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JOB's 2013 Market Fact Book is out




This week's issue of the Spokane Journal of Business includes the 2013 Market Fact Book with more than 50 pages of data about the Spokane Metropolitan Market and selected information from Kootenai County. The book contains more than 90 charts and graphs depicting hundreds of data sets: demographics, economy and employment, real estate, health care, taxes, education and more. Journal publisher, Paul Read, says that for the first time in years much of the data is encouraging. Home sales and home starts are up in both Spokane and Kootenai Counties, unemployment is down, and taxable retail sales in Spokane have surged to the best level since 2008. Get your copy on newsstands or by stopping by the Journal office at 429 E. 3rd.


GU building $6 million indoor tennis and golf center




Gonzaga University has begun construction of a $6 million indoor tennis and golf center on a vacant 3-acre parcel at 1220 N. Superior St., a few blocks east of campus, south of Mission Park, and near the Spokane River. The 72,000-square-foot (approximate) facility will offer six regulation tennis courts and a golf practice area.

The facility will be constructed of steel and insulated concrete with a brick facade and will include on its main floor men's and women's locker rooms, an athletes' lounge, training room, and coaches' offices, said Ken Sammons, Gonzaga's director of plant services. A small, second-floor area will provide for a viewing space and restrooms. Gonzaga bought the property for the project in 2007.

Walker Construction was selected as the general contractor for the project from a field of six local construction companies who submitted bids on the project. The building was designed by Gonzaga's professional in-house architectural staff with assistance from ALSC Architects and other Spokane-based mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering firms. Gonzaga Architect Mac McCandless is architect of record for the project. Both Walker Construction and ALSC have significant project experience working for Gonzaga.

The facility, which is expected to open in late October, will allow the Zags' tennis practices and home matches to return to campus. Gonzaga removed its tennis courts in 2008 to make room for soccer field improvements on the southwest portion of campus and has used the Spokane Racquet Club facilities since then.

Sweet Frostings to open second location on northside




Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop, the delightful cookie, cake and cupcake bakery at 15 South Washington and First Avenue downtown, announces it will open a second location the end of August in the Wandermere area, across the street from Village Centre Cinemas. The new location will offer the same delicious bakery items as the main store, but will not have a bakery. Baking will all be done at the main location.

The new Wandermere Sweet Frostings will have the same whimsical decor as the original location, plus they are adding a party room for birthday and tea parties and other gatherings. You can learn more at Sweet Frostings facebook page. The phone number for the main downtown store is 509-242-3845.


Meridian Construction announces project

Meridian Construction is the contractor selected to re-develop an existing building into a medical building two blocks from Sacred Heart Medical Center at 26 East 5th avenue. The build-out for owner MMDC Properties includes the renovating the building's exterior with new windows, siding and entry as well as a complete makeover of the interior for medical use. The building is available for lease now by contacting Cornerstone Property.

Meridian Construction, Inc. General Contracting and Construction is located at 12730 E. Mirabeau Pkwy, Suite 700 in Spokane Valley. The phone number is 509-443-0252 and the website is meridianco.com.

Manito's Park Bench Cafe is open




The Park Bench Cafe in Manito Park is open for the season. The Cafe will operate with a weekend schedule 9am to 5pm for weekends (Friday-Sunday only) until June 15. The Cafe will then be open seven days a week. The popular Friday night music series begins this Friday, May 31.


Valley Bruttles Gourmet Candy shop moving

The Spokane Valley Bruttles Gourmet Candy shop is moving to the Opportunity Plaza shopping center at 12609 E. Sprague Avenue from their 101 N University Rd location. They expect the move to be competed by the end of July. Bruttles also has a shop in downtown Spokane at 828 West Sprague across the street from the Davenport Hotel.

Upscale Sale to benefit the Spokane Symphony

Spokane Symphony Associates present the 'Upscale Sale', benefitting the Spokane Symphony, running this Thursday through Sunday at 1027 W 3rd Ave in Spokane.

There will new, vintage, antique and unique items including furniture, art, garden & patio items, clothes, jewelry, holiday items and much, much more. The Preview Sale is this Thursday, May 30 from 5 to7pm, with a $5 admission. Other sale hours are Friday, May 31, Saturday, June 1 & Sunday, June 2, 8am to 5pm, free admission. Visa/Mastercard Accepted.

'Upscale Sale' is presented by the Spokane Symphony Associates, a volunteer group dedicated to raising funds for the Spokane Symphony Orchestra. Visit SpokaneSymphonyAssoc.org to learn more.


Glo Med Spa offers a night of pampering at Nectar

Tomorrow evening, May 29 from 6-9pm, Nectar Tasting Room and Glo Med Spa will be having a night of pampering, beauty treatments and wine at Nectar Tasting Room, Main at Stevens. Glo Med Spa has a very engaging and dynamic guest speaker, Dr. Geoff Stiller, cosmetic surgeon, who will speak at 7pm on 'What is considered beauty?'

