Work starts on second Fisher office building

By Cami Joner December 26, 2013 6 a.m.

Promising another boost to the Clark County economy, fast-growing financial firm Fisher Investments is developing more office space in Camas, with a second five-story building now under construction.

Wash. pot business applicants surpass 3,700

By Cami Joner December 24, 2013 5:31 p.m.

More than 3,700 marijuana business applications have now been filed in Washington state, including 78 retail applications in Clark County made by 54 applicants.

Business heats up at revived Igloo eatery

By Cami Joner December 24, 2013 2:46 p.m.

A blast from the local dining industry's past, the Igloo Restaurant, is making a comeback under new owners, who are bringing back menu items that date back to the 65-year-old diner's 1940s-era origins.

Hotels join east-side growth

By Cami Joner December 19, 2013 5:41 p.m.

Hotel construction is once again booming in Vancouver, with projects such as a Hampton Inn and Suites at the former Evergreen Airport under way in a local market that is just now returning to pre-recession occupancy rates.

Old city hall taking on a new look

By Cami Joner December 17, 2013 4:32 p.m.

A building that has stood along East Mill Plain Boulevard for nearly a half century is being made new again, slowly but surely.

Prestige Care adds care of 8 Oregon properties

By Cami Joner December 17, 2013 6 a.m.

Vancouver-based Prestige Senior Living has expanded its West Coast presence by landing a contract to manage eight Oregon senior living communities, which are now part of its portfolio of 80 facilities.

Local retailers to the rescue for Christmas

By Cami Joner December 15, 2013 6 a.m.

Still shopping for that tasteful host or hostess gift, stocking stuffers or some other perfect item to put under the tree?

Clark County housing market still on upswing

By Cami Joner December 14, 2013 6 a.m.

The local housing market continued to show annual improvement in November, despite a month-to-month cool-down indicating the industry's slowest time of the year has arrived.

Newcomers flocking to Clark County

By Cami Joner December 12, 2013 6:35 p.m.

Clark County newcomers Michael and Sheryl Hendrix are still unpacking the boxes in their newly built Camas house. But they are already feeling at home.

Clark County retail sales up 9.7% in 2Q

By Cami Joner December 12, 2013 6 a.m.

The growing strength of Clark County's housing recovery and a shot of consumer confidence delivered a 9.7 percent increase in local retail sales in the spring, according to a Wednesday report.

Dentist plans $3M E. Vancouver retail project

By Cami Joner December 9, 2013 4:24 p.m.

A Camas dentist said Monday he expects to break ground early next year on a $3 million retail strip center that will round out the Mill Plain Crossing complex in the Columbia Tech Center mixed-use development in east Vancouver.

Strictly Business: Helping each other, no strings attached

By Cami Joner December 8, 2013 6 a.m.

Can't believe I'm sayin' it.

Gummy vitamin maker plans expansion

By Cami Joner December 5, 2013 4:32 p.m.

A New Jersey-based company with Clark County connections on Thursday announced plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania so it can make more gummy vitamins, in high demand among today's consumers.

Clark County turns out for Black Friday

By Cami Joner November 29, 2013 12:23 p.m.

Socks, boots and televisions were selling at a brisk pace at the Salmon Creek Fred Meyer at around 5 a.m. Friday morning.

Dove-release business takes flight

By Cami Joner November 28, 2013 2:52 p.m.

Husband-and-wife team Jadia and Michael Ward are trying to develop a full-fledged business on the wings of 200 homing pigeons.

Columbia Presbyterian Church works on expansion

By Cami Joner November 28, 2013 6 a.m.

With its Sunday services and daily youth programs bursting at the seams, a Vancouver church's $7 million expansion is a blessed sight for its leaders and growing congregation.

Bank of America closes branch in Cascade Park area

By Cami Joner November 25, 2013 5:28 p.m.

Bank of America closed its Cascade Park branch this month, as part of a companywide strategy to reduce the number of locations in areas already served by nearby branches, the bank confirmed Monday.

