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Shopping at River Park Square just got sweeter.

Gourmet chocolate and confectionery products manufacturer and retailer Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory has opened a River Park Square location on the main level near the concierge desk where Godiva Chocolates used to be.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Spokane features over 300 varieties of hand made chocolates and confections. Made from only the finest ingredients and the best cocoa blends, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory chocolate has been rated top chocolate for its "rich, intense flavor." It is from Guittard Chocolate Company, a 130 year old business in San Francisco.

"Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory's premium treats are a nice addition to the specialty lineup at our urban shopping, dining and entertainment center," said Bob Smith, chief operating officer for River Park Square.

Spokane natives Aaron and Rachelle Blackmer, along with Aaron's parents, Bruce and Candice Blackmer, currently own the Spokane franchise and a second location in Spokane Valley. "We are thrilled to expand into downtown Spokane to offer our handmade, award-winning chocolates, confections, gourmet caramel apples and dipped fruit," said Rachelle Blackmer, president of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Spokane. "Our exquisite confectionery products and the unique shopping experience provided by River Park Square is a perfect pairing." Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory is an international franchiser headquartered in Durango, Colo.

Spokane's other Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory store is located at Sullivan Retail Center in Veradale, 506 N. Sullivan Road, Suite E. The website is rmcf.com/WA/SpokaneValley50795.

David Condon kicks off Mayoral campaign tomorrow

David Condon, former chief of staff to Congresswoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers will kick off his Spokane Mayor campaign Tuesday, May 24th. Doors open at 7:00am and event begins at 7:30am, at the Spokane Doubletree Hotel, 322 North Spokane Falls Court.

For more information visit www.condonformayor.com or call David directly at 509-993-2633.

Tomato deadline is this Saturday

The Tomato Lady still has tomato plants for sale. Big, beautiful, healthy plants, 25+ varieties, lots of heirlooms; Persimmon, Rose De Berne, Dr. Wyche's Yellow, Garden Peach, Legend, Evergreen, Georgia Streak, Cuore Di Bue, and paste tomatoes; San Marzano, Amish Paste, Cream Sausage, Pink Icicle, Viva Italia, to name a few, plus a few cherry varieties. They will be available through Saturday, May 28th from 9 to 6 pm at 822 N University or call 509-928-3342, or visit www.thetomatolady.com.

On Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop expands

Elaine Rising's On Sacred Grounds Coffee Shop at 12212 E. Palouse Hwy in Valleyford, is expanding by approximately 370 square feet. The shop formerly in the Steam Plant (Elaine's the coffee lady who always wears a cute hat), is adding space for a meeting/classroom area and museum. Work has begun on the expansion and the project is scheduled to be completed by mid July. The phone number is 509-747-6294 and the website is www.onsacredgrounds.com.

Rizzuto Foods Makes It Easy To Create Your Own Pizza Pie

Rizzuto Foods, a long time local producer of premium pizza products, has announced their new online ordering website, bringing superior pizza crust and sauce directly to your front door. While the company has been making premium pizza crusts since 1991, they have earned a superior reputation supplying pizza makings throughout the United States. Rizzuto Foods has primarily supplied pizza products to restaurants, theme parks, casinos and schools, as well as pizza manufacturers. They also provide pizza kits with all the fixings to non-profit organizations, schools, and churches as a fundraising opportunity.

Rizzuto Foods President, Tony Rizzuto, shares, "After completing a considerable amount of research and listening to consumers asking how they can purchase our premium pizza crusts and special sauce, we made a decision to move forward and launch Rizzuto Pizza Night's online ordering site." Simply go to www.rizzutospizzanight.com and you will find a great selection of premium pizza kits to choose from, as well as recipes to create your own perfect pizza pie. Rizzuto's pizza crusts and sauce arrive at your home for roughly the same price (shipping included) as products from national retailers. There are pizza crusts and sauce for every occasion. Whether it is a family dinner, girls' night, pizza with the guys, or a get together for the kids, www.rizzutospizzanight.com makes it easy for you to create your very own pizza night.

Tee off on some great food for a great cause!

