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Major expansion for Kimmel Athletic Supply



Kimmel Athletic Supply Co, Inc., a 42-year old business headquartered in Spokane, has expanded into Redmond Washington. Kimmel has completed the purchase of inventory assets of Athletic Supply, LLC; a leading Redmond based sporting goods dealer. The transaction is expected to nearly double the retail sales volume with the addition of the 8,000 square foot retail store located at 16101 NE 87th Street in Redmond, WA. This fourth store joins a network of branches in Spokane, Yakima and Coeur d’Alene ID. Kimmel now has over 120 employees company wide including the addition of 23 in Redmond. The company's foundation has been its strong team-league business and this expansion allows for a closer relationship with schools and sports clubs in Western Washington. A team of 30 sales professionals provide coverage throughout Washington, Oregon, Northern Idaho and the Dallas Ft Worth area of Texas.

The company provides equipment and uniforms to youth and adult recreation leagues, as well as, for team sports at the high school and college level. Not only teams want to show their pride by wearing their logo. Corporate logo wear is very popular with large Fortune 500 firms as well as local small companies. Kimmel has four graphic artists and an embroidery / screen shop to provide custom designs for garments and other products helping companies to promote their corporate image.

The website is www.kimmelathletic.com.


Friends of the Spokane Tribe of Indians to hold rally tomorrow

Hundreds of members of Friends of the Spokane Tribe of Indians will rally in support of the proposed Spokane Tribe Economic Project (STEP) tomorrow, May 3, at 11:00 a.m., at the SPOKO Fuel Station on Highway 2 and Craig Road in Airway Heights. STEP has gained overwhelming support throughout the region from business leaders, union officials, elected officials and individuals based upon the huge economic impact the project will have on the region all from private sector investment. The public is encouraged to attend the event which will include a full presentation of STEP by Tribal officials and area civic, business and labor leaders. A free barbecue lunch will follow the presentation.

The Spokane Tribe is expecting to break ground next year on a $400 million multi-use project on 145-acres of Tribal trust land adjacent to SPOKO Fuel. More than 3,800 permanent and construction jobs are expected to be generated by this regional entertainment destination which will include a Tribal Cultural Center, Resort Hotel, Water Park, Casino, Entertainment Center, Retail Shops, and Commercial development. Artistic renderings and project details will be on display at the rally. For more information on the project go to www.stepspokane.com.

All of Spokane wins at Bloomsday

The 35th Bloomsday is in the books and its impact on the Spokane region is not limited to improved cardiovascular fitness and fun. It's also one of our biggest business weekends of the year...Bloomsday is an economic engine that pumps as much as $14 million into our local economy...so no matter who crosses the finish line first, we are all winners, thanks to the organizers of our beloved Bloomsday. Total finishers at this year's race: 51,260.

Swinging Doors celebrates 30 years

The Swinging Doors, at 1018 West Francis, is celebrating 30 years in business this month. It was established in May of 1981. Owners Bob and Barb Materne have turned a small pizza parlor into a huge restaurant that offers some of the best food and sports viewing in town. The Swinging Doors started off with a handful of employees, now thirty years and 10 remodeling projects later they now employ 53 people and have grown into one of the highest volume restaurant/sports bars in the region. Their website is theswingingdoors.com.

Annual Jr. League Red Tag Rummage Sale This Saturday

The Spokane Jr. League hosts their annual Red Tag Rummage Sale this Saturday, May 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. You will find thousands of new and used items from clothing and furniture to toys, plus fantastic local vendors. The event is free, and will be held at 8851 East Trent Avenue on the corner of Trent and Argonne in the former Hollywood Video.

Proceeds support local community projects and programs by the Junior League of Spokane, Women Building Better Communities. The Red Tag Rummage sale is sponsored by Washington Trust Bank and VandeVert Developments.


Ned Barnes passed away.

We are sad to report the passing of Ned Barnes, long time attorney with Witherspoon Kelley. Ned was also a long time member of the board of trustees of the Spokane Public Library. He will be missed.

Rapid Refill Opens New Location in Downtown Spokane

Most people dream of working for a company that combines conservation, recycling and community service into a thriving business. For Anthony Kiepe that dream happens everyday and is fueling the growth to expand with a new Rapid Refill store in downtown Spokane at 327 W 3rd Ave, Suite C.

