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Sound Body Supplements and Sports Nutrition open at Five Mile

Sound Body Supplements and Sports Nutrition has opened at 1902 West Francis in the Five Mile Shopping Center. Owned by Jim Heggenstaller (left) and Mike Valente, Sound Body will specialize in workout support sports nutrition products, but will also have a full line of other vitamins and supplements. Don Goldsworthy is the manager for the store which will have five employees. You can learn more at Sound Body Supplements and Sports Nutrition on facebook.

Live World War II and aviation history at Felts Field this weekend

'Aluminum Overcast,' the Experimental Aircraft Association’s restored B-17 bomber, will descend upon Felts Field this weekend June 1-3 as part of its 2012 'Salute to Veterans' national tour. You can see the plane all weekend long and you can also take the ride in this legendary bomber.

Touring the United States since 1994, tens of thousands have experienced the allure of EAA's fully restored B-17 'Flying Fortress' Aluminum Overcast. History comes alive at each stop, prompting aviation and history enthusiasts alike to take a step back in time.

Experience the role of bombardier, navigator, and waist gunner as you walk around the aircraft. Relive the legacy of the thousands who heroically flew World War II bombing missions. Go to b17.org for all the details and reservations. There's also a great video of the plane in flight.

Figpickel's Toy Emporium moves to new location

Figpickel's, the region's most unique toy store, has been a magical experience in downtown Coeur d'Alene for seven years, has moved a block west to 210 Sherman Avenue in the Plaza Shops of the Coeur d'Alene Resort across from Hudson's Hamburgers. The new, larger space gives owners Brett and Susan Sommer, considerably more space than they had at their old location and they were able to expand their already sizable inventory. The new store has a book section called the Garden of Readin', a Laser-rarium where shoppers can try out laser toys and Hats in the Belfry where they can try on fun hats. The new store also launched a new Chump-o-lumps toy with interchangeable parts that results in 2,300 different combinations.

The move brings the Sommers' three downtown businesses to the same location. They also own Mrs. Honeypeeps Sweet Shop and Papillion Paper Emporium which were already at the Plaza Shops.

There's plenty of free downtown street parking in downtown Coeur d'Alene, and Figpickel's also gives 3 hours of parking at the Resort lot with a $5 purchase. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 8 pm and Sundays 10 to 6. The website which is being updated is figpickels.com. The phone number 208-667-2800.

On Hold makes holding on the phone profitable

On Hold can make the sounds of holding is profitable for your business and your business customers. Hold On! Inc. (aka as INPHO Information On Hold) is a local, family-owned company that holds millions of callers every single business day. Terry and Jo Anne Bone, Staci Clary and Tracey Billings combined their customer service and production talents into a profitable business keeping caller/clients happy on hold. The success is in the sound.

The sound is a combination of professional voice talent reading messages about companies' services, skills and talents. The messages are then artfully combined with fun upbeat music, mixed then placed onto a company telephone system. Now every time the hold button is pushed the caller/client hears exactly what they should hear, information about your company. The result is happy customers that purchase, trust and refer. Hold On! Inc. callers throughout 15 states use this holding power speaking to and informing millions of callers every minute of every business day. For more information call Hold On at 509-455-7786.

Providence Hospitals Ranked Among Top 5% for Patient Safety

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Providence Holy Family Hospital have received the 2012 HealthGrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, indicating their patient safety ratings are ranked among the top 5% of U.S. hospitals. In a new study released by HealthGrades, the leading provider of information to help consumers make informed decisions about physicians and hospitals, Sacred Heart is the only hospital in Washington to be a recipient of the Patient Safety Excellence Award for the ninth consecutive year. Holy Family is a seven-year recipient of the award.

Design Spike, Inc. Moves into the Liberty Building

Prompted by its client growth and the need for additional office space, Design Spike, Inc., a Spokane, Washington, corporation specializing in web design and development, has moved its corporate offices to the second floor of the Liberty Building in Downtown Spokane. Previously located in the Symons Building on First Avenue, Design Spike's new address is 203 N. Washington Street, Suite 204, Spokane, Washington 99201. Design Spike, Inc., was established in 2003 and is wholly owned by Laura Bracken.

Design Spike has four full-time employees and specializes in the design and development of custom-coded, database-driven, e-commerce websites. William Hall and Brandon Perdue, developers, have been with the company for 7 and 5 years, respectively. While Will has a penchant for creating website applications, Brandon prefers developing custom-built websites. Allyson Shoshana, social media maven, effectively juggles social media. She has found success in getting people to participate in and communicate with many local businesses and organizations.

Design Spike, Inc., is a local leader in social networking and online marketing campaign strategies. The company's 200+ clients include tourism, retailing, legal and financial services, non profit organizations, churches, physicians, engineers, architects, attorneys, politicians and political campaigns, special events and festivals, musicians, artists, and several other small and medium-sized businesses. Design Spike is also expanding its services to include media planning, buying, production and distribution, special event production, and much more. The company has also begun working with a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) specialist who optimizes websites for better search engine rankings.

For more information contact Allyson Shoshana at 509-252-5060 or email allyson@designspike.com. The website is designspike.com.

News from Splash Down

Splash Down Family Waterpark in the Spokane Valley has announced a multi-slide, multi-year expansion and have purchased six new slides that are sure to thrill sliders and guests of all ages. The new lineup is 2 giant inner tube rides, to be ridden by single or double tube riders; 1 kiddie tube ride; 1 kiddie body slide; 1 translucent spiral tube speed slide; 1 extreme body bowl slide (often referred to as 'The toilet bowl'). Splash Down will also be remodeling their main building and adding more shade structures, seating and amenities starting this season.