The White House Restaurant, of Post Falls fame, will be catering the dinner following the Armed Forces & Aerospace Museum's 10th Annual Golf Tournament on June 3 at Downriver Golf Course. For more information and registration forms visit www.armedforces-aerospacemus.org.

Safeguard Business Systems and Business Forms Inc merge

Rick & Diana Wilhite, long time Spokane Valley residents and owners of Safeguard Business Systems, have merged Safeguard with Business Forms Inc (BFI). The new company will be called BFISafeguard with headquarters at 301 W. Indiana, Spokane, WA. The two companies, each with strong reputations for quality personal service, expand their cost effective approach to community business support and advocacy.

In 1978, Rick began his career in the Spokane area as an Account Executive with the Coons, Shotwell advertising agency. In 1981, with the Spokane area experiencing a recession, Rick saw an opportunity to become a business owner and purchased the existing Safeguard Business Systems distributorship which had, at that time, 111 customers in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

"In the early years of owning our business", said Rick, "it wasn't unusual to put between 35,000 and 45,000 miles a year on the car driving as far north as the Canadian border and as far south as Riggins, Idaho". With a lot of hard work and a quality product, the business grew from over 111 original customers to well over 2,500 today. "We are very proud of the fact that many of those same customers are still with us today along with the hundreds of other customers we've developed over the years," said Diana.

Diana, former Mayor of the City of Spokane Valley, said that when Denny Hubbell, founder of BFI in 1987, joined the Safeguard family several months ago, Rick felt it was a great opportunity to merge two strong, solid businesses as well as begin a transition to retirement. Both Rick & Diana will remain with BFISafeguard with the goal to preserve core business relationships and maintain their solid reputation in the community.

According to BFI's General Manager, Peter Michael, BFI has also developed many long standing relationships with businesses in the Spokane area. BFI experienced much success as they built a business focused on the individual needs of each and every customer.

The newly formed BFISafeguard has the experience and resources to offer services that reduce business costs, increase efficiencies, strengthen company brands and facilitate business growth. A full team of experienced web developers have been put in place to build ecommerce websites and company stores designed to automate and simplify the client's ordering process. BFISafeguard takes pride in providing solutions in addition to quality products.

The new BFISafeguard is a full service printing distributorship supporting business communities throughout Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. They combine technology with business printing, promotional products and corporate apparel designed to help their clients market and grow their businesses. BFISafeguard is located at: 301 W. Indiana Ave., Spokane, WA 99205 and can be contacted at: 509-838-4218, website: www.bfisafeguard.com.

Marcus Whitman Hotel hires a new executive chef and a restaurant manager

Antonio Campolio is the new Executive Chef at Walla Walla's Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center and will present a new level of culinary distinction. Known for his culinary passion and untiring energy, Campolio brings a wealth of experience from a variety of top venues across the country. Campolio resume includes The Greenbriar Hotel, a luxury resort in White Sulphur Springs, WV; The Kessler Collection; Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, GA; Beaver Creek Lodge in Colorado and The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

A graduate of the Franklin Covey Management Training Series, as well as a number of other training classes, Campolio has a well-rounded management background in addition to his extraordinary culinary skills. Campolio oversees all food outlets at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center including The Marc Restaurant, and The Vineyard Lounge, as well as catering and special events and has been with the organization since February.

Dan McCaffrey has been named the new Marc Restaurant and Vineyard Lounge Manager, as of this past February. With more than 20 years of accomplished experience, McCaffrey brings a wealth of training and ideas with him to the position. Working for the past eight years at the renowned The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, CO, McCaffrey was established in the respected Charles Court Restaurant where he served as the bar and cellar manager as well as sommelier. McCaffrey is excited to be a part of the growing Washington wine industry. At The Broadmoor he had the opportunity to taste thousands of wines and honed his expertise with domestic wine. He can now set a laser focus on Washington wines.

The Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center is the premier hotel in the Walla Walla region. Built in the early 1920's, this historical and luxury hotel is located in the heart of downtown Walla Walla. For more information on this grand hotel, visit www.marcuswhitmanhotel.com.

The Business Thought of the Week

"You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are." Les Brown

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