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Spokane's Party Palace is Party HQ all year round

(L to right Michelle Duncan, daughter Patty Short, Dan Duncan)

Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, Valentine's Day, any holiday, Luau, Fiesta, or Super Bowl, the Party Palace, at 2607 N Division Street, has been providing a lot of the fun. Started in 1988 by Glenn Johnson, when the party industry was just getting going. There were mostly party stores in California and the east coast, and Party Palace was Spokane's first party store. Their first location, for ten years, was at Division at Sinto, north across the street from Zips. They built their new building in 1998 and have been there going on 19 years. It's still a family business with daughter Michele, husband Dan Duncan and daughter Patty Short running the popular store.

Right now the Party Palace is stocked for Super Bowl LI. While that's always a big party day, owner Michelle Duncan said she sure wishes the Seahawks were playing again. Because of their relationship with their suppliers, they were able to increase their orders substantially when the Hawks were in. The Super Bowl items for this year have been on order for months, were shipped and in the store just days after the two teams were known. The store also has a great variety of decor in dozens of themes, gifts, and other fun stuff right now for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day and Mardi Gras, as well as over 80 different children's party patterns. Also popular year-round are their everyday costumes, wigs, and accessories. And there are about sixteen racks of cards for every occasion, and some you never thought of.

Party Palace is open 9am to 7pm every day. You can learn more on facebook. The phone number is 509-327-1242.

New Executive Director named for the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

Wesley P. Jessup has been appointed as the new executive director of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, effective March 1, 2017. Jessup, 47, who most recently served as the director of the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center in Colorado, brings extensive experience in strategic planning, program development, facilities management and community outreach. He led a successful capital campaign at the Longmont Museum to raise $4.6 million for an auditorium addition, and developed programs and exhibitions that more than doubled the museum's annual attendance.

Before moving to Longmont in 2011, Jessup led a successful two-year effort on behalf of Kawerak, Inc., a Native American corporation in his home state of Alaska, to develop a cultural center in the Bering Straits region. As project director, he worked with tribal leaders from 20 villages, and developed a deep respect for Native American culture. Since the MAC has one of the world's finest collections of Plateau Indian artifacts, Jessup said, "I look forward to working with local tribal leaders and the museum staff to ensure that this world-class collection of more than 22,000 artifacts, photographs, and documents from the Plateau Indian tribes continues to not only be preserved, but also utilized to educate people about this region's rich Native American culture."

Jessup has worked for a broad range of museums, from the Guggenheim Museum in New York as the manager of budgeting and planning for international programs, to the Pasadena Museum of California Art, established in 2002, where he served as the founding director.

Jessup received his M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from City University of New York in 2001, and was selected to attend the Getty Museum Leadership Institute in 2005 where he received his Arts Management Certificate. He is a member of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) reaccreditation team, and a grant reviewer for the Institute of Museums and Library Services.

STCU makes senior management promotions

Two members of STCU senior management have joined the C-suite at the region's largest credit union.

Lindsey Myhre has been promoted to chief financial officer. She previously was vice president of finance. David Flood's new title is chief lending officer. Flood previously was vice president of lending.

The two Inland Northwest natives have had similar career paths. Both started at the credit union in 2000, when STCU was half its current size. Both benefited from STCU's many programs for developing leaders, working up through the ranks before being promoted to the senior management team in 2015.

Myhre, a Colville native, had held an accounting position with the U.S. Forest Service when she joined STCU as an accounting assistant. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration (finance emphasis) from Western Washington University, and a Master of Business Administration from Western Governors University.

Flood, who attended Mullan High School in Idaho, earned bachelor's degrees in finance and accounting from University of Idaho. He has an MBA from Eastern Washington University. He can to STCU after five years at Key Bank.

HOTSTART Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Local Spokane company HOTSTART will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary throughout 2017. Over the last 75 years, HOTSTART has grown from a small, local start-up to a leading global supplier to some of the largest manufacturing companies in the world.

HOTSTART was established in 1942 as Kimberlin Manufacturing. The company was originally owned and managed by Wayne Kimberlin, a former school bus driver who developed a unique engine heater to help school buses start up on a cold, Spokane morning. A few years later, Kimberlin partnered with Stanley Power who began to promote the 'Kim Hotstart' engine heater across the country. In 1944, Power purchased the business and changed the name to Kim Hotstart Manufacturing Company. In 2009, the company name was shortened to HOTSTART for easier brand recognition around the world.

