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Hennessey Funeral Home completes renovations and updates



Hennessey Funeral Home at 2203 North Division, since 1934, has just undergone a year-long extensive renovation and refurbishing project, adding new seating the their main Rose Chapel, opening up some rooms, new carpeting, paint and other remodeling. The work. which was done by Gina's Design Studio, Parson's Construction and Wagner Painting. Phase 2 of the project will add new lighting, kitchenettes and additional furniture.

Hennessey Funeral Home is under the direction of managing partner Scott Dahl, who was raised in the funeral industry in Redding, California, and is a licensed funeral director. He earned a bachelor's degree in advertising from Brigham Young University in 1992, and a master's degree in 1994 from Northwestern University in integrated marketing communications. Scott has held corporate marketing, sales and advertising executive positions with WordPerfect, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Ohio, Utah State University, Staples Business Advantage, and Batesville Casket Company. He is a former journalist in the United States Naval Reserve, and a member of Rotary Club #21 in Spokane.

The phone number for the Division street funeral home is 509-328-2600. Hennessey also operates a Spokane Valley location at 1315 N. Pines Road, phone 509-926-2423. The website is hennesseyfuneralhomes.com.

Spokane Association of REALTORS open house weekend this Saturday and Sunday



The Spokane Association of REALTORS and Heritage Home Loans invite you to the annual REALTOR Open House Weekend this Saturday and Sunday, April 25 & 26. Open House weekend is a great opportunity to see hundreds of homes for sale in the Inland Northwest. All locations, all price ranges. And in addition to seeing some fabulous open houses, you'll have a chance to win $3,000 in prizes.

Go to spokaneopen.com and see which homes have official entry forms.


Dale Fruit New Client Services Advisor at PayNorthwest LLC



Dale Fruit is the new Client Services Advisor for PayNorthwest, providing a single source for outsourced payroll services, cloud-based human resource information system (HRIS), and time & attendance solutions. They help businesses from 2 to 2,000 employees in a variety of industries as well as non-profits in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho more effectively manage their workforce and streamline their business.

Founded in 2008, PayNorthwest LLC is a human capital management software and services firm headquartered in Seattle. As an affordable alternative to national payroll service providers, PayNorthwest is dedicated to returning peace of mind and business focus to their clients and employees by relieving clients from administrative and regulatory burdens and deadline, reducing costs associated with payroll processing and labor management and providing outstanding customer service, flexibility, and reliability.

You can contact Dale toll-free at 866-729-6920, by cell at 509-954-7586 or email at dalef@paynorthwest.com.


Evergreen Parking Garage at 707 W. Second renovated for DCI Engineers



The Evergreen Parking Garage building at 707 West Second Avenue is undergoing a major renovation for DCI Engineers, a Seattle-based firm that currently leases office space in the Bank of America Building. DCI will use about 11,000 square feet of the 15,000 square foot building for office and production space, with the remainder going for indoor parking.

HDG Hissong + Hurtado Design Group is doing the design work and Vandervert Construction is the contractor. DCI employs about 50 here in Spokane and will move in upon completion of the project by June.


Pitney Bowes opens national sales center in Spokane

Pitney Bowes Inc has opened its new Center of Excellence for Inside Sales in Spokane, located in the Rock Point East building, at 1313 N. Atlantic. The company recently centralized inside sales operations for the entire U.S. here in Spokane and has hired more than 200 local employees in the last year.

Northside Professional Building gets new lease on life

Jeff Ottmar of Sperry Van Ness Cornerstone recently brokered the sale of the 23,433 square foot, two-level, Medical Dental office building at 406 E Rowan Avenue across from Providence Holy Family Hospital. Ottmar represented himself as the managing member of Rowan & Lidgerwood, LLC and Erik Nelson of Kiemle and Hagood represented the Seller, Springer Development.

The property is already undergoing renovations, and offers multiple business suites, ample parking, including 59 covered parking spaces, low lease rates, and is located on the Spokane Transit bus route. It is near NorthTown Mall amenities and the new Trader Joe's at Franklin Park Mall.