Season Passes are on sale now. Individual passes are $95 plus tax and Family passes (up to 5 people) are available for $225 plus tax. Splash Down is now open for weekends and starting June 16, will be open every day for the summer through Labor Day.

Visit their website for more information, www.splashdownwaterpark.net.

A Grand Welcome turns 20

A Grand Welcome is celebrating 20 years in business and for the fourth year it will continue to create Freshman Orientation 'Welcome' Packets for Gonzaga University.

Karin Kasinger took over in 2006 and states, "Our mission with Gonzaga is connecting incoming freshman students and their family to the Greater Spokane Area. Our packets are handed out the morning of the Freshman's Orientation Weekend and include Community/Civic information along with local businesses advertisements and discounts. This allows the local business an opportunity to 'Welcome' the students not only to their place of business, but the Spokane area too. It's very satisfying knowing we are helping those who are unfamiliar with our city find out just how friendly and truly great it is!"

A Grand Welcome is most known for its monthly Welcome Packets mailed to home buyers in the Spokane and Spokane Valley areas. You can visit their website at www.AGrandWelcome.com or contact Karin at 509-481-3357.

Settlers Creek unique event center in Coeur d'Alene

Settlers Creek is a distinctive event venue situated on a historic 10 acre farm recently honored by the U.S Department of Interior, National Park Service by listing on the National Register of Historic Places. An Authentic 100 year old historical farm, owned by Chris and Shannon Varela, offers many acres of rolling pasture providing an expansive yet private setting with unparalleled access to one of Idaho's most scenic agricultural landmarks.

Historic farm architecture surrounds guests while being treated to first class food and service. This beautiful venue features many separate and distinctive event spaces, such as a large preserved two story barn, an adjoining 2,500 square foot elevated deck, a 1,000 square foot hill-top heavy timber gazebo and a 14,000 square foot grass amphitheater and plenty of room to roam and take in the truly inspiring setting.

Located just 4.5 miles from downtown Coeur d'Alene, Settlers Creek specializes in full service hosting of private events such as weddings, corporate events, private concerts, and large reunions. For more information call 208-929-2507 or go to the website settlerscreek.com.

LaunchPad live TV show taping and networking event at George Gee Auto

This week's focus for the LaunchPad Live TV Show Taping and Networking Event will be the Entrepreneur and Small Business Community. The special guest, Tom Simpson, is the Co-Founder of Greencupboards and President of the Spokane Angel Alliance. He will discuss various topics including access to capital in today's market and his new venture, Greencupboards, an online retailer of eco-friendly products which after just 2 short years has over 70 employees.

The event is being held on Thursday, May 31st at the Porsche Show Room at George Gee Auto Complex in Liberty Lake, taping begins at 6 pm with networking, appetizers and beverages to follow. Entrepreneurs, Start-Ups and Small Business Executives and anyone with an interest in small business or start-ups is encouraged to attend.

This event is open to the public, RSVP by e-mailing kelly@launchpadinw.com or if you are a member of LaunchPad INW you can register at www.launchpadinw.com. Cost to attend is $10, no host bar will be available.

Marketing Associates of Spokane June meeting

Marketing Associates of Spokane will be holding their monthly meeting Thursday, June 14th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at The Lincoln Center, 1316 North Lincoln Street, Spokane. Jason Swain will present the program 'When Generations Collide: How to Solve the Generational Puzzle at Work'. Learn how generational differences can enhance rather than harm our firms and learn how to communicate more effectively with all four generations in the workplace today.

RSVP per the MAS website www.maspokane.org by Monday, June 11. Lunch will be provided at a cost of $20 for members and $30 for non-members. For more information please contact Lisa Burke at 509-747-2179 or lisab@lseng.com with any questions.

Laura Leach Joins SPVV Landscape Architects

Laura Leach has joined SPVV Landscape Architects as a landscape designer. Leach, who previously served as a landscape design intern for the firm, will be responsible for designing, estimating and managing the development of landscapes for governmental, commercial and educational commissions.

Initial projects for which Leach will be providing landscape design services include the Gonzaga University Grotto and Northeast Community Center Head Start Facility in Spokane and Terrace View Park, the Sprague Swale Upgrades, and continued landscape development at CenterPlace South in the City of Spokane Valley.

In May Leach graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree with a Minor in Horticulture. Her senior project for compact mixed-use walkable centers garnered an American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) National Honor Award and an ASLA Washington Chapter Honor Award. Leach is a member of the Rotaract Club of Spokane.

Chipotle Mexican Grill to open in Spokane

Chipotle Mexican Grill, the national chain of burrito restaurants will open on June 6 at 928 N. Division, offering tasty burritos, bowls, salads, and tacos in their own backyard. Chipotle's commitment to Food with Integrity has led the company to serve more naturally raised meat and local produce than any other restaurant company in the country.

Steve Ells, founder, chairman and co-CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls (a burrito without the tortilla) and salads made from fresh, high-quality raw ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in a distinctive atmosphere. Through our vision of Food With Integrity, Chipotle is seeking better food from using ingredients that are not only fresh, but that where possible are sustainably grown and naturally raised with respect for the animals, the land, and the farmers who produce the food. Chipotle will be open Monday through Sunday, 11am to 8pm. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

The Business Thought of the Week

"The people at the very top don't work just harder or even much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder. " Malcom Gladwell

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