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Record year for Christmas Tree Elegance

The 35th annual Christmas Tree Elegance, presented by the Spokane Symphony Associates to benefit our fabulous symphony orchestra, was a big success. This record year saw 355,000 one dollar tickets sold. Great job by the Symphony Associates!

Nike is swooshing into downtown Spokane

Portland-based retailer, Nike, is planning to open a store on the ground floor of the new M Building (formerly Macy's). Nike is not new to Spokane, the company has been a valued partner with Hoopfest for many years. And, the new store could be open by Hoopfest next year.

Cochinito Taqueria plans opening in February

Chef Travis Dickinson, who was the executive chef at Clover, is opening a fast casual taco restaurant called Cochinito Taqueria on the ground floor of the Peyton building, 10 North Post. They will serve tacos, Mexican bowls and other entrees as well as wine and beer. A February opening is planned.

Consign Furniture to Award a $3000 Holiday Giveaway to a Local Family

The largest consignment furniture store in America, Consign Furniture in Liberty Lake, is giving away $3000 in prizes this holiday season. Consign Furniture will award a $2000 shopping spree in its store to a locally nominated family, plus $1000 to donate to the charity of their choice.

Consign Furniture is asking the public to nominate a local needy family on their Facebook page now through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017. The nomination that receives the most Facebook Likes will win.

For more information, contact Mike J., Operations Manager at Consign Furniture 509-928-9090 or www.consignfurniturestore.com.

Karen Hudson named CEO at Mobius Children's Museum

Karen Hudson, formerly the chief operation officer for Mobius, has been promoted to CEO of the children's museum and science center. She had been acting CEO.

A new Chinese restaurant to open in Lincoln Heights

Chef Lu's Asian Bistro, a locally owned Chinese restaurant, is planning to open in Lincoln Heights Shopping Center in the former Costa Vida location next month.

The restaurant, under the same ownership as Chinese Gardens Restaurant in Cheney will offer a Sichuan menu and a sushi bar. It will also have a full liquor license.

SFCC awarded STEM grant from National Science Foundation

Students at Spokane Falls Community College have a new engineering scholarship opportunity thanks to a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to support low-income students from groups underrepresented in the engineering field - ethnic minorities, women and students from rural areas.

The five-year grant totaling $649,790 will provide scholarships to 36 qualified students studying engineering at SFCC and expand access to critical support services such as dedicated faculty advising and mentoring. The grant also includes outreach to eastern Washington high schools to recruit academically motivated low-income students.

The grant is also a partnership with Eastern Washington University and will engage junior and senior-level engineering students as peer mentors to first-year community college students with a year-long robotics design project.

This combination of targeted scholarships, faculty mentoring and student support activities is designed to expand the number of underrepresented students who complete an engineering transfer degree at SFCC and then successfully transfer to a four-year university. As a result, the diversity and availability of qualified engineers will be strengthened to meet workforce needs in the regional economy. Principal investigators for the grant are SFCC instructors Mark Gorski, Sabrina Robinson and Greg Cripe.

Downtown Spokane Partnership & Spokane Regional Health District plan for urban cultural trail

A recently completed concept study looks to launch a reinvigorated urban connection through downtown Spokane, linking Browne's Addition to the west and the University District to the east.

The Urban Cultural Trail (UCT) concept aims to create a cultural and active experience for pedestrians in the downtown by shaping an existing urban corridor - Riverside Avenue - into a sought-after destination. The UCT would encourage residents, downtown employees and visitors to walk along the trail, experiencing urban art, colorful signage, pop-up performances and historic storytelling.

The project was a partnership between the DSP, the Spokane Regional Health District, and the Berger Partnership from Seattle, who recently completed similar trail studies for the Seattle Waterfront and MOHAI. The Berger Partnership led the stakeholder group and produced the study. The Spokane Regional Health District is excited about how an urban trail can meet people where they are and encourage physical activity.

The Berger Partnership recommends the project move forward in developing a unique brand that can build public awareness around the route. Next steps include financing the design and phased implementation for the project.

The Business Thought of the Week

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