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It's called GRAND for a reason! What a hotel!

Last Thursday evening I had the opportunity to tour the construction site of the Grand Spokane Hotel led by Walt Worthy. All I can say is WOW! It is going to be like nothing we have ever seen in Spokane!

Grand Spokane Hotel is 17 stories with 716 rooms and suites, and every bed in the hotel is king size. There will be 3 restaurants and a coffee shop. There is about 70,000 square feet of banquet space including an 18,000 square foot ball room. The hotel has an outdoor meeting area overlooking the INB and Riverfront Park. There will be over 900 parking spaces with over 600 open to the public. All four of the hotels are a member of Marriott's Autograph Collection, but will be managed by the Davenport team.

The massive building has about 40 million pounds of concrete including 4500 pieces of precast from Central-Oldcastle. They will set the last piece today and the plan is to get the roof completed this next week.

To see more images go to www.davenporthotelcollection.com.

Second Trader Joe's coming to Spokane on the north side

The big news last week is that we have a new Trader Joe's coming to the north side, moving into a 12,000 square foot space that's being vacated by Rite-Aid at Franklin Park Mall. Their Lincoln Heights location does fantastic business. It will be the 23rd Trader Joe's in Washington state and it's scheduled to open in the second half of next year. Trader Joe's opened in 1967 in Pasadena, California. The chain opened its first location outside of California in 1993 and now has more than 415 stores nationwide.

North side Onion remodeling, rebranding their bar

The north side Onion is doing a remodel of their bar and a rebrand. The new bar will be called Area 51 Tap House at the Onion. They will offer 51 beer taps and 50 bottled beers for a total of 101 beers, making it one of the largest selections in Spokane. Plans are to re-open the bar December 8th.

Kitchen Spokane: Spokane's Food Business incubator growing by leaps and bounds

Early this year, Spokane's only Food Business incubator opened its doors, featuring a fully stocked commercial kitchen for entrepreneurs, caterers, and small businesses in the food and agriculture business to rent for their personal use. The kitchen is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is a fully-approved facility by both the Spokane Regional Health District and the Washington State Department of Agriculture, meeting the necessary guidelines for all food processing requirements.

Quickly outgrowing its existing facility, Kitchen-Spokane has expanded beyond the capabilities of its existing 800 square foot space, and is now moving into a brand new custom-built facility in the Spokane Valley. The new location is at 1014 N Pines will open December 1st. The new 2,500 square foot facility will be over four times the size of their previous facility and boasts a loading dock and plenty of storage for refrigeration and dry storage.

Kitchen-Spokane offers small food businesses an impressive array of commercial kitchen equipment available for use by small start-up businesses the chance to realize their dreams of success. Some locally established food businesses are currently using the facility to operate their businesses at a fraction of the cost of owning their own storefronts, helping them maintain high profits and keep their overhead costs low. The kitchen's operator, Jayme Cozzetto, says their goal is to help these food businesses grow towards economic self-sufficiency, and there are loan referral programs to help many of the startups get up and running.

You can reach them at either by phone at 509-868-7710, or email KitchenSpokane@gmail.com.

Christmas photos at Campbell House, November 29

Start a new tradition this year. The Campbell House Library, complete with lighted Christmas tree, opens for a one-day-only opportunity for groups of 8 or less to schedule a professional holiday studio photograph. This unique event, Saturday, November 29 from 10 am to 4 pm, is hosted by the Campbell House Committee and raises funds for ongoing restoration and preservation of this cherished regional historic house museum and its public programming.

The fee is $50 for a group of up to 8 persons. No pets. Fee includes same-day MAC admission. Reservations are highly recommended: 509-363-5355. Check in at MAC Admissions Desk on day of event.

Susan Joseph Nielsen named Executive Director of College Success Foundation - Spokane

Susan Joseph Nielsen has been named the new executive director of College Success Foundation Spokane. Nielsen is responsible for the day-to-day operations of College Success Foundation Spokane and Yakima, including staff supervision, fund development, community collaborations, community relations and local operations. She reports to Yolanda Watson Spiva, Ph.D., CSF's president and CEO, and will serve on the president's executive team.

Nielsen has more than 25 years of experience working as a senior leader and consultant in the areas of K-12 and higher education, energy, health care, journalism, advancement/fundraising, consulting and media relations with and for nonprofit organizations and businesses.

Nielsen has a B.A. in communication from Washington State University and an M.S. in interdisciplinary studies from Eastern Washington University. She is accredited in public relations (APR) through the Public Relations Society of America. She has been an event keynote speaker for businesses and organizations on the subjects of community engagement, business and nonprofit collaboration, strategic partnerships and business ethics. She has been a guest lecturer at Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, Whitworth College and Washington State University.

For more information about College Success Foundation - Spokane, visit collegesuccessfoundation.org/Spokane/home.

