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Vault Coffee open in former Java location in Coeur d'Alene



Vault Coffee is now open at 324 Sherman Avenue at the corner of Fourth Street and Sherman in downtown Coeur d'Alene. It's in the former location of Java which moved a few blocks to the east on Sherman. Danelle Reagan and stepdaughter Haley John are the owners of the business, which is in a historic building built in 1904 as The Exchange Bank of Coeur d'Alene.

Vault Coffee was designed by HDG Architecture of Spokane, the same firm that designed Fire Artisan Pizza, The Cellar and Crafted Taphouse. The interior is modern and vintage at the same time, taking full advantage of the banking theme of the old Exchange Bank.

Vault serves DOMA Coffee of Post Falls as well as teas from Elmwood Inn Fine Teas, of Danville, Kentucky. The also serve a variety of pastries, sandwiches, parfaits and other items and they plan on expanding their menu to serve beer and wine in the near future. Vault Coffee is open from 6 am to 6 pm every day. The phone number is 208-966-4193.


Blackbird pub to open at Broadview Dairy

Patrick McPherson, owner of the popular Manito Tap House in Manito shopping center is planning a new gastro-pub, named the Blackbird, which will be located inside the Broadview Dairy Building at 905 N. Washington Street across from Red Lion Hotel at the Park. The 6,00 square foot pub will have seating for over 100 as well as two banquet rooms. 80 more seats will be available on an outside patio. They plan an upscale gastropub menu and will have 150 to 200 bottled beers. The business will employ 50.

Bargreen Ellingson and Copeland Architecture & Construction are designing the pub which will open in early 2015.

Visit Spokane's 'Big Meeting' is tomorrow

Visit Spokane will host 'The Big Meeting,' the organization's annual meeting and marketing outlook forum, tomorrow from 7 am to 9 am at the Spokane Convention Center. This year's meeting will address the topic of 'Telling Our Destination Story.'

Matthew Kruchko, Managing Director at Applied Storytelling, will give the keynote presentation about the power of creating a shared community narrative. Matthew has helped destinations and Fortune 500 companies, from Calgary to Detroit to Jose Cuervo, realize their brands' business potential.

"This is a unique opportunity to bring the Spokane region's strategic business and industry leaders together to develop and share our destination story to build business, recruit employees and position the destination for tourism," said Cheryl Kilday, President & CEO of Visit Spokane. "It is important that we all work together to share the same narrative and create a stronger, collective brand presence for the Spokane region."

"The Big Meeting will be followed by two successive Brand Summit workshops to explore common threads and challenges for the community and region and to begin the process of building our shared destination story," said Kilday.


Associated Industries announces new additions to team



Associated Industries announces two new additions to the organization's staff. Curt Nead has joined the staff as vice president of safety services and the workers' compensation refund program. Nead previously was safety director and human resources direction at Crux Subsurface, Inc. He has extensive experience in safety program development, OSHA compliance, employee relations, and team building. Nead is a certified Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) and his affiliations include the Spokane chapter of the Society of Human Resources Management, World at Work, and qualified trainer for OSHA courses.


Andrea Morgan has also joined Associated Industries as HR advisor. She has more than 15 years experience in the human resources field including researching and developing business strategies, project management, affirmative action plan development, managing employees, recruitment and retention, conflict resolution and benefit administration. Morgan will provide a variety of human resources services to members of AI. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Inland Northwest Society of Human Resource Management since 2006. A graduate of Washington State University, Morgan received her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 2003.

Decadence! Spokane Chocolate Festival coming November 7



Encore Events will host the first annual Decadence! - Spokane Chocolate Festival on Friday, November 7th, 2014 from Noon - 9pm at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park in downtown Spokane. Decadence! will feature chocolate indulgences both sweet and savory, live music by Cary Fly and a Chocolate Martini competition.

The event features local and regional chocolate and confection companies who will offer for sample or sale everything from truffles and desserts to chocolate hummus and chili. You'll even find chocolate relaxation at the Brickhouse Massage and Coffee Bar booth.

