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Victor Azar rebrands hummus business, introduces new product

Victor's Hummus, a gold medal winner for best locally produced foods three years in a row, is now "Victor Foods". The re-branding move is the result of a new food which does not fit the Hummus category, "Healthy Falafel" a ready to eat spread.

Falafels, a deep fried food made of garbanzo beans, have long been a favorite for sandwiches and wraps in big cities all around the world. They are now, for the first time, being offered as a healthy ready-to-eat spread. The best part is that there is no need to deep fry this wonderful food anymore. With a passion for incredible taste and a love of healthy food, Victor Foods brings you yet another delectable low calorie spread.

Prior to its introduction to area stores as a retail package, starting on Thursday the 23rd of October and for the next few weeks to follow, Victor's falafel spread will be available in a new sandwich wrap only at Cafe MAC (inside the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture), Azar's Restaurant on North Monroe, Chairs Public House, Main Market Co-op Deli and at the Rocket Market on 43rd on the south hill.

On November 15th of 2013, Victor entered into a joint venture agreement with Spokane Produce for the production and distribution of Victor Foods' products. Spokane Produce's integrity and care, along with their mission to provide healthy organic foods, were in line with Victor Food's goals and aspirations.

For more information about falafel and Victor Foods, go to www.victorfoods.com

Office furniture sale at Contract Design Associates this week

Contract Design Associates at 402 East Sprague announces their annual Warehouse Sale this Wednesday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 -m. They are putting all their demo office chairs on sale as well as their inventory of new and used office furnishings.

For more information call 509-624-4220.

Wake Up Call Coffee building Spokane location

Wake Up Call Coffee which already operates four locations in the Spokane area, is building a coffee shop at 3526 E. 5th Ave at Freya. It's on the Thor Freya couplet, the former location of a Mexican restaurant. It's just a block from a Dutch Bros. location. They also have coffee shops on Pines, Evergreen, Sullivan and Dishman Mica in Spokane Valley. This is their first in Spokane. For more information go to wakeupcoffee.biz and The Wake Up Call on facebook.

A new dawn for Dawn of the Donut

The former Dawn of the Donut shop at 3402 North Division, which closed recently, has new life, and new owners. Joe and Amber Owens, who also own Celebrations Bakery which has two locations, in the Garland neighborhood and in Spokane Valley, bought the zombie themed donut shop and have changed the name to Casual Friday Donuts. Even though the donut shop was essentially risen from the dead, the zombies are gone and it's now a family friendly business.

They have new donut offerings such as a green and blue "12th Man" donut, a Persian cinnamon rolls, fried croissant with or without raspberry filling and other "gourmet" items. They have also updated the look of the shop with new paint and a granite counter top. They plan on adding outdoor seating.

Casual Friday Donuts' hours are 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

A national honor for Murray Huppin

Spokane businessman Murray Huppin, owner of Huppins and One Call, will receive a national award by the Anti-Defamation League next month at a black tie dinner in New York City. The award is presented annually by the Anti-Defamation League to people who represent commitment to social justice and business integrity.

Welcome Reception and Press Conference this Thursday for Katherine Morgan

The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce invites the media, the business community and the general public to a Welcome Reception for President & CEO, Katherine Morgan, this Thursday, October 23, 5-7:00 p.m. The gathering will be held in the Fireside Lounge at CenterPlace Regional Event Center.

A short program begins at 5:30pm with a press conference to immediately follow. At the event, Ms. Morgan will share her vision for 2015 and reveal the new branding concepts and logo for the Spokane Valley Chamber. The orchestra from University High will provide entertainment. There will also be a no-host bar and light appetizers.

Applied Insight launches worldwide campaign

Applied Insight, LLC announced last week the launch of a new campaign to expand its worldwide inspirational products distribution capacity. The campaign celebrates the lifetime work and legacy of world-renowned artist and author Mary Anne Radmacher, whose work has been featured in publications such as The New Yorker and O Magazine, and on CBS News and CNN. It also signals the launch of Applied Insight's innovative new "Sustain the Inspiration" approach to sustainable practices in the inspirational products and stationery industries.

The campaign, titled "Courage Doesn't Always Roar," is a nod to Radmacher's most famous poem, which is celebrated around the globe and has become a social media standard: "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes, courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.'" The campaign marks a new beginning for Radmacher and her exclusive licenser, Applied Insight.

Applied Insight's CEO, Deanna Davis, was introduced to Radmacher's poem, "Live With Intention," at age 16. The poem became Davis's mission statement for life, inspired her first bestselling book ("Living With Intention"), and sparked what would eventually become a world-wide inspirational products distribution center. In addition to Radmacher's work, Applied Insight represents the work of eight other artists and authors from throughout the United States. Applied Insight's mission is to "Inspire the world…one cool thought at a time."

