was listed for sale for $2.4 million by Kiemle & Hagood Co...

City officials describe temporary changes to Main Street

A temporary bike lane and back-in angled parking spots have been added to Main Street. The trial will continue until September.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

June 26, 2020

Temporary pop-up trials of back-in angled parking spots and a bike lane are on Main Street until the end of September. The trial cost the city less than $5,000.  Clayton Forsmann, Pullman deputy public works director, said the city will keep the pop-up trial going as long as it is functioning wit...

Most remaining businesses now open in Phase 3

Whitman County entered Phase 3 on June 6. Several business are still closed, awaiting opening guidelines from the governor's office.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 10, 2020

John Wiesman, Washington's Secretary of Health, approved Whitman County to enter Phase 3 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start Washington Plan on June 6. Phase 3 allows most remaining closed businesses to reopen once they can meet safety guidelines from the governor’s office.  Whitman County has ...

Whitman County unemployment rates rise three percent

Whitman County unemployment rates have risen 3 percent. State unemployment rates for Washington state have risen from  5.1 percent in March to 15.4 percent in April this year.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

June 3, 2020

Due to COVID-19, Whitman County unemployment rates increased by 3 percent from March to April this year.  Doug Tweedy, regional economist for the Washington State Employment Security Department, said Whitman County’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in March and 6.6 percent in April.  Tweedy sa...

Small business grant to fund multiple businesses

Jeff Guyett, Community Action Center executive director, said small business owners can apply for Whitman County and Community Action Center's Community Development Block Grant until June 4.

ANDREA GONZALEZ, Evergreen reporter

June 3, 2020

The deadline for the Whitman County and Community Action Center's Community Development Block Grant has been extended to June 4.  Jeff Guyett, Community Action Center executive director, said the grant is federally funded by the Washington State Department of Commerce.  Of the money that wa...

Pullman businesses adapt to Phase 2 changes

Tawny Szumlas, owner of Rico’s Pub, said employees and customers are following COVID-19 regulations, which includes wearing protection gear like masks.

CHERYL AARNIO and SYDNEY BROWN

May 22, 2020

As Phase 2 kicks off in Pullman, businesses in town must adapt to a new normal. The Safe Start plan for businesses laid out by Gov. Jay Inslee includes specific industry guidelines that businesses must follow in order to reopen, said Pullman Downtown Coordinator Jeanne Weiler. These guidelines include p...

Harbor Freight Tools makes its debut

Harbor Freight Tools soft-opened Tuesday morning. There will be a grand ceremony on May 30 to celebrate its opening.

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

May 13, 2020

Harbor Freight Tools opened its doors for the first time Tuesday morning.  Sales Manager Daniel Loebs said the first day of business for the store maintained a steady flow of customers, even with it being a ‘soft open.’ The store, 1450 S. Grand Avenue, replaced the old Shopko. Loebs said Ha...

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