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Red Lion launches a new brand, Hotel RL



Red Lion Hotel Corporation, an operator and franchisor of midscale and upscale hotels with two hotels in Spokane, has announced the launch of a new upscale hotel conversion brand targeted for the top 80 U.S. urban markets. Hotel RL is a full-service, lifestyle brand inspired by the spirit of the Pacific Northwest and designed for consumers with a millennial mindset.

"With the recent uptick in hotel construction in the upscale and upper midscale segments, as well as traditional franchise contract termination options, this is an opportunity for hotel owners to affiliate with a new brand that isn't already commoditized in every major market," said RLHC President and CEO Greg Mount. "By tapping into the millennial mindset, Hotel RL offers a fresh approach to hospitality that will resonate with the most influential market set since the baby boomers."

The focal-point of their open pavilion-style lobby is The Steps, a new gathering and seating concept where guests can enjoy an espresso and complimentary Wi-Fi in the mornings or a signature cocktail in the evenings. In addition to The Steps, other signature elements of the Hotel RL brand include distinctive coffee service in the lobbies, centered around the notion of enticing guests out of their rooms and into a Pacific Northwest coffee house setting.

The U.S. upper midscale and upscale segments consist of approximately 1.5 million hotel rooms, according to Smith Travel Research. RLHC anticipates announcing the first addition to Hotel RL before the end of the year and plans to open or convert more in 2015. Over the next 18 months, RLHC expects along with hotel owners to invest between $50 million and $100 million in the conversion of properties to the Hotel RL brand. On a selective basis, RLHC will pursue joint venture and equity ownership opportunities. You can view a Hotel RL video: http://youtu.be/wl7fOXB6Vt0


Rocky Rococo's is still rockin'



Construction on their building at 520 West Main looks challenging, but Rocky Rococo's Pizza and Pasta is very much open and serving Spokane's best pizza.

There is something special about Rocky's pizza pie. With fresh dough made daily in their kitchen, their signature, tangy pizza sauce and the finest ingredients, like hand-pattied Italian sausage, it's easy to see how Rocky's has become synonymous with quality. And Rocky's is more than pizza. Besides a delicious variety of Pan-Style pizza slices and specialty whole pies Rocky's has pasta featuring red or white sauce with meat and veggie options,their famous Italian breadsticks and a Garden fresh salad bar. Don't let the construction slow you down, get in there and enjoy their great food. Or call ahead and take some home, 747-1000.

Deb Brady promoted to Senior Vice President at Associated Industries



Associated Industries Management Services announces the promotion of Deb Brady to Senior Vice President, Benefit Services Operations. Brady joined Associated Industries in 2008 and is responsible for all of the administrative and third-party administrator functions for the health benefit trusts. With more than 20 years' experience in the health insurance industry, Brady has held senior management positions in membership and billing, customer service, claims and related support services with Premera Blue Cross, PCS Health Systems, CIGNA, FHP, Eye Care Plan of America and Health Plan of Nevada. She has served on the Board of Directors for Leadership Spokane and Partners in Crime Prevention.


New owners for Oz Fitness clubs in Spokane.



Seattle area investors who previously owned Vision Quest Gym locations in Western Washington have purchased Oz Fitness and are changing the name to MUV Fitness, that's M-U-V Fitness. All five current locations of Oz Fitness will remain open and will be rebranded as MUV. No job cuts are planned. For more information go to ozfitness.com

Anthony's Beach Cafe opens on south hill



Anthony's Beach Cafe, owned and operated by Anthony's Restaurants, has opened at Regal Plaza, 2912 E. Palouse Hwy, near the new Target store on the South Hill. The new restaurant, which is a more casual version of Anthony's at the Falls, with a slightly different menu, has 4,000 square feet and seats over 100 inside with additional seating for 70 in an outside dining area. There's also counter seating at an open exhibition kitchen. Anthony's Beach Cafe is open for lunch 11 am to 4 pm and dinner 4 to 9 pm. You can get more information at anthonys.com


Pet supply store moving to new location

Prairie Dog Mercantile is moving to 5608 S. Regal Street next week. The pet food and supply store is leasing 2,000 square feet to give them more room than their first store at 2917 E. Palouse Hwy.

bankcda buys BofA branch in Hayden



bankcda bought the former Bank of America branch at 162 W. Hayden Ave. in Hayden for an undisclosed amount. Coeur d'Alene-based bankcda officials say the location will provide more convenience for North Idaho customers. Its first three branches are in Coeur d'Alene, Hayden and Kellogg.

Headquartered in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, bankcda is a business focused community bank offering small business banking, mortgage lending and a full line of consumer products. bankcda has total assets of approximately $98 million.


The Rock City Grill now serving breakfast during football season

Rock City Grill, in River Park Square, is serving breakfast from 9:30am-3pm every Sunday throughout the entire football season. Chef Tim Simpson and Sous Chef Jordan Berger have created special breakfast dishes and The Blue Martini bar is featuring Batch No. 12 Vodka Bloody Marys for all Seahawk 12th man superfans!

Rock City has 10 big screen TVs so every seat in the house is a good seat to enjoy football not only on Sundays, but on Mondays and Thursdays as well.

Providence Ambulatory Surgery Center in Spokane Valley approved

Providence Health Services of Washington has received approval from the Washington State Department of Health of its certificate of need application to open an ambulatory (outpatient) surgery center in the Providence Medical Park located in Spokane Valley. The approval authorizes Providence to establish four operating rooms to serve both adult and pediatric patients.

