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Clark County At Work

Dave Stone of New Creations repairs the front seat of a car at Pat Moore Quality Cars in Hazel Dell.

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

Dave Stone of New Creations repairs the front seat of a car at Pat Moore Quality Cars in Hazel Dell.

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

Jenny Brown, majority owner of NW Wine Distributors, has been in the wine business since she started helping at her aunt’s winery as a child.

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

Jenny Brown, majority owner of NW Wine Distributors, has been in the wine business since she started helping at her aunt’s winery as a child.

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

John Van Rees Sr., co-owner of Exquisite Crystals in Vancouver, looks though crystal inventory while in his shop, located in the old Vancouver Barracks Dental Surgeon’s office.

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

John Van Rees Sr., co-owner of Exquisite Crystals in Vancouver, looks though crystal inventory while in his shop, located in the old Vancouver Barracks Dental Surgeon’s office.

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… Read story

Ashley Gibson, craft components department lead for Craft Warehouse, encourages crafters in a workshop in the Hazel Dell store.

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

Ashley Gibson, craft components department lead for Craft Warehouse, encourages crafters in a workshop in the Hazel Dell store.

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… Read story

Senior manufacturing technician Phuong Pham of Portland demonstrates how he inspects the housing for direct diode lasers, top, at nLight in Vancouver on Aug. 15, before he removes his cleanroom suit, above.

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

Senior manufacturing technician Phuong Pham of Portland demonstrates how he inspects the housing for direct diode lasers, top, at nLight in Vancouver on Aug. 15, before he removes his cleanroom suit, above.

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

Erick Stewart, floor supervisor at Northwest Adhesives, uses a forklift to transport a wax pallet at the company’s headquarters in Washougal.

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

Erick Stewart, floor supervisor at Northwest Adhesives, uses a forklift to transport a wax pallet at the company’s headquarters in Washougal.

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

Clint Mather of Pacific Dent Removal fixes a dent on a vehicle from Dick Hannah Subaru. Mather and his partner have a mobile service and a loyal customer base.

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

Clint Mather of Pacific Dent Removal fixes a dent on a vehicle from Dick Hannah Subaru. Mather and his partner have a mobile service and a loyal customer base.

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,… Read story

Ian Manheimer, owner of Bounce-N-Battle Inflatable Party Rentals in Vancouver, secures a bounce house before an event at Marshall Recreation Center.

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

Ian Manheimer, owner of Bounce-N-Battle Inflatable Party Rentals in Vancouver, secures a bounce house before an event at Marshall Recreation Center.

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,… Read story

Kelly Stone, left, comforts her 13-year-old Labrador retriever mix, Abby, as animal chiropractor Amanda Kremer, right, adjusts Abby’s hips at East Padden Animal Hospital in Vancouver.

Working in Clark County: Amanda Kremer, animal chiropractor

Kelly Stone, left, comforts her 13-year-old Labrador retriever mix, Abby, as animal chiropractor Amanda Kremer, right, adjusts Abby’s hips at East Padden Animal Hospital in Vancouver.

June 26, 2017, 6:00am Business

Amanda Kremer credits a veterinarian for whom she was working during her pre-vet education for telling her about animal chiropractic. Kremer, to her relief, discovered a way to help animals in a more natural and preventive way, without having to do surgeries or prescribe medications. Many people are not aware… Read story

Daniel Culley, right, co-owner of Drytime Restoration, works Thursday with technician Isaac Liss on demolishing a shower that caused water damage to a home in Washougal.

Working in Clark County: Daniel Culley, certified water damage technician

Daniel Culley, right, co-owner of Drytime Restoration, works Thursday with technician Isaac Liss on demolishing a shower that caused water damage to a home in Washougal.

June 12, 2017, 6:05am Business

Daniel Culley, his brother, and two colleagues at DryTime Restoration have all undergone the experience of water damage to their homes, so the business partners know firsthand the headache and frustration of cleanup and restoration. Read story