The culinary expertise of Chef Robert Lombardi and students from the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy will be featured throughout the day and Professor Monica Stenzel will give a humorous and educational talk on the history of chocolate. Wine and chocolate pairing classes are available to purchase. VIP ticket holders will be witness to a Chocolate Martini competition which will give guests a new perspective on sweet cocktails and an opportunity to sample the creations of local mixologists.

Entrance to Decadence! - Spokane Chocolate Festival is $20. VIP admission is $45. Tickets are available at www.decadencefestival.com or by calling Encore Events at 509-981-8439. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities are also available.


Nectar to Open Craft Wine & Beer Shop in Kendall Yards



Josh Wade, owner of Nectar Tasting Room is opening a craft wine and beer shop in Kendall Yards. Nectar Craft Wine and Beer will carry wine from around the world, specialty and local beer for retail sales and will have a great space to enjoy glass or pint while enjoying the small plates menu overlooking downtown Spokane. "Kendall Yards is the perfect location for specialty wine and beer shop. The community is booming and the vision of Greenstone Homes for the area really excites me," says Josh. In addition to specialty wine and beer, the location will carry select cheese, meat and various gift items. "Nectar Tasting Room will remain in its current location and will continue the focus on five Washington wineries, food service and an event facility. The tasting room is positioned perfectly for continued growth and success with the renovation of the Bennett Block, Huppins and Dutches buildings and the proximity to Walt Worthy's Grand Hotel," explains Josh. "The new space gives us the opportunity to serve the Kendall Yards community and explore unique wine and beer from around the world. "

Award winning restaurant designer Studio HDG has been contracted to build out the space. Work will begin shortly. Expect the space to be open in the early winter of 2015. Nectar Wine and Beer will be located at 1331 Summit Parkway next to Veraci Pizza. To follow the progress visit nectarkendallyards.com.

If you'd like to consider being an early investor, Nectar Wine and Beer is using Kickstarter (a crowd-sourcing fundraising platform) to help with the costs of securing inventory and building out the amazing space. Check out the Kickstarter campaign. Your investments come with some exclusive rewards. For more information visit tinyurl.com/lcbvfwx/.


Oktoberfest Beer Dinner At the Lincoln Center October 3

The Connoisseur's Club at The Lincoln Center welcomes Big Sky Brewing Company for their Oktoberfest Beer Dinner. Mark your calendars for Friday, October 3rd, starting at 6pm. Not only will this beer dinner feature 5 food courses expertly paired with 5 beer selections from Big Sky, but the entree course will be accompanied by the elusive 'Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout', a special, limited release. This special release stout often sells out before beer aficionados even know it's available.

Tickets are $55 per person, and Connoisseur's Club members receive a 20% discount on tickets for 2. Don't miss a lineup of great beers, great food and the opportunity to meet and learn from the experts at Big Sky Brewing Company! Visit thelincolncenterspokane.com for more information.

Northwest Taste and Washington Trust Bank are teaming up to fight childhood hunger.

Second Harvest's program, A Bite to Go, provides food to hungry school children in our community over the weekend. "Many area students receive subsidized school meals, but don't have enough to eat over the weekend. These kids have less energy and may struggle to focus in the classroom", says Rod Wieber, Chief Resource Officer for 2nd Harvest Food Bank. "Weekend food supplies given to local students through A Bite to Go help fill the gap."

For every ticket purchased to Northwest Taste during September, Washington Trust Bank will donate $1 to support A Bite to Go. " We're excited to have such a great partner with Washington Trust Bank to help provide food for area children", shares Caroline Kloetsch, Promoter of Northwest Taste, the area's only specialty food and beverage show. For more information on purchasing tickets to Northwest Taste or making donations to A Bite to Go, visit nwtaste.com.


KSFC hosts On-Air Forum on the 'Budding Business of Marijuana' tomorrow

KSFC Talks presents the 'Budding Business of Marijuana' with on-air forum about Washington's Newest Legal Business tomorrow from 12-1pm on KSFC radio, 91.9 FM in Spokane. In November, Washington State passed Initiative 502, legalizing recreational marijuana. How are state revenues being impacted by the legal pot trade? Are law enforcement authorities now saving money and time by not having to go after pot smokers? What dangers are posed by marijuana edibles to consumers? These are a few of the questions Spokane Public Radio poses at 'KSFC Talks: The Budding Business of Marijuana.'