Longtime Vancouver grocer to close St. Johns IGA

By Cami Joner November 25, 2013 6 a.m.

Five years ago, business was looking up for independent Vancouver grocer Scott Kooistra.

Liquor sellers pour it on for holiday shoppers

By Cami Joner November 24, 2013 6 a.m.

After 18 months of private liquor sales in Washington state, the competitive liquor market is moving into its second holiday season that is traditionally its highest sales period of the year.

Memory care center ready to open

By Cami Joner November 19, 2013 4:48 p.m.

A new memory care facility called The Hampton at Salmon Creek will welcome its first residents in December now that construction work has finished up on the $8.5 million complex.

Fisher's Landing Fred Meyer spruces up

By Cami Joner November 15, 2013 5:04 p.m.

Free coffee and doughnuts, reusable shopping bags and balloons for the kids were the first of many handouts to shoppers celebrating an $11 million makeover of Fred Meyer's Fisher's Landing store in east Vancouver on Friday.

Burgerville grows at relaxed pace

By Cami Joner November 14, 2013 5:37 p.m.

Burgerville plans to open its 40th restaurant soon in space beyond the security gates at Portland International Airport, as it continues to search for a new downtown Vancouver site to replace its iconic walk-up, the company's leader told a local business crowd Thursday.

Foreclosures drop in October in Clark County

By Cami Joner November 14, 2013 6 a.m.

The number of homes in foreclosure in Clark County and across Washington dwindled further in October, while the nation as a whole experienced a slight increase due to the judicial process used in many states.

Walmart Supercenter makes Hayden Meadows debut

By Cami Joner November 13, 2013 10:12 a.m.

One of the area's smallest Walmart Supercenters, an 85,900-square-foot store, opened today at the Hayden Meadows shopping complex in Portland on the east side of Interstate 5.

State's marijuana stores could be open by May or June

By Cami Joner November 12, 2013 5:15 p.m.

Neighborhood marijuana stores could open across Washington as early as May or June, according to state officials who on Monday will launch the licensing process to legalize pot growers, processors and sellers in response to voter-approved Initiative 502, which passed last November.

Vancouver-based firm to develop 2,300 apartments

By Cami Joner November 11, 2013 5:04 p.m.

A Vancouver-based development company has teamed up with Japan's largest homebuilder to develop $600 million worth of apartments in urban centers from Seattle to Los Angeles, all geared for the bike-riding, walking and public-transit-riding "Y" generation.

Financial pro sees highs and lows

By Cami Joner November 9, 2013 6 a.m.

Travelers along the road to national and local economic recovery have passed a few milestones on the route, a certified financial planner told a business crowd in east Vancouver on Friday.

Clark County's apartment-building boom

By Cami Joner November 6, 2013 5:19 p.m.

The apartment market is flourishing in Clark County, with contractors scrambling to finish new units and developers working feverishly to get new projects off the ground.

Clark County Realtors see Web as hot property

By Cami Joner November 1, 2013 6 a.m.

Home-selling firms are once again shelling out big bucks on business improvements to attract potential buyers.

Heathen Brewing eyeing brewpub

By Cami Joner October 28, 2013 5:26 p.m.

A local beermaker's dream of showcasing his brew in a Salmon Creek-area pub could be realized next year if his plan meets criteria for Clark County's fee holiday.

Strictly Business: Customer service a horror

By Cami Joner October 27, 2013 6 a.m.

It was just a tiny pumpkin.

Camas event venue Fairgate Inn to become assisted-living facility

By Cami Joner October 24, 2013 6 a.m.

It's not uncommon for a business to pass from one generation to another.

Phillips to head Redmond economic development group

By Cami Joner October 23, 2013 10:58 a.m.

Longtime Clark County economic development advocate Bart Phillips has been hired as the first chief executive officer for the newly formed OneRedmond, a position he will start on Nov. 1.

CREDC selects new president

By Cami Joner October 22, 2013 2:33 p.m.

