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Anthropologie is finally on the way to downtown Spokane



After much speculation, knowledgeable reports say that Anthropologie is 'locked in' to the space at 811 West Main across from River Park Square in the space currently occupied by Mobius Science Center. And, according to Downtown Spokane Partnership leader, Mark Richard, another internationally known retailer has toured space downtown and is expected to finalize a move soon. The photo is an example of what an Anthropologie store looks like. The news has many Spokane women very excited. Realtor Marianne Guenther Bornhoft said, "In commercial real estate this is a huge coup for Spokane! It is one of my favorite stores."

Anthropologie, owned by Urban Outfitters and headquartered in Philadelphia, opened its first store in 1992 in Wayne, Pennsylania. Anthropologie currently operates over 175 retail stores worldwide. Other northwest locations are downtown Seattle, University Village, Bellevue Square, Portland, Tigard, Boise, Calgary and Edmonton. The brand is known for its highly imaginative store fixtures and award-winning windows.

In 2012 Anthropologie partnered with more than 30 artists and designers as part of its 'Made in Kind' initiative. The ongoing series has featured exclusive limited-run collections by the likes of Peter Som, Tracy Reese, Byron Lars, Chris Benz and Paola Navone, as well as emerging talents from around the globe. Anthropologie stores host various 'Do it yourself' workshops, fashion shows, and special events throughout the year.

The website is anthropologie.com.


Ezell's Famous Chicken is coming to Spokane



The 10 store Seattle based restaurant chain will be in a 1700 square foot space in the Regal Shopping Plaza at 4919 South Regal. It's Ezell's first location in Eastern Washington. They are scheduled to open in April. You can learn more about Ezell's at their website ezellschicken.com or on their facebook page, ezellschickenspokane.

Washington Trust Bank presents CNBC and Fox Business's Gail Buckner



This Wednesday, February 25 from 11:30am to 2pm at the Lincoln Center, Washington Trust Bank presents Gail Buckner, a frequent contributor to CNBC and Fox Business, and the author of the personal finance column 'Money Matters.' Ms. Buckner is a retirement and financial planning specialist and an instructor at Franklin Templeton Investments' Global Academy.

Deciding on a strategy for claiming Social Security benefits can be fairly simple provided you worked long enough and were never married. However, when you add two-income couples and/or divorce into the mix, the decisions can be very complicated. This presentation will help educate individuals on the many decisions involved in claiming Social Security as well as their consequences, and suggest strategies that can offer an opportunity to maximize your benefits.

Some seats are still open for this informative event. Go to www.watrust.com/RSVP to register.


Eat your way through Restaurant Week



Restaurants from throughout the Spokane to Coeur d'Alene, area make up the record number of 97 participants in Inlander Restaurant Week 2015, now through March 1st. For more information about the participating restaurants, their menus and general information about go to inlanderrestaurantweek.com.

U.S. Bancorp named Fortune's most admired superregional bank

Fortune magazine named U.S. Bancorp the most admired superregional bank today, the fifth consecutive year that U.S. Bancorp has topped the list.

U.S. Bancorp was also recognized among the top ten most admired of companies in all industries for six of Fortune's nine key attributes of reputation: Management Quality (U.S. Bancorp no. 2 overall), Wise Use of Corporate Assets (4), Value as a Long-Term Investment (6), Soundness of Financial Position (7), Ability to Attract, Develop, and Retain Talent (8) and Community Responsibility (9).

In the superregional banks category, U.S. Bancorp ranked first in eight of the nine industry key attributes of reputation: Innovation, People Management, Use of Corporate Assets, Social Responsibility, Quality of Management, Financial Soundness, Long-Term Investment Value and Quality of Products/Services.

Fortune's ranking is determined by a survey of executives, directors and analysts rating companies inside and outside of their industry on a series of criteria.


Brand It increases staff



Brand It Promotional Products has hired Jill Strom (pictured) as a Marketing Assistant and in Production Management. Strom has a degree in Communications from Washington State University. She has previously worked for Eastern Washington University, the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture and the Spokane Masonic Center.

Steve Miller also joined Brand It as a designer. Steve attended Guilford Technical Community College and has been working as a graphic designer for the past 18 years in North Carolina. His proficiencies cover many aspects of graphic design, print and web design, illustration and technical knowledge.

Todd Zyph is also new to Brand It's creative team. Zyph graduated from The Art Institute of Phoenix with a Graphic/Web Design degree. He has worked as a production artist, freelance designer and most recently Art Director. Todd brings over 10 years of experience with him.

Brand It Advertising has also hired Laurie Olson as an Accounting Manager. She attended the University of Minnesota-Crookston receiving a degree in Small Business/ Retail Management and an accounting degree from Northwest Technical College. Prior to coming on board with Brand It Advertising, Laurie worked for a CPA Firm in Minnesota for 10 years and at a law firm in Spokane in the accounting department.


