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Spencer's celebrates 14 years as Spokane's prime steakhouse.



In January of 1998 Spencer's changed the restaurant business in Spokane. Spencer's for Steaks and Chops opened in the downtown Doubletree Hotel, introducing the inland northwest to the world class steakhouse experience. Finally, Spokane people could experience a steakhouse reminiscent of a Morton's, El Gaucho, Chicago Chop House or Ruth's Chris right here at home. Some of the early ads said, "Now you don't have to leave town for a great steak."

Spencer's uses only the highest quality 21-to-28 day aged, locally sourced, hand cut, USDA Prime and Natural steaks and chops. Their unique 1600 degree, infra-red broiling method, which gives prime cuts of beef a seared outside and a juicy tender flavor inside, has set the standard high for steaks in Spokane. They also feature Snake River Farms Kurobuta Pork Chops and Draper Valley free range chicken chops as well as fresh seafood such as coriander crusted halibut, peppercorn seared wild salmon or cold-water Australian lobster tails. Desserts are made fresh daily and include cheesecake, fresh baked cobbler, and their legendary warmed chocolate and fudge "Naughty Cake" that will leave you blushing. Friendly conversation, handcrafted martinis and fine wines are featured at the full service bar, manned by award-winning bartenders. Spencer's is open for lunch and dinner. For reservations call 509-744-2372. The website is spencersforsteaksandchops.com/Spokane. (The Clark Company is proud to have served as Spencer's ad agency since the very beginning)


Another birthday. Nectar turns 1

Nectar Tasting Room at 120 N. Stevens is turning one. "We're so excited about the first year. Spokane has graciously embraced us and we want to throw a party to say, thank you," says owner Josh Wade. Join the party Friday or Saturday, January 6 or 7. Friday night enjoy the music of Rachel Bade-McMurphy Jazz Trio and meet the winery owners and wine makers for Skylite Cellars and Northwest Cellars.

On Saturday, Nectar will be giving away prizes every hour on the hour that include bottles of wine, club memberships, and tickets to upcoming events. Saturday night meet the winemakers and winery owners from Anelare, Hard Row to Hoe, and Terra Blanca. "Each winery is bringing something unique that our customers have never had and there will be some amazing deals on select products too," Wade says. Hours are Friday and Saturday Noon-10pm, 509.869.1572. nectartastingroom.com

Phone number correction

The correct phone number for the new monthly Spokane Valley newspaper, The Current is 509-242-7752.

Grilled cheese sandwiches always make you feel better

Remember how good you felt when mom made grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup for you as a child? Well, Mommy G's Gourmet Grilled Cheese has created a menu just for you, a bit more grown-up, but just as comfortable as you remember. Mommy G's used to be located in a trailer in downtown Spokane at Sprague and Washington, but they recently moved to the Staples parking lot on North Division. And because they are mobile, they can bring their melty gourmet creations to your business to serve up some mouth-watering grilled cheese sandwiches.

They offer traditional catering as well, for staff meetings, events, special seasonal days, birthdays....you name it. They are flexible and truly mobile. You can check out their menu and get their contact info at Mommy G's on facebook.

Congratulations to Kim Cooper

Kim Cooper has been named the 2012 President of the Coeur d'Alene Association of Realtors. Kim is the Owner/Broker of Select Brokers Real Estate and a 30 year resident of Coeur d'Alene.

Women's Resource Partnership

Women's Resource Partnership is the brainchild of Diana Carpenter, Candidate Coaching and Prescreening. As an active member of numerous business networking groups, Diana recognized the fact that many women that may not work or have a business also need education and support.

The vision of the Women's Resource Partnership is to enhance the lives of women in all walks of life and was created for women of all ages to come together through events and share their friendship, business, ideas, and connections. The events will be designed to support women and give them an opportunity to meet in the spirit of partnership to expand their network and circle of influence. Events will be held on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 11:30-1:00 p.m. at 12309 E. Mirabeau Parkway, Suite 1, Spokane Valley. Lunch will be provided for a minimal fee. The first event will be January 24, 2012 and the featured speaker will be Linda Davis, President and Certified Image Consultant Supreme and Company.

The topic is What's Your Wardrobe Personality? A New Year... the Right Look for YOU. The single biggest mistake a person makes when shopping, is not understanding one's own "wardrobe personality."

For more information on the Women's Resource Partnership go to www.facebook.com/#!/womensresourcepartnership.


