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.

Orchards Feed embraces future and past

By Cami Joner September 19, 2013 4:52 p.m.

In the Orchards community, where changes are making everything new, some people want to hold onto the old and familiar roots of the area's rural past.

Early 2014 opening set for downtown apartment complex

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

Construction on downtown Vancouver's newest apartment complex is approaching completion, and downtown boosters hope its new residents will boost the city center's desired image as a happening destination.

Realtor Patrick Ginn finds his niche in high-end home sales

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

Enter Patrick Ginn's latest $1.9 million real estate listing, and the Vancouver home's asking price needs no explanation.

Home sales heating up in third quarter

By Cami Joner September 13, 2013 8:29 p.m.

The local housing market continued to show year-over-year improvement, and it is being helped along by a surge in new-home building.

Umpqua buys Sterling for $2 billion

By Cami Joner September 11, 2013 5:31 p.m.

Regional bank Umpqua Holdings Corp. said late Wednesday that it is buying Sterling Financial Corp., the lender backed by Warburg Pincus and Thomas H. Lee Partners, for approximately $2 billion.

Washougal reviews redevelopment plans for former lumber mill site

By Cami Joner September 9, 2013 11:21 p.m.

Washougal officials are reviewing mixed-use plans for redeveloping a former waterfront lumber mill site as proposed by Vancouver developer Killian Pacific, the Port of Camas-Washougal and the city.

Bygone era lives on at The Fashionette (with video)

By Cami Joner September 5, 2013 6:40 p.m.

Cross the threshold of Shari Lahmann's Vancouver beauty shop, The Fashionette, and step back to an era of frilly curtains and pink-leather chairs topped by bubble-shaped hair dryers.

Wal-Mart digs in at Freddie's site

By Cami Joner August 28, 2013 5:56 p.m.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has begun to redevelop a long-vacant Fred Meyer site in the heart of Vancouver, at Fourth Plain and Grand boulevards.

DSHS offices plan to merge in new building

By Cami Joner August 26, 2013 6:50 p.m.

The Vancouver offices of the state Department of Social and Health Services will consolidate and lease space in an office building set to break ground in September and finish next fall at Northeast 136th Avenue and Ninth Street.

Strictly business: Owners of eateries' tough calls

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

Ah, the dream of owning a restaurant. How hard can it be?

Two local builders honored for July Parade of Homes showcase

By Cami Joner August 23, 2013 5:35 p.m.

Two local homebuilders were recognized with People's Choice Awards for work featured in the 2013 NW Natural Parade of Homes, which took place in July at a Vancouver neighborhood in the Felida area called Bella Ridge.

Era ends for county's KFC franchise

By Cami Joner August 21, 2013 8:50 p.m.

It's the end of an era for a longtime Vancouver franchise that established the first free-standing KFC in Clark County and went on to build others.

Chuck's opens doors to Salmon Creek store

By Cami Joner August 20, 2013 4:34 p.m.

Vancouver-based organic grocer Chuck's Produce & Street Market opened its second store today, showing off the new Salmon Creek venue to a morning crowd of about 100 people.

Borderline growth about to ramp up

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

Call it a trendsetting "edge city" or good old-fashioned urban sprawl. Either way, something new has appeared on the Clark County landscape near Vancouver's border with Camas.

Developer's plan would demolish Steakburger

By Cami Joner August 9, 2013 8:44 p.m.

After 51 years of selling barbecue-sauce-slathered burgers with a side of putt-putt golf, the iconic Steakburger & Golf-O-Rama restaurant is on the chopping block once again.

Oil plan prompts waterfront worries

By Cami Joner August 7, 2013 5:44 p.m.

A real estate developer charged with remaking Vancouver's waterfront is warning that safety concerns surrounding a proposed oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver might make it tougher for him to pull off the showcase project that has attracted millions of dollars in public investment.