Panel members include Alison Holcomb, the current Drug Policy Director of Washington State's ACLU; Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich; Chris Marr, former Sixth District representative from Spokane to the Washington State Senate, currently on the WA Liquor Control Board; and Kevin Oliver, Executive Director of the Washington state affiliate of NORML, a marijuana advocacy group. Reporter and regional Morning Edition host Steve Jackson moderates the hour-long discussion.

Moderator Jackson will accept questions through email sent in advance to FrontDesk@kpbx.org. KSFC will rebroadcast this forum at 9 am on Thursday, Sep. 25 and at 1 pm on Sunday, Sep. 28.

Tyler R. Whitney to Become Winston & Cashatt's Newest Associate



Winston & Cashatt recently hired Tyler R. Whitney as its newest associate attorney. Whitney will practice primarily in the firm's corporate litigation group.

Whitney graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in May 2014 and recently passed the Washington State Bar Exam. Prior to law school, Whitney graduated from Whitworth University with a B.A. in Political Science and Peace Studies. During law school, he clerked for Winston & Cashatt for two years, served as a judicial extern to Chief Judge Laurel Siddoway of the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division Three, and argued competitively for Gonzaga's National Moot Court team. Whitney brings rich experience as a public affairs contractor supporting the U.S. Department of Energy, and is heavily involved in Spokane's civic and political communities.

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.

Prestigious YWCA Award recognizes outstanding women

YWCA of Spokane has announced the winners of the 2014 Woman of Achievement Awards. The women will be honored at the 2014 Women of Achievement Impact Luncheon, held at the Spokane Convention Center on October 1, 2014, from 11:30am to 1:30pm.

For 32 years, YWCA of Spokane has celebrated high achieving women in the community at this annual event. Established with the goal of increasing community awareness and appreciation for the diverse contributions of women leaders in Spokane, this luncheon has honored over 200 women.

YWCA Woman of Achievement Award Winners
Winners of a YWCA Woman of Achievement Award must embody the mission of the YWCA by giving generously of themselves to make Spokane a better place for all citizens to live. They must also demonstrate leadership through their professional work or service to the community. The 2014 winners are:

Sister Paula Turnbull - Arts & Culture
A well-known and respected artist and teacher, she created the popular 'Garbage-Eating Goat' for the Expo '74 World's Fair and the Australian Sundial. She served on the Riverfront Park art committee and began what is known today as the Sculpture Walk. She has works installed around the world and is the creator of the most public art in Spokane.

Nancy L. Isserlis - Business & Industry
Spokane's City Attorney since 2012, Nancy also served on the Washington State Bar Association and has received many professional and service awards during her career. She is recognized as one of the region's top bankruptcy attorneys. She is particularly well-known for having served as Regional Directing Attorney of Columbia Legal Services, a non-profit law firm serving low-income people. She has intentionally mentored young women attorneys, and young women and men attorneys 'of color.'

Rhosetta Rhodes - Carl J. Maxey Racial & Social Justice
Chief of Staff at Whitworth University, Rhosetta implemented the West Central Neighborhood Partnership, a collaborative neighborhood revitalization project that connects students, faculty and coursework to address needs in this community. She is active in the broader community to eliminate racism, and is a Certified Mediator through the Justice Center of Atlanta.

Stephaine (Stephy) Nobles-Beans - Community Enhancement
Stephy Nobles-Beans founded a transition home for homeless women and children, the Fields of Diamonds House of Blessings. She has been employed by Whitworth University for 18 years and works with the Student Life Chaplain Services and the Multi-Cultural Department.

Dr. Shelley K. Redinger - Education
Superintendent of Spokane Public Schools (the second largest school district in the state), Shelley has been at the forefront of significantly improving graduation rates. She represents Spokane Public Schools by serving on many community boards, yet still finds time to visit or teach a class in one of the district's 50 schools.

