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Numerica's Downtown Branch Opens its Doors

Numerica Credit Union opened its doors today at their new Downtown Spokane branch, 502 W. Riverside, at Stevens, the former location of First National Bank. The staff has planned several prizes, fun giveaways and refreshments for a three-day open house, set for Nov. 20-22, where anyone can visit, meet the staff and check out the new "digs." The Downtown branch is the first Numerica branch to open since introduction of their new brand, which is evident in the relaxed, friendly, and open interior design with a focus on community involvement.

The branch is technologically savvy with a tech bar to charge your cell phone and electronic brochures that can be emailed so that visitors don't have to carry them while they continue enjoying the town or head back to the office.

"We're here to foster well-being in people's lives, so our branch is light, airy and stress-free," explained Jake Krummel, Numerica's downtown market manager. "The branch has an inviting design that allows us to be personable with our members so that we can easily have conversations about their needs, their goals, and their future plans."

In addition to conducting standard member transactions, the service center will have tailored services for business members focusing on business deposits, loans and cash management services. A conference room will be available for consultations with Numerica's business services officers and for financial seminars and workshops geared toward business owners.

The branch is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri. It can be accessed from both the outside at street level and inside through downtown's skywalk system. The location will also house a full-service ATM, available 24 hours a day.

The property, owned by RenCorpRealty, was formerly known as the Sherwood Mall and has now been renamed "The Numerica Building." Numerica leased 3,018 square feet of space on the first floor with the entrance on Riverside. More information about the downtown branch and staff can be found on Numerica's Blog.

Numerica Credit Union currently has over 90,000 members throughout Central and Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho and over $1 billion in assets. It offers a full line of financial products and services, including mortgages and business products. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in the State of Washington or the Idaho Panhandle.

Meridian building new retail development in Coeur d'Alene

Meridian Construction, Inc. of Spokane has recently broken ground on two large retail buildings at the The CrossRoads at Coeur d'Alene (Appleway and Ramsey Roads across from the Kroc Center). This large retail center development is home to the recently opened Winco Store. Meridian plans to complete the buildings in early spring that will house tenants such as Subway, Pita Pit, Great Clips and Starbucks.

Meridian Construction is a locally owned contractor that specializes in medical, retail, restaurants, and office construction here and around the country. The owner, Mark D'Agostino, started the business in the year 2000 and currently has 15 employees between field and office staff. Meridian is located at 12730 E. Mirabeau Pkwy, Suite 700, in Spokane Valley. The phone number is 509-443-0252 and the website is www.meridianco.com

Beauty and the Vine at Nectar this Thursday

Attention ladies! Nectar Tasting Room, at Main and Stevens in downtown Spokane, has organized a night out on the town just for you. Beauty and the Vine is this Thursday November 21 from 6-9pm. This free event is sponsored by Aesthetics Northwest and will be a night of beauty, health tips, and of course wine. Enjoy discounted BOTOX and Juvederm treatments, chair massages (Dr. Russell MacDonald), make up consulting (Sharmaine Nichole Beauty & Barber), mini-halotherapy session (Salt Room of Spokane) and more.

Bring a 'wish list' item for Women and Children's Free Restaurant and receive a free paraffin dip. For a full list of services, 'wish list items' and to pre-register for BOTOX or JUVEDERM please visit Nectar Tasting Room website, drinknectar.com, or call 509-869-1572.

Pack your bags for a whiskey-filled trip through Scotland

If you're a whiskey fanatic, you won't want to miss this event. The Connoisseur's Club at The Lincoln Center is holding their annual Scotch Social, Saturday, November 30th, from 6 to 10pm. Put your feet up and sample up to 18 different varieties of Scotch, or enjoy a fine cigar available for purchase from Cigar Train, in a heated, covered lounge. If you're a Scotch aficionado, you'll enjoy some rare, hard-to-find selections otherwise not available in stores. The evening includes an array of heavy appetizers from the culinary team at The Lincoln Center and tray-passed pistachio fudge.

Ticket price is $70 per person, (includes tax). Advance reservations recommended.

Tickets and information are available on The Lincoln Center Events calendar at www.thelincolncenterspokane.com

16th Annual Economic Forecast is this Wednesday

Greater Spokane Incorporated will host the 16th Annual Economic Forecast on Nov. 20 at the Spokane Convention Center from 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. This year's theme is "Tapering, Tepid and Transitioning" The Journal of Business is a Co-Presenter.

Dr. Grant Forsyth, Chief Economist at Avista, and Dr. John W. Mitchell, Principal at M&H Economic Consultants, will talk about what we can expect from the regional economy in 2014 so the business community can be prepared. Dr. Mitchell typically ends his presentation with a clever poem, and we anticipate he'll have another one ready, poignant and fun.

The public can register online at http://events.greaterspokane.org for $50. The public can also follow along on Twitter using #EconForecast.

New team members at the CVB

Visit Spokane welcomes two new hires to their team, Kim Ritten and Jim Cacabelos.

Most recently coming from Visit Jacksonville, Kim has a vast amount of expertise in sales and the tourism industry and will serve as Director of National Accounts in Chicago.

Jim, Director of National Accounts in Seattle, has an extensive background in the CVB and meetings industry, and is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP).

"Shop Small Business Saturday" is November 30

Saturday, November 30th is "Shop Small business Saturday". It's your opportunity to shop at participating stores that accept American Express cards and get a $25.00 credit back from American Express. It's easy, just register on-line at American Express.com, spend $25.00 or more and get a $25.00 credit back on your American Express card.

A great way to support Small Businesses and save some money and help the local economy. At independent, locally owned businesses, 52% of what you spend stays right in our community supporting local organizations and services.

Epicurean Delight Award winners

Epicurean Delight, benefiting the Inland Northwest Blood Center was last Friday, 11/8/13. As the sole fundraiser for INBC, Epicurean Delight brings together 30 restaurants and 30 wineries/breweries to feature some of the most amazing food and libations that a fundraising event has to offer. The event has become known as the most-fun black-tie gala in the Northwest.

The culinary awards are judged by a panel of Epicurean Delight sponsors and community leaders an hour prior to the event. The judging is completely blind, with the judges only having access to a description of the items and not the name of the restaurant providing the dish. Each culinary judge samples every item in their respective category, hors d'oeuvres, first course, entrée and dessert and scores each item on palate pleasing and visual appeal. The numbers are tallied and the awards are announced during the program at the event.

The 2013 winners are:

Outstanding Hors d 'Oeuvres: Burgundy's at The Spokane Club for their Pan Fried Crab Cakes.

Outstanding First Course: The Flying Goat for their Rabbit Confit.

Outstanding Entree: EPIC Spokane for their Apple Wood Smoked Columbia River Steelhead.

Outstanding Dessert: Simply Gourmet Catering Co. for their Green Bluff Apple Tart Tatin.

People's Choice Best Restaurant: Burgundy's at The Spokane Club.

Mark your calendar for next year's Epicurean Delight on November 14, 2014. Go to epicureandelight.org for more information.

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"Nothing astonishes people so much as common sense and plain dealing." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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