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ANeMonE's paper flowers are like the real thing, only permanent

Mary Eberle's ANeMoNe Paper Flowers at 309 West Second Avenue is one of Spokane's most unique businesses. Instead of shoppers, ANeMonE has collectors because their flowers, unlike the fresh variety, they last forever. Many customers keep an arrangement on their table until they need a hostess gift and then they buy themselves a new arrangement. ANeMonE will always clean old flowers and help arrange new flowers into old flowers. Brides book their flowers with them because they get to keep them and they are guaranteed to come in the color they ordered. Women buy them for gifts because they are unique and beautiful, Men buy them for gifts because they last longer than fresh and they get more bang for their buck. The advantage of ANeMonE's flowers over silks is that they are able to be made custom and they are made in limited quantities due to the very nature of paper and beads, every flower is slightly different.

ANeMonE also offers a rental program, in which they deliver fresh seasonal paper flowers either monthly or quarterly. Not only do they save clients money on what they spend on fresh flowers, they save them the time they spend keeping the flowers fresh and replacing them when they die. For the same price to keep a simple arrangement in a business all month clients get an full bouquet from aNeMonE. They offer rental services for monthly residential and one time parties and events as well as corporate clients.

ANeMonE also sells locally made gifts including greeting cards, soaps, chocolates, dog treats, earrings, belts, and baby items such as blankets, hats, booties, nursing covers, dolls, and more. They have a variety of stocking stuffer ideas and ornaments as well.

As a full-scale paper florist ANeMonE does weddings, funerals, proms/dances, events/parties, stage decoration, photo booth decoration, and permanent decor. They also deliver flowers in town and ship flowers everywhere. The website is handmadepaperflowers.com and the phone number is 509-838-7037.

Little newspaper has big readership

While many newspapers around the country are struggling to maintain circulation, Coeur d'Alene's Nickel's Worth reaches just about everyone in north Idaho and Western Montana each week. Since 1972 the Nickel's Worth has been a marketplace where people in the Idaho Panhandle and Western Montana come to buy, sell and trade. In print and online, The Nickel's Worth is distributed in the 5 northern counties of Idaho and western Montana with a circulation of 39,000. The independently audited paper has over 90,000 readers and over 2,500 online readers each week. The publication is a community resource for listings of fairs, festivals, cultural and political events, featuring local writers as well as syndicated columnists. And the demographics are pretty impressive. 45% of the readers have incomes of $50,000 +, with 75% of them responding that they frequently purchase products or services from Nickel's Worth advertisers. The Nickels Worth's phone number is 208-667-0651.

Sante stays open after kitchen fire

Sante restaurant's kitchen suffered a fire either late last night or early this morning and the majority of their equipment is not in working order to prepare hot food. They have set up a 'mobile' kitchen in the dining room, and will still be open for espresso, breakfast and lunch hours, and have a fabulous variety of charcuterie, sandwiches, soups, and desserts. At this point they are not sure if they can be open for dinner service this week, but are hoping their equipment can be fixed in time. Sante is located at 404 West Main adjacent to Auntie's Bookstore. Stop in, do some business with them and wish them well. The phone number is 509-315-4613 and the website is www.santespokane.com.

Old World Christmas ornament supports Spokane Symphony

Tim and Beth Merck and Merck Family Old World Christmas have created a fabulous limited edition Fox Theater ornament for sale this holiday season. All proceeds from the sale of the $15 ornament benefits the Spokane Symphony. The blown glass ornament features the theater's historic tower and marquee. The ornaments are available at the Fox Box Office and will be featured at the Holiday Shop in the theater lobby in conjunction with the Holiday Pops performances Dec. 17 and 18 as well as the New Years Eve performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

Old World Christmas is a Spokane-based company that designs, manufactures and markets glass Christmas ornaments through retailers around the world. Their factory store at 4005 East Main is open now through December 23 offering their ornaments at wholesale prices. The website is oldworldchristmas.com and the phone number is 509-534-9000.

Last call for John Edwards

Former Viking Tavern owner John Edwards passed away peacefully on December 4, with family by his side after an eight year battle with Lewy Body Dementia. John attended Kinman Business University before starting a long and successful career in the food and restaurant industry, including Territory Manager for Miller Brewing Co. In 1977, John realized his lifelong dream of creating a specialty beer tavern with the opening of The Viking Tavern in Spokane, which he and his wife LaVonne owned until their retirement in 1996.

Credited by many as being the first to introduce European imports and microbrews to Spokane, John was an industry innovator who created a beloved institution that inspired a generation of local restaurant and bar owners. With his warm smile and firm handshake, all felt welcome around John. He was the consummate host, always ready with a story and a laugh. He had an incredible sense of humor and a twinkle in his bright blue eyes that could light up a room. Memorial services were held on Friday, December 9, at Heritage Funeral Home. Thanks John, rest in peace.

