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Working in Clark County: John Dewitz, erosion control contractor

February 19, 2018, 6:00am Business

John Dewitz, president and owner of Above & Beyond Hydroseed, and his crew of 10 employees spread 50 tons of certified weed-free straw among home building developments and residential properties — every month. Read story

Working in Clark County: Kara Pyle, floral designer

February 5, 2018, 6:30am Business

Floral design is not just selecting colorful blooms and randomly arranging them in a pretty vase, at least not for Kara Pyle, lead designer at Stem Floral Design. In today’s world of Pinterest where brides and interior decorators have boards and boards of wishes and ideas saved from all directions, Pyle endeavors to create something specific for her customer, not just following trends, but making sure it’s unique to the… Read story

Working in Clark County: Dave Stone, owner, New Creations Mobile Restoration

January 15, 2018, 6:00am Business

Columbian reader Sharon Lueck suggested New Creations Mobile Restoration to “Working,” saying, “I’ve been such a fan of theirs because I find what they do to be next door to magic. Things you would think were one-way thrashed are fixed to where you can’t even see where the damage was.” Read story

Working in Clark County: Jenny Brown, majority owner, NW Wine Distributors

December 25, 2017, 6:01am Business

Jenny Brown loves her job even though she is on the road most days — anywhere from Walla Walla to the Long Beach Peninsula or north to Olympia. Read story

Working in Clark County: John Van Rees Sr., founding owner, Exquisite Crystals

October 30, 2017, 6:01am Business

Customers of Exquisite Crystals are looking for crystals for any number of reasons. Co-owner, founder and crystal consultant John Van Rees Sr. says crystals are exquisite accents for a home and can be healing, too. “They can make the home feel much more inviting, more loving. Cluster crystals, versus single-point crystals, are good for family harmony. We used a manifestation crystal, one within another, to help us hearken our first… Read story

Working in Clark County: Ashley Gibson, craft components department lead, Craft Warehouse

October 23, 2017, 6:00am Business

We’re entering the season when, reluctantly, we must turn our thoughts and energies indoors. To bring in some warmth and cheer, many of us decorate our homes with seasonal creations made by our own two hands. But many times, we look down at our efforts only to think, “Ugh, Pinterest fail!” Read story

Working in Clark County: Phuong Pham, senior manufacturing technician, nLIGHT

August 21, 2017, 6:30am Business

A professed gadgeteer, Phuong Pham works in the fast-paced, innovative field of laser manufacturing technology. Someone who — for fun — rebuilt and retrofitted the optical housing for his car’s headlights, Pham spends his workdays assuring quality products, troubleshooting equipment and processes and training colleagues. Read story

Working in Clark County: Erick Stewart, production floor supervisor, Northwest Adhesives, Inc.

August 7, 2017, 6:05am Business

A change in family circumstances brought Erick Stewart to Clark County from Kodiak, Alaska, shortly after his high school graduation. In a new town for the first time in his life, he took a lot of temporary and short-term — but unsatisfying — gigs. Read story

Working in Clark County: Clint Mather, paintless dent removal technician

July 24, 2017, 6:05am Business

We all know the feeling, walking up to your car in the shopping center, arms full of bags, aching feet, and then you see it — a fresh dent on the door of your beloved car. After the adrenaline has subsided and the mourning period settles in, you think, “Well, now what?” Clint Mather of Pacific Dent Removal feels your pain. Read story

Working in Clark County: Ian Manheimer: owner-operator, Bounce-N-Battle Party Rentals

July 10, 2017, 6:05am Business

Ian Manheimer grew up in Florida, the epicenter of diversions, which led him on a path which he says has been formed by a lifelong love of both entertainment and service. As an only child, he spent his youth looking for new ways of entertaining himself, such as martial arts, theater or sports. Amusement is still a driver in his life; he’s always looking for something fun to do. So… Read story