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Stories by Hope Martinez

Columbian news assistant

Artist Kristin Culotta takes a break outside her rural Camas studio with a free-form hexagon panel. Many of her works are custom. &ldquo;I love collaborating with clients on projects in every aspect of the process,&rdquo; Culotta said.

Working in Clark County: Kristin Culotta of Culotta Creations

Artist Kristin Culotta takes a break outside her rural Camas studio with a free-form hexagon panel. Many of her works are custom. &ldquo;I love collaborating with clients on projects in every aspect of the process,&rdquo; Culotta said.

February 12, 2024, 6:03am Business

In a cozy cabin nestled among the trees of rural Camas, twinkling panes of multicolored glass are painstakingly arranged into dazzling light-catching creations by a local artist. Read story

Vicky Wirkkala is the artist behind VW Spectrum Designs, which creates intricate handmade papercrafts through the art of quilling.

Working in Clark County: Vicky Wirkkala of VW Spectrum Designs

Vicky Wirkkala is the artist behind VW Spectrum Designs, which creates intricate handmade papercrafts through the art of quilling.

December 11, 2023, 3:05pm Business

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, local artisans are carefully constructing beautiful handmade creations to meet the demand for thoughtful gifts. Read story

Founded in Milwaukie Ore. in 2000, Happy Baskets has been operating out of Vancouver under owner Tangee Summerhill-Bishop&rsquo;s command since 2017.

Working in Clark County: Tangee Summerhill-Bishop, owner of Happy Baskets

Founded in Milwaukie Ore. in 2000, Happy Baskets has been operating out of Vancouver under owner Tangee Summerhill-Bishop&rsquo;s command since 2017.

November 20, 2023, 6:05am Business

Finding the perfect present is no easy task, and it can be difficult for holiday shoppers to narrow down options to just one item. So, to make the gift-giving process a little easier, Tangee Summerhill-Bishop and her team are preparing smiles by the basket full. Read story

Sweet Intention is a cozy community store which focuses on locally created gifts and d?cor.

Working in Clark County: Lisa Pogue, Sweet Intention Gift Boutique owner

Sweet Intention is a cozy community store which focuses on locally created gifts and d?cor.

November 6, 2023, 6:05am Business

Creating your own company is like a box of chocolates (you never know what you’re going to get), and for Lisa Pogue, the various twists, turns, and bumps in the road that a business takes on its journey to success have only made the end product all the sweeter. Read story

Dedicated to serving LGBTQ+ people, neurodiverse adults, people in larger bodies, and those with chronic illness or invisible disabilities; Lavender Spectrum health is located at 5501 N.E. 109th Court in Vancouver.

Working in Clark County: Natalie Paul of Lavender Spectrum Health

Dedicated to serving LGBTQ+ people, neurodiverse adults, people in larger bodies, and those with chronic illness or invisible disabilities; Lavender Spectrum health is located at 5501 N.E. 109th Court in Vancouver.

October 23, 2023, 6:05am Business

Natalie Paul is a family nurse practitioner, primary care provider, and owner of Lavender Spectrum Health, located at 5501 N.E. 109th Court in Vancouver. It is a private practice medical clinic dedicated to serving patients from marginalized communities, such as LGBTQ+ people, neurodiverse adults, people in larger bodies, and those… Read story

From left: Jeff Kelly, Sara McCarville, Mimi Kelly, Delilah McCarville-Kruse and Lorelei Kelly are the family behind MAVRIK Equine, a new Washougal-based horse-care products business.

Working in Clark County: Sara McCarville, MAVRIK Equine

From left: Jeff Kelly, Sara McCarville, Mimi Kelly, Delilah McCarville-Kruse and Lorelei Kelly are the family behind MAVRIK Equine, a new Washougal-based horse-care products business.

October 9, 2023, 6:05am Business

Looking for a new grooming oil to pamper your pony? A family-owned business in Washougal is trying to make the hunt a little bit easier. Read story

Shane Munyer is the owner of CCG House Games, a Vancouver-based tabletop gaming hobby shop and e-commerce business.

Working in Clark County: Shane Munyer of CCG House Games

Shane Munyer is the owner of CCG House Games, a Vancouver-based tabletop gaming hobby shop and e-commerce business.

September 18, 2023, 6:03am Business

For some, favorite pastimes like trading cards and role-playing games are but fond nostalgic memories. For others, it’s a lifelong passion. CCG House Games is a dream that has been decades in the making for owner Shane Munyer. Read story

Stephanie Whitchurch is an acupuncturist and the proprietress of Discover Balance, a Vancouver-based wellness center.

Working in Clark County: Stephanie Whitchurch, Discover Balance

Stephanie Whitchurch is an acupuncturist and the proprietress of Discover Balance, a Vancouver-based wellness center.

August 28, 2023, 6:05am Business

In the hustle and bustle of modern-day life, it’s easy for one to quickly become stressed out and overwhelmed. Feeling strung out for too long can start to take a negative toll on a person’s well-being. When it comes to treatments focused on relaxation and overall health, there’s a multitude… Read story

Jay Sanchez, left, and Penny Clay are the co-owners of The Heights Antiques and Violet's Closet thrift store.

Working in Clark County: Jay Sanchez & Penny Clay, The Heights Antiques and Violet’s Closet

Jay Sanchez, left, and Penny Clay are the co-owners of The Heights Antiques and Violet's Closet thrift store.

August 7, 2023, 6:05am Business

Life comes at you fast in the modern internet age. Trends come and go in the blink of an eye, and by the time you’ve caught up to the latest fashion and décor styles, there’s already a whole host of new ones ready to replace them, starting the chase all… Read story

In addition to a passion for helping others, Ike Ekeya brings over 20 years of experience in emergency medicine to his role as owner of Square Care Medical and Pharmacy.

Working in Clark County: Ike Ekeya, Square Care Medical and Pharmacy

In addition to a passion for helping others, Ike Ekeya brings over 20 years of experience in emergency medicine to his role as owner of Square Care Medical and Pharmacy.

July 24, 2023, 6:07am Business

With health and wellness becoming an increasingly hot topic in recent years, it’s important that people have a wide range of options and access to health care providers in their community. Read story