Dealing with Change and Transitions

'Dealing with Change and Transitions' with Jason Swain will be presented by LaunchPad INW on Thursday, December 15, noon to 2:00 pm at LaunchPad INW Training Center, 120 N. Stevens St., third floor. This workshop is aimed at helping participants understand how change occurs for individuals and for organizations, identify attitudes and skills needed to manage change in a positive way and develop strategies for dealing with change in our personal and professional lives.

$39/members and guests; free for LP Premium Members. For more information, visit www.launchpadinw.com.

Ednetics Donates 21,650 Cans of Food to Local Food Banks

Ednetics, a Post Falls, Idaho based technology company, is known to its employees for having a fun and positive company culture. This includes ruthless racquetball sessions in the company fitness area, spontaneous Nerf battles throughout the building, video games at the end of the workday and over-the-top company meetings and team building activities. Ednetics has made extreme efforts to cultivate its culture believing that it is a key element in being a great place to work.

In recognition of the outstanding efforts of Ednetics employees, the executive team enjoys surprising the team with an exciting experience on meeting day. Past meetings include science fiction, Olympics and Hollywood themes. This year, the executive meeting planners have something a little different in store -- The entire company will be assigned to teams and participate in a Canstruction competition.

Canstruction is a design and build competition that utilizes canned food as the building blocks to create large sculptural structures. All employees will be assigned to small teams and will receive Canstruction rules in advance of meeting day. Each team will be responsible for designing and building a Canstruction sculpture. Entries will receive points for interpretation of theme, use of color, structural ingenuity, use of building materials and use of budget. Groups will also receive points for team dynamics. Following the competition, the cans will be donated to local food banks.

Spokane's Tim Trudnowski elected to national office

Tim Trudnowski, president of Automotive Jobbers Supply, Spokane has been elected to serve as vice chairman of AWDA, the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association.

Susan Nielsen joins local Girl Scouts chapter as VP of Communications

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho has hired Susan Nielsen, M.S, APR as its vice president of Communications. Nielsen's responsibilities will include managing all aspects of marketing, communications, publications, media relations, social media, advertising and public relations.

"Susan's background as a communications and public relations practitioner, editor and journalist is ideally suited for the strategic role Girl Scouts has in the 30 county GSEWNI council area," said Pam Lund, CEO of Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. "Susan's energy, leadership and creativity coupled with her familiarity with fellow journalists, women and business leaders throughout our council area will be an asset as we prepare to celebrate the Girl Scouts of USA Centennial year in 2012."

Nielsen's background includes leadership roles with national and regional energy, higher education, health care and publishing organizations. She holds B.A. in Communications degree from Washington State University and a master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Eastern Washington University. She is accredited in public relations through the Public Relations Society of America, is a member of the Leadership Spokane class of 2012 and volunteers with several regional professional and community boards, committees and organizations.

Great Gift ideas at Orchid Boutique in Spokane Valley

The Orchid Boutique offers stylish clothing, handbags and jewelry, as well as skin care products and more and is a great place to find unique gifts for the holidays. In business since February 2010, Orchid Boutique has a cozy and fun atmosphere. Through the month of December, a variety of great discounts are available. They don't just offer great clothing and accessories, but also offer personal attention and advice to help customers personalize their style.

The Orchid Boutique is located at 4102 S Bowdish Rd in Spokane Valley, next to the Trellis Marketplace. Store hours are Tuesdays 11 am to 4 pm, Wednesday-Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. Through the month of December, they will be open Mondays from 10 to 2pm. Phone is 509-922-4204, or find them on Facebook, www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=299965526711081&id=101953389845630.

STCU opens region's most sustainable branch

The Spokane Valley's first 240-volt charging station for electric cars opens to the public when STCU starts serving members at its new South Valley Branch location today. That level II charging station, paired with two parking spaces reserved for electric cars or chargeable hybrids, is just one of the earth-friendly features designed into the branch at 13211 E. 32nd. Others include: Solar panels that at times will generate a surplus of power, a rooftop and parking lot that reflect heat, rather than absorbing it, building materials that were mostly mined or produced within 500 miles of the construction site, a shower for employees who walk or pedal to work, lights and a heating system that are highly energy efficient and a no-smoking policy that includes the parking lot.

Nystrom+Olson Architecture designed the 3,496-square-foot branch to meet U.S. Green Building Council standards for LEED Gold certification for sustainable building and development practices. During construction, 78 percent of waste materials were either reused or recycled, said Barry Baker, owner of Baker Construction & Development, one of the region's oldest and best-known contractors.

The Business Thought of the Week

"You'll never plough a field turning it over in your mind."
Irish proverb

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