Glo Med Spa will be offering special sale prices for this evening on Juvederm at $395 per syringe and Botox at $9.45 per unit and mini-facials with a skin consultant. This special is for guests and a portion of all Glo Med Spa's services will be donated to Teen Closet.

Help support Teen Closet by bringing in beauty care and personal care products for boys and girls. Everyone donating will get a free paraffin dip or mini-facial with a medical aesthetician. In addition, you can be pampered with a chair massage from Brick House Massage or brow shaping by Zuri Skin Spa. Threshold Fitness personal trainers we will be talking about stabilizing your blood sugars, giving out sample of a meal replacement shake and offering a test to measure your antioxidants. Dimensions Salon will be offering Eye Kandy, mini diamond tip dermabrasion on hands, hair color chalk, and hair consults for cut, style, color. Gloss Makeup Artistry and Coconutz Tanning will be offering smokey eye love affair and facial spray tan/airbrush.

Glo Med Spa, Brick House Massage, and Dimension will all be offering Paraffin Hand Dips to those that bring a donation for Teen Closet or purchase a $5 ticket with proceeds going to Teen Closet. Decadent Dreams is also bringing their Chocolate Fountain with yummy items for dipping. Wine and Appetizer special from Nectar Tasting Room.

The event is free but beauty services will be offered on a first come, first serve bases and will have a charge. Please RSVP on Facebook to Nectar Tasting Room, 120 N. Stevens, Spokane.

Recent hire and promotion at GeoEngineers' Spokane office

Bill Reintanz recently joined GeoEngineers' Spokane office as a senior special inspection and testing technician. He previously worked for a private company in Utah as a construction inspector.

Teresa Dugger, PE, of GeoEngineers' Spokane office was promoted to the West Business Unit's geotechnical group leader. She was previously the Spokane office's geotechnical group leader.

American Institute of Baking certifies Sonderen Packaging

Sonderen Packaging is certified with the American Institute of Baking for Food-Contact Packaging Manufacturing Facilities. In order to achieve this certification, Sonderen was required to evaluate and document such processes as the Adequacy of Product Safety Program, Operational Methods and Personnel Practices, Pest Control, Cleaning Practices, and Maintenance for Product Safety. Sonderen is also required to conduct self inspections regularly in order to maintain the standards of AIB. Sonderen Packaging is very excited about their certification and have received top ratings on all audits that have been conducted at their facility.

New board member selected for bankcda

bankcda has announced that Bob Schmand of Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty has joined the bankcda Board of Directors.

Bob grew up in Coeur d'Alene and graduated from Coeur d'Alene High School in 1971. He immediately launched his professional real estate sales career in 1972. With great success, Bob has always been among the top-producing agents, including Realtor of the Year for the State of Idaho. His business experience has been utilized on the Coeur d'Alene, state of Idaho and National Associations of Realtors, as well as Past President of the Hayden Lake Chamber and former Chair of Kootenai County Planning and Zoning.

Headquartered in Coeur d'Alene, bankcda is a business-focused community bank built on personal relationships offering small business banking, mortgage lending and a full line of consumer products. bankcda has total assets of approximately $71 million with two branches in Coeur d'Alene and Hayden Idaho.

Desautel Hege Communications Promotes Associate

Desautel Hege Communications (DHC) announces the promotion of Lisa Cargill from Account Director to Senior Account Director. She has been with the firm for 10 years and has established herself as a leader in the firm providing sound strategic consultation and communications planning. Cargill will continue to provide senior level work within key accounts, mentor junior practitioners and help manage day-to-day DHC systems and business development.

Accredited through the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Cargill also serves as the current President of the Spokane chapter of the PRSA. She graduated from Eastern Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Public Relations and minor in Technical Writing before arriving at DHC in April 2003.

Desautel Hege Communications is one of the largest integrated communications firms in the region, specializing in helping clients use strategic communications and marketing to achieve their goals. DHC has worked in industries like energy, healthcare, tribal, education, manufacturing and finance, among others. Founded in 1996, DHC provides a full spectrum of public relations, public affairs and marketing services to regional, national and international clients from its Spokane-based office. Learn more about DHC at www.desautelhege.com.

'Tourist In Your Town' lets local residents earn 'big discounts' for vacationing at home

'Tourist In Your Town is a five-day event in August when participating area businesses and attractions will offer discounts to local residents. Spokane/Coeur d'Alene and the Inland Northwest is the pilot region for 'Tourist In Your Town.'

The event will take place from August 10th through the 14th. Locals will be encouraged to see our region from a tourist's point of view. Residents can 'Stay Close, but Go Far,' and take advantage of discounts at restaurants, hotels, wineries, specialty shops, popular attractions and other area businesses. More than $80,000 in media advertising has been committed to getting the word out to residents about 'Tourist In Your Town'.

To learn more visit the website at www.atouristinyourtown.com.

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