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A new bear-themed restaurant in Lewis County has a diverse menu to satisfy a variety of customers, even those as picky as Goldilocks. Papa Bears West, a diner with an attached bar, is now open in … more
A new WinCo location in Centralia is one step closer to arrival thanks to funding secured in the last legislative session.  In 2019, the Port of Centralia announced it had secured the … more
During its first "Hydrogen Symposium," the Economic Alliance of Lewis County announced on Thursday afternoon it is facilitating a partnership between TransAlta and Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) … more
Tulips and ambitiously planted tomatoes were not the only things thought to be lost in the snow and frost of mid-April. Together, Emily Polkinghorn, her mother Janean Parker and stepfather Tony … more
Thorbeckes Wellness Center is celebrating its 40th anniversary this month. For owner Matt Noren, 39, that meant a chance for celebration after a difficult couple of years dealing with the COVID-19 … more
Laurel Khan, owner of Mackinaw’s Restaurant and connected bar, Curious, in Chehalis, didn’t defy Washington’s COVID-19 restrictions against in-person dining as a political protest … more
The idea of Spiffy’s Restaurant and Bakery getting torn down and replaced with fast food made Morton residents Shawn and Kim Crittenden cringe. Fortunately, the values of the Crittendens … more
The state Legislature has included an additional $1.7 million for completion of infrastructure for the Centralia Station project, according to a Friday news release from the Port of … more
When faced with the choice of selling one of the hottest cars on the planet, or using it to help the community, for I-5 Cars, the choice was easy For several years, the locally-owned auto group … more
There’s been a “Hub” bar on the 100 block of Tower Avenue in Centralia for over 90 years, and now The Hub Bar & Grill owner James “Jim” Francis, 66, is selling the … more
Three businesses tied to grocery distribution in Centralia were assessed more than a quarter-million dollars in fines Tuesday by the state's department of Labor & Industries over COVID-19 safety … more
It’s the season of giving for many. But not for the Washington state Liquor and Cannabis Board.  On Friday morning, enforcement staff with the state agency dropped by Mackinaw's … more
Since 1947, Harold’s Burger Bar has been a Centralia staple for fast, drive-through burgers, milkshakes and fried delights. Except for the last few weeks, when it has been closed. But … more
As Facebook turns to “Meta” and tries to pilot new virtual reality offerings, a soon-to-open Centralia business has been way ahead of the game, while creating something much more … more
Penske Logistics, in partnership with Lowe’s Home Improvement, has officially opened a new 1.2 million square foot distribution facility in Winlock’s industrial park. At the time of … more
Last time The Chronicle checked, things were going pretty well for Centralia baker Ashlee Shirer, formerly Ashlee Christman. Now, she’s even better. Shirer, 27, has turned sugar cookie … more
October is National Women’s Small Business Month. As one of the many local women-owned businesses, The Chronicle this week spoke with Lewis County Coffee Company co-owners, stepmother-daughter … more
If Flavortown is the destination, Lewis County residents don’t have to board a plane. “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” one of Food Network’s most popular shows, came to the … more
Sometimes, it’s best to go with your gut. That’s what Ron Sturza says. He’s worked at the Sunbird Shopping Center for roughly 45 years, and it’s that gut feeling … more
Owners of The Man Cave Outfitters, a firearms retailer located in downtown Centralia, hosted a ribbon-cutting event Monday for its new six-stall, 10-yard indoor firing range. The event was hosted … more
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