‘Shop around the Corner’ was fun!

Bored in Tri-Cities went “Shop Around the Corner” at the Tri-Cities Business and Visitor Center in Kennewick on Monday – and it was a great event!

The atmosphere was friendly and inviting 🙂 Business owners featured on a panel shared their advice on starting or growing a small business in the Tri-Cities.

Some of the panelists included Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop, Adventures Underground, Juvo Media, Jenographics, and The Emerald of Siam.

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Dara Quinn, co-owner of the Emerald of Siam – a Thai restaurant and lounge, talked about her efforts to remake the Emerald, a family-owned restaurant that has been in business since 1983 in Richland’s Uptown, into one of the Tri-Cities‘ best music venues.

At first, she had to seek out the artists, but now – with the restaurant’s reputation for live music shows growing – artists are coming to her. The Emerald hosts a wide range of artists in their shows – with the musical style varying from jazz to heavy metal, Quinn said.

She encouraged local artists to reach out about playing at the Emerald!

The event was held in Q&A format, and the business owners offered valuable insights. Messages were sent in via phone and then appeared on the screen. Attendees at Shop Around the Corner then voted on their favorite questions.

Shop Around the Corner (Bored in Tri-Cities)

The format definitely facilitated an interesting and valuable conversation about many different subjects, businesses, and industries.

It was hosted by the Better Business Bureau Northwest (Serving Eastern Washington and Idaho) – which rates businesses and charities in our region, and Emerging Tri-Cities – a company whose mission is to provide professional development opportunities for the community.

We hope Emerging Tri-Cities continues to organize events like this over the summer! We’d love to learn more about local business and meet anyone trying to help grow our local economy and make the Tri-Cities a better place to live 🙂

Did you got the event?

What did you think about it?


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