Providence is immediately moving ahead with hiring staff to work in the new ambulatory surgery center and anticipates being ready to serve patients by the end of this year.

Providence Medical Park, located on the north side of I-90, east of Sullivan, opened in April of this year and is a multispecialty center that puts primary and specialty physician offices, lab, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy services and urgent care together under one roof. The ambulatory surgery center will provide outpatient surgical services for patients who are admitted and discharged within twenty-four hours and do not require inpatient hospitalization.

For more information, visit phc.org

Desautel Hege Communications adds new team member and announces APR Certification



Desautel Hege Communications announces the hire of Eric Smith as Art and Digital Director within the company's Creative Services Department. Smith brings 11 years of multidisciplinary design experience to the DHC team. A graduate of Central Washington University, he has worked with a variety of other prominent design firms including Seven2 where he served as a Senior Digital Art Director.



DHC also announces that Sara Desautel, has been certified with an APR (Accredited in Public Relations) designation by the Public Relations Society of America.

PrimeSource introduces PSCU Cares2

Volunteer opportunities and charity projects exemplify the worldwide credit union value and philosophy of "people helping people", and PrimeSource Credit Union takes pride in continuing to make this philosophy a priority. PrimeSource Credit Union Cares2, which is led by an internal Community Committee, has an active role in community giving and volunteerism. PSCU Cares2 captains research volunteer opportunities year-round for executive management and staff involvement. PrimeSource Credit Union believes there is a huge benefit in the ongoing involvement, from all levels of staff and their families, in learning about the needs of the community, as well as gaining a real sense of pride that accompanies lending a hand to others.

Corporate sponsorships, fundraising, and volunteering are keys to the success of the PSCU Cares2 program. Charitable projects that PSCU Cares2 has participated in this year have included the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Guilds' School Penny Drive, Second Harvest Food Drive, Salvation Army School Supply Drive, Spokane Humane Society fundraising, Meals on Wheels and assistance for numerous other Inland Northwest charitable organizations. Last year, in part with Credit Unions for Kids to benefit Children's Miracle Network, PrimeSource made a large contribution toward a toy-filled wagon for Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.

PSCU Cares2 goals foster community awareness, enthusiasm and team involvement. PrimeSource Credit Union believes project goals nurture overall social concern and provide personal recognition in the support of individuals and our community as a whole. Visiting a children's hospital, sorting food for the hungry, handing out backpacks to children in need and seeing how donations impact lives can be eye opening, emotional and a life changing experience for PSCU Cares2 volunteers.

PrimeSource Credit Union in Spokane was founded by telephone company workers in a basement in 1935, and has been serving the community for close to 80 Years. PSCU Cares2 exemplifies the organization's motto of "People who care. Service you depend on." PrimeSource Credit Union is proud to give back to the community with open arms to help those in need.

Noah E. Albertus joins Johnson Law Firm

Noah E. Albertus has joined Johnson Law Firm. Previously, he provided corporate legal services to one of the nation's largest restaurant chains, was a key member of a legal team for a cutting edge medical services company and, most recently, worked with the legal department of a local finance company. Albertus focuses his practice in the areas of personal injury, criminal law, estate planning and social security disability.

Born and raised in Spokane, Albertus attended the University of Washington receiving his B.A. with honors in 2006, double majoring in English Literature and African American Studies. He attended Arizona State University's Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, graduating with his J.D. in 2011.

Coffman Engineers adds Fire Protection Engineering capabilities

Coffman Engineers, Inc., a mid-sized, multidiscipline engineering firm, announces the addition of fire protection engineering services through the hire of senior fire protection engineers Bob Libby, P.E., FSFPE and Byron Briese, P.E.

Bob and Byron bring to Coffman Engineers nearly seven decades of collective fire protection engineering experience. Both gentlemen previously served in key management and executive roles at the largest fire protection consulting engineering firm in the world. Bob's most recent position included responsibility for managing and developing work in several new market sectors as well as opening new offices in strategic worldwide locations. Byron recently served in a position of responsibility for managing and developing national and international clients within various market sectors.

The addition of Bob and Byron increases the capabilities of Coffman Engineers' fire protection engineering services to a national and global scale. This allows the firm to provide clients with more value through an even greater depth of cohesive, in-house engineering services. Bob and Byron will initially focus on supporting existing Coffman Engineers' clients and projects as well as new clients within the commercial real estate, hospitality, healthcare, government/military, higher education, industrial, and retail markets.

Coffman Engineers is celebrating 35 years of providing clients with multidiscipline engineering services including civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, fire protection, process piping, instrumentation and controls, and corrosion control engineering as well as project management, commissioning, and land survey services. The firm's successful history is propelled by their guiding principles of lasting creativity, results, and relationships. Coffman Engineers offers our clients an unwavering commitment to excellence in our services through offices in: Anchorage, Alaska; Hagatna, Guam; Honolulu, Hawaii; San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, California; and, Seattle and Spokane, Washington. For additional firm information, visit www.coffman.com or follow them on Twitter @CoffmanEngineer.

Free Art Show and Performance Provides Opportunity to Support Veterans

"The Welcome: A Public Listening", a group of veterans dealing with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) present their stories to the Spokane community through works of music, visual, and performance art. The result of a four-day retreat hosted by Warrior Songs that introduces veterans to multiple artistic mediums, this culminating event gives the public an opportunity to witness impactful art pieces and performances, all the while forming a valuable support group and audience for veterans to share their stories through art. The event is co-sponsored by and will be held Saturday, November 22nd, 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, 4340 W. Ft. George Wright Drive. Admission is free.

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