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While a delivery truck means a long-awaited package has finally arrived, one town is just as appreciative of the man behind the wheel. So much so, the town has named a day after him. … more
In an interview earlier this month, Daryl Lund, Robin Ronnell and Shakara Ryan each spoke of the new Minuteman Press store at the Lewis County Mall the way a wide-eyed, experimental scientist would describe a brand new laboratory. more
When Lori and Mike West, owners of Puyallup business British Bites, purchased a home in Centralia in 2021, they had no idea that the seller's agent, Levi Althauser, of Coldwell Banker Voetberg Real … more
The Chronicle’s annual “Best of Lewis County” online competition and in-person awards show is as close to the Academy Awards as Lewis County gets. Unlike the elite Oscars, … more
Dick’s Northwest Sausage and Deli, a longtime staple of the Centralia community, celebrated its 40th anniversary on Thursday, Oct. 19, as it hosted the Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of … more
The country is unlikely to see a recession in 2024, economist Matthew Gardner told a collection of local real estate agents and community developers this week. Gardner, chief economist for … more
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
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