Hotel to be built on former Evergreen airport site

By Cami Joner August 7, 2013 5:06 p.m.

Hotel construction will soon be underway at Vancouver's former Evergreen Airport, work that could usher in other development as part of a long-planned mixed-use project.

Second Chuck's Produce to open in August

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

Organic grocer Chuck's Produce & Street Market is set to open its new Salmon Creek-area venue, which duplicates its existing store in east Vancouver, by the third week of August.

Camp Melacoma gets a new life

By Cami Joner July 24, 2013 5:19 p.m.

Washougal landmark Camp Melacoma has been purchased by a new nonprofit organization in a deal expected to preserve the recreational site's natural beauty for future generations.

County's jobs picture remained steady in June

By Cami Joner July 23, 2013 5:31 p.m.

Clark County's economic recovery continued to amble forward in June, according to a state report issued Tuesday.

Retail sales soar in county in 1Q

By Cami Joner July 22, 2013 5:28 p.m.

Auto sales, new construction and retail trade contributed to an 8.1 percent year-over-year jump in taxable retail sales in Clark County in the three months ending in March.

Port of Camas-Washougal receives $500,000 for commerce center

By Cami Joner July 22, 2013 9:54 a.m.

The Port of Camas-Washougal today announced it has received $499,000 in state funding to develop first phase of Steigerwald Commerce Center.

Longtime local businessman Hornberger dies

By Cami Joner July 17, 2013 2:44 p.m.

Well-known Vancouver commercial real estate broker Wally Hornberger, who served on a number of private and public Clark County projects, has died.

UPDATE: Wal-Mart opens first Neighborhood Market in Vancouver

By Cami Joner July 17, 2013 6:28 p.m.

Local musicians performed the national anthem, city officials gushed and employees cheered for Vancouver's sparkling new Walmart Neighborhood Market, which held its grand opening event this morning.

Dulin's Cafe plans move, will remain downtown

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

Dulin's Cafe, known for its hearty breakfast menu and friendly staff, is preparing to move a little bit closer to the heart of Uptown Village in downtown Vancouver.

Median home price, sales jump in Clark County

By Cami Joner July 15, 2013 5:38 p.m.

Clark County's housing rebound continued in the second quarter, with all indicators showing improvement over the same period last year, Portland-based RMLS reported on Saturday.

Parade of Homes starts Friday

By Cami Joner July 11, 2013 6:36 p.m.

The housing industry is on the mend, giving Clark County builders a reason to strut their stuff at the Building Industry Association of Clark County's 2013 NW Natural Parade of Homes, which starts today.

Insitu celebrates new Bingen production facility

By Cami Joner July 10, 2013 9:02 p.m.

BINGEN — Insitu, a Boeing Co. subsidiary that is on the cutting edge of the booming unmanned aircraft industry, is digging deeper roots in the rural Columbia River Gorge town of Bingen.

New look planned for old city hall

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

The new owners of Vancouver's former city hall are transforming the downtown building into a sleek office complex that will feature the latest technology and a new urban greenspace.

CRC and Downtown: Merchants can proceed with planning

By Cami Joner July 7, 2013 5:59 a.m.

Matt Brislawn's guitar shop sits near the entrance to the Interstate 5 Bridge in downtown Vancouver, a location he has worried about through years of public planning to replace the aged crossing and add light rail lines through the heart of the city.

Strictly Business: The 'in' thing to do: 'Buy local'

By Cami Joner June 30, 2013 6:01 a.m.

OK, I confess. I'm addicted to browsing (and occasionally buying) in downtown Vancouver's boutiques during my daily lunch-hour walks.

Wal-Mart close to opening Neighborhood Market in Vancouver, plans another at old Fred Meyer site

By Cami Joner June 28, 2013 7:13 p.m.

Just as it is about to open Vancouver's first Neighborhood Market store at Vancouver Plaza, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is moving forward with plans for another of its small stores in the city.

