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From flooded to fabulous!

Finders Keepers Jewelry Galore had their grand opening celebration last Friday at their new location, 309 W. 2nd Avenue in the SODO district, complete with a ribbon cutting by representatives from Greater Spokane Inc. Deena Moe Caruso had to move from Finders Keepers' long time Carnegie Square location because of a burst pipe in the building that literally destroyed the original store on June 21.

Deena and her dedicated staff worked day and night to first, find a new location; get it ready to move into, (painting, lighting, displays, decor) salvage what they could from the old flooded store, move in, creatively display the thousands of items of merchandise and re-open the business. Amazingly it all happened in just 45 days! The sparkling new store is impressive; it is beautifully designed and stylish, yet quite comfortable. They offer a huge selection of all kinds of jewelry, from rhinestones to diamonds, from $5 to $25,000. There are over 5,000 pairs of one-of-a-kind earrings and thousands more of necklaces, rings, and men's jewelry including hundreds of pairs of cufflinks, as well as estate jewelry. They specialize in bridal and wedding party jewelry. If, after all that inventory, you can't find the exact right piece, Finders Keepers also offers in-store jewelry design.
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The store also has a selection of Deena Moe Caruso's exclusive line of designer headbands, which have been featured in many national fashion magazines, including O. The walls of the shop will feature monthly showings of local artists. The grand opening party coincided with First Friday, with Edward W. Gilmore as Finders Keepers' featured artist; his artwork will be on display through the month of August at the store. Congratulations Finders Keepers!


Nicholls and Associates opens in Spokane.

Nicholls and Associates, a full service Allstate Insurance Agency has recently opened in Spokane at 1616 W Wellesley Ave., offering home, life, auto, long term care, business, boat, RV and motorcycle insurance coverages and financial products such as IRAs, mutual funds, variable life insurance, variable annuity products and more. Patricia (Trish) Nicholls, who recently returned to Spokane, has over 20 years experience in the financial industry, most recently with a major financial advisory firm. Nicholls is happy to be back in Spokane and be a part of our vibrant business community. For more information, call 509-325-9388 or visit www.allstateagencies.com/57838.

New store at Finders Keepers former location.

Carousel Vintage Clothing will have a soft opening this Friday, August 13th in the space formerly occupied by Finders Keepers Fashion Flashback at 110 South Cedar. Their grand opening will be at 10am on September 3. Carousel will feature a wide variety of eclectic vintage clothing and accessories from the 1930s through the 1980s, with an extensive inventory of over 3,000 items. It is a very carefully selected collection of high quality, unique pieces.

The store is owned and operated by Jenny Stabile, who has been building her personal collection of items for five years in preparation. After the flooding of the Finders Keepers Jewelry Galore space, Deena Moe Caruso approached Stabile with the opportunity to take over the clothing part of the space that wasn't damaged. Carousel will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 am to 6pm, and closed on Mondays. The phone number is 509-868-9458 and they can be found on facebook under Carousel Vintage Clothing.


Peanuts, Cracker Jacks and the World Series.

The American Legion World Series is in Spokane this week at Avista Stadium with games Friday, August 13 through Tuesday, August 17. Thanks to the Spokane Sports Commission, this great event brings tourism dollars and national recognition to our community. Individual games tickets are on sale now through Ticketswest at www.ticketswest.com or 800-325-SEAT.

ForeWomen and Clark-Stephens tee off together.

Fore Women golf shop at 122 S. Monroe street, Suite 203, sells a wide variety of fun and fashionable women's golf wear and shoes, but no clubs, bags or accessories. Clarke Stephens Golf Shop at 116 E. Nora sells clubs bags and other accessories, but no women's golf wear, so the two businesses have teamed up- in a cooperative venture. Each will display some of the other's merchandise at their locations. Fore Women's phone number is 509-624-6202 and their website is www.forewomengolf.com. Clarke-Stephens phone number is 509-325-5905 and the website is www.csggolf.com.

Get motivated for free. Tickets still available.

How's Business can help you get motivated, get inspired; and stimulate and enthuse your employees. Join Zig Ziglar, Gen. Colin Powell, Rudy Guliani, Mark Few, Dr. Robert Schuller and more for the Get Motivated seminar, Tuesday, August 17, 8 am to 5 pm, at the Spokane Arena. How's Business has free tickets for you. E-mail info@spokanehowsbusiness.com, tell us how many you'd like, and come pick them up at our office.

You are invited to Ignite Spokane!

Ignite Spokane will be held at The Bing from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Thursday September 30. The event will feature 16 passionate speakers presenting a diversity of topics. Tickets are $10. $5 of each ticket will be donated to the Rebecca Schiering Children's Fund and each attendee will receive a drink ticket as well. Food will be available for purchase.

Ignite is an opportunity for selected individuals from the community to get up in front of a crowd and wow them in five minutes. Each presenter gets 20 slides with each slide auto-advancing after 15 seconds. It is a fast paced presentation to say the least. Would you like to be considered to speak at Ignite Spokane? Upload a 2 minute or less video to YouTube. Email your link to ignitespokane@gmail.com. The video should contain 1) You saying your name 2) You speaking 3) The topic and a brief summary about your topic. In your email, please include your name, email, phone number and mailing address. Those chosen will receive a slide show template that will run behind you during your five minute presentation. All submissions need to be uploaded by August 31, 2010. A committee will choose and you will be notified by Saturday, September 4th. For more information go to www.ignitespokane.com.


Genia Seghetti joins Bozzi Media.