Kiepe opened his first Rapid Refill retail store in Coeur d'Alene, ID in May 2006 and his second store in the Spokane Valley in January 2007. In June 2010, Kiepe acquired the franchise from Stu Zimmerman, who had retired. Kiepe spent several months looking for the perfect location in the downtown area, one that would be convenient and still have ample parking for downtown and lower south hill clients as well as being easily accessible for anyone coming from the northside, Cheney, Medical Lake and Airway Heights. Rapid Refill specializes in the remanufacturing/refilling and selling of inkjet and laser toner cartridges. It offers customers a big price savings and backs all of its products with a 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.

Rapid Refill is a leading U.S.-based retailer in its industry. A typical Rapid Refill store carries a wide variety of remanufactured as well as brand name inkjet cartridges and laser toner cartridges. The stores reflect the company's commitment to the environment. The carpeting in the store is 52 percent post-consumer content and made in part from recycled milk containers. The slat walls are made of recycled wood products and the countertops from compressed sunflower seeds.

The phone number is 509-290-6193 and the local web site is www.rapidrefill270.com.


Numerica Membership Elects New Board & Supervisory Members

Numerica Credit Union announced the election results for the Board of Directors and the Supervisory Committee at their April 21, 2001 Annual Meeting of the Membership. The following individuals were elected for three-year terms ending in 2014: Larry Lanning, Rudy Mueller, and Robin Harmon elected to the Board of Directors; Paula Kopczynski and Susan Nielsen elected to the Supervisory Committee.

Numerica Credit Union currently has over 85,000 members throughout Central and Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho and over $1 billion in assets. It offers a full line of financial products and services, including mortgages and business products. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in the State of Washington or the Idaho Panhandle.

Angie Everstine promoted to Design Source Principal

Design Source, Inc. announce the promotion of Angie Everstine to principal in the firm. Angie began working for Design Source 15 years ago as an intern. She has held positions as a designer, project manager and most recently, managing associate. Angie has a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design from Washington State University and is a National Council for Interior Design Qualification certified designer. To learn more about Angie please visit www.design-source-inc.com.

A great way to Remember Mama on Mother's Day this Sunday

Volunteers of America gives you the opportunity to give Mom something local, green and inexpensive this Mother's Day and make a difference for Spokane women in need at the same time by participating in the thirteenth annual I Remember Mama.

For as little as $25, individuals and families can sponsor a "Mama" in honor (or in memory) of their mother or loved one. Sponsoring a "Mama" sends an elderly or disabled low-income woman to a special Mother's Day luncheon for women who are separated from or have outlived their families and would otherwise spend the day alone.

The I Remember Mama luncheon, hosted by Volunteers of America, serves as many as 150 needy women each year. Each woman receives the kind of honor, pampering and love we give our own mothers. Thanks to individual donors and generous sponsors "Mamas" enjoy a fancy lunch at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park, flowers, gifts, entertainment and companionship-at no cost to the participants.

To sponsor a "Mama" or to make a donation visit the I Remember Mama event page at www.voaspokane.org/MothersDay2011 or call 509-624-2378.

The Tomato Lady has your plants

The Tomato Lady is now selling tomato plants until May 13th. 137 varieties, every color but blue. See her list at www.thetomatolady.com and then go see them. They are beautiful and healthy. See her interviews with Phyllis Stephens on KXLY's website under Great Gardens. She will also be selling them in the church parking lot of New Life Assembly, 10920 E. Sprague, in the Spokane Valley on Saturday 7th from 8 am - 5pm and Sunday 8th, from 12 noon to 5 pm. You can reach her at 509-928-3342 or come by 822 N. University.

Think Labs from Seven2 and 14Four offers free online and mobile development training

Think Labs will be a series of classroom training sessions in online and mobile development. For years Seven2 and 14Four have been putting their new employees through a rigorous training program to help get them up to speed. Now they are offering to share that training with you. For Free!

If you are accepted into the program, you will be guided into a learning track which compliments your natural skills. You may be better at animation, or better at programming. Maybe a little of both! By the end of the course, you will have used these learnings to have built your own fully functioning Flash game.

There are only 10 spots available and they expect to fill them with a mix of students and online professionals. You can see more here: teamthinklabs.wordpress.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TeamThinkLabs.

The Business Thought of the Week

"In running, it doesn't matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, 'I have finished.' There is a lot of satisfaction in that." Fred Lebow, co founder of the New York City Marathon





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