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Timber Gastro Pub opens in Post Falls

Timber Gastro Pub, a stunning new restaurant designed by HDG Hissong + Hurtado Design Group, is now open at 1610 E Schneidmiller Avenue in Post Falls, the former location of the Hot Rod Cafe. Timber serves high-end beer(12-16 on tap), wine and food, including flatbread pizza, wood oven-baked appetizers, gourmet burgers, vegetarian options, tacos and more. The restaurant prides itself in fresh made bread, tortillas and even makes their own ketchup.

Bill Miller and Randy Ingraham, who also own the Longhorn BBQ and Maggie's South Hill Grill, are the new owners. HDG's design gave a dramatic change to the exterior and interior of the building, honoring the timber industry which has had a huge economic impact on Post Falls over the years. The unique design features large old timbers that were milled near St. Maries giving the restaurant a feeling of warmth and strength. Timber seats 200 and has a staff of 40, including executive chef Jeff Chatigny and Sous Chef Darin Eakin. Timber will be open seven days a week with lunch and dinner hours. Lunch prices start at $9, with dinner items to $25 tops. The phone number is 208-262-9593.

Architectural artistry in Browne's Addition

Celebrated Spokane artist Tom Quinn, just finished painting a mini mural as a welcoming greeting at the front door of the 1899 House Bed and Breakfast at 1728 West First in Browne's Addition, in celebration the historic home's 116th year. Owners Louie Flores III and Gillian Cranehaun have been lovingly restoring the interior and exterior home since 2002, and operating it as a two suite bed and breakfast, serving gourmet meals in a classical Queen Anne setting. In the coming months the striking exterior paint job will be finished. They are also finishing a third suite. Originally called the Edward Louis Powell house, it was designed by famed builder and architect, Loren Rand and constructed in 1889. Its designer was then well-known master architect, Loren Rand, who designed many preeminent buildings throughout Spokane after the great fire of 1889, such as Lewis & Clark High School and the Masonic Temple. You can get more information and see more photos at 1899house.com. The phone number is 509-301-1377.

The Edward Louis Powell House was built in a 'restrained Queen Anne' style, in 1899 for Spokane's third mayor and his wife Dora, after he was no longer in office (he was a single-term mayor, as most are, from 1893-4). Its designer was then well-known master architect, Loren Rand, who designed many preeminent buildings throughout Spokane after the great fire of 1889, such as Lewis & Clark High School and the Masonic Temple. Their five children were born and raised in the home, and it remained in the family until the 1950's.

New building at Felts Field to house Honor Point museum

Last Thursday, at Felts Field Airport, EFT LLC, a local company, held a ground breaking and announced the construction of The Felts Field General Aviation Flight Center, a 40,000 square foot multi-tenant complex that will be home to Western Aviation and the Honor Point Military and Aerospace Museum.

Honor Point leadership and volunteers have been working for the past 15 years to find a home for artifacts that were part of the former Fairchild Heritage Collection, which was housed for several years at Fairchild AFB. The effort to preserve, store and seek a new venue began when the U.S. Air Force decided to remove museums such as the Fairchild display from all bases around the country. Tim Gump, the owner of Western Aviation, approached the Honor Point Board to begin conversations of having a portion of the building to begin the museum project. Construction of the $2.8 million Felts Field General Aviation Flight Center will begin in May and is scheduled for completion by year's end.

New breakfast and lunch restaurant in Spokane Valley

The Breakfast House is a new breakfast and brunch restaurant that just opened at 11516 East Sprague near Bowdish in Spokane Valley. They're open from 5am until 2pm serving all the traditional breakfast items, including a Build your own Omelet and a variety of salads and sandwiches for lunch. Check them out on facebook under the Breakfast House.

Reception Thursday for new West Plains Chamber Manager Joe Jackson

This Thursday, April 30 from 4 to 6pm there is a meet and greet at the Airport Ramada. Hosted by the West Plains Chamber of Commerce for new executive director Joe Jackson. It costs nothing to get in the door, appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available.

For more information and to register contact Audrey Audette, West Plains Chamber of Commerce at 509-747-8480 or audrey@westplainschamber.org.

STCU promotes Flood to Vice President of Lending

STCU recently promoted David Flood to Vice President of Lending. He served as the credit union's Director of Consumer Lending the last three years.

Flood started as a loan and member service officer in 2000 and he worked his way up the ranks to the senior management team. During his three year tenure as Director of Consumer Lending, STCU's consumer loan portfolio grew from $574 to $888 million.

Flood recently earned his master's degree of business administration from Eastern Washington University. He graduated from University of Idaho with two bachelor's degrees (finance and accounting). He also is a graduate of the Western Credit Union National Association's Management School -- where he earned high honors and is in the organization's academic hall of fame.

Insight Thermal Imaging celebrates three years

The only provider of medical infrared imaging in the Spokane Area, Insight Thermal Imaging, is now celebrating its third year in business. Advanced digital thermal imaging offers an additional tool to help monitor current and future risk of breast disease, primarily to women seeking information on their breast health.

