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Crazy G's has been crazy successful



On May 6th Crazy G's, Burgers, Phillys and Dogs, at 821 North Division, celebrates their 2 year anniversary. As Gary and Chris Swiss say, "How time flies when you are having fun and flipping burgers in Spokane." The "G" in Crazy G's is Gary. At the ripe old age of 56, a thirty-year old dream finally came true. In 2008, Gary retired from engineering and moved his wife Chris to Spokane so she could be close to her family. Retirement did not sit well so he began working on several ideas/inventions that had plagued him for years. The one that kept creeping back into his mind was his dream of opening a burger joint.

After researching and calculating and putting it to paper (he is an engineer, after all), he told his family of his idea. He was going to open a Burger, Philly, & Dogs place. Everyone told him he was crazy...hence the name Crazy G's.

Now Chris is by Gary's side and 100% on board. It is important to both of them that they have a clean, fun and friendly restaurant that they would want to come to; one that treats customers as friends and family; one that serves Angus Beef, New York Kosher Deli Style Pastrami, Nice, Real Thick Bacon, Caramelized Sweet Onions, Fresh Sauteed Mushrooms, Handmade Shakes with real Ice Cream, and much more. Go to www.crazygs.com for more information.


Spokane Metro Magazine is back.

After an 18-month hiatus, Spokane Metro Magazine will resume publication this Summer. Publisher Eric Klamper, in partnership with two local Spokane businessmen, is in the process of building an editorial team, which will include contributions from former editor Cheryl Anne Millsap, and establishing a dialog with advertisers and subscribers.

"We are working to ensure Metro not only retains, but surpasses the impeccable quality and style of the original," Klamper says. Known for its dynamic editorials, stunning photography and contemporary design, Spokane Metro Magazine raised the bar for local publications. With well-attended launch parties and a growing subscriber base, Spokane Metro Magazine attracted the attention of local readers and media but fell victim to the lagging economy. It is great testimony to business fortitude that this business is making a comeback.

For more updates and announcements, "Like" Spokane Metro Magazine on Facebook, facebook.com/SpokaneMetroMagazine, or visit spokanemetro.com.


Shop Outside the Box this Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Eighteen downtown businesses have teamed up to offer a three day local shopping experience called Outside the Box this Thursday, Friday and Saturday, April 28 through 30.

Three years ago Heather Hanley of Concept Homes teamed up with other down town businesses to put one of her many dreams into effect. She called on the help of Deena Caruso, Owner of Finders Keepers, to assist her in this project. These two strong business women set out to create a buy local give local shopping event that everyone could be involved in.

Shop Outside The Box has grown every year from seven businesses the first year to eighteen businesses this year. This event lets locals and visitors enjoy what Spokane local businesses have to offer over one of Spokane's biggest spring events, Bloomsday weekend. Guests will pick up a map at one of the participating businesses which will outline all eighteen businesses that are offering huge weekend savings. For a map of all participating businesses stop by any of the following:

aNeMonE Paper Flowers & Gifts, 309 West Second. Atticus Coffee & Gifts, 222 N. Howard. Boo Radley's Unique Gifts, 232 N. Howard. Concept Home, Home Furnishings, Gifts & D├ęcor, 401 West First Ave. Cues Fashion Forward Boutique, 707 West Main. Epiphany Floral & Gift, 429 W. First. Finders Keepers Jewelry Galore, 309 West Second. Finders Keepers II Dress Boutique, 18 West Main Street. Fringe & Fray resale clothing & home decor, 1325 West First. Lolo, Home Garden Closet Boutique, 319 West Second. The Make-Up Studio, Cosmetics & Beauty, 216 N. Bernard. Tangerine, The Ultimate Closet, 1019 W. First. The Tin Roof Home Furnishings & Decor, 1727 E. Sprague. Serendipity Dress Boutique, 303 West Second. Sun People Dry Goods Natural & Sustainable Living, 32 West Second. Roost Vintage Home, recycled, repainted, distressed, West 7 Main. ReSkued, "a unique twist on clearance & consignment", 1702 E. Riverside Ave.

For more information contact Deena Caruso 509-869-2434, Heather Hanley 509- 413-1185.