Today, HOTSTART engine heaters are still found on school buses and many other applications as well including Kenworth heavy duty trucks, Toyota forklifts, Caterpillar machinery, Siemens locomotives, GE ship engines, Rolls Royce power plants, Exterran natural gas compressors, Kohler residential generators and Cummins industrial generators. In addition to expanding into new markets and developing new products, the company has also expanded geographically with offices in Katy, Texas; Siegburg, Germany; and Tokyo, Japan to better serve customers in those regions. The website is hotstart.com.

Centennial Properties announces new name for Macy's Building

The new name for the downtown Macy's building will be 'The M,' effective immediately. After purchasing the building in September 2016, a 'Name That Building Contest' was opened to the community. Nearly four hundred entries were received and four finalists were chosen in November.

"We chose The M because it is simple. It acknowledges the past Bon Marche' and Macy's with the location of Main St. The M brings it all together," said Betsy Cowles, President of Cowles Company.

The first two floors of the building will house top national retailers. The floors above the retail space will be residential apartments.

Nectar Catering and Events re-opens February 3

Nectar Catering and Events will re-open this Friday, February 3 at the space formerly called Nectar Tasting Room in the historic 1889 building at 120 N. Stevens. The location underwent a remodel in the month of January that includes new furniture, fixtures and equipment. Nectar Catering and Events will be open 7 days a week with weekday lunch service. New features include Northwest beer on tap, expanded wine options and a featured Washington winery of the month.

"We wanted to expand our promotion of Northwest wine by bringing in new wineries each month and the addition of regional beer helps showcase what the Northwest has to offer," says owner Josh Wade. "The remodel aligns the space with the look and feel of our Kendall Yards location while continuing to be a space to host private gatherings and events." Lunch service includes bold flavors from around the world with the unique concept that everything is available as a salad, sandwich or wrap. The menu has an emphasis on healthy food and unique flavors. The lunch menu and other information can be found at nectarcateringandevents.com.

Join Nectar Catering and Events for their re-launch party on Friday, February 3 and lunch service starting Monday, February 6.

Associated Industries names 2017 Chairman of the Board, Board Officers, and New Board Members

Associated Industries has named its newly appointed Chairman of the Board, Cam Buffington, president and chief operating officer of Colmac Industries. Three new board members have also been named: Alisha Benson, COO & VP of Education & Workforce Development for GSI; Tony Higley, District Development Officer for the Community Colleges of Spokane; and Craig Hult, CFO for Surgical Specialists of Spokane.

Board Officers:
Cam Buffington, Chairman, Colmac Industries
Don Poffenroth, Vice-chair, Dry Fly Distillery
Pat DeVries, Secretary/Treasurer, DeVries Business Services
Brandon Tanner, Outgoing Chair, Rentsys Recovery Services
Alisha Benson, board of directors, Greater Spokane Incorporated
Tony Higley, board of directors, Community Colleges of Spokane
Craig Hult, board of directors, Surgical Specialists of Spokane
Randy Kembel, board of directors, Nuvodia IT Solutions
Bill Robinson, board of directors, Robinson Research
Christine Smith, board of directors, Hotstart Inc

Since 1910, Associated Industries has helped more than 1,200 member organizations in the Inland Northwest and beyond thrive as responsible employers with safe, hospitable workplaces. It serves as an outsourced team or extension of its members' HR, employment law, safety, and health benefit administration groups to protect and support their workforces.

For more information on Associated Industries, visit the website at aiin.com.

Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers welcomes new associate Darren M. Digiacinto

Attorney Darren Digiacinto has joined Winston & Cashatt, focusing on bankruptcy, creditor/debtor rights, commercial litigation, and employment law litigation. Darren represents both debtors and creditors in the prosecution and defense of adversary proceedings relating to discharge, in addition to working with creditors to protect their rights and claims. Darren is licensed to practice in Washington and Idaho state and federal courts. He also serves as a Trustee for the Eastern District of Washington Bankruptcy Bar.

Prior to joining Winston & Cashatt in January 2017, Darren was a partner at a mid-size law firm in Spokane. Before entering private practice, he served as a judicial clerk at Division II of the Washington State Court of Appeals for the Honorable Judge Marywave Van Deren and the Honorable Judge C.C. Bridgewater. His pre-law background includes serving as a securities-licensed branch manager for a national financial institution.

Arthur Whitten joins Spokane Home Builders Association

The Spokane Home Builders Association (SHBA) has hired Arthur Whitten to serve as its Government Affairs Director. Whitten is a graduate of Washington State University and has previously worked at the state legislature, on a Congressional campaign and most recently as Executive Director of the King County Republican Party.

The SHBA represents over 700 member businesses across seven Eastern Washington counties which include general contractors, developers, realtors, architects, excavators, plumbers, electricians, financial institutions and more. Founded in 1947, the SHBA is celebrating its 70th Anniversary this year.

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