A future West Richland development is beginning to take shape – on paper and with at least two local businesses committed to moving in – though no visible signs of the project can be seen along on Bombing Range Road yet.
Lori and Jeff Wenner of JLW Asset Management LLC bought a 2-acre parcel at the intersection of Paradise Way and Bombing Range in April.
They plan to build three buildings on the property, a $6 million project: a 1,300-square-foot building that will be home to the second location for Swigg Coffee Bar (See story on page A13.). A second building will have 6,000 square feet and the third will offer 5,000 square feet.
Earlier this year the Wenners paid $1.3 million for land between Smitty’s Paradise Gas and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The Wenners would love to entice a restaurant like Graze and a wine bar to set up shop there.
When will construction begin? “We’re so close. We have everything designed. … It should be February or spring timeframe, depending on how fast city goes (with permits),” Lori said.
It’s a high visibility area, just across the street from Yoke’s Fresh Market.
Across the street from the property at 1605 Bombing Range Road, a $2.7 million development is under construction that will house Three Rivers Family Medicine’s new walk-in urgent care, Shannon’s Grooming, a dog grooming boutique, and the neighborhood’s first Papa Murphy’s Take ‘n’ Bake Pizza shop. Nathan and Matthew Croskrey, a father-and-son team, are the developers.
The owner of Sagrado Salon & Skin, Alex Duvall, plans to move her salon into the Wenners’ new development.
Sagrado is currently operating in a strip mall shared with Subway and Lazy River Taphouse at 4033 W. Van Giesen St.
Duvall, 32, wants to expand, adding tanning, nails, permanent makeup, massage therapy and medical spa services, among others.
Duvall said a majority of her clients must drive out of town for these services.
“West Richland is growing super fast, but there are things that are missing,” she said.
Duvall, who has been styling hair full time since 2012, opened her salon in March 2021.
“My goal for this space is to keep the family and friend vibe going. My favorite thing about Sagrado is people come and just feel comfortable. They feel how much we all get along and like being here. I love the feeling and look forward to coming to work every day,” Duvall said.
She grew up her in grandmother’s salon, About Hair and About Face in east Kennewick, which opened in 1996 and closed in 2015.
“As a kid I swept floors, I answered phones, I shampooed for my grandma. I didn’t go to day care; I went to work with my grandma,” Duvall said. “My grandma taught me how to do a good haircut and how to run a business.”
Her grandmother retired last year and some of her salon’s clients followed Duvall to the West Richland salon. “They’re wonderful ladies who’ve known me my whole life,” she said.
Duvall’s salon remains a family affair.
Her oldest daughter McKynzi works in the salon as an esthetician, managing Skinzee, the salon’s skin care service.
Duvall has three other daughters, ages 8, 12, and 18, and said they’ll be helping out, too.
“My girls will be growing up in the salon doing towels and phones, just like I did,” she said.
In the small-world department, one of her daughters recently started a job with Shannon’s Grooming.
Three cosmetologists, including Duvall, work at Sagrado. Duvall said she plans to double staff when she expands to Bombing Range, offering eight to 10 stations.
Duvall hasn’t signed a lease yet but has verbally committed to moving to the new development.
“I can’t say enough about the location. It is a beautiful area. I love West Richland. I bought a home out here shortly after opening my business,” she said.
Though the Wenners’ property is just “a big tumbleweed field” at the moment, the building designs and vision are beautiful, Duvall said. “It will really elevate the area. There’s nothing like this out here.”ke this out here.”