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A month before two graduations may not seem like the best time to open a small business, but for Saige Brindle, the timing was right. “I’ve always wanted to open my own … more
It’s not uncommon to see high school students working part-time as baristas, but it’s rare to see those same high schoolers managing the business as well. That’s what you see … more
The first two phases of the Centralia Station project — a development off of Mellen Street that features WinCo as its anchor tenant — are nearing completion, according to the Port of … more
When Dick Keller first opened Country Cousin Restaurant in Centralia in August 1973, he had a vision of homestyle cooking in an atmosphere filled with fun decorations and antiques and a staff that … more
A 101-year stalwart Chehalis business, Bartel’s Clothing and Shoes, announced in a Thursday Facebook post that its doors will close permanently on Sept. 30. Brady Calder, co-owner of … more
What makes Lewis County farmers so special? As many of them said during a six-farm tour with state, federal and county lawmakers on Monday hosted by the Lewis County Farm Bureau, the work takes … more
The Ony Hardware & General Mercantile store near Ethel has a new owner — 19-year-old Michael Howard.   Born and raised in Onalaska, Howard originally got his start working retail … more
Awesome Chevrolet, a member of the locally owned I-5 Auto Group, confirmed this week that a new Chevy facility will be constructed just north of the I-5 Toyota dealership in Chehalis. The auto … more
On the surface, Seattle Mariners Hall of Famer Edgar Martínez and Chehalis Tribal Chairman Dustin Klatush have very little in common.   Klatush represents the Confederated Tribes of … more
Death comes for us all, even if we’re perpetually guarded by giant wooden bird figurines.   On Wednesday, the City of Chehalis’ Development Review Committee will hear a proposed … more
Can you teach an old mall new tricks? Lee Ingrim and his son Spencer Ingrim think so. The local developers purchased the Lewis County Mall last fall with the aim to revamp the aging retail hub, … more
Though he was known for having a gruff demeanor — as is standard for many chefs — those who were friends of Justin Ames loved him and were heartbroken to learn of the 38-year-old’s … more
When the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted supply chains of food, residents could more clearly see the value of local resources, said Aslan Meade, director of strategic alliances for the Thurston County … more
Newer is never better in downtown Centralia’s antique row. At ground zero in the downtown shopping area, Dominic and Kathleen Ayala, new owners of Emporium Ayala, said the new business mission will be similar to the old: to repurpose and reuse secondhand nostalgia of yesteryear. Last month, the couple took ownership of the two-story, 7,500-square-foot antique and furniture shop formerly known as Ayala Brothers Furniture.  more
What began as just a coffee shop with a handful of breakfast items in Olympia five years ago has become so successful the owners have opened a second location in Centralia.  Hash: Centralia … more
Hailie Haubrick raised her hand and cheered as Chef Eyner "Rene" Cardona cut a ribbon during a grand opening  ceremony alongside his wife Odilia Gaspar and General Manager Kristi Beebe at at … more
Fear not, Lewis County gardeners.  Dirty Thumb Nursery may have sold, but its founders firmly believe their successors are ready to take over and, eventually, expand the business to new … more
Following months of renovations and preparation, Ocean Prime Family Restaurant, a new fine dining grill and bar in Chehalis, is set for its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on … more
Educational options for career pathways have recently increased at W.F. West High School thanks to new business and marketing teacher Kristin Ciolli. Students in Ciolli’s class have been … more
Originally founded in 1972 as Ralph’s Trophies owned by Ralph and Linda Peel, Alderson’s Awards West Printwares officially celebrated 50 years in business in 2022.  Owner Tom … more
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