Around the Board cafe set to open soon



Around the Board, a board game-themed cafe will be open soon at 829 W. Riverside Avenue. Owner Jennifer DeHart says final inspections should be completed for a Saturday opening. The 3,000 square foot space will have seating for about 50 people, and will serve sandwiches and espresso drinks. Around the Board has four built-in tabletops for checkers, backgammon, chess and Scrabble. There is also a 'Where's Waldo' wall, and a large Pictionary chalkboard wall. The cafe will hold game tournaments, trivia nights, private party rentals and other events.

Asia and Canada have had board game restaurants for the past several years, many with a cover charge. Around the Board won't charge a fee and will offer games and other merchandise for sale as well as the food and drinks. The phone number is 208-704-5569.


Red Lion Hotels signs two franchise license agreements

Red Lion Hotels Corporation announced today the company has signed franchise license agreements on hotels located in Sacramento and Spokane. Both properties are expected to convert by June.

The future Red Lion Inn & Suites Spokane, 4301 W Sunset Blvd, formerly the Spokane House, is situated on the north side of I-90 adjacent to John A. Finch Arboretum. Currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, when it reopens, the hotel will offer complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, guest laundry, free parking, a fitness center and a business center.

The future Red Lion Inn & Suites - Sacramento Midtown, 1319 30th Street, is located just north of I-305 and east I-80. The owners are investing in all new guest room furnishings, bedding and technology.


RLHC Appoints Angie McPetrie to lead Lodging Development for Central Region

More News from Red Lion Hotels Corporation. The company has appointed Angie McPetrie to lead lodging development for RLHC's central region in line with its plan to grow to 100 hotels in 100 weeks. "Joining Red Lion in this capacity is an exciting step forward as the company looks toward the Midwestern and Eastern U.S. for expansion," said McPetrie, RLHC Regional Vice President of Lodging Development, Central Region.

An experienced hospitality executive, McPetrie has proven to be a strong leader as a Regional Vice President and Director for the Intercontinental Hotels Group, where she managed new franchise agreements, retentions and management agreements for the Hotel Indigo, EVEN Hotels and Crowne Plaza upscale hotel brands. McPetrie attended the University of Toronto as well as completed the IAHI Real Estate Development program at Cornell University.

Fatbeam wins contracts for multiple school districts

Fatbeam, a competitive access provider, has announced winning E-rate contracts with the Bend School District in Bend, Oregon and the Pasco School District in Pasco, Washington to build fiber infrastructure for ultra-high-speed Internet. The company will construct 58 miles of fiber to modernize wireless infrastructure in Bend and Pasco.

Fatbeam enters a market by building fiber optic networks for individual school districts. Once the network is fully constructed in that district, Fatbeam is able to offer fiber to other entities in the community - including hospitals, banks, local government offices as well as telecom and Internet carriers, driving economic development.

"Markets under 150,000 in population are frequently lacking competitive options for fiber based services," said Fatbeam president Greg Green. "In addition to the school districts, Fatbeam will also invest capital to reach the core business parks, developments and other key facilities in our partner communities to help drive local economic development."

Fatbeam is the industry leader in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountain regions in delivering fiber infrastructure for best-in-class connectivity to schools, businesses and governments in 3rd and 4th tier markets. The company currently operates fiber networks in more than 18 markets spanning Idaho, Montana, Washington and Wyoming with additional network in development in Oregon. Fatbeam is based in Coeur d'Alene, ID. For more information, visit www.fatbeam.com.

Integrus Architecture adds new team members to its Spokane office

Robert Browning joins Integrus as an Engineering Technician. He will graduate from Spokane Community College in June of 2015 with an AAS degree in Architectural Technology. Robert is currently working in Integrus' Structural Group on Government projects.

