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In this photo taken on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, Amaey Mundkur holds kiln-dried hops’ during a HOPS Academy course at John I. Haas in Yakima, Wash.

In March, Kelly Stuber was one of six finalists for the Enterprise Challenge, a business plan competition organized by the Yakima County Development Association. In that competition, she expressed her goal to open a business where customers could paint their own pottery.

Eight months later, Stuber’s business is up and running. Creative Yakima opened earlier this month inside the Lincoln Center at 2115 W. Lincoln Ave.

Stuber spent the past several months looking for the right site. She ended up in a 1,200-square-foot space that provides room for the main painting area, a room for the kiln and a party room for events. The business has also attracted traffic from nearby Gymnastics Plus.

Stuber received training on pottery painting so she could better guide customers through the process. That training will come in handy as she offers classes to guide customers step by step through the pottery-painting process.

“I realized one of the keys is to make it easy for people,” she said.

Creative Yakima’s hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Yakima hop supplier featured in cable television show

For those seeking a break from the numerous holiday specials on television, check out an episode of “World’s Greatest” for a look at John I. Haas’ operation in Yakima. The series, produced by How2Media Productions, gives a behind-the-scenes glimpse of companies, products, people and travel destinations around the world.

The 30-minute episode highlights John I. Haas’ field-

to-glass approach with its hops and hop products. The episode airs footage from the hop harvest and highlights several Haas

facilities, including the Yakima Golding Farm in Toppenish, the Haas innovation center, and the Haas pellet and warehouse complex in Yakima. The episode also has footage of Single Hill Brewery, the Yakima-based microbrewery.

The episode has already aired once but will be broadcast again at 6 a.m. Dec. 9 on the ION Network. For channel information, go to https://iontelevision.com.

Reach Mai Hoang at maihoang@yakimaherald.com or Twitter @maiphoang