When in Tri-Cities: Eastern Washington Lifestyle Blog & 2017 Tri-City Herald People’s Choice Awards

Congratulations to all the recipients of the 2017 Tri-City Herald People’s Choice Awards. See full publication in The Tri-City Herald, published May 18, 2017 or online here published May 19, 2017.

Below are the People’s Choice Articles written by Alicia Walters, http://www.whenintricities.com and Instagram @whenintricities.


Best Seafood/Best Fine Dining: Anthony’s By Alicia Walters, whenintricities.com; photos by Urbren Shoot, urbrenshoot.com.

Anthony’s at Columbia Point, 550 Columbia Point Dr. Richland, WA 99352, (509) 946-3474


Anthony’s is part of a family of fresh seafood restaurants in the Pacific Northwest with origins dating back to 1969. Their commitment to beautiful interiors with an open concept design allowing customers a peek into the kitchen and large windows to showcase their waterfront views contribute to a wonderful dining experience. Anthony’s provides fine dining with a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.

Tim Ferleman is a seasoned fisherman and former Anthony’s chef. He leads the seafood team for Anthony’s restaurants. He is committed to providing the restaurants with the very best Pacific Northwest seafood. The team is HACCP trained and has strict adherence to “Best Practice” standards. Read more about their commitment to excellent seafood on their website, www.anthonys.com/anthonys-seafood.

Anthony’s at Columbia Point serves up local and regional catches plus regional wines and beers. They focus on serving local, seasonal food such as their tart and delicious rhubarb grown in the Puyallup Valley and regional peaches and huckleberries. Their in-house blueberry and huckleberry lemonades are a delicious treat on a summer’s evening, along with the fresh, locally made strawberry ice cream.

Popular entrees include the coconut prawns. These large prawns are perfectly prepared with a thin layer of panko crust and are sweet as can be. Fish is always flaky and melt-in-your mouth amazing. Their sides are tasty, too. They have several soft breads, clam chowder, shrimp cocktail, and crisp and refreshing Caesar salad.

Located on the Columbia River, guests enjoy a scenic view of Marina Park in Richland. Their banquet room has a 60 person stand up reception capacity and a 40 person seated capacity. The Vineyard Room has an adjoining private deck that overlooks the Columbia River. During the warmer months, the deck may be used to increase reception capacity.

To schedule their banquet room for your event, contact Anthony’s Managers, 509-946-3474 or richlandbanquets@anthonys.com. Anthony’s is open Monday – Thursday 11 am – 9:30 pm, Friday – Saturday 11 am – 10:30 pm and Sunday 9 am – 9:30 pm. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant or online at opentable.com.


Best Bakery: Viera’s By Alicia Walters, whenintricities.com; photos by Urbren Shoot, urbrenshoot.com.

Viera’s Bakery, 6411 Burden Blvd. Pasco, WA, (509) 545-4043

Viera’s Bakery, 430 W. Lewis Street, Pasco, WA, (509) 546-9726

Viera’s Bakery is a longstanding local favorite in the Tri-Cities and is well-known for their excellent fresh churros as well as their many flavors of empanadas such as: Bavarian Cream, Pineapple, Apple, Sweet Potato, Strawberry, Guyaba and Coconut. Traditional pan dulce, including Roscas de Reyes, a cake pastry traditionally eaten to celebrate Epiphany and Pan de Muerto, traditionally eaten around the Dia de Muertos are a specialty. They also serve flan, tres leches, gelatinas and much more.

Viera’s creative team will custom design cakes for birthdays, quinceaneras, weddings, anniversaries and more. Customers can bring in their photos and ideas and know that their cake will be made to their satisfaction. Children love to visit Viera’s because they like to look at the great variety of pan dulce on display in their cases.

Manuel and Esther Viera, owners of Viera’s Bakery for over twenty years, maintain a tradition of excellence at their two locations.  Bakery opens at 4 a.m. at the Lewis St. location and 5 a.m. at the Burden Blvd. location and is open at both locations until 10 p.m.  “We start early and our ovens run twenty-four hours a day,” says Marisa Viera, manager of Viera’s Bakery. Customer favorites include their 1,000 Layers Caramel, Empanada Bavarian Cream, Campechana in Assorted Flavors, and Mexican Cheesecake. And they do serve coffee!


Best Movie Theater: Fairchild Cinemas By Alicia Walters, whenintricities.com; photos by Urbren Shoot, urbrenshoot.com.