Ridgefield resident and building industry advocate Mike Bomar was named president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council today, ending a national search that attracted more than 60 applicants to fill the position vacated in August by Lisa Nisenfeld.

Camp Melacoma awaiting word on reopening

By Cami Joner October 18, 2013 6 a.m.

Logging activity is now underway at Camp Melacoma, with proceeds earmarked to buy a water treatment system for the Washougal River Road camp's arsenic-tainted wells.

Vancouver's sole record store for sale

By Cami Joner October 17, 2013 6 a.m.

For sale by owner: Clark County's last remaining record store.

Shutdown shutters home program

By Cami Joner October 16, 2013 6 a.m.

The U.S. government shutdown has turned Tim and Darcie Thornton's homebuying dream into a nightmare.

Retail giant Walmart planting its footprint in Battle Ground

By Cami Joner October 13, 2013 6 a.m.

It's a bright October afternoon, and Battle Ground's main drag is bumper to bumper as residents make their rounds to stores and restaurants along the commercial corridor.

Six-story apartment complex planned in Uptown Village

By Cami Joner October 10, 2013 7:57 p.m.

Plans for a $32 million apartment development are being proposed for a mostly idle city block in Vancouver's Uptown Village, the largest downtown project in recent history.

Foreclosures in Clark County dip in September

By Cami Joner October 10, 2013 6 a.m.

Clark County home foreclosures in September hit one of the lowest levels of activity this year, another sign that the local economy is improving, a Vancouver housing expert said Wednesday.

Jo-Ann Fabrics to open Hazel Dell store

By Cami Joner October 4, 2013 12:11 p.m.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts confirmed Friday it plans to open a second Clark County store in February on the west side of town in the Totem Pole Shopping Center next to Starbucks in Hazel Dell.

Winery moves into Slocum House

By Cami Joner October 3, 2013 5:15 p.m.

About $110,000 will be added to the City of Vancouver's general fund over the next five years, thanks to its agreement to lease the historic Slocum House to a Ridgefield winery for tasting events and parties.

Apartment complex planned for Columbia Tech Center

By Cami Joner October 2, 2013 2:10 p.m.

Plans are in the works to develop a 90-unit apartment complex on close to 20 acres in east Vancouver’s Columbia Tech Center mixed-use development, according to documents filed Wednesday with the city.

Builders choose Erickson Farms for 2014 Parade of Homes

By Cami Joner October 2, 2013 6:33 p.m.

Clark County homebuilders in 2014 will head to a Lake Shore Avenue homestead in Vancouver for the annual event showcasing the best of their wares.

Washington Federal to relocate Mill Plain branch

By Cami Joner October 2, 2013 6 a.m.

The largest Washington-based bank is poised to relocate its only Clark County branch and add drive-through services at the same time it continues to expand its presence in the Pacific Northwest.

Smokey's Pizza closes up shop after 48 years

By Cami Joner September 30, 2013 6:08 p.m.

Smokey's Pizza will serve its last slice today at its Hazel Dell restaurant, the only remaining location of what once was a chain of seven local restaurants, owner Dellan Redjou confirmed this morning.

Retirement community coming to Salmon Creek

By Cami Joner September 30, 2013 6 a.m.

A 140-unit retirement community is coming to Vancouver's Salmon Creek area as part of a business expansion for a Salem, Ore.-based builder and operator of senior housing.

Electric car gives a charge to local firm

By Cami Joner September 26, 2013 6 a.m.

At some point, what started out as just another job for Vancouver electrical contractor Todd Nielsen made him believe in a new and supercharged world.

Strictly Business: We need to use the write stuff

By Cami Joner September 22, 2013 6 a.m.

I am writing the first draft of this column in letter form — and by hand — to improve my thought processes and also to prove the art is not lost (or rather, to prove to myself I can still do it).

Steve Stuart touches on major issues

By Cami Joner September 20, 2013 6:38 p.m.

As a group, all three Clark County commissioners agree that a new bridge is needed across the Columbia River, the chairman of the commission told a business lunch crowd on Thursday in Camas.