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WSU alumna donates portion of business proceeds to Hilinski’s Hope

There are nine different scent options for candles, ranging from cucumber water and melon to Christmas hearth.
MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter January 18, 2021

What started as a quarantine project, repurposing Cougar Gold tins into soy-based candles, transformed into a philanthropic passion for one WSU alumna. As of January, Christine Smithberg sold more than...

New Garden Restaurant to reopen soon

The restaurant temporarily closed because of Gov. Jay Inslee’s mandates. It will offer take out when it reopens.
TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter December 11, 2020

The owners of New Garden Restaurant plan to reopen Jan. 1 after being closed since mid-October. The establishment temporarily closed because of Gov. Jay Inslee’s mandates, said Kevin Lam, the restaurant...

WSU alumna will not ‘play by other people’s rules’

Kelly Jensen graduated from WSU in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in apparel merchandising. After working in retail for a few years, she decided to start her own clothing brand called Rollick.
HANNAH FLORES, Evergreen reporter December 3, 2020

When Kelly Jensen attended Catholic school, free dress day once a month was the make or break moment to show off her personal style.  Although fashion was not always in her career plan, Jensen...

Barber establishes shop in Pullman car dealership

One of Jennifer Siegrist’s clients offered her a place to cut hair. The client just happened to own Chipman & Taylor Chevrolet.
SANDI KOBIESA, Evergreen reporter December 3, 2020

Coming from Universal Studios, Jennifer Siegrist never imagined she would open a barbershop inside Chipman & Taylor Chevrolet on Bishop Boulevard in Pullman. Siegrist, also known as Jenn the Barber,...

Boutique ‘shines light’ on Mexican culture

WSU sophomore Michelle Cordova created an ambassador program to help promote her newly formed business and allow other students to share.
LANNA RUIZ, Evergreen reporter November 5, 2020

This summer, Michelle Cordova watched hand beaders and Indigenous peoples make intricate cultural accessories as she walked the streets of Mexico City, Mexico. That’s when she had the idea to start her...

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 28, 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...

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 9, 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...

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 21, 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...

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 16, 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...

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 5, 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...

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 2, 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...

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 25, 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...

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