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New life for Geno's restaurant in GU district

New owners for Geno's restaurant at 1414 North Hamilton in the GU district. The four partners who bought the building know how to run great restaurants, they're the same people who own The Elk in Browne's Addition, the Two Seven Public House in South Spokane, the Porch in Hayden and Moon Time in Coeur d'Alene. The Geno's building is being renovated to take on more of a college sports bar feel and it will be open by the end of this month. Owners say the food will be like the Elk, but with fries!

Property finalized for new convention center hotel

The Spokane Public Facilities District Board of Directors has approved the final sale and transfer of a District owned, downtown piece of property to the Worthy Group to develop a nationally branded, multi-story, 'convention' hotel.

The Davenport Hotel Collection owners Walt and Karen Worthy purchased the entire block just south of the INB Performing Arts Center to build a 721 room hotel with over 900 parking spaces in a new attached parking garage. The new hotel will also have 70,000 square feet of meeting space which includes a 19,000 square foot ballroom and over 25 meeting rooms of various sizes.

Open house set for Spokane Valley Cancer Center

The Spokane Valley Cancer Center will hold an open house Sept. 26 at its new oncology clinic at 13424 E. Mission. Spokane Cyberknife and Radiation Oncology Center and Medical Oncology Associates PS are also located in the 22,000 square foot space. The clinic was designed by Denny Christenson & Associates and constructed by McCloskey Construction.

Dale Cloninger joins Wheatland Bank

Dale Cloninger is a new financial advisor for Wheatland Bank's Wealth Management division. He has more than 14 years of experience in the financial services industry and holds professional registrations in several states.

Five Local Breweries. Five Incredible Food Courses. One Scrumptious Showcase!

Join The Lincoln Center this Friday, September 20, for their Northwest Brewery Showcase Dinner, presented by The Connoisseur's Club. Enjoy 5 courses of cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Brad Emery, paired with beer selections from River City Brewing Company, Budge Brothers Brewery, Selkirk Abbey Brewery, Iron Goat Brewing Company & Wallace Brewing Company. Cost is $55 per person and includes tax and beer-themed door prizes. Great food on hand - Tempura shrimp, braised pork belly, grilled steak bites and waffle battered chicken breast with honey maple drizzle. A special invite from How's Business - be the first to email us at info@spokanehowsbusiness.com, why you and a guest want to go to this NW Brewery Showcase and you'll get 2 dinner tickets FREE!

For ticket information call The Lincoln Center at 509-327-8000 or click the link below.


Airport Snow Removal Equipment Building awarded LEED Gold Certification

Spokane International Airport has announced that the recently completed Snow Removal Equipment Building was awarded the prestigious Gold Certification in the Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The SRE is Spokane International Airport's first LEED Certified building. The SRE Building houses a 9-bay vehicle equipment/storage area and 4-bay maintenance/support area, including a wash bay sized for 75-foot long snow removal vehicles.

LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a project was designed and built using strategies that improve performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. SIA's primary goal for this project was LEED Silver however, because of the energy efficiency, water efficiency and high percentage of recycled and regional materials used on the building the project was able to achieve LEED Gold certification.

The project's $7.8 million construction cost was financed through the Passenger Facility Charge, which is a user fee assessed on each outbound passenger. These funds are directed to capital projects identified as a priority by the Airport Board. Spokane International Airport expects the project to be paid for within 2 years, which saves debt financing charges.

Mountain West's Valley bank building sold

The 14,400 square foot Mountain West Financial Center at 12312 E. Mission Avenue in Spokane Valley has been purchased by M Group LLC for $6.2 million.

Spokane Valley Chamber Business Connections Breakfast features Mid-Year Economic Update

This Friday, Sept 20, at 7am, the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Connections Breakfast features guest speaker, Grant Forsyth, chief economist at Avista Corp., giving a mid-year update on the economy in our region. The breakfast is at Mirabeau Park Hotel & Convention Center, 1100 N. Sullivan Road. Doors open at 6:30am, program begins at 7am. The cost for members and guests to attend is $25; non-members pay $35, which includes breakfast.

For more information and to register go to spokanevalleychamber.org.