Owens Auction Gallery moving to 17th and Ray

The former Dollar Store at 3204 East 17th at Ray is the new location for Owens Auction Gallery. The 25 year old business has leased the 14,000 square foot building and will move from its current location, 14208 East Sprague in the near future.

Spokane MarCom presents "Making your Special Events Spectacular"

Shari Campbell and Kacie McKinney of JayRay in Tacoma, Wash. will present "Making your Special Events Spectacular" at Spokane MarCom's upcoming breakfast meeting.

Campbell and McKinney are event planning experts who will provide ten takeaways to help make your next special function a fabulous success. This is a must see event if you plan meetings, events, fundraisers or functions.

The meeting will be Friday, May 6th, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the Herak Club Room at Gonzaga's McCarthey Athletic Center, 801 N. Cincinnati, and is open to the public. The meeting fee, which covers breakfast, is $5 for student members with RSVP and ID, $10 for student non-members with ID, $15 for members at the door, and $20 for non-members at the door. Visit www.SpokaneMarCom.com to pre-register and pay.

The Spokane Regional Marketing and Communications Association (Spokane MarCom) meets on the first Friday of every month (except July, August and January). Visit www.SpokaneMarCom.com to become a member.

Spokane MarCom is Spokane's leading communication organization dedicated to advancing the integrated marketing communication profession through professional development, community impact and a commitment to credibility.


Spokane Club offers Bruttles

The Spokane Club, at 1002 W. Riverside, is now offering Bruttles soft peanut brittle candies for sale in the Clubhouse and in the Riverside Deli. In addition, the Spokane Club Hotel will be offering a chocolate soft peanut bruttle wafer cookie during turndown service to all guests staying in the hotel.

Bruttles was formerly in the Davenport Hotel before moving to 828 Sprague Avenue.


Eastern Washington Farm Heritage Fair May 14 & 15.

The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum in collaboration with The Inland Empire Steam & Gas Buffs presents the Eastern Washington Farm Heritage Fair May 14 and 15 from 10am to 6pm at 10200 E Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley. Celebrate the Heritage of the Spokane Valley & support the museum fundraiser. Displays & demonstrations of historic tractors, engines, farm implements, cars, trucks, blacksmith demo, wheat threshing and more. Food and live music. $6 Adults, $5 Seniors, $3 for 7-17, free 6 & under, $15 Families of 5 For more information call 509-922-4570 or visit www.valleyheritagecenter.org.

Hanna & Associates announces three new employees

Coeur d'Alene-based marketing communications company Hanna & Associates Inc. has recently added three employees to its staff, according to President Dayne Hanna.

Serving as Art Director will be Joe Preston. Prior to joining Hanna, Preston served as an art director for a number of Northwest firms. He studied graphic design at Spokane Falls Community College and at The Art Institute of Seattle.

Hanna also hired Krista Yep as Copywriter. Yep was previously a freelance writer in the San Francisco area. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon and attended Miami Ad School in San Francisco.

Finally, Carly Chandler has joined the Hanna staff as an administrative assistant. She is a graduate of University of Idaho.

Hanna & Associates, founded in 1977, is a full-service marketing communications firm working with regional and national clients located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Northern California and Virginia. The firm helps clients develop strategic marketing programs and specializes in brand development and management, traditional and digital advertising and promotion, interactive design and development, website design and programming, and media planning and purchasing. Hanna & Associates is a member of the American Association of Advertising Agencies (AAAA) since 1985.

Spokane County Library District Director receives Award for Outstanding Performance

Spokane County Library District Director Mike Wirt received the WLA Merit Award for Outstanding Performance at Washington Library Association's Awards Luncheon at its annual conference on April 8. Mike Wirt joined Spokane County Library District in 1972 and became director in 1979. He plans to retire in February 2012 after 40 years of dedicated service and valuable leadership.

Thousands born too soon, too sick. How you can help.

Everyday in Washington babies are born too soon or too sick. In an average year in Washington 9,000 babies are born, 900 babies are born preterm, 5,700 babies are born low birth weight, and 486 babies die before reaching their first birthday. The March of Dimes march for Babies is Saturday, May 7 starting at 10 am from Gonzaga University's Jundt Art Museum.

When you walk, you give hope that every baby in Washington will have a healthy start. Money raised through March for Babies supports programs and research to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For more information about March for Babies visit marchofdimes.com/Washington.org.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war." Donald Trump





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