Dr. Patricia Butterfield - Science, Technology & Environment
Dr. Patricia Butterfield is Dean of the WSU College of Nursing and is recognized in both nursing and health sciences as a regional, national and international scholar. She is a public health nurse with expertise in environmental health and sustainability, rural and underserved population heath, and household environmental contamination. She has led multiple research initiatives and brings this sense of discovery to WSU students. This year, YWCA of Spokane also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award to honor a woman in the community who has dedicated her life to living the mission of the YWCA.

Trish McFarland - Lifetime Achievement Award
Trish McFarland is known for her decades-long commitment to raising support for the organizations that provide for the needs of women and children in our community. Throughout her 40-year volunteer and professional career Trish served as volunteer or executive leadership at Ronald McDonald House, the YWCA of Spokane, St. Joseph's Children's Home, Cataldo School, Gonzaga Prep, Women Helping Women Fund, and Junior League of Spokane. During her career she raised over $100 million to support these local causes and the women and children they serve.

The keynote speaker for the October 1 event, Hattie Kauffman, author of the new book Falling Into Place. She is a member of the local Nez Perce Tribe and made history when she became the first Native American journalist both to anchor KING 5 News in Seattle and to serve as a Special Correspondent to ABC's Good Morning America.

Wolf Creek Lodge supports Operation Dog Tag

This Friday & Saturday, September 26 & 27, come support our veterans' at Wolf Creek Lodge, for an evening of fun, all for a great cause. Operation Dog Tag is a non-profit organization based in Spokane, 3 years ago by Point Man Ministries, is comprised of combat veterans, local professionals and community members who are passionate in helping veterans suffering from their past combat experience.

Their mission is to provide support to wounded war veterans to help overcome difficulties due to combat physical and emotional injuries by giving unconditional love that only dogs can give. They provide dogs and dog training to meet the veterans' critical needs such as post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, as well as veterans with crutches, walkers and in wheel chairs. The believe in helping all wounded warriors, past and present and their families to begin living their lives again.

The event will include dinner and drink specials, great raffle prizes, including a 3-month membership to OZ fitness, dinner & theater tickets, dog grooming and more. Call 509-535-9197 or 509-276-4364. Location is 104 S Freya near I-90.

Quality lawn care is a SNAP for Organic Micro-Cut

When it comes to quality lawn care, Corey Thorpe understands that it takes effort and attention to stay a cut above the competition.

Thorpe launched Organic Micro-Cut six years ago with a goal of providing a level of customer service that was second to none. Traits like honesty, integrity and responsiveness topped the list of priorities for his new company. If a sprinkler goes out, for instance, someone from Micro-Cut is on site that day to replace it. "I've put a lot of time into doing it right and it's paid off huge," Corey said.

Since the business began, Thorpe has not lost any of his weekly lawn mowing customers to poor service. Recently, a former client who had left for Seattle moved back to the Spokane area and called Corey to make sure Micro-Cut could take care of the yard surrounding his new home. "We get a lot of notes from clients, thank you's for our work," Corey said.

In addition to an emphasis on conscientious customer care, Organic Micro-Cut has developed a market niche by offering lawn maintenance utilizing an approach that features chemical-free fertilizer and other eco-friendly products. Corey also provides the option of conventional products. Before he uses a product on the yard of any client, Corey makes it a point to try it first on his own lawn.

Thorpe said SNAP Financial Access was there to support him at a time when the venture was just starting out. "The toughest part was getting funding for a new business and SNAP helped a lot with that," Corey said.

The micro-enterprise loan helped Micro-Cut get started on the right foot with the purchase of necessary equipment like a trailer, truck and mowers. SNAP also connected Corey with educational resources promoting green practices as advice on starting and succeeding as a business owner. As for the future of Micro-Cut, Corey said he would like to establish more of a presence in North Idaho next year. Looking back, he expresses appreciation for a program that saw the potential in a lawn-care business that refuses to cut corners. "SNAP is willing to take a chance on someone who is starting a business," Corey said. "The financing definitely helped but SNAP also made sure I had the opportunity to learn. "

For more information about SNAP Financial Access and programs like micro-enterprise development, housing, money management, credit repair and foreclosure prevention, call 509-456-7106 or visit www.snapwa.org.

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