Bruttles Open House at New Location

Bruttles is having an open house this Friday, September 20 from 4:30 to 6 pm at their new location, 12609 E. Sprague, Suite 1. The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 pm.

Winston & Cashatt Attorney Elected Federal Bar Association Trustee

Winston & Cashatt attorney Kammi Mencke Smith was recently elected the newest Board member of the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Washington. At its September 6, 2013 District Conference, the Bar's membership elected Mencke Smith to serve as a First Year Trustee for the Board's 2013-14 term. The Federal Bar is a network of federal legal practitioners and judges in the Eastern District of Washington.

Winston & Cashatt attorney C. Matthew Andersen also serves on the Board as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Winston & Cashatt is one of only two firms with multiple attorneys serving on the incoming Board.

Winston & Cashatt is a multidisciplinary, regional law firm that has been serving clients for more than 60 years. An experienced litigation firm, it represents a roster of local and national clients through its offices in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene.

DownEast opens new store in Spokane Valley

DownEast has opened a new 6,000 square foot store in at 15735 E. Broadway in Spokane Valley. The fashion retailer has locations across the West, with clothing for men and women. The new location will offer the DownEast Basics product line for women, teens and girls, as well as some men's clothing.

Next week the Spokane Valley Mall DownEast store will become Lemon Ice, a retailer that sells to teens and early-20s shoppers.

New team members for Bernardo Wills Architects

Kevin Cash and Steele Fitzloff have joined Bernardo Wills Architects. Cash is a landscape architect and Fitzloff is a landscape designer. Cash is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and has 14 years of professional design experience.

Fitzloff has five years of design experience and previously worked for Gavin Associates Landscape Architecture.

Staff promotions at SwitchUp Web & Marketing

SwitchUp Web & Marketing, with offices at 609 N. Argonne in Spokane Valley has promoted Megan DeWit to Project Administrator and Selina Shehan to Senior Graphic Designer. Also, Ashley Morehead is a Communications Intern from Gonzaga.

New leadership and board for Spokane Club

After a national search, Charles Alpers has been hired as the chief executive officer of The Spokane Club. Melissa Elfering is the new sports and fitness director. Taudd Hume has been elected chairman of the board. The board officers include Richard Repp, Steve Larsen, Jeffrey Bell and Nancy Vorhees. The trustees are: Stephanie Bregher, Katy Bruya, Linda Elkin, Latisha Hill, Darin Klundt and Pam Lund.

Imprezzio President Russell Page and Co-Founder and CCO Dave Talarico to speak at Executive Connect Breakfast

Connect Northwest's next Executive Connect Breakfast takes place September 26 and will feature Imprezzio President Russell Page and company co-founder and Chief Creative Officer David Talarico. Page, a part-owner of the software solutions company, has served as President since 2009. Talarico and developer Kelly Birr founded Imprezzio in 2004 in Spokane and now have offices in Kirkland, Toronto, and Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

The company is part of Spokane's small but vibrant software community and produces a Vision Productivity Platform for the insurance industry which can be adapted to any business. They also run a European software contest for technical students with prizes and internships which they will be bringing to the US this November.

Page and Talarico will speak about Imprezzio's past, present, and future as well as the future of the tech community in Spokane; the benefit of business partnerships in the area, what their company is doing to encourage high school and college students to learn about technology and the sciences, and what the city of Spokane can do to keep encouraging further growth.

Imprezzio Inc. creates enterprise software solutions for the insurance, parking, and financial industries. Since its inception, the Imprezzio family of companies has grown to include Imprezzio Marketing, Imprezzio Global, Bad Kitty Studios, the OmniPark Company, and Racing Snail in its portfolio. They employ 100+ staff in the U.S. and currently serve clients from mom-and-pop shops to Fortune 50 insurance companies.

Pita Pit opens south hill location

Pita Pit, with three locations in Spokane, has opened a new restaurant 2916 S. Regal Street. Pita Pit serves pita bread sandwiches, soups and salads. Their locations are open until midnight from Sunday through Thursday and until 3 am on Friday and Saturday.

Other Pita Pit locations are at 818 E Sharp Avenue in the GU district, 707 W Main Avenue downtown and 6314 N. Ash Street. They also deliver.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful." Joshua Boston

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