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.

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.