The Grand Buffett demolition isn’t the only thing development around town:
• For the first time in more than two years, an espresso stand is in operation at Yakima Air Terminal.
T.J. and Linda Davis, owners of Shorty’s Sweets, Treat ‘N Cakes in downtown Yakima, opened Shorty’s Espresso on Sunday.
T.J. Davis, who also works as a mail carrier, has delivered mail to the airport for years and had noticed the empty space that once housed the former espresso bar.
He finally approached the airport about operating an espresso stand, and those conversations led to a five-year lease.
For the couple, it was an opportunity to increase business for the bakery, which opened last year. “We have a steady clientele now,” T.J. Davis said. “The opportunity came at the right time.”
The stand currently offers coffee and sweets delivered from the bakery, but there are plans to offer lunch items, including its popular cheese zombies. The stand is open from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
• Also open now is Russillo’s Pizza and Gelato, which opened on Aug. 23 at its new location — the former Grant’s Brewery Pub space at 32 N. Front St. And Famous Dave’s opened over the Labor Day weekend at Washington Plaza in Union Gap.
• After a decade in business Russell’s Nursery will close Oct. 31.
Co-owner Todd Russell said his mother, a co-owner and the main bookkeeper for the retail nursery at 6710 Tieton Drive, wanted to retire. Instead of taking on the extra work, Russell decided it was better to move on.
“It was a successful business,” he said. “It was just time for something new.”
Russell said he is looking into other business ventures, but couldn’t provide any additional details.
The property has been for sale for about a year. He had hoped to sell it to someone interested in running a retail nursery. However, he’s considering either starting a new venture at the property or selling it for other uses.
Until it closes, Russell’s Nursery will open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.