Housing under construction for special-needs adults

By Cami Joner June 26, 2013 5:13 p.m.

After months of planning, an apartment complex for adults with developmental disabilities is under construction off East Mill Plain Boulevard and Interstate 205 in Vancouver.

Buy Vancouver starting to pay off

By Cami Joner June 24, 2013 5:02 p.m.

Despite Vancouver's proximity to sales-tax-free Oregon, its "buy local" movement has spread since its launch early last year by a handful of businesses.

UPDATE: Oregonian to cut delivery; no changes at The Columbian

By Cami Joner June 20, 2013 5:20 p.m.

Southwest Washington's largest daily newspaper, The Columbian, intends to continue daily publication, publisher Scott Campbell said Thursday in reaction to The Oregonian's announcement it will reduce home deliveries to four days a week.

Meat seller brings low-cost sales model to Vancouver

By Cami Joner June 18, 2013 6:11 p.m.

In 2001, a Utah grocery store meat buyer discovered patrons were willing to buy 40-pound boxes of meat and package it themselves in exchange for a better price.

Wedding business is alive and well in Clark County

By Cami Joner June 16, 2013 12 p.m.

Sarah Kearney and Stephen Greenwood are typical of today's marrying couples, in Clark County and elsewhere.

Permits to build new homes spike in Clark County

By Cami Joner June 13, 2013 5:32 p.m.

Clark County homebuilders saw continued demand in May that pushed single-family permits 53 percent higher than the same month last year, according to a report that tracks permits for single-family homes.

Foreclosures up 65% in Clark County

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

Clark County foreclosures rose 65 percent in May above the same month last year, and also inched slightly higher than April's rates, according to a report issued Wednesday.

E. Vancouver Tommy O's restaurant closing its doors

By Cami Joner June 4, 2013 5:23 p.m.

The Tommy O's restaurant in east Vancouver will close for good after business hours on Saturday, allowing owner and longtime local restaurateur Tom Owens to focus on his flagship downtown venue.

Clark County fee waiver plan might be a tough sell

By Cami Joner June 3, 2013 10:19 p.m.

A plan promoted by Clark County Commissioner David Madore to boost jobs by eliminating traffic and permitting fees for all non-housing projects is a tough sell among some commercial developers who would benefit from the construction work.

Sunday home tour features local abodes with an abundance of upscale amenities

By Cami Joner May 31, 2013 6 a.m.

What's the latest in luxurious living? Think spacious floor plans, custom finishes, manicured gardens and picturesque views.

Developer buys another downtown Vancouver building

By Cami Joner May 22, 2013 5:41 p.m.

Another downtown Vancouver building has sold to Hurley Development, a local company in its fifth year of snapping up real estate in this city's only urban corridor.

Fisher Investments plans second building on Camas campus

By Tyler Graf and Cami Joner May 20, 2013 9:55 p.m.

Ken Fisher said Monday he plans to break ground in July on a second office building, which will be able to accommodate some 700 workers on its five floors, at his Fisher Investments' campus in Camas.

Sharp companies move in together

By Cami Joner May 20, 2013 5:40 p.m.

Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas and Sharp Laboratories of America have condensed staff into one of two buildings at the company's Camas campus, leaving one structure vacant and ready to lease.

Columbia Bank makes changes downtown

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

Columbia Bank will consolidate its two downtown Vancouver branches into one office in late summer, the bank's CEO said after a bank-sponsored forecast breakfast event on Thursday.

Liquor stores keep flowing into Clark County

By Cami Joner May 15, 2013 2:57 p.m.

Another large liquor store chain — the nation's biggest — has arrived in Vancouver to cash in locally on the state's newly privatized market for selling hard liquor.

Clark County home sales gain momentum

By Cami Joner May 15, 2013 1:50 p.m.

Clark County home sales continued to rise in April, as increasing numbers of homeowners listed houses for sale and interested buyers quickly snapped up the inventory.