Columbia Winery pours small lot wines from their Woodinville tasting room

Columbia Winery pours small lot wines from their Woodinville tasting room

The wine world is made up of well-worn paths and roads less traveled. Along these routes are explorers, traveling the viniferous globe to visit a tried-and-true varietal or discover something yet untasted. It is the promise of the familiar or the excitement of the quest that determines each person’s course.

In as many ways as the journey delivers successful navigators to a winery’s door step, one will find a patchwork punctuated by hopefuls and anchored by mainstays. Found in Woodinville Wine Country, Columbia Winery straddles its reputation in both worlds. At its Woodinville tasting room, the winery offers guests a unique opportunity to sample a selection of small lot wines…

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Cactus Ya Ya enjoys longevity in growing community

Cactus Ya Ya enjoys  longevity in growing community

In 1994, Vancouver residents Jim and Cheryl Rettig were looking to open a restaurant that would appeal to a large range of people. They chose a former Minit Mart in east Vancouver that seemed a bit lonely at the time.

Over the last 25 years, Cactus Ya Ya has witnessed growth not even long-time residents could have predicted. Thanks to a recipe of dedicated employees, loyal customers and an influx of new residents, the Southwestern-Mexican café is…

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The Heart of Spanish Living Beats in Battle Ground

The Heart of Spanish Living Beats in Battle Ground

I n Madrid, they’re called tapas – small savory bites commonly served in bars. In the Basque region of Spain, it’s called a pintxos crawl. Whatever the descriptor, the tapeo culture is the heart of Spanish living and, thanks to Emanar Cellars in Battle Ground, its infectious conviviality can be experienced without taking a flight across the big pond.

Opened on Oct. 26, 2013, Emanar Cellars’ authenticity is not just found in its stout, carved wood door, extensive lineup of all Spanish wines, or a thoughtfully curated tapas menu…

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Taking back the night: Night Market Vancouver upgrades the North Bank makers scene

Taking back the night: Night Market Vancouver upgrades the North Bank makers scene

On the first Friday of every month Night Market Vancouver brings local businesses together to showcase the creative talents of the area. Coinciding with Vancouver’s Downtown Association First Friday Art Walk, Night Market Vancouver can be found in a fun indoor maze that spans both upstairs and downstairs spaces at 808 and 811 Main Street.

At the inaugural event, held in October of 2017, 25 to 30 vendors pedaled their wares. That number is now up to 55 inside with a few more merchants and food and beverage carts spilling onto the cordoned off block…

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Fitness at every stage

Fitness at every stage

It doesn’t happen overnight, but over time a sedentary lifestyle can creep up on us and become a recipe for a weak core, hip pain and falls in our older years. As a result, time meant to be spent savoring life could be robbed by chronic pain and injuries. The good news is that much of it can be avoided by taking preventive measures now.

Fitness trainer Veronica Davis knows firsthand the damage that decades at a desk job can inflict on a body. Even pursuing an active lifestyle outside her working hours kept her hip pain only at manageable levels, and some of the sports she was pursuing actually contributed to her ailments…

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Cooper Mountain Vineyards celebrates four decades of sustainability

Cooper Mountain Vineyards celebrates four decades of sustainability

Situated on an extinct volcano just outside Beaverton, Cooper Mountain Vineyards marks 40 years this fall. Throughout those decades, the winery has long been a pioneer in sustainability, earning organic certification by Oregon Tilth in 1995 and Biodynamic certification by Demeter in 1999 — the latter the first in the Pacific Northwest…

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Chelatchie Crossing offering bbq and picturesque outdoor dining

Chelatchie Crossing offering bbq and picturesque outdoor dining

Chelatchie Crossing Smokehouse & Saloon is among the newest additions to the booming Clark County restaurant scene. Attached to The Cedars on Salmon Creek in Brush Prairie, this restaurant, bar and event space combination opened in 1975 and underwent a much-needed overhaul to emerge back in April as a warm, inviting spot with premium outdoor dining…

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Ragtag Revival returns to Woodland

Ragtag Revival returns to Woodland

Ragtag Revival’s Antique Show & Hootenanny is back for another year on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28. The 10 picturesque acres of Wickering Heights in Woodland could not be a more perfect spot for antique vendors to set up their shabby, chic and everything-in-between booths.

For its fourth year running, Ragtag Revival will offer attendees a mixture of what’s trending in upcycled décor as well as tried-and-true antique pieces. Wickering Heights owner, Angela Harvey, spends the majority of her year organizing this annual event and is excited to offer a combination of vendors for 2018 that share her mantra of “gritty to pretty."

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Tough Top Awnings gives county a team of experts

Tough Top Awnings gives county a team of experts

It’s that time of year again when adventure types hit the open road with their RVs, travel trailers and toy haulers. A common replacement or upgrade is an awning and, thanks to Tough Top Awnings, Clark County residents have a team of experts in their backyard.

Back in 2006, avid RVers Ray and Sandy Oberreuter were challenged to find a consistent source for quality replacement fabrics. Adding to the mountain of proof that necessity is the mother of invention, the Oberreuters opened Tough Top Awnings as a mobile business that began in Arizona. A couple years later their then son-in-law, Tyler Hammack, came on to help build the business and daughter, Christie Hammack, created their online ordering department from the ground up…

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Mike Sauer took a chance on planting wine grapes…and the rest is history

Mike Sauer took a chance on planting wine grapes…and the rest is history

Finding good people in the wine industry is not a difficult task. Finding exceptional people that top vintners are “honored to work with” and describe as “inquisitive, hardworking, dedicated and humble” is a more unique discovery. But, Mike Sauer is a unique man. The owner of Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA, Mike has been farming his 150-acre site for 45 years and, with all of his success, priorities have not escaped him.

“I guess to finish up the best part of the journey, personally, is to be a part of it with family. My wife’s been involved since the very beginning and now it’s my two sons and a son-in-law. They have a continuity of family on the same land. I’m 71 and am gradually turning it over to them but still very involved and it keeps me young to be involved and supporting them and…

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Dinner and drinks with a side of deck seating

Dinner and drinks with a side of deck seating

When Jim VanNatta extended the Hockinson Market to include an intimate tap room back in 2016, it didn’t take long for him to realize that another expansion was a plausible follow-up move.

Converting what decades ago had been the Hockinson/Brush Prairie Post Office before it relocated to Brush Prairie sometime after World War II, VanNatta created a 10-seat tap room that immediately drew residents from this growing area of Clark County…

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