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Loco Dogz serving gourmet hot dogs in Cheney.

Subway sandwich shop owner Scott McCandless has branched out in a new venture that has Cheney residents going for the dogs. Loco Dogz is a new restaurant at 313 First street in Cheney that serves the best hot dogs you ever ate, and the interior of the place is creative, crazy (some of the decor consists of truck parts!) and comfortable. The dogs are locally made exclusively for Loco Dogz with their own recipe in an all natural casing, with only 12 grams of fat versus a Big Mac with 34 grams of fat. Taking a cue from his multiple Subway shops, McCandless's hot dog restaurant bakes the buns right on site, and serves hot dogs made to order. Loco Dogz menu offers a variety of choices of hot dogs, each with a regional story behind them, and they are authentic to the region they come from. They're always adding new items to the menu and are looking for new ideas. The Chicago Dog has neon relish and sport peppers that are shipped in from the Windy City. Also on the menu are the San Antonio, the Venezuelan, the Wisconsin and the N'awlins. The chili, coney sauce, BBQ sauce and coleslaw are made fresh from scratch from their own recipes and the pickles, sauerkraut and relishes are grown and picked locally. Loco Dogz also serves beer, soft drinks, popcorn and chips.

The phone number is 509-235-7007 and the website is www.loco-dogz.com.

Ignite Spokane is this Thursday, 6 to 9pm at the Bing.

Ignite Spokane is an explosion of ideas that will entertain you, and give you something to think about as it ignites your imagination. 16 speakers, five minutes each, thought provoking ideas. It's this Thursday, Sept. 30, 6-9 pm at the Bing Crosby Theatre. Ferrante's Marketplace Cafe is preparing the food, as well as wine and beer. They will be web casting live from the Bing and will edit the show down and post it on youtube for later viewing, but you'll have more fun if you are there in person. Tickets are just $10 with half of the proceeds going to the Rebecca Schiering Children's Fund. Go to www.ignitespokane.com for tickets and more information.

Spokane Apple Store Opens

The Spokane Apple Store had a very successful opening weekend. People started lining up outside the store Friday afternoon, and by the official opening time of 10am Saturday, the line had extended down past Nordstrom. The first 1000 people entering the store received a limited edition Spokane Apple Store t-shirt. In addition to all the great Apple products, the store also offers free workshops, personal shopping, one-to-one programs, free youth programs, business sales and consultation. Check out the 'Genius Bar', where you can sit down with an Apple 'Genius' for hands-on technical support for your Apple products.

In addition to the Spokane store opening, 6 other Apple stores opened this past weekend worldwide, Shanghai and Beijing, China; Oberhausen, German; Bergamo, Italy; southwest of Paris, France; and the MetroCentre mall in Gateshead, UK, tying the record of 7 for single day Apple store openings. Go check out this amazing store! The website is www.apple.com/retail/riverparksquare.

Fred's Appliance to open store in Tri-Cities

Construction is underway for a new $1.5 million Fred's Appliance store and warehouse in the Tri-Cities. It will be located at a prime intersection in Kennewick, Columbia Center Drive and Clearwater Avenue. Fred's, which has four stores in the Spokane, Coeur d'Alene area is planning to be open for business in Kennewick by mid December offering over 30 brands of kitchen and laundry appliances. Go to www.fredsappliances.com for more information.

Local T-Shirt company utilizes eco friendly printing

Fresh Baked Threads, locally owned and operated by Kevin Gaura, is reinventing the printed t-shirt. This newly started company utilizes updated technology to print fabrics with an eco-friendly water based ink and no set-up fees.

Using this new printing technique and web-based ordering, Fresh Baked Threads processes most orders within 24 hours. If the color and size is in stock, shirts and pillow cases can be printed in under an hour. Catering to both large and small orders, Fresh Baked Threads custom t-shirts cost about $25 each, with no minimum order or set up fee.

For more information and orders, visit Fresh Baked Breads at their website www.freshbakedthreads.com, on Facebook, or call 509-499-4355.

You'll love this show, yeah, yeah, yeah!

The Beatles are coming to Spokane! Well, not the real Beatles, of course, but "Imagine. Remembering the Fab Four" is a very convincing tribute band coming to The Bing on Tuesday, Oct 5 at 7:30. You can get tickets at the Spokane arena box office or through www.ticketswest.com.

Valley Chamber membership drive puts members to work

Members are hitting the streets for the next two weeks to invite businesses and other organizations to share in the benefits Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce. Members will be working in teams calling on businesses and organizations to share their enthusiasm for what the Chamber does for businesses and the community. During this two week period new members will be treated to a special promotional package valued at $750. The package includes waiver of the new member admin fee as well as promotional opportunities. In addition they will be entered into a drawing for a get away weekend, will be special guests at a Welcome Reception and will be included in the 2011 Preferred Business Directory. For more information about the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber, go to www.spokanevalleychamber.org or call 509-924-4994.

Former Assistant Labor Department Secretary Romano coming for Hire Ability Day

The Hire Ability Day 2010 (HAD) event is bringing The Honorable Neil Romano, former assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, to Spokane as the keynote speaker for an Oct. 20 luncheon event. His presentation will focus on how people with disabilities are helping move America forward in a time of unprecedented employment challenges. Romano is considered among the nation's leading authorities in the field of media and public advocacy.