Robert Grant joins the Integrus Team as an Intern Architect. He attended Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Science in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. Robert spent six years in Las Vegas working on resort Casinos and Hospitality projects with a focus on BIM training and management before moving to Spokane in 2011. Robert is currently working with Integrus' Government group.

Cassandra Lang joins the Integrus team as an Intern Architect. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Master of Architecture from Washington State University. Cassie is currently working with Integrus' Government group.

Tim Leinonen joins the Integrus team as Intern Architect. Tim graduated in 2008 from Lawrence Tech with a Bachelor's of Science in Architecture, and in 2010 from University of Colorado at Denver with a Masters of Architecture. Tim has a strong background with graphics and illustrations and is currently working with Integrus' Government and Justice groups.

Jeff McGuire joins the Integrus team as a Project Engineer within Integrus' structural department. Jeff received a Masters of Civil Engineering and Bachelors of Civil Engineering from Washington State University and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Washington and a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Washington (SEAW). Jeff is currently working with Integrus' Justice, Government and K-12 groups.

Dan Newell joins the Integrus team as a Project Manager. He brings 38 years' experience in the architectural and construction industries. Dan holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Gonzaga University. He is currently working with Integrus' Government group.

Linda Noble joins the Integrus team as a Project Office Assistant. Linda attended Platt College in Newport Beach, California and received an AA in Graphic Arts. As a Project Office Assistant Linda is helping the government team in coordinating construction administration for Integrus' Government projects.

Spokane Guilds' Schools Community Day Penny Drive this Saturday

This Saturday, April 25, volunteers will gather at 12 locations throughout our region to support the Spokane Guilds' School and Neuromuscular Center. This year marks the 19th Annual Community Day Penny Drive, a day to raise funds and awareness for children and families who attend the Spokane Guilds' School, a non-profit organization and neurodevelopment center providing comprehensive, early intervention programs.

Many children come to the school after their insurance has been exhausted and they can no longer afford therapy. 80% of the families served by the Spokane Guilds' School are at or below 210% of the poverty level. The Foundation's mission is to support the school so no child is turned away due to a family's inability to pay.
The Penny Drive runs from 9am to 2pm. This year's 12 Donation Drop off Site locations are:

Washington Trust Bank/Wandermere, 438 E. Hastings Rd.
Spokane Guilds' School, 2118 W. Garland Ave.
Country Homes Blvd/Wall Intersection
Francis/Nevada Intersection
Francis/Ash/Maple Intersection
Mission & Hamilton Intersection
Monroe/Indiana/Northwest Blvd. Intersection
Safeway & Albertson's, 1233 N. Liberty Lake Rd, Liberty Lake
Sullivan & Sprague Walgreen's Parking Lot
57th/Regal/Inland NW Bank Intersection
29th & Grand Intersection
Cheney Masonic Lodge/Roos Field, 106 College Ave., Cheney

For information or to volunteer, contact Korin Michielli at 509-326-1651, korinm@guildschool.org, or visit www.guildschool.org.

Custer's Spring Antique & Collectors Sale this Friday through Sunday

Custer's 40th Annual Spring Antique & Collectors Sale is at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center this Friday, April 24 through Sunday, April 26.

This year's show features over 150 dealers from across the West coast, with thousands of vintage treasures for you or your home. Everything from kitchenware to costume jewelry to furniture, books and much more.

Show hours are Friday 4-9pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; and Sunday 10am-4pm. Admission is $6, good all weekend, Kids 12 and under free. For more information, visit www.CusterShows.com.

Spokane Cork, Keg & Spirits comes to Mirabeau Park Hotel April 25

Enjoy a great evening of wine, beer and spirits from around the Northwest and beyond at this year's Spokane Cork, Keg & Spirits, to be held on Saturday, April 25 from 7-10pm. This event is organized by the Washington Restaurant Association, Spokane Chapter. Live music will be performed by the Martini Brothers and there will be small bites and beverage tastings all evening. The Mirabeau Park Hotel is located at 1100 N Sullivan Rd in Spokane Valley. For tickets, click here.

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