Downtown hotel receives 2015 Gold Hospitality Award



Quality Inn Downtown 4th Avenue hotel is in the top 10% of Quality Inns across the country. Visit Spokane announces that one of the region's hotels, Quality Inn Downtown 4th Ave, has been awarded the 2015 Gold Hospitality Award from Choice Hotels International.

The award is determined by hotels that are ranked in the top 10% of all 6,300 Choice Hotels across the nation. The Quality Inn Downtown 4th Ave was placed in the top 10% based on customer surveys, meeting brand standards and reviews from travel websites such as TripAdvisor and Yelp.

The 2015 Gold Hospitality Award is based on the 2014 performance ratings.


Stacy K. Harris Joins Bernardo Wills Architects



Stacy K. Harris has joined Bernardo Wills Architects as marketing coordinator. As the primary implementer of the firm's marketing initiatives, she is responsible for marketing, communications and graphic design.

Her responsibilities include the design and preparation of proposals, presentations, advertisements and corporate literature, as well as the planning and execution of e-mail marketing materials and maintaining brand standards.

Harris has 19 years of marketing and graphic design experience, predominantly in the software development and civil engineering fields. Prior to joining Bernardo Wills, she served as marketing coordinator for Murray, Smith & Associates, Inc., a civil engineering firm in Everett, Wash.

Established in 1991, Spokane-based Bernardo Wills Architects provides professional design services - including architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and master planning - to clients throughout the Western United States. Market sectors served include government, retail, corporate, commercial, higher education, K-12 education, healthcare, recreation and multi-family housing. For more information, visit www.bwarch.com.

Spokane Guilds' School & Neuromuscular Center announces 2015 Board of Directors

The Spokane Guilds' School & Neuromuscular Center announced its Board of Directors for 2015. These volunteer members help further the organization's mission to nurture the full potential of families and their children, from birth to three, with disabilities. Through a personalized, comprehensive program of assessment, therapy, education, and support.

Executive Committee:
Kris Brill, Ecova - President
Paul Wasson, Attorney - First Vice President
Kay Anderson, Dental Hygenist - Second Vice President
Deanna Adams, Trans-System, Inc., CPA - Treasurer
Ryan Kile, Northwest Farm Credit - Assistant Treasurer
Tim Engh, American West Bank - Secretary

Community Representatives:
Molly Bergan, Stylist
Tim Cassels, Bank of Fairfield
Stephanie Coy, Homemaker
Stacey Klim, Homemaker
Wendy Schuller, Eastern Washington University
Eric Smith, Desautel Hege Communications
Tim Stulc, Vandervert Construction

Parent Representative:
Stefani Spilker, Central Valley School District
April Sweatt, Homemaker

Brad Corkill joins bankcda Board of Directors



bankcda has recently announced its newest Board member, Brad Corkill. Brad has spent his entire career in the timber industry and has owned Whiteman Lumber since 1988, Idaho's oldest continuously operating sawmill, based in Cataldo, Idaho. He has a bachelor's degree in forest engineering and has previously served on both the St. Maries and the Kellogg School Boards, was a member of the Charter School Commission, and is a current board member of both the 1st Judicial CASA and the Idaho Fish and Game Commission. Brad is a past board member of the Shoshone Medical Center Foundation.

Currently, bankcda has total assets of approximately $97 million with three branches, Coeur d'Alene, Hayden and Kellogg. For more information, visit www.bankcda.com.

Score Workshop on QuickBooks Financial Management

Spokane SCORE Chapter 180 is presenting a workshop, Your Business by the Numbers: Quickbooks for Small Business this Wednesday, February 25 from 8:30am - 12:30pm at the SBA Training Room in downtown Spokane. A QuickBooks expert will guide you through using QuickBooks as a bookkeeping and financial management tool. Learn tips and shortcuts and get the answers to all of your QuckBooks questions. Learn the keys to financial management, along with resources and financial management practices. Especially valuable for those who are already in business. SBA Training room is located at 801 W Riverside, Suite 444. Cost is $40 pre-registered, $50 at the door, $15 for an additional person from the same company.

For more information and to register, visit www.scorespokane.org.

Scribbles Espresso Now Open

Scribbles Espresso, located at 312 E 3rd Ave is now open serving espresso and coffee beverages. Some of their specialty espresso drinks include salted caramel latte, caramel macchiato and more. They also serve hot chocolate, chai tea lattes, steamers, teas and more. Decaf and white coffee are also available. Free drip coffee and wi-fi available.

Hours are Monday and Tuesday, 7:30 to 10:30am. Ten percent of proceeds benefit students of Spokane Public Schools. Scribbles Espresso is a service o Orchard Christian Fellowship.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile." Gary Ryan Blair

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