HAD is an annual event designed to bring awareness to employers related to the benefits of hiring individuals with developmental or other disabilities. If you are a business looking to learn about developmental diversity opportunities, attend the Hire Ability Day luncheon. The complimentary luncheon at the Davenport Hotel is an RSVP only event. The deadline for responding is October 14. To reserve your spot or for more information, visit www.hireabilityday.org or contact Brian Nichols, program manager, Spokane County Community Services Development Disabilities office at 509-477-2029.

Custer's Fall Antique and Collectors Sale this weekend

Custer's 35th Annual Fall Antique and Collectors Sale is Friday through Sunday at the Fairgrounds. It also features the MAC's Antique Appraisal Days Saturday and Sunday. Go to www.Custershows.com for more information.

MarCom presents "Developing an Integrated Marketing Plan"

Spokane MarCom presents "Developing an Integrated Marketing Plan" Friday, October 1, 7:30am - 9:00am at Gonzaga University McCarthey Athletic Center, Herak Club Room, 801 N. Cincinnati St. Go to www.SpokaneMarCom.com for information and registration.

Chrissy Miller promoted at University of Phoenix

The University of Phoenix has announced that Chrissy Miller has been promoted to the post of enrollment manager for the University's Tri-Cities Learning Center. Miller was previously senior enrollment advisor at the University's Spokane campus, where she successfully assisted prospective and current students throughout the application, admissions, and orientation process.

Women Helping Women Fund announces 2010-2011 Board of Directors

The Women Helping Women Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women and children to create healthy families and vibrant communities. Here is their new board of directors for 2010-2011.

Debbie Zimmerman, President;Sima Thorpe, Past President; Lori Moloney, President Elect; Kris Mason, Secretary; Diane Thoren, Treasurer; April Anderson, Joanne Benham, Deloris Duquette, Marlene Feist, Patsy Gayda, Teddie Gibbon, Yvonne Lopez-Morton, Nancy Mahoney, Anne McKeon, Melissa Murphy, Jamie Tobias Neely, Cathy Simchuk, Kimberly Thielman, Peg Thomas, Stephanie Thun, and Carol Wilson. Emeritae: Mari Clack.

For additional information about Women Helping Women Fund, go to www.whwfspokane.org.

Rosauers sets the record in support of service members

In a large show of support of their Guard and Reserve military employees, 19 store managers of Rosauers Supermarkets, Inc., had a mass signing of Statements of Support Sept 16, at the firm's corporate headquarters in Spokane, Wash. Managers from each Rosauers, Super 1 Foods and Huckleberry's store pledged their commitment to recognize and support service members and their families in peace, in crisis, and in war. Ken Isaak, East Area Chairperson of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) presented Rosauers' CEO Jeff Phillips, with the ESGR "Above and Beyond" award.

Fall Home Idea Show is October 8-10

Fall is the time to plan your home improvement projects and get your home ready for winter. The best place to find innovative ideas and the latest improvements for your home is this year's Fall Home idea Show October 8-10 (Fri-Sun) at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. Join over 300 booths showcasing their latest products and services for the Home Inside and Out. This year the show is offering a $5000 cash prize. Enter to win and get a great boost on your home remodeling, decorating or building needs. The Show also offers more prizes to win throughout the show and many exhibitors offer substantial discounts.

Over 300 home related displays include building, remodeling, kitchens, room additions, bathrooms, decorating, fireplaces, outdoor equipment, heating, air conditioning, contractors, security, siding, appliances, windows, doors, fencing, roofing, fitness equipment, spas and many, more consumer products and services. The show also features a ManCave, where "Men can be Men" and shop, browse and learn how to make money while participating in their favorite past-times...drinking beer and grilling!

NAWBO's annual banquet and workshop is October 14

NAWBO-NW's Leadership Workshop and Annual Banquet is open to all -- men and women. The event is October 14 at the Lincoln Center and features nationally prominent speakers Jeanette Nyden of J.Nyden and Company, "Leverage Your Natural Negotiation Talents: 10 Techniques Specifically for Women;" and Jill Lublin, author of "Guerrilla Publicity" and "Get Noticed... Get Referrals," speaking on "Power Your Publicity." The seminar begins at 3:30 pm, exhibition and networking to follow at 5:00 pm, with banquet at 6:30 pm. Cost is $59 Workshop, $50 Banquet, or $100 both Seminar and Banquet. Registration deadline is September 28, 2010. For more information or to register, visit www.NawboNW.org or call 509-468-0510.

Wendle Ford raising money for Gonzaga Preparatory School

Wendle Ford and Ford Motor Company are partnering to help raise money in support of Gonzaga Preparatory School as part of Ford's Drive One 4 UR School program. This innovative test-drive event will yield much-needed money for school athletics. Members of the Spokane community will have the opportunity to raise up to $6,000 for Gonzaga Preparatory School by test-driving a new Ford vehicle at the school's west parking lot on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For every person who test-drives a new select Ford vehicle, Wendle Ford will donate $20 to Gonzaga Preparatory School, which will use the funds raised for student athletics. Participants must be 18 or older and have a valid driver's license. There is a limit of one test drive per household.

To participate, visit Gonzaga Preparatory School's west parking lot, at 1224 E. Euclid Ave. in Spokane, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2. For more information contact Andy Key at Wendle Ford, 509-468-9000 or by email, andyk@wendle.com.

The Business Thought of the Week

"The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination." Tommy Lasorda, former Spokane Indians and L.A. Dodgers manager

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