Fairchild Cinemas, 2871 Duportail St., Richland, Washington, (509) 627-4348


Fairchild Cinemas is the premier movie theater in the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas. Their roomy, luxurious, electronic reclining chairs take movie watching comfort up a level. Once you go Fairchild, it’s hard to settle for anything less! Purchase assigned seating tickets online, pick up at the kiosk (just scan the barcode off your phone) and you don’t have to wait in line.

Their concessions offer more than your average theater variety including: chicken strips, pizza, pulled pork sliders, chocolate chip cookies and more. Also, beer and wine are now available at the concession stand for their 21 and over auditoriums. Popcorn is locally sourced, as is their wine selection. Fairchild strives to staff their theaters adequately so that customers never have to wait too long in line at their concessions.

Their auditoriums feature the Dolby Atmos Sound System and seating is designed for optimal viewing enjoyment. The best news of all is that a new Kennewick location will be opening up in 2018 on the 2900 block of S. Quillan, between Quillan and Olsen Streets. Premium large format screens will make for a big showing at the new location as well. Follow Fairchild Cinemas at facebook.com/FairchildCinemasQueensgate.


Best Furniture Store: Walker’s Furniture and Mattress By Alicia Walters, whenintricities.com; photos by Urbren Shoot, urbrenshoot.com.

Walker’s Furniture and Mattress, 205 N. Morain Street, Kennewick, WA 99336, (509) 374-9773


Mark Walker, founder of Walker’s Furniture opened the store with his wife in 1980. Their number one concern is quality. They buy imports from around the world at the best prices and pass along quality furniture at reasonable prices for their customers.

Walker’s Furniture has the best customer service in furniture in Eastern Washington and the Inland Northwest. They want to make sure their customers are happy with their purchases whether shopping in one of their showrooms in Eastern Washington, Oregon or Idaho or using their website, which is updated regularly to include their current inventory to make shopping accessible to all customers.

Walker’s Furniture has the best and newest technologies in mattresses by: iAmerica, Enso Sleep Systems, Bellagio at Home, icomfort, Beautyrest and Tempurpedic. Mark says, “Our customers, when they come in to buy a mattress, they are surprised by our great selection.”

Walker’s got its start in oak furniture but have expanded to include a comprehensive inventory of home furnishings including leather, upholstered seating and dining tables. They make sure all their dining tables have a finished edge. They want their tables and chairs to last for a long time in customer’s homes.


Best Garden Center: Beaver Bark Gift and Garden Center By Alicia Walters, whenintricities.com; photos by Urbren Shoot, urbrenshoot.com.

Beaver Bark Gift and Garden Center, 607 Aaron Drive, Richland, WA 99352


When customers walk into Beaver Bark Gift and Garden Center, they are immediately impressed by a visually stunning display of seasonal and holiday décor, a soothing Koi pond and over 10,000 square feet of plant and garden products for your garden and home. Beaver Bark employs a highly experienced team of nearly forty people to create the aesthetics for their store.

They start planting in February inside their climate controlled greenhouse and grow the majority of their spring plants right here in Richland. As Renae Bobbett, co-owner and founder says, “It doesn’t get any more local than that.” Located along I-82 in Richland, Beaver Bark Gift and Garden Center is located year-round. Halloween, Christmas and Easter particularly offer fun for the whole family to enjoy.

From their humble beginnings nearly 25 years ago near the Richland Wye, Beaver Bark Gift and Garden Center has flourished to rank among the top 100 Garden Centers in the US. Still family-owned and operated, they continue their passion for quality plants, beautiful merchandise and their large selection of bulk landscape material.


Best Hair Salon: Studio One By Alicia Walters, whenintricities.com; Studio One Photos. Exterior by Jenni Price Photography, jennipricephotography.com

Studio One, 101 N. Union St. Ste. 101, Kennewick, WA 99336, (509) 735-3354

Encore by Studio One, (509) 820-3636

Kathy and Sylvester Nunez are the co-owners of Studio One Salons. Kathy, who has been in the business for 20 years and owner of Studio One for 10 years believes that what sets Studio One apart is their passion for the industry as well as continued education. They are continually attending and teaching classes all over the US and bringing their knowledge of the latest trends and techniques here to the Tri-Cities.

Studio One specializes in advanced coloring and cutting techniques, such as balayage and hair painting. They also have mastered cutting edge services such as skin care, lash extensions and brow enhancement. Areola re-pigmentation for breast cancer survivors was recently added to their service menu. Kathy says they keep the experience fun while demonstrating their passion for great hair created in a team-based atmosphere.