Scouting report: Scout is a great new place to eat

Scout is a new restaurant developed by Rob Brewster, located on the main floor level of the Montvale Hotel, in the space where Far West Billiards used to be at 1001 West First. Scout opens at 7:30am with a full breakfast menu. Lunch features soup, salad and sandwiches, including burgers and Reubens. Dinner entrees include game hen, fish and chips as well as vegetarian menu items. There is a full bar that offers beer and wine on tap. And they left a couple of pool tables from Far West Billiards for fun.

The Northwest decor comes from around the region and includes the bar back from the old Mint Bar that was located in Mullan, Idaho. Brewster obtained it when the building was torn down in 2002.

Scout is open Mon-Thurs 7:30 am-11 pm, Fri- Sat 7:30 am-2 am, Sun 7:30 am-11 pm. The phone number is 509-747-3434


Local Professional Organizers to appear on A&E's 'Hoarders'

Local professional organizers Cindy Vanhoff, owner of reclaimed spaces, llc, and Martha Goss, owner of Organize it With Martha, will appear in an upcoming episode of the Prime Time Emmy Nominated A&E TV series, 'Hoarders'.

In an upcoming episode of the program, Vahhoff and Goss unite to provide organizing assistance and aftercare to an Inland Northwest family working to overcome the debilitating and often-stigmatized disease of hoarding. Compulsive hoarding is a disorder characterized by difficulty discarding items that appear to most people to have little or no value. According to UCSD Department of Psychiatry the true prevalence of hoarding is unknown, but it is estimated that up to 1.2 million people suffer from compulsive hoarding in the USA. Hoarding can create such cramped living conditions that the home may be filled to capacity with only narrow pathways that meander through stacks of clutter.

For more information on the upcoming program and the benefits of getting organized visit www.organizeitwithmartha.com and www.reclaimedspaces.com.

LaunchPad INW Announces Collaborative Partnership with Connect Northwest and The Spokane Entrepreneurial Center

LaunchPad Inland Northwest has announced a new collaborative business endeavor with Connect Northwest (manager of the Spokane Angel Alliance) and The Spokane Entrepreneurial Center. The combined resources of these three organizations, already engaged in a combination of business networking, new business investing and affordable office space for start-up companies, will create an innovative nucleus to promote local entrepreneurs and the business community.

"This collaboration will include the founders and leaders of these three organizations including Steve Salvatori and Catherine Greer," said Bill Kalivas, co-founder and Managing Partner of LaunchPad INW. "The combination of our individual organization's resources for this effort will be an advantage for entrepreneurs and business leaders looking for a streamlined approach to gaining access to funding, connections, business services and marketing local success stories." LaunchPad is a Spokane based professional networking and business development organization that brings leaders, business owners and professionals together via online and face-to-face, social and group platforms.

Connect Northwest is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs establish new businesses in the region, primarily by connecting them with investors who can provide seed capital. Salvatori is founder and CEO of The Spokane Entrepreneurial Center, a source for low-cost office space for start-up companies, and he is on the board of directors of Connect Northwest. He has also been the host and originator of the Spokane Entrepreneur Radio Show, broadcast weekly on Thurday at 5 p.m., on KSBN AM 1230 Moneytalk Radio. The show features new and existing companies in the Spokane region highlighting elements that challenge and enhance new business ventures and introduces opportunities for businesses to explore. Salvatori was recently elected to the Spokane City Council and will be leaving as host of the radio show.

Bill and Catherine will co-host the Spokane Entrepreneur Radio Show beginning January 5, 2012, and LaunchPad INW and Connect NW will co-produce the show, select guests and collaborate on the content. The new show will be a platform to expand each organization's efforts to bolster the region's business community through existing events such as Connect Northwest's Executive Connect Breakfast Series and LaunchPad's Entrepreneurial Community networking events.

Numerous local business leaders have been guests on the show (previous shows are archived and available online at www.spokanecenter.biz/radio.html.) Current sponsors of the show are Riverbank and the Spokane Entrepreneurial Center. New sponsor opportunities are available. Contact Bill Kalivas for more information at bill@launchpadinw.com.

Happy New Year from How's Business!

As the Japanese say this time of year, "Haburi ga yoi!" Good prosperous business! We wish you the best in the coming year.

Send us your business news by emailing info@spokanehowsbusiness.com. And please consider running an ad on our newsletter that goes out every week to the most important business people in the region. People like you! Call Ed Clark or Nancy DeStefano-Glines at 509-838-4080 for rates and other details.

We have changed the time that How's Business will be delivered. Because of busy Monday mornings for everyone, and scores, if not hundreds of emails to go through, How's Business will now be sent in the early afternoon on Monday.

Again, Happy New Year! May 2012 be your best year yet.

The business thought of the week

"Obstacles can't stop you. Problems can't stop you. Most of all other people can't stop you. Only you can stop you."
Jeffrey Gitomer





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