Applied Insight operates the international distribution of their inspirational art, greeting cards, and gift products in Mead, Washington. The company is committed to supporting the local economy by sourcing design services, printing, and binding through local companies such as BCI Creative and Inland Bindery.

Applied Insight products are available through local retailers such as Wonders of the World in the Flour Mill and Emporium at East Hawthorne. Local independent bookseller Auntie's Bookstore also carries a selection of Radmacher's and Davis's books (15 titles in all).

Details about the "Courage Doesn't Always Roar" campaign can be found at: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1279672343/courage-doesnt-always-roar.

AmericanWest bank acquires Bank of Sacramento

AmericanWest Bank has announced that it plans to acquire Bank of Sacramento giving the Spokane-based bank a total of nine branches in the Sacramento area, and nearly 100 throughout Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California, and Utah. When the transaction is completed AmericanWest will have total assets of about $4.5 billion and more than 1,000 employees. Their website is awbank.net.

Geno's celebrates first anniversary

Geno's Traditional Food and Ales, at 1414 North Hamilton, owned by the company that runs the Elk and 27 Public House in Spokane and Moon Time and The Porch in north Idaho, is celebrating their first anniversary in their Gonzaga/Logan neighborhood location.

The Monterey Cafe "Gives Back" to Spokane Boys & Girls Clubs on Oct. 22

Stop by The Monterey Cafe this Wednesday, October 22 between 11am – 2am and help raise critical funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County. Selected as the beneficiary of their "Give Back Wednesday" program, patrons and hungry eaters alike have the option to dine-in, take out or even cater some of Spokane's yummiest food with an added BONUS – 20% of the day's proceeds will help the Clubs' impact the lives of thousands of local youth in need. The Monterey Cafe boasts some of the downtown's best happy hour specials, trivia contests and karaoke performances so make sure to stop by Wednesday for some fun, all while making a huge difference in the life of a child!

For additional information, visit www.bgcspokanecounty.org or call 509-489-0741.

Uncle Dans' Creamy Ranch single and twin packs now available at Albertsons

Uncle Dan's Seasoning and Salad Dressing announces that Albertsons stores that currently carry Uncle Dan's will now carry the Creamy Ranch single pack and Creamy Ranch twin pack. For over 30 years, Albertsons has carried Uncle Dan's Seasoning and Salad Dressings. Currently, over 100 Albertsons stores in the Pacific Northwest carry Uncle Dan's Classic Ranch, Creamy Ranch and Blue Cheese.

To find the nearest Albertsons carrying Uncle Dan's Seasoning and Salad Dressing, visitors to the Uncle Dan's website can type in their zip code in the Store Locator. Over 1,400 stores carry Uncle Dan's Seasonings and Salad Dressings in the Northwest and western Canada.

Uncle Dan began mixing his own salad dressings at home in 1966. Since that time, Uncle Dan's award-winning salad dressing recipes have become a salad lover's favorite for over 40 years! And for the first time there is no MSG added. Uncle Dan's is also a gluten free product.

Spokane Eye Clinic & Spokane Optical Company new valley location

Spokane Eye Clinic & Spokane Optical Company are relocating their valley locations from the Pines/Mission area to the northeast side of the Sullivan exit. The address is 16201 E. Indiana Avenue, Suite #5000, in the Spokane Valley. The new location will be used for patient clinic visits and also house a retail contact lens and optical shop. The modern 19,500 square foot space is inside the River View Corporate Center owned by Worthy Enterprises, LLC. Spokane Eye Clinic & Spokane Optical Company have 2 other locations in Spokane, a main clinic on 5th and Bernard which also houses their surgery center, and a north clinic just east of Division on Central. There are 15 ophthalmologists and 7 optometrists to meet all eye care needs. Spokane Eye Clinic is proud to have been providing services to Spokane and many surrounding communities since 1955. The website is spokaneeye.com.

Justin Rice joins GeoEngineers

Justin Rice has joined GeoEngineers' Spokane office as a staff geologist. He was previously a geologist for the USDA Forest Service in Coeur d'Alene.

Courtney Dohnal joins OpenSquare

Courtney Dohnal has recently joined OpenSquare office in Spokane as the New Business Development Workspace Consultant. Courtney graduated from Washington State University with a BA in Interior Design and she has been using that knowledge to bring commercial furnishing solutions to our area ever since. To see what Courtney can bring to your project, email her at cdohnal@open-sq.com.

OpenSquare is at 126. S. Sheridan. The phone number is 509-483-1000 and their website is www.open-sq.com.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Winners are those who go out there every day and exhaust themselves, trying to get something accomplished." Baseball player and manager, Joe Torre. In honor of the 2014 World Series

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