Their staff continues to grow and they opened a second location called Encore by Studio One Salon in August 2016. Studio One Salons has a big social media following as they continue to share their online portfolio. Follow Studio One on Facebook and Instagram: @studioonesalon, @encorebystudioonesalon and @hairbykathynunez.


Best Spa: Nouveau Day SpaBy Alicia Walters, whenintricities.com; Nouveau Day Spa photos.

Nouveau Skin Care and Day Spa, 8136 W. Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, WA 99336, (509) 987-1098


Nouveau Skin Care and Day Spa is the premier skin care and day spa in Southeast Washington with a complete line of nail services, comprehensive skin care and day spa menu. And they offer the best pedicure in the Tri-Cities. Customers love how their pedicures leave their skin feeling super soft and well treated.

From the moment customers walk in for their appointment, then are greeted on time and taken into a beautiful locker room to change and prep for their spa service. The facility is impeccably clean and quiet to maintain a real retreat and relaxing ambiance.

Nouveau only uses top of the line hair, nail and skin care products for a truly world class experience. Their trained professionals take good care of clients and give each the individual attention to detail that a quality spa service requires. Read more about their services on their website, www.nouveauspa.com.

Nouveau Day Spa Gift Cards are a popular gift to give and receive. Gift cards are available for purchase at the reception desk and on their website. You can purchase dollar amount gift cards or purchase one of their many gift card packages, including but not limited to: Nouveau Spa Day, The Gentleman’s Escape, The Ultimate Spa Day, Seaweed Body Treatment, and Steamy Wonder (a very relaxing treatment where the body is enveloped in therapeutic steam).


Best Florist: Lucky Flowers By Alicia Walters, whenintricities.com; bridal photo Alex Lasota Photography.

Lucky Flowers, 6827 W. Clearwater, Kennewick WA 99336, (509) 547-6091


Lucky Flowers has proudly served high quality floral arrangements to the Tri-Cities for ten years. They specialize in one-of-a kind designs for all of life’s special milestones, from beautiful everyday bouquets to elegant wedding floras. They also offer custom arrangements that include vibrant colors, a wide variety of textures and cutting edge designs.

Melissa Behen, co-owner says Lucky Flowers is very much a family business and they strive to provide their customers with personable, individual attention to each order. They carry local artisan goods, plants and beautiful fresh flowers at their Clearwater Avenue location. They believe surrounding themselves with nature’s gifts enriches life.

Coming up on the calendar for Lucky Flowers is their “Jewelry Making Night with Guest Designer The Outlaw Woman,” on June 9th. Other events: “Kid’s Dinosaur Garden with Niftae Thriftae,” June 23rd and “Garden to Table” July 14th. Follow them on facebook.com/luckyflowerstc for their upcoming events and Instagram @luckyflowerstc for their portfolio.


Best Caterer: CG Public House By Alicia Walters, whenintricities.com. Exterior by Jenni Price Photography, jennipricephotography.com

CG Public House, 9221 W Clearwater Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336, (509) 783-0128


Shirley Simmons has been around the restaurant business her entire life. Her parents, Chuck and Mabel Wyatt owned the Pancake Corral, which opened in 1979 at the corner of Highway 395 and Vista Street in Kennewick. The public loved it and as customers increased, it was remodeled and renamed The Country Gentelman in 1984 by Shirley’s sister Marge and Gerald Van Zuyen.

In 1996, Shirley and her husband Steve became partners and added catering, which was so successful that they outgrew their kitchen and moved to a new building at 9221 West Clearwater in Kennewick. Now, their son Kyle is modernizing the restaurant, which is now CG Public House and “offers tasty new fare for foodies, crafty cocktails and bountiful beers,” From cgpublichouseandcatering.com. But through it all, their commitment to never compromise on quality is what keeps customers returning again and again.

CG Public House values high standards of hospitality, sustainability and community. Shirley, Steve and Kyle take pride in using local ingredients wherever possible. They are well-known for their exceptional staff  and dependability; in fact, CG Public House catered off-premise or at their restaurant 2,800 events in 2016 ranging from 10 to 4,000 people at the events! During peak season, CG Public House may be catering up to 30 events in a day. Small or large, each event received the same honor of CG Public House’s high standards.

Published by Whenintricities.com

by writer Alicia Walters, contributor to print and digital magazines.

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