"This technology has truly been a lifesaver for some women," says owner and operator Karla Porter. "This FDA approved technology helps fill the gap for women wanting to closely monitor their own breast health."

Porter, has been doing medical imaging for over 30 years. She is co-founder of Beyond Pink, a local charity recently named 'Best Charity Event' of the year by Inlander magazine. The charity provides funds for those who cannot afford this technology right here in the Spokane area.

For more information, go to their website www.InsightThermography.com.

Healthcare reform workshop May 7

HUB Northwest and Fidelity Associates invites you to a workshop, Lessons Learned: 2015 Health Care Reform Implementation. HUB International's Chief Compliance Officer, Sibyl Bogardus, will be delivering a comprehensive review of the Health Care Reform & Benefit Changes coming and what employers need to do to be prepared. The event is May 7 at the Spokane Arena Integra Meeting Room. For more information or to register, click here.

Global CU's Price named Ad Professional of the Year

Mellie Price, brand manager at Global Credit Union, is the first in-house creative person to be named Advertising Professional of the Year by the American Advertising Federation Spokane. She has been with Global for 8-1/2 years.

Red Lion Hotels to Acquire GuestHouse International and Settle Inn Brands

RLHC (Red Lion Hotels Corporation) has entered into an agreement to acquire the intellectual property assets and all hotel franchise license agreements of GuestHouse International, L.L.C. for $8.5 million plus a potential additional payment of up to $1.5 million. The acquisition will expand RLHC's presence across the country by adding two recognized hotel brands with 73 GuestHouse International and Settle Inn & Suites franchise license agreements. The transaction, which is expected to close on April 30, will more than double the RLHC brand portfolio from 57 to 130 hotels in 30 states.

"This acquisition is another step in our asset-light strategy to re-invest in quality growth opportunities that leverage our pioneering technology and operating programs," said Greg Mount, RLHC President & CEO. "We plan to use our scale, network of owner relationships, and powerful digital and ecommerce platforms to improve operating performance for all GuestHouse and Settle Inn hotels."

Red Lion Hotels Corporation is a hospitality company primarily engaged in the franchising, management and ownership of midscale and upscale hotels. Established in 1959, the company has more than 55 hotels system wide and also owns and operates an entertainment and event ticket distribution business. For more information, visit www.redlion.com.

People's Memorial Association holds workshop to help get your 'Ducks in a Row'

Do you have your ducks in a row? People's Memorial Association (PMA) invites you to a workshop to get started. The best way to assure that your wishes will be honored is know your options, plan ahead and put the proper documentation in place. Experts on end-of-life planning will discuss your rights and options as well as provide resources and handouts to help you and your family be prepared for the inevitable. This is one of the best gifts you can give yourself and your survivors.

The Free PMA 'ducks' workshop is on Saturday, May 9, from 10am to 1pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane (4340 West Fort George Wright Drive), near Spokane Falls Community College.

To register visit peoplesmemorial.org or call 206-325-0489.

PMA is a Washington state nonprofit organization that was founded in 1939 to help residents avoid the confusion, sales pressure and high expense often associated with cremation and burial arrangements. It also provides education and advocacy for all consumers regarding end-of-life matters. The association's contracted funeral providers are selected for their quality of service and business integrity. With PMA, you will receive no sales pressure at any point in the process and there are no pricing surprises.

Graphic Design Student from SFCC wins Lawton Design Scholarship

Lawton Printing Services recently awarded $750 in scholarship money to two area college students for their graphic design work. Ashley Marlow from SFCC won the $500 first place scholarship and the $250 second place award went to Keren Flores from North Idaho College. Students were asked to design an 11 x 17 poster. The message of the poster was that Lawton Printing Services is the only FSC certified printer in the Inland Northwest. Fifty nine students' posters were submitted and then judged by a panel of local and regional design and marketing professionals.

Lawton Printing Services worked with design students at area colleges and universities to educate, network and professionally print a piece they can use in their portfolio. Students from Eastern Washington University, Spokane Falls Community College, and North Idaho College participated in the event. The Lawton Design Scholarship contest culminated on April 20 with judging of the entries, choosing a winner and celebrating at the Lawton facility.

3rd Annual Chocolate de Mayo Celebration at Chocolate Myracles

This Saturday May 2, from 12 noon until 6 pm, Chocolate Myracles is hosting a free event to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. There will be a lovely array of Latin American Chocolate Couvetures, personally selected by Chocolatier Julia Myracle. You can step inside the factory and make a hand-rolled truffle, assemble a decadent dessert with French chocolate mousse, dip caramelized plantains in a luscious chocolate fountain and more. Enjoy complimentary truffles made with Venezuelan and Ecuadorian chocolate and hot chocolate made in the ancient Guatemalan style. There will be drawings for chocolate gifts including pinatas filled with Chocolate Myracles' chocolates. Chocolate Myracles is located at 11616 E Montgomery Dr in Spokane Valley, the phone number is 509-922-6353.

The Business Thought of the Week

"I am the eternal optimist. No matter how rough it gets, there's always light somewhere. The rest of the sky may be cloudy, but that little bit of blue, draws me on." Paul McCartney

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