Bozzi Media has announced that Genia Seghetti has been hired to serve as the magazines Marketing and Events Manager. Bozzi Media publishes 5 local magazines including Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living, Inland Business Catalyst, Prime, WA and Spokane Family. Ms. Seghetti, former owner of TOC-The Office Connection, and an employee of Greater Spokane Incorporated has lived in Spokane for over 18 years. The phone number is 509-362-5043, email is genia@spokanecda.com, and the website is www.bozzimedia.com.

LeMaster Daniels joins LarsonAllen of Minneapolis.

LeMaster Daniels Certified Public Accountants and Advisors will join with Minneapolis-based LarsonAllen LLP CPAs, Consultants and Advisors effective November 1, 2010, according to Scott Dietzen, CEO of LeMaster Daniels. Dietzen says the firms are compatible on many levels, from the types of clients they serve to the way they regard and care for our employees. LeMaster Daniels is headquartered in Spokane and was founded in 1908. The firm expanded into rural Washington in the 1960s, gradually adding offices from Walla Walla to Yakima. In 2005, it entered the Boise market and made its way into the Puget Sound area in 2007, both by acquisition. The firm now has 12 offices, 26 owners and nearly 300 employees with annual revenues of approximately $40 million.

LarsonAllen is a top-20 CPA firm with 275 principals, nearly 1,500 employees and more than 30 locations from Washington, D.C. to Phoenix, AZ. The firm's industry specialization enables it to consult more deeply with clients in health care, public sector, banking, manufacturing, construction, real estate, dealerships and agriculture. Like LeMaster Daniels, it serves a wide range of businesses from large corporations to small and mid-sized privately-held companies and community-based nonprofits.

Kudos for U.S. Bank.

City Business Journals Network recently ranked U.S. Bank the "number one bank brand based on results of a nationwide survey of small business owners fielded November 2009 through January 2010." According to the authors, the SMB Insights 2010 Brand Study demonstrated that small business owners seek brands or companies that value them as a customer; they believe tough times reveal who the solid brands really are and when making purchases for the company; and they consider brand name, quality and service well before price of the product. U.S. Bank has 28 branches in the greater Spokane area.

10 year anniversary for Orchard Crest Retirement Community.

Orchard Crest Retirement Community, at 222 S. Evergreen in Spokane Valley is celebrating their 10th anniversary. Born from a vision of building a retirement and assisted living community that would be fun, functional and possess a caring attitude, Orchard Crest completed the three phase build in about three years. Owners Jaclin Smith and Norm Lunt have sixty-five years experience in the senior industry. The Spokane Valley has a history of orchards, so the name Orchard Crest was fitting. For more information go to their website, www.orchardcrestretirement.com.

Froyo Earth opens at 2nd and Division.

Steve and Karen Kraft have opened FroYo Earth self serve frozen yogurt shop at 172 S. Division, suite B, next to Starbucks. The shop, which the Krafts plan as the first in a local chain, serves 10 different flavors of frozen yogurt and sorbet and tops them with a variety of fresh fruits, candy and syrups. The yogurt comes from Portland-based YoCream with many flavors being fat free and all of them meet national guidelines for live and active cultures...so they are treats that are actually good for you.

A wide variety of flavors rotate every week and include Alpine Vanilla, Cable Car Chocolate, Original Tart, Pistachio, Sweet Coconut, Hawaiian Pineapple, Very Strawberry and Red Velvet Cake. They can be ordered separately or can be swirled together. The Krafts daughter Olivia also works at the store which is open 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and Sunday. FroYo Earth is open until 11pm on Friday and Saturday. The phone number is 509-455-8000 and the website is www.froyoearth.com.

Congratulazioni Italia Trattoria!

Former Luna chef Anna Vogel and business partner Bethe Bowman have opened Italia Trattoria at 144 S. Cannon Street in Browne's Addition, after purchasing the Cafe Marron restaurant at that location from Marcia and William Bond. The menu features northern and southern Italian dishes ranging in price from $15 to $20. Italia Trattoria is open Tuesday through Friday for lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is served 3 p.m. to close, Tuesday through Sunday. A weekend brunch will be served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Besides Luna, Vogel has experience working in restaurants in Sydney, Australia, New York City, and Boston. She also served as Tom Douglas' corporate chef in Seattle for over 9 years. For more information, or to make reservations call 509-459-6000.

White House Grill to open here in September.

Soon you won't have to drive to Post Falls for your garlic fix. The popular Post Falls-based White House Grill, famous for their heavily garlic flavored Italian dishes, is expanding to Spokane in September and will be located in the Village at Regal Pond center at 4334 S. Regal. The 2,500 square foot space was formerly occupied by Wheat Montana and then Lazy Bones.

Helping families with back to school.

Thousands of children in Spokane County are headed back to school in the next month and many do not have the basic supplies they need. Communities in Schools, Comcast and Adserveo are working together to sponsor a "Stuff the Bus" campaign. During the week of August 16th to August 20th from 10am - 6pm you can buy school supplies at the Spokane Valley Costco or bring your own from home and donate the supplies to a child in need at the bus in the parking lot. You can also donate to the "Stuff the Bus" Campaign at any participating Adserveo member location from August 4th to August 21st at anytime during their business hours. A full list of participating members is available at www.adserveo.com.

This campaign is hoping to provide school supplies to 3,000 students in Spokane County who do not have the basic school supplies they need. The needed supplies include items such as notebook paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, blunt scissors, erasers, rulers, supply box, tissues, crayons, glue sticks, tennis shoes, folders, 3-ring binder, calculator and graph paper.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal."
Charles Buxton.


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