Lee & Hayes Recognized by U.S. News' Best Law Firms List

Lee & Hayes, PLLC, an industry-leading intellectual property law firm was recently recognized as a Spokane Tier 1 firm for Commercial Litigation by U.S. News - Best Lawyers 'Best Law Firms' in 2015. In addition, Bryce Wilcox and Leslie R. Weatherhead, attorneys with the firm's strong litigation practice, were included in the 2015 Best Lawyers in America list for Commercial Litigation. Lewis Lee, Lee & Hayes' co-founder and partner, was recognized among the 2015 Best Lawyers in America for Patent Law.

Melissa DiLuzio, Integrated Nutrition Health Coach

Why wait to start working on your weight loss goals, balancing your diet or detoxing your body? Do it now before the Holidays are here! Start now to reset your habits and avoid the temptations and pitfalls of Holiday eating. Melissa DiLuzio can help you.

She guides clients through the process of eliminating the triggers that get them off course and replace them with delicious alternatives so they create new habits, reduce the cravings and move toward a better state of health.

DiLuzio, an Integrated Nutrition Health Coach certified by The American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Melissa is a lifelong Spokane resident who has a passion for learning and helping others. Her love of learning led her to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she received her Nutrition and Health Coach training. Melissa graduated with her Certification in November of 2013.

Melissa works one-on-one, in person if in Spokane and by Skype and telephone for out of town clients. She holds monthly classes and workshops at various locations around the Spokane and has a bi-monthly newsletter where she writes about food, nutrition, wellness and lifestyle.

Contact Melissa DiLuzio; Integrative Nutrition Health Coach at melissa@melissadiluzio.com or call 509-879-0123. the website is melissadiluzio.com.

Jessica Danielson joins NAC Architecture

Jessica Danielson has joined NAC Architecture as marketing coordinator. An Eastern Washington University graduate, Danielson most recently worked as marketing director at Pinnacle Physical Therapy, in Coeur d'Alene. Her current responsibilities include preparation of proposals, statements of qualifications, interview presentation materials, award submittals, and other marketing materials.

Trindera Engineering hires Philip Roice

Trindera Engineering, an electrical and control systems engineering and consulting firm with offices in Coeur d'Alene, and Spokane, is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Philip Roice as Project Engineer. Philip is located in Trindera Engineering's Spokane Office.

Roice holds a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Idaho State University.

Numerica Promotes Tim Schartung

Tim Schartung was recently promoted to assistant vice president of branch administration at Numerica Credit Union.

Schartung has 22 years of experience in the financial industry; including lending, collecting and managing. Prior to his promotion, he was the branch manager of Numerica's Lyons branch for the last two years, and before that he was at Chase Bank in Spokane for three years.

Schartung obtained an associate's degree from Everett Community College and is very close to earning his Bachelor's degree in business management from WGU-Washington.

Java on Sherman opening second coffee shop in Hayden

The popular Java on Sherman coffee shop at 819 Sherman in Coeur d'Alene, just moved to their new location a few months ago and they are already expanding their business.

Java will be opening a second location soon in the former Caffe Capri (Tully's) spot at 97 Prairie Center Road in Prairie Shopping Center in Hayden.

Custer's Christmas Arts and Craft Show this weekend

Custer's 38th annual Christmas Arts and Craft Show is this Friday through Sunday at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. This is the largest show of its kind in the Inland Northwest with over 300 professional artists and crafters from across the Pacific Northwest.

The show hours are Friday, 10 am to 8pm, Saturday 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. The cost is adults $7, children 12 and under free. Parking is free.

For more information go to CusterShows.com.

Mark Calkins joins Richards, Merrill & Peterson

Mark Calkins joined Richards, Merrill & Peterson in July of 2014. He is a Registered Representative and Registered Investment Advisor Representative. Prior to joining RMP, Mark worked for Stryker Corporation for 11 years holding several sales leadership positions to include the Director of Sales for the Western U.S.

Lincoln Center Hosts Estate Wine Sale Nov 21 & 22

This Friday and Saturday, November 21 & 22, The Lincoln Center will have an Estate Wine Sale, with great deals on many award-winning wines. Browse unique items from multiple estates, all the while sampling a huge selection of great wines, all available for purchase.

This event is open to the public and there is no charge for admission. Hours are from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The estate sale is presented by Tom Nichols & The Estate Co. The wine sale is presented by The Lincoln Center and Richard Heftel.

Dean Davis Exhibit at the MAC starting Nov 28

Gifted local photographer, Dean Davis, will have a special exhibit at the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture starting Friday, November 28.

The Exhibition, 'The Artist's Palette: Through the Lens of Dean Davis' will feature photographs of the paint palettes of 24 notable artists. Photographed directly overhead in a wide shot using a macro lens, the photographs are stunning, colorful works of art. The exhibit runs through June 2015.

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture is located at 2316 W First Ave in Browne's Addition. The MAC Galleries and Museum Store are open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm. For more information, visit northwestmuseum.org.

The Business Thought of the Week

"A customer is a compliment and a bond." New Head of Veterans Affairs, Robert McDonald, formerly CEO of Proctor and Gamble

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